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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
More About Minerals Mini-Lesson
Hot Rocks Mini-Lesson
More Mini-Lessons

Printables for Grades K-2

Plant Crossword Puzzle
Weather Graph
What's Wrong with This Picture?
A Volcano Wordsearch
Seeds Word Search
Tissue Flower Craft
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

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

Printables for Grades 6-8

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Structure of a Typical Flower
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Weather Symbols
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Plant Graph
Earth's Structure
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Time Zones Around the World
What Is the Ring of Fire?
Moon Things
Which Soil Is Best for Plants?
Comparing the Weather
What Are Latitude and Longitude?
Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


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


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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
The Sunflower
Ocean Currents
Build a Volcano
Class Garden
Fall Haiku
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Cloud Types
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Cyclones Throughout History
National Scenic Trails
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

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

Digital Books

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
Eyewitness: Water
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

In All Kinds of Weather
Flower and Leaf Press
Explaining the Winter Solstice
Making Sand Art
Crepe Paper Flower
Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
The Giant Easter Egg
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Describe the Rainy Day
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
A Tropical Crossword Puzzle
Wonders of the World Questions
Summer Reading List -- Middle
Science Reading Warm-Up: Geology
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Symmetry in Nature
Tropical Rain Forest Math
First Grade Summer Math
Baseball Fun
Volcano Facts
Fourth Grade Summer Math
Fifth Grade Summer Math
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Summer Reading List -- Secondary
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
The Summer of the Swans
Summer Reading List -- Pre-K through Primary
I Dreamed I Was a Snowman Poetry Pack
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
Continents of the World
Weather Words
River Erosion
Climate and Vegetation Regions
Ocean Pollution
Plate Tectonics Test
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

What Is Inside a Seed?
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
How Do People Use Plants?
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
Spider Plants
Understanding Chlorophyll
What Parts of Plants Do You Eat?
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Two Habitats
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Recycling Crossword Puzzle
Trash & Climate Change
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Big River
About the Tropical Rain Forest
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
The Ozone Show
Emissions and Global Warming
Global Warming: What It Is . . .
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Extreme Weather
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
Storm Trackers
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Reading Warm-Up
What Are Some Effects of Plate Tectonics?
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

Earthquake Quiz
Dinosaur Quiz
Soil Erosion Word Search
Science and Technology: Earthquake!
Science Reading Warm-Up: Fossils
Glacial Pressure
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
My Summer Reading Chart
Seasons Printable Book (K-6)
Butterfly Facts and Questions
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Hot and Cold
Science Reading Warm-Up: Mammals
More Seasons – Teacher Resources


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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