Our Favorite Earth Science Projects
- Our first project was to create a model of the earth’s layers using model magic. It was easy and so much fun because we all did it (even the kindergartener!).
- Go for the ultimate sensory, hands-on earth science projects by including food. My oldest is right now making a topographic map. Take the fun up a notch by using all edible elements, like graham crackers. This is a challenge because it requires contour lines and intervals.
- Learn how layers form in sediment and rock with this exciting Sorting out Sedimentation. This is a great chance to revisit the scientific method and teach about writing a formal lab report.
- The topic Oldest is most excited to study is earthquakes. I’m allowing him to choose one of these seriously shaking experiments from stem-works.com.
- Recently, there was an earthquake in Mexico. Your earth scientist can look up articles on recent earthquakes and create a comparison chart, Venn diagram, or another analysis chart.
- Visit your local science museum or cave to learn more about rocks, geology, and earth structures. We’ll be headed to Crystal Cave here in Pennsylvania to do some hiking, panning, and geode studying!
- Choose from a variety of well-designed, hands-on weather and earth science projects from Georgia Weather School. Their goal is to “make weather and science fun for the classroom.” Mission accomplished.
- Learn about air pressure and Bernoulli’s Principle using this fun ping-pong ball experiment from Steve Spangler Science.
- I want science to connect to the real world, so we’ll be spending time learning how to interpret and read weather maps. Join us and you may have a little meteorologist in your hands!
- Create your own model of the layers of the atmosphere using household items.
- Bring on the rain! Measure and study variances in precipitation. This makes a great science fair project.