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Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation Activities, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of this activity is to give the player an introduction to the economics of mining. Each player buys "property," purchases the "mining equipment," pays for the "mining operation," and finally pays for the "reclamation." In return, the player receives money for the "ore mined." The...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity will help you to understand some of the factors that petroleum geologists need to consider when deciding where to recommend drilling for oil. Since people use petroleum products for energy and as source materials for petrochemicals, it is important as citizen scientists to...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Community Science Workshop Network (CSW)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This video shows experiments on measuring temperature and the water cycle process. Students understand how convection is used in fluid materials, such as water and air, and what outcomes happen when two materials are mixed together. This concept can be applied to earth's atmosphere, helping...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
McGraw Hill
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Seasons Interactive provides students with the opportunity to investigate how Earth's angle of inclination affects three factors: the angle of incoming sunlight, average daily temperatures and the Sun’s ecliptic path. Three preset values for the angle of inclination are available (corresponding...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9
Tags: sun, earth, astronomy
Southeast Region Climate Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. Learn how to make your own barometer out of a jar, balloon, and stirring stick.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GRACE Communication Foundation
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This calculator helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your sandwich? Your gadgets? The electricity that powers them? Soon you will!

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
1999, Steve Randak, Michael Kimmel, Evolution & The Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students take on an imaginary fossil hunt. Following a script read by the teacher, students "find" (remove from envelope) paper "fossils" of some unknown reature, only a few at a time. Each time, they attempt to reconstruct the creature, and each time their interpretation tends to change as new...

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

Instructions and layout of a Karst Topography paper Model are listed.

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

Landslides not only are dangerous — causing on average more than 25 deaths and over $1 billion in damages a year — but are also widespread, occurring in all 50 states. Compounding the hazards, these natural disasters often occur along with other similar natural phenomena, such as floods or...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Download an English pdf version of a rock chart.

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

Learn how to build an icy model of a comet, complete with shooting jets. This activity provides an opportunity for students to make observations, discuss changing states of matter and demonstrate measuring skills.

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
World Ocean Observatory (W2O)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

World Ocean Observatory is the leading organization advocating for the health and sustainability of the ocean through an accessible worldwide network of communication. Through education, partnership, information exchange, public connection, and relentless communications, W2O is committed to...

Grade Level: 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
2017, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

All in a day's work for the people of NOAA as they put science, technology, and engineering to work for you. Every day, NOAA helps people with local weather forecasts, tornado warnings, oil spill cleanup, high quality seafood, navigation tools, and many other services. NOAA is also a leader in...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What adventures await you as a student of the Earth sciences? How about a career as a scientist or engineer working for the world’s largest oilfield services company? Schlumberger employees invent, design, engineer, and apply technologies to help customers find and produce oil and gas more...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students take samples from two different geological layers and sieve for clast size mass data. They will also make sketches of some of the clasts and describe the rounded versus angular aspects in each of the formations. Students then prepare a histogram showing the percentages of clast size...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: geology
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

3D and Photographic Tours featuring Park geology and natural history. The 3D images are anaglyphs and require red and cyan 3D viewing glasses. An Internet search will yield many sites describing anaglyphs, how to purchase 3D glasses, and how to make your own 3D glasses. 

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2010, The IRIS Consortium, Purdue University
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This teaching guide is designed to introduce the concepts of waves and seismic waves that propagate within the Earth, and to provide ideas and suggestions for how to teach about seismic waves.  The guide provides information on the types and properties of seismic waves and instructions for using...

Grade Level: 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore classroom activities about dinosaurs, geologic time, plate tectonics, fossils, and more.

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

This is the first of three lessons thta have been developed to teach students about Earth's water cycle, the importance of freshwater resources, and how NASA studies water in Earth's systems.

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
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students discuss their feelings about extreme natural events, learn safety and preparation tips, and create safety signs.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dynamic Earth is an interactive website where students can learn about the structure of the Earth, the movements of its tectonic plates, as well as the forces that create mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The first section focuses on the layers that make up the Earth - from the...

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

Hydroelectric energy, also referred to as hydroelectricity or hydropower, is the use of moving water to produce electricity. This power is generated by converting the kinetic energy of flowing water into mechanical and then electrical energy. This process involves the use of turbines, which...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

 Moving model of the slump block of a landslide. Cutout and assemble. One page, PDF

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Rader's Cosmos4Kids.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

If you are looking for astronomy basics and the science of the stars, stay on this site. Use it to browse topics such as: the universe, galaxies, stars, systems, solar system, and exploration.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
The Nature Conservancy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Two environmental science units from the Nature Conservancy's Nature Works Everywhere program help high school students (grades 9-12) gain a global perspective on conservation. Both units include a teachers guide, lesson plans, student handouts, links, and videos. In Recording the Rainforest,...

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

The Earth is in constant motion. Each day the earth makes one complete rotation. Each year, the earth makes one orbit of the sun. The first motion is obvious. The second one, however, is muh harder to notice except over a much longer period and can be made visible only by some time and some...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit, a partnership of Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), provides Earth science education resources in both Spanish and English. Please join us! El Juego de Herramientas en línea SEED, que...

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

Earth’s temperature is set, in part, by a balance between incoming radiation energy from the Sun and outgoing radiation energy into space. If more energy comes in than leaves, Earth’s temperature will rise, and vice versa. The atmosphere plays a big role in this balance. In this activity, you...

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

Weather is a part of everyday life and can affect little things such as your choice of clothes or activities. Weather can also be severe and affect your life in bigger ways, as seen i nthe damage done by a hurricane or tornado. Meteorologists study the components of weather -- the conditions of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
EarthLearningIdea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity can be carried out using any exposed surface of rocks, including natural and artificial rock exposures, but also building stones, monuments or gravestones. Manufactured materials such as bricks, tiles, and concrete also show the effects of weathering. This series of...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Nano sand" is a product that was originally invented to help clean up oil spills in water. Since the "nano sand" is hydrophobic, it does not let water molecules pass through. It does, however, let oil molecules pass through. When oil-contaminated water is exposed to "magic sand," the oil passes...

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

Core samples are small portions of a formation taken from an existing well and used for geologic analysis. The sample is analyzed to determine porosity, permeability, fluid content, geologic age, and probable productivity of oil from the site. Drilling is the only way to be sure that oil and gas...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The five national marine sanctuaries along the West Coast monitor the health of the rocky intertidal ecosystem. One way of doing this is to collect data on the relative abundance of the organisms living in that ecosystem. Since this is such a big task, the national marine sanctuaries are...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Keep Wild Animals Wild lesson plans, videos and worksheets provide everything educators need to introduce students to what makes wild animals wild, why wildlife trade is a big threat not just to animals and ecosystems, but to people too, and how to help keep wild animals wild. The lesson plans...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore how plates move on the surface of the Earth. Change temperature, composition, and thickness of plates. Discover how to create new mountains, volcanoes, or oceans.

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

What is sea-level rise and how does it affect us? This "Teachable Moment" looks at the science behind sea-level rise and offers lessons and tools for teaching students about this important climate topic.

Grade Level: 5
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Florida Department of Environmental protection, Florida Community College, Midwest Research Institute (MRI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity guide has been intended to educate students in kindergarten through ninth grade to help them understnd the definition of water pollution using the basic principles of science and mathematics. The activities focus on the four main types of water polutants -- sediments, nutrients,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Anthropolis Productions Limited
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Athropolis is a website devoted to informing children about the polar regions through games, puzzles, stories, songs, virtual library, etc. Imaginary characters and the storyline are targeted toward elementaty students.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dive and Discover is an interactive website designed to immerse you in the excitement and discovery of exploration of the deep seafloor. Dive and Discover brings you right on board a series on research cruises around the globe, and gives you access to the latest oceanographic and deep...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Energy Education Development (NEED), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

It takes energy to run the appliances and machines we use everyday. The national average commercial cost to use this energy is $0.10/kilowatt hour. In addition to the financial cost, there is also an environmental cost in the form of carbon emissions. The general rule of thumb is that every...

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

Each group will design a water filtration system and present to the class why they picked their design. Students are given a variety of materials (soil, gravel, charcoal, etc) and must try to filter "polluted" (with food coloring, salt, dish soap) water.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Center for Atmospheric Research Library
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

DLESE is a geoscience community resource that supports teaching and learning about Earth science systems. Resources in DLESE include lesson plans, scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips - in short, virtually any type of web-accessible teaching or...

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

Find an excellent tool for cryosphere (ice) work.  Take a look at the bullet feature list at the bottom of the page: Using this tool, you can track the upcoming 2017 Arctic maximum sea ice extent value with students, especially as this value may, again, be a record breaker.

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

This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) website attempts to address various questions regarding hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones that have been posed to us as hurricane researchers over the years. While it is not intended to be a technical guide, references are given throughout the FAQ...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2007, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Earth's crust is not a solid shell. It is made of thick, interconnecting pieces called tectonic plates that fit together like a puzzle. In this activity, students will: use logic and the evidence to reconstruct the position of large islands and continents as they appeared 220 million years...

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

SciJinks's Weather Science Fair web page offers middle level students project ideas in several categories; those that test a hypothesis (e.g., How does the temperature change during the day? One possible hypothesis: The temperature is lowest at midnight and highest at high noon.); those that...

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
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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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