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
Disaster Supplies Kit K-12 activity, natural hazards
Digging Into Soil 5-8 activity, soils, core, core samples
Dig Into Soil K-4 activity, soil
Determining Mineral Reserves 6-12 activty, minerals, rocks, resources, aggregates
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
Connect the Spheres 5-8 activity, earth, atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, Earth systems
Climate and Temperature 5-8 activity, soil, climate, weather
Clear as Black and White 6-10 activity, geologic map, groundwater, colorblind
Citizen Science K-12 activity, environment, observation, education
Chocolate Rock Cycle K-8 activity, rocks, chocolate, preocesses, sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous
Chemistry of Burning 6-8 activity, energy, fossils
Celebrate Wilderness 5-12 activity, nature, land, landscape, wilderness, wildlife
Carbon Travels 5-12 activity, carbon, fossil fuels, rocks, carbon cycle
Burning Issues 5-8 activity, energy