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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
2007, ESRI
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Hurricanes are among the most common and most destructive types of natural hazards on Earth. Because they occur across space and time, hurricanes can be better understood using maps, particularly digital maps within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) environment. GIS allows you to use maps...

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

Bring the Grand Canyon to your classroom using NPS distance learning programs. The programs cover a range of topics and grade levels: Ancient Life (fossils, grades 2-5), Ask a Ranger (geology, grades 4-8), Canyon Connections (plant/animal adaptations, grades 4-8), Condor's Flight (endangered...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This intensity map activity is based on a real earthquake that occurred on March 24th, 1976 near Marked Tree, Arkansas. A magnitude 5.5 earthquake occurred and was felt over an area of 174,000 square miles, and was felt in six states. In Arkansas, multiple cities reported an Intensity VI. Power...

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

Petroleum geologists play a vital role in locating energy resources. They use a variety of methods to collect the data they need to find reservoirs of oil and natural gas. When they find these reservoirs, petroleum geologists need to calculate their volume. They also need to estimate how much...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
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
Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Colored, four-piece trilobite model. Students can cut out and put together th emodel to learn about Trilobite anatomy. 

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
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
National Hurricane Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This tracking activity allows students to plot data points onto a tracking chart and map out the possible path of an oncoming hurricane. Meteorologists study the development and movement of hurricanes. This information is made available to the public through the National Hurricane Center which...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will learn about weather by taking walks in various types of conditions: sunny, rainy, windy, and snowy.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Mars Trek is an application that allows you to view imagery and perform analysis on data from the planet Mars. 

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: space, nasa, data
Caterpillar (Cat)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Caterpillar is pleased to offer 75 professionally developed lesson plans, appropriate for ages 11-13, 13-15, and 15-18, available in English and Spanish as downloadable PDFs. Each lesson plan provides learning objectives compatible with mining education curriculums around the world. Topics...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
New Visions for Public Schools
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

For nearly five billion years, the Earth’s surface has been constantly built up and broken down by processes taking place above and below the Earth’s surface, resulting in the wide range of beautiful and complex landscapes we see today. In this unit, students will continue to make connections...

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

In this activity students explore the rate of earthquake occurrence for areas of Earth they choose to explore. Data is accessed through the simple interface of the IRIS Earthquake Browser (See Related Resources above). After compiling their data for various sized earthquakes, students calculate...

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

This site provides features and news, learning resources, and multi-media and professional development resources for K-4 educators.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Satellite Meteorology refers to the study of the earth's atmosphere and oceans using data obtained from remote sensing devices flown onboard satellites orbiting the earth. Meteorology, like every other science, relies on careful and precise measurement of its subject. Meteorologists observe the...

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

Discover your "birthquake," the most powerful earthquake on the day of your birth. Enter your birth date and discover the location and magnitude of the biggest quakes around the world!

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

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 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
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Many large words that are used every day are made up of small, pieces of words called roots or combining forms. The roots come from other languages like Greek and Latin and, when combined, form common English words. The names of dinosaurs are formed the same way. Although they often seem to be...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2015, Utah Energy & Minerals Education Initiative
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Utah Energy & Minerals Education Initiative was launched in 2015 by the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) and a variety of partner agencies, industry associations and other interested parties, all of whom shared the goal of advancing the public’s understanding of energy...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

During an earthquake, buildings oscillate. If the frequency of this oscillation is close to the natural frequency of the building, resonance may cause severe damage, The BOSS model allows students to observe the phenomenon of resonance. Students will predict how a structure will react to...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Hey Kids! If you are interested in the USS Monitor, marine life, or just fascinated by shipwrecks, this is the place for you! Did you know that the USS Monitor is one of the most famous warships of all time? That it was the Union’s first ironclad and was built in only 100 days? That it sank off...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
2008, Thirteen/WNET, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This Nature lesson discusses the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth’s landscape.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
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
Houghton Mifflin Company
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

If you leave water on while brushing your teeth, you might be a water waster! Students collect water while brushing their teeth. Multiplying the amount of water collected by the number of people in their household gives an estimate of how much water is being wasted. This concept can even be...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This website teaches elementary and middle level students about the importance of water and why we need to conserve it. test their knowledge of water conservation with the WaterSense game, or find simple suggestions for saving water, such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth; taking...

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

We usually think of caves forming as rocks are dissolved and the particles are washed away, leaving hollow spaces behind. This activity simulates the way that dissolution, a chemical weathering process, leads to the formation of caves. When precipitation such as rainwater or snowmelt mixes with...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Orange County Marine Institute Curriculum Series
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The students will set up three demonstrations to observe the properties of water. They will explore the boiling point of water, the freezing point of water, and the ability of water to store heat. These activities can be done individually or as a set. About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered...

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

Read about different aspects of cities, from coastal zones and residential areas to manufacturing plants and recreation centers.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley (UCBerkeley)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Uncle Al's Starwheels are inexpensive star maps, adjustable for any time of night in any month of th eyear. Such maps are called planispheres. These Starwheels were created by the Hall's Hands-On Universe project, and based on the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Sky Challenger, a set of 6...

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

On this website, you'll find science news and updates from leading research universities, government labs, and innovative companies worldwide. The site is designed to help college students and faculty in STEM fields stay up-to-date on new developments in their area of study. Browse the content...

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

NASA's Global Climate Change website hosts an extensive collection of global warming resources for media, educators, weathercasters, and public speakers. Browse by topis and media type, including videos, social media shareables, infographics, quizzes and interactives.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 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
Event-Based Science Project
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Two remote sensing activities are listed. Activity 1 provides GOES images from NASA to help you learn to track a hurricane. Activity 2 allows you to investigate the relationship between wind speed in a hurricane and two other factors.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2004, Exploratorium
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students take a "crayon rock" through different parts of the rock cycle. Students first create "sediments" by shaving crayons to create a pile of bits and pieces (sediments)). Next, students apply pressure to the "sediments" causing them to stick together. This "sedimentary...

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

NASA gives an explanation of what makes up most of our Universe -- Dark Matter. This easy-to-understand site is best for grades K-8. 

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Rice University
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is the home of "Discovering Plate Boundaries," a data rich exercise to help students discover the processes that occur at plate tectonic boundaries. I have used DPB with students from 5th grade to Earth Science Majors at Rice University. It works well over this wide range because it...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Nutrients for Life Foundation
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The modules for elementary, middle and high school classrooms provide STEM activities and lessons to show how the challenge to feed our world's growing population can be solved with science.

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
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earthquakes create seismic waves that travel through the Earth. By analyzing these seismic waves, seismologists can explore the Earth's deep interior.

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

Here you can find an energy story, games, library resources, science projects, related news and art, resources for teachers and parents, and much more.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Since the 1960 launch of Tiros I, weather satellites have been our "eyes in the sky". Today, the ubiquitous nature of satellite technology augments every aspect of modern life while promising ever-increasing capabilities for stewardship during the 21st century. In this module, students will...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
California Geological Survey (CGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The California Geological Survey Kids Geozone website is dedicated to students having fun whole learning about the geosciences. Parents and teachers will find activities and links of interest. Do Rocks Last Forever looks at the weathering processes on rocks. It gives the reader directions for 4...

Grade Level: 2

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