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In this exercise, sudents write a series of three stories that explain and/or illustrate rock-forming processes. As an alternative, they may write a single story that addresses the rock cycle. Describing these processes at a level appropriate for their target audience (second graders) requires an adequate understanding of the geologic processes involved and can reveal problems or misconceptions in ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Assessment / Evaluation
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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In this investigation, students locate a round or spherical naturally-occurring rock and take notes about its location and their reasons for selecting it. After measuring the rock and assessing some of its properties, they will answer a series of questions to determine the type of environment that would create a round rock, as well as the different types of weathering and components of the rock's ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Field activity
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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Students simulate operating an iron mine, from choosing property to writing an environmental impact statement to setting up the mining operation. Chocolate chip cookies (with the chocolate chips representing iron ore) are used for this experiment. Students are challenged to operate the most profitable and environmentally sound mine they can. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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The Taconic Mountains tour highlights the geology and natural environment of several landscape regions, including the structure of the Highlands Province basement rocks, which were affected by the Taconic Orogeny. Students can view biotite-rich schists and the tight isoclinic folds of the Walloomsac Formation, as well as the Taconic angular unconformity at the south end of Becraft Mountain. Bedding ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Field trip - virtual
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Structural geology
 
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National Science Education Standards (NSES), National Geography Standards: Read
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This reference contains formulas, physical constants, maps, diagrams, and other information related to Earth science, space science, physics, and chemistry which are used for the New York State Regents exams. The tables are in a downloadable, printable format, with file size limited to no more than 10 megabytes. The Earth science tables are available in several languages. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Chemistry, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Physics, Space science
 
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