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

Observe and describe the growth of crystals from everyday materials.

Grade Level: 5, 6
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Sandy soils allow water through easily and clay soils do not. Garderners usually prefer loam soils. For a farmer or gardener, it is important to know the soil type so that it can be managed properly and crop production increased. This activity can be used in any lesson about the environment,...

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

GreenLearning creates free online education programs about energy and sustainability that engage and empower students to create positive change for our evolving world. To build our programs, we combine input from national surveys and consultations with teachers and education professionals to...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
Common Sense Education
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The best Earth science lessons help kids build a greater understanding of the world around them. The subject gives kids opportunities for inquiry into the complex workings of our planet and the natural phenomena that affect us on a daily basis. Encompassing a wide range of terrestrial topics,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 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
2016, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In celebration of World Science Day, we've pulled together a collection of experiments developed by some amazing organizations, museums, and centers that are dedicated to making hands-on science available to everyone. These projects are fun, based on real work that scientists do everyday -- and...

Grade Level: 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
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
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
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) is truly the Nation's weather and climate observing network of, by and for the people. More than 11,000 volunteers take observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, National Parks, seashores, and mountaintops. The data...

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

This resource is a packet of supplementary curriculum materials for grades 2-4 developed by the Stanford SOLAR (Solar On-Line Activity Resources) Center in conjunction with NASA and the Learning Technologies Channel. This evaluation refers to the activity "Sizing Up the Stars" which uses a model...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Practical Uses of Math And Science (PUMAS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We are all told that the Earth turns and we accept that. But an actual demonstration of how scientists proved this can have lasting impact on the acceptance of this authoritative statement and also on how students judge other authoritative statements for themselves, scientific or otherwise....

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: earth, physics, space
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
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
EyesOnTheRise.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

EyesOnTheRise.org, which focuses on creating student journalism related to environmental impacts related to sea level rise, emerged as an initiative among four journalism faculty members at Florida International University to raise public awareness of sea level rise through student and community...

Grade Level: 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
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
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

How are people affecting your local environment? How is our planet changing? Join the “citizen science” movement, and you can help discover the answers. Citizen science is a form of open collaboration in which members of the public participate in the scientific process to address real-world...

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 website contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators at the college level. Most of the material on USGS websites is suitable for undergraduate-level use, but we have tried to list especially appropriate sites below. Many of these resources can be used...

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
Pisces Foundation
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What factors and constraints do we have to consider when designing a renewable energy plan for a community? This lesson is part of a larger unit in the California Academy of Sciences' Flipside Science series: "Exploring Energy: Designing a Brighter Future."

Grade Level: 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
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
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
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
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

If your habits resemble those of average Americans, you generate about 4.6 pounds of solid trash per day. This adds up to big trouble for the environment. Americans are generating waste products faster than nature can break them down and using up resources faster than they can be replaced. How...

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

In this activity you can compare your local soil with that of classmates and with a description of the soil found on Mars.

Grade Level: 5, 6
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity involves using a mock gravitometer and magnetometer to demonstrate the principles of the remote sensing of gravity and magnetism. This method models how density and magnetic anomalies are identified by geophysical remote sensing. Data from such geophysical sensing is used to plot...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PhET Interactive Simulations
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

How do greenhouse gases affect the climate? explore the atmosphere during the ice age and today. What happens when you add clouds? change the greenhouse gas concentration and see how the temperature changes. Then compare to the effect of glass panes. Zoom in and see how light interacts with...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This middle school STEM curriculum extension focuses on nuclear science and energy. Teachers will find accurate, unbiased, and current information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The curriculum includes essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2004, Geological Society of America (GSA), Christine V McLelland, Gary B Lewis, Tau Rho Alpha
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore Energy in the Earth System guides you different power and energy resources found on Earth. Use this site to find a book, Adobe document, or CD-ROM in a library near you.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
The Weather Channel (TWC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Is today sunny or overcast? Is there wind, rain, or snow? No matter where you live, weather shapes your life. What’s happening in the sky can determine how you dress, what you eat, where you spend your time, and when you work—or play. The science of the sky encompasses Earth and space science (...

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

3D and Photographic Tours featuring Park geology and natural history. The 3D images are anaglyphs and require red and cyan 3D viewing glasses. An Internet search will yield many sites describing anaglyphs, how to purchase 3D glasses, and how to make your own 3D glasses. 

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

What is a watershed? How do our actions affect the health of a watershed? Students explore these questions by analyzing pictures and identifying watershed features. Students then make a watershed model using a plastic shower curtain, a spray bottle of water and themselves or classroom objects....

Grade Level: 5
California Academy of Sciences and Khan Academy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Produced collaboratively by the California Academy of Sciences and Khan Academy, this online course for high school (and adult) learners takes students on a virtual expedition investigating the discovery of life on Earth. Through more than 30 tutorials, students explore all aspects of...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, International Observe the Moon Night, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Scientists study the moon's rocks and surface features to learn how it formed and changed over its long "lifetime." Impact craters and basins for on the surface of the moon when an impactor, such as an asteroid or comet, collides with it. Model -- such as those the students are using in this...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
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
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
Australian Geological Survey Organization (AGSO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A Downloadable and printable paper model of the Earth. This "tennis ball globe" shows continents and tectonic plate lines.

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

Textbook pictures help students visualize concepts, but they cannot provide a three dimensional view. Also, many need to be able to feel an object to really understand it. Geoblox models provide visual and tactile learners with a way to fully participate in the learning process.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Variety of Minerals
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Earth Learning Idea (ELI)

Make learning the rock cycle easy with these finger movements.

Fairweather Glacier karst
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Earth Learning Idea (ELI)

Students use sugar cubes to demonstrate how karstic scenery forms. This activity can be used in any science or geography lesson.

Chemical plant
Classroom Activities
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)

In this activity, students will conduct two runs of an activity to simulate, using coloured sweets, how the relative proportions of oxygen can indicate past Earth temperatures.

Emerald Spring, Yellowstone National Park
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Groundwater.org

Water is constantly moving around, through and above the Earth as a gas (water vapor), a liquid, and as a solid (ice). This never ending process is called the water cycle (or hydrologic cycle). Because this planet has a sealed atmosphere, very little water escapes into outer space, thus the same...

Molten iron in a furnace
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community.

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