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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Title Grade Level Tags
Making a Cave 7-12 activity, dynamic planet, water
Making Visible the Path of the Sun 3-9 activity, sun. earth, sunlight, daylight
Making Your Own National Park Geologic Tour 6-8 activity, landforms, rocks, dynamic planet
Map-Making Basics 6-8 activity, climate, weather, dynamic planet, energy, fossils, materials, minerals, oceans, rocks, landforms, soil, water, space, natural resources
Mapping a Refuge 6-12 activity, climate, landforms, soil, water, weather, dynamic planet, oceans, natural resources
Mapping Quake Risk 7-12 activity, gis
Mapping the Atmosphere 7-12 activity, weather, atmosphere
Mapping Vertical Movements 9-12 activity
Mapping Your Soil 5-12 soil
Measure for Measure 6-12 activity, oceans
Measuring Glacial Retreat 6-12 activity, glaciers, climate change
Measuring Permeabilities of Soil, Sand, and Gravel 6-8 activity, soil
Mineral Electrical Conductivity 7-12 activity, rocks, minerals, materials
Mineral Identification 4-12 activity, minerals, rocks
Model of a Normal Fault 4-12 activity, dynamic planet
Model of a Well K-4 activity, energy, water, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Modeling an Oil Reserve 8-12 activity, energy, rocks, minerals, natural resources
Modeling Earthquake Waves 6-10 activity, dynamic planet
Modeling Oil and Gas Reservoirs 9-12 activity, energy, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Monitoring Life in the Rocky Intertidal Ecosystem 9-12 activity, oceans
Mud Fossils K-4 activity, fossils
Mystery Mollusc 9-12 activity, oceans
Natural Gas Formation 6-12 activity, energy, natural resources
Nitrogen Connection 9-12 activity, nitrogen, soil, atmosphere, nitrate, water, nutrients, environment, minerals, rocks
No Child Left Inside Activities activity, ncli