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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ward's Natural Science
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
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
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

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
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
United States Energy Information Administration (USIEA)
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
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

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

The S'COOL Project involves participants from around the world in real science through making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist NASA Scientists in the validation of Energy Budget related to satellite instruments. Requiring no special instruments to collect data, the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will learn about weather by taking walks in various types of conditions: sunny, rainy, windy, and snowy.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
1989, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

On October 17, 1989, a Magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred south of San Francisco, California. The resulting disaster was not the largest in the history of the United States, in terms of either money or lives. In this Post Lab, students will construct a paper model of the 1989 fault rupture. This...

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

Scholastic.com and MSNBC are proud to present interactive activities on a variety of topics. Explore these science interactive activities to learn more about space, science, and technology.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Emily Morgan, National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn about the wonders of sunsets. After reading "Next Time You See a Sunset," participate in these three activities: Sunset O-W-L Chart; Sunset Anticipation Guide; and Changing Shadows. This book is also available for purchase.

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

Is the ozone hole getting smaller? How much rain is in the cloud of a hurricane? How much sea ice is melting in the Arctic? For over 50 years, NASA scientists have been asking questions and collecting data from space-based satellites to study Earth’s changing environment. Engineers and...

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

An earthquake causes different types of energy to radiate from the epicenter. The P and S waves are the first two to arrive at any specific point. P and S waves have different motions and shake the earth differently as they travel through it. In this activity, students demonstrate the motions of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
DiscoverySchool.com Credit: Susan Hurstcalderone, science and resource teacher, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C.
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

One of the issues surrounding wildland fires involves areas where uncontrolled urban growth meets uncontrolled vegetative growth. People who live in these areas should take extra precautions to limit the effects of any nearby wildland fire that might occur. Students will take on the role of Fire...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2003, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This coloring book, for children in pre-school through 2nd grade, teaches a simple lesson -- that there are many transportation alternatives to using a car. This lesson is important because motor vehicles (such as cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles, or "SUVs") cause air pollution, and air...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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
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

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

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

Dinosaurs are prehistoric reptiles that have lived on Earth from about 228 million years ago to the present. This activity will help students understand the difference between dinosaurs and other animals.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
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
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
Deep Earth Academy
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The JOIDES Resolution (JR) has physical dimensions unlike most oceangoing vessels. Why? So that scientists can sail nearly anywhere in the world to drill for samples of rocks and sediment from below the seafloor — in hopes of discovering clues about Earth’s history and structure, life in the...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
National Energy Education Development Project (NEED)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth scientists play a vital role in harvesting the energy resources on which we all rely. When preparing to drill for oil, for example, geoscientists must assess many aspects of a rock stratum (layer). For example, they must figure out the volume of the rock’s pores, or empty spaces, as...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10
National Geographic Xpeditions
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Crucial to our existence, water sustains all life on Earth. Following the old adage, "What goes around comes around," water moves continuously through the stages of the hydrologic cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation). How does our drinking water fit into this hydrologic cycle?...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4

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