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Gravestone Weathering
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In this activity (located on pages 9-14 of PDF), learners visit a cemetery to examine the distinguishing characteristics of rock weathering. After researching stone weathering and acid rain, learners apply their knowledge to collect data related to chemical decomposition and physical disintegration at a cemetery site. This detailed lesson guide includes tips for educators, pre/post activity suggestions, hands-outs, and background information.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Author:
Leanne Wiberg
National Museum of Natural History
Rocks Build America Foundation of the National Stone Association
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Date Added:
10/31/2000
Written in Bone: The Secret in the Cellar
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Forensic scientists are recovering buried clues of the lives of early colonists and discovering the stories written in their bones. Using graphics, photos, and online activities, this Webcomic unravels a mystery of historical and scientific importance about the life of a recently discovered 17th century human body along the James River on the Chesapeake Bay. Students can analyze artifacts and examine the skeleton for the tell-tale forensic clues that bring the deceased to life and establish the cause of death. Teacher resources are included. Note: Turn off pop-up blocker to successfully experience all site features.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Smithsonian Institution
Provider Set:
Social Sciences Gateways and Resources
Individual Authors
Date Added:
08/10/2011