Earth Science

Please note – all ppt slides on this website are in “Read Only” format, after you download the ppt, click on “Read Only” to access the ppts. No password is needed to view the slides.


  • See my Space page for lessons on Mars, Stars, and Constellations (page)


  • See my  Moon Unit Page for lessons on the Apollo Missions, Phases, and Tides (page)


  1. Adopt A City – Mini Weather Unit – (page) students will adopt a city and compare the weather for that city to where we live in New Jersey. This unit involves a series of tasks that cover a variety of meteorology topics and geography skills.
  2. Study Jams – videos for weather related topics (link)
  3. – videos for weather related topics (link)
  4. Drawing Isotherms – students will use an interactive website to learn how to draw isotherms (blog entry)

Rocks & Minerals (under construction 2.11.15)

  • Rocks, Gems, and Minerals Guide – I have a classroom set of these and recommend them since they are inexpensive, have a great deal of information, and are age appropriate. I have other guides in my classroom as well that are more detailed to use as additional reference guides
  • The Sterling Hill Mining Museum – a former mine turned into a museum, they have an amazing collection of minerals and a wonderful place to visit!
  •’s Mineral Page has tons of information and images of minerals (link)
  • Mineralogy 4 Kids website (link) and notes (pdf)
  • Minerals Vocab cut & paste (pdf)
  • What is a mineral? Students will learn the characteristics of minerals and then classify items as either minerals or non-minerals (blog entry)
  • Minerals in your home  – what is in my toilet? (Blog Entry)
  • Crystal Shapes/Systems information (link)
  • Graphic Organizers for types of minerals and slides (ppt)
    • Silicate Minerals handout (pdf) 
    • Non-silicate Minerals handout (pdf)
  • Moh’s Hardness Scale handout (pdf)
  • Ride the Rock Cycle! Students will go on an adventure and create a comic strip of their journey on the rock cycle (blog entry)
  • Rocks ROCK! Students will learn to identify 12 common rock samples by researching each and creating games with their peers (blog entry)
  • Law of Superposition – which came first? (blog entry)


  • Lewis Hine & Child Labor: Why did boys work in the coal mine instead of going to school? (blog entry)

Plate Tectonics

  • Pangea Activity – how did the continents fit together? (blog entry)


  • Real-time data collection for EQs – students will plot EQ data for their assigned region of the world – what patterns will they notice? (Blog entry)


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