REAL Science Odyssey: Earth & Environment Level 1

General Earth and Environment information
General website suggestion, great site.  At no cost to you, it catalogues and offers links to videos by topic and grade:
Unit 1: Introduction to Earth Science
What is Earth Science?

Everything Earth:

Ask a geologist:

Geologic Timeline 

Has information about the timescale divisions and what events were happening during each division:

A great resource for information about the geologic timescale and evolution:

Unit 3: Geosphere

Cross section of the Earth:

Rocks and the Rock Cycle

Diagram of the rock cycle:


Solve a soil mystery:

The Soil Science Society of America has a nice site for students and teachers:

Unit 4: The Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
Unit 5: Weather and Climate


Site all about weather:

The Young Meteorologist Program:


This page has lots of supplementary materials including games to help learn about climate change and global warming:



Suggested Books for Further Reading

Some great supplemental books for many of the sections of Earth and Environment 1.

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Resources for General Science Information

Unit 1: Introduction to Earth Science

The Earth and Sky (Scholastic: A First Discovery Book)–Jean-Pierre Verdet and Gallimard Jeunesse

Hands-on Earth Science Activities for Grades K-8–Marvin N. Tolman

How the Earth Works (Reader’s Digest)–John Farndon

Janice VanCleave’s Earth Science for Every Kid–Janice VanCleave

How the World Works: A Hands-on Guide to Our Amazing Planet (Explore the Earth)–Christian Dorian

How We Learned the Earth Is Round–Patricia Lauber

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth–Kathryn Lasky

The Adventures of Earth–Dan Green

If you are interested in a study of different biomes, we highly recommend the One Small Square series. Some of the titles include Seashore, Swamp, Pond, Cave, Backyard, Arctic Tundra, Woods, African Savannah, Cactus Desert, Coral Reef, and Tropical Rain Forest

Geologic Time

Earthsteps: A Rock’s Journey Through Time–Diane Nelson Spickert

The Pebble in My Pocket: The History of the Earth–Meredith Hooper

Bang! How We Came to Be–Michael Rubino

Diary of a Time Traveler–Nicholas Stevenson

Dinosaurs–Discovery Kids

Unit 2: Plate Tectonics

Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest–Steve Jenkins

Earthquakes (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Franklyn Branley

Janice VanCleave’s Earthquakes–Janice VanCleave

Volcanoes (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Franklyn Branley

The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top–Joanna Cole

Hill of Fire–Thomas P. Lewis

Janice VanCleave’s Volcanoes–Janice VanCleave

How Mountains Are Made (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

How the Earth Works: 60 Fun Activities for Exploring Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Fossils, and More–Michelle O’Brien-Palmer

Unit 3: Geosphere


Janice VanCleave’s Rocks and Minerals–Janice VanCleave

Rocks and Minerals (Eyewitness Explorers)–Steve Parker

Rocks and Minerals A Gem of a Book!–Simon Basher and Dan Green


Rocks and the Rock Cycle

Learning About Rocks (Dover Little Activity Books)–Sy Barlowe (A tiny sticker book)

Janice VanCleave’s Rocks and Minerals–Janice VanCleave

Fossils Tell of Long Ago–Aliki

The Big Rock–Bruce Hiscock

If You Find a Rock–Peggy Christian

Rocks in His Head–Carol Otis Hurst

Let’s Go Rock Collecting–Roma Gans

Everybody Needs a Rock–Byrd Baylor

Everything Rocks and Minerals–National Geographic

The Rock Cycle–Wendy Conklin



Dirt: Jump Into Science–Steve Tomecek

Dirt: The Scoop on Soil–Natalie M. Rosinsky

Soil Basics–Mari Schuh

Unit 4: The Atmosphere and Hydrosphere


The Magic School Bus Wet All Over–Joanna Cole

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks–Joanna Cole

Water, Water Everywhere: A Book About the Water Cycle–Mervin Berger, Gilda Berger

Water Dance–Thomas Locker (beautiful, poetic book on the water cycle)

A Drop Around the World–Barbara Shaw McKinney

Down Comes the Rain (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Franklyn Branley

Follow Water from Brook to Ocean (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Arthur Dorros

Danger–Icebergs! (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Roma Gans


You’re Aboard Spaceship Earth–Patricia Lauber

Air Is All Around Us–Franklyn Branley

Feel the Wind (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Arthur Dorros


Unit 5: Weather and Climate


Science with Weather (Usborne Science Activities)–Rebecca Heddle and Paul Shipton

How the Weather Works (Reader’s Digest)–Michael Allaby

Janice VanCleave’s Weather–Janice VanCleave

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs–Judith Barrett

The Cloud Book–Tomie de Paola

Snow Is Falling (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Franklyn Branley

Down Comes the Rain (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Franklyn Branley

What Will the Weather Be? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Lynda Dewitt

The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane–Joanna Cole

Weather Words and What They Mean–Gail Gibbons

Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Franklyn M. Branley

by Seymour Simons, the following weather titles–Weather, Lightning, Tornadoes, Hurricanes

by Seymour Simons, the following seasons titles–Winter Across America, Autumn Across America

On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather–Marilyn Singer

The Reasons for Seasons– Gail Gibbons

Sunshine Makes the Seasons (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out series)–Franklyn Branley

by Ron Hirschi, the following three titles–Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter

What Comes in Spring?–Barbara Savage Horton

How Does the Wind Blow–Lawrence F. Lowery

Basher Basics: Weather: Whipping up a Storm!–Simon Basher and Dan Green


Climate Change and Environment

Unit 6: Erosion

Erosion: Changing Earth’s Surface–Robin Koontz

Weathering and Erosion–Torrey Maloof

Cracking Up: A Story about Erosion–Jaqui Bailey

Erosion–Virginia Castleman

Erosion and Weathering–Willa Dee

Erosion–Shirley Duke

Soil Erosion and How to Prevent It–Natalie Hyde

Erosion–Martha Zappa


Field Guides

Weather (A Golden Guide)–Paul E. Lehr, R. Will Burnell, et. al.

Looking at Rocks (My First Field guide)–Jennifer Dussling

Rocks and Minerals (National Audubon Society First Field Guides)–Edward Ricciuti

A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals (Peterson Field Guides)–Frederick H. Pough

Rocks, Gems and Minerals (A Golden Guide)–Paul Shaffer


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