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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NASA For Educators provides astronomy news, signups for weekly emails, educational resources, and more stories from NASA's wprk in space.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
HelioViewer.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Take a trip around the sun with this interactive site, HelioViewer.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Deep Earth Academy, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The JOIDES Resolution (JR) has physical dimensions unlike most oceangoing vessels. Why? So that scientists can sail nearly anywhere in the world to drill for samples of rocks and sediment from below the seafloor — in hopes of discovering clues about Earth’s history and structure, life in the...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Black Rock Solar
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will be acting as members of the UN Climate Council and will be working within teams to identify and address the major factors behind climate change. Students are instructed to identify three major factors of climate change through research. They then have to identify...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson for grades 9-12, students learn to read fuel economy and environment labels, then apply their understanding to compare and contrast the labels for various vehicles and fuel types. The lesson plan includes background information, procedures, teacher and student worksheets,...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Teachervison, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will map the patterns of the major ocean currents as well as the influence of wind, water temperature, land masses, and water density on those currents. Students observe what happens to pieces of an herb sprinkled into a pan of water. After the activity, the students can discuss why the...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Molecular crystals are formed by one or more kinds of molecules tiled in regular patterns in microscopic space. A common example is solid carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice, which is often used to pack and keep ice cream cold. In this activity, you will use a set of molecular models to...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students explore human impact on water resources, investigate the quality of their commuity's water supply, and consider ways to clean up and avoid further pollution.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Calvin J. Hamilton
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Each face of the planetary Icosahedron displays part of the (nearly spherical) planetary surfaces. The triangles are folded so that adjacent triangles are joined exactly at their closest edges. The cut-out pattern forms the complete globe with the North and South Poles at opposite vertices. The...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Our high-definition cameras give you and your students a wonderfully unique glimpse into the real lives of birds. This nesting season, we encourage you to join the excitement and tune in during one of the most dynamic times of birds' lives. These four activities will help you engage students in...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In a clean-air chamber (all solid particles are filtered out) a cloud will not form even with a relative humidity greater than 200%. While clouds are made up of droplets that are essentially distilled water, each droplet is not 100% pure. At the cloud droplet's core is a tiny water attracting...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will be able to explain that carbon dioxide from any source reacts chemically with water to form carbonic acidd. They will also be able to use the color changes of a universal indicator to monitor the changing pH of a solution during a chemical reaction.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Take a hard-boiled egg and crack its shell. Does the egg remind you of anything? The Earth, perhaps? The egg could be seen as a tiny model of the Earth. The thin shell represents the Earth's crust, divided into plates; within the shell is the firm but slippery mantle. Move the pieces of the...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
California Academy of Sciences
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This nation-wide, afterschool science, technology, engineering, and math learning program features games, projects, and hands-on activities that middle level students can use to investigate their local environment. The program also lets them use citizen science to document discoveries, share...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We commonly experience the fact that in hot weather, lower humidity is more comfortable than higher humidity. Why? In this investigation, you will figure out how to condense water from your classroom air.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students learn about different types of seismic waves. They will use a travel-time graph to accurately locate the epicenter. Use of three seismographs is necessary.

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The focus of this activity is on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. Students will: construct a model of a volcano; produce...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2014, Smithsonian, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore volcanoes as windows into the Earth's melted interior. Meet Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell, a geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Understand how you are connected to the interior of the Earth through cycling of gases and other materials. Uncover the evidence about geologic...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This site contains soil lessons, links, resources, definitions and information grouped by topic and then grade level.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Susan Hurstcalderone, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

One of the issues surrounding wildland fires involves areas where uncontrolled urban growth meets uncontrolled vegetative growth. People who live in these areas should take extra precautions to limit the effects of any nearby wildland fire that might occur. Students will take on the role of Fire...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2017, PBS NewsHour, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Picture your nearest river or lake. How do people use it? Are you happy with the way it is treated, and its relationship to your community? In some areas, water sources are being used as enormous batteries to help supply power to thousands of homes, schools, and businesses. This PBS NewsHour...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Students Discover
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Improve place-consciousness and provide context for the importance of measuring light pollution in your students' neighborhoods. engage your students in a global citizen science project, Globe At Night.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Polar Science Station
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A team of scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is studying the presence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Antarctic. Use this site to learn about POPs, the team, and different places where the scientists are working. In addition, the site contains learnign...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Dive and Discover
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students make an evaporate, a deposit of salt that forms when salty water evaporites. Evaporites are found on land, such as the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and at some locations in the ocean, such as the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Climate change is a major global issue of our time. Understanding the essential principles of climate science will enable students to better assess information and to contribute to what will be ongoing climate discussions as informed citizens. Students observe and contrast thermal properties of...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Switching to cleaner forms of energy is a complex issue. Explore this topic with high school students using a lesson plan from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The lesson breaks down the use of solar energy into manageable concepts and action steps that students can easily understand. For...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

When selecting alternative fuels, it is important to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of each. This activity asks students to begin to consider the life cycle energy and carbon dioxide emission costs of gasoline, cor ethanol, and cellulosic ethanol. The various pieces help...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2014, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

EPA developed the Waste-Free Lunch activities to help students learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school lunches. A Waste-Free Lunch Flyer discusses the importance of packing waste-free lunches. Other documents provide tips, a lunch-planning worksheet, and a lunch-evaluation...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Geographic Xpeditions, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Crucial to our existence, water sustains all life on Earth. Following the old adage, "What goes around comes around," water moves continuously through the stages of the hydrologic cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation). How does our drinking water fit into this hydrologic cycle?...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Ron Hipschman, Exploratorium
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Want to build a your very own scale model of the solar system? Fill in the diameter of the Sun you want your model to be scaled by and calculate! This site gives scaled dimensions of the planets in the solar system. Use these dimensions to create your own!

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is a 4-5 day unit on the physics of waves and encounters in the marine environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with actual data, learn about different types of waves, and understand how waves are used in the ocean to learn about the environment. The unit consists of three...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

There are a variety of details in understanding tides. For elementary students, simply understanding what tides are and their frequency is appropriate (each day typically has two high tides and two low tides). Tying this to a model of gravity and the Moon’s motion and phases to understand tides...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore an ocean's-worth of information related to our efforts to protect and restore the nation's waters from pollution. You'll find experiments and activities for elementary school students and life-long learners alike. We hope the information here helps inspire you and others to further...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Is the ozone hole getting smaller? How much rain is in the cloud of a hurricane? How much sea ice is melting in the Arctic? For over 50 years, NASA scientists have been asking questions and collecting data from space-based satellites to study Earth’s changing environment. Engineers and...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Using real scientific data to link daily life to environmental issues and ecological functions in secondary school science classrooms. These case studies engage in real scientific research that has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Through these case study units, students will...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oikonos
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The classroom activity page Winged Ambassadors - Ocean Literacy through the Eyes of Albatross is available free online courtesy of NOAA, Oikonos, and other partners. Albatrosses, charismatic and threatened seabirds, are ambassadors for a clean ocean because they traverse vast oceanic regions...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Florida Solar Energy Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

FSEC dedicates substantial effort to the development of educational resources for the teachers of our children. We do this out of the simple belief that clean and efficient energy resources are key to our future generation's ability to achieve a safe and substantial environment. In order to...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity has students make a fault like out of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The sandwich is sliced at an angle, letting the instructor demonstrate the three types of fault lines: normal, thrust, and strike-slip. The layers of the sandwich represent offset layers of the earth's crust...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and EPA website: Water Science for Schools! Here you can find information on many aspects of water, from what water is, where it is, to how it is used. Topics include a gallery of photographs, graphs, maps and an activity center where you can give...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Department of Geology, University College Dublin
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Faults are one of the most impressive and beautiful structures arising from deformation of the earth's crust; we are not, of course, biased! Determining the slip-direction and the total displacement is often not an easy task. Slickensides are useful shear sense indicators, but generally cannot...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
New Visions for Public Schools
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

For nearly five billion years, the Earth’s surface has been constantly built up and broken down by processes taking place above and below the Earth’s surface, resulting in the wide range of beautiful and complex landscapes we see today. In this unit, students will continue to make connections...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You can demonstrate the sequence of geological events that produce angular unconformities by using your hands.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Utah Geological Survey (UGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In the grand geological-recycling scheme, sediment is (A) the product of weathering and erosion of rock and (B) the material for future rocks. Sediment grains range in size from tiny clay particles to large pieces of gravel, and even boulders. This article describes a simple experiment using a...

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Teach Engineering
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students learn how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes by building their own structures with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students test how earthquake-proof their buildings are by testing them on an earthquake simulated in a pan on Jell-O. Students also develop an...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This giant K-8 teachers guide contains educational resources relating to reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. It features hands-on lessons, activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, fact sheets, teaching notes, and more. The content is divided into three units: At the Source...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Ocean currents — the continuous, directed movement of ocean water — affect regional climates and alter the biological and chemical characteristics of seawater. Currents can flow for long distances both at and below the ocean’s surface. Wind drives surface currents, whereas density often drives...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden release of stored energy along a fault. Think of it like snapping your fingers. You push your fingers together enough so that they don’t move when you try to slide them sideways. Then suddenly, one finger slips past the other finger...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2004, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Using this lesson plan as a guide, students will use simple materials to build their own windmills and learn how wind can be used to help get work done. Students review the engineering design process and discuss how wind can be used in a variety of ways. They look at many types of windmills,...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
University of Northwestern Iowa
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, the students learn about the four main types of air masses that affect weather in the United States, their characteristic temperatures, and humidity levels as it relates to dew point temperatures. The lesson plan follows the 5E format. Initially, students discuss local weather...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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The Science Museum of Minnesota

"Exploring the Solar System: Big Sun, Small Moon" is a hands-on activity that explores the concept of apparent size and allows visitors to experience this phenomenon using familiar objects -- a tennis ball and a beach ball. Participants learn that the Sun and Moon appear the same size in our sky...

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The Science Museum of Minnesota

In "Exploring the Solar System: Stomp Rockets," participants learn about how some rockets carry science tools -- not scientists -- into space, and how a special kind of rocket called "sounding rockets" can be used for quick, low-flying missions into space. Participants will build and launch...

Earth from Space showing Africa and Antarctica
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Sciencenter

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.

artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver
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Project WET

NASA announced that September 2017 to September 2018 is A Year of Education on Station for the International Space Station (ISS), featuring a variety of education-related events for students and teachers. Astronaut Richard (Ricky) Arnold, a volunteer board member for the Project WET Foundation,...

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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

NSTA's infographics summarize the essential tenets of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and three-dimensional teaching. These three posters are the first in a series exploring all aspects of the NGSS. Of interest to K-college teachers and administrators alike, the colorful posters...

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