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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
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
Polar-ICE
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A program designed to conect scientists, educators, and students using data and research from the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Designed for middle-school students, teachers have an opportunity to implement polar science modules in their classrooms and connect with scientists in the Arctic and...

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

This manipulative by the National Weather Service has diagrams thatconnect the lunar phases to the tides.

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

Gravity is a force that all living organisms have to deal with. The body structure of animals is a system of balanced beams and masses. In order to stand or walk, animals like dinosaurs must balance on their feet. To do this, they must keep their center of gravity "between" their feet. The...

Grade Level: 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
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What factors affect how easily a fluid can move through sediments? How is this flow rate connected to oil production? Many people think that oil lies in big pools below Earth’s surface. Oil actually is located in the pores within rocks (called “source rocks”). When the pores are connected, oil...

Grade Level: 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
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
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
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers a variety of educational resources for all ages.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 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
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
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 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 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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
Bruce Wells, American Oil & Gas Historical Society
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
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)
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 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

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 will experience how the geologic process of dissolution combines with infiltration by making a cave or karst model.

Grade Level: 4, 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

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

An earthquake causes different types of energy to radiate from the epicenter. The P and S waves are the first two to arrive at any specific point. P and S waves have different motions and shake the earth differently as they travel through it. In this activity, students demonstrate the motions of...

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

Students will observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they will observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students will compare and contrast the sets of observations over time.

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

A demo/investigation which reinforces the distribution of radiant energy vs. latitude to drive home low latitudes (warm), high (cold).

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
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
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
Polar Science Station
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A team of scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is studying the presence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Antarctic. Use this site to learn about POPs, the team, and different places where the scientists are working. In addition, the site contains learnign...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Energy Education Development Project (NEED)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth scientists play a vital role in harvesting the energy resources on which we all rely. When preparing to drill for oil, for example, geoscientists must assess many aspects of a rock stratum (layer). For example, they must figure out the volume of the rock’s pores, or empty spaces, as...

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

NASA's Kids' Club Web site features animated, colorful educational activities for children in K-4. Interactive games on the site teach children about exploring space, building and launching rockets, keeping airplanes on schedule and how a comet travels through the solar system. NASA's...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students brainstorm different sources of pollution. Then, students make their own miniature ocean inside a water bottle, and pollute it with waste and oil to observe the effects on animals in the water. A demonstration shows students the effect of oil on birds' feathers and discuss the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
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
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
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

There are a variety of details in understanding tides. For elementary students, simply understanding what tides are and their frequency is appropriate (each day typically has two high tides and two low tides). Tying this to a model of gravity and the Moon’s motion and phases to understand tides...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Trace fossils, which are physical evidence of life activities of now vanished organisms, are more prevalent than body (bones) fossils. One organism can leave behind many traces (e.g. footprints), but only one set of hard parts (e.g. bones) actually becomes a fossil. Trace fossils include tracks...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Earth: The Operator's Manual
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth: The Operator's Manual is changing how people think about energy and climate issues. Downloadable videos, activities and enriching tools you can use in your classroom. Roll up your sleeves and dig in with us on clean energy, climate change, and your sustainable energy future.

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

Soil plays a unique role in our life. Soil helps to maintain air quality, stores water and nutrients for plants, and filters contaminants from surface water. Where there is soil, life flourishes. Determining a soil’s pH is important because many plants will only grow in either alkaline or acidic...

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

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