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If you put together your own Earth Science, what did you use?

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I'm trying to decide on Earth Science for next year, 6th grade. I have this book http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Science-Nancy-Spaulding/dp/0618499385/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1297211871&sr=8-3


I figure I'll just use it as a spine and get some living books on topics of interest. I'm wondering what resources are out there for experiments for earth science.


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Here is my rough plan for 6th and 7th grade next year:


The Nature of Earth DVDs by the Teaching Company

Pick related projects from How the Earth Works

Gem Trails of Southern California



This will be half our year. After that will be Astronomy which I have not thought through yet.


Obviously we haven't used any of the resources yet; so I don't know yet how well it will work.



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DS did Earth science last Fall (no astronomy part; he had done that ion 5th).

We used the web based curriculum jason.org (free!).

We used some generic highschool Earth Science text as a spine, supplemented with books from the library about weather, volcanoes, oceans.

DS is a very visual learner and loves documentaries. He watched for Earth science:



  • National Geographic: Nature's Fury
  • National Geographic: Amazing Planet
  • The Blue Planet: Seas of Life: Open Oceans / The Deep
  • National Geographic: Secret Yosemite; Secret Yellowstone
  • Yellowstone: Battle for Life, Winter
  • Volcanoes of the Deep Sea: IMAX


· National Geographic: Volcano: Nature's Inferno


· BBC: Before the Dinosaurs: Walking with Monsters (3 episodes)


· Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (6 episodes)


· BBC: Walking with Dinosaurs (6 episodes)


· History channel: How the Earth was made


· BBC: Earth: The Biography (5 Episodes)

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- Reader's Digest How Earth Works (spine and experiments)

- TOPS Rocks & Minerals (with supply kit) -- for additional experiments



- Rader's Geography 4 Kids website

- PBS Savage Earth series online

- Geology Rocks! (fun hands-on ideas)

- looked up a lot of topics online for short videos, photos, etc.

additional books, DVDs, and resources from the library to go more in depth on specific topics as desired

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I did use the Reader's Digest book, but I ended up using primarily Oregon State's Volcano World website for my tectonics, earthquake and volcano work. And I mostly used the MSNucleus site for my other topics, adding in our own readings, too. They have some decent labs for earth science.... I actually printed the info off so that I had a book to use, but you could do it online, too....





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We used the Delta Nutshell kits. They are expensive but very good. There are a lot of earth science kits, I would recommend the rocks one highly. They also come with enough materials that you could do it with other families if you wanted or just share the kit and the cost. I used them with a younger child but they would be appropriate with older kids.



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