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SAS Institute
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Curriculum Pathways offers more than 1,700 resources in all core disciplines, aligned to state and national standards. We devleop interactive resources that utilize technology to create learning environments otherwise difficult to achieve in the classroom setting. Resources are designed to...

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

Scholastic.com and MSNBC are proud to present interactive activities on a variety of topics. Explore these science interactive activities to learn more about space, science, and technology.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students explore a few rocks and minerals of the area. They investigate how sandstone was formed and experiment with erosion to demonstrate how local landforms are the result of sand and rock being removed. Students explore biological soil crust, and search for clues to discover how we use ocks...

Grade Level: 2
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
United States Department of Energy (DOE), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

As far back as ancient Greek and Roman times, people built structures that created an indoor environment suited to growing plants throughout the year. This enabled the gardener to establish a measure of control over growing conditions and extend the growth period into the colder seasons of the...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

If your habits resemble those of average Americans, you generate about 4.6 pounds of solid trash per day. This adds up to big trouble for the environment. Americans are generating waste products faster than nature can break them down and using up resources faster than they can be replaced. How...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
JOIDES Resolution
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Outreach Department's mission is to raise awareness about ocean drilling science and its central role in our understanding of the Earth's past, present and future, teach science content and process, ad inspire careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Our approach includes use of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We walk around on soil all the time, but how often do we think about what's in it? If you have ever looked closely at soil, you probably saw that it is made up of various types of particles and has various materials mixed in with those particles (rocks, twigs, water, air, worms, insects, and...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
2007, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

There are many different maps of the same place, and not all information about a place can be put on the same map. For maps to communicate, they focus on showing a limited number of things. This activity teaches students what all maps can tell us. It also teaches students how to read a...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Teaching Tolerance
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Targeted for students in grades 3-5, this STEM lesson from Teaching Tolerance helps students see themselves as scientists. In the activity, students watch a short video and a demonstration of a discrepant event. The follow-up classroom discussion helps students understand the curiosity,...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Oil, also called petroleum, is a naturally occurring liquid formed from dead marine microorganisms. It is usually black or dark brown in color, but can vary from yellow to greenish. It is an organic substance and consists of several hydrocarbons (compounds made of hydrogen and carbon). It is...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
SpaceWeather.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Check out this site to learn more about news and information about the Sun-Earth environment, from solar storms to sunspots to near earth asteroids.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students work collaboratively in small groups to investigate the earthquake cycle using a mechanical model. Students' attention is captured through several short video clips illustrating the awe-inspiring power of ground shaking resulting from earthquakes. To make students'...

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

The purpose of this experiment is to see condensation.

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

Welcome to BrainPOP, a place where you can learn about a variety of science topics - from earth systems, to ecology, space, and more! Each topic contains videos, quizzes, and activities. BrainPOP is useful for many reasons: hosting engaging learning games and movies, supporting teachers' roles...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
2018, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What fossils — evidence of past plant or animal life — can be found in your region, state, city, or neighborhood? You can find out by visiting the websites of organizations like the National Park Service, your state geological survey, and the Paleobiology Database. As a class, discuss how the...

Grade Level: 5, 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
Esri, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth’s climate is a product of and is affected by many things—and it’s changing. Long-term and short-term processes, such as plate tectonics and volcanism, contribute to climate. Likewise, human influences, such as rising CO2 levels from fossil fuel burning and deforestation, play active roles...

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

Are soils like M&Ms™? Yes! Typical soil colors are red, brown, yellow, or black. These colors are often not the color of the minerals in the soil but coatings of iron oxides (Fe203, FeOOH, and so on) or organic matter on particles. The minerals beneath are often quartz or feldspar, which are...

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

There is always some water vapor in the air. For the most part we can’t see it directly, but we can measure its presence with a relative humidity sensor. In this activity, you will use a relative humidity sensor and a soda bottle to measure humidity near surfaces, such as over a leaf or above an...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation Activities, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students are trying to "see" what is beneath the surface of the Earth. Rather than digging up vast tracts of land to expose an oil field or to find some coal-bearing strata, core samples can be taken and analyzed to determine the likely composition of the Earth's interior. In this activity,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Alaska’s volcanoes, like its abundant glaciers, charismatic wildlife, and wild expanses inspire and ignite scientific curiosity and generate an ever-growing source of questions for students in Alaska and throughout the world. this guidebook serves to provide locally relevant and useful resources...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2009, Twin Cities Public Television, PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This bilingual SciGirls en Español activity is a set of two components that builds on the model of science inquiry presented in the short, Spanish language DragonflyTV-SciGirls en Español video. Educators are encouraged to use the companion video as a catalyst or motivator to get students...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6
Polar Science Station
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A team of scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is studying the presence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Antarctic. Use this site to learn about POPs, the team, and different places where the scientists are working. In addition, the site contains learnign...

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

Visit NASA's Space Place website for a tour of the planet Saturn! Targeted for elementary and middle level audiences and featuring NASA images, the page presents an overview of Saturn.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students examine and analyze lunar phase data by creating and analyzing graphs that plot th data for different weeks. This activity can be used to explore lunar phases, but will not enable students to understand the causes of the phases. Students will create graphs depicting how the percent of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Australian Geological Survey Organization (AGSO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A Downloadable and printable paper model of the Earth. This "tennis ball globe" shows continents and tectonic plate lines.

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

Students prepare a kinesthetic model that demonstrates that Venus is visible in the evening and morning sky due to the movement of Earth and the location of the Sun in space.

Grade Level: 1
Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will work together to characterize the geology of a gravel bar by conducting their own specific experiment.

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students use measurement and area skills to learn about remote detection of wildfires from space. After detecting mock wildfires with mobile devices, students then study satellite-data visualizations to determine the start dates of actual California wildfires.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) website attempts to address various questions regarding hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones that have been posed to us as hurricane researchers over the years. While it is not intended to be a technical guide, references are given throughout the FAQ...

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

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
EcoKids, Earth Day Canada, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This interactive activity adapted from EcoKids introduces acid rain -- how it affects aquatic ecosystems, the difference between acid rain and normal rain, and how certain species as well as entire ecosystems, react to emissions from industrial and other man-made sources that contribute to acid...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2004, Exploratorium
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students take a "crayon rock" through different parts of the rock cycle. Students first create "sediments" by shaving crayons to create a pile of bits and pieces (sediments)). Next, students apply pressure to the "sediments" causing them to stick together. This "sedimentary...

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

Thunder is the result of the rapid expansion of super heated air caused by the extremely high temperature of lightning. Through a series of examples, the student will be able to determine the distance to a lightning strike.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2018, Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Common things we use every day, like roads, sidewalks, schools, hospitals, and homes -- to name a few -- are made up of rocks and minerals. As a resource, they are called mineral reserves and include materials like sand, gravel, limestone, granite, and other aggregate and construction materials...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

WeatherSchool @ AAAS was developed by researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to help you explore how different factors -- time of year, location, or elevation -- work together to produce the day-to-day weather you experience in your local community as well...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Chapter 2 focuses on earthquakes and Volcanoes. Lessons included in this chapter: Earthquakes - the rolling Earth, Volcanoes, Volcanic Terms.

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 learn about the phases of the moon by acting them out. In 30 minutes, they will act out one complete 30-day cycle.

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Over time, Earth’s magnetic poles change strength and location. They also completely reverse directions episodically. The north magnetic pole is currently moving northwest at 40 kilometers per year. It moved from 81.3° N, 110.8° W in 2001 to 82.7° N, 114.4° W in 2005. (Learn more at...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2015, Compound Interest
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury,...

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

The USGS's Today in Earthquake History page gives details of famous earthquakes that happened on that date in history. Visit every day and learn about a new quake.

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

Bernoulli's principle states that in fluid flow, an increase in velocity occurs simultaneously with decrease in pressure. The students will discover that the faster air moves (air acting as a fluid), the lower the pressure beccomes within that air flow. They will see this effect blowing between...

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

This activity shows high schoolers what factors tend to resist changes in ocean pH, and why the ocean is salty.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Do you know how to make your home a safe space during an earthquake? Take this quiz and find out. But hurry... earthquakes can happen at any time, so act now to Beat the Quake! The more you do before an earthquake shakes your space, the less damage you will have -- and the more points you will...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: earthquake
Florida Solar Energy Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

FSEC dedicates substantial effort to the development of educational resources for the teachers of our children. We do this out of the simple belief that clean and efficient energy resources are key to our future generation's ability to achieve a safe and substantial environment. In order to...

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

Today, there are many active volcanoes worldwide. Is there anything we can do to predict how and when they erupt? Click through this interactive as it tells you about how volcanoes form, possible forecasting techniques, and coping with volcanic eruptions.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
STRN for STEM
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

On this website, you'll find science news and updates from leading research universities, government labs, and innovative companies worldwide. The site is designed to help college students and faculty in STEM fields stay up-to-date on new developments in their area of study. Browse the content...

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

The rock cycle is the combination of all the processes that act to break down rocks, move sedimentary materials from place to place, and produce new rocks. In this investigation, students will discover what happens to rocks under lots of pressure and heat through a simulation that uses crayon...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6

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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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