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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2010, KQED San Francisco, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

With this graph and accompanying lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will explore how the level of carbon dioxide has increased over time, hypothesize about why this is a concern, and begin to think about what can be done to slow or stop continued climate change.

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

In this extensive sixth grade 17-day lesson students will travel to the Aurora Fossil Museum in North Carolina to hunt for fossils and visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Students will be real scientists throughout the project, taking all steps scientists do...

Grade Level: 6
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
PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

During this activity your students will learn about the issue of land subsidence, which leads to topographical changes. Subsidence is due to poor backfilling/stabilization practices during the mining of gold. Then your students will complete an activity in which they will use materials like sand...

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

Like animals everywhere, Antarctic penguins are adjusting, or not, to changes in their habitat brought by warming temperatures. With extensive field research on their existing colonies, and a 45,000 year-old record contained in deposits of their bones and egg shells, we know more about how...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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
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
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
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
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
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
TryEngineering
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The "Shake it Up with Seismographs!" activity explores the engineering behind seismographs and how technology has improved accurate recording of earthquakes. Students work in teams to build a simple seismograph out of everyday items, test it during a simulated classroom earthquake, evaluate...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

To describe Earth's vast history, scientists use a geologic timescale. They divide it into long segments of time called eras. Each era is further divided into periods. Working in a small team, you will create a poster presentation about one of the periods in Earth's history. You can use...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 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
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
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
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
Association on Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This page provides access to valuable resources for educators in the geosciences and information on available AEG scholarships and grants.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn how to identify cloud types by using this flow chart from the International Cloud Atlas. Clouds are divided into 10 fundamental types known as genera, depending on their general form. The genera are then further subdivided based on a cloud’s particular shape, structure and transparency;...

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

Students brainstorm types of extreme natural events, describe the dangerous characteristics of each, and compare and contrast them.

Grade Level: 4, 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Carry out a laboratory demonstration of the first stages in the chemical weathering of limestone. Quarter-fill a small glass beaker or a boiling tube, with some water of neutral pH and add some Universal indicator. Ask what will happen if a pupil blows steadily into the water through a straw (it...

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

Sometimes a claim is made that Christopher Columbus sailed west to prove the world was round and not flat, but that wasn't the case at all. Even in ancient times sailors knew that the Earth was round and ancient scientists not only suspected it was a sphere, but even estimated its size....

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
2004, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students work toward understanding the limitations of renewable energy resources if there is no system available for storing the energy. First, students watch a video segment on the engineering design process. Then they are challenged to design a storage system for renewable...

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

Acids are substances that have a sour taste and strong smell. Lemon juice and vinegar are common acids. Acid rain is formed when pollution inthe air mixes with the rain and falls to the ground. In this activity, vinegar will represent acid rain, and an antacid tablet will represent a marble...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

These resources help students through lectures, activities, and lessons dealing with flight. 

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Reliable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NREL provides a variety of educational resources to help students, teachers, and parents educate their kids about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including hands-on projects and curriculum suggestions for elementary school, middle school, and high school students as well as...

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

To understand Plate Tectonic processes on the Earth, and to better understand where future earthquakes are likely to occur, it is important to know how to locate earthquakes as they occur. In this activity students use recent, three-component seismic data to locate a global earthquake. Students...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS), United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This book contains questions students can answer about natural habitats. After answering the questions, students can draw or color in some of the pictures.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Weather Service (NWS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We can read about, hear, or see weather reports every day on the radio, television, Internet, or newspapers. Some of this information includes current air temperatures and highs and lows for that day. As a citizen scientist, you can take your own air temperatures with an outdoor thermometer and...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Scripps Classroom Conection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students are introduced to the two main types of volcanoes, stratovolcanos and shield volcanoes, including how volcanoes form and explain their basic structure and composition. The goal throughout the entire unit is to provide students with a foundation of information about the different types...

Grade Level: 9
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You are familiar with how sweating cools your skin. You probably know that evaporating water causes the cooling effect. You probably have also observed that a moving air increases the cooling effect. In this activity, you will build an "air conditioner" that just uses water and a fan.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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

Shark teeth are the most commonly preserved fossils from sharks. In this lesson, students will learn how to identify parts of shark teeth and how to measure shark teeth using one of two methods (fitting teeth into circles or using a paper ruler). This is a prerequisite skill for Lesson 2 where...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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
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

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Minerals are among the most beautiful objects in nature, and they are used to make objects you use every day of your life - including the computer you are looking at right now! Read on to discover more about them. Just click on one of the links to find out more.

Sauropod Bones
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Fossils are among the most fascinating objects in nature, giving us an idea of how animals and plants lived in the past. Just click on one of the links to find out more.

Fluorite sample
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The study of rocks is called petrology. Rocks may have fossils in them, and they are made up of minerals, but petrologists like looking at the rocks themselves. Just click on one of the link to find out more about rocks and the rock cycle.

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American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)

Printable poster. matching questions, mineral pictures, your house came out of the ground information with graphics, every American born will need...with graphic. This is a pdf file that is 8.5 x 11 two-sided in full color.

Doppler Radar installation in Oklahoma
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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