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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

Madcap Logic

This free lesson features the color wheel, complementary colors, a quick evaluation, and more.

Multimedia; Tool

Jonathan Bird's Blue World

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

Multimedia

Nature Works Everywhere

Get your family back to nature! This site offers easy tools and tips for planning a family nature adventure. Enter the age of your kids, how much time you have, and the location and the website gives you ideas for activities and events.

Urban Bird Sounds Project

Created BY students FOR students, this audio guide is a way to help others learn about and study birds in their own communities. Listen, download materials, and learn how to make your own.

Multimedia

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

Action for Healthy Kids

See how this site helps schools without the resources to improve nutrition programs and increase opportunities for kids to get healthier.

Multimedia; Tool

Space Program History

An out of this world trove of lessons, NASA learning resources, printables, and tools for teaching about the history of America's Space Program.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

SweetSearch

A free custom search engine for students that searches over 35,000 web sites.

Multimedia

Public Alert Radios for Schools

NOAA is distributing these radios to schools to help safeguard children.

Lesson Plan

SMART Board Content from SMART Exchange

Download review games, organizational materials, and lesson ideas for your classroom SMART Board.

Lesson Plan

20 Free iPad Apps for Educators

A variety of teaching and learning materials to access from your iPad.

Lesson Plan

Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)

SMILE website offers 1,000s science & math lessons for K-12 educators, all searchable by grade, subject, standards, assessments, and more.

Themed Package

YouTube for Educators

YouTube offers a variety of free services that educators can use to facilitate classroom instruction, including access to more than 500,000 educational videos, limited access to non-educational content, and custom playlists that eliminate ads.

Multimedia

NASA Websites Explore Global Warming

The NASA website Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet provides a foundation for studying and assessing global warming by providing data on carbon dioxide concentration, global surface temperature, Arctic sea ice, land ice, and more.

Background Reading; Multimedia

NIH Curriculum Supplement Series

This resource from the National Institutes of Health includes teacher guides and lesson plans on the science behind seventeen health topics, free print materials, professional development webinars, and more.

Professional Development Course; Works4Me

Annenberg Learner’s Interactives

22 learning modules from Annenberg Learner provide activities that improve skills in math, science, language, history, and arts. Though a few resources are aimed at elementary students, most are intended for secondary.

Learning Game

TED Ed - TED’s New Education Initiative

The goal of thisinitiative is to produce a library of teacher-prepared lessons on video.

Lesson Plan; 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.

Multimedia

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.

Multimedia

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

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

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

Learn & Teach with American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History’s website offers programs and resources such as activities, games, articles, profiles of scientists, and student descriptions of their own projects and investigations for teachers and learners at all grade levels.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Pulse of the Planet

This daily science program airs on radio. The program and its related resources are available online. K-12 teachers will find teaching ideas and lesson plans, while students will enjoy multimedia learning games, videos, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia