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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
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

Climate Quest is a fun-filled journey around the world! It will give the class a chance to visit and see some amazing things... and to get a glimpse of how the world is changing. The goal during the quest will be to gather clues to see what is going on out there, why things are changing and what...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Boeing Corporation and Teaching Channel Initiative
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this Boeing Corporation and Teaching Channel Initiative, Boeing engineers were matched to teachers in grades 4-8 to create problem-based engineering design science modules. Each two-week module presents an engineering design challenge, taking students through the engineering design process...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This teacher's guide defines what a mineral deposit is and how a mineral deposit is identified and measured, how the mineral resources are extracted, and how the mining site is reclaimed; how minerals and mineral resources are processed; and how we use mineral resources in our every day lives....

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
DiscoverySchool.com, 2005
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)
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
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: 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)
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
Discovery Education and Freeport McMoran
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dig Into Mining - The Story of Copper is an interactive educational program for students grades 6-8 that uncovers the use of metals such as copper in our everyday life, and provides students a deeper understanding of today's hard rock mining industry. The initiative equips educators, students...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Science Foundation provides answers to The Big Questions about astronomy, detailing our place in the cosmos and where it all came from. Interactive view through the telescope also available.

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

We invite teachers and their students to study earthquakes via real accounts of earthquakes in our own region. It's easy with access to the Internet. 48 Intermountain West earthquakes that have occurred since 1876 have been researched by Earthquake Education Services (EES). Newspaper articles,...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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
Tennessee State University (TSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Try this introductory bioenergy activity with your high school biology or environmental science students. Developed by Jason de Koff, assistant professor of Agronomy and Soil Science at Tennessee State University, with funding from a U.S. Department of agriculture -- National Institute of Food...

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

A watershed is an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. Watersheds are studied for their contribution to the health of local water systems; many pollutants from the land make their way into the rivers and streams, exiting into the ocean. This...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
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 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
Inconstant Moon
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore the Moon... discover its dramatic features and phenomena -- often beautiful, sometimes bizarre, always changing. Inconstant Moon will take you on a new tour each night, with maps, photos, explanations, animations, selected links, and even music! Inconstant Moon is intended as both an...

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

Water covers over 70% of the Earth, cycling from the oceans and rivers to the clouds and back again. It even makes up about 60% of our bodies. But in the rest of the solar system, liquid water is almost impossible to find. So how did our planet end up with so much of this substance? And where...

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

Does your neighborhood have "wild" places? What's "wild"? What's the personality of the environment between home and school? What's there? How do you relate to it? How does your perspective of local geography change between being on the ground and exploring from above? Regardless of where you...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is a trusted leader in Earth and space science education, communication and outreach, and in fostering national and international cooperation in global Earth observations. These efforts-- designed to improve understanding of and response to...

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
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Haven't you always wanted to associate those amazing photographs of our beautiful planet taken from space with their locations on the Earth? With the Image Detective interactive tool, you can do just that! By doing so, you will help to locate hundreds of thousands of images and also enhance your...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This site teaches students how to be prepared for disasters and prevent disaster damage. Students can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories, become a Disaster Action Kid and learn about FEMA. The Parents & Teachers page has activities, curriculum and safety information...

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
Utah Geological Survey (UGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Geological features constitute anything from major landforms such as mountains or plateaus, to ripple marks or glacial striations on a rock. The geological processes, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, erosion, and deposition are what create or change geological features. Mountains are...

Grade Level: 3
Siemen's Science Day, Discovery Education
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students will learn about the stars, planets, and moons found in our solar system and how they relate to one another. The video segment enhances the learning. After a nonfiction read aloud, students work in groups to create models of the solar system.

Grade Level: 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

Climate change is occurring globally, however some of the effects are more noticeable in certain regions of the world, like Alaska and the Arctic. Everyone can have an impact in slowing the effects of climate change.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn about black holes and outer space through this app created by the PBS Science series NOVA. Targeted for students in grades 6-12 (and lifelong learners), and available for the iPad, the app explores the science behind black hole detection, gravitational waves, and more. In the game, players...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: space, astronomy, pbs
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A volcano is a vent in the surface of the Earth through which magma and gasses erupt. Volcanic eruptions are among the Earth's most powerful and destructive forces, but volcanoes are also creative. Volcanoes have also shaped the Earth's landscape, as many of our mountains, islands, and plains...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Science Buddies
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Have you ever been in an earthquake? What did it feel like? Did you jiggle back and forth? Up and down? Was there a jolt? Or a rolling motion? Come build a house Hansel and Gretel would love to eat, a special table to shake it on, and see how different soil types can amplify shaking. In this...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world’s premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. Why not visit a national wildlife refuge in or near your community? A refuge is a place where...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Scholastic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Superheroes TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers are on a mission to teach students and their teachers and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes. With the activities in this new hands-on science program,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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)
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
EarthByte Group
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The EarthByte Group in the School of Geosciences of The University of Sydney is one of the world's leading research groups for global and regional plate tectonics reconstructions and for studying the interplay between the deep earth and surface processes.The GPlates Portal is a gateway to a...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
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
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Investigate cool "ologies" (disciplines) at New York's American Museum of Natural History site. There are tons of activities relates to all the "ologies" and wonderful videos and information for elementary level children.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Association of American State Geologists (AASG)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Rocks break down into smaller pieces through weathering. Rocks and sediment grinding against each other wear away surfaces. This type of weathering is called abrasion, and it happens as wind and water rush over rocks. The rocks become smoother as rough and jagged edges break off. In this...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
CIESE Real Time Data Projects
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Weather Scope: An Investigative Study of Weather and Climate is an internet-based multidisciplinary project which will enrich a student's learning experience through "unique and compelling" applications of instructional technology. In particular, this project taps into some of the exciting...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Get your sparkle on at Gemological Institute of America (GIA)'s website to gemology and geology education. Targeted for elementary and middle school level students and teachers, the website offers sections such as Gem Explorer, Story of a Gem, and Gem Glossary. Gem Explorer presents information...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Each student will use a reference diagram of fossil foraminifera with their paleo-water-depth assignments to interpret the water-depth of a particular area of California during the geologic past. The model of paleoenvironments and the species found in the samples are based on actual work by...

Grade Level: 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

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