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

Printables for Grades K-2

Plant Crossword Puzzle
Trash & Climate Change
Plant Graph
Soil Erosion Word Search
How Can You Test to See If Air Takes Up Space?
Our Growing Planet
Earth Day Printable Book (K-4)
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 3-5

Renewable and Non-renewable Energy
"Light the Bulbs" Recycling & Pollution Worksheet
Recycling Word Problems
Parts of a Volcano Labeling Worksheet
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 6-8

Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
What Are Some Alternate Energy Sources?
Erosion at Work
Composting Process
Crepe Paper Flower
Looking for Signs of Photosynthesis
Erosion Word Search
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Printables for Grades 9-12

Types of Habitat with Examples of Plant Life
The Human Impact on the Environment–Test
Save Our Environment Printable Book (K-12)
The Ocean Floor
How Can Natural Resources Be Conserved?
Moon Things Crossword Puzzle
Earth, Moon, Sun, and Seasons -- Activity
More Popular Earth Science Printables

Graphic Organizers

Ways to Help the Environment
Natural Resources
In a Garden
KWL Chart - Living and Non-Living
KWL Chart - Caring for Earth
Animal Babies and Parents
KWL Chart - Earth and Sky
More Popular Earth Science Graphic Organizers

Quizzes

The Water Cycle Quiz
Science - Atoms Quiz
Volcanoes and Earthquakes Quiz
Weather Quiz
Extreme Weather Quiz
Springtime Word Problems Quiz
Water, Wind, and Earth Quiz
More Earth Science Quizzes

Slideshows

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

Bulletin Boards

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

Lesson Plans

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

References

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

Earth Day Activities

Recycling & Waste Management – Educational Videos & Activities
Environment & Pollution: Matching Worksheet
Save Our Earth! Alternative Uses for Common Trash
Earth Day Word Search
Home, Sweet, Home: Animal Habitats
Recycled Art Projects Gallery
Dr. Seuss and Resource Use: Featuring The Lorax
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Digital Books

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

Art & Earth Science Connected, Grades K-6

What's the Solution to Ocean Pollution?
Tissue Flower Craft
In All Kinds of Weather
Fall Haiku
It Happens Every Day
Fall Similes
Autumn Leaf Art Projects
More Popular Art Activities for Earth Science, Grades K-6

Language Arts & Earth Science Connected

Describe the Rainy Day
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Science Reading Warm-Up: Volcanoes
Science Reading Warm-Up: Earthquakes
A Teacher's Guide to An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Seeds Word Search
The Scoop on Soil -- Student Worksheet
More Popular Language Arts Activities for Earth Science

Math & Earth Science Connected

Weather Graph
Symmetry in Nature
Time Zones Around the World
Baseball Fun
Map Making, Floor Plans & Map Reading
Tropical Rain Forest Math
Relative Humidity: How Much Water Is in the Air?
More Popular Math Activities for Earth Science

Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
The Summer of the Swans
I Dreamed I Was a Snowman Poetry Pack
Jan Brett's Winter Books
Fall into Rhyme
Fall Acrostic Poem
Flowering Haiku
More Popular Literature Activities for Earth Science Class

Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Ocean Pollution
Chart of the Water Cycle
Weather Words
Plate Tectonics Test
Wonders of the World Questions
How Do You Read a Weather Map?
Children of Native America Today Activities
More Popular Geography Activities for Earth Science Class

Plant Resources for Earth Science

Fruits and Vegetables List
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Structure of a Typical Flower
What Is Inside a Seed?
Spring Crossword Puzzle II
Traveling Seeds
Plant Products
More Popular Plant Resources for Earth Science Class

Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Which Package Is Better?
Food Chain Diagram
What Can You Reuse and Recycle?
Preserving the Environment Crossword Puzzle
Recycling Crossword Puzzle
Two Habitats
Climate Activities
More Popular Ecology Resources for Earth Science

Environmental Science Resources

What Kind of Trash Bag Breaks Down Fastest?
The Ozone Show
An Inconvenient Truth Classroom Poster
What Causes Air Pollution?
The Global Environment Outlook: An Overview
Global Warming: Greenhouse Effect
Global Warming: What Is the Climate System?
More Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

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

Geology Activities

Volcanoes
Soil Scientists
Soil Searching
Earth's Structure
Fossil Layers
A Volcano Wordsearch
Science Reading Warm-Up: Fossils
More Popular Geology Activities

Seasons Resources

Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet
How Do Seasons Affect Animal Adaptations? -- Activity 4.11
Frog Life Cycle Booklet
How Do Animals Adapt to Seasonal Change? -- Activity 4.12
Weather Printable Book (Grades 3-6)
Winter Holidays
Winter Solstice Activities
More Seasons – Teacher Resources

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Highlights

Memorial Day
Find a way to honor the American men and women who have sacrificed their lives in wars and military disputes this Memorial Day (May 30). Some of our most popular activities include: World War II Student Project, Chronology of Conscription in the U.S., and American Flag, Memorial Day Videos, and "In Flanders Fields" -- History and Poetry!

May Calendar of Events
May is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Holocaust Remembrance Day (Sundown 5/4), Cinco de Mayo (5/5), Mother's Day (5/8), Transportation Week (May 15-21), Museum Day (5/18), and Memorial Day (5/30). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Inventors Month, National Family Month (May 8 - June 19), Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!

Videos
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!

Coding & Computer Science
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, and Hour of Code resources make a great introduction to the computer science skills all students will benefit from.