Teaching Earth Science

Teaching Earth Science

A Collection of Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans

Here is a list of teacher resources that can easily be modified and incorporated into the earth science classroom.
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Rocks - Igneous, Metamorphic & Sedimentary

Rocks and Minerals: Photos of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks that you can share via computer projection or assign as study. We also have information on minerals and their uses.

NASA Wavelength
A full spectrum of NASA resources for Earth and space science education. Activities and content for Pre-K through Higher Education plus informal education.
A collection of K-12 oceanography resources for teachers and students, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Teach Plate Tectonics With Drawings

Teaching Plate Tectonics: Use these easy-to-draw illustrations to teach your students about plate tectonics. Step-by-step teaching plan that can be modified for a variety of grade levels.

Adaptive Earth Science (PDF)
A large collection of Earth science activities developed by practicing teachers. Designed for easy implementation and adaptive to a variety of teaching situations.
Climate Kids
NASA's Climate Kids website brings climate science to life with fun games, interactive features, and exciting articles.
Diamonds Don't Form From Coal!

Diamonds Don't Form From Coal: Lots of students are being taught that diamonds form from coal. That is almost entirely false. A very small minority of diamonds have formed with coal as their carbon source. Most of Earth's diamonds formed deep in the mantle long before the first land plant (the source sediment of coal) existed! This article explains how diamonds form and why coal should not be considered the primary carbon source.

SciJinks is weather and Earth science made fun for middleschool kids. It has games, activities, videos, and “Now I get it” articles.
USGS Educational Resources
These resources are useful for 7-12 grade science educators. USGS has complete teaching modules, structured classroom activities, and resources for many topics.
Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year.

Free Graph Paper and Free Maps
Your students can get free printable graph paper, printable maps, printable calendars and more at, a website affiliated with .

National Science Teachers Association
An organization providing resources, professional development, education conferences, and much more!

Associations for Science Teachers
NSTA's list of science teaching societies in U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Find professional development near you.
Photos of Common Rock Types
Photos of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks that you can share via computer projection or assign as study.
Art's Mineral Identification Chart
A printable mineral identification chart in an excel document. It can be customized for the minerals you use when teaching and adapted to various grade levels.
The Most Difficult Rocks to Identify
An experienced geologist admits that he is seriously challenged when students bring him rocks to identify. The article includes tips for dealing with student specimens that can't be identified with confidence.
Rock, Mineral and Fossil Kits
Get a rock, mineral or fossil kit to teach your students about earth materials and how to identify them. We offer ten different kits in various sizes.
Geologic Time Scale
This printable geologic time scale is easy to understand and is not too complex. A word document that you can print for reference or classroom use with students.
The Geological Society
The Geological Society has compiled many teacher resources from their own material, web-based resources, and printed teaching support material.
Diamonds Don't Form From Coal:
Many students are being taught that diamonds form from coal. Most diamonds formed before Earth's first coal seam was deposited and before the first land plant.