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Restless Earth - Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes

In this three week course, we'll dive deep into the Earth's crust to learn about how volcanoes and earthquakes are formed. We'll model plate tectonics, experiment with lava from kitchen ingredients, and look at real time earthquake data.
Lisa Greenhut
399 total reviews for this teacher
26 reviews for this class
Completed by 84 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 3 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Thu Dec 1

Dec 1 - Dec 15 (3 weeks)
9pm - 9:55pm
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Class Experience

Students will identify the types of plate boundaries - convergent, divergent, and transform - and explain how each one leads to observable results on Earth's surface.
Students will create a map of earthquakes using scientific data.
Students will model low and high viscosity and describe how it can affect volcanic eruptions.
Week 1: Plate Tectonics -plate or tray -wax paper, parchment paper, or foil -icing -graham crackers -provided printout -pencil -paper towel or washcloth Note: If you would rather do this session with non-food items, let me know and I will provide an alternative. Week 2: Earthquakes -provided printout -pencil Week 3: Volcanoes -flat covered surface -paper towel or washcloth -bowl with lid OR several Ziploc bags -baking soda -vinegar -dish soap
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Lisa Greenhut
Lives in the United States
Museum educator, science enthusiast and homeschooling parent
399 total reviews
269 completed classes

About Me

My name is Lisa and I love science! I'm a science educator at the American Museum of Natural History, and I want to bring science classes straight to you. Some of my favorite topics are:
-Rocks and Minerals - Geology rocks!
-Volcanoes - Explosive... 
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