An Earth Science Short Course
for San Francisco Unified School District Teachers
Are you feeling a bit shaky about teaching earthquakes?
Use the topic links below to view presentations and activities from a 2001-2002
short course designed to help San Francisco teachers of earth science understand
the major standards-based topics included in the newly adopted California
Science Standards for 6th and 9th grades.
A bit adrift about plate tectonics?
Do the topics of weathering and erosion make you want to crumble?
Tectonics Part I
Layers of the Earth, lithospheric plates, evidence for continental
drift, major geologic events as a result of plate tectonics
Tectonics Part II
Distribution of earthquake and volcanoes; a closer look at earthquakes
Materials Part I
The rock cycle, types of rock stories within the rocks
Materials Part II
Weathering and erosion, rivers and streams, beaches
Major features of California geology, the story of Mt. Diablo, a look
at San Francisco Bay
The Geology of San Francisco. Sites visited: Twin Peaks, Corona Heights,
Fort Point, Baker Beach, and Fort Funston.
was presented by the UC Museum of Paleontology, the California Academy of
Sciences, San Francisco State University, the Bay Area Earth Science Institute,
the US Geological Survey, and the SFUSD Project INQUIRES.
and Space Science Scope & Sequence offers related lessons, activities,
and resources. In addition, it includes 6, 9, and 12 week course outlines.
Though created to support 9th grade teachers in the San Francisco Unified
School District (and referencing Science Probe I and II textbooks published
by South-Western Educational Publishing), this resource will be valuable
to any middle or high school earth science teacher.
Science in the News, a monthly feature, takes a recent news story
and puts it in perspective with related Web pages and activities for
Updated September 3, 2002
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