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Students Discover
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Solar System consists of the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, comets, dust, gases and primarily empty space. These lessons allow students to engage in the scientific community of astronomers; students will be looking for asteroids using real scientific data collection by the Catalina...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Project Underground, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Sinkholes are natural depressions in the land caused when limestone and soils dissolve. They form when groundwater removes rock underground. They can form by slow gradual sinking or by sudden collapse of an underlying hole. Sinkholes are common in about one quarter of the U.S. You can usually...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Core samples are small portions of a formation taken from an existing well and used for geologic analysis. The sample is analyzed to determine porosity, permeability, fluid content, geologic age, and probable productivity of oil from the site. Drilling is the only way to be sure that oil and gas...

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

Interested in starting a CubeSat program at your school and launching a small satellite? NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers, and faculty of all ages the opportunity to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building, and operating small...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

In this module, students will explore: the different types of rocks, how rocks are formed and how they are worn away, different types of landforms created by the removal and the deposition of rock and soil, the effect of glaciers on landforms. 

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
National Geographic
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

National Geographic offers reference material to encourage your students to learn more about the Earth with encyclopedic entries. This entry is about Earth. Earth is the planet we live on, the third of eight planets in our solar system and the only known place in the universe to support life....

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

At least five times in Earth's history, environmental catasprophes have caused a majority of species to go extinct. These so called mass extinctions are potent examples of hwat can happen in the face of rapid environmental change. This book showcases the work of HHMI BioInteractive, including...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
MasteryConnect
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

MC Student allows students to take assessments, tests, quizzes, and common formative assessments using a mobie device. MastrtyConnect empowers educators to assess and track mastery of both state and Common Core standards, share common assessments, and connect in an online professional learning...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education – JAESE is a scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing original discipline-based education research and evaluation, with an emphasis of significant scientific results derived from ethical observations and systematic...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This NASA/NOAA cloud chart is in Spanish. View cloud formations and descriptions.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GeologyCafe.com
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This site contains a free, downloadable poster of the rock cycle. The rock cycle illustrates the formation, alteration, destruction, and reformation of earth materials, and typically over long periods of geologic time. The rock cycle portrays the collective system of processes, and the resulting...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven. In this module, students will investigate: the kinds of materials in soil, the arrangement of soil materials, the amount of water the soil can...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Tags: soils, water, erosion
National Geographic
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

National Geographic offers reference material to encourage your students to learn more about the Earth with encyclopedic entries. This entry is about Earth's core. The core is the hottest, densest part of the Earth.

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Paleontological Research Institution (PRI)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

PRI is proud to offer a growing series of Teacher-Friendly Guides to Earth systems science. Written for educators as content resources and curriculum supplements, the Teacher-Friendly Guides are designed to facilitate inquiry-based education providing educators with the background necessary to...

MasteryConnect
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

MasteryConnect Teacher App allows teachers to launch and deliver assessments with an iPad or iPhoe. teachers can instantly view student results, sort by mastery levels, and edit their scores.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This on-line edition contains the text from the original book in its entirety.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
LetsGoSolar.com
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The best kind of learning is fun, too. Solar-powered toys and kits not only are environmentally friendly and entertaining, but they also teach kids about how solar power works to make them move and light up. Many can even be assembled by kids. With toys available to suit a wide range of ages and...

The Globe Program
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This Globe cloud chart is in Spanish. View cloud formations and descriptions.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
California Academy of Sciences
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

With video-based instruction, examples of student notebooks, and ready-to-use materials, this toolkit from the California Academy of Sciences presents everything educators need to know about using science notebooks with K-12 students. Topics address Setting Up Your Science Notebook, Strategies...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Lawrence Hall of Science
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Life and Climate is about how our atmosphere and climate came to be as they are today; how life on Earth evolved; and how the evolution of life and climate have affected each other since the Earth was formed. In this Guide your students will find the story of how tiny plants brought oxygen to...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: climate
National Geographic
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

National Geographic offers reference material to encourage your students to learn more about the Earth with encyclopedic entries. This entry is about Earth's mantle. The mantle, between the brittle crust and super-dense core, makes up a whopping 84% of Earth's total volume.

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This downloadable poster presents a picture of Mount St. Helens and 30 cool facts about it.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Globe Program, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This Globe contrail guide is in Spanish. View images and descriptions of contrails and their formation.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Lawrence Hall of Science
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

OZONE is a success story about how people around the globe are cooperating to solve a serious environmental problem. Ozone gas in the upper atmosphere shields our planet from ultraviolet light that is thought to cause skin cancer and cataracts in humans, and that may be harmful to a wide variety...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Geographic
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

National Geographic offers reference material to encourage your students to learn more about the Earth with encyclopedic entries. This entry is about seasons. Seasons are determined by the Earth's exposure to the sun.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2014, The Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU), Springer Open
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) would like to introduce its peer-reviewed English language open access e-journal Progress in Earth and Planetary Science (PEPS), which has been published by Springer since April 2014. PEPS prints original research articles and high quality review articles...

Library of Congress (LOC)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Science is for women too! Share this list of books about famous and contemporary female scientists with the girls and young women in K-12 classrooms! Available from the LOC's Science Reference Services, the list presents books written in English within the past 20 years and offers titles...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2008, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Volcanoes have been erupting in the Cascade Range for over 500,000 years. During the past 4,000 years eruptions have occurred at an average rate of about 2 per century. This chart shows 13 volcanoes on a map of Washington, Oregon, and northern California and time lines for each showing the ages...

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

This Globe contrail guide is in English, Spanish, and French. View images and descriptions of contrails and their formation.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

From the front door to the solar system, science can be found everywhere. Explore some of the many ways science connects the world around us. Help increase our understanding of the environment through citizen science. Use the accompanying Surrounded by Science Educator Toolkit to find more free...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Lawrence Hall of Science
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The Hydrogen Technology and Energy Curriculum (HyTEC) project has developed and field-tested a module titled "Investigating Alternative Energy: Hydrogen & Fuel Cells."

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Climate Generation
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Climate Generation offers a suite of grades 3-12 curriculum resources in the form of curriculum guides, as well as online modules that can be downloaded for free. Aligned with Minnesota state science, social studies and language arts standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and the...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Explore the concepts that underlie the study of the stars and other heavenly bodies, and how astrophysicists analyze their distant light for clues to their physical and chemical properties. This Special Collection sets out the fundamentals and demonstrates them in a set of articles, activities,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
NISEE Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, University of California Berkeley
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The Earthquake Engineering Online Archive is a database of significant, publicly-funded research and development literature, photographs, data, and software in earthquake, structural, and geotechnical engineering. It includes full text for EERC, SEMM, and PEER reports published at UC Berkeley,...

Grade Level: 11, 12
2008, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Most volcano hazards are associated with eruptions. However, some hazards, such as lahars and debris avalanches, can occur even when a volcano is not erupting.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the environment (GLOBE)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

In the GLOBE Teacher's Guide, protocols and learning activities are related to the standards they address. In the United States, there is growing insistence that teaching be directed to address specific standards. Many countries in GLOBE and virtually every state in the United States have...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The Active Earth Monitor is a customizable computer based earth science display designed for K-12 schools, museums, visitor centers, libraries, and universities. The Active Earth Monitor provides a way to engage audiences with earth science information without spending resources on a large...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2008, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Poster detailing the after-effects of Mount St. Helen's eruption in 1980.

Grade Level: 11, 12
2007, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This downloadable poster showcases different minerals we use every day.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Here you will find an array of free resources for you and your classroom. Clicking on the title takes you to the resource described.

Carolina Biological
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This middle school student lab book for Earth Science focuses on Earth's role in space, and its relationship with the Sun and Moon. It focuses on three parts: the Sun-Moon-Earth system, the solar system, and Earth's history as a planet. Spanish resources are also provided. 

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
TCi
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

TCI is a K-12 publishing company that creates science and social studies curriculum that enables educators to engage all students in a diverse classroom. Ready-to-teach lesson presentations, complete student resources, customizable assessments, and more at your fingertips.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1996, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This book was originally published in paper form in February 1996. View various sections of the book here, or order it from the US Government Printing Office.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2006, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Poster map of Mount St. Helens as shown from above.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This downloadable poster showcases water cycle.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2012, Novim Group
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

"Just Science" highlights the easy-to-understand video map of climate change recently released by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study. The app features a color-coded map of the world that displays how the Earth's land temperature has changes between 1800 and 2009. Monthly data...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Bring an introductory Earth science course to your institution with AMS Education's course packages in weather, ocean, and climate. With our flexible design, you can teach your course online, in a traditional lecture and lab setting, or any blend of the two. Packages include: textbook (covers...

Carolina Biological
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This middle school student lab book in Earth science focuses on severe weather and catastrophic events on the Earth. The eBook is divided into three parts: Storms, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes. It also includes Spanish language resources. 

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
HippoCampus.org
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic website that delivers rich multimedia content -- videos, animations, and simulations -- on general education subjects to middle school and high school teachers and college professors and their students.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Luana Games
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Essentially a "female scientist" version of the popular card game Uno, this fun resource from luanagames.com introduces players to 44 remarkable women in science and offers inspiring role models for kids. Each card features an illustration of a female scientist and a brief summary of her primary...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

This website is designed to broadly educate students about acid rain, including: its definition; its cause; the various effects that is has on humans, the environment, and buildings and objects; what is being done to reduce its occurrence. In addition it offers students several ways that they...

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United States Department of Energy (DOE)

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...

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Annenberg Learner

What happens as boundaries diverge? Watch a continental rift, volcanoes and lakes form as two continental plates move apart.

Students observing a fault model
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Annenberg Learner

What are convergent boundaries? Examine how collisions of oceanic and continental plates can create volcanoes, island arcs, and earthquakes.

North American crustal plates and earthquake epicenters
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Annenberg Learner

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.

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