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Geology in the News
For this activity students read the newspaper on a daily basis, listen to news on the radio, or watch television, to acquire material related to the earth sciences. They will look for natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, hurricanes, etc.), human-made hazards (urbanization, compromised engineering projects, etc.), environmental issues, or resource extraction issues which all appear in the news with great frequency and are easily accessible. Students are reminded that they should look for information on the local level (water quality, solid waste management, development issues, etc.), as well as national and world wide issues. The news items may then be presented to the class as show-and-tell exercises with follow-up discussion by the class; a bulletin board that could be dedicated to posting the geologic events of the week; or scrapbooks of events, arranged either chronologically or by category of events compiled by individuals or classes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
Subject:
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Natural hazards
  • Policy issues
  • Soil science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information is unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-501
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Properties of earth materials
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
        • Sci. / tech. in local challenges
        • Types of resources
    • 5-8:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties and changes of properties in matter
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Sci. / tech. in society
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'K-12 Earth Science'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Society for Sedimentary Geology
http://www.sepm.org

Author: David W. Mogk
Department of Earth Sciences
Montana State University

Contact: Carol Mankiewicz
Beloit College