Free for All from the U.S. Government

The free resources listed here were compiled from the NSTA Reports column "What's New" which highlights science education resources from the U.S. government.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) (


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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The USGS has two new educational resources to help teachers explain earthquake science. These educational tools are part of the USGS commemoration of the 100th anniversary of The Great Quake of 1906.

Earthquake Science Explained: A Series of 10 Short Articles for Students, Teachers, and Families highlights how scientists study earthquakes, what evidence they collect, and what they have learned since the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. The publication also covers liquefaction of sandy soils during earthquakes, tsunamis produced by earthquakes, and the efforts of scientists and engineers to make buildings safer. Go to to view this resource.

Living in Earthquake Country: A Teaching Box, an earthquake hazard resource at, offers lessons including fully developed hands-on earthquake curriculum, teaching points, and easy-to-reproduce handouts.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

The NIGMS Classroom website offers free materials for teachers and students at Publications cover such topics as cell biology; biology and physics; genetics; chemistry; and medicines. The website tells how to teach scientific inquiry and use NIGMS resources with students and how these resources support the goals of the National Science Education Standards. In addition, visitors can access news about the latest NIGMS-funded research being conducted around the nation.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Prairie Science Class: Read about a model of school and community collaboration, the Prairie Science Class, at (select “Prairie Science Class”). The Prairie Science Class is a partnership among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, the Fergus Falls Independent School District 544, and several community organizations. The program uses the local prairie wetlands ecosystem “as an integrating and motivating context to engage fifth-grade students in science, math, and writing through real-world, field-based learning experiences.” Check the “Links” section of the website to find activities, experiments, and homework help.

USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service offers a free publication that presents forest service science in a science journal format and includes educational resources for educators. Visit to learn more.