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
Ring of Fire 6-9 activity, dynamic planet
Rock Abrasion 5-12 activity, rocks
Rock Around the World 4-9 activity, rocks, planet
Rock Art in the National Parks 3-8 activity, rocks
Rock Pop 5-11 activity, rocks, caves, limestone
Sea and Ice Salinity 6-10 activity, oceans, water, minerals
Sea Level and the Terrapin 6-10 activity, oceans
Seeding Growth K-2 activity, sustainability, Geoscientists without Borders, Sustainable Development Goals
Seismic Calendar 9-12 activity, dynamic planet
Seismic Mapping 5-9 activity, dynamic planet
ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning K-12 activity, earthquake, magnet, waves
Shoebox Geologist 6-10 activity, processes, geology, stratigraphy, materials, rocks, deposits
Sinkholes in a Cup 6-10 activity, landforms, natural hazards
Sky and Cloud Windows 3-8 activity, weather
Soil Color and Redox Chemistry 9-12 activity, soil, chemisty
Soil Moisture 4-12 activity, water, land, satellites, soil
Soil Properties 5-10 activity, soil
Soil's Role in Carbon Sequestration 6-12 activity, soil, carbon, carbon cycle, carbon sequestration, climate, climate change
Soil, Plants, and the Energy Cycle 9-12 activity, soil, energy, weather, climate
Soil, the Forgotten Resource 6-10 activity, soil
Solar Cell Energy Nationwide 7-12 activity, satellites, solar energy, weather, sunlight, energy
Solar Updraft Tower 5-8 activity, energy, electricity, greenhouse gases, climate change
Sources of Minerals 6-12 activity, minerals, sustainability
Space Archaeology 6-12 activity, archaeology, space
Splish Splash K-4 activity, water