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Astro-Venture Geology Training

Geology is broken down into 8 parts and an introduction section. Each is available in a separate PDF file that can be downloaded, printed and duplicated. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these files.

Overview
Introduction | PDF (878kb)
Lesson 1 | PDF (2.0mb)
Lesson 2 | PDF (1.4mb)
Lesson 3 | PDF (1.2mb)
Lesson 4 | PDF (1.7mb)
Lesson 5 | PDF (1.2mb)
Lesson 6 | PDF (1.3mb)
Lesson 7 | PDF (1.6mb)
Lesson 8 | PDF (4.8mb)

 

Astro-Venture Geology Training Unit Overview
The Astro-Venture Geology Lessons have been developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the purpose of increasing students' awareness of and interest in astrobiology and the many career opportunities that utilize science, math and technology skills. The lessons are designed for educators to use with students in grades 5-8 in conjunction with the Astro-Venture multimedia modules on the Astro-Venture Web site.
Geology Introduction
The Geology unit, objectives, standards, lesson structure and rubrics are explained in detail in the following document.
Astro-Venture Geology Introduction PDF (878kb)
Lesson 1: Geology Training Module
Students review the basic requirements for human survival. Using an online, multimedia module, they make changes to Earth’s layers and draw conclusions about the geologic conditions that are necessary for human survival.
Astro-Venture Geology Lesson 1: Geology Training Module PDF (2.0mb)
Lesson 2: Temperature, Pressure, and the Earth
Students explore the effects of pressure on temperature and states of matter and use this information to infer the conditions of the interior of the Earth.
Astro-Venture Geology Lesson 2: Temperature, Pressure, and the Earth PDF (1.4mb)
Lesson 3: Density
Students explore the properties that allow objects and liquids to float and use this information to infer the composition of the Earth’s layers.
Astro-Venture Geology Lesson 3: Density PDF (1.2mb)
Lesson 4: Convection in the Earth
Students explore conditions that might change the density of a substance, resulting in movement. They observe convection and use this information to infer how movement occurs inside the Earth.
Astro-Venture Geology Lesson 4: Convection in the Earth PDF (1.7mb)
Lesson 5: Plate Tectonics and Volcanism
Students explore plate movement and the relationship between plate tectonics and volcanoes.
Astro-Venture Geology Lesson 5: Plate Techtonics and Volcanism PDF (1.2mb)
Lesson 6: Carbon Cycle and Life
Students explore the steps in the carbon cycle and draw conclusions about the importance of the carbon cycle in the planetary temperature system.
Astro-Venture Geology Lesson 6: Carbon Cycle and Life PDF (1.3mb)
Lesson 7: Magnetic Field and Life
Students explore magnetic forces, fields, and the relationship between electricity. They use this information to infer how the Earth generates a protective magnetic field.
Astro-Venture Geology Lesson 7: Magnetic Field and Life PDF (1.6mb)
Lesson 8: Geology Conclusion: Summarizing Learning
Students review astronomy and atmosphere systems and draw connections to geological processes and structures. They then summarize their learning from this unit in a final project.
Astro-Venture Geology Lesson 8: Geology Conclusion: Summarizing Learning PDF (4.8mb)

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