Featured Lessons -- Downloadable Posters and Classroom Activities
Curriculum StandardsMath & Science: Exploring the Ancient World of Pangaea
Math & Science: Exploring Deep-Ocean Water Masses
Math & Science: Investigating Surface Currents Around the Globe
Lesson ActivitiesReal World Globes Lesson Booklet
Icosahedron Globe Ornament
Venus, Earth & Mars Measuring Tapes for 18" Globe Kit -- print out at 22" for correct scale
Galilean Satellites Lesson Activities & Answer Keys
Download Mapparium Poster
PangaeaExploring the Ancient World of Pangaea
Exploring the Ancient World of Pangaea Answer Key
Wegener's Puzzling Continents
Focal Mechanism Lesson ActivityHands-on Manipulative Teaching Aid
Once finished, the Focal Mechanism Solution Lab Kit allows a clear visual presentation. Re-orienting the globe shows how traditional "beach ball" pictures of different focal mechanisms (normal, reverse, strike-slip, oblique slip) are actually all the same, but just oriented differently. Spatial relations between nodal planes, P- and T-axes and slip vectors are much easier to demonstrate in three dimensions.
Spherical Protractor Lab Method: Assembled Grid Globe
Plot arrival data at globe locations corresponding to latitude and longitude of seismic stations. Closed circles indicate first "upward" motion, open circles indicate first "downward" motion. After plotting arrival data, use the spherical ruler to trace great circles separating regions of open circles from regions of closed circles. Use the protractor to draw a perpendicular to the great circle. To finish delineating open-circle and closed-circle quadrants, use the spherical ruler to draw a great circle through the perpendicular marks. This results in finished Focal Mechanism Solution, showing compressional (shaded, closed circle) quadrants and dilatational quadrants. Clear Hemisphere & Stereonet workboard---The Schmidt Net is a 2D representation of the lower hemisphere of the globe. The clear hemisphere allows visualization by drawing points and great circles (from above exercise) on it, showing how they project down to the workboard.
See additional lab activities in attached links, courtesy Dyanthe Weeraratne, Cal State Northridge.
Seismology & Structural Geology Lesson Activities from Cal State University NorthridgeLab: Daily Earthquakes and Interior Earth Structure
Lab: Fault Planes and Focal Mechanisms
Lab: Euler Poles
Oceanography Lesson ActivitiesThermohaline & Surface Circulation from Old Dominion University
El Niño and La Niña by Charles Dichiera
Venus, Earth and Mars System ScaleDownload System Scale
Including California State Standards for Mathematical Reasoning & Algebra
plus National Science Standards -- by Charles Dichiera
Planet Mars TopoGlobeThe Global Topography of Mars and Implications for Surface Evolution
Possible Ancient Oceans on Mars
Ancient Geodynamics and Global-Scale Hydrology on Mars
Mars AlbedoHubble Captures A Full Rotation of Mars
Mars Albedo Map by Hernandez and Troiani
Canals of MarsNewspaper article from 1964, "Life Beyond Our Planet"
EarthTopoGlobeInteractive 3D Globe by Weeraratne, D. S.
Activity One: Radiocarbon by Ryan H. Glaubke
Activity One: Radiocarbon Answer Key
Planet VenusResources for learning about the geology of Venus
Selected Readings in Venus Geology and Geophysics by Susan B. Yewell, 1993