This is a fun activity for students and teacher any time of the year, but it helps me to learn how creative each student is, their academic skills, and how they work with others. In this 7-10 day activity, students research areas of Earth Science, and construct an Earth Scientist. Not only are students engaged in higher order thinking, making choices, and synthesizing research but they learn the areas of Earth Science in your opening chapters in a hands on, brains on way. You may want to schedule a trip to the computer lab or library, too. Last, the 4 different leaders within groups works nicely for differentiated learning. My math leaders have done some amazing things, and one time I had students that created a 3-d model of a marine biologist!
This activity has always dispelled the idea that meteorologists study meteors! The presentations and constructed Earth Scientist delight visiting administrators, and give you excellent display material for bulletin boards, doors, and opening night.
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Construction of an Earth Scientist
by Donna Scott
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