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How do I add a lab to Earth Science course?

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ideas for labs/actvities

Here's a list of high school Earth Science Activities and Labs from K12. Click on each unit for the specific lab activities to go with that topic, and you'll come up with a bunch to choose from. If your Earth Science is a full 1-credit high school course, I suggest completing a minimum of 18 labs (an average of 1 lab every 2 weeks), up to as many as 24 labs, to meet the usual requirements for a lab science course. Choose labs that fit with the material being covered in your course, AND that are not overly-difficult to reproduce in your home.


the lab report

Here are instructions on "how to write a lab report", and then here is the sample lab report from the same K12 group -- it is extremely detailed  (more than the typical high school science lab report). Here's a less detailed sample lab report from the Donna Young website, which is more typical of high school science lab reports. When writing up the lab and listing equipment, use the formal science terms of: test tube, graduated cylinder, balance, and pipette -- not the kitchen terms of glass jar, measuring cup, kitchen scale, and eyedropper. If a lab activity is very brief, you probably do not need to write a lab report. Or, if you have several brief, related lab activities, write them up together in a single lab report. Definitely write up reports for longer/more involved labs, and where applicable, create a graph or table to go with it to show results.



You might check out the TOPS Rocks & Minerals unit (be sure to also purchase the supply kit) for some basic lab activities. And here is a Virtual Lab for testing rocks that is fun -- just make sure you also do plenty of live, hands-on labs, and use the virtual labs as supplement.


Enjoy! Warmest regards, Lori D.

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Looks like your text covers:

- (Astronomy) Constellations, Earth’s Motions, Moon, Sun, Planets, Exploration of Space

- (Meteorology) Weather Instruments, Atmosphere, Violent Storms

- (Geology) Geology, Minerals, Rocks

- (Earth Science) Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Mountains, Erosion, Glaciers, Oceanography


Looks the lab units cover:

- unit i: composition of the earth’s crust (10 labs)

- unit ii: the dynamic crust (10 labs)

- unit iii: surface processes (6 labs)

- unit iv: landforms and topographic maps (33 labs)

- unit v: earth’s history (10 labs)

- unit vi: meteorology (19 labs)

- unit vii: climate and insolation (10 labs)

- unit viii: the earth in space (19 labs)


So a match up of those lab units with your text subjects:

- Unit I = Geology

- Unit II, III, IV, V = Earth Science

- Unit VI, VII = Meteorology

- Unit VIII = Astronomy

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Rocks and minerals kit, weather station kits, trips to planetariums, fields trips to rock and mineral sections of museums, if you live near the cost there are usually museums that have weekend-long/weeklong trips to test water quality/ocean features, trips to places where there are interesting rock strata formations Grand Canyon, Palisades Interstate Parkway in NJ, etc..).

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