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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
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
Scholastic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Superheroes TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers are on a mission to teach students and their teachers and families backyard science, including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes. With the activities in this new hands-on science program,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Some areas of the world are susceptible to frequent earthquakes. Other areas of the world have a history of volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, many areas such as Japan experience both volcanoes and earthquakes. In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to investigate...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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
EdHelper
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The homework site for Teachers! These Water resources contain lesson plans, activities, and more. No planning needed! Water is one of the most important things on Earth! We would die without it, and so would all of Earth's other living things. How much water is there on Earth, anyway? Where is...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This website contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators at the college level. Most of the material on USGS websites is suitable for undergraduate-level use, but we have tried to list especially appropriate sites below. Many of these resources can be used...

Southeast Region Climate Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. Learn how to make your own barometer out of a jar, balloon, and stirring stick.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2010, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will review and discuss weathering, erosion and mass wasting, to gain a stronger understanding of how Hickory Run’s Boulder Field was formed after the Laurentide Continental Glacier receded. Using edible materials, students will model and demonstrate the geological...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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
JOI Learning
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
The Weather Channel (TWC)
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
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

In this activity, students will use California precipitation totals and evapotranspiration data to calculate and graph water deficits and surpluses. These spreadsheet models will help students understand droughts and the movement of water in the water cycle.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Earth Learning Idea
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
2010, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

LPB's Climate Change Challenge helps middle school students understand the causes and effects of climate change on our environment.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2014, Population Education, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Renewable resources are natural resources that naturally replenish themselves, such as fish and trees. Humans can use renewable resources again and again if we manage them properly. But if we don't give these resources an opportunity to reproduce, we can exhaust them quickly, especially as our...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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 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
National Park Service (NPS)
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
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, robotic dinosaur skulls demonstrate how the dental adaptations of plant-eating dinisaurs worked. They show that as teeth wore down, new teeth grew to replace them. Paleontologists can tell a lot from the size of a...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
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
Caterpillar (Cat)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Caterpillar is pleased to offer 75 professionally developed lesson plans, appropriate for ages 11-13, 13-15, and 15-18, available in English and Spanish as downloadable PDFs. Each lesson plan provides learning objectives compatible with mining education curriculums around the world. Topics...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Interested in finding out the weather on the day you were born? Input some information about yourself (birth date, state, and city) and find out! Then, travel to NOAA's website and browse through historical weather maps from 1871 to the present.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
Modeling for Understanding in Science Education (MUSE)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Data gathering is a starting point for model building. With this material, students have an opportunity to gather data that will later be explained by their EMS model. Students compile data for a complete cycle of Moon phases (28 days). This should elicit the idea that observation is a major...

Grade Level: 5, 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
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: 9, 10, 11, 12
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
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
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids
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
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
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
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to examine patterns of earthquakes below Earth’s surface and relate earthquakes to plate boundaries and movement.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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
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

What is sea-level rise and how does it affect us? This "Teachable Moment" looks at the science behind sea-level rise and offers lessons and tools for teaching students about this important climate topic.

Grade Level: 5
Education.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Earth is very much alive, even its rocks shift and change. Practice geology vocabulary with this challenging crossword puzzle. But there's a twist--you must first match up each word with its definition to find out where it goes in the puzzle. Your student can brush up on his/her earth...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

All living things depend on soil to live. What are some of our important natural resources? Your answers might include materials such as oil, water, coal, trees, animals, and gold. All of those areimportant natural resources, but we often forget to mention one of our most important natural...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Because the formation of soil involves the interaction of numerous physical, chemical, and biological processes, the study of soil provides an unmatched opportunity to illustrate connections between science and a systems approach to understanding earth processes. Soil, as the basis for...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: soils, geology, rocks
Association of American State Geologists (AASG)
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
2016, National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Happy 100th birthday to the National Park Service! Celebrate our country's majestic national parks with this interactive activity book for K-8 students. Through photographs, fun facts, games, puzzles, conservation tips, and activities, the 20-page book shows students what it means to be a Junior...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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

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
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
2011, Zach Miller
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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

Grade Level: 8
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

If you found the most amazing geological site and thought it should be conserved for all to see, for many years to come -- what could you do?This activity is a planning activity focussed on conserving a site of geoscientific importance. Students will be able to: explain why a geological site is...

Grade Level: 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
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

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