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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Below are instructions for making a simple paper model of the magnetosphere, out of a single sheet of paper. The black and white image can be copied in an ordinary xerox machine and may be colored by you or by students in whichever way is preferred. However, if you have a color printer,...

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

One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible aftereffects. An earthquake is a sudden movement of the Earth, caused by the abrupt release of strain that has accumulated over a long time. For hundreds of millions of years, the forces of...

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

Teachers often want help finding stories, aligning them with the curriculum, and writing lesson plans. Listenwise, a listening and comprehension tool available online, helps teachers do just that by bringing authentic voices and compelling nonfiction stories to the classroom. Targeted for middle...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You will create a model of a watershed with paper. By observing how surface water flow is determined by the shape of the land, you will visually and dramatically observe the physical characteristics of a watershed, and investigate the impacts of human land use decisions.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Over time, Earth’s magnetic poles change strength and location. They also completely reverse directions episodically. The north magnetic pole is currently moving northwest at 40 kilometers per year. It moved from 81.3° N, 110.8° W in 2001 to 82.7° N, 114.4° W in 2005. (Learn more at...

Grade Level: 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 California precipitation totals and evapotranspiration data to calculate and graph water deficits and surpluses. These spreadsheet models will help students understand droughts and the movement of water in the water cycle.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Using this Lesson Plan, students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth’s tilted axis.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this kinesthetic acticity, students model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is the National Park Service's site for kids of all ages. If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site is for you. If you are new to our National Parks, we hope this site helps you experience how wonderful they can be. We've recently updated this site to make it...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

All living things depend on soil to live. What are some of our important natural resources? Your answers might include materials such as oil, water, coal, trees, animals, and gold. All of those areimportant natural resources, but we often forget to mention one of our most important natural...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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
2013, Paleontological Research Institution (PRI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Prezi presentation on figuring out the phases of the moon using an orange.

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

Virtual Earthquake is an interactive Web-based activity designed to introduce you to the concepts of how an earthquake Epicenter is located and how the Richter Magnitude of an earthquake is determined. The Virtual Earthquake program is running on a Web Server at California State University at...

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

On this web site students can learn about science and nature. The site contains games, activities, information, and animations.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Earth Learning Idea
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Are geothermal power sources actually renewable? This activity has students building a geothermal power source and answering questions on renew-ability. Students will see different ways geothermal power is extracted, model forms of this power using a density can filled with hot gravel, and be...

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

Since 1970, oil and natural gas have provided more than half of the energy used each year in the United States to produce electricity, heat, transportation fuels, and many everyday products from balloons to vitamins. Oil and natural gas are forms of petroleum, a word that literally means "oily...

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

Science Explorations is a series of online investigations featuring the latest scientific discoveries of the Museum’s experts. Science Explorations is a collaboration between the Museum and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, created to promote science...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Teach the Earth
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity is a laboratory-style exercise that involves investigating the physical controls on viscosity by pouring different syrup mixtures down an inclined plane and using Jeffreys equation to calculate viscosity. Students time the syrup flows and then calculate viscosities. The four sets...

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

Students will experience how carbonic acid can slowly dissolve limestone and form caves. Students will learn hoe caves are formed, the geologic processes involved, and the major types of caves.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6
EarthLabs
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lab you will work with Google Earth, a dynamic interactive map visualization tool. You will observe temperature patterns, biome types, and climatographs from selected cities around the world. As you work through the links and images in this activity, keep in mind how climate, a long-term...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: biomes, climate
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Elastic waves that move through the Earth are called seismic waves. Want to study them more closely? SeisMac is a free application that displays the output from the Sudden Motion Sensor in recent Mac laptops as a real-time, three-axis, acceleration graph, or, more commonly, a seismogram. Once...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
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
2015, Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This PDF booklet has fun word searches, mazes, and coloring pages designed to help teach your students about soils.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This particular set of dino-facts is based upon work done by Jack Horner and other associates of The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. The data has been used in order to theorize about the behavior of dinosaurs in that area. Students should have some working knowledge about the three...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: dinosaur, fossil
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
United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This lesson from the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy can be adapted for all grades levels K-12 and provides instructions for building a solar oven from a pizza box and other inexpensive materials. The oven will not generate enough heat to bake something, but it will become...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students examine a variety of soil samples and then conduct a simulated "dig" in a grid of no-bake cookie bars. Students are introduced to the concept of a dig site and the use of simple grids.

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, you will use a model to learn how objects are launched into space.

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

In this lesson, students explore the causes of earthquakes and their impact on the geology of an area and on human societies. They begin by looking at the role tectonic plates play in creating the forces that cause earthquakes, to help them understand why earthquakes occur when and where they do...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Journey North
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Students track seasonal changes in sunlight and then investigate othe clues to find ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery -- and discover the reasons for the seasons along the way.

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

NASA Next, an online magazine for students in grades 5-8, breaks down complex science to inform young readers about the latest news and research from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Articles describe Goddard science, including studies of Earth, the Sun, our solar system, and the universe;...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
United States Antarctic Program (USAP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Antarctic Sun is a publication posted on the website at McMurdo Station in Antarctica for the United States Antarctic Program. It provides information about the inhabitants (human and animal), the geographical location and scientific projects on and under the ice in Antarctica.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Where would we be without petroleum? You can kiss lipstick goodbye! Not only does petroleum provide fuel to run our vehicles, cook our food, heat our homes, and generate electricity, it is also used in plastics, medicines, food items, and countless other products, from aspirin to umbrellas and,...

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

This satellite image was observed by the NASDA-developed AMSR-E that flies aboard NASA's Earth-observing  satellite, Aqua. ASMR-E displays the Earth's color-coded sea-surface temperature. The temperature of ocean areas, which cover about 70% of the Earth's surface, has many impacts on the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation Activities
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

To allow students to produce a "marketable" product made from minerals that are used by most people every day. Both the abrasive and cleansing compounds found in toothpaste, calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, are minerals. Students make their own toothpastes with different colors and...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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

A watershed is the area of land that water flows over to reach a river, lake, or a stream. Near the upslope edges of a watershed, small tributary streams (1st, 2nd and 3rd order) begin gathering water that flows downstream into larger rivers and eventually drains into a river, bay, or ocean....

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Even small thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people than tornadoes each year. Thunderstorms also cause heavy rain, flash flooding, hail, strong winds and tornadoes. When warm and cold air masses meet, a thunderstorm can grow. In this activity,...

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

The process of switching to cleaner forms of energy is a complex issue. Think Green allows students to break the issue down into more manageable pieces and to explore solar energy. Students will model solar energy inputs at different locations, analyze the cost effectiveness of installing solar...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2008, Thirteen/WNET, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this Nature lesson, students will learn about different types of volcanoes, how and why they erupt and the physical impact of volcanic eruptions.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity is designed to show stdents the relationship between ocean tides and the lunar movements. It uses the tide data for Boston Harbor to show these relationships, but data from other sites can also be used.

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2000, National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of this guide is to provide additional material to educators interested in using the Stratovolcanoes of the World poster published by the National Geophysical Data Center in August 2000. For each volcano featured on the poster, NGDC provides a map showing the location of the volcano...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2004, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NASA uses robotic explorers to collect information about places where humans cannot travel. This classroom activity leads students to build and test a robotic-like hand.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Like other waves, seismic waves obey the laws of physics. This activity is intended to provide students with a real-world application for the concepts of waves. It should follow an activity, such as the traditional light lab used in physics courses to to explains concepts such as reflection,...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
STEM Ecosystems
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This national effort is dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through cross-sector collaborations among schools/teachers, out-of-school time programs, museums, science centers, higher education, professional associations, the private sector, community...

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
WeatherSTEM
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

WeatherSTEM provides a highly customizable alert platform that responds to a wide variety of current and forecasted conditions. Keep your location safe with alerts for nearby lightning, dangerous heat conditions, freeze forecasts, or any other sensor-related events. Personalized notifications...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Sci4Kids offers a series of stories about agricultural research conducted at USDA.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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