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
Lightning 5-8 activity, weather
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 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 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
Houston Activity: Texas Rocks houston, texas, activity, classroom, maps, rocks
Hands-On Experiments to Test for Acid-Mine Drainage 5-12 activity
Groundwater on the Move 4-9 activity, groundwater, water, resources, aquifer
Groundwater Movement K-12 activity, groundwater, aggregates, rocks, water, natural resources
Greenhouse in a Beaker 6-10 activity, atmosphere, thermal energy, temperature, energy, heat, climate change, greenhouse effect
Gold Panning K-9 activity, rocks, dynamic planet, materials, minerals, natural resources
Global GIS Lesson activity, maps, earthquake, volcano
Global Change: Where Land, Air and Water Meet 5-8 activity, water, dynamic planet
Glacier Slide 5-12 activity, weather, climate, water
GIS and Careers 6-12 activity, gis, careers