FREE Earth Science Printables and Resources – Archaeology, Caves & Geology

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Earth Science covers the study of the earth, and the minerals and resources that can be found in the earth. It is such a broad topic of study, and can lead to some great unit studies for Science!

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We have compiled a ton of FREE resources and printables that can help you create your own unit studies on these different Science topics!

Archaeology:

Archaeology is fun because you can combine science and history into one!

National Park Service has an Archaelogy for Kids page with printable record sheets for your own archaeological dig.
Little Homeschool on the Prairie has free What is an Archaeologist? Lapbook printable pages. 
School Express has an entire page of Archaeology worksheets. There are coloring pages, word searches, crossword puzzles, cryptograms and more.
Oklahoma Homeschool has put together an Archaeology and the Bible Unit Study.
Practical Pages has put together a 5 page Archaeology Lapbook printable pack with mini books and hands on activities.
Archeaology Lesson Plans 

The Archaeology Book (Wonders of Creation)The Archaeology Book (Wonders of Creation)
Archeology (Eyewitness Books)Archeology (Eyewitness Books)
The Fossil Book (Wonders of Creation)The Fossil Book (Wonders of Creation)
The Fossil Book Study Guide (Wonders of Creation)The Fossil Book Study Guide 

 

Caves:

Caves are fascinating to learn about! If you have any caves that are near where you live, make sure to visit them. This would make a great field trip opportunity!

Exploring Caves Teaching Packet for Grades K-3
Scholastic Science of Caves Lesson Plan
Into the Cave is a printable that focuses on learning geological vocabulary. (3rd grade)
National Park Service Carslbad Caverns has a page on Bats, Caves and Deserts with a complete curriculum to download.
Underground Cave Map
How Cave Biology Works: The Cave Ecosystem
The Underground World of Caves has information on how caves are formed, cave formations, how caves are found, photos, and recommended reading lists.
The Virtual Cave is a cave photography website with amazing photos and lots of information. All photos are free to use without permission for educators and students. 
Caveslime: Journey into Caves Find out all you’ve ever wanted to know about caves and the organisms that live there.
National Geographic Caves has articles, photos and information about caves.

Lists of caves to explore and visit:
23 of  the Most Insane Caves That You Can Explore These photos are AMAZING! 
The World’s Coolest Caves
Incredible Caves and Caverns in the U.S.

The Cave Book (Wonders of Creation)The Cave Book (Wonders of Creation)
Caves and CavernsCaves and Caverns
Caves (Nature in Action)Caves (Nature in Action)
CaveOne Small Square: Cave

 

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Geology:

Geology is the study of the Earth, its processes, its materials, its history. Rocks, crystals, mountains, earthquakes, volcanoes, rivers, glaciers, landslides, and floods can all fall into the study of Geology.

The Rock Cycle Infographic
Calendar Connections: Geology Cards
Earth’s Crust Printable
Geology Nomenclature Cards – Volcanoes, Earth’s Crust and Photo Cards
Rock Cycle Graphic Organizer
Volcano Unit Study and Lapbook
Earthquake Unit Study and Lapbook
Rock Grid Study AND Games
Granite or other Igneous Rocks
Handbook of Nature Study Rock Articles
Starting a Rock Collection
Top Five Ways to Display Rocks
Rocks and Minerals Review Sheet and Quiz Highschool Levels
Rocks and Minerals Experiment Sheets and Rock Station Ideas
Rocks and Minerals Unit Study Booklet

Books on Geology:

The Rock and Gem Book: And Other Treasures of the Natural WorldThe Rock and Gem Book: And Other Treasures of the Natural World
Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks)Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks)
The Geology Book (Wonders of Creation)The Geology Book (Wonders of Creation)
Geology Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Explore Rocks, Gems, Geodes, Crystals, Fossils, and Other Wonders of the Earth's Surface (Lab Series)Geology Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Explore Rocks, Gems, Geodes, Crystals, Fossils, and Other Wonders of the Earth’s Surface 

 

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