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2008, Thirteen/WNET, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this Nature lesson, students will explore the characteristics of diamonds. They will begin building an understanding of their formative environment, the resulting crystal structures and the physical properties of earth materials.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Science Foundation provides answers to The Big Questions about astronomy, detailing our place in the cosmos and where it all came from. Interactive view through the telescope also available.

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

Using a stress ball, needle and thread, and a small magnet, students can craft their own magnetic Earth.

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

El Niño storms have taken thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars in damage in recent decades. Where do these storms come from? Every two to seven years, trade-winds in the Pacific Ocean slow down or reverse their direction — no one is sure why. Normally, the Pacific trade winds blow...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students examine seismic evidence to determine that the Earth must have a layered internal structure and to estimate the size of Earth's core. Students are divided into two teams (theoreticians and seismologists) to test the simplest hypothesis for what is inside of the Earth:...

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

On our ever-changing Earth, conditions may change quickly or slowly. Some changes come from natural processes; some from human activity. Satellites allow us to see conditions and track changes over time — in land use, forest health, land/water interface, and so on. Since 1972, Landsat satellites...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Steve Spangler Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Turn your eggs into beautiful alum-crystal geodes instead of frying or scrambling them.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1993, United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The following activities are designed to give students a better grasp of concepts relating to groundwater, aquifers, and hydrology. The suggested materials are commonly available at drug, hardware, and grocery stores. For the activities to work best, students should collect only clear bottles...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Inconstant Moon
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore the Moon... discover its dramatic features and phenomena -- often beautiful, sometimes bizarre, always changing. Inconstant Moon will take you on a new tour each night, with maps, photos, explanations, animations, selected links, and even music! Inconstant Moon is intended as both an...

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

Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Uranus! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Uranus.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Indiana Geological Survey (IGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students will create three-dimensional (3-D) blocks out of paper to learn about the types of faulting that occur at the Earth’s surface and its interior, and explain how earthquakes are generated by fault movement. Step-by-step directions will provide students with the necessary...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Scripss Classroom Connection (SCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This unit consists of 5 lessons and should take about 2 weeks to complete. It is intended for a senior (grade 11-12) marine science class. The lessons focus on how sediments are related to their source, how sediments are deposited, and how humans interact with them -- utilizing them for their...

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

This Web site contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators in primary school grades (Kindergarten to Grade 6). Many of these resources can be used directly in the classroom (see Resource Symbols) or will be useful in classroom lessons or demonstration activities...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students examine seismic evidence to determine a) Earth must have a layered internal structure and, b) estimate the size of Earth’s core. Using an inquiry approach, students are divided into two teams (theoreticians and seismologists) to test the simplest hypothesis for what is...

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

These curricular unit plans help students explore and understand climate change with particular attention to the impact of climate change on the polar regions. Topics include the role of the polar regions in the global climate system, the impact of changing temperatures on ecosystems, and the...

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

The goal of the Noon Day Project is to have students measure the circumference of the Earth using a method that was first used by Eratosthenes over 2,000 years ago. Students at various sites around the world measure shadows cast by a meter stick and compare the results. From this data, students...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Haven't you always wanted to associate those amazing photographs of our beautiful planet taken from space with their locations on the Earth? With the Image Detective interactive tool, you can do just that! By doing so, you will help to locate hundreds of thousands of images and also enhance your...

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

Investigate how sediment is transported by water. The activity can be used in any science or geography lesson. It can also be used for literacy in story-telling.

Grade Level: 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

To measure ozone in the Earth's atmosphere, NASA built the approximately 6,500-pound Aura satellite. The spacecraft carries four high-tech instruments that scan the globe from more than 700 kilometers above the planet. For students, there is an easy way to investigate ozone in their own...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
Geological Society of America (GSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Petroleum geologists study Earth’s rock layers, looking for places where oil-generating rocks might occur. These geoscientists try to determine whether geologic structures trap the oil in reservoirs which can be drilled and pumped to recover the oil. One such type of trap occurs when rocks have...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Department of Geology, University College Dublin
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of the paper models is to help undergraduate students visualize a range of 3-D geometries associated with faults. They are intended as a complement to structural geology coursework on faults and to relate to mapwork. The models are easy to build and can be downloaded for free....

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Department of geology/Environmental Science, James Madison University (JMU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Paper models of crystals and cleavage. PDF, printable. 

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, Comet MetEd
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and change describes the terminology, global evidence, regional manifestations, and basic science of global climate variability and anthropogenic change, with a focus on water resources management. The lesson presents this...

Grade Level: 12
Newton's Apple
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

How do the natural shapes of gemstone crystals control what the final cut gem will look like? Where do gemstones come from? What makes them sparkle? Where do their colors come from? There's nothing as eye-catching as a piece of fine jewelry covered in beautifully colored gemstones. Natural...

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

The JOIDES Resolution is an amazing ship that contains all the equipment necessary to drill into the ocean floor for samples of rock and sediment: a derrick, drill pipe, drilling tools, and drill bits. Once the cylindrical core sample arrives on the rig floor, the drill crew passes the 10 m core...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
High-Adventure Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The High-Adventure Science Water module has 5 activities. In this module you will consider the question: will there be enough fresh water? You will explore the distribution and uses of fresh water on Earth. Explore models of porosity and permeability, run experiments with computational models,...

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

In this activity, students will build a spectrometer using basic materials to observe the light emitted and absorbed by several sources. This will be used as a model for how NASA uses spectroscopy to determine the nature of elements found on Earth and other planets. For higher grades, this...

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

Climate change is occurring globally, however some of the effects are more noticeable in certain regions of the world, like Alaska and the Arctic. Everyone can have an impact in slowing the effects of climate change.

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

The updrafts in thunderstorms can be extremely strong. The stronger the updraft, the more weight of rain and hair that can be supported. This experiment will show thta cotton balls, like clouds, hold a tremendous amount of water. In nature, once the weight of water is more than can be supported...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Few schools are within walking distance of a federally designated wilderness. However, many schools are within walking distance of land with wild elements. Students can look for examples of places with wild elements on or near their school grounds. Then they can duplicate the activity in a...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Some days it feels "dry" and some days it feels "muggy," even though the temperature is the same. This is due to differing amounts of water vapor in the air. In this activity, you will measure relative humidity in the air using just a temperature sensor, by comparing the wet bulb and dry bulb...

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

Climate changes have occurred throughout Earth's history, with dramatic consequences to the organisms that live there. Although some climate changes are a part of Earth's natural cycles, others are the byproduct of human activity. In this lesson, students conduct an experiment to learn about...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Students Discover
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Shark teeth are the most commonly preserved fossils from sharks. In this lesson, students will learn how to identify parts of shark teeth and how to measure shark teeth using one of two methods (fitting teeth into circles or using a paper ruler). This is a prerequisite skill for Lesson 2 where...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2018, National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or sediment, is called a fossil. In this activity, you will work as a paleontologist -- a scientist who studies fossils to understand ancient landscapes, climate, and life on Earth — to find and identify fossils. The...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

WeatherSchool @ AAAS was developed by researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to help you explore how different factors -- time of year, location, or elevation -- work together to produce the day-to-day weather you experience in your local community as well...

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

Help students understand the science of electricity with this animated guide. Produced by SaveOnEnergy.com, the guide explains how electricity works, from atoms to power plants.

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

Welcome to NASA and You, a joint project of NASA and Univision Communications Inc., the premier Spanish-language media company. NASA and You inspire Hispanic students and invite them to participate, to pursue careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (what is known as...

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

These five apps serve as a preview for middle level teachers considering purchasing an annual subscription from Werkz Publishing Inc. The apps don't require WiFi once they are downloaded. Choose from Introduction to Science, designed to help students understand the study and practice of science...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2016, Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Many things contribute to a healthy watershed. Certain land cover types like farm fields, cow pastures, sewage treatment plants and landfills are sources of nutrient and sediment pollution to streams. Rain falling on hot parking lots and rooftops in the summer delivers warm runoff water to...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), Carleton College
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We feature stellar resources that you can use with your students and that can enhance your own content knowledge and pedagogy.

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

Demonstrate that AM radio signals can travel many 1000's of miles at night. The student will listen to as many radio stations as possible obtaining the call signs and places of origin during the evening (after sunset) hours.

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

We walk around on soil all the time, but how often do we think about what's in it? If you have ever looked closely at soil, you probably saw that it is made up of various types of particles and has various materials mixed in with those particles (rocks, twigs, water, air, worms, insects, and...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students learn how scientists assess wildfires using remote sensing. Students then use some of the same techniques to solve grade-level appropriate math problems.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2008, Thirteen/WNET, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This Nature lesson will help students to evaluate how the interactions of air, moisture, wind, and topography combine to create the extreme environment found in Death Valley, California.

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

Investigate cool "ologies" (disciplines) at New York's American Museum of Natural History site. There are tons of activities relates to all the "ologies" and wonderful videos and information for elementary level children.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
LCOGT.net
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Star in a Box allows you to explore one of the most enigmatic tools in astronomy -- the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. When you first open the box you start with a star with the same mass as the Sun but you can change this to a different mass at any time. The tracks that you see on the graph map...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Department of Energy (DOE), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

As far back as ancient Greek and Roman times, people built structures that created an indoor environment suited to growing plants throughout the year. This enabled the gardener to establish a measure of control over growing conditions and extend the growth period into the colder seasons of the...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This lesson is the first in a two-part series on the weather. The study of the weather in these early years is important because it can help students understand that some events in nature have a repeating pattern. It is also important for students to study the earth repeatedly because they take...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
Esri, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth’s climate is a product of and is affected by many things—and it’s changing. Long-term and short-term processes, such as plate tectonics and volcanism, contribute to climate. Likewise, human influences, such as rising CO2 levels from fossil fuel burning and deforestation, play active roles...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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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
Classroom Activities
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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