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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
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
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
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
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
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
National Hurricane Center, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
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
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Scientists have good evidence that the earth is very old, approximately four and one-half billion years old. Scientific measurements such as radiometric dating use the natural radioactivity of certain elements found in rocks to help determine their age. Scientists also use direct evidence from...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2014, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

EPA developed the Waste-Free Lunch activities to help students learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school lunches. A Waste-Free Lunch Flyer discusses the importance of packing waste-free lunches. Other documents provide tips, a lunch-planning worksheet, and a lunch-evaluation...

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

Want to melt those years away? Travel to an outer planet! Fill in your age (birthday month, day, and year), and see what it correlates to on different planets, moons, and stars! Then, learn how Earth's yearly revolutions compare to other space planetary objects.

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

In this activity, students will learn how ancient people related to constellations and asterisms, then use their imagination to create a star pattern and accompanying story. The instructor can have students draw their designs on paper or make an inflatable planetarium, in which students will...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
1996, Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity students will use cake batter to simulate surface lava flows. The experiment demonstrates many of the key features of a'a flows, though not of whole pahoehoe flow fields, which are fed by lava tubes.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use maps and graphs to understand how th efrequency of billion-dollar natural disaster events has changed over time. They analyze how climate change affected the 2017 California wildfires and the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

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

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...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Department of Geology, University College Dublin
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Faults are one of the most impressive and beautiful structures arising from deformation of the earth's crust; we are not, of course, biased! Determining the slip-direction and the total displacement is often not an easy task. Slickensides are useful shear sense indicators, but generally cannot...

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

This lesson focuses on devices that are used to detect air pollution. Teams of students construct outdoor air pollution detectors from everyday materials. They then test their devices to see how much particulate pollutants they can capture.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A simple key for identifying clouds.

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

Barometers using mercury are heavy and fragile. The first working version of an aneroid (without water) barometer was built in 1843 by French scientist Lucien Vidie. This made the barometer very portable and it became a commonly used meteorological instrument. It was still calibrated to the...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use their hands to demonstrate different elements for folding in rocks.

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

Earthquakes create seismic waves that travel through the Earth. By analyzing these seismic waves, seismologists can explore the Earth's deep interior.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity is intended to help students observe how stick-slip movement works. Instructions on how to build a motorized version of the following experiment as well as data produced from this model are available. At the end of the activity, students will be able to answer the questions, "how...

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

Mars Trek is an application that allows you to view imagery and perform analysis on data from the planet Mars. 

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: space, nasa, data
The Environmental Literacy Council
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The Environmental Literacy Council is an independent, non-profit made up of scientists, economists, and educators striving to connect teachers and students to science-based information on environmental issues. Our website offers over 1000 pages of background information and resources on...

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

Get set for launch. "Eyes on Exoplanets" will fly you to any planet you wish -- as long as it's far beyond our solar system. This fully rendered 3D universe is scientifically accurte, allowing you to zoom in for a close look at more than 1,000 exotic planets known to orbit distant stars. With...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Association on Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This page provides access to valuable resources for educators in the geosciences and information on available AEG scholarships and grants.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Climate change is occurring globally, however some of the effects are more noticeable in certain regions of the world, like Alaska and the Arctic. Everyone can have an impact in slowing the effects of climate change.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cold River Mining Corporation
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome to Kids Love Rocks, a rock and mineral website for kids. This educational site is a resource for young rock and mineral collectors, teachers, and hobbyists. Learn about rocks, minerals, and everything related to the earth.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
United States Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity includes a poster illustrating a story of two children exploring a cave, as well as a guide for exploring caves. The guide features cave diagrams, cave creation, and where to look for caves.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
2006, Geological Society of America (GSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You may have seen or used Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in cars or on camping trips. These devices use data from satellites orbiting the Earth to locate places on our planet. GPS devices describe the locations to us in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates. Citizen scientists...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Since the 1960 launch of Tiros I, weather satellites have been our "eyes in the sky". Today, the ubiquitous nature of satellite technology augments every aspect of modern life while promising ever-increasing capabilities for stewardship during the 21st century. In this module, students will...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Windows to the Universe
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students create a tasty model that illustrates plate tectonic motions. They learn how Earth's tectonic plates (lithosphere) ride atop the slow flowing asthenosphere layer. At the end of the experiment, students will understand how plates interact t their boundaries.

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

Toilet Paper Solar System is a high-interest, kinesthetic group activity in which students create a scalar model of distances in the solar system using a single roll of toilet paper. This activity can be conducted in either a long hallway or, as a special treat, outdoors. Data for two versions...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8

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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
Classroom Activities
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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