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Earth Science & Geology

Bring our inquiry-based, environmental education into your classroom. Explore our Classroom Resources and gain lesson plans, recommended reading, and online links to increase your content knowledge.

Earth Science & Geology

Explore resources related to the rock cycle, general geology, and related earth systems.

Lesson Plans

The Rock Cycle
Students learn about the rock cycle and write a creative story about the history of their “special” rock, tracing its journey over the millennia as it morphs from one kind of rock to the next.

Earth’s Land as an Apple
Use an apple to demonstrate for students how precious habitable land and natural resources are on our earth.  This activity is a great way to start a discussion with your students about resource use.

Vocabulary: Geological Terms

Online Resources

Teaching Earth Science: A collection of classroom activities and lesson plans from

Geography 4 Kids: Not just for kids, this site provides the basics on earth science and physical geography.

Recommended Reading

Let's Go Rock Collecting, by Roma Gans and Holly Keller
Holly Keller has created vivacious new paintings for this favorite Reading Rainbow title about geology. Readers follow two enthusiastic rock hounds around the globe as they add to their collection. Along the way they will learn how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks are formed. From the Egyptian pyramids to Roman roads, from the diamond ring on your finger to the pebbles under your feet, rocks are everywhere.

Everybody Needs a Rock, by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall
Everybody needs a rock -- at least that's the way this particular rock hound feels about it in presenting her own highly individualistic rules for finding just the right rock for you.

If You Find a Rock, by Peggy Christian and Barbara Hirsch Lember
Think of all the rocks there are: skipping rocks, splashing rocks, climbing rocks, and wishing rocks. Children can't help collecting them. With joyful, poetic text and luminous photographs, " If You Find a Rock" celebrates rocks everywhere--as well as the mysterious and wonderful places they are found.

Geology Rocks! 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth, by Cindy Blobaum
Design, build, and test quake-proof houses; perform scratch, streak, cleavage, and "perc" tests -- just like real geologists; go on a geological scavenger hunt; create models to observe the effects of water, erosion, and acid rain. Kids are challenged to consider geology in relation to things they use and their daily decisions.

The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of Our Earth, by Meredith Hooper and Chris Coady
The history of the earth -- and the story of a single pebble -- is recreated with all the thrill of an adventure story.

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