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Earth Science Teacher Resources

These lessons, printables, and references are designed to augment your current earth science curriculum for elementary, intermediate, or secondary school. Motivate your students to become more active participants in their world with activities on geology, global warming, and life cycles. From classifying leaves to tracking hurricanes, you'll find exciting seasonal resources and Earth Day activities for April. Also check out the slideshows, quizzes, bulletin boards, and graphic organizers below!

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

Fossils Mini-Lesson
Exploding Mountains Mini-Lesson
More About Minerals Mini-Lesson
Intro to Rocks Mini-Lesson
Intro to Water Mini-Lesson
Hot Rocks Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons

Printables for Grades K-2

Plant Crossword Puzzle
Weather Graph
Plant Graph
What's Wrong with This Picture?
A Volcano Wordsearch
Seeds Word Search
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Fruits and Vegetables List
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Food Chain Diagram
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Structure of a Typical Flower
Weather Symbols
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Seasons Printable Book (K-6)
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Time Zones Around the World
Earth's Structure
Moon Things
What Is the Ring of Fire?
Storm Trackers
Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
Comparing the Weather
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

In a Garden
Rock Cycle (Blank) Printable
KWL Chart - Living and Non-Living
Ways to Help the Environment
A Weather Calendar
What Parts of Plants Do You Eat?
KWL Chart - Weather and Seasons
More Popular Earth Science Graphic Organizers


Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
Fields of Science Quiz
Science - Atoms Quiz
Types of Snow Quiz
Winter Games Historical Facts Quiz
Extreme Weather Quiz
Weather and Oceans Quiz
More Earth Science Quizzes


Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Summer Reading (Grades K-2)
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
Events of the Summer Olympic Games
Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Top 10 Spring Activities (K-8)
Favorite Labor Day Activities Slideshow, Grades K-8
Favorite Autumn Activities Slideshow (K-8)
Atmospheric Science Transparencies Slideshow
Favorite Summer Activities Slideshow (K-8)
Astronomy Printables Gallery
Favorite Winter Activities Slideshow (Grades K-5)

Bulletin Boards

Weather Forecast Bulletin Board
Insects Bulletin Board
Spring Theme Bulletin Board
Ladybug Pattern
Save the Earth Bulletin Board
Greenhouse Bulletin Board
An Ecological Bulletin Board
Let It Snow!
Evergreen Tree Bulletin Board for Winter
Tree Pattern
Insects Bulletin Board Example
Tree Bulletin Board Example

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
The Sunflower
Build a Volcano
Ocean Currents
Fall Haiku
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Class Garden
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
National Park System of the United States
Cloud Types
Weather Terms
Winter Weather Across America
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Money-Saving Tips for Teachers
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Recycled Art
Tissue Flower Craft
Recycled Art Projects Gallery
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Jungle
Eyewitness: Earth
Eye Wonder: Volcano
Eyewitness: Rock & Mineral
Experience: Volcano
Eyewitness Expert: Rock & Mineral
Eye Wonder: Rocks and Minerals
Eyewitness: Volcano & Earthquake
E.Guides: Rock and Mineral
Eyewitness: Desert
Eyewitness: Water
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

In All Kinds of Weather
Flower and Leaf Press
Making Sand Art
Crepe Paper Flower
Explaining the Winter Solstice
Autumn Leaf Art Projects
Fall Similes
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Describe the Rainy Day
Summer Reading List -- Middle
Wonders of the World Questions
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earth
My Summer Reading Chart
Continents of the World
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Symmetry in Nature
Baseball Fun
Tropical Rain Forest Math
First Grade Summer Math
Fifth Grade Summer Math
Graphing Air Temperature Activity
Celsius and Fahrenheit Conversions Made Simple
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Summer Reading List -- Secondary
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
The Summer of the Swans
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Dora the Explorer: Weather Activity (Spanish)
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
What Are Latitude and Longitude?
Weather Words
River Erosion
Climate and Vegetation Regions
Plate Tectonics Test
The Oceans of the World
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

Spring Crossword Puzzle II
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
How Do People Use Plants?
Understanding Chlorophyll
Herbs in the Classroom
Which Soil Is Best for Plants?
Spider Plants
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Recycling Crossword Puzzle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Two Habitats
A Tropical Crossword Puzzle
About the Tropical Rain Forest
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
Trash & Climate Change
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
What Are Local Climates?
What Causes Air Pollution?
The Ozone Show
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Extreme Weather
Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
How a Tsunami Occurs
What Is a Tsunami?
Hurricane Basics
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

Earthquake Quiz
Science Reading Warm-Up: Fossils
Soil Erosion Word Search
Glacial Pressure
Dinosaur Quiz
Science and Technology: Earthquake!
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Butterfly Facts and Questions
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
Weather Station
More Seasons – Teacher Resources


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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