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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

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

Fermilabyrinth Introduction

Fermi Labs official web site furnishes teacher and student materials, including animations.

Multimedia

SweetSearch

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

Multimedia

Science Friday Kids' Connection

Every week during the school year, the Kids' Connection translates information from National Public Radio's Science Friday program into curriculum for middle school teachers.

Themed Package

Public Alert Radios for Schools

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

Lesson Plan

Teaching Channel: Videos That Inspire Teaching

Find more than 800 videos of effective K-12 teaching practices, which can be searched by keyword or browsed, and filter by subject, grade, and topic. Registration is free and allows access to downloadable resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Tool

4-H Robotics Curriculum

Activities for students in fourth grade and beyond.

Lesson Plan

Webinars & Other Resources To Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers

Design Squad Nation offers free webinars and other resources to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Grant/Award; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

SMART Board Content from SMART Exchange

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

Lesson Plan

Weather: Extreme Weather 101 Teaching Resources

A collection of lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactives, and supporting reading and websites for educators.

Lesson Plan

Interactive Greenhouse Gas Emissions Map

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released Greenhouse Gas Data Publication Tool, an interactive map that identifies nearly 80 percent the the major fixed sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the nation as of 2010.

Multimedia

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

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

Stellarium

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.

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

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

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