Ch 24: Teacher Resources for High School Earth Science

About This Chapter

Take a look at these handy earth science lesson plan outlines that can give you guidance as you prepare for teaching classes. The connected lessons help you find innovative strategies for discussing related earth science topics with your students.

Teacher Resources for High School Earth Science - Chapter Summary

The lesson plans and related lessons found in this chapter offer insight into how you might want to teach your earth science classes. Each lesson plan is ready to go, giving you more time to perform other teacher tasks. Open up the lesson plans to find out how you might approach teaching the following topics:

  • The scientific method and scientific notation
  • Scatter plots and bar graphs
  • Solar system and planets
  • Phases of the moon
  • Seasons and climate change
  • Earth Day and natural resources
  • Solar and renewable energy
  • Rock cycle and plate tectonics
  • Water cycle and erosion
  • Tornados and volcanoes
  • Rain forest and other biomes
  • The carbon cycle

You can pull out any of these earth science lesson plans to add supplemental information to your current curriculum, and you can use the topics mentioned in these outlines to encourage interesting classroom discussions.

How It Helps

  • Individual projects: Points out major concepts that guide you as you decide on project requirements for individual students
  • Homework ideas: Promotes new ideas and approaches for earth science homework assignments
  • Vocabulary words: Identifies major earth science terms you want your students to know

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning earth science lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific earth science topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your earth science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related earth science lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important earth science concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant earth science-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

22 Lessons in Chapter 24: Teacher Resources for High School Earth Science
Phases of the Moon Lesson Plan

1. Phases of the Moon Lesson Plan

Are you teaching students about the phases of the moon? Use this lesson plan to give students a visual of the lunar phases, and reinforce the subject matter with a memorable activity.

Scientific Method Lesson Plan

2. Scientific Method Lesson Plan

Bring your instruction on the scientific method to life with the help of a video lesson and fun in-class experiment. For further study, suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons are included.

Water Cycle Lesson Plan & Games

3. Water Cycle Lesson Plan & Games

Learning about the water cycle can be fun, especially when you provide games and activities to back up key concepts. Use this lesson plan to teach the stages of the water cycle, then use games and activities to practice and apply skills.

Scientific Notation Lesson Plan

4. Scientific Notation Lesson Plan

Use's video lesson on scientific notation to practice the rules required to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers that are written in scientific notation. End the lesson with a game that allows students to practice their skills.

Erosion Lesson Plan

5. Erosion Lesson Plan

Working with your students on soil and erosion? Use this lesson plan to explain what erosion is, teach the types of soils and erosion, and explain the effects of erosion. Examine how to prevent erosion, then follow up with a fun hands-on activity.

Earth Day Lesson Plan

6. Earth Day Lesson Plan

Give your instruction on Earth Day a boost with the help of an engaging and informative video lesson and an in-class activity. Suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons are included to take this topic a step further.

Solar System Lesson Plan

7. Solar System Lesson Plan

Launch a unit on the solar system with this lesson plan. Students will define terms and learn about the sun, moon, planets, and other features. Follow up with a fun activity to boost comprehension.

Seasons Lesson Plan

8. Seasons Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to teach your students about the reasons for our seasons. Then analyze data to show seasons around the world, making predictions and checking data.

Solar Energy Lesson Plan

9. Solar Energy Lesson Plan

How does solar energy work? A video lesson outlines key information for students while a fun in-class competition puts it to the test. Related lessons and extensions help you take this topic further if you choose.

Renewable Energy Lesson Plan

10. Renewable Energy Lesson Plan

What is a renewable energy source? A video lesson delivers key facts while an activity allows students to delve deeper. To help expand on instruction, we have included extra activities and related lessons.

Scatter Plot Lesson Plan

11. Scatter Plot Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will analyze data sets and solve word problems using scatter plots. After completing the practice activity, students will have a better understanding of the practicality of using scatter plots to organize and answer questions about bivariate data sets.

Climate Change Lesson Plan

12. Climate Change Lesson Plan

How is climate change impacting your life? A video lesson explains this to students while a group project allows them to delve even deeper. Extensions and related lessons support ongoing instruction.

Bar Graph Lesson Plan

13. Bar Graph Lesson Plan

Students learning about bar graphs will enjoy this video lesson. Define and identify different types of bar graphs, then put learning to the test with a hands-on activity.

Planets Lesson Plan

14. Planets Lesson Plan

Students love to learn about the planets! This lesson plan fills in background knowledge on planets, then offers an engaging video to dig into how planets orbit and their visibility. Ask high-level questions to check for understanding, then check in with an activity.

Rock Cycle Lesson Plan

15. Rock Cycle Lesson Plan

Teaching students about rocks? This lesson plan uses an engaging video to teach students about the three main types of rock and shows how matter is cycled through the Earth. Students then get down and dirty in a hands-on activity.

Tornado Lesson Plan

16. Tornado Lesson Plan

Teach your students about tornadoes with this lesson plan. Students learn how tornadoes are formed and how to classify them, then create their own mini-tornadoes.

Plate Tectonics Lesson Plan

17. Plate Tectonics Lesson Plan

Let your students be geologists for the day while studying plate tectonics. Teach basic theories and the layers of the earth, then guide students through hands-on application during an activity.

Carbon Cycle Lesson Plan

18. Carbon Cycle Lesson Plan

This video-based lesson plan defines the carbon and the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration, then guides students through a hands-on activity to demonstrate concepts.

Earth Science Lesson Plan

19. Earth Science Lesson Plan

Few scientific fields are as expansive as Earth science. In this lesson plan, your students will not only learn the vocabulary necessary to describe Earth science, but also how to analyze the importance of the field.

Volcano Lesson Plan

20. Volcano Lesson Plan

Did your students' interest in volcanoes end when they realized that vinegar and baking soda wasn't going to win the science fair? This lesson plan shows how volcanoes actually are a result of plate tectonics through a video lesson and a lab activity.

Natural Resources Lesson Plan

21. Natural Resources Lesson Plan

Do your students know about natural resources? A video lesson from explains the facts while you help students create personal inventories of natural resource consumption.

Earth Day Discussion Questions

22. Earth Day Discussion Questions

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 as a way to educate and encourage people about the responsibility to take care of the earth. These questions are designed with students of all ages in mind.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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