Welcome to Earth Science Week Online Toolkit

Each year the American Geosciences Institute celebrates Earth Science Week with our members and partners to acknowledge and understand Earth and our relationship with the planet through programs, information and learning resources. This year Earth Science Week is Oct. 13 – 19.

The teaching and learning resources you will find on this page have been developed by AGI and our members and partners to help educators teach about our planet and its systems. Some resources are specific to exploring this year’s theme— Geoscience Is For Everyone—while others include teacher professional development opportunities and information about online resources and geoscience careers. Many of these you may also find in the printed toolkit, which you can order here.

Please enjoy the materials you find on this site and send any feedback to info@earthsciweek.org.

Happy Earth Science Week!

Landsat Inspires
Description: Earth inspires, and one of the most impressive ways to view the Earth is from miles above Earth's surface. In this resource, AmericaView has selected inspiring satellite images from Landsat, and produced a board game, in which students will explore even more satellite images of America's inspiring landscapes.
Organization: AmericaView
Description: Earth inspires, and one of the most impressive ways to view the Earth is from miles above Earth's surface. In this resource, AmericaView has selected inspiring satellite images from Landsat, and produced a board game, in which students will explore even more satellite images of America's inspiring landscapes.
Organization: AmericaView
Type of Resource: Poster - with activity
Activity Elements: Other
Activity Resources:
  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Other
Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: Yes
Disciplinary Core Ideas:
  • ESS 2 - Earth's systems
  • ESS 3 - Earth and human activity
Science and Engineering:
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Odyssey of the Eyes
Description: Earth inspires, and one of the most impressive ways to view the Earth is from miles above Earth's surface. In this activity students are encouraged to think creatively to become familiar with spacial concepts of location, distance, direction and scale and are introduced to various scales of remotely sensed data. They will create a 3-D model of an area and develop a classification system for the landforms in the model, then create a map using their eyes as remote sensors to view the model from a variety of heights and perspectives.
Organization: The GLOBE Program
Description: Earth inspires, and one of the most impressive ways to view the Earth is from miles above Earth's surface. In this activity students are encouraged to think creatively to become familiar with spacial concepts of location, distance, direction and scale and are introduced to various scales of remotely sensed data. They will create a 3-D model of an area and develop a classification system for the landforms in the model, then create a map using their eyes as remote sensors to view the model from a variety of heights and perspectives.
Organization: The GLOBE Program
Type of Resource: Classroom activity
Activity Elements: Physical lab
Activity Resources:
  • Art supplies
  • Lab supplies
Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: No
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS 2 - Earth's systems
Earth's System: ESS2.A - Earth materials and systems
Science and Engineering: Developing and using models
Fieldwork Among the Pixels: Virtual and Augmented Reality Diversify Geoscience Education
Description: 8 pgs. May/June 2018 EARTH Magazine article. PG 72 - 79. Article on how virtual reality is being used to promote diversity in geoscience education.
Organization: American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Description: 8 pgs. May/June 2018 EARTH Magazine article. PG 72 - 79. Article on how virtual reality is being used to promote diversity in geoscience education.
Organization: American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Type of Resource: News/Article
Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: No

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