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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
Intro to Rocks Mini-Lesson
Exploding Mountains 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)
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Plant Graph
Tissue Flower Craft
Making a Wind Vane
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Recycling Word Problems
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

What Is the Rock Cycle?
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
What Is the Water Cycle?
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
What Causes Severe Storms?
Structure of a Typical Flower
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
The Ocean Floor
Climate Test
The Scoop on Soil -- Student Worksheet
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
Moon Things
What Causes Air Pollution?
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

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

Quizzes

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

Slideshows

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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
Class Garden
The Sunflower
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
How Can You Make a Thermometer?
Build a Volcano
What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest?
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans

References

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

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Earth Day Activities
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Earth Day Word Search
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Money-Saving Tips for Teachers
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: Desert
Eyewitness: Volcano & Earthquake
Eyewitness: Water
E.Guides: Rock and Mineral
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

Crepe Paper Flower
In All Kinds of Weather
Flower and Leaf Press
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Fall Haiku
Rain Forest Art
The Giant Easter Egg
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Seeds Word Search
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Describe the Rainy Day
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
The Summer of the Swans
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Wonders of the World Questions
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Weather Graph
Our Growing Planet
Baseball Fun
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
Time Zones Around the World
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Fall into Rhyme
Fall Similes
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
The Stranger Teacher's Guide
Dora the Explorer: Weather Activity (English)
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
Ocean Pollution
Welcome Spring
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
Weather Words
Climate Zones Map
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
What Is Inside a Seed?
Fruits and Vegetables List
How Do People Use Plants?
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Soda Bottle Terrarium
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Trash & Climate Change
Food Chain Diagram
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Climate Activities
Composting Process
Two Habitats
A Food Chain Puzzle
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

An Inconvenient Truth Classroom Poster
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Join the Planet Protectors Club!
Earth's Changing Surfaces Printables Gallery
The Ozone Show
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Hurricanes
What Are Volcanoes?
Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
What Is a Tsunami?
Tornadoes and Hurricanes
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

Metamorphic Rocks
Volcanoes
Erosion at Work
A Volcano Wordsearch
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Earthquake Quiz
Soil Erosion Word Search
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Weather Station
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Spring Bingo
More Seasons – Teacher Resources
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Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

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

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports 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.

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.