Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities

Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities
Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities
Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities
Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities
Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities
Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities
Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities
Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests, & Lab Activities
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This is a bundle of 6 environmental and earth science lessons on minerals, rocks, soil, fossil fuels, and renewable energy. Webquests, worksheets, PowerPoints, and lab activities are all included! It is designed to facilitate independent learning and is ideal for sub plans or simply to encourage self-instruction of basic concepts.

*This bundle is part of my Environmental Science: A One-Semester Course.

Each lesson includes:
1. Lesson- Content & vocabulary gained through internet links, videos, and/or PowerPoint presentations.
2. Activity- Lab, game, or class activity designed to apply the concepts learned in the lesson.
3: Assessment- Quiz, assignment, exit ticket, or project as a culmination and review of lesson

This curriculum is ideally geared towards high school students, but is appropriate for any student looking for an independent, student-centered approach to learning.

Lesson Plan topics include:
1. Minerals- Composition & Properties
characteristics, special properties and examples of minerals including color, luster, crystal formation, density, hardness, streak, and cleavage or fracture

2. Rocks & The Rock Cycle
general characteristics of rocks, rock cycle, uniformitarianism, plutonic and volcanic rocks, composition & texture of igneous rocks, sediments, clastic sedimentary rocks, chemical sedimentary rocks, and organic sedimentary rocks, weathering/erosion, types of metamorphism, foliated and non-foliated metamorphic rocks, felsic, mafic, ultramafic, and intermediate compositions, as well as common examples of each rock type

3. Soil Composition & Horizons
soil horizons and layers, soil texture, and soil composition. Students will love testing their own soil samples to determine the amounts of sand, silt, and clay.

4. Soil Erosion & Conservation
types of water erosion, types of wind erosion, necessity and practices for soil conservation

5. Fossil Fuels & Energy
nonrenewable v. renewable, coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, benefits and problems with each type

6. Renewable Energy Sources
biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, wind power, benefits and problems with each type

BONUS: Extension Activity: GMOs and Agriculture
*Each of my Environmental Science Bundles include a Current Event activity for extending student thinking. This activity allows students to research both sides of the debate surrounding Genetically Modified Crops.

My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:
1. Environmental Science: Atmosphere Bundle
2. Environmental Science: Biosphere Bundle
3. Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle
4. Environmental Science: Hydrosphere Bundle


These lessons are designed to be easy to use for both students and teachers. Regardless of whether you've taught Environmental Science for years or just need a few quick lessons to add to your science curriculum, this is the perfect selection.

You may also be interested in these lessons:
World Biomes Poster Project

Nitrogen Cycle Board Game

Ecology Task Cards

STEAM Lab: Building an Simple Electric Generator using Renewable Energy Sources

STEAM Bundle: Earth's Atmosphere-Composition & Layers


Designed and Implemented by: Anne Morgan, Biology & Environmental Science Teacher
Total Pages
113 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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  • This lesson uses PowerPoint, worksheets and engaging activities to help your students learn about characteristics, special properties and examples of minerals including color, luster, crystal formation, density, hardness, streak, and cleavage or fracture. **Please Note: This lesson is part of my En
  • The worksheets and activities in this lesson address general characteristics of rocks, facts about the processes of the rock cycle as well as specific information on the three types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, & metamorphic. This interactive activity will get your students up, out of their s
  • The worksheets and lab activities in this lesson address soil horizons and layers, soil texture, and soil composition. Your middle school or high students will love testing their own soil samples to determine the amounts of sand, silt, and clay. For a closer view of the materials included in this
  • Through the worksheets and lab experiments included in this bundle, middle school and high school students are introduced to the types of erosion and the need for soil conservation. Then, they create their own erosion barriers using household materials in the fun and engaging STEAM activity! **Ple
  • Through the web-quests, worksheets and STEAM activities included in these 2 lessons, middle school and high school students are introduced to nonrenewable and renewable energy sources. Then, they create their own electric generator and power it with student-made wind or water turbines. They will lo
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