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Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You can demonstrate the sequence of geological events that produce angular unconformities by using your hands.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Do you know how to make your home a safe space during an earthquake? Take this quiz and find out. But hurry... earthquakes can happen at any time, so act now to Beat the Quake! The more you do before an earthquake shakes your space, the less damage you will have -- and the more points you will...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: earthquake
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Soil scientists often examine soils and record soil data outside. Soil is not just topsoil; it includes other horizons (soil layers) underneath the topsoil. So soil scientists use shovels or soil augers to get samples of many soil horizons. They record soil colors, textures, and types of living...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This website is a great place for visual learners. Here, you can control the path of the sun throughout the year. Change hemispheres, time of day, month, and more.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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

Students explore a few rocks and minerals of the area. They investigate how sandstone was formed and experiment with erosion to demonstrate how local landforms are the result of sand and rock being removed. Students explore biological soil crust, and search for clues to discover how we use ocks...

Grade Level: 2
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Clouds are divided into four basic forms (Cirro-form, Strato-form, Cumulo-form and Nimbo-form) at three basic levels (low, middle, and high) in the atmosphere. Many locations may experience all of these different types of clouds daily. The students will become better observers of the sky by...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will work together to characterize the geology of a gravel bar by conducting their own specific experiment.

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

The apparatus consists of a heavy object that is dragged steadily with an elastic cord. Although pulled with a constant velocity, the heavy object repeatedly slides and then stops. A small vibration sensor, attached to a computer display, graphically monitors this intermittent motion. This...

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

Students investigate the processes that build volcanoes, the factors that influence different eruption types, and the threats volcanoes pose to their surrounding communities. They use what they have learned to identify physical features and eruption types of several actual volcanic episodes.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will be able to find and analyze information to describe that chemical processes are used to convert natural resources into synthetic materials and products. They will also be able to give examples of how the production of synthetic products has impacts, both positive and negative, for...

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

This 2-week lesson plan uses a variety of activities to provide an engaging unit on the Solid Earth -- from an overview of the layers, to details of crustal processes, especially plate tectonics. Activities included are (1) a lab on density and differentiation, (2) an activity on understanding...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Ocean Explorer's Education Theme Pages present ocean science topics like Archaeology, the Arctic, Bioluminescence, Cold Seeps, Deep-Sea Corals, Seamounts, and Vents and Volcanoes. Each page has links to essays, lessons, multimedia interactive activities, career information, and associated past...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: oceans, noaa, volcano
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
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students work collaboratively in small groups to investigate the earthquake cycle using a mechanical model. Students' attention is captured through several short video clips illustrating the awe-inspiring power of ground shaking resulting from earthquakes. To make students'...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has launched a Spanish version of its award-winning website BioInteractive, which offers multi-media resources for high school and undergraduate biology, anatomy and physiology, Earth science, and environmental science educators. The site represents more...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Geologists take advantage of decay of natural radioactive elements to determine the age of rocks, which can help us understand earth history. One example of this dating method is using volcanic ash layers to help determine the age of ash-bearing horizons in ice cores. Ice cores provide important...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 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
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

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
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Pupils prepare a scientific report about earthquakes, a topic studied in science or geography. The activity creates a cross-curricular link between the sciences and arts. Pupils can: relate their existing knowledge about earthquakes to historis paintings of the results of earthquakes; look...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The rock cycle is the combination of all the processes that act to break down rocks, move sedimentary materials from place to place, and produce new rocks. In this investigation, students will discover what happens to rocks under lots of pressure and heat through a simulation that uses crayon...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
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
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
United States Naval Observatory (USNO)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Astronomical Applications Department of the US Naval Observatory presents easily accessible data pertaining to Moon phases, including tables, images, illustrations, Moon phases by date, and "what the Moon looks like today." Information and images suitable for all ages. Test suitable for...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Earth Science Week (ESW), 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
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
National Agriculture in the Classroom
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This database of educational resources is just for kids and teens! Test your knowledge with facts about agriculture in your state, explore the exciting career options in the industry, and take a virtual tour of a farm.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS), National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

WISE is a powerful online platform for designing, developing, and implementing science inquiry activities. Since 1997, WISE has served a growing community of more than 15,000 science teachers, researchers, and curriculum designers, as well as over 100,000 K-12 students around the world. WISE...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2015, Middle School Science Blog
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This mini-weather unit (3-4 weeks) is intended to be used as a self paced series of lessons or independent study where students will work on tasks and check in both during and at the end of each task. Each class will begin with weather data collection followed by either starting a new task or...

Grade Level: 6
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Thus kid-friendly site has USGS games, puzzles, and more. Search by activity or age.

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

Whether you're a K-12 teacher, a university administrator, or a student interested in starting your path toward a clean energy career, we've got you covered. On this site, you'll find links to student competitions, internships, training and degree programs, career planning tools, and...

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

Using baking ingredients to whip up a moon-like crater as a demonstration for students. This activity works in classrooms, camps, and at home.

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will understand the importance of identifying soil levels during archaeological excavations and the importance of artifact provenience.

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

Clouds are divided into four basic forms (Cirro-form, Strato-form, Cumulo-form and Nimbo-form) at three basic levels (low, middle, and high) in the atmosphere. Many locations may experience all of these different types of clouds daily. The students will become better observers of the sky by...

Grade Level: 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
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), Earth Science Week (ESW), Ameican Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
Discovery Education
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Have your students track earthquakes around the world. They will work in groups to discuss the current plate tectonic theory, linking those ideas with earthquake records. Next, students will use the USGS website to identify locations of the 10 largest quakes over a 10-year period. Students will...

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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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