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

A volcano is a vent in the surface of the Earth through which magma and gasses erupt. Volcanic eruptions are among the Earth's most powerful and destructive forces, but volcanoes are also creative. Volcanoes have also shaped the Earth's landscape, as many of our mountains, islands, and plains...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
The Franklin Institute
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This website features science activities for teachers and students. Topics include Earth science, bioscience, physical science, computers, and more.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Wetlands are called one of the world's most productive ecosystems. They produce more plant and animal life than woodlands or prairies. Characteristics, like water levels, naturally change seasonally and annually. Wetlands are in transition between aquatic and terrestrial systems where the water...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will recreate the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo cookies. Round cream cheese crackers can also be used if cookies are not an option. The students will accurately model the shape of the Moon's phases using Oreo cookies and place the phases in order.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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.

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
Charles Burrows
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This PDF has three useful worksheets for students on characteristics of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic rocks.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 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
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Rocks break down into smaller pieces through weathering. Rocks and sediment grinding against each other wear away surfaces. This type of weathering is called abrasion, and it happens as wind and water rush over rocks. The rocks become smoother as rough and jagged edges break off. In this...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Get your sparkle on at Gemological Institute of America (GIA)'s website to gemology and geology education. Targeted for elementary and middle school level students and teachers, the website offers sections such as Gem Explorer, Story of a Gem, and Gem Glossary. Gem Explorer presents information...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2016, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn about black holes and outer space through this app created by the PBS Science series NOVA. Targeted for students in grades 6-12 (and lifelong learners), and available for the iPad, the app explores the science behind black hole detection, gravitational waves, and more. In the game, players...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: space, astronomy, pbs
Science Buddies
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Have you ever been in an earthquake? What did it feel like? Did you jiggle back and forth? Up and down? Was there a jolt? Or a rolling motion? Come build a house Hansel and Gretel would love to eat, a special table to shake it on, and see how different soil types can amplify shaking. In this...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Becoming a fossil is not easy. This activity takes students through the process of becoming a fossil.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The outward extent of wind moving around a hurricane is rarely uniform. The size of this wind firld is often skewed to the right side of the storm's forward progress. At the same time, the size of each tropical cyclone varies. One hurricane, while it may not be very powerful, could have a large...

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. Why not visit a national wildlife refuge in or near your community? A refuge is a place where...

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

Students prepare a kinesthetic model that demonstrates that Venus is visible in the evening and morning sky due to the movement of Earth and the location of the Sun in space.

Grade Level: 1
Earth Science Australia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth Science Australia brings you a plethora of earth science resources, all online.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2014, Windyty
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Windyty gives wind, temperature, rain and cloud, wave, snow, and pressure data for locaitons all over the world. Browse a global view or focus on your location. 

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

The EarthByte Group in the School of Geosciences of The University of Sydney is one of the world's leading research groups for global and regional plate tectonics reconstructions and for studying the interplay between the deep earth and surface processes.The GPlates Portal is a gateway to a...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
University of California Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (UCBerkeley Seismological Lab)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

MyShake is a free app for Android (and in the future, iOS) phones that has the ability to recognize earthquake shaking using the sensors in every smartphone. The app runs "silently" in the background on your phone using very little power - just like the step-tracking fitness apps. When the...

Grade Level: 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

This activity will provide you with an introduction to a series of lessons — Survivor Earth — about water resources on Earth. You’ll investigate Earth systems by making observations in nature and identifying systems in the natural world. Ultimately, you will understand how the four spheres, or...

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

Pressure is not only a matter of altitude but also dependent upon the temperature. As the temperature increases so does the pressure. The molecules and atoms that comprise the air we breathe gain energy as they absorb heat. That increase in energy results in faster moving atoms which we observe...

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

Each student will use a reference diagram of fossil foraminifera with their paleo-water-depth assignments to interpret the water-depth of a particular area of California during the geologic past. The model of paleoenvironments and the species found in the samples are based on actual work by...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, George Mason University (GMU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A Sector Globe is a polyhedron used to approximate a sphere in order to represent features on the Earth or some other sphere. It can easily be constructed from a print-out using scissors and tape. Most of the faces of the polyhedron are squares or trapezoids, and the polar caps are represented...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

According to the theory of plate tectonics, Earth's crust is composed of a number of individual plates that change shape and position over time. Geophysical evidence indicates that the face of Earth's surface has changed significantly since its initial formation and that the plates on which the...

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

This activity can be used as one means of explaining isostasy, in the context of the Earth's structure and its surface relief. Students will model the principle of isostasy with wooden blocks.

Grade Level: 11, 12
1991, United States Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report contains instructions and a pattern for making a 3-D paper model of a volcano. This model is intended to help students and others to visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By constructing and examining the model...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2011, KQED San Francisco
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The strongest and most consistent winds are found in the jet stream as high as 30,000 feet above the earth. In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, learn about the benefits and challenges of wind energy and the similarities and differences between conventional and airborne wind turbines.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The names of these different images refer to what part of the electromagnetic spectrum the satellite sensors are sampling. It turns out that the atmosphere is transparent to different types of radiation in certain areas of the spectrum. These areas are called atmospheric windows or channels....

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
NOAA Sea Grant
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available online. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach....

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

Using fossils to correlate and locate the correct strata, and to determine where in those strata dinosaurs might be found, it is now possible to see how dinosaur fossils can be traced from one place to another.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Moon is made of cheese... no! Rice Krispies treats! Children ages 8 to 13 discover that the Moon, like Earth, is made up of layers of different materials through this 45-minute activity. They work in teams to make models of the interiors of the Moon and Earth. Common food items are used to...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

For accurate, kid-friendly information on planets, see NASA Space Place's page, How Do We Weigh Planets? Written for elementary and middle level audiences, the explanation covers topics such as How do scientists use gravitational pull as a scale?, Why do scientists usually discuss mass rather...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) has resources, activities, games, and links to teach elementary and middle level students about staying safe in severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, lightning, and winter storms. In addition to Owlie Skywarn coloring sheets, teachers...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2003, Geological Society of America (GSA), Gary B Lewis
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore Earth Cycles CD ROM provides middle/high school teachers with all the information, activities, and data to provide their students great classroom expriences! CD contains full teaching notes, colorful diagrams, and raw data which students can manipulate and play onto period tables....

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

Landslides constitute a major geologic hazard. They are widespread, occurring in all 50 states, and cause $1-2 billion in damages and more than 25 fatalities on average each year. Landslides commonly occur with other major natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods (USGS Learning Web)....

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Created by the Space Telescope Science Institute, this website provides access to fun and engaging learning activities about astronomy, all of which live up to the website's name. The Institute also happens to oversee the grant administration, planning, scheduling, and public outreach activities...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI), Earth Sciences for Society (ESfS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This site lists activities divided up by their key words used.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students gain a better perspective on the relationship between the size and distance of the Moon by creating a scale model. Students will predict and measure the size of the Moon relative to the Earth's diameter, and predict and measure the distance of the Moon relative to a scale model of the...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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.

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Get set for launch. "Eyes on Exoplanets" will fly you to any planet you wish -- as long as it's far beyond our solar system. This fully rendered 3D universe is scientifically accurte, allowing you to zoom in for a close look at more than 1,000 exotic planets known to orbit distant stars. With...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, UMaine Cooperative Extension/4-H, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Your team has been charged with the task of using a model to analyze glacial ice flow before ad after the collapse of an ice shelf. In order to compare the flow of ice, you will need to track a point on the surface of the glacier and measure the movement over time. The data that you collect will...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Human beings have been linked to earth materials since prehistoric times. They used caves for shelter, shaped rocks into stone implements, and later refined metals to make tools. Beyond practical purposes, Earth materials also were used to make pigments for paint. Rock walls became canvases...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Rock-Head Sciences
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

With its Day in the GeoLife series, this blog offers students the opportunity to learn about the lives of geologists, geographers, and other geoscientists, whether they are working in the field, educating students, managing, interning, or just plain exploring. So far, more than 100 geoscientists...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Connect live with park rangers from Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park, and discuss the impacts and hazards of marine debris worldwide. In this distance learning program for grades 10-12, students participate in a facilitated dialogue to learn how to protect the oceans. The program features...

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

This activity will help students to visualize, in three dimensions, features represented by contour lines on a topographic map. Topographic maps are used extensively by a variety of people including geologists, field biologists, and hikers. A topographic map is the representation, on a flat...

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

The Fossilization Game is a role-playing fantasy activity that helps children understand fossilization processes. Students should be able to identify the conditions necessary for fossilization: hard parts (organisms that possess these have a much better chance of fossilization), rapid burial,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Where does offshore oil come from? Students are asked to highlight the misconceptions they may have about where offshore oil is found -- as a basis for discussion to address these conceptions.

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Joint Oceanographic Institutions in the Classroom, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Geoscientists use special boats to conduct research at sea. One of these boats is named the JOIDES Resolution (JR). Unlike most oceangoing vessels, the JR has a flat bottom, a 6.4-meter hole in the middle, 12 laboratories, and a derrick towering 67 meters above the waterline! Why? So scientists...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PBS Learning Media
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

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South Atlantic Ocean Currents off of Argentina
Classroom Activities
Dive and Discover

The global ocean circulation system transports heat worldwide and affects climate in many areas. For example, Europe would have much colder winters if it were not for the Gulf Stream. Winds blow surface waters and cause ocean currents. But the waters below the depths of the wind's influence flow...

Wind speed and direction from Project Vortex
Classroom Activities
Dive and Discover

The effective temperature is the point at which the line crosses the middle scale. Use this worksheet and example to find your own effective temperature.

Malvinas and Brazil ocean currents
Classroom Activities
Dive and Discover

Students can study the air currents within their classroom to examine how wind and ocean currents distribute particles through different environments.

Channel Islands, California
Classroom Activities
Dive and Discover

Students will compare the depth of the ocean where Jaguat and Puma were diving on the Mid-Atlantic Right to the size of a familiar object.

Crystallizing salt
Classroom Activities
Dive and Discover

In this activity, students make an evaporate, a deposit of salt that forms when salty water evaporites. Evaporites are found on land, such as the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, and at some locations in the ocean, such as the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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