WVGES

GeoEducational Resources




Overview

The materials given below were developed by the Survey's RockCamp Teacher Education Program which operated from 1992 to 2009. Much of the material was developed for teaching purposes. For this reason, some of the material is not annotated nor explained. It is our hope that you will be able to pick and choose to find what items you might be able to use to explain a topic or illustrate a feature or concept. As a teacher, it is your responsibility to include, enhance, and use the available material to the best of your ability. Graphic material is the product of John Renton and Betty Schleger.

 
Geology Content Knowledge
REVISED! (08/13) Conceptual Understanding Series for West Virginia Teachers: Igneous Rocks
Icon of Igneous Rocks, booklet cover
(ED-17, J. J. Renton, T. E. Repine, Jr., 2013, 19 p, 31 f, 8.5 x 14)
Booklet to assist the K-12 science teacher in understanding and teaching introductory theories and concepts covering the formation and identification of common igneous rocks. Classroom activities and demonstrations. Engaging and well illustrated conversational text style. Free printable digital PDF version and downloadable JPG illustrations (that can be used for projection purposes). See also more in this series: ED-15, ED-16.   (PDF icon PDF, 3.4 MB)
View and download the images from this publication: ED-17 Illustrations (.pptx, 7.7 MB).

REVISED! (08/13) Conceptual Understanding Series for West Virginia Teachers: Sedimentary Rocks
Icon of Sedimentary Rocks, booklet cover
(ED-16, J. J. Renton, T. E. Repine, Jr., 2011, 48 p, 91 f, 8.5 x 14)
Booklet to assist the K-12 science teacher in understanding and teaching introductory theories and concepts covering the formation and deformation of sedimentary rocks. Classroom activities and demonstrations. Engaging and well illustrated conversational text style. Free printable digital PDF version and downloadable JPG illustrations (that can be used for projection purposes). See also more in this series: ED-15, ED-17.   (PDF icon PDF, 7.7 MB)
View and download the images from this publication: ED-16 Illustrations, Part 1 (Figures 1 to 44) (.pptx, 12.3 MB); ED-16 Illustrations, Part 2 (Figures 45 to 91) (.pptx, 11.6 MB).

REVISED! (08/13) Conceptual Understanding Series for West Virginia Teachers: Plate Tectonics
Icon of Plate Tectonics, booklet cover
(ED-15, J. J. Renton, T. E. Repine, Jr., 2009, 29 p, 31 f, 8.5 x 14)
Booklet to assist the K-12 science teacher in understanding and teaching introductory theories and concepts of plate tectonics. Classroom activities and demonstrations. Engaging and well illustrated conversational text style. Free printable digital PDF version and downloadable JPG illustrations (that can be used for projection purposes). See also more in this series: ED-16, ED-17.   (PDF icon PDF, 2.5 MB)
View and download the images from this publication: ED-15 Illustrations (.pptx, 6.2 MB).

Plate Tectonics, Geologic History, and Depositional Environments (PowerPoint Presentations)
Geologic Time
 

 
.ppt, 261 KB
Plate Tectonics
 

 
.ppt, 4,286 KB
Plate Tectonics for
Beginners

 
.ppt, 2,804 KB
Depositional
Environments

 
.ppt, 2,301 KB
Characteristics of
Sedimentary Rocks

 
.ppt, 2,488 KB
Physiographic
Provinces

 
.ppt, 952 KB
Geologic Maps
 

 
.ppt, 585 KB
Earth Science Classroom Activities and Field Trip Guides
Adaptive Earth Science Activities
Icon of Adaptive Earth Science Activities booklet cover
(ED-13, 1998, 78 p.)
Compilation of earth science activities and projects for kindergarten through 12th-grade classroom use, designed and tested by West Virginia teachers participating in the Survey's RockCamp earth science education project. Each activity description includes objectives, materials needed, procedures, assessments, and teaching suggestions. Well illustrated.
(PDF icon PDF, 1.69 MB)
Published Activity Ideas
Icon of Earch Science Activities booklet cover
Earth science/geology activities ideas authored by RockCamp participants and previously published in the National Science Teachers Association journals The Science Teacher and Science Scope. Provided at no cost.
(PDF icon PDF, 222 MB)

Actitivies in Historical Geology
Icon of Activities in Historical Geology booklet cover
These are found in West Virginia Through Geologic Time (ED-14).
(PDF icon PDF, 2.06 MB)
NEW!   Geology Field Trip Guide
Geology Field Trip Guide
Geology road guide from Morgantown to Spruce Knob and places in between. Multiple illustrations used to discuss geological differences of the various West Virginia geological provinces encountered during the trip. Note: Some stratigraphic terminology and correlations may not adhere to those currently in use by the WVGES.
(PDF icon PDF, 2.37 MB)
View and download the images from this publication: Geology Field Trip Guide Illustrations...coming soon!.

I68/I70: A Window to the Appalachians
I68/I70:  A Window to the Appalachians
Interstate 68/70 geology road guide. A 160-mile road guide from Morgantown, West Virginia to Frederick, Maryland highlighting the major structural components of the Appalachian Mountains along interstates 68 and 70. Note: Some stratigraphic terminology and correlations may not adhere to those currently in use by the WVGES.
(PDF icon PDF, 2.62 MB)
View and download the images from this publication: I68/I70 Road Guide Illustrations.

Hexaflexagons
Icon of a complete and folded hexaflexagon

Hexaflexagon—A three dimensional study tool that you can make! Also known as a "kaleidocycle", the hexaflexagon idea is based on a "trihexaflexagon" devised by a British student, Arthur H. Stone, while studying at Princeton University in the late 1930's. Strips of paper are folded and taped in such a way to produce a "flexible" 3-D model.

View the video for the Sedimentary Rock hexafelxagon below to see how to construct one.
Download and print any of the templates and try one yourself!

Instructional Video

Hexaflexagon Templates

Download and print the following templates in JPG or PDF.
For JPG files, click on the link for JPG, right click on the large image and choose "Save Picture as" to download the image to your computer.

Sedimentary Rock (2946 x 1060 pixels)
Thumbnail image of the Sedimentary Rocks Hexaflexagon template JPG icon JPG, 365 KB
PDF icon PDF, 397 KB
Rock Puzzle (2987 x 1042 pixels)
Thumbnail image of the Rock Puzzle Modified Hexaflexagon template JPG icon JPG, 333 KB
PDF icon PDF, 56 KB
Continental Drift (2891 x 1035 pixels)
Thumbnail image of the Continental Drift Hexaflexagon template JPG icon JPG, 339 KB
PDF icon PDF, 366 KB
Continental Movement (2945 x 1063 pixels)
Thumbnail image of the Continental Movement Hexaflexagon template JPG icon JPG, 358 KB
PDF icon PDF, 53 KB
West Virginia Trackway

Trackway—Introducing students to an ongoing scientific exercise can be accomplished by using the material provided here. It is best to begin this process by reading the General Information file. Actual real life 1:1 scale illustrations of each track are provided in the Cut-Outs file. It will allow you to print two tracks per page which can then be cut out and used by students. The Printing Hints file may prove helpful. The actual pattern required to duplicate the original trackway can be derived from the Plot Guide. Note that each track has two reference points (a dot and an arrow) each with x, y coordinates. Tape applied to the floor in the shape of X versus Y axes can allow for plotting the location of each track using its two reference points. The completed trackway should look something like the one shown in the Plot Guide and Answer Key. Once plotting is finished, trackway analysis can begin. Begin by asking how many feet the animal walked on. From here you can proceed to trying to get students to see how four-footed motion can be discerned from the trackway. The three files found under Step Key will be useful at this point. For example, the first set of related tracks numbered 12, 13, 1, and 4. Another file is an animation depicting foot placement. This four-footed animal always had three feet in contact with the ground. Tips of digits count. Only one foot was moved at a time. Furthermore, the posture was one of two feet together on one side and two feet apart on the other side. This posture would be repeated when the next step was taken. You can illustrate this by using the Animated Trackway found within the Step Key file and by using the Body Form images. The body form images provide visual help but will only work properly with a fully plotted, life-size, trackway. Finally, trackway measurements, discussed in the General Information Guide, can be modeled after those shown by the plotted Answer Key.

  • General Information, Cut-Outs, Step Key, and Printing Hints
    .doc, 87 KB .pdf, 9.14 MB Activity Answer Key, .pdf, 6 KB
    Activity Sheet, .pdf, 6 KB
    Animated Trackway, .wmv, 280 KB
    .doc, 69 KB
    General Information   Cut-Outs   Step Key   Printing Hints  
  • Plot Guide and Answer Key
    PDF icon PDF, 2.13 MB PDF icon PDF, 2.15 MB
  • Body Form
    PDF icon PDF, 27 KB PDF icon PDF, 27 KB
Animations and Videos
Relative
Age Dating #1

 
.wmv, 936 KB
37 sec
Relative
Age Dating #2

 
.wmv, 670 KB
25 sec
Faults
 

 
.wmv, 740 KB
28 sec
Seneca Rocks
 

 
.wmv, 834 KB
19 sec
Why Care
About Rocks?

 
.wmv, 157.85 MB
11 min 10 sec
Sandstone
 

 
.mpg, 7.76 MB
53 sec
Acid Test
 

 
.mpg, 18.79 MB
1 min 8 sec
Trackway
 

 
.wmv, 280 KB
9 sec
Annotated Illustrations
Illustrations arranged by topic with each accompanied by a short description. Initial artwork and text by Dr. J. Renton, West Virginia Univerisity Department of Geology. Final colored graphics by Betty Schleger, WVGES.
Coastlines Deserts Energy Glaciers Groundwater Mass Wasting
Coastlines
 
.pptx, 2,376 KB
Deserts
 
.pptx, 2,683 KB
Energy
 
.pptx, 636 KB
Glaciers
 
.pptx, 2,083 KB
Groundwater
 
.pptx, 2,243 KB
Mass Wasting
 
.pptx, 353 KB
Minerals Plate Tectonics Sedimentary Rocks Volcanoes and Volcanism Weathering and Soils
Minerals
 
.pptx, 499 KB
Plate Tectonics
 
.pptx, 2,476 KB
Sedimentary Rocks
 
.pptx, 505 KB
Volcanoes
 
.pptx, 1,969 KB
Weathering and Soils
 
.pptx, 1,202 KB
Illustrations
Geologic Time
Palezoic Periods #1 Paleozoic Periods #2 Mesozoic Era Geologic Time Scale Precambrian Eon and Eras Geologic Column Correlative Geologic Activity
Paleozoic Periods #1 Paleozoic Periods #2 Mesozoic Era Geologic Time Scale Precambrian Eon and Eras Geologic Column Correlative Geologic Activity
Geologic Maps
Geologic Map of West Virginia (1) Geologic Map of West Virginia (2) Geologic Map of West Virginia (3) link to Geologic Map of West Virginia page
Geologic Map of
West Virginia
(shades of blue, green, and purple on white)
Geologic Map of
West Virginia
(shades of blue, green, and pink on white)
Geologic Map of
West Virginia
(shades of blue, green, and pink on black)
Geologic Map of
West Virginia
(interactive, layerd PDF, using USGS colors)
New!
Basement Rock Depth
Depth to Igneous/Metamorphic Basement Rock Basement Rock Contouring Activity Data Points Basement Rock Contouring Activity Answer
Depth to
Igneous/Metamorphic
Basement Rock
Basement Rock
Contouring Activity
Data Points
Basement Rock
Contouring Activity
Answer
Sedimentary Rocks
Sedimentary Rock Sequence Planar Versus Domed Peat Chemical Versus Biological Limestone Florida Bay Sediment Distribution Sequence Sediment Compaction Unconformity Clay Mineral Compaction Grain Size Comparisons Sediment Distribution
Sedimentary Rock Sequence Planar Versus Domed Peat Chemical Versus Biological Limestone Florida Bay Sediment Distribution Sequence Sediment Compaction Unconformity Clay Mineral Compaction Grain Size Comparisons Sediment Distribution
Rock Distribution Sediment and Rock Distribution Cross-Cutting Relationships Grain Size Transport Variables Water Cycle
Rock Distribution Sediment and Rock Distribution Cross-Cutting Relationships Grain Size Transport Variables Water Cycle
Faults and Folds
Cross-Section of Seneca Rocks Area Cross-Section of Brown's Mountain Anticline Wills Mountain Anticline Breached Anticline Faulting with Anticline Types of Faults Strike-Slip Fault (Left Hand) Thrust Fault #1 Normal Fault #2 Normal Fault #3
Cross-Section of Seneca Rocks Area Cross-Section of Brown's Mountain Anticline Wills Mountain Anticline Breached Anticline Faulting with Anticline Types of Faults Strike-Slip Fault (Left Hand) Thrust Fault #1 Normal Fault #1 Normal Fault #2
Thrust Fault #2 Normal Fault Folds Stike and Dip
Thrust Fault #2 Normal Fault Folds Strike and Dip
Physiographic Provinces
Appalachian Plateau and Allegheny Front Allegheny Front #1 Great Valley Blue Ridge Mountains Appalachian Plateau Allegheny Front #2 Geologic Provinces Cross-Section #1 Geologic Block Diagram along Allegheny Front Valley & Ridge Folding and Faulting Map of Geologic Provinces #1
Appalachian Plateau and Allegheny Front Allegheny Front #1 Great Valley Blue Ridge Mountains Appalachian Plateau Allegheny Front #2 Geologic Provinces Cross-Section #1 Geologic Block Diagram along Allegheny Front Valley & Ridge Folding and Faulting Map of Geologic Provinces #1
Geologic Provinces Cross-Section #2 Plateau Province Map Valley & Ridge Province Map Great Valley Province Map Geologic Province Map #3
Geologic Provinces Cross-Section #2 Plateau Province Map Valley & Ridge Province Map Great Valley Province Map Geologic Province Map #3
Glacial Drainage Systems
Preglacial Drainage Present Drainage Teays Valley Drainage
Preglacial Drainage Present Drainage Teays Valley Drainage
Fossils
Blastoid Bryozoan #1 Bryozoan #2 Horn Coral Crinoid with a Section of Stem Crinoid with a Small Section of Stem Brachiopod #1 Brachiopod #2 Brachiopod #3 Brachiopod #4
Blastoid Bryozoan #1 Bryozoan #2 Horn Coral Crinoid with a Section of Stem Crinoid with a Small Section of Stem Brachiopod #1 Brachiopod #2 Brachiopod #3 Brachiopod #4
Brachiopod #5 Gastropod #1 Gastropod #2 Gastropod #3 Eurypterid Graptolite Trilobite #1 Trilobite #2 Pelecypod Linoproductus
Brachiopod #5 Gastropod #1 Gastropod #2 Gastropod #3 Eurypterid Graptolite Trilobite #1 Trilobite #2 Pelecypod Linoproductus
Juresania Alethopteris Annularia Neuropteris Pecopteris #1 Pecopteris #1
Juresania Alethopteris Annularia Neuropteris Pecopteris #1 Pecopteris #2
Miscellaneous
Sketch a cloud
Sketch-a-Cloud
JPG (396 KB)
PDF (7 KB)

Photographs of West Virginia Outcrops
Black and white photographs arranged by county or topic. All images may be viewed using either entry point. All photographs by Dr. Peter Lessing, 1997. Completed for the WVGES RockCamp K-12 Teacher Professional Development Program partially funded by the WVGES and a National Science Foundation grant.
Photographs of West Virginia Outcrops by County Photographs of West Virginia Outcrops by Topic
By County
 
.pptx, 11.3 MB
By Topic
 
.pptx, 9.6 MB


For more information, contact Tom Repine, WVGES Education Specialist (repine@geosrv.wvnet.edu)


WVGES Welcome Page  Geoscience Education Introduction

Page last revised: April 30, 2014


Please send questions, comments, and/or suggestions to webmaster.

Page created and maintained by:
            West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey
  Address:  Mont Chateau Research Center
            1 Mont Chateau Road
            Morgantown, WV  26508-8079
Telephone:  304-594-2331
      FAX:  304-594-2575
    Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday

Permission to reproduce this material is granted if acknowledgment is given to the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional