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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

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

Printables for Grades K-2

Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Plant Crossword Puzzle
A Food Chain Puzzle
Plant Graph
Tissue Flower Craft
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Weather Symbols
Extreme Weather
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Food Chain Diagram
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Why Are Wetlands Important to the Environment?
What Is a Station Model?
Air Quality and the Weather -- Student Section
What Are Ocean Waves?
How Does Climate Affect Living Things?
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Activity: Making a Weather Map
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
What Is a Glacier?
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
Key Term Review: Rocks and Their Origins
Earth Science Final Exam
Activity: Dinosaurs and Geologic Time
How Does Wind Cause Erosion?
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

KWL Chart - Living and Non-Living
Ways to Help the Environment
In a Garden
Rock Cycle (Blank) Printable
KWL Chart - Plants
Natural Resources
Animal Babies and Parents
More Popular Earth Science Graphic Organizers


Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
The Water Cycle Quiz
Extreme Weather Quiz
Weather Quiz
Science - Atoms Quiz
Water Cycle Vocabulary Words Quiz
Winter Games Historical Facts Quiz
More Earth Science Quizzes


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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
The Sunflower
Flower and Leaf Press
Class Garden
Build a Volcano
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Fall Haiku
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Types of Snow
The Scoop on Soil -- Background Information
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Case of the Broken Loop
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Money-Saving Tips for Teachers
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

In All Kinds of Weather
Crepe Paper Flower
Fall Similes
Rain Forest Art
Your Own Rain Forest
It Happens Every Day
Autumn Leaf Art Projects
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Describe the Rainy Day
Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
Seeds Word Search
My Summer Reading Chart
Erosion Word Search
Climate: Vocabulary
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Weather Graph
Symmetry in Nature
Baseball Fun
Tropical Rain Forest Math
How Does Soil Form?
Volcano Facts
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
The Summer of the Swans
The Incredible Water Show Activity Kit
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Summer Reading List -- Pre-K through Primary
The Stranger Teacher's Guide
Summer Reading List -- Secondary
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

How Do You Read a Topographic Map?
Chart of the Water Cycle
Activity: Making a Topographic Profile
Time Zones Around the World
What Are Ocean Currents?
Weather Words
What Are Climate Zones?
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

What Is Inside a Seed?
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
Structure of a Typical Flower
How Do People Use Plants?
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Two Habitats
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Activity: The Water Cycle
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Classification Puzzle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
The Amazing Rain Forest Word Power
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

Trash & Climate Change
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
An Inconvenient Truth Classroom Poster
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
What Causes Air Pollution?
What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest?
Global Warming: What It Is . . .
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
What Causes Severe Storms?
Science Reading Warm-Up 60 for Gr. 5 & 6: Hurricanes
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
Reading Warm-Up 75 for Gr. 1 & 2: Current Events
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

A Volcano Wordsearch
What Are Elements and Compounds?
Intro to Water Word Power
We Need the Water
Into the Cave
The Scoop on Soil -- Student Worksheet
How Is Water Purified?
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

What Causes Seasons?
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
First Grade Summer Math
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
May Day
More Seasons – Teacher Resources


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

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, 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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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.

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