Through our five workshops together, we have provided
many classroom activities and earth science content in order to
emphasize two main themes:
Energy comes in many forms and the transfer of energy is responsible
for many earth processes and for shaping our Earth.
The Earth is one system that involves interactions between
the different “spheres” of our Earth: biosphere,
lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere.
At the last stop of this field trip, the teachers
were asked to take a moment to enjoy one of the most beautiful places
on Earth to contemplate these major themes. For a final activity,
teachers were asked to find one scene that exemplified these concepts
and themes and to make a sketch of it. They were reminded that just
because the concepts are large, that doesn’t mean that the
example has to be at a large scale. Even one grain of sand, as we
have learned, can tell a complex geologic story related to wave
energy, gravity, ocean currents, deposition, and rock formation.