Earth Science Website Resources
If you type “earth science” into your favorite search engine,
you will be overwhelmed by the amount of hits listed. Many sites include
adult as well as student information, lesson plans, and activities that
can be used to enhance your science instruction. This list represents
a few excellent sites out of the thousands available.
Miscellaneous resources are followed by specific topics (atmosphere, caves, evolution, minerals, rocks, space
sciences, volcanoes, weather).
Websites were selected by Heather Koehler, Burns Valley Elementary School
and Deborah Tucker, Science Education Consultant.
(information, images, plans, homework help,
This information-filled website offers links to several geology topics, a geology “blog,” and
free geologic wallpaper along with numerous sponsored links. Lots of accessible
information about geology is provided.
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Teachers’ Lounge
The website offers downloadable lesson plans on a variety of earth science
California Geological Survey
This State of California Department of Conservation site provides teacher resources,
educational resources, free materials, and more. The “Teacher Resource
Center” is a library of models, CD ROMs, globes, kits, books, videos
and audio tapes available for check out.
Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
Supports Earth system science education by providing:
• Access to high-quality collections of educational resources
• Access to Earth data sets and imagery, including the tools and interfaces
that enable their effective use in educational settings
• Support services to help educators and learners effectively create, use,
and share educational resources
• Communication networks to facilitate interactions and collaborations
across all dimensions of Earth system education
DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners,
such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities,
curriculum, online courses, and much more.
Earth Science Lesson Plans
The Discovery Education Lesson Plans Library contains a variety of earth science
Earth Science Picture of the Day
Information and a searchable archive of photos.
Earth Science Week
An annual event held the second week of October to promote understanding and
appreciation of the earth sciences, coordinated by the American Geological
Institute. The Earth Science Week Toolkit contains calendars, posters, student
activities, a CD-ROM of Earth Observations from Space, and more. Available
for the cost of shipping and handling.
Earth Science World
Includes an image bank, book links, interactive geologic timeline, and an oil
well game. It also has information about careers in geosciences.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Offers links to various teaching and learning resources from federal agencies.
This website allows you to follow along with expeditions via email, listen
to recorded broadcasts through Chicago Amplified, and explore online exhibitions
and interactive games.
Geological Society of America
Offers links to free lesson plans and additional resources (educational information
links, computer software, videos, books and other teaching media).
A teacher-friendly website with reference maps, satellite images, news articles,
rock photos, and numerous resources including a link to a geology dictionary.
Goddard Space Flight Center
Offers links to a variety of earth science lesson plans and Teacher Background
Provides homework assistance for students and excellent links with adult level
How Stuff Works
The “How Stuff Works” website has articles and animations using
quick time. The site is separated by tabs for beginners, intermediate, and
advanced studies, exploring different topics in earth science including geology,
climate and weather, geophysics, green science, natural disasters, and oceanography.
Also contains links to other science disciplines along the bottom and the top
of the page. Check out the educational links.
Illinois State Museum: Geology Online
Offers lesson plans, background information, and web links for K-12 teachers.
K-5 Curriculum Units
Find draft earth science curriculum units on the Public Schools of North Carolina
A multimedia series exploring Northern California science, environment, and
nature. If you click on the links on the map it will take you to different
activities, for example a virtual walk through a state park and a water usage
This site features “blogs” and links about local and global issues.
Lesson Plan Library — Science
The Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) website includes
a lesson plan library with several earth science lessons.
NASA: For Kids Only — Earth Science Enterprise
This site has links for people, land, water, air, and natural disasters. Each
area includes teacher guides, games, and hot links.
NSTA Learning Center
A state-of-the-art web portal that contains thousands of standards-based learning
resources for teachers of science. Resources include web seminars, e-book
chapters, journal articles, SciGuides, SciPacks and more. Over 700 resources
are available free. The Learning Center is customized to allow teachers to
assess their content knowledge and design a path specifically for their needs
and preferences. Teachers are able to manage their own professional development
plan, track their experiences, and earn a certificate of completion for their
Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),
offers a variety of lessons and resources for K-12 students. The “Resources” button
leads to numerous links to web resources for standards-based teaching.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
The site provides websites for kids, lesson plans for teachers, and a variety
of information. Click on the “Explore a Topic” tab, to be directed
to “The Evolving Earth” which has resources covering topics including
climate change, gems and minerals, and the origin and evolution of the earth
and solar system. Multiple resources include articles, descriptions, and
Digital media for the classroom and professional development. You must register
to use this resource, but it is FREE. This site contains ideas, articles,
images, information, lesson plans, as well as links to professional development.
U.S. Geologic Survey
Website includes topics such as climate change, earthquakes, energy and minerals,
floods, geospatial analysis, ground and surface water, maps, atlases, real
time data, volcanoes, water quality, and much more.
Utah Curriculum Resources
This site offers a variety of lessons including earth science lessons from
the Utah Education Network, sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education.
Defines earth science and includes many links.
Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) site provides background
information and supporting classroom teaching materials for teachers of grades
Oakland Museum of California
Website has interesting information about caves.
Evolution, Paleontology, and Astrobiology
Wbsite contains information about evolution and climatic change and so much
University of California Museum of Paleontology
On this website you can do research on life, learn about people, and hear about
upcoming events. There are online exhibits of animals, plants, and time periods.
Mineral Information Institute
Offers lessons, charts, packets, and links to other mineral resources for teachers.
California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)
Provides links to electronic learning resources (ELRs) on rocks.
An interactive activity on the rock cycle offered by Annenberg Media.
Volcano World: Rocks and Minerals
Oregon State University site offers four lessons (rocks, igneous rocks, sedimentary
rocks, metamorphic rocks).
Center for Science Education (CSE)
This educator page of the CSE at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab contains
links to the wealth of educational materials funded by NASA's Office of Space
Science Education and Public Outreach Program, updates on workshops held
at the CSE, links to SEGway lessons, and much more.
This website is for all ages, students and teachers. It has video clips that
include text and audio, articles on astronomy and Earth science, a "Teachers'
Lounge" that has listings of resources for teachers, contests for kids,
Oregon State University website offers lessons, pictures, games, and information
as well as a database driven “blog” site that houses current eruptions
reports, faq's, art, and volcano pages
Hurricane and Storm Tracking for the Atlantic & Pacific
From the National Weather Service.
A weather website that starts with the atmosphere and the water cycle and moves
National Severe Storms Laboratory: Resources
Contains a resource listing for weather and climate instruction with links
to additional resources and information on the NOAA website.