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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

Weather Forecast Bulletin Board
Weather Graph
Plant Crossword Puzzle
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
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
Force and Motion
Weather Symbols
Fruits and Vegetables List
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Climate Activities
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
Dominant and Recessive Genes
The Ocean Floor
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
Earth's Structure
Plant Graph
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Moon Things Crossword Puzzle
Time Zones Around the World
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
Climate Zones Map
The Rock Cycle (Labeled) Printable
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


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


Favorite Autumn Activities Slideshow (K-8)
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Top 10 Earth Day Printables (K-4)
Months, Seasons, & Time Printables Slideshow
Top 10 Spring Activities (K-8)
Earth Science Printables Slideshow
Atmospheric Science Transparencies Slideshow
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Favorite Winter Activities Slideshow (Grades K-5)
Astronomy Printables Gallery
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Oceanography Transparencies & Visuals Slideshow
Environmental Science Printables Slideshow
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
Winter Holidays
Fall Similes
Build a Volcano
Fall Acrostic Poem
The Sunflower
Fall Haiku
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


Types of Snow
Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Planet Facts and Figures
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
National Park System of the United States
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Recycled Art
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Erosion Word Search
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
Autumn Leaf Art Projects
In All Kinds of Weather
Children of Native America Today Activities
Autumn Tree
Tissue Flower Craft
Explaining the Winter Solstice
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Describe the Rainy Day
Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
Continents of the World
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Weather Words
Science Reading Warm-Up: Hurricanes
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Symmetry in Nature
Volcano Facts
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Baseball Fun
Temperature (Gr. 3)
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
Celsius and Fahrenheit Conversions Made Simple
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Fall into Rhyme
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
The Summer of the Swans
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
I Dreamed I Was a Snowman Poetry Pack
The Stranger Teacher's Guide
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
Tectonic Plates
What Are Latitude and Longitude?
Wonders of the World Questions
Plate Tectonics Test
Which Landform Is It?
What Are Ocean Currents?
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

Structure of a Typical Flower
What's Wrong with This Picture?
How Do People Use Plants?
What Is Inside a Seed?
Class Garden
Pumpkin Seed Snack
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Food Chain Diagram
Two Habitats
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Recycling Crossword Puzzle
Trash & Climate Change
Classification Puzzle
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

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

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
What Is a Tsunami?
Tracking a Hurricane
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Reading Warm-Up
Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Storm Trackers
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

A Volcano Wordsearch
Soil Erosion Word Search
Erosion at Work
Layers of Rock
Glacial Pressure
Rock Cycle Match-Up
The Scoop on Soil -- Student Worksheet
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Winter-Themed Bulletin Board
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Weather Station
Signs of Fall
Winter Solstice Activities
More Seasons – Teacher Resources

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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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.