Science Picture Explorations: A Set of Mini Lessons

Science Picture Explorations: A Set of Mini Lessons

These mini-lessons are designed to introduce young children to and encourage exploration of a variety of subjects related to the process and science of scientific ocean drilling. They can be used as a unit in any order; alternatively each lesson can stand alone.

JOIDES Resolution Papercraft Model

Print page two and three out on heavyweight card stock then read all instructions below before proceeding. Use the images on this page for reference. Materials: Fast-setting white glue or tape, sharp razor knife or scissors, small metal ruler, and lastly, patience.

Why study forams?

Foraminifera allow scientists to look at the past and compare it to today’s world to see how the Earth has changed over time. Scientists gain a better understanding of the Earth by looking at the distribution of foraminifera. Liv- ing forams are like mirrors on present-day condi- tions, while fossil foraminifers provide clues to past environments and how the surface of the Earth has changed over time. There are over 4000 extant (living) foram species today,…

Cretaceous Impact Kit

Sixty five million years ago, a 10 km meteorite crashed into what is now Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, creating a 177 km crater and causing mass extinctions across the globe. There are two kits focused on this event that challenge students to look at the evidence to make inferences about the past. General Introduction Cretaceous Impact Kit:     Introduce the JOIDES Resolution research vessel and scientific ocean drilling;     Demonstrate how cores and sediment records drilled…