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Students Discover
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This series of lessons starts off with a hands-on lab using inexpensive materials that shows the impact of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its warming impact on climate change. Next, students will participate in a global ciizen science project, Old Weather, which involves students...

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
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Targeted for students in grades 4-9 and created by educators at NASA's Jet propulsion Laboratory, this lesson brings the excitement of model rocketry and engineering design to the classroom. Students work individually or in pairs to construct and launch paper rockets using a teacher-build PVC-...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
California Institute of Technology (CalTech) Spitzer Telescope
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

View resources from the Spitzer Telescope

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 lesson, students learn about different cloud types and the associated weather they may bring -- putting themselves in the shoes of NASA's Cloudsat mission team as they were developing and important Earth-observing satellite. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
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
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
2016, Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity uses turbidity, pH, phosphate and nitrate readings to help you determine the quality of your water.

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
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This initiative from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian offers online lessons and other materials based on accurate Native American history and designed to meet national and state curricula standards. The interdisciplinary resources span elementary, middle, and high school...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 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
1998, Smithsonian Institution
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome to our collection of children's online astronomy activities. In th efollowing six chapters are hundreds of fun explorations into astronomy as a classroom tool for learning how to theorize, experiment, and analyze data. The activities are fully illustrated and contain detailed, step-by-...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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
JOIDES Resolution
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Outreach Department's mission is to raise awareness about ocean drilling science and its central role in our understanding of the Earth's past, present and future, teach science content and process, ad inspire careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Our approach includes use of...

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

Potholes like the ones featured in this activity may have been formed by the grinding action of pebbles being swirled round by the fast-moving water. We can re-create these conditions by swirling pebbles in a bucket of water, using a spade.

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

Produced for NASA by the Goddard Space Flight Center, offers an educational and entertaining site that allows viewers of all ages to have fun with Moon phasing.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 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
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
ENSI
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

These lessons are intended for use in any high school biology course. However, many can be used in middle school / junior high school life science and earth science classes, possibly with slight modification depending on teacher's style and approach, and the experience and level of students...

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

This investigation is designed to help participants make connections between the different components of the Earth System (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere) through observing their local outdoor area, categorizing the observations into one or more “spheres”, and drawing links...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In ancient times, sailors found their way by observing stars and other celestial bodies — when they were visible through the clouds, that is. Thus, one of the most important improvements to ocean navigation was the invention of the compass. There is some disagreement about who should get credit...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Daryl Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

It is possible to measure the Earth's radius -- armed with only a stopwatch, a meter stick and a sunset or sunrise! Keep in mind; this is a demo, not a Fermi-like laboratory investigation. That said, this will yield surprisingly "accurate" results given the kids don't mess up on the two...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

From rivers that carve out canyons to tectonic plates that build mountains, our rocky planet Earth is always changing. In space, planets—with their own volcanoes and thunderstorms—whirl around the Sun. Earth and space scientists are dedicated to studying our solar system, from the moon of the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Illustrative Mathematics
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of this task is for students to represent and interpret weather data, as well as answer questions about the data they have recorded. Teachers could modify this task to include the most common weather in their local area.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What is science? How does science work? What are scientists like? Misconceptions regarding the answers to these questions abound. Too often science comes across to students as unapproachable and devoid of human involvement. These mistaken ideas can interfere in understanding science concepts,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Florida State University (FSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is the State of Florida's official source for standards information and course descriptions. CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. Browse through toolkits of information, resources,...

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

This exercise encourages students to make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses. These are concrete skills that easily transfer to other science activities. Sets of class footprints are made using flour, ground chalk, or light soil and black or colored construction paper. Groups of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Windows to the Universe
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Through a simple interactive online model, students learn about the relationship between carbon dioxide emissions, carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere, and average global temperature. The simulation predicts changes throughout the 21st century based on the level of carbon dioxide emissions...

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

Much of the water cycle is visible, both in the form of liquid water (oceans, rivers, lakes, and precipitation such as rain) and in the form of solid water (ice, snow, and precipitation such as falling snow or hail). However, some of the water in the water cycle is invisible because water is...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
University of Illinois, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award, members of the University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences have designed a suite of atmospheric science learning modules for middle school students. The curriculum, which implements a flipped-classroom model, is cross-references...

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

This demonstration uses a water balloon to show how Earth's oceans are absorbing most of the heat being trapped on our warming world.

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will learnthat corals are living animals. They will be introduced to some of the species that make up the biodiversity in coral reefs, and why coral reefs are an important habitat. This lesson will serve as a brief overview of coral anatomy, distribution, its physical properties, and...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Meteorologists often refer to ridges and troughs in the upper atmosphere when explaining the reason for the weather one experiences. Yet all one sees are lines on a weather map. However, these weather systems are high and low places in the atmosphere as this lesson will demonstrate.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2009, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming is changing the Alaskan environment and examine the consequences of climate change on the region's human and wildlife inhabitants.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Students Discover
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will learn about the components of soils, conduct a soil exploration lab, make a flipbook representing different types of soils and soil horizons, and analyze data in spreadsheets to learn about different species of bacteria in the dandelion microbiome.

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

K-8 teachers and space enthusiasts of all ages, start your school year off right with a Solar System Bulletin Board from the NASA/JPL Educator Resource Center. The resources include a poster of Saturn's Titan Moon, taken by NASA's Cassini mission, along with student activities for grades 1-8; a...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity book for students ages 5-12 (around grades K-7) from the National Park Service's Junior Paleontologist Program presents facts, photographs, and games alongside more than a dozen activities exploring Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and the changes in environment over...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
American Oil & Gas Historical Society, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Most people associate petroleum with transportation — but we are surrounded by thousands of other everyday products that come from this vital natural resource. A typical 42- gallon barrel of crude oil yields about 20 gallons of gasoline and 4 gallons of jet fuel. What products come from the...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Dr. David P. Stern
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A new site "The Earth, the Great Imam" on the evolution of the geomagnetism science that deals with the earth's magnetic field, commemorating the 400 anniversary of the publication of William Gilbert's De Magnete, physician of Queen Elizabeth I of England, who Was the first to explain the "...

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

In this activity, students use measurement and area skills to learn about remote detection of wildfires from space. After detecting mock wildfires with mobile devices, students then study satellite-data visualizations to determine the start dates of actual California wildfires.

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

Water phases are color coded around the Earth.  Cutout, fold, and paste. Download the PDF file. This satellite image was observed by the NASDA-developed AMSR-E that is carried aboard NASA's Earth-Observing satellite, Aqua. AMSR-E enables viewing most of the water phases on Earth (clouds, vapor...

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

Exploring Maps is an interdisciplinary set of materials on mapping for grades 7-12. Students will learn basic mapmaking and map-reading skills and will see how maps can answer fundamental geographic questions: "Where am I?" "What else is here?" "Where am I going?" The map images and activities...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: maps, geology
2016, Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Engineers are problem solvers! They figure out how to solve problems by coming up with some solutions and trying them out in an organized way. Taking notes throughout their problem-solving process, scientist ask what, how, and why as they work to identify solutions. Using the Earth as a model,...

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

This lesson uses web-based resources that are found within the theme with which this lesson is associated. The purpose of the lesson is to help you integrate these web-based resources into your curriculum. If you need more science content information, refer to the text associated with the...

Grade Level: 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.

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