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Resources for Teachers

  • American Museum of Natural History Online Courses
    Registration is open for Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History for anyone seeking professional development and graduate credit. Each six-week course if fully online, coming to the museum is not necessary, and they can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits each.  All courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a PhD research scientist. Courses include: Evolution; Climate Change; Earth: Inside and Out; The Solar System, Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Diversity of Fishes; Water: Environmental Science and more. 
  • hand2mind: teach@home STEM resources
    hand2mind is excited to introduce teach@home: Daily Lessons & Activities for K-5 students, a series of free daily lessons and activities created and delivered by teachers. Each week you will find an easy-to-follow schedule, by grade, for K-5 students and daily grade-specific video lessons for Math and Literacy. You will also find worksheets for the Math and Literacy lessons as well as a daily Specials activity.
  • Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Resources
    The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) provide a digital collection of evaluated teaching materials for students in grades six to college. The materials contain activities, visualizations, and videos on climate science, climate change, and energy concepts. In addition to searching through the various topics, users can join the CLEAN community to participate in webinars, workshops, and discussions about climate change.
  • Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature
    Bioneers has a new community space for educators to provide inspirational and practical materials and events. Read articles and interviews with educational innovators and visionaries. Explore and share curriculum and teaching ideas. Create a blog to share articles and thoughts. Propose and conduct interviews with Bioneers speakers.
  • Science Buddies: Hands-on STEM for Your Classroom
    The award-winning, non-profit 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. Whether your goal is to find a fun science activity for your kids or win the international science fair, puts comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques at your fingertips.
  • GLOBE - Investigate Seasonal Change in the Environment
    GLOBE provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers.  GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and to put this in a global perspective.
  • National Science Teachers Association: Learning Center
    The NSTA Learning Center contains a variety of online resources and tools to fit any educator’s learning style, content, and pedagogical needs and can be accessed by the teacher 24/7. NSTA is committed to providing the very best personalized professional learning to teachers who teach science.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michigan STEM Partnership: STEM at Home
    Several alternative resources for teaching STEM at home.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Virtual Tour
    Is it too far away but you wish you could still go? Now you can, and you can take your students right along with you on a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The tour is a 3-D virtual, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum, all while remaining in the classroom on a desktop computer or mobile device. The systems that are compatible include Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, or Android. This self-guided tour allows visitors to navigate room to room in a manner in which they choose, and at a pace that is comfortable to them. But do not worry, there are maps and arrows to follow if one gets turned around. If used on a desktop, there are camera icons that show certain areas in which a close-up view may be seen.
  • BirdSleuths
    BirdSleuth aims to help educators build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects. Studying birds is an accessible and fun way to bring real science to students! From making observations and asking questions to collecting data and publishing results, BirdSleuth creates practicing scientists with resources that engage youth in their own investigations! 


Emily Freeman