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WeTeachNYC Classes & Communities provide NYC teachers and school leaders with an online space where they can engage in online classes and blended learning communities with their colleagues.
Currently, access to communities is limited to participants in specific NYCDOE programs.
A series of resources to teach mapping skills, including topographic and geologic maps to students. (This site is full of other earth science teaching resources as well.) Provided by the U.S. Geologic Survey.
Scope and Sequence connections: 7:1 Geology and Earth Science: Geology: Mapping.
In this virtual lab on the identification of minerals in rocks, students can conduct the lab, and record their results and observations in an online journal. Created by McGraw Hill. Geology. Requires Flash.
This four page excel chart systematically lists minerals identified by their properties. It was created by a college student and has been shared by teachers across the world. Feel free to download and customize the chart .
Students explore the importance, characteristics and structure of earth's layers and plate tectonics with this interactive from the Annenberg Learner. This is essentially an interactive textbook for students to read; the quiz at the end can help to assess their understanding of the content.
Animations, lessons and other teaching resources on plate tectonics and boundaries. Teachers can filter by concept, resource type and level. Provided by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.
In this activity, explore three kinds of boundaries where tectonic plates meet: divergent, where two plates spread apart; convergent, where two plate push against each other; and transform, where two plates slide past each other. Shared by PBS Learning Media.
Students can see the relationship between earthquakes, volcanoes and the boundaries of tectonic plates. Also included are discussion questions and a background essay. Shared by PBS Learning Media. Please note Flash is required to use the interactive map.
Over the course of three days, students conduct a series of experiments in pairs through which they explore the processes and effects of weathering and erosion. Using the results from these explorations, they design and conduct an experiment comparing the rate of erosion in different biomes. This activity allows students to learn about weathering and erosion, and illustrates how scientists often use the results of one experiment to inspire another and/or use initial observations to inform a hypothesis. Shared by Understanding Science from the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley.
This lesson discusses the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth’s landscape. The lesson culminates with an online game that reinforces students’ understanding of the lesson’s vocabulary and concepts. Created by PBS Learning Media.