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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

NASA Wavelength

This digital collection of Earth and space science resources illustrates connections between science concepts, such as clouds, the motion of the earth, and plant growth, and how those concepts build upon one another across grade levels.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable


Inspire curiosity and the excitement of discovery with this first-of-its-kind interactive and experimental learning space - a unique supplement to your science curriculum!


Clean Energy Education

Lesson plans, activities and resources that empower students to make informed choices and develop creative solutions to environmental challenges.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

Google Search Education

Help your students become better searchers. Google Search Education provides lessons, activities, posters, tips, and webinars to help teachers hone their own and their students’ web search skills.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable

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

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

4-H Robotics Curriculum

Activities for students in fourth grade and beyond.

Lesson Plan

Explore the RMS Titanic

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic (April 15, 2012) offers a unique teaching opportunity, and a variety of websites offer online resources, including historical documents, multimedia activities, printables, lesson plans, and more.

Background Reading; Multimedia

The Titanic: Submersibles & ROVs

Students learn about the submersibles and remotely operated vehicles used to explore the Titanic. Multimedia learning activities allow students to pilot virtual ROVs, but students may also learn to build real, actual ROVs and enter a competition.



Turn your computer, projection screen or whiteboard into a planetarium with free software that plots stars in the sky based your desired location, time and date; draws constellations; and, simulates meteor showers and eclipses.


TED-Ed Video Library

This growing library of educational videos represents collaborations between teachers and animators. Classroom teachers can use, tweak, or rewrite lessons, or create their own lessons, based on any useful educational video.


The Space Place

K-5 students explore the solar system and beyond with animations or interactive demonstrations; make projects and art; and play games, solve puzzles, and answer quizzes.

Lesson Plan; Printable

Exploring Space through Math

This website from NASA will help students in grades 7-12 develop a deeper understanding of key mathematical concepts, and learn how to apply those concepts in the context of space exploration.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

The Transit of Venus

On June 5, 2012 Venus will cross the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that will not be seen again until the year 2117. Learn more about the historical and scientific significance of the event, and how you and your students can view it safely.

Background Reading; Multimedia

National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip

Grades 4-8 can learn about various topics (e.g., civil rights, climate change) through electronic field trips to national parks. There are more than a dozen EFTs archived on the site, each with an on-demand video and related lessons.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Tree of Life Web Project

Students explore connections between living organisms by following phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of plants and animals. Lessons, activities and multimedia resources help them learn about evolutionary relationships among species.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Radical Cartography

Yale historian and cartographer Bill Rankin offers a unique approach to cartography with his website Radical Cartography. After exploring Radical Cartography, students can use other online map-making tools to create customized projects.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Encyclopedia of Life

Find information and images of all known species of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria. Educator tools illustrate how site resources can be used to structure lesson plans, plan activities, reinforce concepts, and introduce biology topics.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Exploring Time

This website is a companion to the Science Channel television program of the same name. Middle and high school science teachers will find lesson ideas and online activities that help students explore change over time and human perception of time.

Multimedia; Printable

Finding Information on the Internet

UC Berkeley Library offers an online tutorial covering search strategies, search tools, recommendations for evaluating web pages and other resources that will be of interest to educators and secondary students.

Background Reading

Popcorn Activities

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month, and we offer a variety of fun, creative activity ideas for multiple subjects and all grade levels.

Themed Package

It's a Blue, Blue, Blue, Blue World

Using Jonathan Bird's Blue World in the classroom is easy with amazing study guides and resources for educators.


Japanese Kites at the New Year

These resources explain the cultural and historical importance of kites in Japan. Teachers will find downloadable student readings on kite shapes, kite flying, and Japanese kites at the New Year.

Lesson Plan; Printable