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A Sightseer’s Guide to Engineering

This virtual field trip takes students through each of the 50 states to visit engineering projects. The resource could support social studies or STEM classes.

Background Reading; Multimedia

4-H Robotics Curriculum

Activities for students in fourth grade and beyond.

Lesson Plan

The Story of Stuff

Find short online movies and other resources that explore key features of our relationship with stuff. Resources examine sustainability, national debt, corporate power and democracy, electronics, cosmetics, bottled water, and cap and trade.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Solar System 101

This NASA website borrows from computer games designers to create visually engaging resources for grades 5-8. Find activities, lessons, background information and resources for student reports, like factoids, images, PowerPoint templates and more.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Games and Interactives from the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has Games and Interactives for K-12 students, including an “I Spy” activity using downloadable posters, “critter cards,” a unique “go fish” game, and more.

Background Reading; Fact Sheet; Learning Game

BizKids

This companion website to the television program of the same name offers resources for teaching business and money skills, including lesson plans, four online games, calculators, budgets, business plans, and more.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Engines of Our Ingenuity

This long running public radio program describes how art, technology, and ideas have shaped the world we live in. Audio file and transcripts introduce students to science concepts and offer detailed explanations.

Background Reading; Multimedia

5 Resources for Teaching Metamorphosis

Five websites provide grade-specific resources for helping students at all levels learn about the biological process by which an animal develops physically after birth or hatching.

Background Reading; Multimedia

ASU Ask a Biologist

This resource for PreK-12 teachers and students is manned by Arizona State University faculty and staff. Submit questions and receive an answer within 72 hours. You’ll also find an archive of Q&As, an image gallery, activities, and more.

Background Reading

Understanding Evolution

Understanding Evolution is a website for teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology to grades K-12 and undergraduates. Find current news, teaching modules and a primer, an image library, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Amazing Space

Find amazing images of deep space from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, plus interactives for examining telescopes, comets, myths and legends about the stars; homework help from scientists; professional development resources; and, more.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Motivate: Maths Enrichment for Schools

With this website from University of Cambridge, students discover practical applications of math to real world problems. Use a deck of cards to illustrate a mathematical model of how disease spreads. Multimedia packs explore Babylonian math concepts.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Teaching Folklore

Our recommended resources will help you find folktale retellings from North and South America, as well as lesson plans and activities to help students understand common elements of myths, fairy tales, folklore and tall tales.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Interactive United States History Map

United States History Map is an interactive map collection for social studies students in grades 5-8. Separate modules provide information and test understanding. Depending on test performance students can review or move on to the next module.

Background Reading; Quiz

Invasive Species Simulations

Invasive Species is a general introduction to the effects of globalization, pathways, and responses to invasive species. Bug Hunt Predators is a more complex simulation that explores the predator-prey ecosystem.

Learning Game; Multimedia

5 Gyres

5 Gyres aims to highlight a problem created by making throw-away packaging out of a material designed to last forever. The website includes many brief videos. The homepage features a world map locating the five ocean concentrations of plastic debris.

Background Reading; Learning Game

Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull

This interactive multimedia resource on black holes was created by NASA for grades 5-12 and includes a glossary, questions and experiments.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Multimedia

Watch Draw Think

Watch Draw Think offers visual presentations of complex cross-curricular concepts for grades 5-12 and provides a space for teachers to share ideas, lessons, and projects. The goal is for teachers to use a whole, or part of, a video with a lesson.

Multimedia

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

OWL provides writing resources and instructional materials for students and educators. Writing Instructors will find resources covering technical and creative writing; exercises for teaching grammar, punctuation, and more; and materials for parents.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

The Poetry Archive

This growing collection of online audio recordings allows you to listen to poets past and present reading their work. Lesson plans and activities are built around the recordings and offer engaging ways of working with poetry.

Learning Game; Multimedia

Understanding Science

Understanding Science was developed for K-16 teachers and students and provides a look at the process of science, its principles and methods.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Smithsonian’s History Explorer

This resource for K-12 teachers and students teaches American history by providing artifacts to "read" for the stories they tell. For example, teach the Civil War by investigating Lincoln’s patent model for river craft.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

KidWind

Find 18 interdisciplinary lessons on wind energy; science fair experiments and projects; information on colleges, training programs and careers in wind energy; and, professional development workshops for teachers.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - Kids Pages

This collection of lessons, activities and games for grades K-12 address the effects of the environment on human health.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

Explorations Through Time

This collection of eight interactive modules explores the history of life on Earth and focuses on the processes of science. Each module has lesson plans and teacher’s guide.

Lesson Plan