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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

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

Printables for Grades K-2

Weather Graph
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Tissue Flower Craft
Weather Forecast Bulletin Board
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

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

Printables for Grades 6-8

What Are Latitude and Longitude?
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Time Zones Around the World
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Extreme Weather
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Moon Things Crossword Puzzle
Earth's Structure
What Is the Structure of Earth?
What Are Wells, Springs, and Geysers?
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
Making a Model of the Rock Cycle
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

Animal Babies and Parents
KWL Chart - Living and Non-Living
Ways to Help the Environment
A Weather Calendar
In a Garden
What Is in Soil?
Rock Cycle (Blank) Printable
More Popular Earth Science Graphic Organizers


Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
Extreme Weather Quiz
Weather Quiz
Fields of Science Quiz
The Water Cycle Quiz
Water, Wind, and Earth Quiz
Science - Atoms Quiz
More Earth Science Quizzes


Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Events of the Summer Olympic Games
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Summer Reading (Grades K-2)
Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Months, Seasons, & Time Printables Slideshow
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
Atmospheric Science Transparencies Slideshow
Oceanography Transparencies & Visuals Slideshow
Environmental Science Printables Slideshow
Earth's Changing Surfaces Printables Gallery
Favorite Summer Activities Slideshow (K-8)
Favorite Autumn Activities Slideshow (K-8)

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

The Sunflower
Life Cycle of Butterflies
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Build a Volcano
Class Garden
Weather Station
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Cyclones Throughout History
Types of Snow
Planet Facts and Figures
America's Most Decorated Winter Olympic Athletes
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Recycled Art
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Plant Graph
Recycled Art Projects Gallery
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

In All Kinds of Weather
Fall Haiku
Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
Your Own Rain Forest
Flower and Leaf Press
Making Sand Art
Autumn Leaf Art Projects
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Describe the Rainy Day
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Wonders of the World Questions
Continents of the World
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Tsunami! Discussion Guide
Weather Words
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Symmetry in Nature
Celsius and Fahrenheit Conversions Made Simple
Volcano Facts
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Baseball Fun
Fifth Grade: Over the Break
Fifth Grade Summer Math
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Summer Reading List -- Pre-K through Primary
Fall into Rhyme
The Summer of the Swans
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Fall Similes
Jan Brett's Winter Books
On the Far Side of the Mountain
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
Comparing the Weather
The Oceans of the World
Ocean Pollution
Climate and Vegetation Regions
Plate Tectonics Test
Life In Different Climates Activity
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

Structure of a Typical Flower
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Seeds Word Search
How Do People Use Plants?
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
Explore Activity: What Living Things Need
What Is Inside a Seed?
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Climate Activities
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Trash & Climate Change
Recycling Crossword Puzzle
Two Habitats
A Tropical Crossword Puzzle
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
The Ozone Show
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Global Warming: What Is the Climate System?
What Causes Air Pollution?
What Are Some Global Effects of Pollution?
Join the Planet Protectors Club!
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Reading Warm-Up
Science Reading Warm-Up: Hurricanes
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Storm Trackers
How Hurricanes Are Named
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

A Volcano Wordsearch
Explore Activity: Exploring Rocks Formed from Molten Rock
Earthquake Quiz
Dinosaur Quiz
Soil Erosion Word Search
Making Salinity Currents
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Winter Holidays
Months, Seasons & Time Printable Book (K-4)
Colorful Creations from Construction Paper
More Seasons – Teacher Resources

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August Calendar of Events
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Poptropica Teaching Guides
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