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(This is NOT an SED site. See the Disclaimer at bottom of page)

Parallel Activities
Note! The Density of Liquids is no longer on the Part D Practical!

The Density of Liquids .pdf .doc (Also: teacher notes in .pdf .doc format) This Lab has not undergone any peer review, but several colleagues have used it successfully without modification.
- How to read a graduated cylinder.

5 Layer Density Column .pdf Suggestion: build a density column to model the density sorting of the layers of the earth, as indicated in the diagram on page 10 the ESRT. This lab is published and made available by the San Francisco Exploratorium, and it works!
- Recommended Demo: Modeling the Density of the Earth with a Density Column

The Ellipse .pdf .doc This lab has undergone peer review as part of its inclusion in the NYS Instructional Collection at DLESE

Sumatra Earthquake .pdf .doc See also: Sumatra Earthquake map, video, and links. This lab (the result of a collaboration between me and NYS Outstanding Earth Science Teacher David Robison)has undergone extensive review, has been widely published, and is linked/reviewed at the NASA Global Climate Change web portal, NOVA's website, and in the NESTA Earth Scientist journal, among others.

Rock Cycle powerpoint and worksheet (with key) Not necessarily parallel, but helpful?
I Know This Rock Is.. (how to identify a rock)
Rock Characteristics (a supplement to the ESRT)
Rock ID Practical
Regents Part C Questions that parallel the Part D tasks
On-line Stopwatch/Timer with alarm - VERY useful on test day!
SED Resources and Information
SED Part D Memo of 4/10/2008 (elimination of Density of Liquids task)
SED Part D Memo of 10/2007
SED information in .pdf and .html formats
Questions? Email (Office of Standards, Assessment and Reporting)

Materials Resources
NOTE: These specific materials are not the only ones availble that will get the job done, and there may be other sources for these or similar materials. I have used these in my classroom and in workshops, and have found them to be both economical and satisfactory. Remember - this is NOT a complete materials list (see SED links above)

Digital Balances Make sure you select the CS-200 model, with the specs 200 x 0.1g It's the $68 one. I've found them to be reliable.
Metric Rulers with centimeter graduations only (other edge of ruler is blank). These are the rulers that were included in the training kits that SED provided. They are available from Science Kit for $0.93 each, and are NOT listed in their catalog or on line - you have to call them: Science Kit 1 800-828-7777
Item#: 29473-00
TriMan Safe Compass at price, I think), and at EAI Education (multipak available)
Earth Science Part D Kit - Good for 6 set-ups per station, digital balances not included. Check details with them when you call.
Science Kit 1 800-828-7777
Item#: 25916-00
Cost: $585.20
Rock and Mineral Suppliers:
  • Wards Natural Science. 800-962-2660.
  • D. J. Minerals, P.O.Box 761, Butte, MT 59703-0761 /(406) 782-7339 8am - 5:30pm(mt time)
  • Earth Science Educator Supply (ESES)/ P.O. Box 503 / Lee's Summit, MO 64063 / 816-524-5635

Disclaimer - The SED memo of 9/14/2007 states:

"Students should be familiar with the content, concepts, and process skills assessed on the performance tasks and should have performed similar tasks during the normal course of instruction. However, practice of any of the individual stations before this performance component is administered is strictly prohibited".

With that in mind, I have posted these "parallel activities" that I believe cover the "content, concepts, and process skills" assessed in the 4 new performance tasks.

None of these labs and activities, however, has been reviewed/recommended/authorized by SED.

I post them simply and only in the spirit of sharing what I believe to be useful parallel activities that will help prepare students for the practical exam they will take in early June. I make no claims or warranty of their effectiveness in that regard - that is for individual teachers to decide. (back to top)

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Updated on ... April 9, 2008