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National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm and categorize a list of weather-related words and phrases. Then they identify the necessary conditions for weather events to occur, and the factors that...

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

Scientists, engineers, and others create geologic maps to determine the best places for people to settle, build, farm, and use land in a variety of ways. They also use geologic maps to monitor the ways that human activity might be changing the land itself over time. As the Geologic Map of Karst...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Our star, the Sun, is an ordinary star. It is not particularly special compared to other stars in the universe; however, it is crucially important to us. As the massive energy source at the center of our solar system, the Sun is responsible for Earth's climate, weather, and life. In this lesson...

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

These model-building activities from NASA's Stardust mission educator's guide provide a "stellar" opportunity to teach middle level students about comets and how they form. In Cookin' Up a Comet, students and their teacher create a comet model from dry ice and other inexpensive materials (e.g.,...

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

This lesson uses web-based resources that are found within the theme with which this lesson is associated. The purpose of the lesson is to help you integrate these web-based resources into your curriculum. If you need more science content information, refer to the text associated with the...

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

Pressure is not only a matter of altitude but also dependent upon the temperature. As the temperature increases so does the pressure. The molecules and atoms that comprise the air we breathe gain energy as they absorb heat. That increase in energy results in faster moving atoms which we observe...

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

In this lesson students will explore the effects of acidic oceans on certain marine organisms, in the ocean food web, and to humans. Students will conduct a science experiment using the scientific method to see the effects of increased aciridity on certain species. They will also invistigate the...

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

These lessons are intended for use in any high school biology course. However, many can be used in middle school / junior high school life science and earth science classes, possibly with slight modification depending on teacher's style and approach, and the experience and level of students...

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

The objective of Tracking Change over Time lesson plan is to get students excited about studying the changing Earth. Targeted for grades 5-8, the lesson plan contains four parts: Getting Started, Understanding Remote Sensing, Using MultiSpec to Interpret Satellite Imagery, and The Modules. The...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
United States Energy Information Administration (USEIA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The US Energy Information Administration provides lesson plans, science fair experiments, field trips, teacher guides, career information, and related materials, all about energy.

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

In ancient times, sailors found their way by observing stars and other celestial bodies — when they were visible through the clouds, that is. Thus, one of the most important improvements to ocean navigation was the invention of the compass. There is some disagreement about who should get credit...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Chapter 4 focuses on rocks and minerals, and looking at types of rocks. Lessons included in this chapter: rocks, minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks.

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

You are familiar with how sweating cools your skin. You probably know that evaporating water causes the cooling effect. You probably have also observed that a moving air increases the cooling effect. In this activity, you will build an "air conditioner" that just uses water and a fan.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a variety of natural hazards and explore how understanding these threats makes us better able to avoid or reduce their potential harmful impact.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Minerals Education Coalition (MEC), Mining Matters
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Travel to the world of Mighty Miner (MM for short)! Through this 20 page activity book, MM will be your guide exploring types of mines, mining processes and structures, and the miners and geologists who bring important minerals to all of us. This coloring book is from Mining Matters (Canada)...

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

Through these exercises, students learn the impact humans have on estuaries.

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 use global temperature data to create models and compare short-term trends to long-term trends. They will then determine whether global temperature is rising based on the data. This activity is aligned to education standards for fifth grade and high school grade...

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

Wish you could take more field trips? You can! Your own schoolyard is filled with great geologic features! This website is filled with activities and examples of what to look for to turn your schoolyard into a rich geologic experience.

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 use paper plates with various phases to create a three dimensional model of the lunar phases relative to the Earth and Sun, as both an assessment of their understanding and to continue to build a conceptual model through kinesthetic activities.

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

Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or the Moon? Here's your chance to find out. Enter your weight and see what it converts to on a selection of planets, moons, and stars. Then, read about weight and mass in space and why it changes in different environments.

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 will shape their own asteroid models out of clay as a hands-on lesson in how asteroids form, what they are made of, and where they can be found in our solar system.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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

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

Looking for classroom activities with a STEM focus? Boeing engineers and partners (e.g., PBS Learning Media, Teaching Channel, Curiosity Machine, and others) have developed plans, documentaries, and hands-on activities that break down complicated concepts into easy-to-understand content for K-12...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Climate Change and Michigan Forests (CCMF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

On this site you can access our 10-day middle school life science unit and a summary of our climate change education research project results, including links to peer-reviewed publications. Climate Change and Michigan Forests (CCMF) is based on climate science research conducted at the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2017, Gazdonian Productions
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This lab has students inspect sand samples under magnification and make observations on the sand's grain size, sorting, roundness of grains, and composition. It's geared toward high school level but can be adjusted for lower grades also.

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

This report illustrates, by means of a computer animation, how an earthquake occurs and what types of damage may result. The report is intended to help students and others visualize what causes earthquake shaking and some of the possible results of the shaking. By studying the animation and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 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
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Enormous forces hold together the nuclei of atoms. When certain types of atoms are split they release large amounts of energy. The process of splitting atoms is called nuclear fission. The heat produced from the nuclear fission is used to generate electricity in power plants. The generation of...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Ward's Natural Science, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Soil is often overlooked as a natural resource. Like fossil fuels, we depend on it for energy in the form of foods. And, like fossil fuels, it is nonrenewable. Soil is a delicate balance of inorganic minerals, organic matter, living organisms, soil water, and soil atmosphere. The natural...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Inconstant Moon
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore the Moon... discover its dramatic features and phenomena -- often beautiful, sometimes bizarre, always changing. Inconstant Moon will take you on a new tour each night, with maps, photos, explanations, animations, selected links, and even music! Inconstant Moon is intended as both an...

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

This lesson plan is designed to inform students about active faulting in Idaho.

Grade Level: 11, 12
Charles Burrows
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This PDF has three useful worksheets for students on characteristics of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic rocks.

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

Data from the EarthScope's Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) is used by middle, high school, and introductory geology students in a module exploring Yellowstone National Park. Specifically, students incorporate PBO's high-precision GPS data with data on Yellowstone's seismicity, heat flow,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Climate Quest is a fun-filled journey around the world! It will give the class a chance to visit and see some amazing things... and to get a glimpse of how the world is changing. The goal during the quest will be to gather clues to see what is going on out there, why things are changing and what...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Where does offshore oil come from? Students are asked to highlight the misconceptions they may have about where offshore oil is found -- as a basis for discussion to address these conceptions.

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
2018, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

People find inspiration in many different places and things. Among them is taking joy in sensing the Earth around you. Feel the breeze on your face. Take in the fresh smell of the air after a spring rain. Use your hands to build something. Wherever you live you can get outside, savor your...

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

The National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) is truly the Nation's weather and climate observing network of, by and for the people. More than 11,000 volunteers take observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, National Parks, seashores, and mountaintops. The data...

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

How do geologists understand the Earth’s history? In part, they measure the age of rocks and other natural materials by dating techniques. They can date rocks by gauging the amount of decay of radioactive elements. The time necessary for half of any given amount of one element (the “parent...

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

What factors affect how easily a fluid can move through sediments? How is this flow rate connected to oil production? Many people think that oil lies in big pools below Earth’s surface. Oil actually is located in the pores within rocks (called “source rocks”). When the pores are connected, oil...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
UNAVCO, Inc.
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

These hands-on demonstrations can be used for informal and formal gorup events such as school visits, museum preentations, science days, or for at-home exploration. Hands-on demonstrations are an effective way for novice learners, whether they are students, public, or museum visitors, to...

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

With this activity from the Association of American State Geologists, students can use local geologic maps to research types of rock in their area.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Pull of the Planets is part of a thematic series of lessons highlighting the Juno mission to Jupiter. It is a traditional hands-on activity that models how gravitational forces can keep planets and asteroids in orbit within the Solar System. Using stretchable fabric help in place with an...

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

The amount of air over us is constantly changing. As a result, the weight of that air, called pressure, is constantly changing. These changes in air pressure are indications of changes in our weather. We measure this change using a device called a barometer (bar-meter or measurer).

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students brainstorm different sources of pollution. Then, students make their own miniature ocean inside a water bottle, and pollute it with waste and oil to observe the effects on animals in the water. A demonstration shows students the effect of oil on birds' feathers and discuss the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This intensity map activity is based on a real earthquake that occurred on March 24th, 1976 near Marked Tree, Arkansas. A magnitude 5.5 earthquake occurred and was felt over an area of 174,000 square miles, and was felt in six states. In Arkansas, multiple cities reported an Intensity VI. Power...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Oregon State University (OSU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Chapter 5 focuses on Prehistoric Earth, geologic time, and early lifeforms on this planet.

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

In this activity you will measure changing weather conditions prior to, during, and after a storm.

Grade Level: 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
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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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