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Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Chapter 3 focuses on cones, eruptions, pyroclasts, looking at products of volcanic eruptions and hotspot volcanoes. Lessons included in this chapter: lava flows and pyroclasts, volcanic cones and eruptions, hotspot volcanoes (Hawaii and Yellowstone).

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1991, United States Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report contains instructions and a pattern for making a 3-D paper model of a volcano. This model is intended to help students and others to visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By constructing and examining the model...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Deep Earth Academy
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
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Basic geometric forms such as cubes, octahedra, rhombohedra, and tetrahedra may be made by folding flat paper or envelopes, both reasonably priced starting materials. These may be used to help visualize solid forms in crystallography and mineralogy and numbers of them may be used to create unit...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: geology
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students observe real fossils. The fossils are then used to make moulds. After the moulds dry, students can practice looking for the fossils by picking them out of a hardened mud mixture. Aster the activity, students should discuss how fossils are formed, where they can be...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity is intended to help students and others to visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By constructing and examining the model, students will obtain greater appreciation of the relationship between the internal...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is a comprehensive Earthquake curriculum covering three self-contained themes intended to be used individually with additional materials or as a complete unit. This unit is a collaborative effort between Deborah Kane, a doctoral geophysics student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
University of Maine (UM)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students make a "flubber" glacier using glue, water and detergent and construct a glacier valley using plastic sheeting. Flubber behaves in mechanically similar ways to glacier ice, undergoing plastic deformation at low stresses and brittle failure at high stresses. students are encourage to run...

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

Adjust mountain snowfall and temperature to see the glacier grow and sink. Use scienfitic tools to measure thickness, velocity, and glacial budget.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: glacier
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Rock Cycle is an interactive Web site where students can learn all about rocks and geology, the science of rocks. They will learn how rocks can be identified, how they are formed, and how they change over time. Students will identify the three major kinds of rocks and learn how to tell them...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) has resources, activities, games, and links to teach elementary and middle level students about staying safe in severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, lightning, and winter storms. In addition to Owlie Skywarn coloring sheets, teachers...

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

An Educator's Guide to the Pontchartrain Basin is to educate students, grades 5-12, about the environmental importance of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The guide facilitates instruction for teachers, allows easy access to information on environmental issues surrounding the watershed, and...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Community Science Workshop Network (CSW)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This video shows experiments on measuring temperature and the water cycle process. Students understand how convection is used in fluid materials, such as water and air, and what outcomes happen when two materials are mixed together. This concept can be applied to earth's atmosphere, helping...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Arizona State University (ASU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This lesson plan is designed to introduce the complexity of the carbon cycle to students. By the end of the game, students should understand that carbon can take many forms throughout the carbon cycle, and that no set pathway exists in the cycle.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: carbon, lesson, fossil
InTeGrate, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

By the time today's undergraduates send their children to college, there will be more than eight billion people on earth. Our climate will be punctuated by extreme weather events. One or more major metropolitan areas may have experiences a devastating earthquake or volcanic eruption. Energy...

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Find your watershed using the form on the page. Once you locate your watershed, simply click on the first link, "citizen-based groups at work in this watershed," to find a listing of organizations that are working to protect water quality. You may wish to contact one of these groups to find out...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Adrienne Barnett, Chabot Space & Science Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Thar's gold in them thar classrooms!" History meets Earth science in the fun, hands-on activity below. Students pan for gold and other minerals, experiencing what early settlers of the Western US went through. Some gold deposits, or lodes, are found in veins of fractured rock. After millions of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network, School of Natural Resources By Kimberly Flessner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Each group will design a water filtration system and present to the class why they picked their design. Students are given a variety of materials (soil, gravel, charcoal, etc) and must try to filter "polluted" (with food coloring, salt, dish soap) water.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity can be used as one means of explaining isostasy, in the context of the Earth's structure and its surface relief. Students will model the principle of isostasy with wooden blocks.

Grade Level: 11, 12
Hands on the Land (HOL), National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Hands on the Land (HOL) is a national network of field classrooms and agency resources to connect students, teachers, families, and volunteers with public lands and waterways. Hands on the Land brings classroom learning to life in America's largest classroom!

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Science Foundation (NSF), PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this media-rich lesson, students explore the role that ice plays on Earth, the factors causing it to melt, and the local and global consequences of melting ice. This resource is part of the Polar Sciences collection.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Family Astro
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Toilet Paper Solar System is a high-interest, kinesthetic group activity in which students create a scalar model of distances in the solar system using a single roll of toilet paper. This activity can be conducted in either a long hallway or, as a special treat, outdoors. Data for two versions...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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
Project Underground
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Sinkholes are natural depressions in the land caused when limestone and soils dissolve. They form when groundwater removes rock underground. They can form by slow gradual sinking or by sudden collapse of an underlying hole. Sinkholes are common in about one quarter of the U.S. You can usually...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The S'COOL Project involves participants from around the world in real science through making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist NASA Scientists in the validation of Energy Budget related to satellite instruments. Requiring no special instruments to collect data, the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore how the changing position of the Sun causes seasons on Earth.

Grade Level: 5, 6
American meteorological Society (AMS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

AMS offers a wide variety of resources, materials, and programs for K-12 educators as well as faculty at undergraduate institutions. AMS can provide course materials, in-classroom resources, educator instruction, and specialized training for educators in weather, water, and climate sciences.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This website contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators in secondary school grades (7-12). Many of these resources can be used directly in the classroom or will be useful in classroom lessons or demonstration activities preparation, or as resources for teacher...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Chapter 4 focuses on rocks and minerals, and looking at types of rocks. Lessons included in this chapter: rocks, minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1997, United States Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report illustrates how crinoids lived and became fossilized. By studying animations and the paper model, students will better understand the flower-like animal that is referred to as a "sea-lily" and its ocean-floor environment. Included are templates for making the paper model,...

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
Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will work together to characterize the geology of a gravel bar by conducting their own specific experiment.

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earthquakes, a scientific and physical phenomenon, affect our lives in many ways. In this project, students use Real-Time earthquake and volcano data from the Internet to explore the relationship between earthquakes, plate tectonics, and volcanoes. Students will use real-time data to solve a...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

 Moving model of the slump block of a landslide. Cutout and assemble. One page, PDF

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

How do you like your mashed potatoes? Thin and whipped smooth? Or thick and mashed into chunks? Your mouth checks out not just the taste of your food, but its viscosity, or how it flows on your tongue, every time you take a bite! In this science fair project, you'll learn what viscosity is, and...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
PhET Interactive Simulations
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Move the Sun, Earth, Moon, and space station to see how it affects their gravitational forces and orbital paths. Visualize the sizes and distances between different heavenly bodies, and turn off gravity to see what would happen without it!

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: sun, moon, earth, gravity, space
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dynamic Earth is an interactive website where students can learn about the structure of the Earth, the movements of its tectonic plates, as well as the forces that create mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The first section focuses on the layers that make up the Earth - from the...

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

Introduce middle level students (grades 6-8) to the national marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coast of American Samoa. The sanctuaries include breeding and feeding grounds of whales, sea lions, sharks, and sea turtles; significant coral reefs and kelp forest...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Investigate how our view of the universe has changed over time and how the tools we use to study the universe have also change. Find out the latest research on overcoming student misconceptions related to cosmology and prepare them to comprehend our current understanding of the universe. Type of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Static electricity can be used to demonstrate the electricity of lightning. This activity will demonstrate the attraction of positive and negative charges and what happens when those opposite charges meet each other.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Keep Wild Animals Wild lesson plans, videos and worksheets provide everything educators need to introduce students to what makes wild animals wild, why wildlife trade is a big threat not just to animals and ecosystems, but to people too, and how to help keep wild animals wild. The lesson plans...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This package provides middle and high school teachers with information around the causes and effects of earthquakes. Activity sheets for students and background materials for teachers are provided in each of the volumes' six units. The unit assesses student's knowledge about earthquakes and...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Rocks can be folded into many shapes and can be broken by faulting. These fold and fault structures can be seen in mountain ranges, cliffs and even in small hand specimens. Try using bananas to see how these structures may be formed.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
ArtSkills
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This combination website, email chat, and telephone hotline can help students of all levels create innovative science fair displays. Produced by ArtSkills, the website features project ideas, planning calendars, design tips, presentation advice, and a gallery of effective and inspiring science...

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 introduces students to the concept of sorting materials in different mediums and the sedimentary feature called graded bedding. Students will discover that water is a good medium to separate and sort particles, and that particles behave differently in water than in air.

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: soils, rocks, geology
Live From Earth And Mars
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water on earth is used over and over. The water cycle, the continuous movement of water from ocean to air and land then back to the ocean in a cyclic pattern, is a central concept in meteorology. In the water cycle, the sun heats the Earth's surface water, causing that surface water to evaporate...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is a demonstration of the affects on a continental land mass of an ice sheet growing and then melting. Students can relate their models to the changing state of balance in the Earth's lithosphere when additional loading, such as an ice sheet, is added or removed.

Grade Level: 11, 12

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