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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
Weather Forecasting
In All Kinds of Weather
Spring Theme Bulletin Board
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
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Weather Symbols
Force and Motion
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Climate Activities
Structure of a Typical Flower
The Ocean Floor
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
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
The Scoop on Soil -- Student Worksheet
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
KWL Chart - Plants
In a Garden
More Popular Earth Science Graphic Organizers


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


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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

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


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

Earth Day Activities

Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Recycled Art
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

How Can We Describe the Sun?
Fingerpaint Clover Field
Grand Canyon Rock Strata
Rain Forest Art
Tissue Flower Craft
Weather Tales
Fall Similes
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
Soil Erosion Word Search
Seeds Word Search
Weather Words
Continents of the World
Snowflakes Poem
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Plant Graph
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
Baseball Fun
Symmetry in Nature
Tropical Rain Forest Math
How Do Thermometers Work?
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
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
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
Mardi Gras or Carnival
Wonders of the World Questions
Ocean Pollution
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
What Are Ocean Currents?
What Is the Ring of Fire?
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

Fruits and Vegetables List
What's Wrong with This Picture?
How Do People Use Plants?
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
What Is Inside a Seed?
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

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

Environmental Science Resources

A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
Emissions and Global Warming
Global Warming and Global Temperature
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
What Are Volcanoes?
What Is a Tsunami?
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
Science Reading Warm-Up 60 for Gr. 5 & 6: Hurricanes
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

A Volcano Wordsearch
Erosion Word Search
Erosion at Work
The Rock Cycle (Labeled) Printable
Earthquake Quiz
Layers of Rock
Volcano Facts
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
More Seasons – Teacher Resources
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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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Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Talk to your students about the accomplishments women have made—as well as the adversity they have faced.

Teaching with Comics
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guide to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series, 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 stores.