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UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Static electricity can be used to demonstrate the electricity of lightning. This activity will demonstrate the attraction of positive and negative charges and what happens when those opposite charges meet each other.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
SkyMaps.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Evening Sky Map is a 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to astronomy. Designed to print clearly on all printers, The Evening Sky Map is ready-to-use and will help you to: identify planets, stars, and major constellations; find sparkling...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Science Education ofr Public Understanding Program (SEPUP), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will put together continent puzzle pieces and answer questions on Pangea, continental drift, and fossil rock evidence. To download, click the "View This Resource" button on the right.

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

Water rockets are an excellent tool to learn about rockets, propulsion, and aerodynamics. The Beginner's Guide to Rockets introduces the physics principles and math behind water rockets. The activities were developed for middle school students (grades 5-8) and align with National science,...

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
Wikiwatershed.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Model My Watershed" is a watershed-modeling Web app that enables students to analyze real land use and soil data in their neighborhoods and watersheds. Make science-based predictions of human impacts on stormwater runoff and water quality. 

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

GLOBE Carbon Cycle is focused on bringing the most cutting edge research and research techniques in the field of terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycling into the classroom. Students can collect data about their school field site through existing GLOBE protocols of phenology, land cover and soils as...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity introduces students to the concept of sorting materials in different mediums and the sedimentary feature called graded bedding. Students will discover that water is a good medium to separate and sort particles, and that particles behave differently in water than in air.

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: soils, rocks, geology
EdHelper
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The homework site for Teachers! These Water resources contain lesson plans, activities, and more. No planning needed! Water is one of the most important things on Earth! We would die without it, and so would all of Earth's other living things. How much water is there on Earth, anyway? Where is...

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

The website is based on a four-part television series that tells the stories of natural disasters, the scientists who struggle to understand and predict them, and the people whose lives are forever changed by them. The site contains original articles that explain the science behind volcanoes,...

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

Explore the concepts that underlie the study of the stars and other heavenly bodies, and how astrophysicists analyze their distant light for cues to their physical and chemical properties. This Special Collection sets out the fundamentals and demonstrates them in a set of articles, activities...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2015, Compound Interest
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury,...

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

Understanding how the pieces of the fossil puzzle fit together allows the paleontologist to imagine the earth as it was millions of years ago. Introduce the activity to the students by telling them that they are all paleontologists and have found many different fossils. Based upon those fossils...

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

Enormous forces hold together the nuclei of atoms. When certain types of atoms are split they release large amounts of energy. The process of splitting atoms is called nuclear fission. The heat produced from the nuclear fission is used to generate electricity in power plants. The generation of...

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

The objective of Tracking Change over Time lesson plan is to get students excited about studying the changing Earth. Targeted for grades 5-8, the lesson plan contains four parts: Getting Started, Understanding Remote Sensing, Using MultiSpec to Interpret Satellite Imagery, and The Modules. The...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will investigate the complexities of snowpack formation by creating a model. This model simulates only a few of the variables that scientists consider when predicting avalanches.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Teaching Tolerance
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Targeted for students in grades 3-5, this STEM lesson from Teaching Tolerance helps students see themselves as scientists. In the activity, students watch a short video and a demonstration of a discrepant event. The follow-up classroom discussion helps students understand the curiosity,...

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

Each year the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge features an engineering design chellenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The annual event is a more complex follow-up to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition challenges high...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Ward's Natural Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Soil is often overlooked as a natural resource. Like fossil fuels, we depend on it for energy in the form of foods. And, like fossil fuels, it is nonrenewable. Soil is a delicate balance of inorganic minerals, organic matter, living organisms, soil water, and soil atmosphere. The natural...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Exploratorium
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or the Moon? Here's your chance to find out. Enter your weight and see what it converts to on a selection of planets, moons, and stars. Then, read about weight and mass in space and why it changes in different environments.

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

Sunlight is constantly falling on Earth. At the same time, Earth is losing energy to the cold emptiness of outer space. In this activity, you will use a computer model to explore what happens to the Sun’s energy when it strikes Earth.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2010, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Trying to build a device to measure how fast the wind is blowing in this SciGirls engineering activity. You may have heard a weather reporter warn, "Wind gusts are up to 30 mph!" Scientists measure wind speed using a weather instrument called an anemometer, which relies on cups attached to...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is a comprehensive Earthquake curriculum covering three self-contained themes intended to be used individually with additional materials or as a complete unit. This unit is a collaborative effort between Deborah Kane, a doctoral geophysics student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Association of American State Geologists (AASG)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

How do geologists understand the Earth’s history? In part, they measure the age of rocks and other natural materials by dating techniques. They can date rocks by gauging the amount of decay of radioactive elements. The time necessary for half of any given amount of one element (the “parent...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Natural gas, which is mostly methane, is an energy resource used for generating electricity and heating, powering transportation, and manufacturing products. Right now, one-quarter of the world’s energy comes from natural gas. Natural gas formation, one of the processes occurring on our ever-...

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

In the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, robotic dinosaur skulls demonstrate how the dental adaptations of plant-eating dinisaurs worked. They show that as teeth wore down, new teeth grew to replace them. Paleontologists can tell a lot from the size of a...

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

The NASA home page contains a wealth of information for the educational community. Using NASA materials in other languages provides teachers working with English Language Learners (ELLs) the opportunity to assist their students to aquire English literacy skills in the regular cassroom while at...

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

In this activity, students will learn about sea ice and land ice. They will observe ice melting on a solid surface near a body of water and ice melting in a body of water. Prior to the activity, students will predict what each situation will do to the level of water and then compare their...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Thirsty for Knowledge? Let's Learn About Water! Do you know how much water a family of for uses every day in the United States? Not 50 gallons, not 100 gallons, but 400 gallons! You could take up to 10 baths with that much water -- but who would want to do that? Fortunately, there are many...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
California Department of Conservation (CDC) and California Geological Survey (CGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

California Geological Survey (CGS) staff have scoured the Internet and compiled this linked list of free-to-download, 3D paper models and paper toys that are related to the Earth Sciences. We have listed over 250 paper models that can be cutout and assembled. Some might be suitable for class...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The goal of this Teaching Box is to teach students about how and why earthquakes cause damage. Living in Earthquake Country explores seismic waves, the ability of scientists to predict the likelihood and severity of earthquakes at specific locations, the difference between magnitude and...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
David Hudgins (Rockhurst University), Kevin Lee (University of Nebraska), and Edward Prather (University of Arizona)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This site provides ranking tasks for teaching introductory astronomy. Pensil-and-paper versions as well as computer-based versions are available grouped by topic. New materials will be added as the computer-based versions are completed. It is anticipated that the pencil-and-paper versions will...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Environmental Literacy & Inquiry (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Tectonics is a series of geospatial investigations designed to augment existing middle school Earth science curriculum. Students use Web GIS to investigate important tectonics concepts. The investigations include scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas from the National...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Alfred Wegener
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Although Alfred Wegener was not the first to suggest that continents have moved about The Earth, his presentation of carefully compiled evidence for continental drift inspired decades of scientific debate. Wegener's evidence, in concert with compelling evidence provided by post World War II...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Climate Change and Michigan Forests (CCMF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

On this site you can access our 10-day middle school life science unit and a summary of our climate change education research project results, including links to peer-reviewed publications. Climate Change and Michigan Forests (CCMF) is based on climate science research conducted at the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

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