Thanks everyone for all the responses! Based on your recommendations, I've requested several books from the various publishers, and will look through them as soon as they arrive.
I also look forward to sorting through all the online resources you all shared... I'm not teaching the class for another eight months or so, though, so I'm not sure how soon I'll fully delve into it.
Thanks again!

On Jan 25, 2008, at 6:51 AM, Julie Monet wrote:

Hi Buffy,

For this grade level I would recommend a series of books developed by the American Geological Institute in association with It's About Time, and  EarthComm

 The curriculum is inquiry-based, and makes a strong connection between the science content learned in the classroom and real-world applications. At this grade level the stronger connection between what they are learning in school and how it is connected to their own lives, the more likely they will be interested in learning about science.

Good luck!

Dr. Julie Monet 
Assistant Professor / MiST Program Director
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Rm. 224
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0205

Tel: 530.898.3460

On Jan 24, 2008, at 6:20 PM, Buffy Cushman-Patz wrote:

Hi there,
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!)
Buffy Cushman-Patz
La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls