Through research articles, inquiry-based activities, videos, games, and other multimedia, students investigate and analyze Earth's past, present, and future to unlock its geologic mysteries.
Through their missions, students will:
- Determine how to locate rare minerals that drive technological innovation
- Explain how a devastating volcanic eruption can drive the cycle of life
- Propose a plan to store carbon dioxide deep underground
- Investigate how gravity can point us to underwater mountains taller than Mt. Everest!
- Learn how maps have aided exploration over the centuries
- Meet exciting host researchers and learn about their work
Available in print and online editions, Operation: Tectonic Fury is designed to fit within school districts' core curriculum. It provides at least five to nine weeks of material with suggested lesson plans, extensions, interdisciplinary connections, and other teacher resources.
The Operation: Tectonic Fury curriculum includes...
Mission 1: The Building Blocks - Earth's Rocks and Minerals
Dr. Mike Wise
Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History
Search for and discover invaluable rocks and prized minerals hidden deep under our feet.
Mission 2: Earth's Changing Face - Weathering, Erosion, and Soils
Dr. Virginia Dale
Mathematical Ecologist, Director
Center for BioEnergy Sustainability - Oak Ridge National Lab
Oak Ridge, TN
Scour Earth's surface for evidence of weathering and erosion - processes that sculpt and shape our ever-changing planet.
Mission 3: Analyzing the Evidence - Dating, Fossils, and Geologic Time
Dr. George Guthrie
Focus Area Leader, Geosciences
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Unravel the mysteries of Planet Earth using ancient clues and cutting-edge technologies.
Mission 4: Earth on the Move - Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes
Dr. Walter Smith
Silver Spring, MD
Journey through the oceans and Earth's outer layers to its core to better understand the dynamic nature of our planet.