Earth Scientist Presentation:
“Researching People Who Are the True Rock Stars”
Purpose: Research famous people in Earth Science and present them to the class. Each student will research their famous Earth scientist and do a short oral presentation of 2¼ – 2 ¾ minutes on their person.
Group 1: Ptolemy – geocentric universe and epicycles, Erathosthenes – circumference of the Earth, Nicolas Steno – fossils and discovering principle of inclusion (by looking at a dead shark), Pliny the Younger – Vesuvius and types of volcanic eruptions
Group 2: Nicolas Copernicus – heliocentric universe and retrograde motion, James Hutton – old age of Earth and uniformitarianism, Johannes Kepler – laws of planetary motion (1st and 2nd laws), William Smith - first geology map, Pierre-Simon Laplace-formation of solar system (nebular theory), Louis Agassiz – Ice Ages, Mary Anning – plesiosaur and ichthyosaur, George Cuvier – discovery of extinctions, Edmond Halley – Halley’s comet, Benjamin Franklin - lightning
Group 3: Roy Chapman Andrews – Indricotherium and Andrewsarchus, Jacques Piccard – bottom of Marianas Trench, Jan Hendrick Oort -Oort cloud, Clyde Tombaugh – Pluto and dwarf planets, J Harlen Bretz – Missoula floods and channeled scablands, Andrew Lawson – San Andreas Fault, Charles Walcott – anomalicaris and trilobites.
Group 4: Edwin Hubble – evidence for Big Bang Theory, Walter Alvarez -dinosaur extinction, Louis Leakey - Australopithecus afarensis, Stephen Hawking – black holes, Gene Shoemaker – comet shoemaker-levy and impact craters, Rachel Carson – pesticides and ecology, Jack Horner – dinosaur behavior, Ted Fujita – tornados and how they form, Dr. Eddie Bernard (professor at University of Washington) – tsunamis and how formed
Electronic Resources from the Athens Academy Library
To find database-specific usernames and passwords, check in your Shared with me folder on Google Drive or navigate to SpartanNet, then choose: Resources > Middle/Upper School Media Center > Electronic Resources.
Of course you can always google it... But try these too!
Earth Scientist Research
You should provide:
Brief biography of person’s life and personal accomplishments. Anything unusual or interesting about the person should be mentioned. Make this fun and not a list of dates! Put this information under your Google doc “Biography” page. Suggested maximum presentation length – 45 seconds
Explain 1 or 2 of the person’s contributions to Earth Science. Put this information under your Google doc “Contribution” page. Suggested maximum presentation length – 1 min 45 sec.
Use Powerpoint for presentation of your Earth Scientist and their contributions.
Create a Partial Bibliography for your report under your Google doc “ Partial Bibliography” page, print, and hand in to Mr. Trimpe.
a. You may use as many resources as you want, but you have to have at least 3 sources, one from each category below:
- 1 of your sources be a book or magazine (periodical)
- 1 from the library’s Electronic Resources
- 1 from researching on the internet.
b. Partial Bibliography must name:
- the title of article
- a sentence on how and where you found the article
- if found on internet, include web address.
Example: Famous Astronomers and Astrophysicists. I found this website using a google search for “famous astronomers”. http://phys.kent.edu/~manley/astronomers.html.
5. Fill out “Website Validity” sheet under Google doc “Website Validity” page, print, and hand in to Mr. Trimpe
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Ms. Digel Drake Ms. Terry
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