Unit C: The Dynamic Earth

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Leveled Independent Science Books

Extra Support

Starting a Rock Collection
Summary: Describes how rocks are formed, classified, collected, and displayed.

On Level

Volcano: Pompeii
Summary: Describes in detail what happened when Mt. Vesuvius erupted.

Challenge

The Story of Sue: T. Rex
Summary: Describes the discovery of a dinosaur and how it became a fossil.

STUDENT BIBLIOGRAPHY

CHAPTER 8

Hands-On Projects About Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils
Simple projects employ materials found on field trips and in backyards.
Igneous Rocks
A look at how magma from Earth's mantle forms this rock.
Minerals
The types and composition of minerals are explained here.

CHAPTER 9

The Island That Moved: How Shifting Forces Shape Our Earth
Using an imaginary island, the author discusses climate, continental drift, and plate tectonics.
Plate Tectonics
An explanation of plate tectonics includes information on mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

CHAPTER 10

Using Energy
The author discusses how to meet future energy needs, using both traditional and alternative energy sources.
Fuels for the Future
Diesel, petrol, wood, and coal are all considered as future power resources.
Coal
How this natural resource is formed, mined, and used is explored here.