Classroom Activities

Here you can find suggested Earth science related activities. Most are categorized based on the Next Generation Science Standards, and the earlier National Science Education Standards. Activities are also marked with an appropriate grade level. These Earth science activities are fun and educational. To access these activities, click on the activity name in the chart below.

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Title Grade Level Tags
A Bit of Engineering 5-8 activity, oceans
A Model of Three Faults 7-12 activity, dynamic planet
A Paste with a Taste 3-8 activity, materials, minerals, natural resources
Activity: Geologic Maps & Earthquakes maps, activity, dynamic planet, earthquake
Activity: Geologic Maps and Groundwater maps, activity, groundwater
Activity: What's Under My Feet? Learning to Use a Geologic Map maps, activity
Analyzing Hurricanes Using Web and Desktop GIS 9-12 activity, weather
Are You a Water Waster? K-4 activity, water
Birdseed Mining 4-12 activity, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Build a Rain Gauge 5-9 activity, water, weather, climate
Build Your Own Weather Station 6-12 activity, weather
Burning Issues 5-8 activity, energy
Celebrate Wilderness 5-12 activity
Chemistry of Burning 6-8 activity, energy, fossils
Chocolate Rock Cycle K-8 activity, rocks
Climate and Temperature 5-8 activity, soil, climate, weather
Connecting With Nature 3-8 activity, climate, nature, soil, dynamic planet
Conservation in Action 9-12 activity, dynamic planet, landforms, soil
Cookie Mining 4-12 activity, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Core Sampling 5-12 activity, natural resources, energy, dynamic planet
Critical Zone 9-12 activity
Cupcake Core Sampling K-4 activity, natural resources, energy
Dangerous Atmosphere 5-8 activity, atmosphere, climate, weather
Dating Popcorn 5-12 activity, dynamic planet, rocks
Deep-Sea Drilling 5-8 activity, oceans, natural resources