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
Hurricane Tracking 7-12 activity, natural hazards, hurricanes, oceans
Identifying Your Watershed 9-12 activity, natural resources, water
Investigating Different Rock Types 5-8 activity, rocks, materials, minerals
Investigating Rock Types 5-9 activity, rocks, geology, sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic, natural resources
Investigating Soil 5-8 activity, soil
Investigating Water Use in Your Home 6-12 activity, water, natural resources
Iron Minerals on the Moon 6-8 activity, minerals
It's About Time 5-8 activity, climate, dynamic planet, fossils, rocks, soil, landforms, natural resources
It’s the “Rain,” Man K-12 activity, weather, climate, rain, temperature, project
Karst Topography Model 9-12 activity, materials, water, aquifer, drinking water, Karst, model, groundwater, geologic heritage
Karst, Sinkholes, and Human Activity activity, Karst, soil
Know Your Energy Costs 6-12 activity, energy
Land and People: Finding a Balance 6-12 groundwater, water, geology, soil, porosity, permeability, aquifer
Latitude and Longitude 6-8 activity, gps, satellites, citizen science, earthcaching, latitude, longitude
Leaf It to Me 3-10 activity, materials, water, evaporation, transpiration, atmosphere
Lightning 5-8 activity, weather
Liquefaction 5-10 activity, liquefaction, soil, water
Logs of Straw - Dendrocronology 5-9 activity, dynamic planet
Look Up! K-4 activity, sky, clouds, weather, observation
Looking Below Earth’s Surface geologic map, topography
Looking for Wild Elements 5-8 activity, climate, landforms, dynamic planet
Magnets at the Core 7-12 activity, oceans, climate
Maintaining Soil Moisture 5-9 activity, soil, ecosystems, sustainability
Make a Thunderstorm 5-8 activity, weather
Make a Watershed Model 6-12 activity, materials, water, watershed