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Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will use a chemical reaction to test for the presence of carbonate in calcite and limestone. By dropping a small amount of an acid on these specimens, they will observe bubbles of carbon dioxide forming from the reaction of the acid with carbonate minerals.

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
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
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
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
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
FEMA/American Red Cross
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity lists materials needed (for home and school use) in case of emergency or natural disaster. Following a natural hazard, basic services – electricity, water, gas, telephones – may be cut off for days. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You probably won’t have time to...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Collated by the National Environmental Education Foundation, this collection of K-12 lesson plans and curriculum guides from leading environmental and education organizations (e.g., Discovery Education, National Wildlife Federation, NASA) helps teachers introduce students to the kinds of science...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 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
Lockheed Martin
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Lockheed Martin partnered with Discovery Education to develop lesson plans, activities, and other resources. With your help, we can prepare and inspire this generation to reach new heights.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Raindrops contain more than just water. In addition to the small particles of dust around which water drops form, raindrops can contain chemicals found in the atmosphere. Often rain is slightly acidic. This “acid rain” can chemically affect (weather) materials it touches. The amount of...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Indiana Geological Survey (IGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students will use IndianaMap to create geographic information systems (GIS) maps to demonstrate the amount of general seismic risk that exists for urban areas within the state of Indiana. Step-by-step directions and tutorial videos will provide students with the necessary...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this Watershed Sleuth Challenge, you will learn more about your watershed - what it is, why its important, and what you can do to protect it, as you earn badges at each level of this three-part course.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

On this website, K-college educators and students can access a table of annotated links describing booklets, fact sheets, interviews with scientists/researchers, lesson plans, videos, and websites promoting awareness and understanding of the connections between human health and the environment....

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

Essential Question: How can green building and conservation practices improve your schoolyard and community watershed? If you had a chance to start over and build a new school site from the ground up, what would your ideal school site look like? Would the school you design and build include...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
CNL World
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

WETMAAP originated in 1994 as a Wetland Education Program and in 2010 management of the program moved to CNL World, a science education and outreach non-profit. WETMAAP supports education outreach and professional development for environmental and earth sciences formal and informal educators....

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Mining is a complex process in which valuable or useful materials are removed from large masses of rock. In this activity, students use birdseed and colored beads to mine for "precious metals" and "gold." At th end of the activity, students can count up their winnings. The students gain...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
CitizenScience.gov
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

At CitizenScience.org, K-college educators will find information, resources, and tools to get involved in citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. The site offers a searchable catalog of more than 300 federally supported citizen science projects, a toolkit to assist with designing and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 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

You are part of a watershed community and you have many watershed neighbors. Use the article and diagram of a watershed to learn how everyone in a watershed is "connected." Each member of the watershed plays a role in protecting the water and land in the local watershed.

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

This site contains lessons and teacher information for the Map Adventures activity. Map Adventures, with seven accompanying lessons, is appropriate for grades K-3. Students will learn basic concepts for visualizing objects from different perspectives and how to understand /and use maps.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
Utah Geological Survey (UGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Have you ever looked at a stone wall and wondered where the different rocks came from and what story they may tell? In the field, select a stone wall to look at with your students. Close observations will probably lead to numerous questions, many of which can be answered by logical thinking...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
UCAR Center for Science Education
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The UCAR Center for Science Education has a small (but growing!) collection of games related to weather, climate, atmospheric science and space weather education. The Center also has a modest collection of interactives and simulations related to atmospheric science topics.

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

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
National Science Foundation (NSF), PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this media-rich lesson, students explore the role that ice plays on Earth, the factors causing it to melt, and the local and global consequences of melting ice. This resource is part of the Polar Sciences collection.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Space Telescope Science Institute
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Amazing Space has resources on all your astronomical needs: the solar ystem, black holes, stars, telescopes, history, and more. We are the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach. We promote the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
TODAYINSCI
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Amazing feats in science happen every day. Whether it's the birth or death of a scientist, the discovery of a planet, or the utilization of a new invention, there's a significant happening 365 days a year. Browse by date, or choose a highlighted topic to learn the history of a science. For every...

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

Students will be able to identify minerals according to physical properties by using color, luster, Moh’s hardness scale, the streak test and an identification sheet. The purpose of this investigation is to understand how geoscientists identify minerals by color, luster, and tests for streak and...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
DigitProp
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Here is something for astronomy geeks: Our solar system as a DIY papercraft kit. The set contains all eight planets, sad little Pluto who not too long ago got demoted to ‘dwarf planet’, and – of course – our home star, the sun. Each model features a funny face showing that planet's "personality...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 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
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2001, William P. Blair, Johns Hopkins University
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A description of several classroom activities for investigating lunar phases, Earth-Moon distances, and lunar eclipses.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NASA is embarking on a journey to Mars! Are your students ready to join in the adventure? Spark excitement in your classroom with the Mars Survival Kit. Click on different links for student activities by grade. 

Grade Level: K, 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 will use an accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB) to kinesthetically explore the physical "meaning" of three component seismic data by replicating a seismogram by moving the accelerometer. Students have a chance to identify S and P waves and describe the paths each...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

K-12 students and educators need access to quality homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas to learn and teach about the environment. Environmental education (EE) is a multi-disciplinary approach to learning about environmental issues that enhances knowledge, builds critical thinking...

Grade Level: K, 1, 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
University of Maine (UM)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students make a "flubber" glacier using glue, water and detergent and construct a glacier valley using plastic sheeting. Flubber behaves in mechanically similar ways to glacier ice, undergoing plastic deformation at low stresses and brittle failure at high stresses. students are encourage to run...

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

Electromagnetic radiation is the very basis for remote sensing technology. Everything emits electromagnetic radiation. More specifically, all objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit radiation. Because radiation can transport energy even without a medium, it is the only way in which...

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

A fossil is any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or sediment. This activity allows you to explore the process used by paleontologists — scientists who study fossils to understand ancient landscapes, climate, and life on Earth — to find and identify...

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

This video from the American Chemistry Council highlights some of the ways chemistry is involved in keeping our water supply flowing and our drinking water safe. Did you know that aluminum and chloride salts remove impurities to keep water clean? Or that phosphate-based chemistries and epoxy...

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

Welcome to JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School. This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject, beginning with global and large...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Arizona State University (ASU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This lesson plan is designed to introduce the complexity of the carbon cycle to students. By the end of the game, students should understand that carbon can take many forms throughout the carbon cycle, and that no set pathway exists in the cycle.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: carbon, lesson, fossil
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 Association (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In January 1992, a container ship headed to Tacoma,Washington, from Hong Kong, China, lost 12 containers during severe storm conditions. One container held a shipment of 29,000 bathtub toys. Ten months later, the first of these plastic toys began to wash up onto the coast of Alaska. Driven by...

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

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