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Earth Science Word Search

Earth Science Word Search is a word search puzzle using glossary terms associated with the Earth Sciences. The Earth Sciences include the study of meteorology, geology, and astronomy.


Earth Science Word SearchThe words can be found running left/right, up/down and diagonally within the array of letters. This activity can be a fun way to introduce many of the terms a student will encounter in an Earth Science class. Clicking the image will show a full-sized version of the puzzle optimized to fit on a single sheet of paper. Alternatively, a PDF version can be downloaded for better quality and easier printing.

If you have trouble finding a few of the words, feel free to take a peek at the solved word search (or you could download the solved PDF).

Earth Science Word Search Glossary Terms

alluvium – deposits formed by rivers and streams
anemometer – instrument used to measure wind speed
apogee – point of an orbit where the orbiting body is furthest from the focal point
biome – a large community of flora and fauna occupying a region or habitat
climate – long-term weather conditions for an area
colloid – homogeneous mixture consisting of very small particles dispersed in a secondary medium.
condensation – phase change from gas to liquid
crystal – a solid with a definate and ordered arrangement of atoms
cyclone – a type of weather where winds rotate around a low pressure center
delta – sediment deposits at the mouth of a stream or river
deposition – process where sediments are placed on a surface layer
desert – a biome consisting of arid climate and little precipitation
dewpoint – temperature where air is saturated with water vapor
diurnal – daily
earthquake – sudden violent shaking of the Earth’s crust
eccentricity – measure of an orbit’s deviation from a perfect circle
epicenter – surface point directly above the origin of an earthquake
epoch – a large subdivision of time marked by notable events
equator – imaginary parallel line drawn around a sphere equally distant from the top and bottom poles. On Earth, the line that divides the North and South Hemispheres.
equinox – time when the Sun’s light strikes perpendicular to the Earth’s equator
erosion – removal of sediment by an external force such as wind, water, gravity or ice
evaporation – phase change from liquid to gas
fault – a crack in the Earth’s crust
fossil – petrified organic remains encased in rock or the impression of organic remains in rocks
front – boundary between two different air masses
galaxy – ordered grouping of a large number of stars
glacier – a slow moving mass of ice formed from the accumulation of ice and snow
hurricane – a cyclone storm with wind speeds in excess of 74 mph or 114 kph
igneous – rocks formed from the solidification of molten matter
isobar – a line connecting equal readings of pressure
isotherm – a line connecting equal readings of temperature
jet stream – a concentration of high winds found in the troposphere
lava – molten material deposited on the surface of the Earth
light year – the distance light travels in one year (9.46 x 1012 km)
magma – molten material beneath the Earth’s surface
metamorphic – a type of rock where one type of rock is changed into another type by heat and/or pressure
moho – boundary between the Earth’s crust and mantle
monsoon – seasonal prevailing winds located in Southeast Asia
ocean – a very large body of water dividing geographic regions
orbit – path drawn out by a satellite traveling around another body
perigee – point of an orbit where the orbiting body is closest to the focal point
planet – largest bodies orbiting a star
precipitation – rainfall or the process where a substance settles out of a solution
sediment – matter removed from eroded material
seismograph – instrument  used to detect and/or measure the strength of earthquakes
solstice – time where the Sun’s rays are perpendicular to the Earth’s surface and furthest North or South. 
subduction – process where one tectonic plate moves under another tectonic plate
tornado – a localized vortex of rotating winds
tsunami – a large wave formed from the sudden movement caused by an earthquake, landslide or any other underwater disturbance
waning – description of the phases of the moon as the bright visible part passes from full moon to new moon
waxing – description of the phases of the moon as the bright visible part passes from new moon to full moon

Periodic Table for Kids – Printable Element Chart

A periodic table for kids isn’t just some scaled down cartoon periodic table. It features bright rainbow colors, plus some nice features for your chemistry calculations.

Color Periodic Table for Kids

Color Periodic Table for Kids

This color periodic table has all the useful information of other periodic tables, such as atomic number, element symbol, element name, and atomic mass. The rainbow colors of each cell indicates the element group.  The difference between a kid’s periodic table and other tables is the atomic masses have been rounded to two decimal points. This avoids issues of significant figures when learning basic chemistry homework concepts that may distract the student.

This periodic table is optimized to print on a single 812 by 11″ sheet of paper. Just download the PDF file and choose Landscape as your print option.

Black and White Periodic Table for Kids

If you don’t have access to a color printer, or just prefer a monochromatic option, here’s a black and white high resolution periodic table.

Printable Kids Periodic Table - Black and White

Printable Kids Periodic Table – Black and White

This printable periodic table is also optimized to fit on a single sheet of paper, without the colors or element groups. Download the PDF to print off your own copy.

Shark Word Search

Get ready to hunt for sharks! Shark terms that is. This shark word search puzzle contains vocabulary words associated with sharks and shark breed names.

Shark Word SearchFind the words horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

Click the image above for full-sized version of the puzzle, or download a PDF for easier printing.

If you find shark term hunting difficult, take a peek at a solved puzzle. If you want to keep a solution handy, a PDF of the solved puzzle is also available.

Shark Vocabulary Terms

Apex Predator
Egg Case
Endangered Species
Feeding Frenzy
Gill Slits
Great White
Lateral Line
Spiny Dogfish
Whale Shark

Dinosaur Word Search Puzzle

Word search puzzles are always fun. Check out this dinosaur word search puzzle with the names of thirty different dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Word SearchSearch for the dinosaur names horizontally, vertically and diagonally through the puzzle.

This puzzle is available for download as a PDF file, or you can click the image above for the full-sized puzzle. If you need a little help finding a particular dinosaur, take a peek at a solved version. If you need a lot of help or prefer offline help, a PDF of the solved puzzle is available.

Dinosaurs found in this puzzle

Allosaurus – One of the most common Jurassic predators.
Ankylosaurus – Heavily armored Cretaceous dinosaur.
Apatosaurus – Dinosaur formerly known as Brontosaurus.
Archaeopteryx – Ancient, flying reptile about the size of a pigeon.
Brachiosaurus – A long-necked, gigantic plant-eater.
Compsognathus – Like a vicious chicken.
Deinonychus – One of the most fearsome Cretaceous raptors.
Brontomerus – Greek name means “thunder thighs.”
Dilophosaurus – Dinosaur with a distinctive bony crest on its head.
Echinodon – An ornithopod that had a set of canines.
Gigantoraptor – Huge oviraptor that weighed in excess of two tons.
Hadrosaurus – New Jersey’s official state dinosaur.
Iguanodon – The second named dinosaur.
Isanosaurus – One of the first sauropods to walk the earth.
Jinfengopteryx – Feathered dinosaur once considered a true bird.
Kol – Contender for “shortest dinosaur name.”
Liliensternus – One of the largest Triassic carnivores.
Mei – One of the current record-holders for “shortest dinosaur name.”
Megalosaurus – The first dinosaur discovered and named.
Nomingia – Small dinosaur with a tail like a peacock.
Spinosaurus – Dinosaur with a sail-like fin on its back.
Stegosaurus – The small-brained, spike-tailed plant eater.
Tianchisaurus – This dinosaur’s species name honors Jurassic Park.
Triceratops – The famous three-horned plant-eater.
Troodon – Possibly the smartest dinosaur that ever lived.
Tsintaosaurus – The “Unicorn Dinosaur.”
Tyrannosaurus Rex – The king of the dinosaurs.
Utahraptor – Probably the largest raptor.
Velociraptor – A small, vicious dinosaur.
Xenoceratops – Dinosaur with a name meaning “alien horned face”.

Chemistry Word Search Puzzle

Add a little fun to learning chemistry vocabulary. This chemistry word search contains vocabulary words associated with the science of chemistry. The terms can be found horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Click the image below to view the full sized version or download a PDF version for printing.

Chemistry Word SearchFor the people that need a little extra help, take a peek at the solution to the puzzle. A PDF version of the solution is also available.

Periodic Table Wall Chart

This periodic table wall chart is optimized to be printed as a poster.

Periodic Table Wall ChartThe dimensions of this table are 24″ by 36″ (61cm x 91.5 cm) , the size of your average poster. Click the image to see the full sized image.

Each element tile contains the element’s atomic number, symbol, name and atomic mass.

A PDF file is available to make printing easier. Any print shop can print out the poster for you on one sheet, but most home printers have a poster option. Remember to choose Landscape as a print option to use fewer pieces of paper.

If you choose ‘Fit to Page’ as an option, the table is completely readable on a standard sheet of paper. The image makes a great desktop wallpaper as well.

Neon Periodic Table Desktop Wallpaper

This periodic table desktop wallpaper is the same as the green glowing neon periodic table with one change. The black background has been removed and left transparent.

Neon Periodic Table - Green with Transparent BackgroundThis periodic table has each element’s number, symbol, name and atomic mass. The full-sized image is 1920×1080 pixels and is suitable for any widescreen screen device.

This table’s transparent background allows you to choose your own background color.