Just getting started? Whether you are teaching about cores, specific geologic events, or the process and nature of science, these resources will meet your needs:

  • Peak students interest and develop science skills by having them make their own observations and generate questions from core models, photos from Treasure Chest of Cores, or Core Thumbnails. Use a simple sheet or What You See is What You Get to record.
  • Follow up student observations with a short reading What is a Core? and the JR Time Machine video.
  • If extinction events are your thing, then use the Cretaceous Impact Kit to have students explore core evidence for the impact that took place 65 million years ago that killed the dinosaurs and so much more.
  • Need something quick and easy? Download the Lab Book: Core Description Card.
  • Or learn how to Access and Download Scientific Ocean Drilling Data and Publications the easy way.

Activities that delve deeper into sedimentary core analysis:

  • Core Understanding – Core Description and Lithostratigraphy will give students an opportunity to further develop their observational and interpretive skills using terminology and processes used on the ship.
  • Talk about inquiry…in Inquiry into Sediment Cores  students use authentic core images, data, and dichotomous key to plot the distribution of global marine sediments (they learn what the different types are too!) then make inferences about what controls their distribution.
  • Your students will discover the motivation and impact of a coring expedition with the case study Window on Arctic Coring that focuses on the question Why drill there? and gets them thinking about science as an evolving process.

If it is hard rocks and oceanic crust you are after, try these with the Hole Story Poster Images!

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