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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
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
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
2004, Exploratorium
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students take a "crayon rock" through different parts of the rock cycle. Students first create "sediments" by shaving crayons to create a pile of bits and pieces (sediments)). Next, students apply pressure to the "sediments" causing them to stick together. This "sedimentary...

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

If your habits resemble those of average Americans, you generate about 4.6 pounds of solid trash per day. This adds up to big trouble for the environment. Americans are generating waste products faster than nature can break them down and using up resources faster than they can be replaced. How...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 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 gain a better perspective on the relationship between the size and distance of the Moon by creating a scale model. Students will predict and measure the size of the Moon relative to the Earth's diameter, and predict and measure the distance of the Moon relative to a scale model of the...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 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
National Hurricane Center
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This tracking activity allows students to plot data points onto a tracking chart and map out the possible path of an oncoming hurricane. Meteorologists study the development and movement of hurricanes. This information is made available to the public through the National Hurricane Center which...

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

Rocks are generally deposited horizontally. After one rock layer has been deposited, another is laid down on top of it. Thus, the rocks on the bottom of the stack are the oldest, and the rocks on the top are the youngest. Once the rocks have been deposited they sometimes get moved around. They...

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

The study of dinosaurs stretches children’s imaginations, provides new perspectives on time and space, and invites students to discover worlds very different from our modern Earth. The study of dinosaurs is important in understanding the causes of past major extinctions of land animals. In this...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
California Department of Conservation (CDC) and California Geological Survey (CGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

California Geological Survey (CGS) staff have scoured the Internet and compiled this linked list of free-to-download, 3D paper models and paper toys that are related to the Earth Sciences. We have listed over 250 paper models that can be cutout and assembled. Some might be suitable for class...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 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

In this activity, students will conduct two runs of an activity to simulate, using coloured sweets, how the relative proportions of oxygen can indicate past Earth temperatures.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity students explore the rate of earthquake occurrence for areas of Earth they choose to explore. Data is accessed through the simple interface of the IRIS Earthquake Browser (See Related Resources above). After compiling their data for various sized earthquakes, students calculate...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We can read about, hear, or see weather reports every day on the radio, television, Internet, or newspapers. Some of this information includes current air temperatures and highs and lows for that day. As a citizen scientist, you can take your own air temperatures with an outdoor thermometer and...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Utah Geological Survey (UGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In the grand geological-recycling scheme, sediment is (A) the product of weathering and erosion of rock and (B) the material for future rocks. Sediment grains range in size from tiny clay particles to large pieces of gravel, and even boulders. This article describes a simple experiment using a...

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A demo/investigation which reinforces the distribution of radiant energy vs. latitude to drive home low latitudes (warm), high (cold).

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GeoBlox.com
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Textbook pictures help students visualize concepts, but they cannot provide a three dimensional view. Also, many need to be able to feel an object to really understand it. Geoblox models provide visual and tactile learners with a way to fully participate in the learning process.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Browse through earthquake maps and visualizations, lessons and other educational material, professional development opportunities, outreach programs, and more.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 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
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
Illinois Valley Community College
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Written by faculty at Illinois Valley Community College, this publication contains numerous hands-on activities to spark interest and build confidence in STEM skills. The activities can be used with both boys and girls and feature titles such as Buoyancy and Surface Tension, Edible Car Contest...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Journey North
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Students track seasonal changes in sunlight and then investigate othe clues to find ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery -- and discover the reasons for the seasons along the way.

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

Each year the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge features an engineering design chellenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The annual event is a more complex follow-up to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition challenges high...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The people who have shaped our idea of the Earth are pioneers, just as truly as those who struck out in new directions across its surface. This idea may be new to students. Could a person be a pioneer without leaving home? The students will discuss characteristics of pioneers and relate it to...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Satellite Meteorology refers to the study of the earth's atmosphere and oceans using data obtained from remote sensing devices flown onboard satellites orbiting the earth. Meteorology, like every other science, relies on careful and precise measurement of its subject. Meteorologists observe the...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GotScience.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This e-book from Science Connected has links to articles and follow-up questions to supplement and enrich high school instruction in astronomy, biology, environmental science, physics, technology, and other topics. Accompanying each article are comprehension questions to help learners understand...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Ciencia@NASA is your one-stop-shop for NASA science information - en Español! Discover the physical sciences, terrestrial sciences, and more.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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

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
2005, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students may be able to tell you how long ago dinosaurs lived, but it is difficult to conceptualize that enormous amount of time. The following activity will help students gain an understanding of geologic time.

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 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
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

From rivers that carve out canyons to tectonic plates that build mountains, our rocky planet Earth is always changing. In space, planets—with their own volcanoes and thunderstorms—whirl around the Sun. Earth and space scientists are dedicated to studying our solar system, from the moon of the...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We usually think of caves forming as rocks are dissolved and the particles are washed away, leaving hollow spaces behind. This activity simulates the way that dissolution, a chemical weathering process, leads to the formation of caves. When precipitation such as rainwater or snowmelt mixes with...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
DigitProp
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Here is something for astronomy geeks: Our solar system as a DIY papercraft kit. The set contains all eight planets, sad little Pluto who not too long ago got demoted to ‘dwarf planet’, and – of course – our home star, the sun. Each model features a funny face showing that planet's "personality...

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

Today, there are many active volcanoes worldwide. Is there anything we can do to predict how and when they erupt? Click through this interactive as it tells you about how volcanoes form, possible forecasting techniques, and coping with volcanic eruptions.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students learn about different cloud types and the associated weather they may bring -- putting themselves in the shoes of NASA's Cloudsat mission team as they were developing and important Earth-observing satellite. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Children ages 10 to 13 perform the lunar phases outdoors, using a Styrofoam ball, sunlight, and the motions of their bodies to model the Moon's phases. Older children (12 to 13) predict future moon phases. Note that this activity is appropriate for older children (ages 10 to 13) who are able to...

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

The Outreach Department's mission is to raise awareness about ocean drilling science and its central role in our understanding of the Earth's past, present and future, teach science content and process, ad inspire careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Our approach includes use of...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Phil Gersmehl, Central Michigan University (CMU)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

These are resources developed by Phil Gersmehl for teachers who are teaching the geography of world regions to middle school students. Each unit develops one big idea (regions for North America, and elevations for South America, etc.). Units contain a PowerPoint which tells a story of the region...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Event-Based Science Project
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Two remote sensing activities are listed. Activity 1 provides GOES images from NASA to help you learn to track a hurricane. Activity 2 allows you to investigate the relationship between wind speed in a hurricane and two other factors.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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