Favorite Science Teaching Links

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The NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. They also have a learning center with lots of PD at http://learningcenter.nsta.org/. Click on “Online Resources” for links to science education sites in all academic disciplines and to find science organizations in countries other than the United States.

AIMS: Activities Integrating Math & Science http://www.AIMSedu.org

Materials that allow all students to engage in hands-on integrated math-science activities can be ordered here. For students being introduced to “doing the work of the scientist” in a hands-on mode, fully structured lessons provide the appropriate level of support, serving as models that students will later find helpful as they design their own investigations. For students ready for a more open-ended approach, teachers will find it easy to follow suggestions for appropriate levels of student decision making.

Science Learning Network http://www.sln.org/index.html

A great source for inquiry activities for students, especially through computer simulations and museum web sites. A network of science teachers and schools, science news and links, international network of science museums, and support for inquiry-based science teaching.

BrainPOP http://www.brainpop.com/

Featuring animated movies that explain matters of health, science, and technology, this site offers useful, simple information in kid-friendly packaging (ECE & MG). The site includes banner ads.

Performance Assessment Links in Science (PALS) http://www.brainpop.com/

An on-line, standards-based, continually updated interactive resource bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed to the National Science Education Standards (NSES). The tasks can also be custom-indexed to local or state standards. Of particular interest is the section on ‘Examples of Student Work’ for each task in the collection.

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

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception with over 650 interactive “hands on” exhibits. Site includes how to make science exhibits/experiments/projects, neat visual experiments, eye dissection how-to, and great lesson links.

Interact Simulations http://www.interact-simulations.com/

Interact is the leading simulations publisher in the United States. It markets its products through nine catalogs containing descriptions of over 300 unique instructional units for K-12 students in the subject areas of Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, and Science. All of Interact’s units are written and tested by classroom teachers.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum http://sln.fi.edu/

Exhibits, resources, and fun of a museum visit right to your desktop. online exhibits. educational hotspots on the Internet. science news, activities, and resources. units of study to support your science curriculum. Sample some interesting science programs and demonstrations.

Annenberg/CPB Projects Learner OnLine http://www.learner.org/

Lots of resources here, including the Science and Mathematics Initiatives (SAMI) database, a searchable database specifically designed to provide educators with easy access to helpful web-based information and resources. Includes science and mathematics curriculum resources, lesson plans and projects, rural resources, funding sources, computer software resources, etc.

Exploring the Environment “classroom of the future” http://www.cotf.edu/ete

Sponsored by NASA and Wheeling University, problem-based learning designed for M.S. and H.S. students; EXTENSIVE teacher help section in prep for the investigations and good guidance for kids. Investigations range from simple to quite involved.

Cool Science for Curious Kids http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute picked some of the best museum activities and adapted them for the Web. The result is this simple site for kids in kindergarten through second or third grade. Kids explore animals, dust, butterflies, and more.

Global Schoolhouse http://www.gsh.org/

We engage teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.

PhysLINK: http://www.physlink.com/

The Ultimate Physics Resource, is well-worth a visit. This attractive resource site has well developed reference, societies, and publications sections, and also links to history, news, and fun sites as well.

Frank Potter’s Science Gems http://www.sciencegems.com/

Includes many lesson plans for both science and math. Total selected resources number about 2000 out of more than 10,000 science-related resources on the ‘Net.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration http://www.nasa.gov/

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration: One of the best!!; if you don’t have this bookmarked, do so this minute. The photos are wonderful, the info infinite.

Yohkoh Movie Theater of the Sun http://www.lmsal.com/YPOP/

The Yohkoh Movie Theater (YPOP) is designed to bring you images and movies depicting our nearest star, the Sun. The YPOP site includes a range of activities for youngsters, parents, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about the Sun. You can make your own movies, see the latest solar images, take a tour of the Sun and much much more.

Mathematics and Molecules http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/

This web site gives you a view to students, teachers, and the general public with information about the rapidly growing fields of molecular modeling and related areas; K-12 students with basic concepts in mathematics and their connection to molecular modeling; a working model of a hypermedia textbook and supplementary multimedia activities.

Mathematics of the Rainbow http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/education/calc-init/rainbow/

How are rainbow are formed? Why do they only occur when the sun is behind the observer?, To all these questions, This Online Science Lab helps to answer these and other questions by examining a mathematical model of light passing through a water droplet. Students in grades 9-12 use Fermat’s Principle of least-time to derive the Law of Refraction experimentally.

American Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org

A number of Online Scientific explorations are available at this museum’s web site.

Cascades Volcano Observatory http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/home.html

This web site tells about the Real time data, photo archives, and more than enough information on the active volcano range, including Mt. St. Helens. Great stopping point for students/teachers looking for volcano data.

National Wildlife Federation classroom/education page http://www.nwf.org/At-School.aspx

Lots of neat science and environmental education programs and links here! Creators of Ranger Rick, NatureScope, Your Big Backyard and the Animal Tracks program.

Virtual Field Trips http://www.field-guides.com/

Take your students on nature field trips through the Web. Each field trip covers a single topic such as salt marshes or volcanoes. Sites are arranged in sequential order to build a story and include a series of “trail markers” or stops, that describe each site on the field trip to guide students’ learning. If logs or journals are required, every field trip has a set of prepared documents that you can print out for each person on the trip. Also included are short teacher’s guides and selected other Web sites that provide background or curriculum guidance.

Curriki http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome

Curriki’s mission is to provide free, high-quality curricula and education resources to teachers, students and parents around the world.

Inside Teaching http://gallery.carnegiefoundation.org/insideteaching/quest/collections.html

At the heart of Inside Teaching is the challenge to capture the wisdom of practice. Here K-12 teachers and teacher educators document their practice, reflect on their teaching and build on each other’s work. On their multimedia records of teaching practice, you can find videos of teaching, examples of lesson plans, practitioner reflections and narratives, images of student work, and many other documents of teaching and learning.

Modeling for Understanding in Science Education (MUSE) http://ncisla.wceruw.org/muse/

A collaborative project of university researchers, high school teachers, and students. The educational units found here are based on several years of research at a local high school. Each of these units contains extensive information and materials for use in middle school and/or high school classrooms.

National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science http://ncisla.wceruw.org/

Ways to advance K-12 students’ learning of mathematics and science. Our long-term studies showed that students can learn more challenging content at earlier ages than traditionally expected. The Center’s work yielded new visions for student achievement and professional development programs that strengthed teachers’ content knowledge and in-class practices.

The Understandings of Consequence Project http://www.pz.harvard.edu/ucp/

Aims to help students learn difficult science concepts by engaging them in how scientists think about the underlying causality. Students have limited knowledge of the nature of causality so they often distort information that they are learning to fit with a simpler causal model. This website offers curriculum modules that address the patterns of causality within the particular topic to help students reach for new understandings.

 Visible Thinking  http://www.pz.harvard.edu/vt/VisibleThinking_html_files/VisibleThinking1.html

A flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students’ thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students’ thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning.

Facing the Future http://www.facingthefuture.org/Default.aspx

Our positive, solutions-based programming is designed by and for teachers, and brings critical thinking about global issues to students in every walk of life. We work within the education system to help teachers help students achieve academic success, while preparing them to create and maintain positive, healthy, and sustainable communities. We provide curriculum resources, teacher workshops, and service learning opportunities.

NIH Office of Science Education http://science.education.nih.gov/home2.nsf/feature/index.htm

Lot’s of resources for teachers and students on health and science education topics.


The JASON Project http://www.jasonproject.org/

If trekking through the tropical rain forests of Peru and studying organisms in ocean environments are your students’ ideas of fun, then this site is for them. The JASON Projects are year-round expeditions that combine distance learning and scientific exploration. Students can read journals and look at pictures from past expeditions or sign up for e-mail updates from Hawaii, where researchers from JASON XII are exploring volcanoes.

Bill Nye the Science Guy http://nyelabs.kcts.org/openNyeLabs.html

The Science Guy has his own Web site where students can conduct experiments from the popular television show, read facts from each episode, or e-mail The Science Guy a question. Check out “Demo of the Day”! Teacher, find Episode Guides in the “Teachers’ Lounge.”

Science Fair Central http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral

Having difficulty dreaming up a project for a science fair? The “Project Ideas” section has questions that can inspire even the most unmotivated student. A handbook tells students what a science project is and how to create an award-winning project. Also an organizer for teachers and advice for parents about how to help their children complete their projects. Search for “Edison” to find an intriguing “Sitting Bull/Thomas Edison Link” game.

Women in Science http://library.thinkquest.org/20117/

Girls and young women who wish to pursue careers in science can find inspiration by reading biographies of past and present female scientists or by contacting a female scientist to inquire about her field. Click on “Online Interviews” to read how different female scientists answered the same eight questions, or go on an Electronic Field Trip to see photos of different female scientists at work.

Constructor http://sodaplay.com/creators/soda/items/constructor

A two-dimensional erector set that lets you choose a shape, put it into motion, and then tweak it by taking away gravity, speeding it up and more. There are directions for this tool, but younger students could just go in and construct something, then write a story about it. High school and college students could use this when studying physics, evolution, or robotics.

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

How does a tattoo work? How is sea level determined? How do compact disks work? How Stuff Works is an online magazine that explains in plain English how things work–everything from light sabers to refrigerators to hurricanes. Browse though the list of articles, organized by subject, or search for the topic that interests you most.

Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World http://www.hhmi.org/senses/

Everything that we learn has to first be perceived by the senses and then interpreted by the brain. What is the biology behind the learning? Explains how the brain sees, hears, and smells. Articles are written clearly for the general reader, but are not “dumbed down.”

Kid Safe Experiments using Plastic Bottles http://www.polymer-search.com/covalent/kid-safe-experiments.html

Plastic science fun experiments in easy links to a variety of resources. From Myra Radke’s students at Craft Central Schools.


The Smithsonian Institution http://www.si.edu/

Offers a vast variety of information for young scientists. View “what’s New” to learn how the Museum celebrated Space Day, or visit “Museums and Research Centers” to take a virtual tour of all the facilities that comprise the Smithsonian. Educators can click “Education & Outreach,” then click on “Resources for Educators” for online exhibits and professional development.

The Annenberg/CPB exhibits http://www.learner.org/interactives/

Discover the physics behind roller coasters and other amusement park adventures. In the Weather exhibit, click on “Forecasting” to learn how meteorologists calculate wind chill factors, or take the test in the “Personality” exhibit to learn how others see you (click on “Reputation”). Stroll through the Copan Valley and Choco Canyon to discover why the Mayan and Anasazi civilizations collapsed. Visit the “Teacher’s Lab” for activities that teachers can use in their classrooms.