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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

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

Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation

Navigation, or wayfinding, is the subject of the Exploratorium website Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation. Find ideas for projects and activities in social studies, language arts, science, art, and math.

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

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

Q?rius

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!

Multimedia

Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Bring the ocean to life for your K-12 science learners! This collection of top resources provide you with teacher-tested ocean science materials for your classroom.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Climate Education for K-12

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

AASL Lesson Plans

From the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), this web sit offers lesson plans across the curriculum from the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database.

Lesson Plan

OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer

OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer lets K-12 teachers and students explore 22,000 species of wild mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians by zooming in and out of the tree of life.

Background Reading; Multimedia

The Manhattan Project and Trinity

Suitable for students in grades 5-12, (see individual resource grade recommendations) this resource package features a graphic novel, lessons, video and printables that cover the development, politics, use, and consequences of the atomic bomb.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Drought

Droughts can devastate crops, livestock, and jobs. These resources stress the importance of wise water use and suggest smart water habits.

Lesson Plan

The Martian

Ridley Scott’s movie The Martian combines elements of sci-fi and adventure, but the science behind the fiction - found in these classroom resources - provides opportunities for students to explore what needs to be considered before colonizing Mars.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

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

Lemelson-MIT Program

This award-winning web site celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires 3-12 learners to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Lesson Plan

Biogeography

A prolific set of lessons and resources for 6-12 learners that will help explain how geography influences the evolution of species.

Lesson Plan

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

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

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Bring the learning opportunities of the Smithsonian into your classroom with this dynamic website. Discover, create and share the prolific K-12 resources in the Smithsonian Learning lab.

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

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

DiscoverE Engineering Resources

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

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

First Moon Landing

These K-12 resources capture the excitement of the culmination of Space Race between the USSR and the US that began in 1957.

Lesson Plan

4-H Robotics Curriculum

Activities for students in fourth grade and beyond.

Lesson Plan

Periodic Videos

This isn't your grandfather's Periodic Table! While tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century, this online video version could be a unique companion to your science lessons.

Multimedia