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Earth Connections -- previously a column in our journal Washington Geology, now a stand-alone publication -- was created to help parents, homeschoolers, and teachers with K-12 geoscience education. Our aim is to provide suggestions or sources for low-cost or free, easy-to-use materials, lessons, activities, or field trips.

Earth Connections No. 1 [PDF; 95 Kb]
originally published as an insert in Washington Geology, v. 27, no. 1, July 1999

  • Sources for free teacher materials
  • Sources for earth science career information
  • Mount Rainier National Park's 100th birthday

Earth Connections No. 2 [PDF; 118 Kb]: Simple Experiments for Bringing Geology to Life
originally published in Washington Geology, v. 27, no. 2/3/4, December 1999

  • Shake, Rattle, and Liquefy: This experiment shows what happens when sediments liquefy during an earthquake
  • Condensing Geologic Time, or The Art and Science of Making Fossils: This experiment teaches about the process of fossil burial, preservation, and discovery

Earth Connections No. 3 [PDF; 899 Kb]
originally published in Washington Geology, v. 28, no. 1/2, September 2000

  • Hills, Scales, and Hiking Trails: This lesson teaches how to recognize topographic features and human-made structures on a topographic map
  • Virtual Vacation: This lesson encourages students to visit the national parks on the Internet and explore their geologic wonders

Earth Connections No. 4 [PDF; 921 Kb]
originally published in Washington Geology, v. 28, no. 3, May 2001

  • Reading a Wall: This lesson shows how observing differences in shape, size, color, mineralogy, and other characteristics of the stones in a wall can tell a lot about the history of the wall and of the stones themselves
  • Do Rocks Last Forever?: This lesson contains two experiments that illustrate the effects of weathering on rocks

Earth Connections No. 5 [PDF; 120 Kb]
originally published in Washington Geology, v. 29, no. 1/2, September 2001

  • Back to School—Tips for Classroom Speakers

Earth Connections No. 6 [PDF; 142 Kb]
originally published in Washington Geology, v. 29, no. 3/4, December 2001

  • Mudpile Mountain: This lesson demonstrates the effects of erosion and deposition on a mountain

Earth Connections No. 7 [PDF; 105 Kb]
originally published in Washington Geology, v. 30, no. 3/4, October 2002

  • Natural Resources and Your Holiday Tree: This lesson is about the natural resources go into manufacturing holiday decorations and gifts

Earth Connections No. 8 [PDF; 1.1 Mb]
March 2003

  • Mining Cut-out Collage Lesson: This lesson illustrates the interrelationship of mining and society
  • Everyone Needs a Rock: This lesson illustrates the different ways in which rocks are valued

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Stephanie Earls
Washington Geology Library, Librarian
360-902-1473
stephanie.earls@dnr.wa.gov

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State Geologist and Oil & Gas Supervisor
360-902-1439
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