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
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 activity, sky, clouds, weather, observation
Logs of Straw - Dendrocronology 5-9 activity, dynamic planet
Liquefaction 5-10 activity, liquefaction, soil, water
Lightning 5-8 activity, weather
Latitude and Longitude 6-8 activity, gps, satellites, citizen science, earthcaching, latitude, longitude
Land and People: Finding a Balance 6-12 groundwater, water, geology, soil, porosity, permeability, aquifer
Know Your Energy Costs 6-12 activity, energy
Karst, Sinkholes, and Human Activity activity, Karst, soil
It’s the “Rain,” Man K-12 activity, weather, climate, rain, temperature, project
It's About Time 5-8 activity, climate, dynamic planet, fossils, rocks, soil, landforms, natural resources
Investigating Water Use in Your Home 6-12 activity, water, natural resources
Investigating Soil 5-8 activity, soil
Investigating Rock Types 5-9 activity, rocks, geology, sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic, natural resources
Investigating Different Rock Types 5-8 activity, rocks, materials, minerals
Identifying Your Watershed 9-12 activity, natural resources, water
Hurricane Tracking 7-12 activity, natural hazards, hurricanes, oceans
Humans and Water, Past to Present 3-9
How Natural Gas Forms 6-10 activity, coal, natural resources, energy, fossil fuels, organic, sediments
How Much Soil Is There? K-5 activity, soil
How Dangerous Are Tsunamis? 6-12 activity, tsunamis, waves, water, oceans
How Can You Test Your Soil? 5-9 activity, soil