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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
BrainPOP
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, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Some days it feels "dry" and some days it feels "muggy," even though the temperature is the same. This is due to differing amounts of water vapor in the air. In this activity, you will measure relative humidity in the air using just a temperature sensor, by comparing the wet bulb and dry bulb...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2011, KQED San Francisco
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The strongest and most consistent winds are found in the jet stream as high as 30,000 feet above the earth. In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, learn about the benefits and challenges of wind energy and the similarities and differences between conventional and airborne wind turbines.

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

To describe Earth's vast history, scientists use a geologic timescale. They divide it into long segments of time called eras. Each era is further divided into periods. Working in a small team, you will create a poster presentation about one of the periods in Earth's history. You can use...

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

Since 1970, oil and natural gas have provided more than half of the energy used each year in the United States to produce electricity, heat, transportation fuels, and many everyday products from balloons to vitamins. Oil and natural gas are forms of petroleum, a word that literally means "oily...

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

In this activity, students will learn about sea ice and land ice. They will observe ice melting on a solid surface near a body of water and ice melting in a body of water. Prior to the activity, students will predict what each situation will do to the level of water and then compare their...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Education.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Third grade is usually when most children learn what the planets look like and where they are in the solar system. If your child knows what each planet looks like, she'll have no trouble with this intergalactic crossword puzzle.

Grade Level: 3
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
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
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Soil porosity" refers to the amount of pore, or open space between soil particles. Pore spaces may be formed due to the movement of roots, worms, and insects; expanding gases trapped within these spaces by groundwater; and/or the dissolution of the soil parent material. Soil texture can also...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Are geothermal power sources actually renewable? This activity has students building a geothermal power source and answering questions on renew-ability. Students will see different ways geothermal power is extracted, model forms of this power using a density can filled with hot gravel, and be...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Reliable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NREL provides a variety of educational resources to help students, teachers, and parents educate their kids about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including hands-on projects and curriculum suggestions for elementary school, middle school, and high school students as well as...

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

Dynamic Earth is an interactive website where students can learn about the structure of the Earth, the movements of its tectonic plates, as well as the forces that create mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The first section focuses on the layers that make up the Earth - from the...

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

In this activity, students learn how scientists assess wildfires using remote sensing. Students then use some of the same techniques to solve grade-level appropriate math problems.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students explore the dynamics of lunar phases to develop an undertsanding of the relative positions of our Moon, Earth, and Sun thta cause the phases of the Moon as viewed from Earth. Using a golf ball glowing under the ultraviolet light of a "blacklight" makes it easier to see the phases of the...

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

This national effort is dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through cross-sector collaborations among schools/teachers, out-of-school time programs, museums, science centers, higher education, professional associations, the private sector, community...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Believe it or not, there are a lot of interesting facts about healthy soil. These informative graphics provide a glimpse of just some of those secrets -- and newspaper and magazine editors are encouraged to download and publish these graphics (royalty-free) to help their readers "Unlock the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This initiative from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian offers online lessons and other materials based on accurate Native American history and designed to meet national and state curricula standards. The interdisciplinary resources span elementary, middle, and high school...

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
2016, SciStarter and United States National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities
Six out of 10 people in the US have never seen out Milky Way Galaxy arch across their night sky from where they live. And the problem of light pollution is quickly getting worse. Within a couple of generations in the US, only the national parks will have dark enough skies to see the Milky Way...
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they will observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students will compare and contrast the sets of observations over time.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We are all familiar with the feeling of wind blowing. The air around us is constantly in motion, and though invisible, contains a stream of moving particles that flows and mixes above the Earth's surface. Scientists and engineers face great challenges in harnessing the wind for power. Air is a...

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

The outward extent of wind moving around a hurricane is rarely uniform. The size of this wind firld is often skewed to the right side of the storm's forward progress. At the same time, the size of each tropical cyclone varies. One hurricane, while it may not be very powerful, could have a large...

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Earth Systems Investigations (ESI's) are suggested learning paths that integrate resources from the CLEAN Collection and other trusted science and data content sites into a three-dimensional learning sequence that is engaging. The three dimensions, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and...

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

The collections in this thematic area provide educational resources to increase the understanding of marine life, the pressures that threaten their existence, and the role each of us play in the stewardship of marine ecosystems.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 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
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Even small thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people than tornadoes each year. Thunderstorms also cause heavy rain, flash flooding, hail, strong winds and tornadoes. When warm and cold air masses meet, a thunderstorm can grow. In this activity,...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2013, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This report describes how to build a model of the outer 300 km (180 miles) of the Earth that can be used to develop a better understanding of the principal features of plate tectonics, including sea-floor spreading, the pattern of magnetic stripes frozen into the sea floor, transform faulting,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Created by the Space Telescope Science Institute, this website provides access to fun and engaging learning activities about astronomy, all of which live up to the website's name. The Institute also happens to oversee the grant administration, planning, scheduling, and public outreach activities...

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

Severe weather includes phenomena such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning storms. Severe weather can cause great amounts of damage, especially in places where severe weather is prevalent. How much of a danger does severe weather pose for the area where you live? You can...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Siemen's Science Day, Discovery Education
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students will learn about the stars, planets, and moons found in our solar system and how they relate to one another. The video segment enhances the learning. After a nonfiction read aloud, students work in groups to create models of the solar system.

Grade Level: 1
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
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
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Like other waves, seismic waves obey the laws of physics. This activity is intended to provide students with a real-world application for the concepts of waves. It should follow an activity, such as the traditional light lab used in physics courses to to explains concepts such as reflection,...

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

Understanding how the pieces of the fossil puzzle fit together allows the paleontologist to imagine the earth as it was millions of years ago. Introduce the activity to the students by telling them that they are all paleontologists and have found many different fossils. Based upon those fossils...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
2004, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NASA uses robotic explorers to collect information about places where humans cannot travel. This classroom activity leads students to build and test a robotic-like hand.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Hands on the Land (HOL), National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Hands on the Land (HOL) is a national network of field classrooms and agency resources to connect students, teachers, families, and volunteers with public lands and waterways. Hands on the Land brings classroom learning to life in America's largest classroom!

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2010, The IRIS Consortium, Purdue University
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This teaching guide is designed to introduce the concepts of waves and seismic waves that propagate within the Earth, and to provide ideas and suggestions for how to teach about seismic waves.  The guide provides information on the types and properties of seismic waves and instructions for using...

Grade Level: 11, 12
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
Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Chapter 1 focuses on Plate Tectonics looking at the Earth's layers, Earth's evolution, and plate movement. Lessons included in this chapter: Earth's layers, Pangea to present, How Earth's Plates Move.

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

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
2011, KQED San Francisco
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Solar and wind power may get the headlines when it comes to renewable energy. But another type of clean power is heating up in the hills just north of Sonoma wine country. Geothermal power uses heat from deep inside the Earth to generate electricity. The Geysers, the world's largest power-...

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

Exploring Maps is an interdisciplinary set of materials on mapping for grades 7-12. Students will learn basic mapmaking and map-reading skills and will see how maps can answer fundamental geographic questions: "Where am I?" "What else is here?" "Where am I going?" The map images and activities...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: maps, geology
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity shows students how to read and interpret a common data representation, the heat map. Students will examine heat map representations of Earth science data over time, discuss trends and compare data sets in order to assess potential correlation.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Education.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Sure, rocks aren't exactly the most exciting item to spend your afternoon with. But as an exercise in descriptive writing, they're just about the best thing you can find. Big, small, brown, gray, smooth, rough—and that's just getting started! There are hundreds of properties which you can...

Grade Level: 5
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

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artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver
Classroom Activities
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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