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

Students will shape their own asteroid models out of clay as a hands-on lesson in how asteroids form, what they are made of, and where they can be found in our solar system.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
2017, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore geologic features through an interactive from NOVA’s Making North America in this lesson plan from WGBH. Observe and gather evidence of geoscience processes such as weathering, erosion, and deposition, that have shaped and continue to shape Earth’s surface at varying spatial and time...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2016, George Mason University (GMU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A Sector Globe is a polyhedron used to approximate a sphere in order to represent features on the Earth or some other sphere. It can easily be constructed from a print-out using scissors and tape. Most of the faces of the polyhedron are squares or trapezoids, and the polar caps are represented...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2017, Project WET
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NASA announced that September 2017 to September 2018 is A Year of Education on Station for the International Space Station (ISS), featuring a variety of education-related events for students and teachers. Astronaut Richard (Ricky) Arnold, a volunteer board member for the Project WET Foundation,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), Earth Science Week (ESW),American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
Earth Science Week (ESW), 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
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
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
Boeing
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Looking for classroom activities with a STEM focus? Boeing engineers and partners (e.g., PBS Learning Media, Teaching Channel, Curiosity Machine, and others) have developed plans, documentaries, and hands-on activities that break down complicated concepts into easy-to-understand content for K-12...

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

The National Park Service brings you information on geologic time and how we tell the age of the Earth. Learn about fundamental geologic concepts, view a geologic time module, view a video on the Big Ideas in Geoscience, and look at fossils and rocks throughout geologic time.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Moon is made of cheese... no! Rice Krispies treats! Children ages 8 to 13 discover that the Moon, like Earth, is made up of layers of different materials through this 45-minute activity. They work in teams to make models of the interiors of the Moon and Earth. Common food items are used to...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this game, you will see a series of five images showing the positions of earth's continents during different geologic periods. You will have two minutes to arrange them in the correct order.

Grade Level: 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
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

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
Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Earth Systems Investigations (ESI's) are suggested learning paths that integrate resources from the CLEAN Collection and other trusted science and data content sites into a three-dimensional learning sequence that is engaging. The three dimensions, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and...

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

How do you like your mashed potatoes? Thin and whipped smooth? Or thick and mashed into chunks? Your mouth checks out not just the taste of your food, but its viscosity, or how it flows on your tongue, every time you take a bite! In this science fair project, you'll learn what viscosity is, and...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will recreate the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo cookies. Round cream cheese crackers can also be used if cookies are not an option. The students will accurately model the shape of the Moon's phases using Oreo cookies and place the phases in order.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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.

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
KidsGeo.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

KidsGeo.com is an indepth online geography and geology textbook written for kids. Learn about the world around you. Geography is the study of the Earth as it exists today, and geology is the study of the Earth's surface and substructure. Learn Bout the surface, atmosphere, oceans, terrain, Earth...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2007, Esri, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
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
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
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
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This package provides middle and high school teachers with information around the causes and effects of earthquakes. Activity sheets for students and background materials for teachers are provided in each of the volumes' six units. The unit assesses student's knowledge about earthquakes and...

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

Becoming a fossil is not easy. This activity takes students through the process of becoming a fossil.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The outward extent of wind moving around a hurricane is rarely uniform. The size of this wind firld is often skewed to the right side of the storm's forward progress. At the same time, the size of each tropical cyclone varies. One hurricane, while it may not be very powerful, could have a large...

Grade Level: 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
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
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 Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Kids' website from NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences features games, activities, stories, and lessons that encourage elementary and middle level students to learn about the environment and have fun while doing it. Topic links like Environment and Health; Healthy...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2016, Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Essential Question: How do land features and conservation practices affect the flow of water in my schoolyard? Are there areas in your schoolyard where there is a lot of runoff or erosion? As you walk your schoolyard and collect data today consider some of the land features and conservation...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Wilderness Act, signed into law September 3, 1964, celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary in 2014. The legislation poetically defines this natural resource: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area...

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

The amount of air over us is constantly changing. As a result, the weight of that air, called pressure, is constantly changing. These changes in air pressure are indications of changes in our weather. We measure this change using a device called a barometer (bar-meter or measurer).

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

In this activity, students will learn how ancient people related to constellations and asterisms, then use their imagination to create a star pattern and accompanying story. The instructor can have students draw their designs on paper or make an inflatable planetarium, in which students will...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
WGBH
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

These Instructional Modules provide K–12 teachers with high-quality, supplemental digital media resources for teaching about Earth’s systems—from weather phenomena to the development of land and water features. Resources include videos, images, data visualizations, interactives, and games from...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A kid-friendly online portal to learn about different atmospheric phenomena, like the water cycle, severe weather, rainbows and clouds, and more.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2018, The Science Museum of Minnesota
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In "Exploring the Solar System: Stomp Rockets," participants learn about how some rockets carry science tools -- not scientists -- into space, and how a special kind of rocket called "sounding rockets" can be used for quick, low-flying missions into space. Participants will build and launch...

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 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
Orange County Marine Institute Curriculum Series, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
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
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
Education Development Center (EDC) Oceans of Data Institute (ODI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Education Development Center's Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) has compiled a collection of resources for K-college educators teaching with data in the classroom. The annotated list included ODI-created content as well as content produced by other science organizations and associations. Notable...

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

NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels -- from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Children model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons. By measuring the diameter of the crater area, children discover that the Moon's argest impact basins were created by huge asteroids! Like these huge asteroids, the water balloons were destroyed on impact and leave a splash (i.e., crater...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The School Energy Survey is designed to give students the necessary background and framework to conduct an energy survey of their school building. The step-by-step approach guides students through the process of analyzing energy consuming appliances and systems. After gathering data, students...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
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

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Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students will explore their creativity and critical thinking while they imagine a cave environment and create an organism that lives in their cave. Their cave will be one of the types mentioned in the preceding pages, but their organisms will be of their own imagination.

Cave in Carlsbad Caverns
Classroom Activities
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Caves form through a variety of natural processes depending on their local geology and climate. Flowing lava, melting ice, dissolving rock, and crashing waves are the major processes that form these wondrous environments. In this activity, students will observe a model of how the most common...

Cacti in the Sonoran Desert
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

In this activity, students study natural features of Mesa Verde and make conclusions about how early inhabitants settled there.

Mauna Ulu on the east rift of Kilauea. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Classroom Activities
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Traditional geologic maps — sometimes crisscrossed with lines, blotted with colors, and marked with strike and dip symbols — have been used to depict the geologic makeup of the Earth for many years. New technologies such as satellite-enabled remote sensing are allowing geoscientists to create...

Topaz Sample
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Association of American State Geologists (AASG), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

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