Take a look at United States Geological Survey's extensive science
resources for K-12 teachers. Divided by grade level, these include lesson plans, activities, multimedia resources, and background information.
Find helpful worksheets and projects for your geology unit at
Earth Science Resources.
Schoolyard Geology is a series of lessons designed to get students thinking like geologists as they explore their own school grounds.
Rocks and Minerals
Sciencing brings you
Rock Cycle Activities for Students.
National Geographic has some really helpful information for teachers to improve your background knowledge about the earth.
Check out "
How do gemstones get their color?," a Teacher's Guide from Newton's Apple.
Students follow a rock as it
travels through the rock cycle in this classroom lesson plan.
The Earth and Earthquakes
FEMA offers "Tremor Troop," a complete study unit on earthquakes for teachers.
Download the PDF.
Annenberg Learner's interactive
Dynamic Earth will engage your students as they learn more about faults, plates, and earth structure.
The National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) has a section about
Idaho including history, maps, and recent earthquakes.
Here is a lesson plan about
fossils from the US Geological Survey.
PBS and WGBH present an informative section about "
Becoming a Fossil."
There is also a section about
fossils in the Northwest.
BBC Bitesize, learn about the formation of fossils and the fossil record.
The Idaho Geological Survey is "the special public service and research agency at the University of Idaho mandated by law to collect and disseminate geologic and mineral data for the state." There are connections to Idaho maps and geology-related links.
Idaho Mining Association provides links to information about the mining industry both inside and outside of Idaho.
Geologic Time Scale from the U.S. Geological Survey is drawn to scale so you can compare the relative lengths of geologic time divisions.
scale is geared toward kids, from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
More For Teachers
Science4Fun has sections that highlight Plate Tectonics, Rocks, Minerals, Erosion, and Volcanoes.
Ask an Earth Scientist for teachers.
photos of all kinds of rocks, minerals and gemstones that you can project on your whiteboard to share with your students.