Learning With Data Contents

Note: the application also contains Earth data browsers and editors to support the inquiry activities described in the contents resources.

I. Maps and Calculations

  • Goals:
    a) To review basic math and calculations important to Earth science
    b) To review and understand the use of maps to display Earth information.
  • Readings:
    a) Math and math concepts review
    b) Maps and map projections
    c) Conversion factors and Earth Information
  • Homework:
    a) Math
    b) Maps
  • Resources:
    a) Maps to print, for your activities
  • Inquiry activity:
    a) Using the Solid Earth map module

II. Earth Inside and Out

  • Goals:
    a) Learn the major features of the Earth's interior
    b) Learn and explore the Earth's surface features
    c) Understand how the surface features are related to the deeper Earth structure
  • Readings:
    a) About the Earth's interior
    b) The ocean basins
  • Homework:
    a) Some properties of the solid Earth
    b) Isostasy Homework
  • Resources:
    a) Tables of Earth Facts
    b) Exploring like a scientist: what is a "feature?"
  • Inquiry activity:
    a) Explore the Earth's surface
    b) Explore the ocean basins

III. Discovering Plate Boundaries 1

  • Goals:
    a) To understand the theory of Plate Tectonics and how plate motion influences the Earth's surface features.
    b) To explore and understand the data that supports the theory of Plate Tectonics.
  • Readings:
    a) The theory of plate tectonics: an animated presentation
    b) Review and additional reading about plate boundaries
  • Homework:
    a) Cutout activity: to help you visualize fracture zones
    b) Homework problems
  • Resources:
    a) Maps for your activities (print this document)
    b) About the Solid Earth Map data
  • Inquiry activity:
    a) Investigation: Plot the plate boundaries and identify boundary types
    b) Investigation: Plate Tectonics Now

IV. Discovering Plate Boundaries 2

  • Goals:
    a) More in-depth exploration of the theory of plate tectonics
    b) Understand how to use data to determine plate boundary types and plate velocity
    c) To learn how to make a scientific argument and put it in writing.
  • Readings:
    a) Review of plate tectonics theory
  • Homework:
    a) Print the assignment sheet and hand it in to your instructor when completed
  • Resources:
    a) Describing interesting features (review)
    b) Assessing a scientific argument
  • Inquiry activities:
    a) Measuring speed of plate creation homework
    b) Plate boundary investigation: click the Next button for instructions

V. Volcanoes, Hot Spots and Plate Motion

  • Goals:
    a) Understand the relationship between volcanoes, hots spots, and plate motion
    b) Be able to use Earth data to quantify and describe these relationships.
  • Inquiry Activity: Please do this activity prior to your readings
    a) Volcano geography inquiry
  • Readings:
    a) About Volcanoes - Part 1
    b) About Volcanoes - Part 2
    c) Reading about hot spots
  • Homework:
    a) About Volcanoes Part 2: Homework
    b) Calculating plate motion homework
  • Inquiry activity:
    a) Motion of Pacific Plate from Hawaiian Island chain ages
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