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Cold River Mining Corporation
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome to Kids Love Rocks, a rock and mineral website for kids. This educational site is a resource for young rock and mineral collectors, teachers, and hobbyists. Learn about rocks, minerals, and everything related to the earth.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Live From Earth And Mars, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water on earth is used over and over. The water cycle, the continuous movement of water from ocean to air and land then back to the ocean in a cyclic pattern, is a central concept in meteorology. In the water cycle, the sun heats the Earth's surface water, causing that surface water to evaporate...

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

Download an assortment of puzzles, brain-teasers, coloring activities, and formal curricula from NOAA's Marine Debris Program. Grades 1-12.

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
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
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
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
2012, WestEd
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This module supports students' close reading, modeling, explanation, and argumentation practices while building their knowledge of water resources and pollution. The water investigation materials include an interactive notebook with integrated routines, scaffolds and tasks, and a set of texts...

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

NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary offers science, technology, engineering, art, and math lesson plans for K-12 educators. For example, Mock Shipwreck: Mapping the Past, a lesson for students in grades 9-12, challenges teams of "divers" to create sectioned, scaled drawings of a mock...

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
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
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Soils come from rocks and other things that reflect local conditions. Soil is essential for life. In this investigation, students will be able to identify soil properties that can be related to original bedrock, climate and vegetation. At the same time, they will learn about practical issues...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

New Englanders have a saying: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute." Weather forecasts may be more stable in other parts of the world, but the basic idea stands. weather is dynamic, the product of interacting forces we are only beginning to understand. This interactive teaches...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is a 3-4 day unit on the vertical structure of the ocean that gives students the opportunity to work with actual data, learn about the global circulation, and learn about some of the smaller scale features that stir and mix the ocean. The unit consists of four lessons and concluded with a...

Grade Level: 9
Indiana Geological Survey (IGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, teachers or students will use IndianaMap to create geographic information systems (GIS) maps to demonstrate the distribution of coal mines within the state of Indiana. Step-by-step directions and tutorial videos will provide students with the necessary resources to create the...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: coal, mining, maps
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Through these exercises, students learn the impact humans have on estuaries.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earthquakes, a scientific and physical phenomenon, affect our lives in many ways. In this project, students use Real-Time earthquake and volcano data from the Internet to explore the relationship between earthquakes, plate tectonics, and volcanoes. Students will use real-time data to solve a...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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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GeoMapApp is an earth science exploration and visualization application that is continually being expanded as part of the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The application provides direct access to the Global Multi-Resolution...

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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...

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This infographic details the future of gold exploration, from finding outcrops to techniques and technology used.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

In this activity, students will make a “human size” graph of tides on a classroom wall to understand variability of tides at different locations. Students will investigate different reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System to examine how tides vary throughout the day and from...

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Students use the Tides Online web page to answer questions on this student worksheet.

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