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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

Tissue Flower Craft
The Giant Easter Egg
Spring Theme Bulletin Board
Weather Graph
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
Spring Bingo
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
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Food Chain Diagram
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
Plant Crossword Puzzle
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
Plant Graph
Fruits and Vegetables List
The Ocean Floor
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Moon Things
Time Zones Around the World
Earth's Structure
What Causes Seasons?
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
Layers of Rock
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Lecture Notes and Facts
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 - Plants
KWL Chart - Caring for Earth
A Weather Calendar
More Popular Earth Science Graphic Organizers


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


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

Bulletin Boards

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

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
Ocean Currents
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


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

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Source Reduction Unit: Environment Activities for the Classroom
The "Three Rs": Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Recycled Art
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

Crepe Paper Flower
Fall Haiku
Fingerpaint Clover Field
Rain Forest Art
Your Own Rain Forest
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Fall Similes
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Describe the Rainy Day
Seeds Word Search
Science Reading Warm-Up 62 for Gr. 3 & 4: Earthquakes
The Summer of the Swans
Science Reading Warm-Up: Fossils
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

Baseball Fun
Symmetry in Nature
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
Studying and Measuring Spring Weather
Recycling Word Problems
Temperature (Gr. 3)
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Fall into Rhyme
Dora the Explorer: Weather Activity (English)
The Stranger Teacher's Guide
Jan Brett's Winter Books
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
On the Far Side of the Mountain
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Rocks and Fossils Teacher's Guide
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

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

Plant Resources for Earth Science

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

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Two Habitats
Trash & Climate Change
Climate Activities
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

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

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
What Are Volcanoes?
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Parts of a Volcano
How Are Volcanoes Classified?
What Is a Tsunami?
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

A Volcano Wordsearch
Earthquake Quiz
Second-Grade Soil Scientists
Erosion at Work
Dangerous Wave
Volcano Facts
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Butterfly Facts and Questions
Butterfly Life Cycle Quiz
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
Butterfly Garden
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
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!

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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