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In this activity, students create a model of sea floor spreading using two sheets of white paper and a metric ruler. The paper strips are pulled through a slit representing a mid-ocean ridge and divergent plate boundary. The model mimics how molten... (View More)

In this demonstration, an egg is used as a model of the Earth. The egg is tapped gently, to create cracks in the shell. The pieces of shell are analogous to the Earth's plates, and the cracks are used to explain plate boundaries. Using the egg, the... (View More)

Students become familiar with strike-slip faults, normal faults, reverse faults and visualize these geological structures using cardboard or a plank of wood, a stack of books, protractor, and a spring scale. The resource is part of the teacher's... (View More)

In this hands-on activity, students build a physical model of the atmosphere using paper disks, then use the model to learn the structure of the atmosphere and the scientific terms used to describe the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere,... (View More)

In this paper and pencil exercise, students create graphs that describe the effect of a series of experiments using Daisy World, an energy balance model, that can be used to demonstrate concepts of equilibrium, homeostatis, and positive and negative... (View More)

In this activity, learners will use satellite data to investigate the biological health of the ocean. Using a color scale, learners will study ocean color data from NASA's Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) to evaluate the biological... (View More)

In this activity, learners will analyze a satellite image of the Missouri River to find evidence that a river channel has changed position over time. They will then build a display, such as a poster or model, that identifies and describes the... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: $1 - $5 per group of students

In this activity, learners will analyze hurricane data, specifically wind speed data and infrared satellite images, to look for evidence of a relationship between wind speed and cloud-top temperature, and between wind speed and surface type. A link... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, learners will use satellite images of the San Francisco Bay Area to evaluate urban development in an earthquake-prone region. They will prepare an executive summary of their findings that incorporates diagrams or images. Links to... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, learners will use web-based satellite images and other data to investigate the ocean near six different harbors and determine where nature helps the most when it comes to dealing with an oil spill. They will then fill out a mock... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free