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 October 8 – 14, 2023.

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 Innovating for Earth and People—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!

Water Scarcity
Description: Physical water scarcity occurs when there is not enough water to meet all demands. Economic water scarcity is caused by a lack of investment in water or a lack of human capacity to satisfy the demand for water, even in places where water is abundant. Both are shown in this infographic.
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Description: Physical water scarcity occurs when there is not enough water to meet all demands. Economic water scarcity is caused by a lack of investment in water or a lack of human capacity to satisfy the demand for water, even in places where water is abundant. Both are shown in this infographic.
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Type of Resource: Poster - content only
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: Don't Know
Water: The resource that gets used & used & used for everything!
Description: How many uses of water can you name? At last count this colorful poster portrays no fewer than a dozen categories of uses of water.
Organization: USGS
Description: How many uses of water can you name? At last count this colorful poster portrays no fewer than a dozen categories of uses of water.
Organization: USGS
Type of Resource: Poster - with activity
Activity Elements: Physical lab
Activity Resources: Lab supplies
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: Don't Know
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS 3 - Earth and human activity
Earth and Human Activity: ESS3.A - Natural resources
Science and Engineering:
  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
Ice Flows Game
Description: What happens when warmer seawater comes into contact with ice in Antarctica? This game encourages students to learn as they take the roll of a penguin in the game.
Organization: University of Exeter
Description: What happens when warmer seawater comes into contact with ice in Antarctica? This game encourages students to learn as they take the roll of a penguin in the game.
Organization: University of Exeter
Type of Resource: Other
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: Don't Know
#AGYou
Description: AGYous were created to foster connections and build excitement about Earth Science Week. Print out the template, color/decorate as you like and take pictures with your AGYou as you participate in the Earth Science Week activities! #AGYou was designed to be fun for all ages and creative abilities.
Organization: American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Description: AGYous were created to foster connections and build excitement about Earth Science Week. Print out the template, color/decorate as you like and take pictures with your AGYou as you participate in the Earth Science Week activities! #AGYou was designed to be fun for all ages and creative abilities.
Organization: American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Type of Resource: Other
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: No
12 Orders of Soil Taxonomy
Description: The front of the poster has images and information on the 12 orders of soil taxonomy, and the back includes information about soil taxonomy and a US soil orders map that has a related online activity.
Organization: Soil Science Society of America
Description: The front of the poster has images and information on the 12 orders of soil taxonomy, and the back includes information about soil taxonomy and a US soil orders map that has a related online activity.
Organization: Soil Science Society of America
Type of Resource: Poster - with activity
Activity Elements: Online Experience
Activity Resources:
  • Computer
  • Internet
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: No
Disciplinary Core Ideas:
  • ESS 2 - Earth's systems
  • ESS 3 - Earth and human activity
Earth's System:
  • ESS2.A - Earth materials and systems
  • ESS2.C - The roles of water in Earth's surface processes
  • ESS2.D - Weather and climate
  • ESS2.E - Biogeology
Earth and Human Activity:
  • ESS3.A - Natural resources
  • ESS3.C - Human impacts on Earth systems
Science and Engineering: Asking questions and defining problems
Dig It! The Scoop on Soil
Description: This poster provides an overview of soil - what it is (and isn't), why it's important, soil horizons, texture, soil triangle, formation, and processes.
Organization: Soil Science Society of America
Description: This poster provides an overview of soil - what it is (and isn't), why it's important, soil horizons, texture, soil triangle, formation, and processes.
Organization: Soil Science Society of America
Type of Resource: Poster - content only
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: No
The 2022 MEC Mineral Baby
Description: The MEC Mineral Baby details the estimated amount of minerals, metals and fuels that an American born this year will use in their lifetime.
Organization: Minerals Education Coalition
Description: The MEC Mineral Baby details the estimated amount of minerals, metals and fuels that an American born this year will use in their lifetime.
Organization: Minerals Education Coalition
Type of Resource: Poster - content only
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: No
2022 MEC Minerals Needed Every Year (Per Capita Use of Minerals)
Description: This graphic illustrates the quantity of minerals needed for each person in the United States this year.
Organization: Minerals Education Coalition
Description: This graphic illustrates the quantity of minerals needed for each person in the United States this year.
Organization: Minerals Education Coalition
Type of Resource: Poster - content only
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: No
Geoscience for the Future
Description: Geoscientists will be crucial in meeting society’s future challenges; this poster highlights geoscience careers and how work can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Organization: The Geological Society
Description: Geoscientists will be crucial in meeting society’s future challenges; this poster highlights geoscience careers and how work can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Organization: The Geological Society
Type of Resource: Poster - content only
Additional Language(s):
Present in Physical Kit: No

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