Earth Science Resources

Virginia Science Activities, Models & Simulations (SAMS)
The Virginia Science Activities, Models and Simulations project engages students in middle and high school in practices that are essential for learning through inquiry. The activities involve asking questions or defining problems, using models or sensors, collecting data, interpreting results, using mathematics, technology and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions based on evidence.

Annenberg Learner Express
Aimes at grades 4-8, modules are focused on Earth and Space Science.

Dig Into Earth Science Education with USGS
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offers a wealth of information on virtually every Earth science topic, from natural resources and hazards to geospatial data.

Earth Exploration Toolbook
Activities that teach high school and college learners how to work with the interpret environmental science data sets. Each activitiy, or chapter, introduces and Earth system data set and the tools needed to analyze the data.

NASA Education


Space Educator's Handbook

The Scale of the Universe Interactive Visualization

The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment - BioInteractive
Explore key human impacts on the environments and how they have affected Earth's landscape, ocean, atmosphere, and biodiversity with this engaging interactive site.

Esri K12 GIS Organization  This free web resource provides earth science and history teachers with a variety of subject-focused, standards-based instructional materials designed to enhance inquiry-based learning with students.  All activities are free and completely online and the instructional materials require no installations or logins and are device neutral.  Information about the resource can be found at Esri K12 GIS Organization.   More information (PDF) about registering for the resource and lesson plans can be found at Esri K12 GIS Connect.