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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12)
Title: Edible Plate Tectonics
Description: As we stand on the top layer of our planet it is a little difficult to get hands-on with plate tectonics.  This activity uses layered cake to allow students an up close representation of how major land features have been created.


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (9 - 12)
Title: Wearing Away the Mountains
Description: The Tennessee River Gorge outside Chattanooga is recognized as a protected biosphere reserve by the United Nations due it its immense proportion of species to acres.  Understanding the formation of the gorge helps explain why so many plants and animals call it home.  This activity allows students to work in cooperative groups and inquire about the processes that made it possible.


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Science - Natural History - Science - Paleontology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Physical Characteristics of Places: The Fossil Record      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider how the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates alters the physical characteristics of places over geologic time. They investigate how climate has changed in specific world regions since the time of the dinosaurs and write paragraphs explaining their findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Geology - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Ring of Fire      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students improve their understanding of the theory of plate tectonics and the Earth's geological history as they investigate the region known as the Ring of Fire. They view an animation of the Earth's tectonic history, draw maps predicting what the Ring of Fire region will look like in one hundred million years, and write paragraphs explaining what they have drawn.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: High Pressure      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a lab designed to simulate what happens to rocks deep underground, in an effort to understand the composition of the interior of Earth. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Gold Mine Quakes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how scientists have literally tapped into a goldmine of earthquake information. Thanks to a science and industry partnership, the gold mines of South Africa are producing a wealth of knowledge for earthquake scientists. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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