Natural Science Teacher Resources

Natural science focuses on the phenomena of the natural world, whether it be through the eyes of a chemist, physicist, astronomer, or biologist. The beauty—and difficulty—of designing curriculum for natural science is how wide ranging the field itself can be. Luckily, Lesson Planet has just what you need for a perfectly applicable natural science activity!

Elementary learners will love participating in an introductory scavenger hunt for specific items in nature. Select an activity from a packet of practical natural science activities, including observation of the buoyancy in a cereal bowl and the distribution of ink in newspaper pictures.

For older students, a video on the history of earth science is a great place to start, or check out another video on how animal viruses can affect humans. Teach about natural selection as it relates to Darwin’s finches, or use an activity about the genes involved in particular types of cancer. Young astronomers can create a model of the moon’s rotation around the Earth, as well as the Earth’s rotation around the sun.

Our teacher team knows that you’d rather spend more time in the lab and less time in the planning book, so we’ve reviewed even more resources for every grade and skill level. Browse the lessons, activities, videos, and worksheets below for the perfect natural science unit!

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What is Earth Science?

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Here is a unique presentation that's on Earth Science. In it, learners see that Earth Science is a science made up of four main categories: Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology, and Oceanography. Pupils are assigned a task. They must find two...
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Holt Earth Science 3 Climate Skills Worksheet

For Students 7th - 9th
Get your scientists thinking critically about climate with this challenging learning exercise, which has learners complete 10 analogies using climate terms. They also read a paragraph about monsoons in India and answer interpretation...
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Branches of Earth Science Wordle

For Students 5th - 9th
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:...
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Greatest Discoveries with Bill Nye - Earth Science

For Students 5th - 9th
Have your young scientists take notes on this list of questions while they watch Greatest Discoveries with Bill Nye: Earth Science. This activity is composed to 29 short answer display questions. The video is about earth science topics...
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Why Earth Science

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Introduce the inquisitive learners in your class to the wonders of the planet Earth. This video showcases the reasons why we should study earth science and how a career or education in earth science can help us safeguard our planet. This...
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Jeopardy - Earth Sciences

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Questions about water, weather, geology, astronomy, and the scientific process make up this Jeopardy game. It is a pretty well-rounded set of slides, although you may want to be aware that a few of the questions are specific to the state...
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Earth Science Crossword Puzzle

For Students 5th - 8th
Go over some earth science concepts and terms with this online interactive crossword puzzle. There are 8 clues provided for learners, covering topics like: tides, algae, and currents. Some of these clues are more clear than others. There...
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Earth Science: travel

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this earth science worksheet learners complete a series of multiple choice and short answer questions that includes solar radiation, temperature, porosity and rock formations. 
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Branches of Earth Science

For Students 5th - 10th
Connect earth science to science occupations and real-life events with this worksheet and activity. After listing the 4 branches of earth science, learners spend some time brainstorming two activities each type of earth scientist might...
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Science Crossword Puzzle

For Students 6th - 8th
Class members read 25 clues about all areas of science, including biology, chemistry, weather, physical science, and insert their answers into a crossword puzzle. There is no word bank and the students would need experience with tough...
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Quiz #2 - Branches of Earth Science

For Students 5th - 10th
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...
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AP Chemistry Topic 10: Nuclear Chemistry, Review, Part 1

For Students 10th - 12th
Challenge your advanced chemistry class with this handout. Learners will review all aspects of nuclear chemistry, from writing balanced nuclear equations to determining half-life. They perform calculations and read and label graphs. This...
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Earth Science: Crash Course History of Science #20

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How old is Earth and how do scientists know the answer? Throughout history, many researchers, scholars, and leaders answered this question with varying degrees of accuracy. The 20th episode of Crash Course History of Science introduces...
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Study Jams! Physical & Chemical Changes of Matter

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Poor Sam! His graham crackers have undergone a physical change, so he can't make his s'mores! Mia explains that their molecules haven't changed, therefore they are still graham crackers. The two teens then discuss clues that would...
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Chemical and Physical Changes

For Students 7th - 9th
Though it states that it is a activity, this technically is a set of directions for a series of six activities exploring physical and chemical changes. Chemistry or introductory physical science aces examine carbon dioxide production of...
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Break the Code: Earth Science

For Students 6th - 10th
Crack the crust of earth science vocabulary with this vocabulary exercise. Kids use the key at the top of the page to decode the words that are written in numbers rather than letters. Each encoded word is part of a sentence that includes...
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Chemistry and Physical Changes

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Engage the class like never before as pupils learn to differentiate between multiple physical and chemical changes by conducting a list of small experiments, most often with household materials. They make observations and discuss the...
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Earth Science Jeopardy

For Teachers 4th
This jeopardy game has 5 categories and 5 point levels, and is designed with a section of hodge podge, geography, and earth science review questions.  The questions are clear and the point selections are designed to darken once used.
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Organic Chemistry 231, Martin Larter, Exam 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
If you need a straightforward and comprehensive organic chemistry exam, check this one out. Chemistry pupils identify functional groups in molecule diagrams, draw a Lewis structure, fill in a table about molecular shape, predict boiling...
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AP Chemistry Topic 10: Nuclear Chemistry, Part B, Examples

For Students 11th - 12th
This convenient handout will save you and your chemistry aces time. You will not need to prepare notes, and they will not need to consult their texts for future reference. Detailed notes on radioactive decay are provided and learners are...
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AP Chemistry Topic 10: Nuclear Chemistry, Part B

For Students 10th - 12th
By completing this worksheet, your advanced chemists will receive valuable practice in determining amounts of materials during radioactive decay. If you teach AP chemistry courses, this will be an appropriate resource for reinforcing...
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Nuclear Chemistry Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Radiation has numerous real-world applications, some of which are relatively safe while others can be extremely hazardous. In this nuclear chemistry project, young scientists choose a practical use of nuclear reactions to research in...
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Organic Chemistry: Simple Hydrocarbons

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The words organic chemistry and simple are not usually seen in the same sentence. Introduce the foundation of the science to young chemists with a video from JFR Science. Topics include the chemical classes of hydrocarbons, their uses in...
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Physical Changes and States of Matter - One

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Third graders study the three states of matter and identify the physical changes that take place between them. There is an initial teacher-led demonstration followed by a meaningful whole-class inquiry. These two activities should lead...