For the lecture part of the course, I suggest taking a look at The Good Earth: Introduction to Earth Science, by McConnell and others.
For the lab, you may wish to check out my (free!) course packet designed for a college-level earth science course for future elementary school teachers. It is available at http://serc.carleton.edu/teacherprep/courses/CSUC-EarthSpace.html
under Teaching Materials. It features a variety of constructivist hands-on lab activities.
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0205
From: GEOEDUCATION RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP on behalf of Buffy Cushman-Patz
Sent: Thu 1/24/2008 6:20 PM
Subject: Geology text or lab text
I'm going to be teaching a geology class for 9-12 grade girls next
year. Does anyone know of an age-appropriate text I could use? Hands-
on, constructivist approach definitely preferred! (And quick! Texts
have to be chosen by next week!)
La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls