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 Last updated on 10-18-2015.

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Collections of Earth Science Lessons
Earth Science Lesson Plans    
Many lesson plans from Discovery Education.

Earth Science Week
Many activities aligned categorized by the Next Generation Science Standards.

Resources for K-12 Earth Science Educators
Many lesson plans from the Geological Society of America.

High School (9-12) Earth Science
From Share My Lesson.

Earth Science Lesson Plans
From Teachnology.

Earth Science Lesson Plans
From Fossils-Facts-and-Finds.

Teaching Earth Science
Links to classroom activities and lesson plans from Geology.com. See also Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans.

Earth and Space Science
Many lesson plans from the MCREL Lesson Plan Library.


Geology Lesson Plans
Geology Activities and Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum. See also Middle School (5-8) Geology.


K-12 Lessons and Activities
Thematic packets, lessons and demonstration activities from the Minerals Education Coalition.

Glacier National Park Virtual Field Trip
Excellent online experience. See also Grand Canyon National Park Geology Lesson Plans.

Lesson Plans on Rocks and Minerals
Several lesson plans from Rocks and Minerals 4U.

Rocks and Minerals
A 4th-grade unit. See also Geology: Just Touching the Surface and The Structure of the Earth for other 4th-grade units.

Rocks
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the Discovery School. See also Rocks for a 4th-grade lesson plan on
types of rocks.

Minerals, Crystals, and Gems
Three lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian.

Visualizing Earth From the Classroom
Many geology and earth science lesson plans (plate tectonics, earth quakes, etc.).

Sandwich Squash: How the Himalayas Were Formed
A lesson plan in which students create and record a model of mountain formation as well  as identify major mountain building formations around the world. See Tectonic Plate Motion, an excellent resource.

Plate Tectonics
A 6th-grade unit. See also Shake, Rattle, and Roll.

Exploring Caves
An interdisciplinary set of materials from the USGS on caves for grades K-3. 

Cavern Geology
Several lesson ideas from Cave and Mine Adventures.

Virtual Geology Field Trip Guides
See also Some Geological Virtual Field Trips.

Volcano World
Many resources.

Volcano Resources for Educators
From the USGS. See also
Alaska Volcanoes Guidebook for Teachers and Living with a Volcano in your Backyard -- An Educator's Guide with Emphasis on Mount Rainier.

Volcanoes Lesson Plans

Thirteen lesson plans from GNS Science (New Zealand).


Understanding Volcanoes
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.


Fossils
Learning From the Fossil Record
A large collection of lesson plans.

Fossil Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Fossils-Facts-and-Finds.

National Fossil Day
Man y educational activities for a variety of subjects from the National Parks Service.

Fossils
A five-part lesson plan plus Power Point slides from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Fantastic Faux Fossils
A hands-on lesson idea from Blick Art Supplies.

Fossils 1:Fossils and Dinosaurs
A lesson plan from Science NetLinks.

Learning about Fossils through Hands-On Science and Literacy
Several lesson plans for a variety of grade levels.

Fun with Fossils
A lesson plan for grades 3-5.

Fossils Rock! Tales from the Field
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from National Geographic.

A History of the Earth: Digging Up the Past
A grade 4 unit.

Who's on First? A Relative Dating Activity
A secondary unit involving a sequencing activity using fossil pictures printed on "rock layer" cards.

Fossils: 2nd-Grade WebQuest  
See also Getting into the Fossil Record.

 

Biomes
The World's Biomes
This is a really good site with information about and pictures of the world's five basic biomes: aquatic, deserts, forests, grass lands, and tundra.

Biome Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Biomes of the World.

Biomes Lesson
For grades 3-6.

Biome Discovery Expedition
A lesson plan for grades 3-8 from Education World.

Our Trip Around the Biomes
An Internet-based lesson. See also At Home in a Biome and Biomes/Ecosystems.


Elements of Biology: Biomes
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education. See also Unique Plants of the Biomes.

Biomes
A lesson plan for grades 9-13+. 

Glacier Climbing
A lesson plan from Newton's Apple.

Deserts
Deserts for Teachers
From Mr. Donn.

Welcome to the Sahara Desert
An early elementary lesson plan.

Desert Habitat
A lesson plan for K-2.

Just Deserts
A cross-curricular lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Deserts
A 6th-grade unit with nine lesson plans.

Desert Dwellers
A high school lesson plan.

Wetlands
The Fragile Fringe
A guide for teaching about coastal Wetlands from the USGS.  

Wetlands Lesson Plans from Louisiana State University
Several lesson plans for grades 4 and 5.

Americas Wetland Foundation - Education Archive

Many resources and lesson plans.

Lesson Plans: Wetlands Ecology
Several lesson plans from Wetlands Live.

Wetlands Ecosystems
Teacher's Guides for elementary, middle, and high school from Ducks Unlimited.

Wetland Lessons and Activities
A bunch of middle school lesson plans from Wetland Stewards. See other lesson plans and links in their
Wetland and Watershed Resources E-Library.

Postcards from the Wetlands
A technology and Internet-based  elementary lesson plan.

Create a Wetlands Scene
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from National Geographic.

Wonderful Wetlands
A 4th-grade lesson plan. See also Wetlands are Wonderlands.

Watersheds and Wetlands

A lesson plan from My Science Box.

Wetland in a Pan
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Penn. State University. See Identifying Wetlands for a high school lesson plan from Penn. State.

Mississippi River Wetlands
A lesson plan fro grades 6-12 for Education World.

Wetlands
Another lesson plan for grade 7-12.

Florida Wetlands Unit
An 8th-grade unit integrating science and social studies.


Prairies
Prairie Ecosystems Lesson Plans
Lesson plans and resources. See also Prairie Resources and Webliography.

Prairies
A 1st or 2nd-grade lesson plan using Peter Murray's book by this title.

The Incredible Prairie Picture Show
A lesson plan for grades K-2 from National Geographic's Xpeditions. See also
Microclimate in the Schoolyard.

Our Grasslands
A lesson plan for 2nd grade in pdf format.

Grasslands
A 10-lesson unit for the middle grades. See also The Grasslands Unit.

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Scholastic.

The American Prairie
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from The Discovery Education.

Smallville's Prairie Problem
A multidisciplinary, hands-on project for grades 9-10. See also the elementary (grades 4-5) and middle level (grades 6-8) versions of this activity.

Life Along a Prairie River
An Educator's Guide with lesson plans and activities from the Oklahoma Biological Survey.

Water: Water Science/Table/Cycle, Water Quality/Pollution, Lakes/Watershed, Rivers, Oceans

Water Science/Water Table/Water Cycle
Water Science School
Activities, pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center from the USGS.


Water Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans
Links to several interesting lesson plans and resources from Geology.com.

Land vs. Water
A primary-grade lesson plan in which
students learn that the Earth is mainly covered with water.

Global Water
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which students monitor their household water use. See other lessons from this same source.

Where Does Water Come From: The Water Cycle
A K-2 lesson from a unit titled, Water Makes the World Go 'Round.

The Water Cycle
A lesson plan for grades 4-6. See also
Water: A Never-Ending Story for a curriculum module intended for grades 4 and 5.

The Water Cycle
An 8th-grade lesson plan from the Penn. State School of Forest Resources. See also How Much Do I Know About Water?

Water Cycle Lesson Plans
Five elementary lesson plans. See also The Water Cycle for a lesson plan for grades 4-7.

Water Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for all grade levels from
the Penn. State School of Forest Resources.

Around the Water Cycle
A reader's theater activity for the elementary grades.

Rainfall and the Water Table
A lesson plan for grades 3-5.

Water Quality
Water Quality Educational Resources
Links to lesson plans, fact sheets, and other resources. See also Water Quality Theme Page.

Water Quality
Six lesson plans from Utah State University.

World Water Monitoring Challenge
Lesson plans, guides, and checklists.

Lesson Plan Using Water Quality Data-1

From Grand Valley State University, this lesson plan uses data to examine Lake Michigan's water. See also lesson plan 2.

H2O University
Lesson plans, experiments, and activities organized by grade level..

Supplying Our Water Needs

An interdisciplinary high school project requiring Internet access.

Contaminated Drinking Water
An elementary lesson plan.

Water Theme
Links to many lesson plans from edHelper.com. See also Oceans Theme.   

Marine Pollution
Links to lesson plans on acid rain, marine pollution/debris, oil spills, and water quality.

Virginia's Water Resources--A Tool for Teachers
Lesson plans for a variety of grade levels

USGS Real-Time Water Data
Provides data for streamflow, water quality, groundwater, and precipitation for all 50 states.

What is in the Water?
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in which students compare bottled water to that found in a pond habitat.

Operation Water Pollution
Several lesson plans from the Safe Drinking Water Foundation.

Watershed/Lakes
The Updated Watershed Game
The classroom version will be released during Fall 2015. Scroll down the page for information.

Watershed Lesson Plan
A lesson plan in pdf format on the Lake Superior Watershed.  If you are doing an integrated unit on Lake Superior, take a look at Fish of the Great Lakes, Minnesota's Historic Shipwrecks, Lights of Lake Superior, and the Great Lakes Information Network.  

Living with the Great Lakes
Information and lesson plans from
Grand Valley State University in Michigan
,

Water on the Web
This program from UMD looks really interesting. It is an interactive curriculum designed for advanced high school and college students that uses real lake data to explore basic science concepts through directed study and inquiry. Click on Curricula to access the water science units.

Can We Keep the Lake Clean?
A primary-grade lesson plan from National Geographic's Xpeditions.


Freshwater Habitats
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.


Summer Home

A lesson plan in which students examine ethical and values issues as they examine the environmental impact of building a summer home on a small lake.

Watershed Island
A lesson plan for grades 6-8. See also Living in a Watershed for a 4th-grade lesson plan.

Great Lakes Homepage for Kids
Lesson plans for grades 4-8. For more information on the Great Lakes, go to The Great Lakes Information Network.  

Paddle to the Sea
An activity from the Gulf of Maine Aquarium using the book Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling. Among other things, this activity examines the effect of the Great Lakes on local weather patterns and compares water surface areas of the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Maine.

Rivers
Earth's Water: Rivers and streams
Information from the USGS.

Rivers - Lesson Plan for Use Online
A lesson plan about river sections and features. 

Rivers: Lifelines of the Land
A middle school lesson plan from National Geographic. See also Navigating the Niger for another middle school lesson plan from National Geographic.

A River of Lessons!
Many lesson plans from Education World. See also International Water Institute for educational resources related to
the Red River Watershed.


USGS Current-Time Water Data
Streamflow, water quality, groundwater, and precipitation for all 50 states.

A River Runs through It
A  project designed for intermediate grade students. Access to a river or stream is necessary. Students will also need access to the Internet and data collection software.

Earth Trails Mississippi River Lesson Plans
More than 30 middle school activities.

Mississippi River
A lesson plan for grades 2 to 4 on the importance of the Mississippi River. For background information about the Mississippi River, the Mississippi Headwaters Board.  

Wildlife Along the Mississippi River
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Education World. See also Mississippi River Scavenger Hunt.

Mississippi River

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the Discovery Education.

Hudson River Lesson Plans
Elementary-grade lesson plans for a variety of subjects.

Rivers through Time
A lesson plans for grades 3-4 from ChicagoRiver.org.

Major Rivers: A Texas Water Education Program
Lesson plans for grades 4 and 5.

H204U
A unit plan for grades 6-8 including a lesson titled, Mission: Access Water Colorado River. See also their unit for grades 9-12.

Blue Beads of the Missouri River
A lesson plan for grades 5-8.


The Nature of Great Rivers
The first of three lesson plans for grades 6-8 from Science NetLinks. The other two lesson plans can be accessed from the above page.

A River Can't Defend Itself in Court: the Role of the Riverkeeper
A high school lesson plan from the Penn State School of Forest Resources.

Life in a Forest Stream
A middle school lesson plan from the above source. See also Stream and
Speed of a Forest Stream.


Oceans/Marine
Biomes: Freshwater and Seawater
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Acquatic Habitats for another middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

UCLA - SSWIMS Lesson Plans
Ten lesson plans on a variety of marine subjects.

The Bridge Ocean Sciences Lesson Collections
Links to collections of lessons dealing with oceans. See also Oceans Theme Page.  

SEA Semester K-12 Lesson Plans
Lesson plans on marine biology, oceanography, nautical science, and marine ecology.

Ocean Explorer Deep East Lesson Plans
Downloadable lesson plans for grades 5-12.

Ocean Lesson Plans
From Pinterest.

Hands-On Lesson and Activities about Oceans
Many elementary lesson plans.

Under the Deep Blue Sea
A high-quality K-2 lesson plan exploring oceans and ocean life  See also Ocean Planet: Fact Sheets.  

Oceans: Everything You Need
From Scholastic.

Hot, Cold, Fresh and Salty
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 investigating
the effects of the layering of warm and cold water and water that is more or less saline than the normal.


Sea Water and Agriculture
A lesson plan designed to help students to understand that even a small rise in sea level can lead to salinization of valuable agricultural land.

NASA Oceanography
Studying oceans from space. Scroll down the page learning resources.  

Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine
Three high-quality lesson plans for grades 3-8 from the Smithsonian.  

Operation Reef Rescue
A coral reef WebQuest. See also Coral Reef WebQuest.

Seaworld Classroom Acrivities
Several lesson plans for a variety of grade levels..

Forestry/Trees - Click on a topic: forestry, treesleaves, tree rings

Forestry
Sustainable Forestry
A lesson plan from the Penn State School of Forest Resources. See their
From the Woods Series.

Lesson Plans for Forest-Minded Teachers
Many lesson plans in pdf format for a variety of grade levels from the Idaho Forest Products Commission. This site takes a a while to load!

Forestry/Natural Resources Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans organized by grade level.

Forestry Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from Forestinfo.org.

LEAF Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Lesson Guides
Lesson plans for all grade levels from
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Society of American Foresters - Education
Another large set of lesson plans for all grade levels.

Canada's Forest: A Breath of Fresh Air
Nine lesson plans for junior and senior high school.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from National Geographic.

Biomes: Forests and Seeds
A middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education in which students learn how seasonal changes affect life in a temperate forest.


Using Real Life Data to Understand Deforestation
A high school lesson plan from the
Earth Day Network. See also Global Deforestation.

Trees
Planting Trees
See also
Tree Seedling Planting, A Tree is a Friend, and Forest Info for many more lesson plans.

Climate Change through Tree Planting
A Lesson plan from LEAF.

A Journey through the Trees
An elementary-grade lesson plan on the importance of trees.


Seasons of Trees
An elementary-grade lesson plan from the above site. See also Trees and Their Parts.

My Life as a Tree
A lesson plan for grades K-4 designed to introduce students to the parts of a tree and how they function.

Talk about Trees
Nine lesson plans about California forests.

National Tree Day
Lesson plans from Planet Ark. See also National Tree day (Canada).

Uses of Trees
A kindergarten lesson plan in which students identify three or four ways trees are used.

How Does Your Tree Measure Up?  
See also Measuring Trees and Forest Measurements.



Leaves
How are Leaves Alike and Different?
A lesson plan that can be adapted to various grade levels. See also What Tree Is That? for a tree identification field guide.

Tree Identification
A lesson plan in which students learn about the characteristics and uses of different trees as well as techniques to identify them. See also
How Appropriate is that Tree?   

Mystery Tree Challenge
An activity for grades 4-12. See also Identifying Trees Using their Leaves in the Summer.

Observe a Leaf
An elementary-grade lesson plan in which students
observe and describe leaves.

Tree and Leaf Identification - Part 1
A 3rd-grade lesson plan. See Parts 2 and 3.

Leaf ID and Leaf Bingo
Another 3rd-grade lesson plan from the above source. See also
Tree Identification Webquest and What Can a Leaf Be?

Leaves, Leaves, and More Leaves!
Activities for circle time.


Fall Leaves Fall
A K-2 lesson plan from Scholastic.

Find Out Why Leaves Change Color
An activity from Education.com
. See also What Color Are the Leaves?

Add Color -- and Learning  --  to Your Fall Lesson Plans!
Many ideas to celebrate fall and its colors from Education World. See also Photosynthesis Fall's Most Valuable Lesson for more ideas from Education World.   

The Miracle of Fall
Information on fall color. Click on education for teaching activities related to the seasons and fall foliage. 

Tree Rings
It's All in the Rings
A lesson plan for grades 7-12. See also Tree Rings as Records of the Past for a lesson plan  adaptable to grades 1-8 and The Science of Tree Rings for an excellent resource.

Tree Rings: Living Records of Climate
A lesson plan from the EPA.

Tree Rings
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from the national Park Service. See also What Can We Learn from Old Trees?

Tree Ring Dating
A grade 5 lesson plan from Learn NC.

Rain Forest
Rain Bird Rain Forest Curriculum
Curriculum materials and activities for all grade levels. 

Rainforest Alliance Curriculum
Click on the grade level you teach on the left side to find the lesson plans.

Amazon Rain Forest Unit
A cross-disciplinary, primary-grade unit. Also, see Rain Forest Animals, a teacher's guide from Newton's Apple. 

Teaching Science Through Picture Books: A Rainforest Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

Rainforest
An elementary-grade lesson plan from A to Z Teacher Stuff.

The Layers of the Rain Forest
An elementary lesson plan. See Virtual Rainforest for an online tour.

Rainforests
An Internet-based middle-grade or high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Saving the Rain Forest
A lesson plan for grades 2-3. See also
Exploring the Rain Forest Through Print, Graphics, and Sound.

It's Goin' Down; The Rain Forest
A 4-lesson unit from Learning to Give.

Human Impacts in the African Rain Forest: What Can We Do?
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Xpeditions. See also
Amazon deforestation for a lesson plan from the BBC.

Amazon Rainforest WebQuest
See also
Me? Live in a Rainforest?
for another WebQuest.     



Environment/Ecology

Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation.

Environmental Quality in the 21st Century
Eleven units from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Environmental Education Link (EE Link)
Links to information, projects, and organizations as well as lesson plans.

The Environment and Ecosystem
A lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also
Elements Of Biology: Ecosystems: Organisms And Their Environments.

Land and People: Finding a Balance
A teaching guide from the USGS Learning Web with activities that engage high school students in studying ecosystems resource issues.

Project WILD
An activity based, K-12 environmental education program from the Council for Environmental Education. Click on "Project WILD Activity Guides" for information on the K-12 or Aquatic programs.

Ecology Lesson Plans
From the Biology Corner. See Lesson Plans and Activities for more ecology lessons.

Ecology Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from NGSS Life Science.

Elementary Ecosystems
A middle-grade lesson plan from Xpeditions. See also
Ecosystem Organization.

The Grand Canyon
A middle-grade lesson plan from The Discovery Channel School that explores how the damming of a river can have both positive and negative effects on the ecology of an area.

Habitat Hunt
Elementary or middle-grade activities for teaching about wildlife habitat and ecology.

Earth Day Lesson Plans
Earth Day Lesson Plans
From Education World.

Earth Day Network
See their lesson plans.

Earth Day Curriculum Resources
Links to resources and lesson plans for all grade levels.

A to Z Teacher Stuff: Environment - Earth Day
This site contains links to thematic units, lesson plans, and resources.

Earth Day
Lesson plans and units from the Donns.

The Earth and Me: Forever Friends
A kindergarten unit.

Pollution
Causes of Pollution
A lesson plan for grades K-3.

Air Pollution: What Can You Do?
A 3rd-grade lesson plan.

Air Pollution
An elementary-grade lesson plan.

Reading and Writing About Pollution to Understand Cause and Effect
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

Air Pollution 101
A high school lesson plan.
See also Air Pollution and Asthma and Why Study Air Pollution for other secondary lesson plans.

Types of Pollution
A lesson plan requiring three, 45-minute class preiods.

Marine Pollution
Links to lesson plans on acid rain, marine, pollution/debris oil spills, and water quality.

Acid Rain: Where Have All the Rainbows Gone
A high school lesson plan from Penn State.

Water Pollution Lesson Plans
Four lesson plans from Utah State University.

Water Pollution
A Kdg. lesson plan. See also
Water Pollution Lesson Plan, Water Pollution Graphing, and EnviroScape Water Pollution Lesson Plan. For other lesson plans on water and water quality, click here.

What's in My Water, and How Did It Get There?
A high school lesson plan. See also
Water Quality Survey for another high school lesson plan.

Pollution Solutions
An 8th-grade lesson plan. See also Pollution Solutions for another lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Waste/Recycling
Rotten Truth About Garbage
Ever wonder what happens to your trash? Click here and find out. A great site for teaching about solid waste and recycling.

Waste: Where Does It Come From and Where Does It Go?
A lesson plan in which students identify the various waste materials generated in the school and what happens to them.

Trash a Pizza!
A  lesson plan for grades K-6 in which students create a pizza pie graph of landfill components.

Trash Talkin'
A lesson plan for for grades 4-5. See also Let's Talk Trash Worksheet.

Solid Waste Lesson Plan: The Incredible, Edible Landfill!
For kindergarten and up. See the related lesson plans from this same source.

The Landfill
A secondary lesson plan in which students examine values and ethical issues as they discuss the risks a landfill may pose to a community
.

Five Lessons Teach Students to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  
From Education World.

What Will Decompose?
A lesson plan for grades 2-3 requiring students to think critically.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Learning to Give.

Recycling Lesson Plans
Eight lesson plans from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Recycling

A middle-grade or junior high school lesson plan in which students examine ethical and environmental issues related to recycling
.

Recycling
A middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.


Why Should We Recycle Plastics?
An intermediate grade lesson plan.

Recycled Products Game Show
A lesson plan for grades 4-9 in which students learn what products are made from recycled materials.

 Let's Make a Landfill
An intermediate-grade lesson plan.

Microbe Zoo
Discover the many worlds of microbes.


Climate/Weather
The Weather Channel
Forecasts, radar, information on climate, etc.

Weather Education
Many resources from NOAA.

Weather Lesson Plans
Twelve lesson plans from Discovery Education including a K-5 lesson titled Weather Maps.

Weather Watch
A Teacher's Guide with four lesson plan s for different grade levels from Scholastic.

Weather Scope
Several lesson plans. See also
Using Real-Time Data on the Internet.

Wisconsin Weather Stories
Site includes several lesson plans as well as weather stories and resources.


Keep Your Eye on the Sky - Clouds and Weather
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 from NOAA. See their entire lesson plan library.

Charting the Weather
An elementary lesson plan in which students
gather data from temperature and water gauges set up on the playground to learn about weather patterns.

Forecast the Weather
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Scholastic. See also
Investigation 8 - Weather Forecasts and How to Use Weather Maps to Make a Forecast.

Water Cycle and Weather
A 3rd-grade unit.

A Week of Winter Weather
A unit for grades preK-2.

The Force of Wind
A lesson plan adaptable to a variety of grade levels. See also What's in the Wind.

Why the Sky is Blue
A demonstration for students of all ages designed to show how the atmosphere affects sunlight to create the sky colors we see.

How Do Clouds Form?
A K-5 lesson plan. See also What Are Clouds Made Of?

Stormy Weather
 A lesson plan for grades 6-8 exploring the causes of lightning. See also Lightning! Classroom Activity and  Lightning Safety.

Rainbow
A kindergarten lesson plan in which students learn the colors of the rainbow.


Acid Rain Lesson Plan and Information
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the National Park Service.

Sun and Solar Science
A collection of multi-disciplinary activities.
 
El Nino Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from My NASA Data. See also El Nino.

The Ocean and Weather: El Niqo and La Niqa
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from National Geographic.

Online Guide to Meteorology
A a collection of web-based instructional modules appropriate for high school students.


Seasons
Four Seasons
A lesson plan for grades K-3. See also Earth's Seasons and The Reason for the Seasons.

The Seasons
An elementary lesson plan.

The Fabulous Four
Another elementary lesson plan.

Awesome Autumn
Lesson ideas from Education World. See also Celebrating Autumn.

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons
Lesson ideas on winter, snow, and winter weather from Education World.

Blizzards and Snow Theme Page
Links to many lesson plans and resources.

Let It Snow!
An ESL lesson for grades K-3

Spring Has Spring
Lesson ideas from Education World.

Spring Is Here
A K-4 lesson plan from Scholastic using Mary Packard's book.

Summer Fun Lesson Plans and Activities
See also Splash into Summer.

Climate Change Lesson Plans
Climate Change Live
Many lesson plans for all grade levels.

Climate Change Lessons
Several lesson plans from NASA.

Climate Change Education
Curriculum from Stanford University.

Climate Change Lesson Plans
From Teach Climate Change.

Teachers' Guide to High Quality Educational Materials on Climate Change and Global Warming
Information, technical resources, lesson plans, etc.

Global Warming
Lesson plans from PBS.

Global Warming
A unit for grades 7-12 in which students study global climate changes, discuss and debate the current arguments for and against global warming and the Greenhouse Effect, investigate the possibility of global warming and the Greenhouse Effect, and present their findings in the form of research reports.

Global Warming
Lesson plans from the NY Times.|

Prehistoric Climate Change and Why It Matters Today
From the Smithsonian.


Disasters    
Natural Disasters: Nature's Fury
An elaborate unit for grades 6-12 from the Library of Congress.   

Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

The Tornado Project Online
Great site for accessing information about tornados.

Tornado!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 From The Discovery Channel School. See also Tracking Tornadoes and Tornadoes.

Hurricane!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Understanding Hurricanes and Hurricanes Theme Page.

Voices of Katrina
A lesson plan for grades 7-12. See also Images of Katrina and Hurricane Katrina: You Be the Reporter.

Surfing for Earthquakes and Volcanoes
A brief unit for grades 6-8.

Landslides!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Avalanche!
A lesson plan for grade 6-8.

The Impact of Natural Hazards Around the World
A Internet-based middle-grade lesson plan from National Geographic.

A Study of Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
An Internet-based junior high school lesson plan. For other  lesson plans, see Earthquakes: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future and The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land.

A Model of Three Faults
An activity for grades 7-12 from the USGS.

Earthquakes: Causes and Effects
A 6th-grade lesson plan from Learn NC.

Tsunami
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Monster Waves
A lesson plan in which
students build a tabletop village and use it to visualize the relative height and affects of tsunamis.

Natural Catastrophic Phenomena
A teacher's guide.

 

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