Hydroplate theory for kidsellenjmchenry
HYDROPLATE THEORY for kids— teaching resources
This is an on-going project. I will be actively working on adding resources over the next few years.
Eventually, I hope to have an entire curriculum available. But until then, I will post miscellany.
NOTE: If you happen to be looking for a complete curriculum about geology for ages 10-15, and would like one that gives a solid foundation of mineral chemistry as well as being HPT-friendly, check out this book. (There is a whole chapter on limestone, with much content taken from ITB. Also, the last chapter has a 3-page summary of HPT, as well as quotes from N. Christian Smoot’s book “Tectonic Globaloney,” in which he refutes plate tectonics.)
FULL COURSE FOR MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL:
I just started this in December, 2020, and won’t finish it until March 2020, but you can follow along with as much as I have finished. Each lesson has several videos that break down the ideas into sizable chunks and explain things clearly and slowly. Click on the link below to go to the main course page.
“No Rain Before the Flood” Coloring Page (shows basics of hydrological cycle before and after Flood)
Grand Canyon geological layers coloring page (includes out-of-place quartzite block) This is an excerpt from my curriculum “Rocks and Dirt.” This activity isn’t for tiny kids even though it is a coloring activity. It is actually pretty challenging and could even be used with high school kids. The emphasis is on learning about the layers in the canyon so that you will be able to understand discussions and arguments about the layers. The activity is designed to be used with a free instructional video (via my own YouTube channel) that guides you step by step and discusses each feature of the drawing. Allow at least an hour.
Cross section of Mt. Everest: coming soon
Here is a high-content game for middle/high school (and adult!)
Here is a page where you an see a video about how to play it: https://ellenjmchenry.com/product/the-carbon-14-game/
Play a game to learn about alpha, beta and gamma decay (perfect for large or small groups)
DEMOS and EXPERIMENTS you can do at home:
Cross-over depth demonstration you can do at home Have you seen Kevin Lea’s demonstration of cross-over depth using a floating ball in a tall cylinder of water? Here is an easy way you can make your own version of this gadget using easy-to-find and inexpensive materials! If you want to see it in action, click here to see a video. If you want some help assembling it, click here for a video.
How gravity works– a fairly intensive hands-on lab for older kids (This lab is about the concepts involved in understanding how the expelled particles came together to make asteroids and comets.)
WORKSHEETS and QUIZZES based on In The Beginning:
Comet anatomy worksheet (might need to supplement with extra info)
HYDROPLATE THEORY MERCHANDISE:
Mugs and bags that will get conversations started at school or at the office!
Go to zazzle.com and search for “Hydroplate Theory.”