Earth and Space Sciences

Changes to the Earth’s Surface (1, 2, 4)

Erosion, weathering, volcanoes, earthquakes.

Earth’s Systems K-2 link
Videos and such about landforms, water, and soil for K-2.

Earth’s Systems 3-5 link
Videos and such about water, volcanoes, etc. for 3-5.

Tectonic Forces link
Video explaining the concept of tectonic plates.

Soil link
Information and activities about soil.

Fossils (4)

Formation, relative dating, comparison species.

How Fossils Work science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geology/fossil.htm
What fossils are, how they formed, and what they tell us.

Sun and Moon System (K, 3, 6)

Day/night, appearance of night sky, moon phases, seasons.

Stellarium stellarium.org
A simulated planetarium, allowing you to view changes in the sky and control the time.

Moon Phase Simulator astro.unl.edu/naap/lps/animations/lps.swf
My favorite simulator for moon phases.

Moon Phase Simulation link
Physically model the causes of the phases of the moon.

Moon Phase Observation Journal link
Graphic organizer for recording moon observations for a month.

Embodying Earth’s place in the solar system on NSTA
A model for showing why the sky changes over course of a year.

Seasons Simulator astro.unl.edu/naap/motion1/motion1.html
Shows the angle of sunlight hitting different places on Earth across the year.

Changing Position of the Sun link
Videos showing the Sun moving across the sky.

Planets App itunes.apple.com/us/app/planets/id305793334?mt=8
Simulation of the rotating Earth and other planets.

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel link
Simulation to show the scale of the solar system.

Weather (1, 2, 4, 6)

Clouds, forms of precipitation, water cycle, global weather patterns.

How Weather works scied.ucar.edu/teachers
Activities and information for teachers about weather and climate.

Weather Resources for K-2 link
Videos and such about weather for K-2.

Weather Resources for 3-5 link
Videos and such about weather for 3-5.

A Reason to Care About Cloud Types link
Predicting weather using clouds.