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Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull

This interactive multimedia resource on black holes was created by NASA for grades 5-12 and includes a glossary, questions and experiments.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Multimedia

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.

Themed Package

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 6-8

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 6-8.

Themed Package

Earth Day Curriculum Resources, Grades 6-8

Students in grades 6-8 explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games.

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

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

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

A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change

This self-directed website is designed for use in both formal and informal educational contexts. It assumes that human behavior is the main driver of climate change and challenges students to explore scientific data around this issue.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Visionlearning

Visionlearning is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides science learning modules that have been shown to be more effective than traditional textbooks in teaching science.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

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

RACE - Are We So Different?

Using this website, students in middle school and high school can examine concepts of race from perspectives of history, human variation, and personal experience.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Quiz

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

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

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

ASU Ask a Biologist

This resource for PreK-12 teachers and students is manned by Arizona State University faculty and staff. Submit questions and receive an answer within 72 hours. You’ll also find an archive of Q&As, an image gallery, activities, and more.

Background Reading