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Engineer Girl

This site from the National Academy of Engineering highlights engineering opportunities for girls and women. Find profiles and interviews with women engineers, as well as info on competitions and contests, clubs, quizzes, and more.

Background Reading

eGFI: “Enliven the Classroom with Engineering Projects”

eGFI provides tools for K-12 teachers to enhance student math and science skills and engage student interest with engineering projects.

Educational Event; Lesson Plan

Chain Reaction

Arizona State University’s Chain Reaction is a science magazine and website for students in grades 4-8 with archived and downloadable stories; activities, experiments and games; and professional development resources for educators.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan

Classroom Resources for Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, and South Africa

These lessons and resources will provide biographical information and historical context for a study on Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Teachers TryScience

Teachers TryScience is a web site for teachers that provides free lessons, teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Lesson Plan

Kids Science Challenge

Kids Science Challenge allows students in grades 3-6 submit ideas and experiments for scientists and engineers to solve. They can play science games, watch videos, do fun activities and enter to win prizes and trips.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

Amphibian Ark

Educators will find resources on amphibians that build awareness of the plight of amphibians and the steps that can be taken to save them from habitat destruction, including lessons, guides, activities, stories and videos, fact sheets and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Inanimate Alice

Inanimate Alice is a digital novel with text, images, music, movie elements, and games. The companion curriculum package is aligned to the Common Core State English Language Arts Standards in the area of Reading: Literature.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Scootle Resources

Scootle is a collection of thousands of digital resources available to K-12 educators in the U.S. All resources are searchable and include images, audio, video, datasets, activities, lessons and assessments.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Neuroscience For Kids

Neuroscience For Kids has experiments, activities, and games for students in grades 5-12 to learn about the nervous system. Some activities and games can be used with younger students.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Encyclopedia Mythica: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion

Find information organized by geographical region, with each major area subdivided into sections such as mythology heroes, images, genealogy tables, etc. to aid searching. It holds more than 7,000 articles, often brief, making it a good reference tool.

Background Reading

10 Free Things for Teaching About the 2014 Winter Olympics

The 22nd Winter Olympics will be held February 6-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Learn about the history of the Olympic Games, the sports, the athletes and more with these lessons, activities, videos and reference materials.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Water on the Web

This website presents two sets of curricula, one for high school that provides hands-on activities for the lab and the field, and another for higher education students that comprises a two-semester water resource management course.

Lesson Plan

Authentic Assessment Toolbox

The Authentic Assessment Toolbox is a resource to help K-12 teachers, especially new teachers, create authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning.

The Paper Project

The Paper Project explores papermaking, one of the earliest technologies and art forms, and features educational materials as well as images of handmade and mould made paper taken with a scanning-laser confocal microscope.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics

Resources and tools that can be used as is or modified to teach statistics and probability. Materials can be used to supplement classroom texts.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Multimedia

Sumanas Animation Gallery

Find animated tutorials in general biology, microbiology, biopsychology & neuroscience, astronomy, molecular biology, general biotechnology, environmental science, and chemistry.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

A collection of historically significant maps and companion lesson plans correlated to national social studies and geography standards.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

CreatureCast

This collaborative effort of the Dunn Lab at Brown University and other contributors features text, images, and video focused on zoology. Resources can be used for grades K-12 and can address multiple disciplines.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Find a primer of U.S. government with print and interactive resources on the nation, government, local neighborhoods, and symbols of U.S. government an overview of Benjamin Franklin’s life and career.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Multimedia; Printable

It’s No Laughing Matter

This website from the Library of Congress presents to students an approach to analyzing political cartoons and identifying the persuasive techniques used in them.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

PhET Interactive Simulations

This library of free interactive simulations from University of Colorado, Boulder lets K-12 science students manipulate parameters to learn new science concepts.

Learning Game; Multimedia

Grammar Ninja

This online, interactive game provides practice for K-8 students in identifying parts of speech. A downloadable version allows educators to modify it with their own questions and examples.

Learning Game; Multimedia

Beginner’s Guide to Aeronautics

This collection of beginner’s guides covers a broad range of individual topics related to flying and aeronautics: the flight of baseballs, kites, planes, rockets and more. Each guide offers animations, interactives, activities and simulators.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families

This collection of math challenges for middle school students and their families can be presented in class or downloaded, printed and shared at home. A Spanish language version of the website is available.

Lesson Plan