Earth science training for our teachers is imperative. The one-day workshop provides third through eighth grade teachers with the background, vocabulary, hands-on projects and the motivation to teach the earth science curriculum.
The program includes lessons on:
- Earth structures, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
- Caves, soil, sand, erosion and deposition, plate tectonics, land feature maps, fossils and global history
- Geologic landforms, minerals, mining and reclamation and fossil fuels
- Energy resources
- Earth science careers
The “Hunt for Fossil Fuels” oil exploration game provides interactive learning about the energy industry. It relies on geology, geophysics and financial analysis and evaluation while using real seismic and well log data from the Denton prospect in Lea County, New Mexico.
Teachers received a “quarry load” of materials such as the Oil and Natural Gas book from the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the More! Rocks in Your Head manual, samples of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, mineral samples and test kit. They also received “A Rock is Born” laminated poster, a copy of the Hunt for Fossil Fuels oil exploration game on CD and a Tapestry of Time & Terrain map of the USA.
The program is headed up by Janie Schuelke, geoscience education consultant at Rocks in Your Head, which based in Houston, Texas. Schuelke promotes geoscience education for teachers in third through 12th grades.