Constructive and Destructive Geologic Processes

This Constructive and Destructive Geologic Processes unit also includes:

Show the class the world as they've never seen it before—from way above! Learners try to unravel the mysteries presented by rich satellite imagery, learn to interpret topographic maps, and study erosion by constructing their very own beach. All printable materials are included in the teacher's guide.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask for volunteers to bring in a variety of topographical maps to support the unit
  • Add some fun to beach projects! Bring small toys or aquatic animal shapes to help your young scientists personalize their models
  • Create a teacher's edition beach model prior to having learning groups construct their own; paint roller trays, found at most hardware stores, make excellent alternatives to wave trays 
Classroom Considerations
  • A GIZMO subscription is necessary for the activity shown in days two and three; schedule some time in your school's computer lab or library
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  • Incorporates a variety of instructional methods, taking the guesswork out of diversification
  • The individual research project provides substantial real-world application of learning objectives
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