Free Resources for Science Teachers
Amazing Space, an astronomy and space science education program, uses Hubble Space Telescope's scientific findings to create free, online materials designed for K–14 students and educators. For more information, visit http://amazing-space.stsci.edu.
The Lewis and Clark free online curriculum has educational content and activities for students that focus on primary resources from the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Exhibition. The teaching material is ready-to-use with over 50 fully developed lesson plans, including assessments, for grades 4–12. For more information, visit http://www.lewisandclark200.org/curriculum.
The SouthEast Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEA-COOS) Virtual Waves Classroom, an online resource, offers free materials for learning about many aspects of waves. Available are a "Making Waves" poster, lesson plans, real-time data, and interactive models. For more information, see http://seacoos.org/Community%20and%20Classroom/WavesClassroom.
The Last Journey of the Leatherback is a 27-minute film about the plight of ancient sea turtles that features appearances by leading marine scientists. The video is available free, along with a teacher kit, to teachers and educational organizations. For more information, visit http://www.seaturtles.org/teachers.cfm.
Bird Studies is a set of free projects to study birds living in cities.
Students across the continent can participate through classrooms or on their
own to help scientists by counting birds and reporting their data. The projects
are simple and inquiry-based, each with easy-to-understand questions of interest
to the scientific community. Data submitted to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
are used for scientific and general-audience publications. All information is
provided on the website. In July, "Celebrate Urban Birds!" through
science, art, writing, and more. Free printed materials are available when you
sign up on the website. Visit http://www.urbanbirds.org
to learn more about Urban Bird Studies and Celebrate Urban Birds!
a NASA remote-sensing site, enables
students and teachers from anywhere toprogram the city’s elements themselves
and remotely receive information and data from the city. To learn more, visit
Tips® provides feature articles, classroom news and tips, lesson plans,
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Court TV has developed, in cooperation with NSTA, two new online forensic science units. Download this free standards-based curriculum supplement at
NOAA's Jet Stream website is arranged by weather subject, beginning with global and large scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, damaging winds, tornados, tropical storms, cyclones, and flooding. Interspersed in JetStream are "Learning Lessons" that can be used to enhance the educational experience. Visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream for more information.
National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Starting with a partnership of NSDL-funded projects, NSDL is emerging as a center of innovation in digital libraries as applied to education, and a community center for groups focused on digital-library-enabled science education. Consult http://www.nsdl.org for more information.
The Digital Library for Earth Science Education (DLESE) focuses on Earth sciences. DLESE lets users annotate some of the digital resources with tips, suggestions for using the resources in addressing concerns like diversity, and other review-like comments. Visit http://www.dlese.org for more information.
Project Oceanography is a live television program designed for middle school science students. Each week during the school year, you can learn about various ocean science topics right in your classroom. Programs are taught by real scientists and feature a call-in question-and-answer session at the end of each lesson. Tune in direct from the satellite; contact us about local cable channel access and videotapes; or watch past programs right from the web at http://www.marine.usf.edu/pjocean/index.html.
Conservation Central (National Zoo) is a habitat education program that explores the temperate forest, home of the giant panda and black bear, through online activities. See http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Education/ConservationCentral for more information.
Bloodlines: Technology Hits Home allows you to step into the lives of six people at the center of ethical dilemmas and decide for yourself how to resolve difficult conflicts. You will see how your opinions compare to those of others at the end of each case. Visit http://www.pbs.org/bloodlines to learn more.