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Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Science Friday offers free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for parents and educators. Search by grade level, duration, and subject.

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

Do you know your geography? Test your skills with this quiz. Each image comes with trivia on the image location.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Sky & Telescope: The Essential Guide to Astronomy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Check out Sky & Telescope's weekly observing update, Sky at a Glance, published every Friday. Not only do we provide simple sky maps and observing tips for the upcoming week, we also keep you up to date on the latest celestial events. A winter article might focus on the dazzling Orion Nebula...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
British Geological Survey (BGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A simple schematic of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano summit, crater and ash plume as seen on Blue Peter's Make It. It is intended as a simple guide to understanding how volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajökull are influenced by tectonic plate activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It also shows the...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2015, American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Do you want to try cleaning up an oil spill yourself? This experiment will help you understand why it is such a difficult task. All of the tools you will need are environmentally friendly and easy to find. By the end of this lesson, students should be able to: determine which sorbents best...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Ocean currents — the continuous, directed movement of ocean water — affect regional climates and alter the biological and chemical characteristics of seawater. Currents can flow for long distances both at and below the ocean’s surface. Wind drives surface currents, whereas density often drives...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
HelioViewer.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Take a trip around the sun with this interactive site, HelioViewer.

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 lesson, students examine seismic evidence to determine that the Earth must have a layered internal structure and to estimate the size of Earth's core. Students are divided into two teams (theoreticians and seismologists) to test the simplest hypothesis for what is inside of the Earth:...

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

Clouds are divided into four basic forms (Cirro-form, Strato-form, Cumulo-form and Nimbo-form) at three basic levels (low, middle, and high) in the atmosphere. Many locations may experience all of these different types of clouds daily. The students will become better observers of the sky by...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2018, Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Soils are one of our most important natural resources -- just think of where all the food you eat comes from. They also are important for the beauty the many soil colors add to our landscapes. Most of us overlook this natural beauty because we see it every day. Often these colors blend with...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Engage students with a first-hand glimpse into agriculture using lessons and activities that bring to life critical issues such as sustainability, the new science behind farming, and entrepreneurship. Designed for grades 9 through 12, the downloadable lesson plans are aligned with Next...

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

Monitor our planet's vital signs, such as sea level height, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and Antarctic ozone. Trace the movement of water around the globe using the gravity map from NASA's GRACE satellites. Spot volcanic eruptions and forest fires using the carbon monoxide vital sign...

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

To understand Plate Tectonic processes on the Earth, and to better understand where future earthquakes are likely to occur, it is important to know how to locate earthquakes as they occur. In this activity students use recent, three-component seismic data to locate a global earthquake. Students...

Grade Level: 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
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will conduct two runs of an activity to simulate, using coloured sweets, how the relative proportions of oxygen can indicate past Earth temperatures.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics and Science (CEEMS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Teachers in the Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics and Science (CEEMS) program at the University of Cincinnati developed and implemented more than 200 CBL/BPL engineering units for secondary science and math (grades 6-12). The units address various disciplines (biology, chemistry,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In Deep-Sea Coral Communities: Sentinels of a Changing Ocean, a lesson for grades 9-12 from NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, students investigate the unique biology of deep-sea corals and learn to identify soft corals, hard corals, invertebrates, and fish found in these communities. To...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: noaa, oceans, data
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Geothermal energy is produced by converting Earth's inner heat into electricity or for heating. The generation of geothermal energy does not require fossil fuels and is a clean source of energy. Wells are drilled to access hot water at depth within Earth's crust. Heating occurs naturally because...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water that accumulates beneath the surface of the Earth is called groundwater. Contrary to popular belief, groundwater does not form underground "rivers," but is actually found in the small spaces and cracks between rocks and other material such as sand and gravel. Groundwater supplies about 38...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Landslides not only are dangerous — causing on average more than 25 deaths and over $1 billion in damages a year — but are also widespread, occurring in all 50 states. Compounding the hazards, these natural disasters often occur along with other similar natural phenomena, such as floods or...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2017, PBS NewsHour, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Picture your nearest river or lake. How do people use it? Are you happy with the way it is treated, and its relationship to your community? In some areas, water sources are being used as enormous batteries to help supply power to thousands of homes, schools, and businesses. This PBS NewsHour...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of this experiment is to observe conduction.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Utah Education Network connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UEN is one of the nation's premier education networks. Browse through lesson plans, Utah state standards, and more teacher resources....

Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers a variety of educational resources for all ages.

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

The purpose of this activity is to give the player an introduction to the economics of mining. Each player buys "property," purchases the "mining equipment," pays for the "mining operation," and finally pays for the "reclamation." In return, the player receives money for the "ore mined." The...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden release of stored energy along a fault. Think of it like snapping your fingers. You push your fingers together enough so that they don’t move when you try to slide them sideways. Then suddenly, one finger slips past the other finger...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2010, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will review and discuss weathering, erosion and mass wasting, to gain a stronger understanding of how Hickory Run’s Boulder Field was formed after the Laurentide Continental Glacier receded. Using edible materials, students will model and demonstrate the geological...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students take samples from two different geological layers and sieve for clast size mass data. They will also make sketches of some of the clasts and describe the rounded versus angular aspects in each of the formations. Students then prepare a histogram showing the percentages of clast size...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: geology
Anthropolis Productions Limited
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Athropolis is a website devoted to informing children about the polar regions through games, puzzles, stories, songs, virtual library, etc. Imaginary characters and the storyline are targeted toward elementaty students.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore an ocean's-worth of information related to our efforts to protect and restore the nation's waters from pollution. You'll find experiments and activities for elementary school students and life-long learners alike. We hope the information here helps inspire you and others to further...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The NASA home page contains a wealth of information for the educational community. Using NASA materials in other languages provides teachers working with English Language Learners (ELLs) the opportunity to assist their students to acquire English literacy skills in the regular classroom while at...

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

This report contains instructions and a pattern for making a three-dimensional paper model of a volcano. This model is intended to help students and others visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By construction and examining...

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

Discover your "birthquake," the most powerful earthquake on the day of your birth. Enter your birth date and discover the location and magnitude of the biggest quakes around the world!

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2014, Population Education, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Renewable resources are natural resources that naturally replenish themselves, such as fish and trees. Humans can use renewable resources again and again if we manage them properly. But if we don't give these resources an opportunity to reproduce, we can exhaust them quickly, especially as our...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Event-Based Science Project
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Two activities are provided to help students understand factors affecting the biological health of a harbor as well as what influences oil terminal placement. The first activity helps the student analyze NASA SeaWiFS data in six different harbors. SeaWiFS is NASA's Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view...

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

In this kinesthetic acticity, students model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines.

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

You can demonstrate the sequence of geological events that produce angular unconformities by using your hands.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This lesson is the first in a two-part series on the weather. The study of the weather in these early years is important because it can help students understand that some events in nature have a repeating pattern. It is also important for students to study the earth repeatedly because they take...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Meteorologists often refer to ridges and troughs in the upper atmosphere when explaining the reason for the weather one experiences. Yet all one sees are lines on a weather map. However, these weather systems are high and low places in the atmosphere as this lesson will demonstrate.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2018, Science Friday, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

There are many reasons people look into art for expression. Art is a means to express emotion, document events, and convey information. In this exercise, you will select a scientific graph that addresses an important real-workd issue, create an illustrated graph from that original, and craft an...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Your handy guide to gravitational waves, and their ripple effects to our understanding of the cosmos. 

Grade Level: 11, 12
Tags: physics
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
Southeast Region Climate Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. Learn how to make your own barometer out of a jar, balloon, and stirring stick.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Interested in finding out the weather on the day you were born? Input some information about yourself (birth date, state, and city) and find out! Then, travel to NOAA's website and browse through historical weather maps from 1871 to the present.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Dendrochronologists use tree rings to go back in time to learn more about past climate. Using straws to recreate tree rings, you can learn how dendrochronologists work. Construct a 50-year climatic history on a three-meter time line. In this activity, students use the spacings between tree rings...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use sugar cubes to demonstrate how karstic scenery forms. This activity can be used in any science or geography lesson.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
University of Illinois, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award, members of the University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences have designed a suite of atmospheric science learning modules for middle school students. The curriculum, which implements a flipped-classroom model, is cross-references...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
Steve Spangler Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Turn your eggs into beautiful alum-crystal geodes instead of frying or scrambling them.

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

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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
Classroom Activities
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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