Earth Science

Latest Updates - June 9, 2020

  • Ever found a rock in your background and wondered how it formed? Where it came from? Or what those cool lines are that you see on the surface? Check out this article to learn about rock identification.
  • Learn about volcanoes, earthquakes, and more earth science topics on Kids Earth Science. Sign up for their free monthly newsletter while you’re there!
  • Check out NASA’s webpage dedicated solely to Earth Science.
  • Exploring Earth Investigations gives students and in-depth look at a variety of earth science topics including meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Look at real data, check out some animations, and read some incredible stories about the wonder that is planet Earth.

External Resources We Like

  • Explore the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology’s Online Repository of Fossils. Between 3D scans of vertebrates (whales! dinosaurs!) and invertebrates, you’ll find something for everyone!
  • NOAA’s photo library is accessible online. Check out photography collections of sea exploration, historical maps, National Marine Sanctuaries, and even pictures of meteorological phenomena right from the comfort of your own home!
  • Put your weather forecasting skills to the test with this meteorology simulation published by the Smithsonian Institute.
  • Explore climate-related educational resources to help promote a climate-smart nation.
  • Ever wondered what the difference is between a watch and a warning? What about lightning? Take a look at these severe weather specific resources to learn more about weather phenomena such as thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and more.
  • Explore real-time ocean data in NOAA’s Data in the Classroom module and help your students explore today’s environmental issues. Explore topics such as sea level change, coral bleaching, changing water quality and more using classroom-ready activities.
  • CRS (Community Resources for Science) has a great collection of teacher resources related to Outdoor Science.Make your own custom geologic maps.
  • Learn how coral reefs have evolved through time (including in Michigan) and current threats.
  • Information dealing with Michigan geology and natural resources.
  • So, you think you found a meteorite – do a self-test!
  • Resources for the study of Human Evolution.
  • The National Park Service has a webpage dedicated to virtual resources. Take a virtual visit to a National Park, explore park activities you can do from home with your family, check out some live webcams, inquire about upcoming live programs and events, and more!
  • Check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s website for resources about weather, the oceans, marine life, research, and education resources!
  • Learn more about meteorology and weather safety by visiting the National Weather Service’s online meteorology training program, Jet Stream.
    • Owlie Skywarn is an online meteorology resource (created by the National Weather Service) designed specifically for kids, teens, parents, and teachers. Play games and learn more about weather safety!
  • The US Geological Survey’s website provides a wide range of resources pertaining to topics ranging from geology, hydrology, biology, and geography.
    • Learn more about recent earthquakes, the science behind why they happen, vital ways to prepare for them, and more by visiting the USGS’s Earthquake Hazards webpage.
  • Use Google Earth to virtually visit a National Park.
  • Explore an amazing series of videos from PBS Eons, as you journey through the history of life on Earth. Have you ever heard of That Time It Rained for Two Million Years?