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Students identify landforms created by forces of nature. In this instructional activity on Earth's surface, students watch a video about the Earth's surface and use satellite images of the United States to identify various changes seem in the surface of the Earth.
Fourth graders explore the Earth's changing surface. In this earth science instructional activity, 4th graders conduct a scientific experiment that replicates the wearing away of minerals. Students write paragraphs that make connections between the experiment and how the Earth's surface changes.
Fourth graders use sand, clay, and water to try and make the Grand Canyon. In this Earth's surface lesson plan, 4th graders discuss how the use of water when flooded can change the Earth's surface. They explore how it would change the look of sand or clay over time.
Students depict the various layers of the Earth through an interactive art project. In this Earth's layers lesson, students listen to the book How to Dig a Hole to the other Side of the World and make speculations of why the center of the earth is made up of iron and nickel. Students use colored sand to create an art project showing the various layers of Earth.
Introduce your earth science enthusiasts to the earth's energy budget. Teach them using an informative set of slides that include illuminating lecturer's notes, relevant vocabulary, embedded animations, colorful satellite maps, and a video. The class is divided into three different groups to experiment with surface albedo, clouds, and land and water temperatures. After they investigate, the groups come back to share their findings with the rest of the class.
Fourth graders construct a concept map about Plate Tectonics. They include types of movement, names and effects of boundaries. They research plate tectonics, describe and name 3 types. They analyze the effect on the earth's surface of plate activity.
Students complete research and solve problems that show the factors that determine the temperature of the earth's surface including the effect of greenhouse gases. They look at the relationships between solar energy, atmosphere, and how solar energy is reflected and absorbed.
Students demonstrate how the color of materials on Earth affect the amount of solar energy that is absorbed.  In this solar energy lesson students complete a lab to explore how the color of materials on the Earth's surface impacts warming. 
Investigate and discover the importance of geodesy. Read about how geodesy is used to measure changes in location of points on Earth's surface. High schoolers complete an activity to show location of points on a surface and fill in the blanks to complete 31 sentences about topics related to geodesy. They also complete a crossword puzzle given 33 clues related to geodesy.
Students examine distribution of water and minerals. In this surface and groundwater lesson, students conduct an experiment with fresh and salt water making hypothesis and drawing conclusions about minerals. 
In a cross-curricular lesson linking math and science, examine the percentages of earth's water supply with your elementary kids using pasta or dixie cups of water. Younger learners focus on identifying local water sources on the globe or a map, then making a pie chart of the earth's water, while older kids graph the data on a bar graph after performing a brief simulation representing the distribution of earth's water.
Students study the earth in relation to the solar system.  In this planetary lesson students complete several investigations into the measurement of the earth and its magnetic field.
Pupils explore the Earth and its ability to support life. They discuss the geosphere and the water cycle and complete the Water Wonders activity. After completing the activity, they respond in their journals and reflect upon the Earth's systems.
Young scholars study Earth's features and their local environments. In this Earth's features lesson, students take a field trip to observe a natural environment and young scholars sketch their observations of the nature. Students watch videos about Earth's various environments. Young scholars bring in pictures or objects from environments they've visited.
In this Earth and Sun worksheet, students read 2 instructional passages and respond to 5 fill in the blank and short answer questions regarding these geographic topics.
Students explore Earth science by viewing slide-show images. In this Erosion lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation with photographs of dust bowls and harsh weather. Students discuss the contrasting weather in the photographs and define the terms erosion, desert and dunes.
Students explore how the Earth's surface changes resulting in geological features and landforms. They perform a read-a-loud on Thomas Locker's Mountain Dance, complete a KWL chart, and create a landform using plaster of paris.
Students explain how changes on the Earth's surface affect the organisms on it. In this earth science lesson, students connect this event to subsistence in Alaska. They listen to a local Elder's presentation and complete a worksheet right after.
How does the color of a surface affect the heating of the earth? Middle school science classes experiment with color and surface albedo to determine the relationship. The website has tabs for an overview, teacher's instructions, background and extension ideas, and a student lab sheet. It is richly detailed and will provide an apt activity for your earth science curriculum. 
High schoolers explore the ways Earth's surface is shaped by hydrologic, climate and tectonic forces by participating in a whole class discussion. They respond to prompts that lead them to conclusions about the relationships between landforms and the geologic and biologic processes that create the landforms.

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