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Exploring Earth: Paper Mountains


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Exploring Earth: Paper Mountains

In this activity, learners explore in what ways the shape of the land and the pull of gravity influence how water moves over Earth. By making unique mountain models from crumpled paper and watching how water moves across them, learners can act as Earth scientists, using their observations to make predictions about the future of our planet. Includes activity and educator guides, table sign, information sheets, and training videos. Spanish version of public-facing materials also included.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Copy paper
  • Washable markers
  • Dropper bottles
  • Microfiber towel
  • Water
  • Try this at home Make a Rain Gauge cards

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
    • Earth's History
      • Geologic Time
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Public Policy
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • National Informal STEM Education Network

Source Collection:

  • NISE Network

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Funding Source:

  • NASA, NNX16AC67A

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