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National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines—both formal and informal, institutional and individual, in local, state, national...

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

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
Esri, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Geographic information systems (GIS) are mapping and analysis tools that people use in all walks of life. GIS is problem-solving technology, for careers in research, policy-making, and production — in government agencies, non-profit groups, and for-profit companies, from global to local levels....

Grade Level: 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
Australian Geological Survey Organization (AGSO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A Downloadable and printable paper model of the Earth. This "tennis ball globe" shows continents and tectonic plate lines.

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

Lockheed Martin's STEM education initiative for the middle level offers standards-based lesson plans, educator guides, and family activities to motivate students to learn about deep space exploration. The resources introduce a range of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm a list of weather-related words. Then they organize information they learned about weather events and conditions present for each type of weather event, and...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

If your habits resemble those of average Americans, you generate about 4.6 pounds of solid trash per day. This adds up to big trouble for the environment. Americans are generating waste products faster than nature can break them down and using up resources faster than they can be replaced. How...

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

Take students to the world's most extreme environment with this curriculum. As they investigate this polar continent and its value to scientists worldwide, they will also learn about world climate, day and night cycles, ocean circulation, animal adaptation, and scientists working "in the field...

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

Oil, also called petroleum, is a naturally occurring liquid formed from dead marine microorganisms. It is usually black or dark brown in color, but can vary from yellow to greenish. It is an organic substance and consists of several hydrocarbons (compounds made of hydrogen and carbon). It is...

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
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Score Four lessons culminate with student-led stormwater-reduction projects—but before students turn one shovel of dirt, they are engaged in hands-on investigations of their school’s watershed and campus. Students assess permeability, stormwater dynamics, pollution sources, soils, and possible...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 10, 9, 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 constant pushing of molecules into each other if the reason we feel wind. As one molecule bumps into another, it transfers energy into the next molecule. This constant pushing on the oceans surface also transfers energy to the water. This energy transfer is responsible for the motion of the...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Star & Telescope: The Essential Guide to Astronomy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Did the astronomy bug bite you while you were out last night? Feeling inspired to learn about the wonders of the sky, the solar system, and all the science behind them? This page and the links within serve as your one-stop-shop for astronomy-related resources. Find everything from what's up in...

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

One of my special interests is producing astronomy resource guides to help educators, astronomy students, and the interested public figure out the best books, articles, and websites for researching a particular topic in space science or astronomy education.  The links on this page will take you...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Teachers TryScience
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Teachers TryScience is a website for teachers. This site provides free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark student' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). What's more, the site features collaboration tools to...

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

The greenhouse effect is the name scientists use to describe how heat accumulates in Earth's atmosphere. A majority of the energy from the Sun arrives at Earth as visible radiation. This energy passes through our atmosphere and warms Earth's surface. The warmed surface re-emits invisible...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation Activities, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students are trying to "see" what is beneath the surface of the Earth. Rather than digging up vast tracts of land to expose an oil field or to find some coal-bearing strata, core samples can be taken and analyzed to determine the likely composition of the Earth's interior. In this activity,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students observe real fossils. The fossils are then used to make moulds. After the moulds dry, students can practice looking for the fossils by picking them out of a hardened mud mixture. Aster the activity, students should discuss how fossils are formed, where they can be...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
2015, Los Angeles Times
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This interactive graphic calculates the amount of water it takes to make the food we eat. Carnivores: be prepared to feel guilty.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2007, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

There are many different maps of the same place, and not all information about a place can be put on the same map. For maps to communicate, they focus on showing a limited number of things. This activity teaches students what all maps can tell us. It also teaches students how to read a...

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

Students will learn about the scale and distances of all of the planets from the Sun through modeling during this hands-on, 5E activity. Aligned to Common Core Standards, NGSS, and National Science Education Standards, this activity helps build 21st century skills in critical thinking,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Student Launch is a research-based, competitive, experiential exploration activity. It strives to provide relevant, cost-effective research and development of rocket propulsion systems. This project offers multiple challenges reaching a broad audience of middle and high schools, colleges, and...

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 sea-level rise data to create models and compare short-term trends to long-term trends. They will then determine whether sea-level rise is occurring based on the data.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will explore samples of sand from different localities without magnification, and then examine the same sands at different magnification scales. They will also make and record observations describing what the enhanced details of the magnified images reveal about the composition, texture...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Illinois Valley Community College
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Written by faculty at Illinois Valley Community College, this publication contains numerous hands-on activities to spark interest and build confidence in STEM skills. The activities can be used with both boys and girls and feature titles such as Buoyancy and Surface Tension, Edible Car Contest...

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
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Are soils like M&Ms™? Yes! Typical soil colors are red, brown, yellow, or black. These colors are often not the color of the minerals in the soil but coatings of iron oxides (Fe203, FeOOH, and so on) or organic matter on particles. The minerals beneath are often quartz or feldspar, which are...

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

This week long lesson uses a three dimensional model to help teach the Earth's layers, longitude/latitude, and plate tectonics. The activity allows students to build a scaled 3D model of the Earth, which they use and interact with to complete activity sheets. The model is constructed using basic...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Science NetLinks, you'll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities, and all of it is free! Lessons and activities can be printed or...

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

Dinosaurs are prehistoric reptiles that have lived on Earth from about 228 million years ago to the present. This activity will help students understand the difference between dinosaurs and other animals.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
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 Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

There are many glaciers all over Alaska. Flying into Lake Clark National Park and Preserve through Lake Clark Pass, you will see many glaciers. These glaciers were growing during the last Ice Age. Now many are retreating because Alaska is getting warmer. As the glaciers melt they leave behind...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
2013, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report describes how to build a model of the outer 300 km (180 miles) of the Earth that can be used to develop a better understanding of the principal features of plate tectonics, including sea-floor spreading, the pattern of magnetic stripes frozen into the sea floor, transform faulting,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University of Wyoming (UWYO)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Educators from the University of Wyoming's departments of Secondary Education and Physics and Astronomy culled a collection of teaching resources to enhance astronomy instruction and increase STEM integration in K-12 classrooms. Produced by participants from past LASSI workshops, th elessons...

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

This interactive program models watersheds in a variety of places and weather situations.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use polystyrene foam balls and light bulbs to investigate the sun's intensity on the surface of the Earth.

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Today, there are many active volcanoes worldwide. Is there anything we can do to predict how and when they erupt? Click through this interactive as it tells you about how volcanoes form, possible forecasting techniques, and coping with volcanic eruptions.

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

This resource collection takes students into the field and engages them in life science research: the inventory of plants and arthropods outside their own backdoors. Resources in this collection include lesson plans, essays, and web-based interactives that help students explore, analyze, and...

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

Solar energy is the energy that comes to the Earth from the Sun. It is commonly known as sunlight. This energy arrives in the form of electromagnetic radiation, which is energy that travels in waves. A variety of modern technologies are able to capture and convert solar energy into other useful...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The following educator resources center around ICPRB’s Watershed Connections Land Use Model, which enables students to explore various land uses and impacts on their watersheds. Model-building directions and educator resources can be found below. ICPRB also provides model building workshops for...

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

Ocean water is salty and, in general, cold. Differences in the water density associated with temperature and salinity are vital in shaping the Great Ocean Conveyor. This lesson plan demonstrates how salinity and temperature affect density of water.

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Science Friday offers free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for parents and educators. Search by grade level, duration, and subject.

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

This is a modelling task, involving drawing and counting, to enable pupils to visualise the effects of different numbers of continents on global biodiversity. The activity enables pupils to account for the findings in terms of the effects of differing numbers of continents and areas of shallow...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Aurichalcite sample
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Minerals are among the most beautiful objects in nature, and they are used to make objects you use every day of your life - including the computer you are looking at right now! Read on to discover more about them. Just click on one of the links to find out more.

Sauropod Bones
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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.

Fluorite sample
Classroom Activities
Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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.

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American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)

Printable poster. matching questions, mineral pictures, your house came out of the ground information with graphics, every American born will need...with graphic. This is a pdf file that is 8.5 x 11 two-sided in full color.

Doppler Radar installation in Oklahoma
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

These activities demonstrate meteorological concepts.

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