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
Sea and Ice Salinity 6-10 activity, oceans, water, minerals
Rock Pop 5-11 activity, rocks, caves, limestone
Rock Art in the National Parks 3-8 activity, rocks
Rock Around the World 4-9 activity, rocks, planet
Rock Abrasion 5-12 activity, rocks
Ring of Fire 6-9 activity, dynamic planet
Reclaiming a Mine Site 5-9 activity, reclaimation, soil, landscape, overburden, aggregates
Rain and Soil 5-10 activity, soil, minerals, organic, water, air
Properties of Fresh Water and Sea Water 6-12 activity, water, oceans
Properties of Fluids in Reservoirs 6-10 activity, natural resources, water
Products Made from Petroleum 9-12 activity, energy, materials, minerals, natural resources
Products from Petroleum 3-6 activity, energy, materials, natural resources
Predict the Flow 7-10 activity, volcano
Plant an Ozone Monitoring Garden 6-9 activity, space, weather, climate
Places on the Planet: Latitude and Longitude 6-8 activity, climate, weather, dynamic planet, energy, fossils, materials, minerals, oceans, rocks, landforms, soil, water, space
Particle Size and Oil Production 8-12 activity, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Parks Past, Present, and Future 3-6 activity, geoheritage, rocks, formations, materials, weather, erosion, tectonics, natural hazards
Painting With Soil 6-10 activity, soil, paint, art
Oil Trap Model 7-12 activity, natural resources, energy
Ocean Currents Change Our Earth 6-8 activity, oceans, water
Ocean Currents K-12 activity, oceans, water
Ocean Acidification 1-12 activity, atmosphere, fossil fuels, seawater, oceans, acidification
No Child Left Inside Activities activity, ncli
Nitrogen Connection 9-12 activity, nitrogen, soil, atmosphere, nitrate, water, nutrients, environment, minerals, rocks
Natural Gas Formation 6-12 activity, energy, natural resources