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 descending Grade Level Tags
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
Dangerous Atmosphere 5-8 activity, atmosphere, climate, weather
Dating Popcorn 5-12 activity, dynamic planet, rocks
Deep-Sea Drilling 5-8 activity, oceans, natural resources
Density of Minerals 6-9 activity, minerals, analysis, gold, density
Determining Mineral Reserves 6-12 activty, minerals, rocks, resources, aggregates
Different Times, Different Environment geologic map, rocks, geologic history
Dig Into Soil K-4 activity, soil
Digging Into Soil 5-8 activity, soils, core, core samples
Disaster Supplies Kit K-12 activity, natural hazards
Discover Park Strategies for Sustainability 6-9 activity, sustainability, national parks
Discovering Fossils K-8 activity, national park service, fossils
Drill Site Dilemma K-4 activity, natural resources, oceans
Dynamic Wetlands 9-12 activity, dynamic planet, water
Earth and Ancient Architecture 6-10 activity, architecture, engineers, architects, materials
Earth's Hydrologic Cycle 1-12 activity, water, natural resources, oceans, weather
Earth: This Is Home 4-12 activity, technology
EarthCaching 6-12 activity
Earthquake Machine 9-12 activity, natural hazards, earthquake, engineering
Earthquake on the Playground 7-12 activity, natural hazards, earthquake