Earth Science 2012

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Water Links

Started by Sara Bier. Last reply by Crystal Dawn Gross Jun 28, 2012. 2 Replies

EPA's Thirsten Water Cycle Water Data Site…Continue

Virginia watersheds maps

Started by Mark Robinson Jun 28, 2012. 0 Replies

Here's a link to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries page with several maps related to water sheds.…Continue

Definition of Soil

Started by Mark Robinson. Last reply by Mark Robinson Jun 27, 2012. 1 Reply

Here's a definition of soul from the NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service):soil - (i) The unconsolidated mineral or organic material on the immediate surface of the Earth that serves as a…Continue

Geologic Time Activities

Started by Sara Bier. Last reply by Elaine Ann Childress Jun 27, 2012. 2 Replies

This activity uses a roll of toilet paper to illustrate the depth of geologic time.…Continue

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Comment by Elaine Ann Childress on July 17, 2012 at 11:59am

Does anyone have good sites for teaching Weather, Climate, Seasons for 5th graders.  I'm in need of ppts, activities, and anything since the school books other than our MSP textbook.  Thanks


Comment by Elaine Ann Childress on July 15, 2012 at 8:19pm

Hey classmates,

I just found a great site that helps show what the earth looks like and how it is being explored from inner core out.  Please let me know if you can help me make it converted into something I can show at my school if I'm blocked.  It isn't youtube, but several of these sites are blocked and I'm hoping together we can find a way to show these great sites/videos still.  Here's the site.

thanks Elaine

Comment by Crystal Dawn Gross on June 30, 2012 at 8:45am

I certainly learned more than I realized! The pre test was difficult for me. The post test was actually easy. I plan on doing several activities & I'm taking my husband on a "field trip" today (the same one we did yesterday!)   Thanks, Sara & Eric!  

Comment by Elaine Ann Childress on June 30, 2012 at 6:19am

Wonderful time--recommend it to others and excited for next year.  Thanks everyone--Sara & Eric it was great being one of your kids this week :P, Dr. Arnold and the staff--great job and enjoyed it--classmates loved meeting and working with all of you!  Take care and love sharing with you on the website throughout the year.  Thanks again!

Comment by LaDon L. Casey on June 29, 2012 at 8:24pm

I enjoyed meeting you all and working with you. Have a great rest of the summer.


Comment by Elaine Ann Childress on June 29, 2012 at 7:09am

Great sites Crystal--I can use them in several classes even if I do 5-7th grade science. I enjoyed meeting you this week too.

Comment by Crystal Dawn Gross on June 28, 2012 at 10:49pm

A link some/all of you may find useful:   ALL FREE SCIENCE IDEAS AND PRINTABLES:)  Great website for ALL grades.

Comment by Elaine Ann Childress on June 28, 2012 at 9:21pm

River was great today-thanks Sara and Eric!.  Loved learning about water, oceans, and class experiments too!

Comment by Sara Bier on June 28, 2012 at 5:25pm
Comment by Elaine Ann Childress on June 27, 2012 at 6:31pm

Michael--Can you put on the sites from today on our comment wall? 

I found these on the items we did today.

Volcano's for younger kids or ones still needing to review (like me :) )

this one has interesting items such as interviewing a volcano on it

Volcano and Earthquake items

Volcano animation site for kids

This one has more for upper level students or gifted and I like how it talks about different types of volcanoes too.

YouTube Volcano explosion in 3D--cool

Earthquake info and animations

These animations have faults and other items besides earthquakes

Like this one too on earthquakes and it has several that explain what happens to items like a town

This is great to show structural damage with different types of building structures, land, etc...

Fault model lesson/activity like what we did today

Great earthquake site that gives other sites that are helpful too.

Hope these are helpful to you all.  I could use some sites dealing with the rocks and when they move like with faults, dikes and all--send any you find kid friendly to me :)


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Blog Posts

Earth Science Videos

Posted by Susan Carole Welker on May 26, 2014 at 11:06am 0 Comments

Check out my new videos...Dig, Rocks 1, Rocks 2, and Creek.

Have a great summer!

Phases of the Moon Activity

Posted by Jennifer Martin on June 21, 2013 at 11:32am 0 Comments


Do shadows change size during the day?

Posted by Susan Carole Welker on June 20, 2013 at 11:30am 0 Comments

These Lesson Plans go with my Shadows video

Susan C. Welker

First Grade

Sullins Academy

Physical Science

Light and Shadows


Recognize your shadow moves, shrinks, and grows because the Sun’s light comes from different directions through the day.

Recognize the sun is a source of light that hits certain objects and causes shadows.


My Shadow recording sheet



Make Your Own Greenhouse

Posted by LISA MCCARTY on June 7, 2013 at 3:28pm 0 Comments


PURPOSE:  Recreate the greenhouse effect and measure its effect on temperature.


  • Two identical empty plastic bottles (one with cap)
  • Two identical alcohol thermometers
  • Tape


  1. Make a h*** near the top of the first  plastic bottle and insert one thermometer.
  2. Use a tape to hold the thermometer in place and prevent any air from escaping…




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