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In this activity, students step into the shoes of real planetary scientists and explore crustal samples from a “Mystery” planet. Using sorting/classification, students will interpret the geologic history of a region from which a sample has been collected and make inferences about past life or the potential for life on the “Mystery” planet.


This reading discusses how rocks can reveal details about Earth's history.

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This lesson introduces students to the three types of fossils.

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This reading teaches students about the origins and impacts of meteorites.

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This activity helps students learn the difference between fossils and non-fossils.

This lesson introduces students to the Earth's resources.

This module explores how to teach paleontology to students.

This resource describes the layers of Earth's surface.


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This resource describes the 3 types of rock, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary, and how they are formed.

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This resource describes the three main types of rock.

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Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. -- Hadith
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Asking good questions is half of learning. -- Sufi saying
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. ― Aristotle
Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm. -- Idries Shah
We were scared. But school was where we wanted to be. -- Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Afghan education activist
Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim, male and female. -- Hadith
Education is a living treasure for all humankind. ~ Ehsan Ullah, Founder, Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies
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A teacher is a candle that burns to enlighten others. ~ Afghan proverb
There is a path to the top of the highest mountain. ~ Afghan proverb
Drop by drop a river is made. ~ Afghan proverb
We should all attempt to acquire as much knowledge as possible in order that we may render our services to society in the manner of the women of early Islam. -- Queen Soraya of Afghanistan, 1926
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