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

Printables for Grades K-2

Weather Forecast Bulletin Board
I Dreamed I Was a Snowman Poetry Pack
Weather Graph
Winter Holiday Bookmarks
Snowflakes Poem
Snowman Mobile
Plant Crossword Puzzle
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Winter Solstice Activities
Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Explaining the Winter Solstice
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
Force and Motion
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Climate Activities
Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
A Growing Snowflake
Weather Symbols
Fruits and Vegetables List
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
The Ocean Floor
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Moon Things Crossword Puzzle
Climate Zones Map
Time Zones Around the World
Earth's Structure
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
Plate Tectonics Test
The Scoop on Soil -- Student Worksheet
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

Looking at Leaves
Natural Resources
Rock Cycle (Blank) Printable
Dressing for the Weather
A Weather Calendar
How Animals Move
KWL Chart - Earth and Sky
More Popular Earth Science Graphic Organizers


Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
Winter Games Historical Facts Quiz
Types of Snow Quiz
Science - Atoms Quiz
The Water Cycle Quiz
Water, Wind, and Earth Quiz
Weather Quiz
More Earth Science Quizzes


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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

Winter Holidays
Life Cycle of Butterflies
Winter Word Problems
Glacial Pressure
Weather Station
Build a Volcano
Celsius and Fahrenheit Conversions Made Simple
More Popular Earth Science Lesson Plans


Types of Snow
Global Warming: A Glossary of Terms
Global Warming: So, What's the Big Deal?
The Chinese Calendar
Emissions and Global Warming
Cloud Types
More Popular Earth Science References

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
How Can You Test to See If Air Takes Up Space?
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Recycled Art
Favorite Classroom Activities for Going Green
Soil Erosion Word Search
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

Snowflake Card
Fall Similes
Day and Night
In All Kinds of Weather
What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Flower and Leaf Press
Making Sand Art
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Jan Brett's Winter Books
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
Describe the Rainy Day
Winter Holiday Contract: Grades 4-6
Wonders of the World Questions
Weather Words
Seeds Word Search
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Symmetry in Nature
Plant Graph
What Are Solstices and Equinoxes?
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
The Sunflower
How Can You Make a Thermometer?
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

The Summer of the Swans
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
The Stranger Teacher's Guide
Summer Reading List -- Secondary
Summer Reading List -- Middle
Vacation Reading List -- Adult
Fall Acrostic Poem
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Chart of the Water Cycle
Introduction to the Climatic Seasons
Tectonic Plates
What Is a Topographic Map?
Soils of North America
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
National Park System of the United States
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

What's Wrong with This Picture?
Structure of a Typical Flower
Starting a Leaf Exchange Program
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Winter Trees Tree Identification Handout
Spider Plants
Autumn Veggies and Fruits
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Food Chain Diagram
Recycling Crossword Puzzle
Trash & Climate Change
Classification Puzzle
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Animal Habitats I
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
The Ozone Show
Will Global Warming Change the U.S. Climate?
Global Warming and Climate
Global Warming: Climate's Come a Long Way!
The Effects of Global Warming on Sea Level
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Science Reading Warm-Up: Hurricanes
Hurricane Katrina Reading Warm-Up
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Reading Warm-Up
Fact Sheet: Tsunamis
Comparing Martian Dust Storms to Earth's Cyclones
More Natural Disasters – Teacher Resources

Geology Activities

Mineral Properties
Erosion at Work
Rock Cycle Match-Up
Layers of Rock
A Volcano Wordsearch
Magnetic Field
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Winter-Themed Bulletin Board
Winter Holidays Chart
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
Observing Crystals
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
More Seasons – Teacher Resources

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