Title: The Ring of Fire
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.
Standard(s): [S1] MAR (9-12) 3: Describe physical characteristics of oceans, including topography of the ocean floor, plate tectonics, wave motion, depth, and pressure.
Title: The Nile in Crisis
This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to examine the current water situation in the Nile River region, focusing on the Blue Nile and the Egyptian Nile, and to investigate ways in which the damming of the Nile has changed this river significantly from the way it was in ancient times. Students create educational brochures for tourists to Egypt, explaining the relationship between the Blue Nile and the Nile and the potential water crisis facing Egypt.
Standard(s): [S1] GEL (9-12) 13: Describe the formation and characteristics of river systems.
Title: Physical Characteristics of Places: The Fossil Record
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.
Standard(s): [S1] GEL (9-12) 10: Explain the mechanism of plate tectonics.