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School Garden Curriculum

Turn the schoolyard in a classroom and cultivate your K-8 students' knowledge and passon for the true source of their food with these school garden resources.

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Watching the Summer Night Sky

Brush up your stargazing skills and get ready to enjoy humankind's first TV, the night sky with these science lessons, activities & curriculum resources for all grade levels.

Themed Package

Watching the Summer Night Sky, Grades K-5

Brush up your stargazing skills and get ready to enjoy humankind's first TV, the night sky with these science lessons, activities & curriculum resources for grades K-5.

Themed Package

Hurricane Season

Peak hurricane season is late summer. With these lessons, activities, and multimedia resources for all grades, learn how hurricanes form, how hurricanes are tracked, and how hurricane size and intensity are affected by global warming.

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Hurricane Season, Grades K-5

With these lessons, activities, and multimedia resources for grades K-5, learn how hurricanes form, how hurricanes are tracked, and how hurricane size and intensity are affected by global warming.

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

Columbus Day, Grades K-5

Columbus Day is celebrated in the U.S., Spain, and many countries in Latin America. Whether Christopher Columbus is thought of positively or negatively depends on point-of-view. The following themed package for grades K-5 presents a rangs of opinions.

Themed Package

The Learning Scientists

The Learning Scientists are cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. Their vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators.

Article; Multimedia

Science of Music

Bring music to your K-5 students' ears and supplement aspects of music intruction with these scientific explorations of the study of music and sound.

Multimedia

Transcontinental Telegraph and Railroad, Grades K-5

Interdisciplinary lessons, activities & resources help students in grades K-5 discover the engineering triumphs that propelled westward expansion in the 19th Century.

Themed Package

Iditarod Resources for Grades K-5

Follow the 1,150 mile trek from Anchorage to Nome with these lessons and activities for grades K-5

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Climate Education Modules

These resources are designed to help educators understand climate, climate change, and weather concepts and to be able to incorporate them into their course curriculum.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Printable

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Follow the 2012 monarch migration and report your own monarch sightings on the Monarch Butterfly Migration: Journey North website. You and your students can help scientists understand how climate and seasons affect monarchs.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Science Buddies

Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.

Lesson Plan

Inquiry in Action

Inquiry in Action is a 3rd edition textbook offered by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for teaching physical science and chemistry using an inquiry-based approach. It can be viewed online or downloaded for offline viewing.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

NASA: Practical Uses of Math and Science (PUMAS)

Why don’t clouds fall out of the sky? Why is it unsafe to tailgate on the freeway? Students discover the answers to these questions, and many others, through the 79 activity ideas, submitted by scientist and engineers to this NASA website.

Lesson Plan

The Concord Consortium

Free K-12 and above activities in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, engineering, math, and physics.

Lesson Plan

Interactivate

Interactivate houses free, online science and mathematics activities, lessons, and discussions in the form of dialogs. It includes stand-alone tools for analyzing or organizing numbers and data, a dictionary of math terms used, and standards.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

ScrapKins Hands-On Projects

Nature, nutrition, and recycling activities promote nutrition and wellness. All projects include diagrams with instructions and are suitable for teachers and parents.

Lesson Plan

Cooper-Hewitt Educator Resources

The National Design Museum offers 420+ free lesson plans. Design a new playground or t-shirt. Practice map-making and vocabulary skills to design a treasure map. Use geometry to create a new font. Plus much more. (YouTube videos included).

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

WebExhibits

WebExhibits is an interactive and cross-curricular museum of science, humanities, and culture for K-12 and higher. Exhibits explore color, color vision, pigment, calendars, daylight savings time, poetry, Van Gogh’s letters, Bellini, and butter.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

FossWeb

FossWeb is the official website for the inquiry-based FOSS (Full Option Science System) science curriculum. It features interactive modules that include media, FAQs, and teacher and parent information.

Lesson Plan

Kinetic City

Kinetic City features science experiments, online games, activities, challenges, printable card games, and more for grades 3-5.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Printable; Quiz

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

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