Unit 1:  Earth     Materials

The Earth Materials Module consists of four sequential investigations dealing with observable characteristics of solid materials from the earth—rocks and minerals. The focus is on taking materials apart to find what they are made of and putting materials together to better understand their properties. The module introduces fundamental concepts in earth science and takes advantage of the students' intrinsic interest in the subject matter and in the physical world around them.

Library Resources 

If you know which geological feature you are looking for...use the OPAC to locate a book on your topic.

Browse the shelves in 550-551.

General Encyclopedias are very helpful.  Look in the Research Guide if the geological feature you are looking for is not in the volume you expect to find it in.

Specialized Encyclopedias such as:

Exploring Earth and Space Science (REF 550.3)

Nonfiction books such as:

Scholastic Atlas of Earth (550 SCH)

Inside the Earth (550 INS)

The Earth (550 NIC)

     Internet Resources       

For students...

Earth Science Explorer

Interactives:  Dynamic Earth The earth — think it's solid as a rock?
Our planet might seem fixed and rigid, but a closer look reveals that it is constantly shifting under our feet.
Delve into the earth's interior, learn about its tectonic plates and their movements, and discover how mountains, volcanoes, and earthquakes are formed.

   Rocks & Minerals 

ROCKBANR.GIF (45562 bytes)Discover how rocks are formed from Rocky the Rock Hound.
   
                       Activity Sheet

REVISION Bites:  Rocks and rock cycles from the BBC.  Discover how each kind of rock or mineral is formed and what it is like.  Take the test at the end and see how you did.

Geo Mysteries from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis

1.  Enter Geo Mysteries with Rex the Dino Detective and discover some pretty cool rocks.
2.  Take and Field Trip and explore New Jersey's Geological Survey.  
You may want to review these Field Tips before you go.

Rocks & Minerals Slide Show

Interactives:  Rock Cycle Discover rock secrets through these activities. Create a rock collection as you learn about the three main types of rock, find out how to tell the different rock types apart, and see how rocks change from one type into another!

Sterling Hill Mining Museum
You will be taking a class trip to visit this local mine.  Take a peek at what you'll see.

 

  Volcanoes 

USGS:  GE0LOGY Volcano Hazards Program

VolcanoWorld

1.  Volcano Games
2. 
VolcanoWorld Virtual Field Trips

Interactives:  Volcanoes  Can we predict volcanic eruptions.  
Today, there are many active volcanoes worldwide. Is there anything we can do to predict how and when they will erupt?
As the world's population grows, more and more people are living in potentially dangerous volcanic areas. Volcanic eruptions continue--as they have throughout most of geologic time--posing ever-greater threats to life and property.

Layers of the Earth

REVISION Bites:  Plate Tectonics from the BBC.  Read about earth's four main layers and how they change.  Test yourself after you've explored this site.

For Teachers:

Volcano World:  Earth Science Lessons

Rock Hounds Teaching Connections

Website Evaluation: Website Investigator

Curriculum Connections -  Unit 1:  Earth Materials

Integration of 21st Century Themes

District LMC Resources

  • Reading Extensions List (Destiny Resource List)
  • Video: Bill Nye - Rocks and Soil (LMC Collection)

  • Video: Bill Nye - Earth's Crust (LMC Collection)

  • Video: Bill Nye - Fossils (LMC Collection)

  • Video: Rock Odyssey (Classroom collection)  

Rock Swap (PBL: Technology Rocks!)
New Jersey's Geological Survey
Careers in Geosciences

Calcite

PBL: A Monumental Task - Rocks of All Regions

Minerals in Health

Investigation 1: Mock Rocks

  • Part 1: Investigating Mock Rocks
  • Part 2: Taking Rocks Apart
  • Part 3: Observing Crystals 

District LMC Resources

  • Reading Extensions List (Destiny Resource List)

Teacher Resources (Only available on WTS Network)

Essential Questions Poster 
Wordle Poster

Vocabulary Cards

Anticipation Guide

Internet Resources 

Investigation 2: Scratch Test 

  • Part 1: Observing Minerals
  • Part 2: Testing for Hardness 

LMC Connection:  Find out more about Mohs' hardness scale.

District LMC Resources

  • Reading Extensions List (Destiny Resource List)

Teacher Resources (Only available on WTS Network)

Vocabulary Cards
Anticipation Chart

Internet Resources 

Investigation 3: Calcite Quest

  • Part 1: Detecting Calcite
  • Part 2: Looking for more Evidence 

LMC Connection:  Research rocks and minerals.

District LMC Resources

  • Reading Extensions List (Destiny Resource List)

Teacher Resources (Only available on WTS Network)

Vocabulary Cards

Anticipation Chart

Internet Resources 

Investigation 4: Take it for Granite

  • Part 1: Identifying Minerals in Granite 
  • Part 2: Choosing your own Investigation 

 

District LMC Resources

  • Reading Extensions List (Destiny Resource List)

Video: Rock Odyssey (Classroom collection)

Teacher Resources (Only available on WTS Network)

Vocabulary Cards

Anticipation Chart

Internet Resources 

Created by Barbara Swetits
Last updated 12/27/2013