Big Idea 5

Big Idea 5: Earth is the water planet.

Big Idea 6

Big Idea 6: Life evolves on a dynamic Earth and continuously modifies Earth.

Big Idea 7

Big Idea 7: Humans depend on Earth for resources.

Big Idea 8

Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans.

Big Idea 9

Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth.

Birdseed Mining

In this activity you will use seeds to model mining valuable materials from rocks.

Build a Rain Gauge

How much precipitation falls in your area? To find out, use the instructions below to create your own rain gauge. Then head outside to measure rainfall in your neighborhood.

Build Your Own Weather Station

Atmospheric scientists study weather processes, the global dynamics of climate, solar radiation and its effects, and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution. They observe what's going on in our atmosphere today and compare it to records from years past. To monitor the weather, atmospheric scientists use highly specialized instruments that measure rainfall, wind speed and direction, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. You can measure these at your home or school. Begin creating a weather station by building a psychrometer, also called a hygrometer, to measure the relative humidity.

Burning Issues

Students will become familiar with fire terminology, realize how fire can be used as a management tool, and better understand the factors that need to be considered when planning a prescribed burn.


The Earth Science Week 2017-18 Activity Calendar extends the celebration from one week to the whole school year! Distributed as part of the Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkit, this attractive wall calendar features an exciting classroom activity each month. The publication also provides information about "Earth and Human Activity" activities, career opportunities, geoscience happenings, important dates in history, event participation tips, and links to resources on the Web.


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