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

Printables for Grades K-2

Spring Theme Bulletin Board
Tissue Flower Craft
The Giant Easter Egg
Spring Bingo
Weather Graph
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
In All Kinds of Weather
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
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Food Chain Diagram
Force and Motion
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
Fruits and Vegetables List
The Ocean Floor
Dominant and Recessive Genes
Structure of a Typical Flower
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Moon Things
Time Zones Around the World
Earth's Structure
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
What Are Volcanoes?
Layers of Rock
What Causes an Eclipse of the Sun?
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

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

Quizzes

The Water Cycle Quiz
Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
Extreme Weather Quiz
Weather Quiz
Science - Atoms Quiz
Springtime Word Problems Quiz
Water Cycle Vocabulary Words Quiz
More Earth Science Quizzes

Slideshows

Top 10 Spring Activities (K-8)
Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Months, Seasons, & Time Printables Slideshow
Environmental Science Printables Slideshow
Favorite Winter Activities Slideshow (Grades K-5)
Summer Reading (Grades K-2)
Events of the Summer Olympic Games
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
Favorite Labor Day Activities Slideshow, Grades K-8
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Earth's Changing Surfaces Printables Gallery
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Favorite Summer Activities Slideshow (K-8)

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
The Sunflower
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Class Garden
Build a Volcano
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Fall Haiku
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans

References

Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Types of Snow
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
The Vernal Equinox
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon, 2005 - 2015
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Weather Terms
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Source Reduction Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Recycled Art
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

Fingerpaint Clover Field
Crepe Paper Flower
Rain Forest Art
Flower and Leaf Press
Your Own Rain Forest
How Can We Describe the Sun?
Fall Similes
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Describe the Rainy Day
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
Seeds Word Search
Rain Forest Vocabulary
Science Reading Warm-Up 52 for Gr. 5 & 6: Volcanoes
Science Reading Warm-Up 60 for Gr. 5 & 6: Hurricanes
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Plant Graph
Baseball Fun
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Studying and Measuring Spring Weather
Symmetry in Nature
How Can You Make a Thermometer?
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

The Summer of the Swans
Fall into Rhyme
Dora the Explorer: Weather Activity (Spanish)
Snowflakes Poem
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
The Incredible Water Show Activity Kit
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Welcome Spring
Chart of the Water Cycle
Continents of the World
Wonders of the World Questions
Climate Zones Map
Ocean Pollution
Oceans Map
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

Plant Crossword Puzzle
What's Wrong with This Picture?
What Is Inside a Seed?
How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
How Do People Use Plants?
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Traveling Seeds
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Two Habitats
Trash & Climate Change
Climate Activities
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
What Causes Air Pollution?
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Global Warming: The Climate Detectives
Global Warming: Can We Change the Climate?
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Hurricanes
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
What Is a Tsunami?
Investigate Activity: Making a Model Tornado
Reading Warm-Up 75 for Gr. 1 & 2: Current Events
Parts of a Volcano
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

Volcanoes
Earthquake Quiz
A Volcano Wordsearch
Erosion at Work
Science Reading Warm-Up: Fossils
The Rock Cycle (Labeled) Printable
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

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

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!

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: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), 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.

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