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Views Read Edit Fossil record. Support Donate. Community Saloon bar To do list What is going on? Social media Twitter Facebook Discord Reddit. This page was last modified on 28 August , at Lesson plan highlights include DIY Lava Lamp, which explores the properties of substances such as oil and water; Rotocopters, which introduces the principles of flight through building and testing aircraft made from balloons, plastic cups, and tape; and Salt and Germination, which is a simple experiment demonstrating the effects of salinity on seed development and growth.
Another resource of interest is the Making Waves simulator. With this tool and accompanying lesson plan , students create a wave animation to study the differences in wave behavior in deep and shallow waters. SEE Turtles, a nonprofit environmental conservation organization in Beaverton, Oregon, has several resources to inform students and educators in grades 6—12 about endangered sea turtles, why they are threatened, and what they can do to help. Visit the website to view videos of sea turtle migration and nesting; read facts sheets on endangered sea turtle species; and download lesson plans exploring topics such as sea turtle adaptations, threats, food webs, poaching, and the impact of plastics in the oceans on sea turtles.
Teachers can also download the Turtle Talks Activity Book, which presents 20 pages of turtle-themed games, puzzles, coloring sheets, and glossary interspersed with facts and information about endangered sea turtles and how to help protect them. The Great Herbs for Kids Handout presents growing requirements and other information about several easy-to-cultivate herbs including sage, sunflowers, chives, and lemon verbena.
Other notable resources focus on sensory gardens, such as the handouts Herbs for the Sensory Garden and Sensory Gardens for Special Education Students. In addition to highlighting the benefits of creating such gardens with students, these documents suggest activities to help teachers connect the garden to curriculum in math, science, health, and other subjects. The activities are diverse and adaptable—they can be used in both formal and informal settings and can be modified to suit various grade levels and time available. Visit the website to download printable PDFs of the activities and access background information and learning standards connections.
The activities address New York state standards, however, teachers in other locations can use the standards as a guide to identify similar learning goals in their states. Culled from Smithsonian collaborators e.
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Middle level students study marine animal adaptations in Long Live the Sharks and Rays Discovery, grades 6—8 , while in Haunted by Hurricanes Virginia Sea Grant, grades 9—12 , high school students learn about how hurricanes form and examine how changing weather patterns affect hurricane development and patterns. The encyclopedias covering topics in science and alternative energy and sustainable living follow a standard encyclopedic format, presenting topics alphabetically and including text, images, and related links for each entry.
These books feature text, images, diagrams, and glossaries and address a wide range of topics, including heat, matter, optics, sound, flight e.
Astronomy From the Ground Up AFGU —Astronomical Society of the Pacific's community of informal educators from museums, science centers, nature centers, and parks around the country—offers several interesting resources to engage audiences of all ages in learning about our solar system.
One highlight is the Pocket Solar System model. Most appropriate for upper elementary and middle levels, this simple solar system scale model is created by folding a length of adding machine tape in fractional increments one half, one fourth, one eighth, one sixteenth, and so on until the planets and large bodies between the Sun and Pluto and the Kuiper belt are all marked on the tape.
The model helps students visualize the vast emptiness of the outer solar system and the relative crowdedness of the inner solar system, and it doubles as a tool for reviewing fractions! My Sky Tonight, another noteworthy resource developed collaboratively by AFGU and partners, brings age-appropriate astronomy and science understandings to preschool learners and families. These research-based astronomy activities include accompanying videos and address topics such as shadows, the Moon, day and night, and more. The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago MSI has several apps, videos, and hands-on activities to engage elementary and middle level teachers, students, and their families in the joy of science discovery.
Play with levers, pulleys, and other simple machines—and explore physics—in the interactive app Simple Machines, or watch The Hatchery, a time-lapse video of chicks hatching, to observe life cycle processes in action.
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The site also features simple activities for exploring biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics topics in the classroom or at home. For example, students can investigate energy transformations in activities such as Wind Turbines and Roller Coaster; study genetic material from fruit in Strawberry DNA; learn how worms keep a garden healthy in Worm Farm; and explore how sound works by building a Straw Pipe.
This UK-based website has tons of soil resources for teachers and students of all levels from elementary to high school. The secondary resources for ages 11—16 address the same themes as the primary resources but are presented in encyclopedic format with in-depth text, images, and case study examples to extend learning. Each secondary section also includes an online quiz to consolidate understanding.
Other tools of interest on the website are a photo library of 2, copyright-free images of soil and the TerrainBuilder erosion simulator, which enables students to explore the effects of water erosion on differing landscapes. This website is a one-stop location for K—12 education resources about migratory birds and bird conservation. Search a data base of resources contributed by members of the bird conservation community, including fact sheets, curricula, and activities; increase your Bird IQ with animations, fun facts, and interactive quizzes for all ages; or explore bird basics and more through downloadable resources developed for World Migratory Day, many of which are available in both Spanish and English e.
Other notable downloads encourage learners to get outside and investigate, such as the activities Life Cycle Wheels grades 3 and up , Go Birding Geocache grades 4 and up ; and Leading a Birdwalk educators. Thinking about trying a school gardening project with elementary and middle level students? Get inspired by the PowerPoint presentations from participating teachers in the CitySprouts program, a Massachusetts-based education initiative for K—8 schools focused on urban gardening.
The presentations feature a diverse range of projects from planting and harvesting ancient grains to using technology in the school garden and more. The projects, which were conducted by students and teachers from various grades in PreK—7, showcase the many ways and subjects that garden-based learning can be incorporated into the curriculum at any level. The bronze level free offers members access to multimedia resource collections to bring science, literature, history, the Arts, and other subjects to life in classrooms or at home.
Each collection contains stories and resources e. An in-depth User Guide presented in story format—complete with supportive guides, tools, and videos—is available to help teachers and other users integrate the Awesome Stories website into the classroom or other learning environments. Developed by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation BEF , and targeted for environmentalists of all ages—including students and teachers from the middle and high school levels—this website features tools and information to explore your personal environmental footprint i.
Calculate your carbon and water footprints, then visit the Expand Your Knowledge section to learn more about energy and water use along with simple but effective ideas to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve water.
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The Take Action section encourages users to join the Change the Course campaign, a national freshwater restoration program in which every online pledge to conserve water is matched by funding from corporate sponsors to restore 1, gallons to critically depleted rivers, streams, and wetlands. K—12 students and teachers alike can develop agricultural literacy with the resources at this website. Visit the Teacher Center to explore agriculture and farm life in degrees through Virtual Reality experiences and virtual field trips; search for K—12 ag lessons in the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix; learn about agricultural production in all 50 states; or subscribe to AgroWorld, an E-zine for grades 9—12 packed with news bits, classroom resources, and other student-friendly science, technology, and society connections to agriculture.
The Student Center features resources highlighting careers in the industry, including video interviews with agriculture professionals from different fields and interactive websites e. Or, click on Science Heroes to read career profiles of researchers from various disciplines e.
This searchable and standards-based online curriculum map for K—12 teachers includes lessons from the Foundation as well as curriculum from other states. Discover the amazing world of soils with images and information from the Dig It! The museum exhibit closed some time ago, but its content—along with new material on soils—is available online. Suitable for K—8 audiences, website highlights include a soil quiz to test knowledge; a set of interactive postcards showcasing soils from each of the 50 United States, and a collection of career profile cards spotlighting soil science—related professions, such as conservationist, ecologist, educator, engineer, and planetary scientist.
Interested students can use this resource to learn about schools that offer healthcare-related degrees and about careers in the medical field. The site features school ranking lists, videos, and useful information for the career decision making process. Visitors can learn which careers are growing the fastest and are in demand.
Information is provided about career opportunities in each state. The Ecology Society of America ESA has several resources to enhance ecology instruction and understanding at the undergraduate collegiate level. This resource presents a set of recommendations for ecology curricula. The framework can be used as a benchmark for instructors currently teaching undergraduate General Ecology and also as a guide for instructors developing new courses.
The EcoEd Digital Library, another notable resource, is a forum for scientists and educators to locate and contribute peer-reviewed resources for teaching undergraduate ecology. Please note: Library users can read descriptions of the resources but must create a free account to access the resources themselves.
At GardenABCs—an online forum for K—12 teachers, parents, and community with a passion for gardening—members can share gardening challenges and successes and find many resources to help start and maintain learning gardens. There are how-to articles with links embedded , suggested activities to do each month in the garden, and a blog addressing various garden topics from finding funding for your garden project to the health benefits of gardening and more. On the Cutting Edge is a professional development program for geoscience faculty focused on improving geoscience teaching at introductory college and undergraduate levels.
Led by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers NAGT , one major goal of the program is to develop a website with topical collections of vetted teaching resources on various geoscience themes. The collection includes links to many geoscience resources organized by theme such as How to Use Visualizations in Class e. The site also presents news and information about upcoming events, workshops, webinars, and opportunities for geoscience educators. Educators of all levels, K—college, can learn more about climate change using this website.
It presents real data sets, animations, and case studies demonstrating the effects of climate change on different realms: the Atmosphere, Oceans and Water, Ice, and Land and Living Systems.
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The website has many lessons, activities, and other resources to help teachers and students of all levels, K—college, learn—and do—more to increase their ecoliteracy. Want to facilitate elementary science learning beyond traditional textbooks? You can with the interactive lesson plans and printable worksheets for grades PreK—5 from Education. The database has more than science lesson plans addressing everyday science topics such as the weather, five senses, landforms, color spectrum, solar system, water cycle, animal adaptations, human body, and more.
The lessons are simply designed so that teachers and parents can easily conduct activities in the classroom or at home, and they encompass a wide variety of learning experiences from Identifying Living and Nonliving Things with preschoolers to the participating in the Wacky Windmill Challenge, an engineering design activity for fifth-grade students.
At the site, users can scroll over a title without clicking to view a lesson synopsis and grade level, or filter search results by grade level or subject. Free registration is required to download the lessons. Do your students suffer from plant blindness, i. The principles provide a framework for understanding the critical role of plants in creating, improving, and sustaining life and address essential plant biology topics such as photosynthesis, plant growth, plant evolution, plant reproduction, plant diversity, plant uses and products, and more.
Middle and high school students can explore these ideas through a series of online labs, each with background information for students and teachers and a Guide for Student Experimentation on which to record the results of the experiment and reflect on their observations. Plant biology resources for elementary learners include activity books such as My Life as a Plant grades PreK—2 and worksheets that bring awareness of the presence of plants in everyday life, such as Do You Speak Plant?
Adventures of the Agronauts is an online science curriculum for elementary students grades 3 and 4 on a space biology theme. The curriculum, which incorporates hands-on experiments and interactive online quizzes in every mission, can be used in the classroom as well as in other settings, such as computer labs and after-school programs. For example, classroom teachers can lead mission activities for whole-group learning, or students can complete mission modules individually at their own pace. Teachers can also watch the Agronauts Online Tutorial for additional tips on using the curriculum.
Jam-packed with videos, photographs, games, facts, polls, and more on all kinds of kid-friendly topics from amazing animals to wacky landmarks, this website has just what you need to inspire young adventurers ages 6—11 to start investigating their world. The United Nations UN Atlas of the Oceans is an internet portal providing scientists, K—college educators, policy makers, and other ocean stakeholders access to continuously updated data on the state of the world's oceans. To that end, the Atlas presents information in four ocean topic areas—Uses e.
The tool serves as both an encyclopedic resource of ocean matters and an online forum for experts in ocean issues. Since , scientists from NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission have been studying the history of water and ice on Mars and exploring the potential for life on the planet. The mission's online Education pages feature facts, lessons, and games to bring Mars discoveries and excitement to K — 12 classrooms.