Classroom Resources for All Ages
- 16 Ways to be a Smarter Teacher
The book, "Attention,Class!!! 16 Ways to Be a Smarter Teacher," teaches leadership skills, which translates into practical advice for teachers who want to teach students more effectively.
- 3M Free Virtual Labs
Spark students' interest in a scientific career. Make real world connections by designing a new electrical circuit, designing a heat resistant skillet handle or building an interactive wind turbine.
- Acorn Naturalists
Resources for Exploring Aquatic Habitats (Curricula on watershed education, wetlands, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, bogs.)
- Accredited Schools Online has created a guidebook to sustainable living and how to ‘keep it green in college’. They discuss what it means to ‘go green’ as well as how colleges all over the US are doing just that. They describe the benefits of sustainable living for college students, explaining the various ways that sustainability can positively impact their lives.
- Adventures with Jonny - Resources for Students and Educators
Adventure with Jonny is a very unique outdoor children's series that combines three books into one. This colorfully illustrated book opens up with rhyming children's story to pique the child's interest in the sport of fishing. There is also a parental tutorial section to aid parents in the proper introduction of their children to the sport. The book concludes with a fish identification game and a writing journal so that kids may record their early fishing adventures. Adventures with Jonny have teamed up with Project F.I.S.H. in a combined effort to reach more children and introduce them to the great sport of fishing.
- Art and Nature
North Carolina Museum of Art online educational resource, featuring nature and science activities that can be used in environmental education. Includes K-12 lesson plans and activities searchable by region, subject, and grade.
- Asia Society Teaching Materials
K-12 teacher's resource site from Asia Society provides background essays, lesson plans, learning activities, maps, annotated links, and more. Lesson plans cover Asian issues and culture.
- Bilingual EE News Service
The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) now has a bilingual service to share news of upcoming events, professional development opportunities, and new resources. The Web site, available in both English and French, is designed to support and develop competency in educators, communicators, learners and consumers, and build capacity for environmental learning and sustainability.
- Birds of Prey in Your Classroom
Are you looking for an exciting way to demonstrate natural science concepts like adaptation, classification, predator/prey relationships and much more? Invite the RAPTORS from the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, into your classroom. Three different programs bring live raptors or owls to your students to provide a hands-on learning experience that is sure to me memorable.
- Blast Back to School with NASA
This NASA web site includes educational resources and event calendars that are beneficial to both schools and communities. The "Blast Back to School" page contains workshops, lesson plan ideas, and other valuable resources for educators and students of all grade levels.
- CEE Kids R Green
Centre for Environmental Education (CEE) site geared toward young students to explore various environmental issues and topics, educational activities and games about many aspects of the environment.
- Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Program
The Civil Air Patrol, in partnership with the United States Air Force, the Air Force Association, NASA and many others provide Aerospace Education materials at little or no cost to teachers and schools.
- Climate Change Education Partnership for the Great Lakes
- Climate Kids. Climate Kids is a NASA affiliated website used as a fun education resource for children to easily understand climate change and other environmental issues. It includes games, short videos, information about common green careers and green technologies, and other environmental topics kids can learn about. There is also an Educator Resources section with interactive activities to help families and teachers explain these topics to children. For details, visit the Climate Kids website.
- Expand the online community and resource database for climate change research and education by adding your school to the map on the Great Lakes Climate Change Science and Education Systematic Network Web site.
- Complete an educator survey about climate change education by following the link appropriate for you:
Survey for Informal Educators
Survey for K-12 Classroom Educators
Survey for Community and Agency Informal Educators
Survey for University Faculty
- An award has been made by the National Science Foundation to Dr. Sandra Rutherford and a team out of Eastern Michigan University to establish a working network of climate change educators as part of the Phase 1 Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP). They are currently inviting educators to participate in the following ways: CCEP will use the results of the survey to develop a strategic plan, which will be responsive to Great Lakes stakeholder needs and which takes advantage of educational efforts going on within the Great Lakes region.
National Wildlife Federation's new ClimateClassroom.org website is designed to help parents and teachers talk to students of differing ages about global warming. Its features include guidelines for parents, proposed new national global warming educator guidelines, age-adapted sources of useful curricula, a downloadable slide presentation for kids, presenter's guide, and more.
- CSI - The Experience: Web Adventure
This collection of adventure games for middle level students, produced by Rice University, is based on the popular television series CSI. In Case One, students learn about forensic analysis as they work as rookie crime scene investigators alongside characters from the television series. Subsequent cases require students to apply what they learned in rookie training to solve a crime. An educator's guide presents classroom lessons in forensics, including Sticky Fingers (understanding fingerprints); I-Witness (How reliable is an eyewitness?); and The Writing on the Wall (handwriting analysis).
- Cure Recycling
Recycle ink cartridges and cell phones to benefit the environment and help pediatric cancer research. Excellent fundraiser for schools. Free recycling materials and shipping provided.
- DIRT! The Movie
There is a new film to enlighten us on the environmental, economic, social and political impacts of the ground beneath our feet. DIRT! The Movie helps further our understanding of soil and our responsibility to take care of it. To check out the trailer and sign up to find DIRT! The Movie in your community, visit the film's Web site.
- Earth Charter in Action
A variety of resources and material available, including a newsletter! Learn what steps you can take as well as what is needed for a sustainable future from a global consensus.
- EcoTipping Points
The EcoTipping Points website offers an array over environmental success stories that are premier examples of how a community can rally around change. The success stories transcend every continent and truly show how environmental progress is a global issue. EcoTipping Points is looking for progressive educators that are interested in integrating these concepts into their classroom experiences. Any educator that is interested in this opportunity will receive assistance from an EcoTipping Points staff member.
- Edheads - Activate Your Mind!
This site offers a variety of flash learning programs and lesson plans designed to meet state and national learning standards.
- Education World
This website provides a plethora of information useful to teachers, covering topics such as Lesson Planning, Professional Development, Technology Integration and more.
- Encyclopedia of Life
Supported by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the "Encyclopedia of Life" is a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. The encyclopedia will be a multimedia Wikipedia-style Web site, providing downloadable information on each species. The Field Museum, Harvard University, the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library partnered to launch the project.
- Energy Conservation Board Game
Engineers at Clarkston University in New York recently designed a new board game that teaches middle school children how their energy choices directly impact energy conservation. The game, called Energy Choices, was developed to motivate the next generation of consumers to think about how energy choices are made, the role economics play in such decisions and how to identify acceptable trade-offs. The game was developed as a result of the university's award-winning National Science Foundation-funded K-12 Project-Based Learning Partnership Program.
- Energy Teacher Organization
EnergyTeachers.org (ETO) offers help to teachers interested in teaching about energy production and use. Services include this web site, face-to-face meetings, newsletters, a lending library, and other tailored services.
- Energy Works Michigan
The Energy Works Michigan Web site is a non-profit technical resource, building a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous energy future in Michigan. The Web site provides up to date information and newsletters on green energy and announces contests for schools and individual K-12 students.
- Energy Works Michigan Newsletter
The Energy Works Michigan Newsletter is a newsletter intended to educate students and adults about building a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous energy future in Michigan. The newsletter provides up to date news resources on green energy and announces contests for schools and K-12 students.
- Entomological Foundation
The Entomological Foundation develops and implements a blend of programs designed to spark interest in science and insects among elementary school children and to sustain that interest through educational programs and outreach activities; offers scholarships and student awards to recognize excellence and support continued education of students in the area of entomology; and grants professional awards that recognize accomplishments in entomology and related areas.
- Enviro DVDs from Green Planet
Green Planet Films is a non-profit distributor of eco-related films seeking to "preserve and protect our planet by educating the public about the science, beauty, and fragility of the natural world." DVDs are from around the globe, covering topics such as recycling, urban sprawl, wildlife, endangered species, pollution, and more. Contact email@example.com.
- Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology
This book provides a comprehensive view of environmental studies. The authors include case studies and show the contribution science, social science and humanities make in our relationship with the natural world. Everyone, including experts, can benefit from this book.
- Environmental Education Station
This newly updated site provides an abundance of teaching materials geared toward environmental and resource economics, a photo library, and links to hot environmental topics.
- Environmental Explorers' Club
Explore your environment and learn neat things you can do to protect it. Games, pictures, stories, and other fun things.
- Environmental Literacy Council EE Write-Up
Its tools will give students a fundamental understanding of the systems of the world, both living and non-living, along with the analytical skills needed to weigh scientific evidence and policy choices. There is also an extensive Teaching Resources page which lists labs, activities, and lesson plans.
- EPA Drinking Water and Ground Water
This website provides classroom lesson plans, games and activities geared for grades K-12.
- EPA Launches 'Go Green!' Newsletter
In order to help people become more environmentally responsible, this monthly email newsletter from the U.S. EPA will provide information on activities to use anywhere, including home, workplaces, schools, and communities.
- Estuaries 101 Online Curriculum
This new online science curriculum was developed by NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System to help grade 9-12 science teachers incorporate coastal and estuarine science into their classrooms. The curriculum is comprised of four modules, which teach the subject through earth, life, or physical science domains.
- Exciting New EcoLibrary to Help Your Students
It is believed that good visual images engage students' interests and passions. EcoLibrary was created to give students and teachers free access to high-quality images and useful supporting information. The goal is to help students learn more about ecology, conservation biology, and environmental issues. Excellent photographs, all accompanied by detailed and scientifically accurate descriptions 360° interactive panoramas, from deserts to tropical rainforests around the world Thematically linked groups of images for K-12 teachers (such as /Mimicry and Camouflage /or /Ecosystems and Biomes/) Cross-links among items; every image in the database leads to related images. For more information, please follow the link provided above.
- Exploratorium Science Snacks
These simple hands-on activities are based on popular exhibits at San Francisco's Exploratorium. Each "miniature exhibit" contains a photograph, materials list, instructions, science explanations, and interesting historical bits. With more than 100 online exhibits (such as Bicycle Wheel Gyroscope, a homemade phonograph, and Laser Jello), the Snacks serve as inspiration for any K-12 student, teacher, or science enthusiast looking to personally discover science concepts in an active way.
- Free Award-Winning Science Publications, Videos, and Materials
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute makes science publications, videos and materials available to K12 teachers. These materials are intended to enhance science education at all levels. There is no specified deadline for applying for these materials.
- Free Energy Lesson Plans and Activities
- The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is offering 350 downloadable lessons and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The lessons are organized by grade level and topic.
- Free Resources for Science Teachers
To find free resources and services can help you develop your teaching strategies for next year.
- Free Resources to Spark Girls' Interest in Engineering
Engineer Your Life (EYL) has FREE resources you can use to spark girls' interest in engineering. What is EYL? 1) A national campaign, EYL breaks down stereotypes about engineering and encourages college-bound young women to consider it as a career option. 2) A multimedia Web site EngineerYourLife.org features ten great reasons to become an engineer, streaming video of inspiring women engineers, descriptions of dream engineering jobs, and advice for parents, educators, and engineers on how to talk to girls about engineering; and, 3) Effective: An independent evaluation shows that 78.5% of girls, after exploring the EYL Web site, listed engineering as their number one career choice. For more information, please follow the link provided above or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home
- Every day households consume and waste more then they could ever realize. In Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, filmmaker Andrew Nisker shows what happens when the average family holds on to all the garbage they create in a 3 month span. The McDonalds family is chronicled in this documentary and then taken on a trip to discover where their waste goes after they toss it in the trash. The film website even offers helpful hints for families that want to make changes and just don't know where to start.
- GLOBIO Mapping Human Impact
This UNEP program, Global Methodology for Mapping Human Impacts on the Biosphere (GLOBIO), uses models and analysis to assess human impact on the biosphere. The Web site features maps, videos, and documents, as well as a description of the model and scenarios.
- Go Grad, an online source to graduate programs, highlights specific degrees leading students to careers involved in sustainability and conservation. They provide general advice to grad students as well as popular green graduate degrees, eco-friendly scholarship opportunities and a list of the top 20 in-demand green jobs.
- Go Green 2007: Education for the Ecosystem
The October 10, 2007 issue of Edutopia "Go Green 2007: Education for the Ecosystem" is devoted to environmental education. Search the "Go Green" resource database by topic for activities such as field trips or lesson plans by grade-level. Learn about schools involved in innovative learning projects on cool schools and sustainable schoolyard design. Read the articles on environmental education activities happening in and out of the classroom.
- Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
The GBBC is a free annual event open to bird watchers of all ages. Take part anytime during the four-day event and, in as little as 15 minutes, you will be involved in a continent wide real-time snapshot of birds.
- Great Links to Great Science Resources
Science resources sorted by category, subcategory, and grade level.
- How Earthquakes Happen
BBC- British Broadcasting Company website provides the slideshow "How Earthquakes Happen" with the latest news, eyewitness accounts, and background analysis on the Tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.
- Hubble Web Site for Educators
This web resource from NASA provides activities and resources to educators centered on the Hubble Space Telescope. The site offers activities and resources focused on three themes: Hubble Careers, From Galileo to the Great Observatories, and the Hubble Walk: Spacesuits and Spacewalks. The website will continually be updated as it follows the Hubble journey into 2010, Hubble's 20th anniversary year. This site celebrates Hubble as a unique tool of exploration and has been launched in conjunction with the fall 2008 launch of the space shuttle Atlantis as it goes to service the Hubble space telescope.
- Instructional Videos on Demand (VOD)
Power of Place is offered as a free instructional video series for high school and college students. Case studies from 36 countries are available. Map and video resources included!
This website provides free, online courseware for exploration in science and mathematics. You can navigate through the site by subject, topic, audience, and resource type.
- Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures
The son of famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Jean-Michel is exploring a variety of locations around the world.
- Join the ARCPS Educator Network
Action-Research for the Community Problem Solving (ARCPS) is defined as a process that enables students and teachers to participate more fully in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational activities, aimed at resolving an issue that the learners have identified. Clause Poudrier has been using ARCPS with his 6th-grade students since September 1993, and over the past five years has directed a professional development ARCPS program in Canada for teachers and educators. Claude is forming a network of educators that are using the ARCPS model that will serve as a forum to share ideas, discuss lessons learned, and further develop the ARCPS model. To join contact: email@example.com.
- Journey North
K-12 classrooms are invited to sign up for Journey North's annual global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. A free internet-based citizen science project, Journey North enables students in more than 23,000 schools to watch the seasons unfold. Students monitor migration patterns of monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, and other animals; the blooming of plants; and changing sunlight, temperatures, and other signs of the seasons. Each study features many entry points and resources that address learning standards: reading booklets and lessons, photos and video clips, weekly migration updates, interactive maps, instructional units, and compelling migration "stories." Every Spring (approximately February 2 until June 1) the Journey North program has live inter-active programming.
- Learning Science Interactive
Free, high-quality web activities for the classroom in various areas of science studies listed by learning standards for grades K-4 and 5-12. Included are links to long and short interactive lesson plans, data collection, imaging, and more.
- Let's Fly Away Airplane Dodecahedron
From NASA! In the interactive version, students click and drag the dodecahedron to see NASA aircraft. They also can read about the aircraft and print full color pictures or a coloring page. In the Build Your Own activity, students print, color and construct their own dodecahedron featuring 12 different NASA aircraft. Grades K-8.
- LetsGoSolar.com has created a new guide that offers strategic avenues to blend a person’s innate strengths with their sustainability objectives. They provide a road map to green job success and explore some of the most in demand eco-jobs and the salaries that come along with them.
- Lightning Safety Tools for Teachers
NOAA's National Weather Service has provided a variety of teaching materials on lightning safety to educators. Resources include: two curriculum guides for preschool and K-8 teachers that offer lesson plans and activities to integrate safety instruction and disaster preparedness into standard academic classes, slide presentations that can work on any personal computer to cover topics appropriate for middle and high school students (such as lightning inside and outside and ways to stay safe), and videos that can educate students about the science of thunderstorm development and electrification.
- Manuscript Letters of John Muir
The Wisconsin Historical Society website has posted 30 letters from legendary naturalist John Muir to five correspondents on a wide range of topics from his student days at Madison throughout his wilderness travels spanning over 50 years, 1861 to 1914. View the typed letters next to hand-written originals (over 100 pages).
- Marine Fisheries Series Activities Guide
This is an online activity guide geared for middle to high school students. It is a guide created by the Marine Fisheries Series project to help students dive deeper into the topics covered in the documentary series. The guide includes six engaging, peer-reviewed activities, correlated to national science and social studies education standards. These activities work well in classrooms as well as non-traditional educational settings such as nature or science centers, aquariums and zoos.
- Math and Science Partnership Network
MSPnet is an electronic learning community for the Math and Science Partnership Program. With the MSP program, the National Science Foundation implemented an important facet of the President's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) vision for K-12 education. A major research and development effort, the MSP program responds to concern over the performance of the nation's children in mathematics and science. Institutions of higher education partner with K-12 districts and others to effect deep, lasting improvement in K-12 mathematics and science education. To learn more and to receive regular informational updates, please visit http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm.
My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant (MEERA) is a new online resource aimed to help Educators evaluate the quality of their program. MEERA is designed to help educators with little, intermediate, or advanced evaluation experience. This tool was created at the University of Michigan in partnership with the US EPA and US Forest Service response to the growing need to report on program successes to funding agencies. MEERA helps educators choose an appropriate evaluation and provides a step-by-step guide through the process, including sample evaluations from other programs.
- Michigan Merit Curriculum Science
- In preparation for implementation of the new high school graduation requirements, the Michigan Department of Education, in collaboration with partners across the state, has developed Course/Credit Content Expectations to provide all educators with a common understanding of what high school students should know and be able to do at the completion of each credit/course.
- Michigan Reach Out!
Mentoring Program offers Science How-To's - Science experiments, how-to's, and lesson plans for every age. Activities in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, physical science, and technology are included. Early Elementary Level
Later Elementary Level
Middle School Level
High School Level
- Molecular Workbench
Developed by the Concord Consortium the molecular workbench is a free, open-source software tool that helps students grade 5 to college overcome challenges in understanding the science of atoms and molecules. The Molecular Workbench models electrons, atoms and molecules, which make it applicable across physics, chemistry, biology and engineering.
- MoneyGeek.com has put together a guide for students interested in green careers that pull different resources together to give readers an honest look at the industry. This guide includes a list of the most in-demand skills, jobs included in the green economy and available scholarships and internships.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Web Site Video Library
Includes over 30 videos about animals, exhibits and conservation research programs at the aquarium. Requires QuickTime or Windows Media Player. Site also offers activities, materials for the classroom materials, and marine science career information.
- Museum in a Box
This program by NASA teaches kids in grades K-12 the physical sciences of flight. These aeronautics themed lessons are designed to inspire future scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Many lessons are provided for the different flight aspects and are grade specific.
- MY NASA DATA
MY NASA DATA is an effort to develop microsets of Earth science data that are interesting and useful to the K-12 and citizen scientist communities. The datasets provide information on the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface and are available online, along with lesson plans, teacher-friendly documentation, computer tools, and an Earth science glossary. Science project starter ideas are also available.
- Mygarbology Online Waste Reduction Game
MyGarbology is a new game developed by NatureBridge. It features ideas on how to reduce trash and stop pollution. The Web site features additional information and resource links, along with activities for teachers, students, and families. For more information, visit www.naturebridge.org/garbology.php.
- Mystery Class Geography, Science, and Math Project ~ Online
Teachers and students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate this winter/spring in Journey North's Mystery Class project in which students try to find 10 secret classes hiding around the globe using the changing sunlight at each site as the clue. Students develop a deep understanding of important concepts by puzzling them out in real time.
A National Science Foundation-funded site, features online simulations, learning modules, and interactive tools for learning about nanotechnology--the design and production of structures, devices, and systems one atom or one molecule at a time.
- Nano-Link in Michigan
Lansing Community College (LCC) is proud to announce the creation of Nano-Link, a National Science Foundation-sponsored Regional Center for Nanotechnology Education. Nano-Link has as its goal the dissemination of curriculum related to nanotechnology for secondary and higher education in the Upper Midwest region. As Nano-link develops, it will serve as a hub linking educators who want to bring nanotechnology learning to their schools, whether for workforce development, curriculum enrichment, or to establish new courses, certificates or degree programs. Nano-link will also help support professional education of educators in nanotechnology. LCC is excited to be a part of this effort to bring this new and amazing science to Michigan educators. They invite you to join them on this journey. For further information, please contact: Thomas L Deits at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christel Marshall at email@example.com.
- NASA Classroom Materials
NASA's Educator Resource Center Network assists teachers in learning about NASA's educational resources. If you can't visit your local resource center you can contact the Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE). CORE serves as the worldwide distribution center for more than 200 video, slide, CD-ROM, and DVD programs.
- NASA's Kids Club Activity: Window to Earth
This website allows you to experience the spectacular view of Earth that Astronauts have from space. Move through the pages of Window to Earth and see images taken from space of these geographical features: peninsula, glacier, lake, desert, cape, island, upheaval dome, strait, waterfall, reef and volcano. Take a peek and see how Earth looks from space.
- National Energy Foundation
The National Energy Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization and a national leader in teacher training, student programs, instructional materials, development and distribution.
- National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) - Educator Toolkits
Environmental Education Resources for Educators
- National Wildlife Federation - Educator E-Newsletter
This monthly e-newsletter is designed to provide educators with hands-on activities, new ideas, resources, and strategies for getting kids outside to learn about the wonders of the natural world. Each newsletter also includes a link to download the latest Ranger Rick® Educator Guide.
- New Book: Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair
Learn how to restore naturally appearing wetlands at schools and nature centers for use by 30-students at a time for under $2,000.00. Author Tom Biebighauser has built over 985 wetlands across North America and regularly teaches hands-on wetland restoration workshops. The book features his specialty of helping educators build wetlands at schools by using a variety of techniques including synthetic liners to benefit frogs, toads, salamanders, aquatic plants, and endangered species.
- New Educational Materials Available from NASA
The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject.
- New Society EE Publications
This website presents ideas, tools and methods to develop environmental awareness and sensitivity, as well as the tools to action in environmentally restorative ways.
- New STEM on Station Page for Educators and Students
NASA Education is launching a new Web resource for students and educators titled STEM on Station. The new pages present videos that were filmed on the space station about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Students can follow astronauts as they demonstrate principles such as Newton's Laws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology. NASA lesson plans and other resources supplement the STEM videos. STEM on Station is part of the Teach Station site that is the platform for space-station-focused education resources, science and research information for students and teachers, crew updates and current education news. Visit often and watch for opportunities to connect with the expedition crew members and for other NASA education opportunities.
- New Teacher Tips
In preparation for the new school year, the Web site articles Survival Central for New Teachers, Survival Guide for New Teachers, and 21st Century Learning Environment offer resources aimed towards assisting new educators. While new teachers will find useful tips on getting started, veteran ones will find it equally advantageous to brush up on the basics.
- NOAA Lesson Plans Library
These comprehensive lessons plan for chemistry, Earth science, geography, life science, math, and physical science. They are correlated to National Science Education Standards and designed to supplement existing curricula at the middle and high school levels present National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science through activities using online data from NOAA websites. Lessons are available at http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/lesson_plans.html.
- NSTA's Learning Center Web site Merging with Science Matters
The Learning Center is the National Science Teacher's Association's online professional development portal for teachers, administration, state partners, and parents. It helps to address classroom needs and offers access to over 2,800 free resources. You do not need to be a member of NSTA to join, it is a place for everyone to learn and share. Now, the center will be merging with Science Matters (formerly Building a Presence). Gradually over the next few months, Science Matters will stop sending eBlast updates via email on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month. Instead, you should join The Learning Center for FREE.
- On Being a Scientist
Based on the book, On Being a Scientist, this seven-minute video includes interviews with Stephanie J. Bird, co-editor-in-chief of Science and Engineering Ethics at Georgetown University and several new Ph.D.'s from a variety of disciplines. Watch the video on YouTube.
- PBS Environmental Series for Grades 6-12
- The Journey to Planet Earth video series has been re-edited for grades 6-12 to help teachers explain to students the science behind some of the alarming world headlines. Receive a 30-day free preview of the entire 10-episode series or individual episodes.
- PBS Teacher Resources
This website provides lessons and activities for teachers to use in the classroom.
- Project FLOW (Fisheries Learning on the Web)
Curriculum on the Great Lakes fisheries is now available online via Michigan Sea Grant's web site, Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW). Four new and revised classroom lessons and hands-on activities help educators and students observe and identify Great Lakes fish, understand the fundamentals of fish habitat and life cycles, and learn how scientists monitor the movement of fish populations. The new FLOW lessons were developed in collaboration with fisheries experts at the University of Michigan and reviewed by Michigan science teachers. All lessons meet state and national science education standards and benchmarks and are designed for educators and students in grades 4 through 8.
- Project Noah Global Schoolyard Bioblitz!
Project Noah has recently created a Global Schoolyard Bioblitz mission on their site educators are encouraged to sign up for and participate. Project Noah is a leading resource for nature research and documentation and are collecting wildlife observations from schoolyards around the world in an effort to get kids outside and explore nature.
- Science Buddies
- Science Buddies is an award-winning, non-profit that provides free information on science fair project ideas, answers, and resources targeted for students and teachers. It provides over 1,000 different project ideas to choose from. The student resource section provides a place to ask the experts anything about science fair projects, tips for preparing for an advanced science competition, and much more. Parents also have resources to help encourage their children's scientific interests. For the latest updates and more information, visit the Science Buddies Web site.
- Science Builder Vocabulary Helper
Science Builder, provided free by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), is a science vocabulary helper for students in grades 2-6. This resource provides the definition of various science vocabulary words, oral presentation of the words, and electronic review tests. Science Builder is completely aligned to the grade level expectations and is a handy tool for all students and teachers. A CD version will be sent to school principles, but the resource is now available online. The username for the Web site is: michigan (case sensitive) and the password is: science (case sensitive).
- Science Explorations and Adventures
A web site designed by Paul Doherty, a science teacher, writer and winner of the NSTA's Faraday Award for science communication, which offers hundreds of scientific explorations for all grade levels, indexed alphabetically and by topic.
- Secrets of the Sequence Video Series
The Center for Life Sciences Education at Virginia Commonwealth University presents The Secrets of the Sequence Video Series for teachers to incorporate advances in the life sciences into their classrooms. Each of the 50 short (8-10 minute) videos comes with a lesson plan and activities.
Soil-Net.com is an educational resource about soil, with extensive teacher aids supporting many curriculum-based interactive student activities.
- Solar and Wind Energy Production at Schools
A total of 34 renewable energy systems have been installed at 28 schools statewide participating in Energy Works Michigan's Renewable Energy Program. The Renewable Energy Program provided incentives for schools that installed one or both of the solar PV or wind systems. Students can compare the daily performance of the solar PV or wind systems that were installed at different schools throughout the state. The performance data is collected by a data logger and weather station that are installed at each school. For more information or to view the live production, visit the Energy Works Michigan Solar and Wind Systems Web site.
- SOPHIA Learning Activities
The site features fun science experiments kids can do at home, and info on what's happening with the latest Mars Mission. SOPHIA is a first-of-its-kind social education platform that offers more than 25,000 free tutorials created by multiple teachers. The activities encourage students to learn in their own way.
- Summer Activity for Kids
Play the Wild Weather Adventure Game! This online game has the look and feel of a real board game. It actually started life as a printed board game, created by The Space Place Team. Then they reincarnated it online, staying faithful to the original, but adding a few bells and whistles. The game board is a map of the world. In your own weather research blimp, you travel the world, have adventures, make rescues, solve problems, and strive to beat your opponents to the Finish. This game can be played by up to four players. If you are playing alone, your opponent is the computer, and you can even choose how smart your opponent will be! Some turns present the player with a question about weather, other Earth science topics, or geography. For geography questions, players can consult a reference map and find the answer. It's a fun learning tool for all ages.
- The Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
CIESE sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers can use to enhance their curriculum through use of the internet. The focus is on projects that utilize real time data from the internet, and on collaborative projects that reach peers and experts around the world via the internet.
- The Ecotipping Points Project
The EcoTipping Points Project is "Disseminating a New Paradigm for Strategic Sustainability." The Web site features environmental success stories from around the world, educational materials, regional planning, and more. Resources page includes Educational Materials.
- The Encyclopedia of Earth
The Encyclopedia of Earth is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The goal of the experts who contribute to this Web site is to make it "the largest reliable information resource on the environment in history."
- The Fisher Science Education's YouTube Channel
- Fisher Science Education is committed to providing science education for all ages and making science matter. Now it is even easier to teach science with their official YouTube channel. They make available the most innovative tools, tips, and technologies to help make teaching as easy as possible. Video topics include green chemistry, biotechnology, forensics, electrophoresis, solutions, and much more. To subscribe and get the latest updates on new video's that are posted, visit The Fisher Science Education's YouTube Channel.
- The Gateway to Educational Materials
This is the perfect resource for educators searching for lessons, in class activities, or literature on any topic. The site includes a broad range of environmental topics, broken down by appropriate grade level. A great search engine provides educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources!
- The Leopold Education Project
The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary, critical thinking, conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the classic writings of the renowned conservationist, Aldo Leopold. The Leopold Education Project teaches the public about humanity's ties to the natural environment in the effort to conserve and protect the earth's natural resources. Teachers can obtain the LEP teacher's guide, Lessons in a Land Ethic, by attending either an educator or facilitator workshop. You will experience the hands-on minds-on techniques of teaching about the natural world and learn how Aldo Leopold's conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac, can successfully be used in a variety of educational settings to stimulate critical thinking and promote responsible decision making regarding our impacts on ecosystems. To learn more about the project, contact the Michigan LEP coordinator: Wendy Cheek, Leopold Education Project, 3483 144th Avenue, Dorr, MI 49323. Telephone 616-688-5172. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Online Science Assessment Tool
This site provides access to released items from various state and national standardized tests. All items have been coded to current Michigan Benchmarks and Assessment Standards. The database contains both multiple choice and constructed response questions and can be searched to develop a test built around specific content or assessment standards. After making your selections, a test will be created as an editable Word document.
- The Ozone Hole
The Ozone Hole, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing the destruction of the ozone layer and preservation of the Earth's environment, while educating the public in these issues. "Ask the Scientist" program allows students and the public to submit questions by mail or email.
- The Science of Spring
Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Science of Spring website allows children to learn about seeds and plants. Through guided hands-on activity, children learn how to care for their seeds, observe the progress of plant growth, and share the information with others. Participants can upload photos of their plants, write observation notes, and see a wide variety of plants grown by kids around the country.
- The Secret Life of Scientists
"The Secret Life of Scientists," is a NOVA web-only series of videos that introduce the research of individual scientists while providing a glimpse at "secrets" from their personal lives. A new scientist is now being profiled every two weeks. Each new profile includes short video clips that make science and scientists accessible to students, as well as a forum that allows students to ask questions directly of profiled scientists.
- The Story of Stuff
This fast-paced 20 minute video is a resource to initiate class discussions on sustainability. It shows the environmental and social impact of material consumption and how we can work together for a sustainable world.
- The Worldwatch Institute Interactive Environmental Timeline
This is a new resource available for environmental educators which details key moments in the sustainability movement from the 1960s until the present day.
- Tox Town
Want to learn about the toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places? Tox Town is an interactive Web site that enables the general public, students, and teachers to learn about the environmental health concerns in various neighborhoods.
- Videoclips for Teachers from NASA
This new web resource from NASA features over 220 five- to 10-minute free educational video segments on the subjects of science, math, and engineering and their application in real-world situations Videos highlighting current research and innovations will be added to the site throughout the school year The videos are separated into grade-level categories for grades K-12 and provide valuable enhancements to teachers' lesson plans Educators can download and save the videos, or stream them directly from the website, as well as use the lesson plans and materials that accompany the videos.
- Waste Free Lunches
Our aim is to provide you with all the information you need to participate in (or to start!) a waste-free lunch program at your school or place of employment. The site includes stories and tips on reducing waste and eating healthier foods.
- Water Life Game
This virtual game is for students in grades 5-8 takes place in an unhealthy ecosystem in an estuary on the west coast of the United States. Players help Valerie and Oscar the sea otter complete challenges to bring the estuary back to health. Along the way, students learn about food webs, the factors for producing healthy estuaries, and the reasons estuaries are essential to ocean life and humans. The site presents information about marine science careers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) role in protecting estuaries, and ideas for getting involved in estuary protection.