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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
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Using this Lesson Plan, students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth’s tilted axis.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1998, Smithsonian Institution
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome to our collection of children's online astronomy activities. In th efollowing six chapters are hundreds of fun explorations into astronomy as a classroom tool for learning how to theorize, experiment, and analyze data. The activities are fully illustrated and contain detailed, step-by-...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This hands-on activity requires students to "visit" different K-T boundary sites, evaluate the evidence at each site, find these sites on a map, and predict where the crater is located. It tests a diverse set of skills, including mapping, mathematical scaling, and interpretation of mixed visual...

Grade Level: 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
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
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
SERC, Carleton College
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn about instructional methods that work with entry-level geoscience students. This site is designed for faculty and graduate students teaching undergraduate entry-level geoscience, environmental science, or related courses. Each section describes a teaching method, why/when it is useful, how...

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

Produced for NASA by the Goddard Space Flight Center, offers an educational and entertaining site that allows viewers of all ages to have fun with Moon phasing.

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

Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Mars! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Mars.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 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
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
Siemans Foundation, Discovery Education
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Siemens Science Day website offers a variety of tools and resources that will help you reinvent science class. You'll find new, original hands-on activities and supporting videos, a teacher support center with best practice guides, monthly themes and an Ultimate Cool School sweepstakes.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Take a field trip to the moon with these activities! Included are companion guides, teacher guides, and field trip worksheets.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
The Science of Sand
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Sand has always been a guiding force in my life. I've always been around it, and always been fascinated by it. As I attended various NSTA conventions, one of the most popular sessions was the one involving sand samples. People do all kinds of things with sand! At the NSTA National Convention in...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2015, Middle School Science Blog
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This mini-weather unit (3-4 weeks) is intended to be used as a self paced series of lessons or independent study where students will work on tasks and check in both during and at the end of each task. Each class will begin with weather data collection followed by either starting a new task or...

Grade Level: 6
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Thus kid-friendly site has USGS games, puzzles, and more. Search by activity or age.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Set the air temperature and dew point in the four different altitudes and see what type of precipitation will fall to the ground. Watch closely, they may even change form as they fall!

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2013, High-Adventure Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This computer-based learning module engages students in questions that scientists around the world are exploring about Earth's climate. They gain an appreciation for how much is not known about the Earth and climate change. The module contains 5 activities (Earth's Changing Climates;...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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 understand the importance of identifying soil levels during archaeological excavations and the importance of artifact provenience.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Clouds are divided into four basic forms (Cirro-form, Strato-form, Cumulo-form and Nimbo-form) at three basic levels (low, middle, and high) in the atmosphere. Many locations may experience all of these different types of clouds daily. The students will become better observers of the sky by...

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

Some areas of the world are susceptible to frequent earthquakes. Other areas of the world have a history of volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, many areas such as Japan experience both volcanoes and earthquakes. In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to investigate...

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

Fossils provide a valuable record of the plant and animal life and environmental conditions from millions, even billions of years ago. In this lesson, students create their own fossils, and then use multimedia resources to learn how real fossils form and what scientists can learn from them.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Students Discover
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This series of lessons starts off with a hands-on lab using inexpensive materials that shows the impact of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its warming impact on climate change. Next, students will participate in a global ciizen science project, Old Weather, which involves students...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2018, Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Common things we use every day, like roads, sidewalks, schools, hospitals, and homes -- to name a few -- are made up of rocks and minerals. As a resource, they are called mineral reserves and include materials like sand, gravel, limestone, granite, and other aggregate and construction materials...

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

Train like an astronaut, read about future missions, and more!

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

Follow the adventures of Spectra, a middle school superhero who possesses the powers of a laser beam. Through eight volumes (with a ninth on the way), Spectra and friends meet and overcome challenges and obstacles through physical science, addressing topics such as power, force, heat energy,...

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

You will create a model of a watershed with paper. By observing how surface water flow is determined by the shape of the land, you will visually and dramatically observe the physical characteristics of a watershed, and investigate the impacts of human land use decisions.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Journey North
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Students track seasonal changes in sunlight and then investigate othe clues to find ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery -- and discover the reasons for the seasons along the way.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics and Science (CEEMS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Teachers in the Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics and Science (CEEMS) program at the University of Cincinnati developed and implemented more than 200 CBL/BPL engineering units for secondary science and math (grades 6-12). The units address various disciplines (biology, chemistry,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Scientists, engineers, and others create geologic maps to determine the best places for people to settle, build, farm, and use land in a variety of ways. They also use geologic maps to monitor the ways that human activity might be changing the land itself over time. As the Geologic Map of Karst...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will use California precipitation totals and evapotranspiration data to calculate and graph water deficits and surpluses. These spreadsheet models will help students understand droughts and the movement of water in the water cycle.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2008, Thirteen/WNET, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this Nature lesson, students will learn about different types of volcanoes, how and why they erupt and the physical impact of volcanic eruptions.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Space Telescope Science Institute
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Amazing Space has resources on all your astronomical needs: the solar ystem, black holes, stars, telescopes, history, and more. We are the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach. We promote the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

As Rock Explorers, students investigate a variety of rocks and sort them ito groups. The activity includes opportunities for literacy, numeracy, and art.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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
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
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students study the availability of fresh water on Earth and the methods that can be used o purify and conserve it. They also assess how much water they and their families typically use and think about ways to reduce water usage.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

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Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students will explore their creativity and critical thinking while they imagine a cave environment and create an organism that lives in their cave. Their cave will be one of the types mentioned in the preceding pages, but their organisms will be of their own imagination.

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Caves form through a variety of natural processes depending on their local geology and climate. Flowing lava, melting ice, dissolving rock, and crashing waves are the major processes that form these wondrous environments. In this activity, students will observe a model of how the most common...

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students study natural features of Mesa Verde and make conclusions about how early inhabitants settled there.

Mauna Ulu on the east rift of Kilauea. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Topaz Sample
Classroom Activities
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

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