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TN Earth Science Standards - Cycles in the Earth System



A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

Checks for Understanding
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Science Curriculum Standards
3204 - Earth Science

Internet Resources

Use models to explain the theory of plate tectonics.
3.1

  1. A PowerPoint show related to this standardContinental Drift and Plate Tectonics - a 41 slide PowerPoint show with excellent images and animations.
  2. This Dynamic Earth - The story of Plate Tectonics from the USGS
  3. Hell's Crust: Our Ever Changing Planet - from the PBS Savage Earth series, several good animations can be found at this site.
  4. Major Tectonic Plates of the World - The earth's surface is broken into seven large and many small moving plates clearly labeled on this map
  5. Major Types of Plate Boundaries - good illustration from the USGS
  6. Movement of Seismic Waves - high quality transparency master An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  7. Moving Slabs - simple tectonic plate map from USGS
  8. Plate Tectonics - from a show hosted by WHYY
  9. Plate Tectonics - the Cause of Earthquakes
  10. Plate Tectonics map and a description of the three types of boundaries.
  11. Plate Tectonic Movement Visualizations - index of a large number of resources
  12. Plate Tectonics Practice Exam - twenty-two multiple-choice questions developed by university students This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  13. Plate Tectonic Puzzle - lesson plan including puzzle pieces to cut out This is an Adobe Acrobat document This link includes something for the teacher to print A lesson plan can be found at this site
  14. Plate Tectonics Quiz - ten multiple-choice questions from Geography4Kids This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  15. Plate Tectonics Quiz - twelve multiple-choice questions, each on a separate page This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  16. Plate Tectonics Quiz - press Start then click on the named part of the drawing - his is hard! This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  17. Plate Tectonics Quiz - twenty multiple-choice questions from Glencoe Science This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  18. Plate Tectonic Reconstruction Service - In this section you can calculate plate tectonic reconstructions of any age back to 150 My. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  19. Recent Earthquakes: Last 8 to 30 days - from USGS
  20. Science Odyssey: You Try It: Plate Tectonics - A hands-on exercise about plate tectonics and earthquakes from PBS. (requires Shockwave plug-in) This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  21. Seismic Waves - This real-time 3D application allows users to create seismic waves of any magnitude and pass them through a variety of terrains. The student can view the seismic activity in the terrain through both a textured and wire frame view. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  22. Subduction - the birth place of a volcanic mountain range [good animation]
  23. A PowerPoint show related to this standardTeaching about Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics - plan for a virtual journey to the earth's center A lesson plan can be found at this site
  24. Tectonic Plates - high quality transparency master An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
Apply mantle convection currents to distinguish between divergent and convergent plate boundaries.
3.2
  1.  Earth's Interior and Plate Tectonics - covers the following: The Earth's Interior, The Lithosphere and Plate Tectonics, Oceanic Lithosphere, Continental Lithosphere and Plate Tectonics. [pop-ups here]
  2. Earth Like a Puzzle - learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes at this site from Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  3. Pangea to the Present - a study of the history of the Earth's tectonic plates.
  4. Plate Tectonics map and a description of the three types of boundaries.
  5. Plate Tectonics - the Cause of Earthquakes [this expired page is also from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine]
  6. Science Odyssey: You Try It: Plate Tectonics - A hands-on exercise about plate tectonics and earthquakes from PBS. Requires Shockwave plug-in This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
Explain and map the relationship between plate tectonics and mountain building, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
3.3
 
Distinguish between minerals and rocks.
3.4
 
Identify minerals according to their physical properties.
3.5
  1. Earth Science Lab - mineral physical properties and identification, 20 minerals to identify
  2. How to Identify Minerals - from the San Diego Natural History Museum
  3. Identification of an Unknown Mineral - a step by step process
  4. Identifying Minerals - mineral properties and terms explained
  5. Mineral Identification - a McGraw-Hill self checking quiz - nine multiple-choice questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Mineral Identification Key - use this process to identify a mineral
  7. Mineral Identification quiz - testing Moh's Hardness Scale This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Distinguish among sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.
3.6
  1. Animation of clastic sedimentary rocks forming This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Animation of metamorphic rocks forming This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. How Sediments are Deposited - This animation shows a side view of an area where a river flows into a lake. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  4. Introduction to Geology - a rock cycle quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  5. Multiple choice rock quiz - twenty multiple-choice questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. Multiple Choice Rock Quiz - twenty questions - Physical Geology This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Multiple Choice Rock Quiz - twenty questions from Prentice Hall This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Rock Expert Quiz - Name the type of rocks correctly and earn a Rockhound Expert Award! This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Interpret a diagram of the rock cycle.
3.7
  1. Animation of clastic sedimentary rocks forming - Use the movie controls to examine each part of the sequence This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  2. Animation of metamorphic rocks forming - Use the movie controls to examine each part of the sequence This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  3. How Sediments are Deposited - This animation shows a side view of an area where a river flows into a lake. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  4. Interactive Rock Cycle Animation - a cutaway view of Earth showing where some common rock-forming processes occur. Embedded animations will illustrate the path of a rock moving through the rock cycle. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  5. Introduction to Geology - a rock cycle quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. The Rock Cycle - Look at the diagram and see if you can trace a rock through the rock cycle.
  7. Rock Cycle - includes link to each of the three types of rocks
  8. Rock Cycle from the Mineralogical Society of America
  9. Rock Cycle - a review lesson followed by a quiz [from McGraw Hill] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  10. A Schematic Sketch of the Rock Cycle - boxes represent earth materials and arrows represent the processes that transform those materials
  11. Three Rock Cycle Quizzes - each with five questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Explain a model of the hydrologic cycle.
3.8
  1. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsCreate a model of the water cycle - lesson plan from Oceans Alive A lesson plan can be found at this site
  2. Droplet and the Water Cycle - Avoid pitfalls and predators while you navigate a Droplet through several challenging levels of the hydrological cycle. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Evaporation and Condensation - analysis of the part these processes play in the water cycle
  4. Evaporation and Condensation - from USA Today weather
  5. Evaporation and Condensation - a water cycle in a mayonnaise jar
  6. Factors Affecting the Rate of Evaporation - a Wikipedia article
  7. Follow a drop through the water cycle
  8. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsHow You Can Make a Model of the Water Cycle - print this to give to your students [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine] An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  9. The Hydrological Cycle - Watch the animation and then drag the words into the correct positions on the diagram. Click the browser's refresh button at the top of the screen if you would like to see the animation play again. [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine] This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data A video is available through this link
  10. Ideas for teaching about the water cycle - from Pro Teacher A lesson plan can be found at this site
  11. Introduction to the Water Cycle - index page for three other pages listed on the left side of the page
  12. Jumbled Water Cycle - click and drag components to their proper place Use this site with an interactive whiteboard
  13. Study Jams: Water Cycle Video - a video from Scholastic.com does a good job of explaining the cycle [the quiz does not work properly] A video is available through this link
  14. Water Cycle
  15. Water Cycle Animation - Observe a raindrop traveling through various paths of the water cycle. In this visualization, the blue raindrop shows where water is. The red arrows show the processes that could move it to another place. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  16. Water Cycle Animation - from BBC This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  17. Water Cycle Animation - make changes to the image by selecting buttons on the left - from EarthGuide This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  18. Water Cycle: Condensation - from Water Science at the USGS site
  19. Water Cycle: Evaporation - from Water Science at the USGS site
  20. The Water Cycle - US Geological Survey's Water Cycle - one of the most complete explanation of the cycle
  21. The Water Cycle Lesson Plan - five activities in one [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine] A lesson plan can be found at this site
  22. Water Cycle Player - interactive animation from Discovery Education This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data This resource includes voice instructions for students
  23. Water Science - US Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science for Schools web site! They offer information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
  24. A PowerPoint show related to this standardWater Cycle - thirty-three slides with some good images
  25. A PowerPoint show related to this standardWater Cycle - a slide show by Soo Park, Alex Reynolds, Kate Schmidt, Connie Woo, and Christine Zackrison
  26. Water Cycle Lesson Plan - from Planet H2O A lesson plan can be found at this site
  27. Water Cycle WebQuest - [designed for 5th grade]
  28. Water Wizard quizzes - Do you have a fountain of knowledge when it comes to water? Well, dive right in and test your knowledge of water with these Water Wizard quizzes. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  29. The Watershed Game - Many things happen in a watershed that affect the quality of the water we rely upon . Examine the issues in each area of the watershed, then see the impacts of your choices. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
Distinguish between mechanical and chemical weathering.
3.9
  1. An animation showing the formation of an unconformity - This animation shows the formation of an angular unconformity. The final result allows you to infer the sequence of the rocks' formation. [produced by Jennifer Loomis, TERC] A video is available through this link This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Break it Down - Students in Ms. Lee's class are studying the processes of weathering. The steps for their investigation and the data they collected are shown in this sample lab activity This link includes something for the teacher to print An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  3. Factors that contribute to rock weathering
  4. Weathering of Rocks - complete and extensive information about factors related to rocks breaking down
Describe the impact of water on the evolution of landforms.
3.10
  1. Create a New Hawaiian Island - read the page then click on the link at the bottom of the page to experiment with these local effects on climate by creating a new Hawaiian island! This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
Collect and interpret basic weather data from meteorological instruments: thermometer, rain gauge, and barometer.
3.11
  1. Cloud Forecasting - Clouds can tell you many things about what the weather will do.
    1. Use what you learned to make a forecast for your Dad. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    2. Help Dad plan the rest of your trip. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. Compare and contrast warm and cold fronts - excellent animations of each type of front A video is available through this link
  3. Meteorology Online: Weather Forecasting - a ThinkQuest entry
  4. Predicting Weather - posted by United States Search and Rescue Task Force
  5. Real-time data sources to use in weather forecasting projects
    1. Weather Underground - look up any city in the US and most cities around the world
    2. Intellicast Radar Loop of the last 2 hours covering the contiguous United States. This Doppler radar site indicates clouds, rain and snow with different colors, and refreshes 4 times per hour.
    3. Interactive Weather Map - allows you to center on any location and zoom in all the way to individual county level. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    4. National Forecast Maps from NOAA
    5. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons Conditions for the last 24 hours reported by the National Weather Service - Select State from the pull down menu, then select City
  6. Satellite Movies of Air Masses Moving across North America A video is available through this link or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  7. Tips for Forecasting the Weather - step-by-step process including links to real time weather data
  8. Weather Activities - three levels of practice reporting weather followed by three levels of predicting the weather This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data This resource includes voice instructions for students
  9. A PowerPoint show related to this standardWeather Instruments - this 36 slide PowerPoint show has excellent views of weather instruments used to collect data
  10. Weather Maps
    1. Analysis Quiz - twenty question multiple-choice quiz on using weather charts This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    2. Daily Weather Maps from NOAA - Click on the Surface Weather Map to see a larger map with plotted station observations.
    3. How to interpret a weather map
    4. How to Read a Weather Map - from Wiki Answers
    5. A PowerPoint show related to this standard How to Read Weather Maps - This 36 slide shows how to read the various symbols associated with a station. The final slide acts as a quiz, testing understanding.
    6. Jet Stream: Online School for Weather - a National Weather Service lesson on learning how to read a weather map
    7. Reading and Creating a Weather Map - lesson plan with printable maps integrated A lesson plan can be found at this site
    8. Reading Weather Maps - In the sections that follow, students will examine features to look for on weather maps to make a forecasts, general methods of preparing a forecast, and more specific tips for specific scenarios.
    9. Surface Weather Analysis - complete listing of weather map symbols
    10. Tips for Forecasting the Weather - step-by-step process including links to real time weather data
    11. Virtual Weather Map Room - provided by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    12. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsWeather Forecasting Using the Internet - suggestions for incorporating weather into your curriculum
    13. Weather Map Analysis - [designed for grades 6-8] a lesson plan designed for middle school science A lesson plan can be found at this site An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  11. Weather Quizzes - seven quizzes from easy to advanced from Weather Wiz Kids
  12. Weather Watch - a student activity from Scholastic - links to six types of weather instruments and a link to a data sheet to use A lesson plan can be found at this site
  13. Weather Watchers - a lesson plan from Illuminations A lesson plan can be found at this site
Analyze weather map data to make simple predictions.
3.12
  1. Analysis Quiz - twenty question multiple-choice quiz on using weather charts This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Climographs of Selected U.S. Cities - A climograph plots monthly average temperature and precipitation for some location. It provides a quick way of characterizing the climate of a particular place. To view a climograph for one of the U.S. cities listed, click on the city name or the corresponding dot on the map.
  3. Climate Information - a source of raw data that your students might use to make their own climograph
  4. Daily Weather Maps from NOAA - Click on the Surface Weather Map to see a larger map with plotted station observations.
  5. How to interpret a weather map
  6. How to Read a Climograph - Every place on Earth has weather. However, different places on Earth have different types of "typical" weather. A quick way to get an idea of the climate of a particular place is to look at a "climate-graph," or "climograph."
  7. How to Read a Weather Map - from Wiki Answers
  8. A PowerPoint show related to this standardHow to Read Weather Maps - This 36 slide shows how to read the various symbols associated with a station. The final slide acts as a quiz, testing understanding.
  9. Interactive Weather Map - allows you to center on any location and zoom in all the way to individual county level. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  10. Jet Stream: Online School for Weather - a National Weather Service lesson on learning how to read a weather map
  11. National Forecast Maps from NOAA
  12. Reading and Creating a Weather Map - lesson plan with printable maps integrated A lesson plan can be found at this site
  13. Reading Weather Maps - In the sections that follow, students will examine features to look for on weather maps to make a forecasts, general methods of preparing a forecast, and more specific tips for specific scenarios.
  14. Surface Weather Analysis - complete listing of weather map symbols
  15. Tips for Forecasting the Weather - step-by-step process including links to real time weather data
  16. United States Climate Page - (Click on state of interest, then select a city to see a climograph)
  17. Virtual Weather Map Room - provided by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  18. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsWeather Forecasting Using the Internet - suggestions for incorporating weather into your curriculum
  19. Weather Map Analysis - [designed for grades 6-8] a lesson plan designed for middle school science A lesson plan can be found at this site An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
Explain the oxygen/carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and carbon biogeochemical cycles.
3.13
  1. Carbon Cycle - from Exploring the Environment
  2. Carbon Cycle - presented by Windows to the Universe [three levels of difficulty are presented]
  3. Carbon Cycle - includes concept maps of the aquatic cycle and the terrestrial cycle
  4. Carbon Cycle - includes several good photo illustrations
  5. Carbon Cycle - Wikipedia encyclopedia entry
  6. Carbon Cycle - one image [.gif] to use in a PowerPoint show [this expired file is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine]
  7. Carbon Cycle - this Windows to the Universe page offers three levels of explanation; beginner, intermediate, and advanced
  8. The Carbon Cycle and Earth's Climate - four good illustrations which you might want to incorporate into a PowerPoint show
  9. Carbon Cycle Game - In this game you will travel the carbon cycle. Your objective is to get to all the places that carbon is stored along the map on the game. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data or This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard
  10. Carbon Dioxide - Sources and Sinks - lesson plan from Windows to the Universe A lesson plan can be found at this site
  11. Chemical Carousel: The Carbon Cycle - a trip around the carbon cycle
  12. Cycles - from the Utah Education Network, also includes the nitrogen cycle
  13. Diagram of the Carbon Dioxide Oxygen cycle
  14. Oxygen Cycle - Wikipedia encyclopedia entry
  15. A PowerPoint show related to this standardThe Oxygen Cycle - an 8 slide PowerPoint show produced by students
  16. A PowerPoint show related to this standardThe Oxygen Cycle - a 9 slide PowerPoint show produced by students
  17. Oxygen-Carbon Dioxide Cycle - a one page student information sheet An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  18. Oxygen-Carbon Dioxide Cycle - a one page student worksheet An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  19. Oxygen Cycling - from Geography4Kids
  20. What is the Carbon Cycle? - a ThinkQuest site
Recognize the connection between geologic processes such as floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, acid rain, global warming and human activities.
3.14
 
Construct a geological cycle for a physiographic region or geologic time period in Tennessee.
3.15
 
Interpret topographic maps.
3.16
  1. Are We There Yet? - students answer ten questions by reading information from maps This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Eight representations of a single place - Each of these images shows a representation of Mount Shasta, a volcano in California. A fantastic topographic map allows viewers to rotate the map horizontally.
  3. A Map For All Reasons - students identify the function of various parts of a map This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Map and Globe Quiz - Test your knowledge on identifying the parts of a map and a globe.
  5. Map Skills Quiz - quiz to test knowledge of reading maps This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  6. What do Maps Show - Several activities are presented to assist in teaching the concepts of reading maps.
  7. What’s On a Map? - eight questions about using various parts of a map This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. World Latitude and Longitude Outline Map - from Enchanted Learning
  9. World map to use in latitude & longitude study
  10. World Latitude and Longitude Activity to go with the map
Relate current global patterns such as sea level change and geographic climate shifts to events that occurred during the earth’s distant past.
3.17
 

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