ELEMENTARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE:  RESOURCE LINKS


Please note - All sites were working when this list was posted. Websites frequently move and change their URLs so please let us know of any broken.links - thanks!

The MINTS Book (a guide to wildlife in Southwestern Virginia):


Virginia's Water Resources: A Tool for Teachers: http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/teachersvawatercurriculum.htm

Nature of Science

Nature of science - University of California, Berkeley: http://undsci.berkeley.edu/ 

General Use Websites:

New Generation Science Standards (2013): http://www.nextgenscience.org

Discovery Education: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Google for Educators: http://www.google.com/educators/index.html

Pete's Powerpoint Station: http://www.pppst.com/

Powerpoint Games Templates: http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/

Exploratorium: http://www.exploratorium.edu/

Science Teachers Resources: http://www.science-teachers.com

Science Teachers Chatboard: http://teachers.net/mentors/science/

Science Teachers Resource Center: http://chem.lapeer.org/

Middle School Science: http://www.middleschoolscience.com/index.html

Websites for Science Teachers: http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listscilinksba.html

How Stuff Works: http://www.howstuffworks.com/

How Stuff Works, Science Channel: http://science.howstuffworks.com/

Copyright friendly free for any use pictures: http://www.public-domain-image.com/

National Geographic-Education: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/

My Science Box: http://www.mysciencebox.org/

Science News For Kids: http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

Magic School Bus: http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/simplescience/home_noflash.htm

Steve Spangler Science: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com

Pathfinder: http://pathfinderscience.net/

Lab Out Loud (science podcasts and vodcasts) http://www.laboutloud.com/

Lesson Planet: Physical Science Lessons: http://www.lessonplanet.com/directory/Science/Physical_Science

Free Stuff for Science Teachers Wiki: http://scienceinquirer.wikispaces.com/freestuff

General Science Resources wiki: http://ncsciencewiki.wikispaces.com/General+Science+Resources

Science Demos, Lessons and Labs:

Forty Demos to Make Science Come Alive: http://www.theteachersguide.com/Sciencedemos1.htm

Scifun.org: http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/HomeExpts/HOMEEXPTS.HTML

NERDS: http://nerds.unl.edu/Pages/sciencedemos/index.htm

Science Demonstrations: http://www.sciencedemonstrations.com/demo.html

Earth Science Demos: http://formontana.net/demos.html

More Earth Science Demos: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/cVisco/demos.htmScience Demos and Labs for

Elementary School Students: http://www.kingsford.org/khsWeb/rfs/elemsci/default.html

Physical Science Activities: http://www.utm.edu/departments/cece/cesme/psam/psam.shtml

Physical Science Lessons: http://www.reachoutmichigan.org/funexperiments/agesubject/physicalsciences.html

Virginia SOL Aligned Physical Science Activities: http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/outreach/8thgradesol/ActivitiesList.htm

NERDS: Physical Science Demos: http://nerds.unl.edu/pages/mamres/pages/demos/physical/physical.htm

Internet 4 Classroom: Physical Science: http://www.internet4classrooms.com/eoc_physci.htm

Teach Engineering: Physical Science: http://snipurl.com/lobgn [www_teachengineering_org

Discovery Education Lesson Plan Library: Physical Science: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/physci.html

Educators Reference Desk: Science: http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Science

Lesson Planet: Physical Science Lessons: http://www.lessonplanet.com/directory/Science/Physical_Science

Carbon Footprint: http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.html

Stellarium (online planetarium and free software) http://www.stellarium.org/

Virtual Electron Microscope: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/interact/vemwindow.html

Interactive Microscope: http://www.kbears.com/sciences/microscope.html

Online Digital Microscope: (great for upper grades, has magnifications) http://www.kbears.com/sciences/microscope.html

Cells Alive: http://www.cellsalive.com/

Project WET (Worldwide Water Education): http://www.projectwet.org/

Professional Organizations:

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA): http://www.nsta.org/

National Science Education Leaders Association (NSELA): http://www.nsela.org/

Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST): http://www.vast.org

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT): http://www.nabt.org/

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT): http://www.aapt.org/

National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA): http://www.nestanet.org/

The North American Association for Environmental Education: http://www.naaee.org/

Council for Elementary Science International: http://www.cesiscience.org/

National Middle Level Science Teachers' Association: http://www.nsta.org/nmlsta/

National Middle School Association: http://www.nmsa.org/

National Association for the Education of Young Children: http://www.naeyc.org

School Science and Mathematics Association – http://www.ssma.org/

National Association of High School Teachers of Forensic Science (HSTOFS): http://www.nahstofs.org/

National Science Olympiad: http://soinc.org/

Miscellaneous addtional sites:

FOUNDATIONS VOLUME 2, National Science Foundation. (2009), Inquiry: Thoughts, Views, and Strategies for the K–5 Classroom: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf99148/start.htm

Building a 21st Century Education System: Reinventing Teacher Preparation: http://www.nctaf.org

Facing the Future – free lessons and curriculum materials: http://facingthefuture.org/

NOAA’s Ocean Explorer – over 240 lesson plans, much more: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/

Science Entertainment: http://www.scientainment.com/khowto1.html

Science Song Music: http://faculty.washington.edu/crowther/Misc/Songs/music.shtml

Science Songwriter’s Association: http://www.science-groove.org/SSA/resource.html
http://www.science-groove.org/SSA/

Google Earth lessons and info on how to use Google Earth in your classroom: http://gelessons.com/lessons/

Sally Ride Science - This site has a link to science for girls as well as resources to teach K-12 space science: http://www.sallyridescience.com/
The Franklin Institute's Case Files highlights individuals from the history of science and technology. - one of many ‘Resources for Science Learning’. http://www.fi.edu/learn/case-files/index.php


ELEMENTARY GLOBE Program - series of five storybooks for K-4 to integrate Earth science into reading and writing. Storybooks and learning activities are correlated to national education standards in science, geography and math. http://www.globe.gov/fsl/elementaryglobe/

CITATIONS (SUNY) - tool for doing citations of all sorts, in many different formats including APA. http://citation.sunyit.edu/

SPORTS SCIENCE, Exploratorium - the science behind our favorite sports. Try your hand at hitting a virtual 90-mph baseball pitch, calculate the aerodynamic drag necessary to keep cycling at constant velocity, even see a video of professional skateboarders performing daredevil tricks--with each kickflip and nolie explained by a staff physicist. Don't miss the Q and A section: http://www.exploratorium.edu/sport/index.html

DEMOS: HOW TO GET AN EGG IN A MILKBOTTLE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZdfcRiDs8I&NR=1

Harvard's Visible Thinking: Research-based lessons for developing thinking skills. http://www.pz.harvard.edu/vt/VisibleThinking_html_files/VisibleThinking1.html

Harvard's Artful Thinking: Integrate art-based thinking into regular classrooms. http://www.pz.harvard.edu/at/index.cfm

National Center for Teaching Thinking: Offers a variety of lesson plans infused with critical thinking. http://www.nctt.net/lessonsarticles.html

K12IMC.org, an immersive environment with some 600 pages and 2,100 selected links related to K-12 professional development and school reform in all subject areas: http://www.k12imc.org/

National Geographic Education Network (EdNet) – contents related to each issue of the magazine with lesson plans by grade: http://www.ngsednet.org

BJ’s Science, a Canadian teacher’s Website with middle grades resources on many topics, plus hundreds of WebQuests: http://www.mysciencesite.com/

NOAA Education Website supports ocean literacy
http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education

American Association for the Advancement of Science Teacher Resource Page: http://www.aaas.org/programs/education/SchTeachLib/index.shtml

AAAS Project 2061: http://www.project2061.org/

American Chemical Society (ACS): http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content

Climate Change Tales for Young Children - Tales for young children (ages 5-8) such as Where are the igloos of Iglooville? and Tears from the other side of the world are told by Professor Sneeze, Reckless, and Breakneck explaining in easy terms, the Kyoto protocol and the problems linked to global warming in the Arctic region. Appropriate for children ages 5-8: http://www.educapoles.org/ Click on: educational material or try http://www.educapoles.org/index.php?/educational_material/tales/&s=2&rs=29&lg=en

MANUAL FOR DESIGNING AND CREATING EARTH SCIENCE LESSONS WITH GOOGLE EARTH - three ways that Google Earth can be used in a classroom setting: As a demonstration tool: Tours can be developed that will allow students to 'fly' from one location to the next with a brief pause at each stop. During a tour, students will have the chance to view locations that have been identified and connected by the instructor as important. http://www.stevekluge.com/projects/dlesege/dlesegemanual/manual.html
http://www.stevekluge.com/projects/dlesege/dlesegemanual/manual.zip

LOGARITHMIC MAPS OF THE UNIVERSE - interesting look at the universe from Princeton University: http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~mjuric/universe/

THE MEGAPENNY PROJECT, kokogiak media “Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it's still hard to grasp just how much a "billion" really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?" http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/default.asp

USGS VIDEOS AND ANIMATIONS - database contains a collection of USGS videos and animations re USGS research: http://education.usgs.gov/common/video_animation.htm

DOABLE DEMO: Place an ordinary empty aluminum soda can, with about 1/4 cm of water inside. on a hotplate. Then place a small scrap of paper over the hole in the top of the can. Let the water boil inside the can. When the can fills with water vapor, the paper will become wet. The next step must be done quickly. Grab the hot soda can with a gloved (!) hand or tongs and very quickly place it upside-down in ice water. Atmospheric pressure will crush the soda can with a “pop.” (This occurs because the vapor inside the can condenses so fast that water cannot be drawn into the can to replace the water vapor.) http://www.personal.psu.edu/sac130/mmed/images/physics/tank_crush.htm

EARTHQUAKES FOR KIDS - a wealth of information and activities for students as well as ideas for teaching about earthquakes. With links to real-time earthquake events and the research that USGS conducts, lessons can be built around the science of earthquakes, historic earthquakes, earthquake prediction and preparedness, natural hazards, and many other topics.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/kids.php

DEEPER DISCOVERY-HYDROTHERMAL VENTS, Woods Hole - a cool site on Hydrothermal Vents and Biogeography. This site offers many teaching resources in Oceanography, Plate tectonics, and Earth's History and many others.
http://www.whoi.edu/science/divediscover/hottopics/biogeo.html

CSI – interactive adventure games related to solving crimes using forensic analysis – might be useful as a model of practical uses of science: http://forensics.rice.edu/

Middle School Science Activities by a veteran teacher: http://www.scienceoutreach.org/science_mania/activities.htm
Plate tectonics lessons for grades 4, 6 and 9: http://www.k12.com/gift/

A variety of YouTube videos that will interest anyone interested in science. http://sciencehack.com/

RULER REACTION TIME. The time it takes an average human to react to a stimulus is fast, due to the speed at which nerve impulses travel around our nervous systems, around 100m/sec. A simple apparatus can be used to determine the speed of one’s reaction time – very engaging if it is made to be a competitive activity. Can be a used as an introduction to experimental design and to investigating factors that influence reaction time. http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~matthewobrien/mafudesigns/sciencedemonstrations/demonstrations/reaction_speed.pdf


Thinking Maps: Eight tools to help students categorize their thoughts. http://www.thinkingmaps.com

MISCONCEPTIONS RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS, Harvard - perhaps you’re at the beginning of a unit and are unsure about what your students already know. Which concepts do they already grasp, and which will you have to address? The MOSART project was designed to help you. http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/smgphp/mosart/

TeachersFirst.com – http://www.teachersfirst.com/matrix.htm

Discovery Education – http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/physci.html

HotChalk’s LessonPlansPage.com – http://www.lessonplanspage.com/science.htm

The Educator’s Reference Desk – http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Science

Academy Curricular Exchange – http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/high.html

Science Lesson Plans and Resources – http://cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edsci.htm#biology

Access Excellence http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEC/AEF/

TODAY'S WORST WEATHERŪ, Accuweather--this site “depicts an area of the US with the most unpleasant or miserable weather conditions of the day. Within that area, AccuWeather.com artists create a cartoon based on an interesting, unusual place name – http://www.accuweather.com/news-worstweather.asp?

The yuckiest site – bodily functions for kids: http://yucky.discovery.com/flash/index.html

Paper models – mostly earth science related: http://www.itc.nl/personal/worm/card.html and http://interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/teachers/paper_models.htm

Use the EPAs "Surf Your Watershed" website to locate your specific watershed then follow links on that site to find local organizations working to protect your watershed:
http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/

Mineral Resources for Teachers -Women In Mining is dedicated to educating students, teachers and the general public about the importance of minerals. http://www.womeninmining.org/

Roger Tory Peterson Institute E-naturalist: http://www.enaturalist.org/

ALL KNOWN BODIES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM LARGER THAN 200 MILES IN DIAMETER - diagram useful in showing students why Pluto was "demoted". http://kokogiak.com/solarsystembodieslargerthan200miles.html

BREATHING EARTH, browse an interactive world map depicting the time necessary for each country to emit 1000 tons of carbon plus each country’s birth and death rates. http://www.breathingearth.net/

STELLAR EVOLUTION Chandra website http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/edu/formal/stellar_cycle/
This link has materials that require students to sequence images of the various stages of stellar evolution...and teachers can request copies of the images (class sets) at chandra.harvard.edu/edu/request_special.html if you don't want to print them yourself. Also is the "Story of Stellar Evolution" at http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/edu/formal/stellar_ev/ which has a really great poster...it actually came in a past issue of  The Science Teacher as well.

New York Science Teachers Website: http://www.newyorkscienceteacher.com/sci/
check the link to Misconceptions. Misconceptions on the NOS are covered by McComas article. Common science misconceptions broken down by area: http://www.newyorkscienceteacher.com/sci/miscon/common-miscon/index.php

Environmental Education Station – downloadable resources including lessons and public domain photos related to ecology: http://www.ees.cc/

NC State Science House site – inquiry activities by level (E, M, H) – check out the countertop chem. using everyday kitchen supplies: http://www.science-house.org/learn/

Microbe World – this site provides lots of info on the invisible world of microorganisms. Includes radio podcasts and videos. http://www.microbeworld.org/

GREEN PLEDGE, Rainforest Site http://www.greenribbonpledge.org/pledge/index.html

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." - Charles Darwin
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin/

photos this page by Julie Seate, 7-08

a few quotes to contemplate…

“ No human being is educated by another person. He must do it himself or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he spends in the classroom because he is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Therefore, the goal of education should not be to fill the (student) with facts from a preselected course of studies, but rather to cultivate his natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori

“ It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” –Albert Einstein

" UNLESS someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

" In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.” – Thomas Merton

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