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

Printables for Grades K-2

Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Tissue Flower Craft
Plant Graph
Making a Wind Vane
Weather Graph
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Recycling Word Problems
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Structure of a Typical Flower
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
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Seeds Word Search
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

The Ocean Floor
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
The Scoop on Soil -- Student Worksheet
Moon Things
What Causes Air Pollution?
Green Living Quiz: Global Warming
Time Zones Around the World
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

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


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


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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle of Butterflies
Class Garden
The Sunflower
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Build a Volcano
How Can You Make a Thermometer?
Flower and Leaf Press
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Types of Snow
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
The Uncertainties of Global Warming
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Weather Terms
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Earth Day Activities
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Earth Day Word Search
Money-Saving Tips for Teachers
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
Recycled Art Projects Gallery
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Jungle
Eyewitness: Earth
Eye Wonder: Volcano
Eyewitness: Rock & Mineral
Experience: Volcano
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

Crepe Paper Flower
In All Kinds of Weather
Fall Haiku
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Rain Forest Art
The Giant Easter Egg
Your Own Rain Forest
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
The Summer of the Swans
Wonders of the World Questions
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Weather Words
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Baseball Fun
Our Growing Planet
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
Symmetry in Nature
Studying and Measuring Spring Weather
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Fall into Rhyme
Fall Similes
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Summer Reading List -- Pre-K through Primary
Dora the Explorer: Weather Activity (English)
The Stranger Teacher's Guide
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
Ocean Pollution
Welcome Spring
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
Climate Zones Map
Continents of the World
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

How Does a Seed Grow into a Plant?
What Is Inside a Seed?
Fruits and Vegetables List
What's Wrong with This Picture?
How Do People Use Plants?
Soda Bottle Terrarium
Which Soil Is Best for Plants?
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Food Chain Diagram
Trash & Climate Change
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Climate Activities
Composting Process
Two Habitats
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest?
An Inconvenient Truth Classroom Poster
Global Warming and Climate
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Join the Planet Protectors Club!
Earth's Changing Surfaces Printables Gallery
Global Warming: Can We Change the Climate?
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

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

Geology Activities

Erosion at Work
A Volcano Wordsearch
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Earthquake Quiz
Soil Erosion Word Search
Hands-In Science
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Butterfly Facts and Questions
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Weather Station
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Spring Bingo
More Seasons – Teacher Resources


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!

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

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: Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), 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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