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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

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

Printables for Grades K-2

My Summer Reading Chart
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Weather Graph
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

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

Printables for Grades 6-8

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
What Is a Station Model?
Why Are Wetlands Important to the Environment?
Extreme Weather
What Are Ocean Waves?
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Plant Graph
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
Air Quality and the Weather -- Student Section
How Does Climate Affect Living Things?
Key Term Review: Rocks and Their Origins
Moon Things
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
Activity: Making a Weather Map
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
The Water Cycle Quiz
Extreme Weather Quiz
Weather Quiz
Winter Games Historical Facts Quiz
Water Cycle Vocabulary Words Quiz
Water, Wind, and Earth Quiz
More Earth Science Quizzes


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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

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


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Types of Snow
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
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
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Seeds Word Search
Case of the Broken Loop
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

Tissue Flower Craft
In All Kinds of Weather
Rain Forest Art
Fall Similes
Crepe Paper Flower
Autumn Tree
Your Own Rain Forest
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Wonders of the World Questions
Summer Reading List -- Pre-K through Primary
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
Describe the Rainy Day
Erosion Word Search
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Symmetry in Nature
Baseball Fun
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Time Zones Around the World
Volcano Facts
Fifth Grade Summer Math
Third Grade Summer Math
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Summer Reading List -- Middle
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Summer Reading List -- Secondary
The Summer of the Swans
Vacation Reading List -- Adult
The Incredible Water Show Activity Kit
Summer Reading List -- Intermediate
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
What Is a Glacier?
Continents of the World
Activity: Making a Topographic Profile
How Do You Read a Topographic Map?
Weather Words
Ocean Pollution
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

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

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
A Food Chain Puzzle
Two Habitats
Trash & Climate Change
A Tropical Crossword Puzzle
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
An Inconvenient Truth Classroom Poster
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
What Causes Air Pollution?
What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest?
Environmental Science Printables Slideshow
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Science Reading Warm-Up 60 for Gr. 5 & 6: Hurricanes
How to Prepare for a Hurricane
What Causes Severe Storms?
What Is a Tsunami?
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Reading Warm-Up 75 for Gr. 1 & 2: Current Events
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

A Volcano Wordsearch
We Need the Water
What Are Elements and Compounds?
How Does Wind Cause Erosion?
Activity: Dinosaurs and Geologic Time
Earth's Structure
Intro to Water Word Power
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
What Causes Seasons?
Glacial Pressure
Fourth Grade Summer Math
First Grade Summer Math
More Seasons – Teacher Resources


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

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water 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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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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