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 descending Grade Level Tags
Global GIS Lesson activity, maps, earthquake, volcano
Gold Panning K-9 activity, rocks, dynamic planet, materials, minerals, natural resources
Greenhouse in a Beaker 6-10 activity, atmosphere, thermal energy, temperature, energy, heat, climate change, greenhouse effect
Groundwater Movement K-12 activity, groundwater, aggregates, rocks, water, natural resources
Groundwater on the Move 4-9 activity, groundwater, water, resources, aquifer
Hands-On Experiments to Test for Acid-Mine Drainage 5-12 activity
Houston Activity: Texas Rocks activity, houston, texas, classroom, maps, rocks
How Can You Test Your Soil? 5-9 activity, soil
How Dangerous Are Tsunamis? 6-12 activity, tsunamis, waves, water, oceans
How Much Soil Is There? K-5 activity, soil
How Natural Gas Forms 6-10 activity, coal, natural resources, energy, fossil fuels, organic, sediments
Humans and Water, Past to Present 3-9
Hurricane Tracking 7-12 activity, natural hazards, hurricanes, oceans
Identifying Your Watershed 9-12 activity, natural resources, water
Investigating Different Rock Types 5-8 activity, rocks, materials, minerals
Investigating Rock Types 5-9 activity, rocks, geology, sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic, natural resources
Investigating Soil 5-8 activity, soil
Investigating Water Use in Your Home 6-12 activity, water, natural resources
It's About Time 5-8 activity, climate, dynamic planet, fossils, rocks, soil, landforms, natural resources
It’s the “Rain,” Man K-12 activity, weather, climate, rain, temperature, project
Karst, Sinkholes, and Human Activity activity, Karst, soil
Know Your Energy Costs 6-12 activity, energy
Land and People: Finding a Balance 6-12 groundwater, water, geology, soil, porosity, permeability, aquifer
Latitude and Longitude 6-8 activity, gps, satellites, citizen science, earthcaching, latitude, longitude
Lightning 5-8 activity, weather

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