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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
Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

 Moving model of the slump block of a landslide. Cutout and assemble. One page, PDF

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...

California Geological Survey (CGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The California Geological Survey Kids Geozone website is dedicated to students having fun whole learning about the geosciences. Parents and teachers will find activities and links of interest. Do Rocks Last Forever looks at the weathering processes on rocks. It gives the reader directions for 4...

Grade Level: 2
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

At BioInteractive, you can find award-winning multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your classroom. In this section, you can find resources on the Earth and Environment.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Make learning the rock cycle easy with these finger movements.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 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 fog formation.

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

In this activity, you will use a model to learn how objects are launched into space.

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

At Mystery Science, our mission is to help children stay curious. Every lesson begins with a mystery that hooks your students. Each is then narrated with an unforgettable story with stunning images and videos punctuated with opportunities for discussion. Every lesson concludes with simple hands-...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will use sea-level rise data to create models and compare short-term trends to long-term trends. They will then determine whether sea-level rise is occurring based on the data.

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

From glaciers to mountains to wetlands, our planet has lots of different landforms! Help your child learn all about them with this fun earth science crossword puzzle. To complete the page, she'll need to match each landform vocabulary word with the correct definition. Is she up to the challenge...

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

Solar energy is the energy that comes to the Earth from the Sun. It is commonly known as sunlight. This energy arrives in the form of electromagnetic radiation, which is energy that travels in waves. A variety of modern technologies are able to capture and convert solar energy into other useful...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2011, Zach Miller
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This webpage is dedicated to sharing of 8th-grade physical and earrth science resources.

Grade Level: 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome aboard STEM on Station -- your connection to the International Space Station. Check out this website to find out how to bring space into your classroom with lesson plans, activities, opportunities, videos, still imagery and the latest station news.

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

NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary offers science, technology, engineering, art, and math lesson plans for K-12 educators. For example, Mock Shipwreck: Mapping the Past, a lesson for students in grades 9-12, challenges teams of "divers" to create sectioned, scaled drawings of a mock...

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

Rock Cycle is an interactive Web site where students can learn all about rocks and geology, the science of rocks. They will learn how rocks can be identified, how they are formed, and how they change over time. Students will identify the three major kinds of rocks and learn how to tell them...

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

The process of switching to cleaner forms of energy is a complex issue. Think Green allows students to break the issue down into more manageable pieces and to explore solar energy. Students will model solar energy inputs at different locations, analyze the cost effectiveness of installing solar...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
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
2014, Science Buddies, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Have you ever watched a fireworks show and wondered how all the different colors -- amazing reds, yellows, oranges, blues, purples, greens, and more -- are made? The color, or colors, that a firework makes depends on what color-producing chemicals are in the firework. These chemicals are various...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Indiana Geological Survey (IGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, teachers or students will use IndianaMap to create geographic information systems (GIS) maps to demonstrate the distribution of coal mines within the state of Indiana. Step-by-step directions and tutorial videos will provide students with the necessary resources to create the...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: coal, mining, maps
Pisces Foundation
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What factors and constraints do we have to consider when designing a renewable energy plan for a community? This lesson is part of a larger unit in the California Academy of Sciences' Flipside Science series: "Exploring Energy: Designing a Brighter Future."

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2007, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Earth's crust is not a solid shell. It is made of thick, interconnecting pieces called tectonic plates that fit together like a puzzle. In this activity, students will: use logic and the evidence to reconstruct the position of large islands and continents as they appeared 220 million years...

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

This program is designed to motivate students to gain an interest in Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) related subjects. Stunning images of Earth, taken by astronauts in space, are the hook to help students not only want to learn about Earth processes but to provide them with the...

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

In a clean-air chamber (all solid particles are filtered out) a cloud will not form even with a relative humidity greater than 200%. While clouds are made up of droplets that are essentially distilled water, each droplet is not 100% pure. At the cloud droplet's core is a tiny water attracting...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
JOI Learning, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Bombarded by Web sites, the evening news, newspapers, and popular magazines, citizen scientists often have to interpret scientific information directly from the media. Sometimes this can be a confusing process. How can you, as a citizen scientist, figure out whether science information you get...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
National weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn Science and Safety with the National Weather Service's Owlie Skywarn. NWS Education brings adventures and information to kids, teens, parents, and teachers. Owlie Skywarn puts you on the road to becoming a Young Meteorologist, all while sharing NWS Publications and Brochures on weather...

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

This interactive tools allows students to gather data using My NASA Data microsets to investigate how differential heating of Earth results in circulation patterns in the oceans and the atmosphere that globally distribute the heat. They examine the relationship between the rotation of Earth and...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Rice University
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This is the home of "Discovering Plate Boundaries," a data rich exercise to help students discover the processes that occur at plate tectonic boundaries. I have used DPB with students from 5th grade to Earth Science Majors at Rice University. It works well over this wide range because it...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath with this interactive guide from the BBC.

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

Locating crucial energy resources involves examining phenomena under, on, and above Earth’s surface. Some of these phenomena change frequently, such as winds. Others, such as oil and coal deposits, are products of long series of geologic processes. Yet all are geographic in nature — they occur...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has launched a Spanish version of its award-winning website BioInteractive, which offers multi-media resources for high school and undergraduate biology, anatomy and physiology, Earth science, and environmental science educators. The site represents more...

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

Soils come from rocks and other things that reflect local conditions. Soil is essential for life. In this investigation, students will be able to identify soil properties that can be related to original bedrock, climate and vegetation. At the same time, they will learn about practical issues...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
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
The Franklin Institute
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This website features science activities for teachers and students. Topics include Earth science, bioscience, physical science, computers, and more.

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

Welcome to JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School. This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject, beginning with global and large...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Nature Conservancy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Two environmental science units from the Nature Conservancy's Nature Works Everywhere program help high school students (grades 9-12) gain a global perspective on conservation. Both units include a teachers guide, lesson plans, student handouts, links, and videos. In Recording the Rainforest,...

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

Carry out a laboratory demonstration of the first stages in the chemical weathering of limestone. Quarter-fill a small glass beaker or a boiling tube, with some water of neutral pH and add some Universal indicator. Ask what will happen if a pupil blows steadily into the water through a straw (it...

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 how moisture, cooling temperature, and condensation nuclei play a role in cloud formation.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students examine a variety of soil samples and then conduct a simulated "dig" in a grid of no-bake cookie bars. Students are introduced to the concept of a dig site and the use of simple grids.

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

This is the National Park Service's site for kids of all ages. If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site is for you. If you are new to our National Parks, we hope this site helps you experience how wonderful they can be. We've recently updated this site to make it...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
The Geological Society of America (GSA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Geological Society of America welcomes you to the EarthCach program. Here you will find the EarthCache guidelines, tips on how to get involved, and event information.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

According to the theory of plate tectonics, Earth's crust is composed of a number of individual plates that change shape and position over time. Geophysical evidence indicates that the face of Earth's surface has changed significantly since its initial formation and that the plates on which the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

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artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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...

Butte, Montana mine shaft
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Featuring fast facts, games, puzzles, and coloring pages, this activity book teaches K-5 students about the EPA's many roles in protecting our environment. The book presents information on environmental topics such as water supply, air quality, ecosystems, and land pollution and offers simple...

Waterspouts in the Bahamas
Classroom Activities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)

Join Owlie and friends to embark on a "Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure!"Most appropriate for elementary and middle levels, this online game -- produced as part of NOAA and the National Weather Service's Young Meteorologist program -- teaches students how to stay safe through weather...

Students studying soils
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Combine your iPhone or tablet with a 3D-printed clip and glass sphere to create an inexpensive, yet powerful, microscope. The microscope slips over the camera lens of the cell phone and is no thicker than a phone case. It is designed to fit most cell phone brands, including iPhone 4 and 5,...

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon
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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Middle School Geology Task asks students to evaluate rock layers and make evidence-based claims about their formation.

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