Exploring Earth Science: Mysterious Mounds and Planetary Puzzles

by  Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Through processes far too slow for our feeble human eyes to perceive, the world has been changing for 4.6 billion years.The evidence for this is all around us in our rocks, dirt, & soilif you only know the right clues to look for. Starting with the mysterious Serpent Mound in Ohio, and ending with an extraterrestrial encounter, this program will familiarize your students with the ways we understand and recognize various landforms.

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Multipoint: $200.00
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Point to Point: $160.00
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By Request: $160.00
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1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

Ummm... two?

Maximum participants:

For maximum interaction, we suggest no more than 30 students per connection.

Primary Disciplines

Literacy, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We politely request you give us 2-weeks' notice if you need to cancel a program. We will not change a cancellation fee due to earth science catastrophes or other circumstances out of your control.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

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Program Details


1.) Students are introduced to Ohio's Serpent Mound as our 'Mysterious Earthwork'.
2.) Challenge is presented: Why do we think ancient people chose this location to build the Serpent Mound?
3.) The role of mythology in the human understanding of earth science is introduced.
4.) Students perform simple activities with paper to demonstrate various concepts in earth science, including plate tectonics and glacial erosion.
5.) Various instruments that are used to study earth science are discussed, and clues revealed about the location of the Serpent Mound.
6.) Students use this new data to present their theories on why this location was chosen.
7.) Q & A about earth science.


•Students will be able to able to use geological data and observations to distinguish between how different landforms originated.
•Students will be able to use the concepts of erosion, weathering, deposition, and basic plate tectonics to create explanations for how unknown landforms originated.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Please see Ohio standards below.

State Standards

Ohio’s Learning Standards-Science
Grade 3:Earth and Space Science -Earth’s Resources•3.ESS.1 Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties
Grade 4:Earth and Space Science–Earth’s Surface•4.ESS.1:Earth’s surface has specific characteristics and landforms that can be identified. •4.ESS.2: The surface of Earth changes due to weathering•4.ESS.3:The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition.
Ohio’s Learning Standards-English Language Arts
Grades 3 & 4: Comprehension and Collaboration (SL.3.1, SL.3.2, SL.4.1, SL.4.2)
Grades 3 & 4: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas (SL.3.4, SL.3.6, SL.4.4, SL.4.6)
Ohio’s Learning Standards-Mathematics
Grade 3:Measurement and Data•3.MD.5Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.•3.MD.6Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised units).Grade 4:Measurement and Data•4.MD.1 Know relative sizes of the metric measurement units within one system of units. Metric units include kilometer, meter, centimeter, and millimeter; kilogram and gram; and liter and milliliter. Express a larger measurement unit in terms of a smaller unit.