Earth Science Extras

Earth Science Extras will offer our members a variety of Earth Science content that may be downloaded. Files available for downloading will be listed at the bottom of this page.

  1. A Walk Through Time: Students will walk 460 steps, stopping along the way to learn about significant events in Michigan's geologic history. These activities are contained in two PDF files. Download ==> WTT1.PDF and WTT2.PDF
  2. Michigan Weather: Each year Accord Publishing produces a weather calendar that includes climate data from various US cities as well as cities from around the world. The 2009 calendar included a variety of data for Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Marquette. One Excel file is available to download that includes this monthly data. Download ==> MI_Climate.xls
  3. Why Earth Science brochures: The American Geological Institute has released a brochure designed to provide basic information as to why Earth Science is an important subject to be taught to our students. Two PDF files are available to download, one is in English, the other in Spanish. Download ==> Why_Earth_Science.pdf and/or WES_SpanishforWeb.pdf
  4. Earth Science Literacy Principles: An Earth Science Literacy Principles Guide and a video covering the nine big ideas mentioned in the guide, are available at the following website: Note: the guide is available in both English and Spanish.
  5. Fluorescent Minerals: This handout includes the chemistry of fluorescence, types of fluorescence, common examples of fluorescence, fluorescence activities and resources. Download ==> MESTA_Fluorescent_Minerals.pdf
  6. Walking in the Footsteps of Galileo: This PowerPoint and support references document highlight the life of Galileo and his observations of the Galilean moon. Download ==> Walking_Footsteps_Galileo.ppt and Selected_References_WFG.pdf
  7. MESTA 2014 Conference Presentation: These PowerPoints contain the images used during the keynote address given by Dr. Daria Kluver (CMU) at the 2014 MESTA Conference. The topic of the address was "The Winter of 2013/2014 - What Happened to Climate Change?". Due to the size of the images, the presentation has been broken up into two parts. Download ==> Kluver_MESTA_2014_Images_P1.ppt and Kluver_MESTA_2014_Images_P2.ppt
  8. Temperature Variability Activity: This exercise allows students to practice evaluating temperature variability at weather stations. Using dice, students will determine and plot the temperature variability for a weather station over a twenty year period of time. Once all groups have created their station's graph (temperature vs. year), students will attempt to determine what the temperature trend is for each of the other groups weather stations. Download ==> variability_exercise.doc and variability_graph.doc
  9. MESTA Year of the Dwarf Planets activities: Four handouts review the session presented at the MESTA 2015 conference by Ardis Herrold. Download ==> MESTA Dwarfs.doc, Determining the Composition of Pluto.doc, Characterizing KBO, and Potato Light Curves.doc
  10. What Can We Teach Using Sand?: This handout shows how to use sand samples to illustrate basic concepts or processes in earth and marine sciences. Different classifications of sand are also shown. Download ==> What_We_Can_Teach_Using_Sand.pdf

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