THE HIDDEN NATURE & MOVEMENT OF PLANET EARTH: Earth Science and what it Means for Us in the Pacific Northwest

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Essential Questions: 
  • What is the nature of the Earth beneath our feet & how can we know?
  • What makes the Pacific Northwest look the way it does?
  • How and where can I read the Earth's autobiography?
  • How can I prepare for whatever the Earth has in store?
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Convection & Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes & Volcanoes
  • Mineral & Rock type identification
  • The Rock cycle
  • Geology of the Pacific Northwest: 4-day field trip to Mt St. Helens
  • Emergency preparedness
Skills and Processes: 
  • Interpreting seismographs to infer the layers of the Earth
  • Modeling global plate tectonics and predicting geologically active (and hazardous) locations
  • Identifying rock type and common minerals
  • Reading topographic maps, geologic maps, and satellite images to understand regional geography
  • Preparing yourself and your family for possible Earth hazards


  • Adopt a tectonic plate project and presentation
  • Layers of the Earth seismograph lab conclusion
  • Rock & Mineral ID quiz
  • Rock Cycle Story
  • Mt. St. Helens field notes
  • Emergency preparedness plan
  • Vocano!
  • NSTA Project Earth Science: Geology Curriculum
  • NSTA Earth Science Puzzles
  • Road Guide to Mt. St. Helens
  • Prentice Hall- Dynamic Earth
  • Smithsonian institute - Volcanology Website
Multicultural Dimension: 
  • Native American mythology of Mt. St. Helens
Integrated Learning: 
  • Historical perspectives and theories on the nature of the Earth
  • Rock cycle writing assignment
  • The exponential scale of the Richter Scale
  • reading and interpreting maps