Earth Science Lessons

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 Earth Science
Earthquakes trailer
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Earthquakes -- Students build Lego structures, then test them on a shaking table to see which designs would be best for withstanding an earthquake. This relates to geology, earth science, plate tectonics, vibration, and structural integrity. Difficulty: Hard. (This lesson can be Easy if you let students shake the platform instead of building a motorized one.)
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Hot Air Balloons -- Students discover how hot air rises and why the air at the top of mountains isn't hot. This relates to weather, gases, air pressure, convection, and properties of matter. Difficulty: Medium
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Smoke Rings -- Students discover a way to make a puff of air travel across the classroom with amazing efficiency. We then use stage fog to create smoke rings of many sizes. This relates to weather, convection, and properties of matter. Difficulty: Medium
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Tornadoes -- Students make tornadoes in a bottle and try different configurations to see which ones make the best tornadoes. This relates to magnetic fields, charged particles, wind, air pressure, and tornadoes. Difficulty: Medium
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Wind Chill Factor -- Students discover how evaporation of water and rubbing alcohol can feel in the wind. They also make their own device to measure wind speed (a pinwheel). This relates to humidity, wet and dry bulb temperature, evaporation, evaporative cooling, and simple machines. Difficulty: Easy

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