Rock your students’ world with Earth Science programs brought to your school!
Teachers: Improve comprehension of key Earth Science topics and raise test scores. Earth Science will come alive for your students with our hands-on, investigative, and informative programs.
Each of the following topics is
available for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Programs run about 45 minutes
and accommodate up to 30 students per session. Programs can be tailored
to your specific needs.
Programs are designed and facilitated
by Diane Brownlee, a professional geophysicist with extensive teaching
experience. These programs be customized to meet your specific needs.
Additional program topics are available - from geology of rivers and
watersheds to volcanoes or even meteorites. Contact us to discuss how we can help you achieve your desired goal.
TEKS alignments for each program shown below.
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Society and Resources
Rocks For Breakfast
A fast-paced entertaining and surprising show-and-tell
of the many ways every person uses rock products during an average day,
starting with breakfast. A simple interactive lab finishes up the
student centered lesson with the audience extracting dietary iron from a
popular breakfast cereal. All supplies provided.
- 3rd: 1a,3bd, 4ab, 7d
- 4th: 1a, 3abd, 4ab, 5ac, 6d, 7a
- 5th: 1a, 3abd, 4ab, 5ac
- 6th:1a, 3ad, 4a, 5a, 6c
- 7th: 1a, 3ad, 4a, 6a
- 8th:1a, 2b, 3ad, 4a, 5d
Crystals and Nanotechnology
A look at the giant crystals of nature (Cave of
Swords, Niaca, Mexico) and how they formed. Also touches on how people
have learned to grow crystals for their own use, as well as branching
out into new materials made out of crystals never seen in nature.
Plate Tectonics and Faulting*
Tie together plate tectonics, mountain building and
faulting in one presentation, with many examples and pictures. Samples
of the rock types that characterize different mountain types will be
shown and touched. Watch on a globe how Texas has moved through time due
to plate tectonics.
- 3rd: 2de, 3b, 7bc
- 4th: 2d,3acd,7ac
- 5th: 2cde, 3acd
- 6th: 1acd, 10acd
8th:1ab, 2abcde, 3abcd, 9ab
Weathering and Erosion
A student centered lesson highlight examples which address the
difference between weathering and erosion. Many examples are from the
North Texas area. Rocks will be available for show and touch that show
- 3rd: 1a, 7ac
- 4th: 1a,7abc
- 5th: 7b
- 7th: 3b,4ab,8bc
- 8th: 2bde,3abc, 9bc,11cd
The Three Rock Classes & the Rock Cycle*
the concept of “reading” rock types to discover the history of the
Earth. Many examples of rocks common to this area will be used to
illustrate basic differences which students can observe on their own.
- 5th: 7ac
Rock and Mineral Identification*
will understand how identifying common rocks and minerals allows
observers to “read the landscape’ and, combined with the basics of plate
tectonics, understand why Texas looks the way it does.
- 4th: 2ab,3acd,4a,7b
- 5th: 2abcdf,3ad,4a,7ab
- 6th: 2abe,3abcd,4a,7ab
- 7th: 2abe,3abcd,4a,8b
- 8th: 2abe,3abcd,4a,9bc
Texas through Time*
A student centered lesson highlights Cretaceous
critters including dinosaurs plus the later Ice Age animals which have
been residents of Texas. The timeline of how a fossil is discovered,
uncovered, and removed to a paleo laboratory is shown. Students will see
and touch some authentic representative fossils.
- 3rd: 3ad,9ac,10ac
- 4th: 1a,2bdf,3acd,4a,9ab,7b,10a
- 5th: 3ad,7ad,10d
- 6th: 3abd,10d,12d
- 7th: 3abd,8a,10a,11c,12a,13a
to the generosity of our program sponsors, we are able to bring these
programs to you for only $150/program. That’s 40% off our regular rate!
are about 45 minutes in length and can accommodate up to 30 students per
session. Each session is $150. Programs marked with an asterisk (*)
have a separate lab session that can be booked in conjunction with the
program for an additional program fee. Interested in more than 4
consecutive programs or concurrent programs? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for availability & pricing.
About Diane Brownlee
Earth Science Outreach Program Facilitator
Diane is a geophysicist / geologist.
She began her career at the USGS Earthquake center, then she and her
husband Keith worked in the oil industry for over 20 years. When she
became an Adjunct Curator of Earth Science at the Heard Museum, she
became interested in outreach to K-12 teachers and students, and began
offering earth science classes. Later, at Brookhaven College, where
she was Director of the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, she ran a
training center for professional geoscientists.
retired, she continues to work in consulting and outreach, and enjoys
“translating” geology and geophysics as practiced in industry to
teachers and students. Diane believes that teachers especially benefit
from talking with an industry scientist who knows and understands the
TEKS, respects and admires teachers as equals, and hopes to impart her
contagious enthusiasm for earth science at all levels.
Texas Energy Council, Inc., Dallas Geophysical Society, Jim & Gail Spann