Natural Science Teacher Resources
Delve into physical, earth and life sciences with these teacher-reviewed resources. Your learners will surely be inspired to learn as they explore nature's phenomena.
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The Volcano Factory
Collaborative groups work together to report on the volcanic activity leading to island formation and construct models to demonstrate the process. Consider having each group present their project to the rest of the class. There are many online resources provided to support this lesson.
5th - 6th Science 19 Views 74 Downloads
Holt Earth Science 3 Climate Skills Worksheet
Get your scientists thinking critically about climate with this challenging worksheet, which has learners complete 10 analogies using climate terms. They also read a paragraph about monsoons in India and answer interpretation questions. Learners practice supporting claims as they agree or disagree with 3 statements, and finally refine the concepts they have learned by answering 3 critical thinking questions.
7th - 9th Science 34 Views 532 Downloads
What is Earth Science?
This learning exercise tests general knowledge of scientific fields with a focus on those involved in earth science. Learners fill in 9 blanks using the provided word bank of scientific fields. In addition, there are 2 questions specifically related to earth science.
5th - 9th Science 44 Views 280 Downloads
Branches of Earth Science Wordle
Acquaint your class with the 4 branches of earth science with this visual representation of the different branches. Using 4 different colors, learners categorize the provided words into the separate branches of earth science: meteorology, oceanography, geology, and astronomy.
5th - 9th Science 25 Views 162 Downloads
Quiz #2 - Branches of Earth Science
For this earth science quiz, test-takers use photographs posted around a classroom to identify the 4 branches of earth science. They receive bonus points for identifying the event or activity of a scientist associated with the photographs. If you were interested in using this resource, you would need to post photographs around the room displaying the different branches of earth science.
5th - 10th Science 10 Views 84 Downloads
Lost City Chemistry Detectives
Relying on previous understanding of plate tectonics, high school oceanographers make inferences about chemical reactions that occur at hydrothermal vents. They view video clips of the Lost City hydrothermal vents and answer questions on an accompanying worksheet.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 7 Downloads
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation
The pocket mouse can be light brown like the sands of the desert, or dark brown like the volcanic lava flows that are interspersed throughout New Mexico's Valley of Fire. It seems that predators have weeded out light colored mice in this volcanic landscape.
10 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 19 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods
The featured movie focuses on the ancestry of our four-footed friends. Find the fundamental pattern of their limbs and vertebrae in fossils of fish. After viewing, biology learners can enjoy interactive websites to zoom in on the relationship between the human frame and that of related animals.
17 mins 6th - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree
Different islands in the Caribbean have very similar species of anole lizards, which each have their own place in the ecosystem. Researchers did several studies to determine whether the anoles evolved into the different species then migrated to the different islands or evolved independently on each island.
18 mins 6th - 12th Science 6 Views 4 Downloads
The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch
After finding from this feature that the famous finches of the Galapagos have developed different beak styles depending on the food available on their island, pupils can play a game of matching finch songs. In a lab activity, they can also analyze data to form conclusions about the relationship between natural selection and the beak shapes.
16 mins 6th - 12th Science 4 Views 5 Downloads
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Earth's Rotation
After completing the activity, "Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year," zoom in on Earth's rotation using the same simulation setup and this outline. Each class member dons a map of the Western Hemisphere and plays the part of Earth as it rotates on its axis.
3rd - 8th Science 79 Views 59 Downloads
Sun and Weather
How is the Earth's weather created? Middle schoolers will explain how the Sun's energy is transformed into different forms. They will perform mathematical calculations of volume, mass, and temperature. They they will explain the different factors influencing the Earth's weather.
6th - 8th Science 35 Views 318 Downloads
Hubris Lesson Plan
Bring this lesson on hubris to your short story unit. After reading Jack London's "To Build a Fire," young readers discuss the role of hubris in the protagonist's death. The lesson has connections to other short stories, such as "The Most Dangerous Game," and even cross-curricular applications to earth science, biology, and geology.
7th - 9th Language Arts 3 Views 32 Downloads
The Name Game-Exploring Dinosaur Names
Provide a motivating way to discuss dinosaurs in your classroom. Learners explore how dinosaurs were named and classified. They describe the individual features of each dinosaur. Then, they come up with an idea for a new type of dinosaur and design a model.
7th - 9th Science 5 Views 30 Downloads
What a creative way to explore earth science. Have your class simulate the mining of natural resources. Using Play-Doh, learners recreate the core drilling process to determine the amount of minerals present. They write a detailed lab report describing the process they followed.
4th - 7th Science 14 Views 101 Downloads
Older Than Blue Babe
Students create a collage of the carbon cycle. For this earth science lesson, students explore the history and significance of permafrost. They analyze a graph of climate trends and explain how climate change and permafrost thaw are connected.
9th - 10th Science 6 Views 40 Downloads
Lessons - Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!
Volcanoes are among the most spectacular geological features on the planet. Jump into an exploration of these amazing phenomenon with this multimedia activity series. Working collaboratively in small groups, young scientists view videos and use online simulations as they learn about the formation of different types of volcanoes through the action of tectonic plates.
6th - 12th Science 47 Views 39 Downloads
Student Paleontologists - Delving into Microfossils
Students classify microfossils according to their physical characteristics. For this earth science lesson, students research about what phylum their fossil belong to. They prepare slides and write descriptions about them.
7th - 8th Science 16 Views 16 Downloads