Teaching Activities

Introductory Teaching Activities

Animals of Ancient Vancouver Island Colouring Sheets 

Colouring sheets showing animals that lived at the time when the rocks of Vancouver Island were formed. Sharks, ammonites, crinoids, and more!

Geology Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Explore Rocks, Gems, Geodes, Crystals, Fossils, and other Wonder's of the Earth's Surface by Garret Romaine

This book offers 52 inquiry based projects for educators to explore with students that have easy to follow instructions. 

Scientist in Residence Program 

The Scientist in Residence Program lesson plans align with BC Curriculum and are available to educators 

Discover Rocks and Minerals in Canada

This kit provides 13 Rocks and Minerals from across Canada, and provides a classroom poster identifying the sample and which Province or Territory it is associated with. The kit includes an identification book as well as a magnifying glass. 

Break Open 10 Premium Geodes

This kit from National Geographic includes goggles, detailed learning guide and display stand for the geodes. 

STEM Starters for Kids Geology Activity Book: Packed with Activities and Geology Facts by Jenny Jacoby and Vicky Barker
The Wonders Inside the Earth by Jan Stradling

This book includes see-through cross sections of Earth's interior, and students can recreate layers after reading this book together. 

Advanced Teaching Activities

SERC
Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College website offers lesson ideas and activities at an advanced level. 
Teaching Earth Science: A Collection of Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans 
This website has a wide array of resources and lesson plan ideas that caters to earth science educators. 
Crystallography 
If you scroll down below Table Crystallography you can download a paper model activity to be printed and glued together.
Ward's Science

GIS Teaching Activities

Teaching with GIS: Introduction to Using GIS in the Classroom 

There is also a course available to educators to learn basic GIS and guide your process of selecting appropriate GIS labs and activities for you students. 

Teach with GIS

An implementation guide for teachers and over 100 lessons to choose from to supplement your lesson plans. 

ESRI's GeoInquiries Earth Science

These GIS inquiry based short lessons are available online for students to use in the classroom. There are a wide array of earth science lessons to choose from in two levels, including Topography, Mining, Rock Types, Mountain Building, Plate Tectonics and Plate Type Effect on Volcanoes to name a few.

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