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Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We compare a light bulb to an earthquake to clarify the difference between magnitude and intensity, two concepts that are often used interchangably, but in error. Though both are related to a measured earthquake, intensity reflects what is felt during an earthquake at many locations, and the...

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

These model-building activities from NASA's Stardust mission educator's guide provide a "stellar" opportunity to teach middle level students about comets and how they form. In Cookin' Up a Comet, students and their teacher create a comet model from dry ice and other inexpensive materials (e.g.,...

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

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.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students are introduced to the theory of plate tectonics and explore how the theory was developed and supported by evidence. Through class discussion, videos, and activities, students seek connections between tectonic activity and geologic features and investigate how the theory...

Grade Level: 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
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
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...

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
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
National Weather Service (NWS)
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
PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

During this activity your students will learn about the issue of land subsidence, which leads to topographical changes. Subsidence is due to poor backfilling/stabilization practices during the mining of gold. Then your students will complete an activity in which they will use materials like sand...

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

NASA established STEM Education and Accountability Project, or SEAP, in 2014 to help meet the goals of the NASA Strategic Plan. The SEAP site contains information and links to NASA Educator Professional Development, Internships, Fellowships, Scholarships, STEM Engagement, and Institutional...

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

This activity is intended to help students observe how stick-slip movement works. Instructions on how to build a motorized version of the following experiment as well as data produced from this model are available. At the end of the activity, students will be able to answer the questions, "how...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This unit is designed to introduce students to watersheds, computer mapping tools (Google Earth), and ocean currents through a discussion of ocean and water borne pollution. The unit is designed around a 9th grade Earth Science class, and run over three 80 minute class periods. The first lesson...

Grade Level: 9
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
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

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
TryEngineering
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The "Shake it Up with Seismographs!" activity explores the engineering behind seismographs and how technology has improved accurate recording of earthquakes. Students work in teams to build a simple seismograph out of everyday items, test it during a simulated classroom earthquake, evaluate...

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

Scientists often determine the correct sequence of sedimentary rock layers using the fossils found within them. They compare the fossils to figure out if two layers are from the same geologic time period, or if one layer is older than the other. Try reconstructing the layers using the same...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2006, Geological Society of America (GSA)
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
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
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
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dendrochronologists use tree rings to go back in time to learn more about past climate. Using straws to recreate tree rings, you can learn how dendrochronologists work. Construct a 50-year climatic history on a three-meter time line. In this activity, students use the spacings between tree rings...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students and adults have a lot of trouble envisioning the history of the universe, from the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, through the development of various structures in the cosmos and the evolution of life on Earth, to the present moment. In this activity, students will equate the full...

Grade Level: 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
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

Molecular crystals are formed by one or more kinds of molecules tiled in regular patterns in microscopic space. A common example is solid carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice, which is often used to pack and keep ice cream cold. In this activity, you will use a set of molecular models to...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Association on Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This page provides access to valuable resources for educators in the geosciences and information on available AEG scholarships and grants.

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

Just print out the patterns using a standard printer and, using an X-acto blade or other sharp tool (and preferably a cardboard cutting surface), you can surround your home or classroom with famous scientists and their inventions. We’ll be releasing more patterns throughout the season, so check...

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

Link to a PDF for an activity: Hands-on experiment to test for acid mine damage

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Energy Information Administration (USIEA)
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
Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Chemical Heritage Foundation offers resources that highlight the stories of chemistry and the people behind them. Teachers will find historical biographies and videos, iPad apps, role-playing games, and interactive timelines that make the history of chemistry come alive. Watch Women in...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS), United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This book contains questions students can answer about natural habitats. After answering the questions, students can draw or color in some of the pictures.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The focus of this activity is on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. Students will: construct a model of a volcano; produce...

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

In this lesson for grades 9-12, students learn to read fuel economy and environment labels, then apply their understanding to compare and contrast the labels for various vehicles and fuel types. The lesson plan includes background information, procedures, teacher and student worksheets,...

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

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

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2004, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students work toward understanding the limitations of renewable energy resources if there is no system available for storing the energy. First, students watch a video segment on the engineering design process. Then they are challenged to design a storage system for renewable...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Scientists have good evidence that the earth is very old, approximately four and one-half billion years old. Scientific measurements such as radiometric dating use the natural radioactivity of certain elements found in rocks to help determine their age. Scientists also use direct evidence from...

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

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