This page lists all of the committee's on-line activities. They are grouped according to topic. Also included is an estimate of the level to which the activity is directed; some exercises could be modified for younger or older students. LE = lower elementary; UE = upper elementary; MS = middle school; HS = high school. Click on the name of the activity to go directly to the activity.

Rocks and Minerals
ACTIVITY LE UE MS HS
Panning for Gold and Magnetite X X    
Growing Crystals   X X  
Urban Rocks: Investigating Stone Used for Buildings and Monuments X X X X
Exploring for Copper Deposits       X
Trading in Gems   X X  
Mystery Minerals X X    
This Rock is Your Rock, This Rock is My Rock   X X  


Earth Works
ACTIVITY LE UE MS HS
How Fast do Sediment Grains of Different Sizes Settle?     X X
Field Exercise: Stream Flow Dynamics & Sedimentation       X
Modeling an Active (!!) Explosive Volcano   X X  
Stable Angles of Slopes   X X  
Layer Cake Geology   X X  
The Distance Between Us and Them: Sea Floor Spreading in the Atlantic Ocean     X X
Plate Movements and Climate Change     X X
Brittle vs. Ductile Rock Deformation   X X  


Water Works
ACTIVITY LE UE MS HS
How Much Water Is There?   X X  
What Water Would You Drink?   X X  
Density Currents X X X  


Fossil Explorations
ACTIVITY LE UE MS HS
Be a "Fossil Detective:" an Effective Tool in Earth Science Education X X X  
Hunting Invertebrate Fossils in the Classroom X X X  
Fossil Excavation   X    
Dinosaur Paleoecology: Determining the Diet of Ancient Animals   X X X
Paleogeographic Mapping X X X  
Tooth Detectives: Determining the Diets of Extinct Animals   X X  
Trace Fossils   X X  
Tree Rings as Records of the Past X X X  


Maps, Maps, and More Maps
ACTIVITY LE UE MS HS
What is a Geologic Map and How is it Used?       X
We're on the Map!   X X  
Customized Topographic Maps and Relief Models   X X  


Time and Design
ACTIVITY LE UE MS HS
Modeling Geologic Time   X X  
Pattern and Design in Nature   X    


Geology, Society, and the Environment
ACTIVITY LE UE MS HS
Is the Earth Warming? A Test of the Effect of Increased Carbon Dioxide on the Thermal Properties of Air     X X
Acid Rain and Geology   X X X
Geology in the News   X X X
Shake, Rattle and Roll: Studying the Effects of an Earthquake   X X  
Fenwick Island, Maryland and Beyond. Who Owns the Sand?     X X
The Energy Game: Finding Energy Resources   X X  
Where Is Oil Found? X X X  
Why Do We Need Petroleum?   X X  
Plotting the Petroleum Plume     X X

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 Online June 1997; updated July 2008