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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

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

Printables for Grades K-2

Weather Graph
In All Kinds of Weather
Spring Theme Bulletin Board
Weather Forecasting
Chart of the Water Cycle
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Force and Motion
Weather Symbols
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
The Ocean Floor
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Climate Activities
Fruits and Vegetables List
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Earth's Structure
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Time Zones Around the World
Moon Things
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
Identifying and Conserving Natural Resources Activity
Climate Zones Map
Layers of Rock
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


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


Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Top 10 Spring Activities (K-8)
Months, Seasons, & Time Printables Slideshow
Favorite Winter Activities Slideshow (Grades K-5)
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Astronomy Printables Gallery
Atmospheric Science Transparencies Slideshow
Geology Transparencies & Visuals Slideshow
Oceanography Transparencies & Visuals Slideshow
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Favorite Labor Day Activities Slideshow, Grades K-8
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
Events of the Summer Olympic Games
Earth's Changing Surfaces Printables Gallery

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
Ocean Currents
Class Garden
Build a Volcano
Fall Haiku
The Sunflower
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


Types of Snow
Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
The Chinese Calendar
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Recycled Art
Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Plant Crossword Puzzle
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

Fingerpaint Clover Field
How Can We Describe the Sun?
Tissue Flower Craft
Rain Forest Art
Fall Similes
Flower and Leaf Press
Grand Canyon Rock Strata
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Describe the Rainy Day
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
Weather Words
Snowflakes Poem
Soil Erosion Word Search
Seeds Word Search
Wonders of the World Questions
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Plant Graph
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
Symmetry in Nature
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Baseball Fun
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
What Is the Structure of Earth?
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
The Summer of the Swans
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Fall into Rhyme
The Stranger Teacher's Guide
Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives Common Core Discussion & Activity Guide
On the Far Side of the Mountain
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Mardi Gras or Carnival
Continents of the World
Ocean Pollution
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
Tectonic Plates
What Is the Ring of Fire?
What Are Climate Zones?
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

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

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Food Chain Diagram
Two Habitats
Trash & Climate Change
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
A Food Chain Puzzle
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

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

Geology Activities

A Volcano Wordsearch
Erosion at Work
Earthquake Quiz
The Rock Cycle (Labeled) Printable
Erosion Word Search
The Scoop on Soil -- Student Worksheet
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
Butterfly Facts and Questions
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
What Causes Seasons?
More Seasons – Teacher Resources


Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon
Join the Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon! Read each episode as it's re-released with newly revealed facts, behind-the-scenes illustrations, and the inside scoop. Make it official by pledging on the blog to read each chapter with Cosmoe. Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements that can easily be paired to the stories.

Handwashing Awareness
Kids are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading viruses during the winter months. Prevention starts with proper handwashing. Show students how to keep germs away.

March Calendar of Events
March is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National School Breakfast Week (3/2-6), World Orphan Week (3/4-11), Boston Massacre (3/5/1770), Daylight Saving Time Begins (3/8), International Women's Day (3/8), Teen Tech Week (3/8-14), Pi Day (3/14), St. Patrick's Day (3/17), Spring Begins (3/20), Make Your Own Holiday Day (3/26), and World Theatre Day (3/27). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Music In Our Schools Month, Women's History Month, and Youth Art Month!

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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