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Subject: 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: 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.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Actions at Plate Boundaries
Description: This lesson will allow the students to understand the cause and effects of plates interactions. The students will learn that plate boundaries function as a release for much of the Earth's potential energy. The students will be able to identify topographic features located in geographic areas close to plate boundaries.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Igneous Rocks
Description: This lesson will define an igneous rock. It will associate terms that classify igenous rocks. It will apply mineral size to location of the rock. It will develop connections to the rock cycle from the aspect of igenous rocks. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Metamorphic Rocks
Description: This lesson will develop the student's ability to identify the different types of Metamorphic rock. It will associate the processes that create varying forms of metamorphic rocks. It will differentiate the types through texture and form.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Sedimentary Rocks
Description: This lesson will define a sedimentary rock. It will associate terms that classify sedimentary rocks. It will apply grain size, composition to environments of deposition of the rock. It will develop connections to the rock cycle from the aspect of sedimentary rocks. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Continental Drift
Description: This lesson incorporates collaborative groups. It will introduce the basic principles that lead to the theory of Plate Tectonics. It should allow them to recognize our world as a "living" planet" that is constantly changing. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: Discovering Earth's History
Description: This lesson introduces the basic principles that are used to interpret geologic time. It associates the relationships between the rock record and historical events that created the landforms on our planet. It explains how the rock record can be interpreted by geologists.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Plate Tectonics
Description: This lesson culminates the hypothesis of Continental Drift and Sea floor Spreading into the Plate Tectonic Theory. The students will be able to recognize that our planet is ever changing. They should be able to analyze the forces which create destruction on our planet are directly related to its shifting surface.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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 - 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



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



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