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Instructional Materials in Geology

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Geology. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Air Quality Theme Page

Avalanches Theme Page

Biomes Theme Pages

Earthquakes Theme Page

Floods Theme Page

Glaciers Theme Page

Oceanography Theme Page

Rocks, Minerals, and Mining Theme Page

Tsunamis Theme Page

Volcanoes Theme Page

Water Quality Theme Page


General Geology Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Earth Science. Please read our disclaimer.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Science: Earth Science
There are a number of lessons on geology/earth science within this collection.

Earth Science Lessons
Over 150 lessons plans, organized by grade level, from the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition.

Earth Science Lesson Plans
This University of Cincinnati collection of earth science lesson plans is organized under seven categories: The Earth as a Planet; The Whole Earth; Weather and Climate; Rocks, Minerals and Sediments; Streams, Groundwater, Glaciers and Erosion; Fossils and Earth's History; and Earthscience/Environment. Note that only a few of these lessons are their own; most originate from other organizations such as Big Sky Telegraph, Nebraska, etc. As such, you may find lessons that you've already seen from other links on this CLN page. However, visiting this site is worthwhile because of the size of the collection.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Earth Science
Select "Science" and then "Earth Science" on their Lesson Collection Page to find over a dozen lesson plans in this subject.

Geology Lesson Plans
The Nebraska Earth Science Education Network (NESEN) has collected about 25 lesson plans in geology from NESEN teachers.

Grade 12 Provincial Examinations
Full information on the BC Grade 12 provincial examinations, including exam timetables, exam results, holistic scoring guides, reports to schools and general information. Select "Examinations and Keys (Grade 12 Provincial)" to download previous exams.

Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs)
These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education Science curricula in K-12.

New York State Regents Examinations
The N.Y. State Regents Examinations are a set of subject-based standardized tests for N.Y. high school students. Here are two resources, from different organizations, that can help teachers and students prepare for these or other similar standardized exams.
  • New York State Education Department Download PDF formatted copies of recent Regents Examinations and answer keys from this page.
  • Regents Exams Prep Centre: Earth Science The Prep Centre, developed by Oswego County high school teachers, is intended to help Grade 12 teachers and students prepare for the N.Y. Regents Exams. Teachers can access sets of sample questions that are organized by subject and then by topic. Alternatively, students can attempt the questions, view the correct answer, or follow a link to a tutorial on the curricular content in the question if they need assistance.

Project Primary
Professors and primary teachers have collaborated to produce a set of hands-on activities for the teaching of science. This link goes directly to their section on geology.

Science Lab
Here's a collection of science experiments that explore various geological concepts within the oil industry. Experiments have a teacher's guide and can be related to informational articles within the site's "Science Watch." Geological topics include collecting data from bore holes, viscosity, buoyancy of drilling fluid, and rock absorbency.

Teaching in the Learning Web
These educational resources can be used in a multidisciplinary classroom to teach earth science concepts. Included are activities for teaching global change, an interdisciplinary set of materials for grade 7-12 students to learn about maps, and observations for students to learn about faults.

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Note : The sites listed above all have lesson plans/activities for the Geology classroom teacher. For other resources in this subject area (e.g., instructional materials in General Science, Life Science, or Physical Science), or for curricular content and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.

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