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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
FEMA, American Red Cross, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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

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

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
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We find carbon everywhere on Earth ─ in trees, rocks, fossil fuels, oceans, and even you! Carbon doesn’t stay in one place, through. Scientists study how carbon moves from one place to another. This is the carbon cycle. The Industrial Revolution, starting in the 1700s, saw a move to large-scale...

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

To show that air has weight, the air is removed from one of two balanced balloons throwing the balance off.

Grade Level: 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

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
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
Sailors for the Sea
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Sailors for the Sea unites boaters to protect the ocean. Get involved with clean regattas, informative articles on ocean health and habitat, and environental lesson plans for kids.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
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
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
Blue Apprentice
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Designed for students ages 6-12 (grades 1-6), this intergalactic, story-driven game follows adventures of young scientist Thalo and his alien friend Grit as they explore alien worlds and apply science learning to solve problems throughout the galaxy on their quest to release the galaxy from the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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, ages 8–13, embark on an exploration of Earth's and the Moon's shared history in this 30 –minute introductory activity for the Explore! Marvel Moon module. They work in groups to determine the order of geologic events  — such as the formation of the Moon and when the bright crater of...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
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
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
Google
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Google Sky Map helps you to explore the Universe using your Android phone. Google Maps is great for showing you what's around you. However, it doesn't give you the full picture because it only displays locations on ground level. If you want to see what's happening up above then install Google...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2017, Science Friday, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Temple University
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This hands-on, guided-inquiry activity helps students to understand the geometry of lunar and solar eclipses by creating a physical, proportional model of the Earth and Moon system and observing shadows.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Using a pupil model to demonstrate the slab pul is the main plate-driving force. Considering the different processes likely to be driving plate movement by use os a student model.

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

This lesson plan is designed to inform students about active faulting in Idaho.

Grade Level: 11, 12
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
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
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
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
Emily Morgan, National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn about the wonders of sunsets. After reading "Next Time You See a Sunset," participate in these three activities: Sunset O-W-L Chart; Sunset Anticipation Guide; and Changing Shadows. This book is also available for purchase.

Grade Level: K, 1
2002, International Technology Education Association
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Predicting weather is finally getting to be less of an art and more of a science. Using images and other data from the GOES environmental satellites and other kinds of sensing technologies, and computers to analyze the data, scientists are beginning to make some sense of them all.

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

In "Exploring Climate Science (Weather and Climate)," students will use tools to collect weather data and discuss the differences between weather and climate. Our extensive "Exploring Climate Science" curricula unit is broken into eight lessons, each taking 40 minutes to complete. Designed...

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

SKYWARN is a concept developed in the early 1970d that was intended to promote a cooperatve effort between the National Weather Service and communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
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
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
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
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events - like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures - are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Essential Question: What can you do to improve water in the lakes, rivers, and streams in your watershed? Do you know of water in your area where fishing or swimming is not allowed or where the water is not safe to drink? Water is a vital natural resource and protecting our water is a national...

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

We typically do not "feel" atmospheric air pressure. Why? Since air surrounds our bodies, and of all things, the pressure, as a result of the air, is applied equally on all sides. For example, if someone holds an 8.5x11" sheet of paper by their hand at arms length, the weight of the air directly...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2000, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This teacher's package for grades K-6 provides ready-to-use, hands-on activities for students and teachers on the science of earthquakes and earthquake safety. This edition contains assessments throughout the units, matrices linking activities to the National Science Esucation Standards, and a...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This lesson has been designed as an introduction to describing meteorites. Students will become familiar with meteorites by making a connection between the familiar (candy bars) and the unfamiliar (meteorites). This lesson is designed as a comfortable introduction to describing meteorites....

Grade Level: 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
International Polar Year Program
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Antarctica's Climate Secrets Project offers a "Flexhibit" (set of hands-on learning activities, museum-quality banners, and video podcasts for after-school programs and classes) as well as other information on climate change and Earth's rising waters.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Get ready to do a virtual shift, a fun way to use computer software to look at the same cloud from below and above. But first, let's review some common cloud classifications. Clouds are given Latin names corresponding to their appearance and height. Meteorologists further differentiate clouds...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
DiscoverySchool.com, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Atmospheric scientists study weather processes, the global dynamics of climate, solar radiation and its effects, and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution. They observe what's going on in our atmosphere today and compare it to records from years past...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Maps are two-dimensional ways of representing information about the natural and built world from a "top-down" perspective. You are probably familiar with road maps that show where roads go and which roads intersect with others and where. You also may have seen weather maps, which show weather...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
The Environmental Literacy Council
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Environmental Literacy Council is an independent, non-profit made up of scientists, economists, and educators striving to connect teachers and students to science-based information on environmental issues. Our website offers over 1000 pages of background information and resources on...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National AAeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The GOES-16 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), launched in 2016, is the first weather satellite in the GOES-R series from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Orbiting 22,000 miles above Earth, GOES-16 can see amazing details of weather on Earth and...

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

GreenLearning creates free online education programs about energy and sustainability that engage and empower students to create positive change for our evolving world. To build our programs, we combine input from national surveys and consultations with teachers and education professionals to...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Aurichalcite sample
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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.

Sauropod Bones
Classroom Activities
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.

Fluorite sample
Classroom Activities
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.

Alibates Flint
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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.

Doppler Radar installation in Oklahoma
Classroom Activities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

These activities demonstrate meteorological concepts.

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