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.

Find additional activities in our Earth Science Week Activity Calendar and Teacher Learning Activity Manuals.

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Titlesort ascending Grade Level Tags
Engineer a Satellite 6-12 activity, engineering, space, weather, climate
Energy Efficiency 6-12 activity, energy, natural resources
Energy and Population 6-12 activity, energy
Earthquake on the Playground 7-12 activity, natural hazards, earthquake
Earthquake Machine 9-12 activity, natural hazards, earthquake, engineering
EarthCaching 6-12 activity
Earth: This Is Home 4-12 activity, technology
Earth's Hydrologic Cycle 1-12 activity, water, natural resources, oceans, weather
Dynamic Wetlands 9-12 activity, dynamic planet, water
Drill Site Dilemma K-4 activity, natural resources, oceans
Discovering Fossils K-8 activity, national park service, fossils
Disaster Supplies Kit K-12 activity, natural hazards
Dig Into Soil K-4 activity, soil
Density of Minerals 6-9 activity, minerals, analysis, gold, density
Deep-Sea Drilling 5-8 activity, oceans, natural resources
Dating Popcorn 5-12 activity, dynamic planet, rocks
Dangerous Atmosphere 5-8 activity, atmosphere, climate, weather
Cupcake Core Sampling K-4 activity, natural resources, energy
Critical Zone 9-12 activity
Cracked Plates & Tectonics 5-10 activity, tectonics, plates, oceans, earthquake, natural hazards, boundaries, continents
Core Sampling 5-12 activity, natural resources, energy, dynamic planet
Cookie Mining 4-12 activity, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Constructive Forces of Mountain Building 9-12 activity, mountains, internet, big ideas, tectonics
Conservation in Action 9-12 activity, dynamic planet, landforms, soil
Connecting With Nature 3-8 activity, climate, nature, soil, dynamic planet, wildlife