NSTA Journal Articles on Earth Science

Making an Impact: Shatter Cones

November 2004

In this geology activity, students visited the Beaverhead, Montana, site of a meteor impact and mapped the locations of shatter cones, geologic formations characteristic of an impact site. Using mapping software, students created an interactive map of the site and drew conclusions about the size of the impact crater.


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Turning Bread Into Rocks: A Multisensory Unit Opener

October 2000

By presenting an analogy that relates a common item (bread) to new subject matter (rocks), students can draw inferences and deepen their grasp of the inherent relationships. Using all five senses, students become research scientists by carefully observing three loaves of bread to findsimilarities or differences. Each bread type in the analogy offers both a visual and a tactile connection to the often subtle differences in rock groups.

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Viewing Volcanoes

March 2005

When Mount St. Helens threatened to erupt again in 2004, it grabbed headlines and captured the imagination of the country. Science classrooms nationwide used the event as an opportunity to make real-world connections to Earth science concepts introduced in the classroom.

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Modeling Geyser Eruptions in the Classroom

April 2005

In this activity, students build a model of a geyser. The model allows them to investigate the relationships among the hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere and develop descriptions, explanations, and predictions.

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