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Rocks are generally deposited horizontally. After one rock layer has been deposited, another is laid down on top of it. Thus, the rocks on the bottom of the stack are the oldest, and the rocks on the top are the youngest. Once the rocks have been deposited they sometimes get moved around. They can...
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From rivers that carve out canyons to tectonic plates that build mountains, our rocky planet Earth is always changing. In space, planets—with their own volcanoes and thunderstorms—whirl around the Sun. Earth and space scientists are dedicated to studying our solar system, from the moon...
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Students will recreate the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo cookies. Round cream cheese crackers can also be used if cookies are not an option. The students will accurately model the shape of the Moon's phases using Oreo cookies and place the phases in order.
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Calcium is a chemical that is always grabbing onto other chemicals. One of the most common chemicals connected to calcium is carbonate. Together, the calcium and the carbonate are called calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is in eggshells, seashells, limestone, and many other materials. In this...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Carbon dioxide (CO2) is essential for life on Earth. Scientists have ways of testing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. In this activity, you can do your own test for CO2!
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Acids are substances that have a sour taste and strong smell. Lemon juice and vinegar are common acids. Acid rain is formed when pollution inthe air mixes with the rain and falls to the ground. In this activity, vinegar will represent acid rain, and an antacid tablet will represent a marble statue...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Featuring fast facts, games, puzzles, and coloring pages, this activity book teaches K-5 students about the EPA's many roles in protecting our environment. The book presents information on environmental topics such as water supply, air quality, ecosystems, and land pollution and offers simple steps...
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As Rock Explorers, students investigate a variety of rocks and sort them ito groups. The activity includes opportunities for literacy, numeracy, and art.
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In this lesson, students will create three-dimensional (3-D) blocks out of paper to learn about the types of faulting that occur at the Earth’s surface and its interior, and explain how earthquakes are generated by fault movement. Step-by-step directions will provide students with the necessary...
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NASA is embarking on a journey to Mars! Are your students ready to join in the adventure? Spark excitement in your classroom with the Mars Survival Kit. Click on different links for student activities by grade. 
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 Moving model of the slump block of a landslide. Cutout and assemble. One page, PDF
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"A Downloadable and printable paper model of the Earth. This """"tennis ball globe"""" shows continents and tectonic plate lines."
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"Produced by the U.S. Forest Service, this curriculum for grades 3-8 provides teachers with the tools needed to integrate the wonder of forests into the classroom and foster environmental awareness among students. Through four standards-supported lessons, students explore several key roles of...
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Published in 2016
The USDA's Farm to School Program has produced School Gardens: Using Gardens to Grow Healthy Habits in Cafeterias, Classrooms, and Communities, a document that provides a brief overview of the benefits and educational uses of school gardens. It includes links to successful school garden programs and...
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NASA Next, an online magazine for students in grades 5-8, breaks down complex science to inform young readers about the latest news and research from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Articles describe Goddard science, including studies of Earth, the Sun, our solar system, and the universe; most...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Published in 2004
"In this activity, students take a """"crayon rock"""" through different parts of the rock cycle. Students first create """"sediments"""" by shaving crayons to create a pile of bits and pieces (sediments)). Next, students apply pressure to the """"sediments"""" causing them to stick together. This...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Written for grades 4-8, this role-play activity from EPA helps students understand how polluted waters affect the food chain and how fish become contaminated -- and thus unsafe to eat -- as pollutants (e.g., chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs) accumulate up the food chain. In the...
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"It is possible to measure the Earth's radius -- armed with only a stopwatch, a meter stick and a sunset or sunrise! Keep in mind; this is a demo, not a Fermi-like laboratory investigation. That said, this will yield surprisingly """"accurate"""" results given the kids don't mess up on the two...
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This activity guide has been intended to educate students in kindergarten through ninth grade to help them understnd the definition of water pollution using the basic principles of science and mathematics. The activities focus on the four main types of water polutants -- sediments, nutrients,...
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"Students explore the dynamics of lunar phases to develop an understanding of the relative positions of our Moon, Earth, and Sun that cause the phases of the Moon as viewed from Earth. Using a golf ball glowing under the ultraviolet light of a """"blacklight"""" makes it easier to see the phases of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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