Geological Field Trips: Glaciers
Students will utilize the Internet to take a "virtual field trip" to visit a glacier and discover what the physical effects are on the land. They will also have the opportunity to visit Vermont and trace the pictorial history of how a whale's fossils were found there.
Patti Zvanut, ABC Unified School District, Cerritos, CA USA
WWW Resource Address:
Two forty-five minute periods in the computer lab.
Suggested Grade Level:
Students will work in groups of two on a computer that has access to the Internet.
Students may make a PowerPoint or Hyperstudio presentation on the topic or related topics and present it to the class.
Sixteen computers that have access to the Internet. Teacher made worksheets. Student floppy disks or any other removable storage media to store all work and bookmarks.
Read background information on glaciers by reviewing all the options on the Internet address.
Make copies of Glacier worksheet for students.
Students must have the skills to use a Web Browser, Word Processor and know how to save their work in the correct locations.
Students will complete the Previous Knowledge section of their worksheet independently.
Students will choose a partner to work with on the computer.
Students will log on to the Internet and begin typing in the Glacier address.
Students will read and work together to answer the questions on their worksheet while exploring glaciers, and visiting Vermont's whale fossil.
Students will take turns using the keyboard, and both will be responsible for recording their own notes, and answers. They will work cooperatively as a team.
Students will be evaluated on both their cooperative behavior, and the quality of their work.
************** Worksheet: *************
Partner's Name ___________________
Virtual Field Trip on the Internet to Explore Glaciers
1. Describe a glacier. What is it made of? _________________________________________________________________________
2. What do glaciers do to the land as they move around? _________________________________________________________________________
3. Name some places where someone can see a real glacier. _________________________________________________________________________
Click on the hyper link or type the URL below.
Field Trip Questions
Click on: What are Glaciers?
1. What are glaciers made of? How were they formed?
Click on: What are the physical effects of glaciers?
2. What does a glacier do to the bedrock surface of the earth as it moves around?
3. Vermont was once completely covered with glaciers. What evidence do we
have that proves this?
Click on: How Did a Whale Get In Vermont?
4. What kind of whale was preserved in the sediments of the Champlain Sea?
Click on: How the whale was preserved in the sediments.
Draw and color four pictures showing how the whale was preserved and found as a fossil in Vermont.
Write a brief caption (in your own words) that explains your illustrations. You may want to put a rectangular frame around each of your four pictures.
Created August 1, 1997
Last Revised March 23, 2000