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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
Intro to Rocks 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
Winter-Themed Bulletin Board
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
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
Weather Symbols
Force and Motion
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Climate Activities
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
Fruits and Vegetables List
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Dominant and Recessive Genes
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
Earth's Structure
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

The Ocean Floor
Time Zones Around the World
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
Moon Things Crossword Puzzle
Climate Zones Map
The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
What Causes Seasons?
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

Natural Resources
Rock Cycle (Blank) Printable
What Is in Soil?
Ways to Help the Environment
Dressing for the Weather
Animal Babies and Parents
What Animals Need
More Popular Earth Science Graphic Organizers


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


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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

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


Types of Snow
Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
Planet Facts and Figures
National Park System of the United States
National Monuments in the U.S.
Extreme Geographical Points of the United States
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Recycled Art
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Plant Graph
Trash & Climate Change
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

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

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Describe the Rainy Day
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
Winter Solstice Activities
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
I Dreamed I Was a Snowman Poetry Pack
Continents of the World
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

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

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Fall Acrostic Poem
Fall into Rhyme
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
The Stranger Teacher's Guide
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
The Mountain That Loved a Bird
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
Weather Words
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
Wonders of the World Questions
Tectonic Plates
What Are Latitude and Longitude?
Which Landform Is It?
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
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Recycling Crossword Puzzle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Classification Puzzle
A Food Chain 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: Greenhouse Effect
Global Warming: We CAN Make a Difference!
Glaciers: Ice That Flows
What Are Some Global Effects of Pollution?
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Science Reading Warm-Up: Hurricanes
What Is a Tsunami?
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Tracking a Hurricane
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Reading Warm-Up
Parts of a Volcano
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

A Volcano Wordsearch
Erosion at Work
Soil Erosion Word Search
The Rock Cycle (Labeled) Printable
Erosion Word Search
Glacial Pressure
Science and Technology: Earthquake!
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Winter Holidays Chart
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Weather Station
Bird Bread
Observing Crystals
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.