These resources for teachers were last featured in the 07-12-2013 Scout Report. Educators are encouraged to revisit the offerings from USGS, which have been updated to include 12 "Learn from Home" topics and many other new lesson plans and materials.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has brought together a unique blend of materials designed to complement and enhance the experiences of teachers and students seeking to understand the wide world of geology and other sciences, including geography, ecology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, and planetary sciences. These items are designed for use in education settings ranging from K-12 to undergraduate. On the page linked above, visitors can navigate the curated collection of materials and resources using the menu at the left side of the page. Some materials are organized by grade level (e.g., "Grade K-2" and "College"), while others are organized by content type (e.g., "Documents" and "Multimedia"). There are hundreds of items available for educators to access and apply to their instruction. Some examples include: vivid imagery of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption; lesson plans on plate tectonics and earthquakes for Grades 3-5 ("Natural Hazards"); and "27 Ideas for Teaching with Topographic Maps," a set of classroom cartography activities for college students. Teachers are sure to find something to boost their educational activities, and materials are easily searchable by grade level, topic, or type.