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
A Bit of Engineering 5-8 activity, oceans
A Model of Three Faults 7-12 activity, dynamic planet
A Paste with a Taste 3-8 activity, materials, minerals, natural resources
Aggregates Matter 6-9 activity, aggregates, rocks
Analyzing Hurricanes Using Web and Desktop GIS 9-12 activity, weather
Are You a Water Waster? K-4 activity, water
Birdseed Mining 4-12 activity, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Build a Rain Gauge 5-9 activity, rain, weather, rainfall, water, clouds
Build Your Own Weather Station 6-12 activity, weather
Burning Issues 5-8 activity, energy
Carbon Travels 5-12 activity, carbon, fossil fuels, rocks, carbon cycle
Celebrate Wilderness 5-12 activity
Chemistry of Burning 6-8 activity, energy, fossils
Chocolate Rock Cycle K-8 activity, rocks
Citizen Science K-12 activity, environment, observation, education
Climate and Temperature 5-8 activity, soil, climate, weather
Connect the Spheres 5-8 activity, earth, atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, Earth systems
Connecting With Nature 3-8 activity, climate, nature, soil, dynamic planet, wildlife
Conservation in Action 9-12 activity, dynamic planet, landforms, soil
Constructive Forces of Mountain Building 9-12 activity, mountains, internet, big ideas, tectonics
Cookie Mining 4-12 activity, rocks, materials, minerals, natural resources
Core Sampling 5-12 activity, natural resources, energy, dynamic planet
Cracked Plates & Tectonics 5-10 activity, tectonics, plates, oceans, earthquake, natural hazards, boundaries, continents
Critical Zone 9-12 activity
Cupcake Core Sampling K-4 activity, natural resources, energy