If you haven't visited this Smithsonian page for natural science for education in a while, you're in for a wonderful surprise! It provides stellar resources for life and Earth science topics. Scroll down the landing page and click Search Teaching Resources to find a collection of over 300 activities, videos, and literacy resources for grades K-12. Be sure to click the Menu on the left and scroll down to your topic. The first topic is Earth Science. Designed by the Museum of Natural History, this site provides dynamic live and archived webinars, Digital School Programs, Science How Webcast Archives about everything Earth science like Rocks and Mining, Gems and Minerals, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics, and the Solar System. Plus, the science categories of Life Science, Paleontology, and Social Studies. Don't forget to go to the Exhibits on the top menu and see the virtual exhibit and information and images about exhibits on each floor.
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In the Classroom
Be sure to give yourself sufficient time to investigate this site for the topic you are looking for. Once you find the resources you want to use, you may want to introduce the subject with a video. From there, open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use the Exhibits as a guide to a lecture on one of the many aspects of your topic. This site would be great in an Earth Science or Physical Geography class.