An Educational Guide to Earth Science
Written by: Bill Herren
The Earth provides us with a variety of resources that we can use and enjoy. Within the Earth we can enjoy the land, water and sky. The Earth also provides us with opportunities to study these resources. At an early age, students can learn about the different areas of Earth Science which includes geology, meteorology, oceanology and astronomy. These are areas which can be studied at a very early age in school.
In general, Earth science reveals the nature of the only life-bearing planet and its relation to neighboring planets and constellations. Earth science incorporates the observation of how the planet functions. In addition, it has many practical applications that make it an easy science to master. Earth scientists can apply their knowledge for creative purposes. For instance, some Earth scientists take advantage of the knowledge by finding and developing energy and mineral resources. Others may study on how human interaction has impacted the Earth’s environment, and devise theories on how to protect the planet from destruction. Some Earth scientists will study natural phenomena that place people in harm’s way and then develop the construction of communities that will endure potentially catastrophic events.
- NASA: Earth Science For Kids Only: Kids Only Game Time!
- Science for Kids: Earth For Kids
- Earth Science Hangman: High School Students
- Earth Science Week: Classroom Activities
- Discovery Education: The Dirt on Soil
- EcoKids: Earth Day Canada
To learn more about the study of Earth science, we have put together the following resources in a variety of areas of study. We hope this information can be used to learn more about the Earth and all of the resources that can be found.
- HubbleSite: Way Out!
- Killer Asteroids: Science Fiction or Science Fact?
- SciGames: Space-based Scientific Games
- The Astrological Society of the Pacific: Surfing the Solar System
- Windows to the Universe
- Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Milky Way
- The Lunar and Planetary Institute: The Evolution of Our Solar System
Meteorology and the Atmospheric Sciences
- The National Center for Atmospheric Research: Kid’s Crossing
- Atmospheric Science Learners: Clouds (PDF)
- A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change
- FEMA: Weather Preparedness for Kids
- The Cloud Concentration Game
- Tools of the Atmospheric Scientist
- The National Geologic Map Database
- Geology: Plate Tectonics
- Volcano World: Volcano Games
- Interactive: Dynamic Earth
- Geology: Word Puzzles and Searches
- Play GeoNet!
- Xpeditions: Geography Lesson Plans
- Geographic Resources from the Smithsonian Institute
- Interdisciplinary Units on Geography
- Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
- Mission Geography
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