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Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Our Moon acts like training wheels for the Earth, allowing for a stable cycle of seasons. In part A, children ages 11 to 13 model how Earth's tilt creates the seasons. In part B, children model that if its tilt was not stabilized by the Moon, Earth's axis would slowly wobble betwen straight up...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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
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
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
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
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

On this website, K-college educators and students can access a table of annotated links describing booklets, fact sheets, interviews with scientists/researchers, lesson plans, videos, and websites promoting awareness and understanding of the connections between human health and the environment....

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Crystals are much sought after by jewelers and industrialists alike. Their value is directly related to their perfection. In this activity, you will explore some features of crystals.

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

In this media-rich lesson, students explore the role that ice plays on Earth, the factors causing it to melt, and the local and global consequences of melting ice. This resource is part of the Polar Sciences collection.

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

NASA For Educators provides astronomy news, signups for weekly emails, educational resources, and more stories from NASA's wprk in space.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 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
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The stone test wall was constructed to study the performance of stone subjected to weathering. It contains 2352 individual samples of stone, of which 2032 are domestic stone from 47 states, and 320 are stones from 16 foreign countries. Over 30 distinct types of stones are represented, some of...

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

Hydroelectric energy, also referred to as hydroelectricity or hydropower, is the use of moving water to produce electricity. This power is generated by converting the kinetic energy of flowing water into mechanical and then electrical energy. This process involves the use of turbines, which...

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

Link to a PDF for an activity: Hands-on experiment to test for acid mine damage

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Teach Engineering
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Through this earth science curriculum unit, student teams are presented with the scenario that an asteroid will impact the Earth. In response, their challenge is to design the location and size of underground caverns to shelter the people from an uninhabitable Earth for one year. Driven by this...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network, School of Natural Resources By Kimberly Flessner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Each group will design a water filtration system and present to the class why they picked their design. Students are given a variety of materials (soil, gravel, charcoal, etc) and must try to filter "polluted" (with food coloring, salt, dish soap) water.

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

The focus of this activity is on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. Students will: construct a model of a volcano; produce...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
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
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Use this document to help middle level students deepen their understanding of how everyday products like a soccer ball impact the environment in different ways. Most people -- adults and students alike -- don't give much thought to manufacturing processes and are unaware of the effects on the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2015, Lawrence Hall of Science, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity from Lawrence Hall of Science, you'll use tonic water to detect ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

El Niño storms have taken thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars in damage in recent decades. Where do these storms come from? Every two to seven years, trade-winds in the Pacific Ocean slow down or reverse their direction — no one is sure why. Normally, the Pacific trade winds blow...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10
Lockheed Martin
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Lockheed Martin's STEM education initiative for the middle level offers standards-based lesson plans, educator guides, and family activities to motivate students to learn about deep space exploration. The resources introduce a range of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2015, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Ten lessons and activities are given using corn mazes as a common theme. Activities include using cardinal directions instead of relative directions, geocaching with GPS, and interpreting topographic and aerial maps. These lessons are based on the following National Geography Content Standards...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Esri
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

On our ever-changing Earth, conditions may change quickly or slowly. Some changes come from natural processes; some from human activity. Satellites allow us to see conditions and track changes over time — in land use, forest health, land/water interface, and so on. Since 1972, Landsat satellites...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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 aquire English literacy skills in the regular cassroom while at...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Weather Channel (TWC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Is today sunny or overcast? Is there wind, rain, or snow? No matter where you live, weather shapes your life. What’s happening in the sky can determine how you dress, what you eat, where you spend your time, and when you work—or play. The science of the sky encompasses Earth and space science (...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Scholastc
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Science Explorations is a series of online investigations featuring the latest scientific discoveries of the Museum’s experts. Science Explorations is a collaboration between the Museum and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, created to promote science...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
University of Iowa (UNI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Science center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (the STORM Project) at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a cooperative program between NOAA and UNI. The Project seeks to initiate, support, and coordinate education, service, and research activities that relate to weather...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Minerals Education Coalition's (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities. MEC creates K-12 original educational lessons, activities, videos, and other supplemental materials, and features mineral and mining resources...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Petroleum geologists study Earth’s rock layers, looking for places where oil-generating rocks might occur. These geoscientists try to determine whether geologic structures trap the oil in reservoirs which can be drilled and pumped to recover the oil. One such type of trap occurs when rocks have...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1993, United States Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report illustrates how four different types of landslides (slide, slump, flow, and rock fall) occur and what type of damage may result. The report is intended to help students and others visualize what causes landslides and some of the possible results of the landslides. Students will come...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2009, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming is changing the Alaskan environment and examine the consequences of climate change on the region's human and wildlife inhabitants.

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

Children ages 8 to 13 are faced with a challenge to determine the truth about the Moon's influence on Earth. They think like a scientist -- with reasoning skills and a healthy amount of skeptisism -- to sort puzzle pieces containing statements about the Moon into two images. The "Far-out Far...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity is intended to help students and others to visualize a stratovolcano (inside and out) and to learn some of the terms used by geologists in describing it. By constructing and examining the model, students will obtain greater appreciation of the relationship between the internal...

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

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
The Weather Channel (TWC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

To learn to read, write, and appreciate language and communication, it's helpful to find subject matter that's appealing, inspiring, and personal. The sky is a never-ending source of material that is available everyday to everyone. Get ready to set a course for sky exploration! The following...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
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
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Molecular crystals are formed by one or more kinds of molecules tiled in regular patterns in microscopic space. A common example is solid carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice, which is often used to pack and keep ice cream cold. In this activity, you will use a set of molecular models to...

Grade Level: 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
Understanding Science Lessons
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students begin with a simple "warm up" activity that introduces them to the process of science. The class discusses whether or not they were "doing" science. Students then read a story about the geoscientist, Walter Alvarez, and identify phrases within the story that indicate that Alvarez was...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will determine that some minerals, rocks, and other materials are naturally magnetic.

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

NOAA Climate.gov provides science and information for a climate-smart nation. Americans' health, security, and economic well-being are closely linked to climate and weather. People want and need information to help them make decisions on how to manage climate-related risks and opportunities they...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Natural gas consists mainly of a single organic compound called methane. Methane is composed of one carbon and four hydrogen atoms (CH4). Natural gas is both colorless and odorless. Natural gas is a fossil fuel, like petroleum, and often occurs in the same reservoir. It is typically found...

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

This activity opens by asking students to demonstrate how 'hard" they think the ground shakes during an earthquake. To quantify their demonstrations of ground shaking, students are introduced to a three-component accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB). Through a teacher lead discussion students...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Live From Earth And Mars
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water on earth is used over and over. The water cycle, the continuous movement of water from ocean to air and land then back to the ocean in a cyclic pattern, is a central concept in meteorology. In the water cycle, the sun heats the Earth's surface water, causing that surface water to evaporate...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
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
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This website contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators in secondary school grades (7-12). Many of these resources can be used directly in the classroom or will be useful in classroom lessons or demonstration activities preparation, or as resources for teacher...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Geosciences Division at Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earthguide is dedicated to providing online materials for K-14 students, teachers, and the public that enhances lifelong learning and encourages positive action related to the management of the Earth, its living and natural resources, and society. We do this by building online content for...

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

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