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American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The study of dinosaurs stretches children’s imaginations, provides new perspectives on time and space, and invites students to discover worlds very different from our modern Earth. The study of dinosaurs is important in understanding the causes of past major extinctions of land animals. In this...

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

EPA offers hands-on activities to teach middle and high school students about air quality and climate change. Build Your Own Particle Sensor (grades 5-12) introduces basic information about particulate matter air pollution and electronics and gives students opportunities to develop problem-...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Engage students with a first-hand glimpse into agriculture using lessons and activities that bring to life critical issues such as sustainability, the new science behind farming, and entrepreneurship. Designed for grades 9 through 12, the downloadable lesson plans are aligned with Next...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth's polar regions may seem remote, but they are an integral part of the entire Earth system. For example, pollution from other areas affects Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems, and changes in the icy landscapes of the polar regions may influence global ocean circulation patterns and accelerate...

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

Geography is active. Geography is creative. You can take part in "real-life" geography-related activities outside—in your community or at school—or virtual ones on the Web. Here are some of our favorite ways to increase our geographic literacy while having fun.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Bolivia's diversity of animal and plant life is among the greatest in the world. The country's location in the tropics combined with dramatic variations in topography and climate result in a wide range of ecosystems - from the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Andes to the dense rainforests...

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

Rocks are generally deposited horizontally. After one rock layer has been deposited, another is laid down on top of it. Thus, the rocks on the bottom of the stack are the oldest, and the rocks on the top are the youngest. Once the rocks have been deposited they sometimes get moved around. They...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this kinesthetic acticity, students model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines.

Grade Level: 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
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
The Edible Schoolyard Project
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The goal of our edible education curriculum is to empower students with the knowledge and values to make food choices that are healthy for them, their communities, and the environment. The lessons are fully integrated into academic subjects and support content standards, Common Core State...

Grade Level: K, 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
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
2016, Science in School
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This article details how studies of iron oxides under extreme conditions are shining a light on Earth's interior and its role in our climate.

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
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
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
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
2012, William A. Prothero, Jr.
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of this site is to disseminate and discuss cutting edge Earth science education inquiry activities, such as data rich explorations and simulations. It also features discussions of new pedagogies, ideas for new resources, and issues of interest to students of Earth science, whether...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm and categorize a list of weather-related words and phrases. Then they identify the necessary conditions for weather events to occur, and the factors that...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
United States Energy Information Administration (USEIA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The US Energy Information Administration provides lesson plans, science fair experiments, field trips, teacher guides, career information, and related materials, all about energy.

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

Visit Space Station Explorers to learn about this amazing outpost in space, get to know the astronauts actively doing research there, and possibly launch an experiment of your own. The site features a searchable database of K-12 lesson plans; search for lessons by subject or grade. Selected...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2006, Geological Society of America (GSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You may have seen or used Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in cars or on camping trips. These devices use data from satellites orbiting the Earth to locate places on our planet. GPS devices describe the locations to us in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates. Citizen scientists...

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

Information on storm surges (what they are and how they are formed). Tips to be ready for storm surges. Videos. Downloadable PDF guides (English and Spanish).

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

The presence of water in solid, liquid, and gaseous forms is one of the primary factors that distinguished Earth from its neighbors in the solar system. In this activity, students will toss a globe to collect data on whether there is more surface water or land on earth.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Department of Geology, University College Dublin
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

These two models illustrate typical structures developed in fold and thrust belts. The models can be made out of one single piece of paper, but we decided to split each model into two parts for easier model building. Contains two models: fault-propagation fold and fault-bend fold. 

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

This online guide has photos, streaming video, and biological information for more than 100 marine sanctuaries nationwide, including sites in the Channel Islands, Florida Keys, Monterey Bay, Olympic Coast, and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Read a short description of each sanctuary, then click...

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

Students will experience how carbonic acid can slowly dissolve limestone and form caves. Students will learn hoe caves are formed, the geologic processes involved, and the major types of caves.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Collision and coalescence is the process by which cloud droplets grow large enough to fall as rain in clouds. You will suspend two ping pong balls in the stream of air supplied by a hair dryer. The balls will bump into each other, creating a clicking sound signifying the collision.

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

Calcium is a chemical that is always grabbing onto other chemicals. One of the most common chemicals connected to calcium is carbonate. Together, the calcium and the carbonate are called calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is in eggshells, seashells, limestone, and many other materials. In this...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity includes a poster illustrating a story of two children exploring a cave, as well as a guide for exploring caves. The guide features cave diagrams, cave creation, and where to look for caves.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
Teach Engineering
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This hands-on activity explores five different forms of erosion (chemical, water, wind, glacier, and temperature). Students rotate through stations and model each type of erosion on rocks, soils and minerals. The students record their observations and discuss the effects of erosion on the Earth'...

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

Use this document to help middle level students deepen their understanding of how everyday products like a soccer ball impact the environment in different ways. Most people -- adults and students alike -- don't give much thought to manufacturing processes and are unaware of the effects on the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Your handy guide to gravitational waves, and their ripple effects to our understanding of the cosmos. 

Grade Level: 11, 12
Tags: physics
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity you will measure changing weather conditions prior to, during, and after a storm.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2010, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

LPB's Climate Change Challenge helps middle school students understand the causes and effects of climate change on our environment.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Students Discover
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Solar System consists of the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, comets, dust, gases and primarily empty space. These lessons allow students to engage in the scientific community of astronomers; students will be looking for asteroids using real scientific data collection by the Catalina...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2015, The Nature Conservancy, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of these activities is to introduce students to the factors that contribute to desertification and solutions that have been implemented in the Sahel region of West Africa, corresponding with the video Farming the Desert from the series EARTH A New Wild. The lesson includes an in-...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Antarctic Program (USAP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Antarctic Sun is a publication posted on the website at McMurdo Station in Antarctica for the United States Antarctic Program. It provides information about the inhabitants (human and animal), the geographical location and scientific projects on and under the ice in Antarctica.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The age of fossils intrigues almost everyone. Students not only want to know how old a fossil is, but they want to know how that age was determined. Some very straightforward principles are used to determine the age of fossils. Students should be able to understand the principles and have that...

Grade Level: 8, 9
Event-Based Science Project
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Two activities are provided to help students understand factors affecting the biological health of a harbor as well as what influences oil terminal placement. The first activity helps the student analyze NASA SeaWiFS data in six different harbors. SeaWiFS is NASA's Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view...

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

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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.

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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.

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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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