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
Modeling an Oil Reserve 8-12 activity, energy, rocks, minerals, natural resources
Model of a Well K-4 activity, energy, water, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Model of a Normal Fault 4-12 activity, dynamic planet
Mineral Identification 4-12 activity, minerals, rocks
Mineral Electrical Conductivity 7-12 activity, rocks, minerals, materials
Measuring Permeabilities of Soil, Sand, and Gravel 6-8 activity, soil
Measuring Glacial Retreat 6-12 activity, glaciers, climate change
Measure for Measure 6-12 activity, oceans
Mapping Your Soil 5-12 soil
Mapping Vertical Movements 9-12 activity
Mapping the Atmosphere 7-12 activity, weather, atmosphere
Mapping Quake Risk 7-12 activity, gis
Mapping a Refuge 6-12 activity, climate, landforms, soil, water, weather, dynamic planet, oceans, natural resources
Map-Making Basics 6-8 activity, climate, weather, dynamic planet, energy, fossils, materials, minerals, oceans, rocks, landforms, soil, water, space, natural resources
Making Your Own National Park Geologic Tour 6-8 activity, landforms, rocks, dynamic planet
Making Visible the Path of the Sun 3-9 activity, sun. earth, sunlight, daylight
Making a Cave 7-12 activity, dynamic planet, water
Make Your Own Powers of Ten 7-12
Make Your Own Compass 6-8 activity, space
Make a Thunderstorm 5-8 activity, weather
Magnets at the Core 7-12 activity, oceans, climate
Looking for Wild Elements 5-8 activity, climate, landforms, dynamic planet
Look Up! K-4 sky, clouds, weather, activity, observation
Logs of Straw - Dendrocronology 5-9 activity, dynamic planet
Liquefaction 5-10 activity, liquefaction, soil, water