Teaching Geology

Teaching the Rock Cycle and Geology

The study of geology can have a monumental impact on how we approach potential issues in environment, climate, and natural resources, as well geotechnical engineering. It is important to understand how Earth was shaped to better prepare for any and all future changes.

Listed below is a collection of resources for students, educators, and all other geology enthusiasts.

Fun Geology for Kids

There are many educational approaches that can boost interest in geology for young students, including games, outings, and hands-on applications. An early passion for geological knowledge will help establish a stronger foundation for later studies.

Geological Timelines

To understand the Earth’s current physical standing, it is important to study the historical evolution of Earth’s geology. Geological timelines can show a great breadth of perspective in the geological history, explaining how land mass has changed over time, and the factors that have influenced the change.

Rock Cycles & Samples

Rock cycles explain the three main types of rock: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous, that creates the basic geological landscape of the Earth. Topics discussed may include influencing factors such as environmental erosion, plate tectonics, and time.

Plate Tectonics/Earth Structure

The changes in the Earth’s structure are explained by the theory of plate tectonics, which advocates that lithospheric plates have shifted and moved with time. Driving forces such as gravity, dynamics, and rotation in plate tectonics, continental drift, and boundary reconstruction may be emphasized, as well as what these factors could mean for future movement.

Lesson Plan Ideas

Geology offers a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning and activities, such as rock and mineral observation and field trips. Supplemental activities may help facilitate classroom lessons by providing a creative and visceral outlet.

Related Geological Topics and Other Resources

Geology has many subdivisions and branches. Modern geology includes emphasis on resource evaluation and research, specifically for petroleum and water sources. Better understanding of natural disasters is also heavily pursued, used for engineering and architectural planning.