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Windows to the Universe
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Through a simple interactive online model, students learn about the relationship between carbon dioxide emissions, carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere, and average global temperature. The simulation predicts changes throughout the 21st century based on the level of carbon dioxide emissions...

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

There is always some water vapor in the air. For the most part we can’t see it directly, but we can measure its presence with a relative humidity sensor. In this activity, you will use a relative humidity sensor and a soda bottle to measure humidity near surfaces, such as over a leaf or above an...

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

Climate changes have occurred throughout Earth's history, with dramatic consequences to the organisms that live there. Although some climate changes are a part of Earth's natural cycles, others are the byproduct of human activity. In this lesson, students conduct an experiment to learn about...

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

This activity shows students how to read and interpret a common data representation, the heat map. Students will examine heat map representations of Earth science data over time, discuss trends and compare data sets in order to assess potential correlation.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
We Are Teachers
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Invite students to learn all about rocks with this interactive rock cycle worksheet. They choose what happens to the rock, learning the process that a rock can go through. They spin clockwise and counterclockwise, choosing their own adventure!

Grade Level: 3, 4
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Student Launch is a research-based, competitive, experiential exploration activity. It strives to provide relevant, cost-effective research and development of rocket propulsion systems. This project offers multiple challenges reaching a broad audience of middle and high schools, colleges, and...

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

Ciencia@NASA is your one-stop-shop for NASA science information - en Español! Discover the physical sciences, terrestrial sciences, and more.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This database is for educators who would like some inspiration for teaching across the geosciences. It has a wide range of resources spanning a variety of subjects that may be covered in the curriculum or in informal learning. Also included are ideas and lesson plans from teachers who have...

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

This lesson focuses on devices that are used to detect air pollution. Teams of students construct outdoor air pollution detectors from everyday materials. They then test their devices to see how much particulate pollutants they can capture.

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

Dinosaurs are prehistoric reptiles that have lived on Earth from about 228 million years ago to the present. This activity will help students understand the difference between dinosaurs and other animals.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
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 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
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Only recently have scientists come to recognize that Bangladesh is positioned at the juncture of several active tectonic plate boundaries. Moreover, it sits atop the world's largest river delta at close to sea level, facing both the risk posed by a quake and secondary risks of tsunamis and...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students use a light source, a polystyrene ball, and their bodies to model solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the moon, and the revolution and rotation of the moon. By observing their models of these phenomena in three dimensions, reality-checking with their notes of their...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Wikiwatershed.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This interactive program models watersheds in a variety of places and weather situations.

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
DiscoverySchool.com Credit: Susan Hurstcalderone, science and resource teacher, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.
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
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
Teachervison; Excerpt from Ready-to-Use Earth Astronomical Science Activities for Grades 5-12
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
California Academy of Sciences
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This creative lesson plan provides a visual way for learners to gain knowledge about the finite amount of fresh water on Earth and encourages discussion of the various ways to conserve this resource. Also, learners may brainstorm ideas to increase the usage of untapped water resources in their...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Model the layers of the Martian arctic terrain with this fun -- and edible -- activity for students in grades 5-8. Using meat, bean dip, sour cream, cheese, and salsa, students create a layered dip that represents the components of the terrain found at the Martian North Pole. Students use...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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.

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

Heat islands result when people alter their surroundings, substituting man-made asphalt roads, tar roofs, and other features for vegetation. Trees and other plants provide shade and cool the air through evapotranspiration. Hard, dark surfaces like pavement store heat during the day. That heat is...

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

Our star, the Sun, is an ordinary star. It is not particularly special compared to other stars in the universe, however, it is crucially important to us. As the massive energy source at the center of our solar system, the Sun is responsible for Earth's climate, weather, and life. In this lesson...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Geographic Xpeditions
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
Exploratorium
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Want to melt those years away? Travel to an outer planet! Fill in your age (birthday month, day, and year), and see what it correlates to on different planets, moons, and stars! Then, learn how Earth's yearly revolutions compare to other space planetary objects.

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
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
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
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

Much of the water cycle is visible, both in the form of liquid water (oceans, rivers, lakes, and precipitation such as rain) and in the form of solid water (ice, snow, and precipitation such as falling snow or hail). However, some of the water in the water cycle is invisible because water is...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2009, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming is changing the Alaskan environment and examine the consequences of climate change on the region's human and wildlife inhabitants.

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

Students learn about the phases of the moon by acting them out. In 30 minutes, they will act out one complete 30-day cycle.

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Mystery Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this Mystery, students will explore how solid rock breaks apart into smaller pieces through a process called weathering (including root-wedging and ice-wedging.) In the activity, students will model the process of weathering that occurs when rocks tumble and crash into each other using sugar...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome aboard STEM on Station -- your connection to the International Space Station. Check out this website to find out how to bring space into your classroom with lesson plans, activities, opportunities, videos, still imagery and the latest station news.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The people who have shaped our idea of the Earth are pioneers, just as truly as those who struck out in new directions across its surface. This idea may be new to students. Could a person be a pioneer without leaving home? The students will discuss characteristics of pioneers and relate it to...

Grade Level: 7, 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
Department of Geology, University College Dublin
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Folds with inclined fold axis are called plunging folds. Determining the plunge and plunge direction can be a quite tricky task, if the exposure is 2-D. The models illustrate the difficulties that arise in the interpretation of the map pattern of plunging folds. You will find out that the map of...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water that accumulates beneath the surface of the Earth is called groundwater. Contrary to popular belief, groundwater does not form underground "rivers," but is actually found in the small spaces and cracks between rocks and other material such as sand and gravel. Groundwater supplies about 38...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
New York Science Teacher
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This collection of files was generously contributed by teachers from all over. Many of the files were from David Robison's original share-a-thon site. The filed have been catalogs and placed into a database. You do not need to be a member to download files. Please consider sharing your own...

2009, TeachEngineering
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students in grades 3 to 8 use a tabletop tsunami generator to observe the devastation of these massive waves. They see how a tsunami moves across the ocean and what happens when it reaches the continental shelf. Students make villages of model houses and buildings to test how different material...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2005, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students may be able to tell you how long ago dinosaurs lived, but it is difficult to conceptualize that enormous amount of time. The following activity will help students gain an understanding of geologic time.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
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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