Dynamic Earth
Dynamic Earth. Learn how the movement of Earth's crust causes earthquakes and volcanoes.

Today’s Activities

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READ IT! WRITE IT!

Earthquakes and volcanoes are caused by changes on the Earth’s surface, but what about rocks coming from outer space? Read this fiction story about the choice a family must make when a meteorite lands on their land.

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Brain Teasers!

Brain Teasers! Challenge yourself to solve these math puzzles. Share one or more with someone else and explain your thinking.

Leveled learning extension 1: Reinforce your math skills with these pages which offer more basic math problems! 

Leveled learning extension 2: Tease your brain with these worksheets to target foundational math skills!

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Earth Plates?

No, not plates like in your kitchen cabinets! We are talking about tectonic plates. Explore this interactive document from Shary Trent of Columbia Elementary School to find out how tectonic plates are related to earthquakes and volcanoes, then create a physical model to explain this phenomenon.

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Get Up and Dance!

Have a dance competition with your family. Who has the best moves?

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Field Day!

Field Day!

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