Science:  Rocks, Earth, and Volcanoes

A collection of printable science worksheets, articles, and activities for teaching students about volcanoes, rocks, and layers of the Earth.

Rocks and Minerals
Learn about the three categories of rocks: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. How does each type of rock form? What are the characteristics of each? This file includes the article and comprehension questions.
3rd through Grades
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Fossils can tell us a lot about plants and animals that lived thousands of years ago. Find out how fossils form and why they're important in this article. Comprehension questions are included.
6th and 7th Grades
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Students will search the classroom for fun facts about rocks and minerals. When they find a fact, they record it on their question sheet.
3rd through 6th Grades
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Layers of the Earth
An informative article on the layers of the Earth (crust, mantle, inner core, and outer core).  Includes comprehension questions.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Assemble a booklet that illustrates the four layers of planet Earth.  (Note:  This is a large file that may take a minute or two to download.)
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Label the Earth's crust, mantle, inner core, and outer core.
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Wind your way through the word maze to reveal an interesting fact. Words include: crust, mantle, inner core, and outer core. Fact reads: The crust and top pat of the mantle are made of moving pieces called tectonic plates. Movements of these plates can cause earthquakes.
3rd through 6th Grades
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Volcanoes
Discover why volcanoes erupt; learn the four different types of volcanoes; and read interesting volcano facts.  Includes five comprehension questions.
3rd through 5th Grades
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Tsunamis
Here's a reading comprehension passage about tsunamis. It includes questions and a vocabulary activity.
4th through 6th Grades
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