Teacher Resources

Our Teacher Resources page is a compilation of tools for science educators. Access classroom activities, get the scoop on special offers, and find materials that will enhance your lessons here. You will find a variety of types of resources including links to web sites, attachments to download, and information on how to take advantage of great opportunities. Resources are sorted by scientific discipline.

To use the Search tool, just enter the text you want to search for into the Search Text field. You can also select a scientific discipline and grade level for your search. Click on the Search button when you are ready to launch your search.


Agriculture website

Colorado Foundation for Agriculture Education Site


400 Years of the Telescope
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

A new web site, accompanying the PBS television special "400 Years of the Telescope," offers background information, classroom and family activities, and practical tips for everyone who is teaching about the development of telescopes, the history of astronomy, or the exploration of the universe. 

Information on the site includes:

* An Introduction to Telescopes
* Getting Your Family Involved with Astronomy
* The Expanding Universe Explained
* The Astronomy of Many Cultures
* How Astronomers Search for Intelligent Life in Space
* Science Fiction With Good Astronomy
* Telescopes of the World (a table and database)
* Frequently Asked Questions about Galileo
* Video Clips of Interviews with Noted Astronomers
* An Activity for Observing the Cycles of Jupiter's Moons
* A Glossary of Astronomical Terms
* Teaching Ideas for 14 Key Topics Related to the Show
* A "Toolkit" for Demonstrating Ideas in Optics
* A Guide to the Changing Role of Women in Astronomy

and many other resources and tools.

Information on the site was put together by the educational staff of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (a 120-year old educational organization which has developed outreach materials on astronomy for a wide range or projects) and Interstellar Studios, the production company that made the TV special.

Both the TV show and the web site are among the key outreach projects of the International Year of Astronomy in 2009, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo turning the telescope toward the heavens.

Astronomy Education Review
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Astronomy Education Review (AER) is a web-based journal for everyone who works in astronomy and space science education. Published by the American Astronomical Society, the journal welcomes research papers, short articles on innovative work, and comparative reviews of resources related to education and outreach. All papers and articles are refereed.

Astronomy Education Review, founded in 2001, continues to welcome a wide range of papers on both formal education and informal educational outreach. In the last full calendar year, the journal web site had about 100,000 total visits, over 200,000 page views, and readers from 100 countries around the world.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the day

Astronomy Podcasts

Podcasts of Astronomy Talks Available.

Audio recordings of ten public lectures by noted astronomers are now available as free MP3 downloads at the web site of the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). These talks were recorded at Foothill College in the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series. They are made available through a kind donation to the ASP by a donor with a strong interest in education who wishes to remain anonymous. Each hour-long lecture on some exciting development in our study of the universe is followed by an extensive question and answer period, in which the speaker gives further details and personal glimpses about the topics under discussion.

Audio Tour of the Sagan Planet Walk
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Learn more about the Solar System and the planets as you explore the Sagan Planet Walk. This free tour is narrated by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Build a Solar System

Exploratorium, Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of “space.”

Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

MULTIMEDIA, NASA, explore thousands of images and dozens of videos and print products created by NASA¹s Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn.

Constellations Website
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Find information relating to all 88 constellations.

Electromagnetic Spectrum 2
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th

Online exploration: Star Light, Star Bright explores the nature of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this activity students will identify the different properties of waves and the relationship that exists between energy, wavelength, and frequency. Students will correlate images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other astronomical instruments to the wavelength, color, and temperature information that can be found in the spectrum. Students will draw conclusions based upon data displayed in graphs.

Eyes in the Sky II Long-term Professional Development
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

An opportunity for teachers and their students to observe, investigate, and understand our planet using an eyes-in-the-sky perspective...

Eyes in the Sky II is a professional development program created and administered by TERC, Inc. through funding from the NASA K-12 Competitive Grants Program. Eyes in the Sky II is an expansion of TERC's existing program that was supported by NSF ITEST funding. Eyes in the Sky II is a national program involving teachers and students across the United States.

This website hosts instructional materials used in the Eyes in the Sky program. All materials published on this website are copy written and may not be redistributed for profit or republished in any form. The contents of this website may be used freely for educational purposes, but we ask that you acknowledge and credit the Eyes in the Sky project.

HubbleSite-Out of the Ordinary...Out of this World
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Hubble Site

Journey through the Universe
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Take your entire community on a Journey through the Universe

Mars Website, NASA
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, College

Use the zoomable Mars map or the menu to select an image to explore in full-resolution.

NASA Educational Materials
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The following items are now available for downloading. 

NASA for Educators

NASA for Educators

NASA Kids Club
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

For kids of all ages.

NASA Space Math I Educator Guide
7th, 8th, 9th

These activities comprise a series of 20 practical math applications in space science. Students looking for additional challenges in math and physical science are encouraged to use these as potential extra credit problems. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern engineering issues that arise in designing satellites to work in space. Each word problem has background information providing insight into the basic phenomena of the sun-Earth system, specifically space weather. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers guides with answer keys.

NASA Study Links Smog to Arctic Warming
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This NASA story discusses new findings regarding low altitude ozone (tropospheric) and how it is a significant factor in warming the Arctic in the winter and spring.

NASA World Wind 1.3 web site
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Here you will find the World Wind SDK for Java. With this, developers can embed World Wind technology in their own applications. Many resources are available at goworldwind.org to help you understand and use World Wind.

NASA's Cosmic Times
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Cosmic Times: Inquiring into the Nature of the Universe - The first installment of our new curriculum support materials is now available.  Cosmic Times explores the evolution of our understanding of the nature of the universe during the last 100 years.  Cosmic Times will consist of a series of 6 posters, each of which looks like the front page of a newspaper.  The articles on each poster discuss key events in the development of our understanding of the universe.

Each poster is accompanied by teacher notes and a set of lessons, appropriate for upper middle school and high school. The lessons teach the physics and astronomy concepts central to the discoveries, and include interdisciplinary lessons relating the material to social and literary skills.

The 1919 edition of Cosmic Times is now available on-line.  This issue features the eclipse expedition which verified Einstein's prediction of the bending of light.  The Lessons elucidate eclipses, Einstein's  theory of gravity, and the other events occurring at the time.

NASA's Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN)
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Are you looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting STEM resources to use in your learning/teaching environments? Then NASA's Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN) is for you!

NASA's Space Place Monthly Column

February 2014

A Two-Toned Wonder from the Saturnian Outskirts

When Giovanni Cassini first discovered Saturn's Moon Iapetus in 1671, he noticed something strange. It could only be seen when it was on the west side of Saturn. Cassini concluded two things: Iapetus was tidally locked with Saturn, and one of its sides must be brighter than the other—an idea confirmed by modern observations. But it hasn't been until recently that we have known the cause of Iapetus' two-toned exterior. The culprit, it turns out, may surprise you! Find out in this month’s column.

NASA's The Space Place
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th

Explore fun facts, videos and pictures; Do activities, books and coloring; Play games, puzzles and quizzes.

Naval Observatory

Astronomical Applications Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory

Orion Nebula

Close up pictures of the Orion Nebula taken by our beloved Hubble Space Telescope—absolutely stunning!

PBS Special: Seeing in the Dark

"Seeing in the Dark" is a dramatic PBS special by award-winning journalist and author Timothy Ferris. It explores the delights and rewards of amateur astronomy and chronicles the contributions that amateurs are making to the science and art of astronomy. The program was produced in state-of-the-art high definition and features beautiful images and animations that range from the planets to depths of space.  Accompanying the show is an interactive web site.

Podcasts of Nontechnical Astronomy Talks
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Podcasts of Nontechnical Astronomy Talks available without charge audio recordings of twelve public lectures by noted astronomers are now available as free MP3 downloads at the web site of the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP).

Replica of the Voyage Model Solar System on the National Mall
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Replica of the Voyage Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC, available for permanent installation in your community:

Solar System Ambassadors Program
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation. These volunteers communicate the excitement of JPL's space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program builds on and expands the outstanding efforts undertaken by the Galileo mission since 1997. Because of the success of the original Galileo Ambassadors program, JPL missions exploring Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Asteroids, Comets, Earth, the Sun and the Universe now come together to expand the program's scope to the Solar System and beyond.

Space Suit Satellite 9

The Science@NASA Podcast. It’s “SuitSat,” an empty spacesuit thrown overboard from the International Space Station. Using a simple police scanner or ham radio, you can listen to SuitSat when it orbits over your hometown. 


Space Weather Site
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

News and information about the Sun-Earth environment.

Spanish Language NOAO

Spanish Language NOAO Astronomy Materials Education Center team is creating an expanding library of reviewed materials and a Web-based catalog of generally available Spanish-language astronomy materials for all grade levels.


Spectral Sequence Mnemonic

Time-honored mnemonic for remembering the spectral sequence, invented by Henry Norris Russell when astronomy’s leadership was all male, is “Oh Be A Fine Girl Kiss Me.” In 1995 Mercury magazine published a student’s rejoinder: “Only Boys Accepting Feminism Get Kissed Meaningfully.”


Spectroscopy Basics Interactive

Spectroscopy Basics Interactive - Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth, is home to three stars, one of which is so tantalizingly similar to our sun that many experts speculate that its solar system might contain habitable planets. But Alpha Centauri is about 4.3 light-years, or 25 trillion miles, from Earth. It would take a spacecraft over 25,000 years, more than 300 lifetimes of an astronomer to reach it. When astronomers want to investigate Alpha Centauri, other nearby star systems, or even more remote objects like galaxies, they cannot rely on space missions. Instead, they resort to the primary scientific method of their discipline, a light analysis technique called spectroscopy. In this interactive, learn the basics of spectroscopy and use the technique to reveal the composition of four different cosmic objects.



A supernova in the news expelled a large amount of mass before collapsing into a black hole. Let your students explore space and then experience the pull of a black hole's gravity as they practice their spelling in the following interactives!  Grades 4-9.  It's a little heavy on content, yet a simple spelling game.  You decide for yourself:)


Teaching about the Sun and Space Weather
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

UCAR's educational resources for teachers- features monthly topics and lesson ideas.  

The Nine Planets Solar System Tour

This website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system.

The Universe at Your Fingertips from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

This resource list is part of a series of guides for educators from the 120-year old Society, which is dedicated to improving the public understanding of astronomy and advancing science literacy.

Tonight's Sky fromAmazing Space

Tonight’s Sky and much more - Scientists plan to study other forms of radiation leaving the hottest planet, HD149026b, later this year. Prepare your students with an introduction (or a review) of the electromagnetic spectrum and then let them use visible light to explore space! Both the HubbleSite and Amazing Space websites are excellent space resources! I love Tonight’s Sky.


Where is the International Space System?

Includes an expand animated world map showing exactly where it is in real time relative to national boundaries and cities. You can also see an orbital path diagram on a link from the heavens on this site.

Atmospheric Science

Air Quality Research

This summer, scientists from NCAR, NOAA, NASA, universities, and state agencies will converge on Colorado to research ground level ozone and summertime air quality as part of the FRAPPÉ field campaign. Learn more about this summer's research and air quality educational resources in this month's feature.

Global Climate Change Research Explorer

By the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the site provides authentic data sets for temperature, snow cover, other factors involved in climate change and global warming.


Global Warmin, NASA

(Suggested by David Robison, Wilson High School, Wilson, NY) Here is a nice stand alone game that explores climate change. “Join NASA’s Earth Observatory Team in an investigation into the causes and effects of global warming. Begin your investigation by viewing the Introduction.  After the Introduction, proceed through the series of instructional movies. Each movie builds logically upon the previous one to give you a good understanding of the issues and implications of global warming…. Form your own hypotheses about how you think a temperature increase will affect each region and then use the climate model provided in the Data Center to test your hypotheses and answer the questions provided for each region.”


Hurricane Watch: Studying a Storm from Many Angles

From NASA, this site offers images captured by NASA's satellites showing ocean wind speed and sea surface height as they related to the development of Hurricane Floyd in September 1999.


Investigating Temperature Extremes in the USA with GIS
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Curious about the spatial pattern of these high and low temperatures, I created a geodatabase of the January 2009 extremes, other data, and a lesson in the ArcLessons library.

National Geographic

National Geographic has Science topices ofinterest.


NCAR|UCAR Spark Science Education - tools for STEM education!

Spark at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) helps to connect the advances and innovations developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the UCAR Member Universities to the needs and priorities of a diverse people by helping them to learn, understand, and apply these advances and innovations.

(Spark engages people in the wonder and relevance of science; focusing on scientific literacy, workforce development, and community engagement.)

The Weather Wiz Daily Long Range Weather Forecasts
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Weather forecasts out two years including average temps and precipitation for entire world. All this free of charge.

USA Today.com Weather Topics
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Visit this website for indexed, alphabetized weather topics, from acid rain to Zulu time, in an easy to read format, with many graphics and animations. Scroll down to "Learn about weather, climate."


Colorado Schoolyard Habitat Program

Schoolyard habitats have been tied to major improvements in health, nutrition, literacy, stewardship, community involvement, science achievement and more. No matter who you are, we hope you’ll find a plant list, program, contact person or grant to help you along your way. Regardless of what stage you’re in – just getting started or already a SYH Veteran – this website has something for you.

All About Plants

What you want to know about vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the United States and its territories you can find in THE PLANTS Database. More than 30,000 images of plants can be viewed on this Web site. Download the checklist if you want hard copy. A wealth of botanical information is available at this Web site.

Biology Browser

Information resources and updates for the life sciences information community. Free access to resources such as the Nomenclature Glossary for Zoology and the Zoological Record Thesaurus. Find useful information collected from outside sources, with links to current science news stories, relevant web sites and more. Browse by organism, subject and/or geography.

Biology Teacher's Lesson Plans
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Biology Teacher's Lesson Plans web site and wanted to let you know about it. It's www.Biology4Teachers.com and has lesson plans, powerpoints, games, and more. The site was the idea of an Arizona high school biology teacher so the activities on our site are what she uses in her classroom. We're looking for more lesson plans and powerpoints to add to the site so please feel free to forward any on if so inclined. Also, we'd like to know if you could add us to your Teacher's Resource page.

Biology Teaching Resource

There is a Web page for biology that comprises documents that can be copied. All the teacher documents were created on Microsoft WORD. There are sections on management of the resources, tips, games, puzzles, lesson plans, links and references, labs, and national standards.


Biology Web Site

With flash animations. They sell the animations for teaching purposes but you can view them free on the net.

Biology/Environmental Science Web Site

Canadian Resource for tracking Canadian wildlife


CDC Body and Mind

This website offers a comprehensive approach to the subject of fighting disease as well as overall wellness. Students can play interactive games covering issues like genes and heredity, physical fitness, disease prevention, and seeing the truth behind deceptive ads.

Control of the Cell Cycle

In this game you are to take on the job as a Cell Division Supervisor. Are you familiar with the different phases in the cell cycle? If not, maybe you should pay extra attention to the image of the cell cycle in the introduction.

Denver Botanic Gardens Programs
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Help your students grow their science skills, plant knowledge and appreciation for the natural world with a program from Denver Botanic Gardens. Programs emphasize student-led discovery through a variety of hands-on activities and guided explorations. Programs are cross-curricular and align with Colorado Academic Standards.

Denver Zoo School and Teacher Programs
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th

Denver Zoo is committed to educating students and teachers about animals, their habitats, and how humans can protect and conserve the world’s natural resources. All programs are aligned to Colorado Model Content Standards and Benchmarks.

Donor Alliance Outreach Program - Transplantation Science
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Transplantation Science is a FREE program for 7th through 12th graders meant to enhance any anatomy, health or biology program and to introduce students to the world of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. The Transplantation Science curriculum was created by experts in the field and promises to deliver a top-notch, hands-on educational experience for teachers as well as students.


This looks like a good book if you need to have information to justify teaching evolution.

Now Available!!! Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism.


15 ANSWERS TO CREATIONIST NONSENSE, Scientific American, find rebuttals to such statements as: 1. Evolution is only a theory. It is not a fact or a scientific law. 2. Evolution is unscientific, because it is not testable or falsifiable 3. If humans descended from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? 4. Mutations are essential to evolution theory, but mutations can only eliminate traits. They cannot produce new features.


Evolution Resources

FROM THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES this Web page is designed to provide easy access to books, position statements, and additional resources on evolution education and research. These materials have been produced by the National Academies and other sources. The site will be updated and expanded periodically.

Face Blending

FaceResearch.org allows you to participate in short online psychology experiments looking at the traits people find attractive in faces and voices.

Free Veterinary DVD's for Educators
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

The American Veterinary Medical Association, with the help of GlaxoSmithKline, is providing free veterinary DVD’s to show to students interested in the veterinary field. The Agency for Instructional Technology is distributing these DVD’s; one is about becoming a veterinarian, the other is about rabies.  

Please visit http://avma.ait.net or email info@ait.net if you have any questions. To request more than 1 set please specify the desired quantity in the “comments” section on the form! 

HMS Beagle Project

2009 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin: one of the greatest scientists ever. The founders of the Beagle Project intend to celebrate his life, work, and legacy by building a sailing replica of HMS Beagle, the ship that took Darwin around the world between 1831-1836.

In 2009 the replica will be launched and set sail in Darwin's wake, revisiting the places that made Darwin frame the theory of evolution by natural selection. The build, launch, and voyage will become the icon of evolution in the Darwin 200 celebrations.

The voyage will be crewed by established and aspiring young scientists, it will revisit the landfalls made by Darwin and will compare the climate and biodiversity of the 1830s and today.

Using satellite communications and an interactive Web site, students in labs and classrooms around the world will be able to follow the voyages and participate in experiments and life aboard the replica Beagle.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers an interactive Web site for the primary grades: Cool Science for Curious Kids, here. HHMI also offers BioInteractive, which provides virtual labs and other interactive activities.


Immune Attack

An educational video game jointly developed by the Federation of American Scientists, Brown University, and the University of Southern California. The game’s goal is to teach immunology in a fun and engaging way.

Immune System

Defending our Bodies

Play the Immune System Defender Game Enter the blood stream and see if you can defeat a bacterial infection!



Infective agents that cause disease can spread in many ways, including by air and in food and water. Click on the following link to play the part of decision-maker in an attempt to provide a village with healthy drinking water and the village school with a more hygienic environment. This site is excellent for connecting American students to conditions in other parts of the world.

Water Alert! Voices of Youth, UNICEF

Infection Detection Protection

American Museum of Natural History: Allow your students a fun, interactive trip through topics such “Meet the Microbes” and “How Lou Got the Flu.” Students have three problem-based adventure games to choose from that engage the player in the role of scientist, historian, and detective. The knowledge gained from each mission will help in understanding how infectious diseases are spread.

Infection Detection Protection #2

American Museum of Natural History: Allow your students a fun, interactive trip through topics such “Meet the Microbes” and “How Lou Got the Flu.” Students have three problem-based adventure games to choose from that engage the player in the role of scientist, historian, and detective. The knowledge gained from each mission will help in understanding how infectious diseases are spread.

Inner Life of a Cell

The Inner Life of a Cell is an 8-minute animation that illustrates unseen molecular mechanisms and the ones they trigger, specifically how white blood cells sense and respond to their surroundings and external stimuli. This project was developed from a grant by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Robert Lue who directs life sciences education at Harvard.


Journey North

Journey North is a free, Internet-based program that explores the interrelated aspects of seasonal change with online programs about the natural world. “Gray Whales,” “Bald Eagles,” and “Hummingbirds” begin in February.


Laboratory Action Videos - Advanced

For more advanced topics, such as bacterial infection of fruit flies, or isolation and transplantation of stem cells in mice.


Learn About the Human Body- Many Links
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

This site has many links to further explore and learn about the human body!

Learn.Genetics: Genetic Science Learning Center

Transcribe and translate a gene website

Lemur Biology Web Site
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Lemur Biology Website is a professional, multimedia website that provides students with text, pictures and video clips of lemur behavior and ecology. It introduces them to the area of conservation biology and provides them with insight into how such work is conducted by providing information on the authors on-going research.  It also provides a real-world example of how habitat destruction is impacting the health and disease ecology of living primates. The website also provides critical links to other lemur resources and provides a literature review so that they can view primary materials.

It includes:

1. An overview of the authors¹ on-going project on lemur biology and behavior in Madagascar.

2. An overview of the research area and other lemurs at the research site.

3. Information on ring-tailed lemur conservation biology.

4. Information on ring-tailed lemur behavior and ecology.

5. A list of lemur-related educational resources and web sites.

6. A unique ³did you know² section on each web page that provides the student with interesting data on lemur biology and behavior.



Mesothelioma Resource Online

Asbestos poses one of the greatest air quality threats today. Once highly valued as an insulator, contractors used asbestos in virtually all older home, office and school construction. Today asbestos remaining in these buildings poses an even greater risk, as its age and condition allows the fibers to fragment into particles that can suspend in the air and enter the body. These particles then gradually irritate internal tissue until this cancer forms.

Unfortunately a lot of asbestos exposure can lead to a very deadly lung cancer called Mesothelioma. 
Mesothelioma Resource Online is a consumer information site to provide answers and support for people diagnosed with meothelioma cancer, as well as their families and loved ones.  Lets work together to help raise awareness of this deadly fiber.

MicrobeWorld Radio

The American Society for Microbiology produces this daily, 90-second podcast series designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of microbiology and the life sciences. The podcasts highlight the process of discovery, historical changes in research, and a variety of scientific careers in industry, academia, and government. Recent features addressed efforts to eliminate tuberculosis, the use of HIV drug therapies to treat malaria, and the effectiveness of old-fashioned dish washing. Archived programs are available in a searchable database.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences: Science Education
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Strengthening public understanding and appreciation of science is a key NIGMS goal. As part of its efforts, the Institute publishes free science education materials on a range of topics.

Plants to Grow

A dynamically changing storehouse of information. Each plant or group is a printable page that contains a snippet of information. Growing plants is a neverending quest for the proper plant for the site. The data is meant as a guide and not an absolute. Most information is based on growing plants in Plant Hardiness Zone #5. The database currently contains 1,631 plants/groups with 6,570 photos. You can easily query the database by using the search page. "Botany 101" a botanical pictionary contains an additional 320 pictures and definitions for a 2172 terms.

Project BudBurst
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
Project BudBurst, a NEON citizen science program, is a network of people across the United States monitoring plants as the seasons change. We are a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting of plants (plant phenophases). Project BudBurst participants make careful observations of these phenophases and submit their data online. This citizen science project is easy to implement in the elementary and secondary classroom and helps meet many educational standards. 
For more information, please visit the Project BudBurst website(www.budburst.org). 
For questions, feel free to contact the Project BudBurst team at budburstinfo@neoninc.org
Swine Flu
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

The CDC site has created a page devoted to updating the public on swine influenza A H1N1.

Understanding Evolution Web site
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Based on the popular Understanding Evolution Web site, UnderstandingScience.org was developed to provide a fun, accessible and free resource to accurately communicate what science is and how it really works. Classroom activities are available for levels K-16, and the site includes a variety of teacher resources to help engage and excite students while they explore the process of science.

Wildlife Experience
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th

Enhance your classroom activities with the variety of educational resources The Wildlife Experience has to offer. From school tours to an online curriculum to teacher workshops and Educator Open Houses, The Wildlife Experience has plenty to supplement any curriculum.


Activity, Marbling with Shaving Cream

Marbling with shaving cream classroom activity.

Activity, Sig Figs

The Atlantic/Pacific rule for decimal places.

Activity, Symbols Galore
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Symbols Galore
Clue: All questions have to do with the symbols, so first write out the symbols before you answer the questions.
1. Seventeen of the elements have symbols that START with a vowel, whether one letter of two. Which set has the most items; those starting with A, E, I, O or U? The one that has the most has 8 elements. Can you name them?
2. What feature do these 14 elements have in common, exclusive of all the other elements? (boron, carbon, fluorine, hydrogen, iodine, potassium, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, sulfur, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, and yttrium?)
3. What feature do these ten have in common, exclusive of all other elements? (Sodium, potassium, silver, iron, tungsten, mercury, tin, gold, lead, and antimony)_________
4. Consider the 111 IUPAC element names and their symbols: Iodine has it, but not fluorine, Iron has it, but not manganese. Sodium has it, but not magnesium. Neon has it, but not krypton. Barium has it, but not bohrium. Einsteinium has it, but not rutherfordium.
And only Europium and gold have it twice! What is the property?
5. How many element names honor famous chemists/and or physicists? Cite as many as you can by listing the symbol and the person. (See if you can find 12 with a new periodic table)
6. This is the toughest and best one. What property do the elements aluminum, calcium, cobalt, indium, lanthanum, manganese, meitnerium, molybdenum, scandium have in common that is NOT shared by barium, cadmium, copper, gold, lead, mercury, seaborgium or silicon?

Answers: (1) The answer is A, name the 8.
(2) Their symbols have just one letter in them. The others have two.
(3) The first letter of its symbol is NOT the first letter of the element's name. (They come from Greek, Latin, or Nordic root names)
(4) The property is having a vowel in its symbol, instead of all consonants. Eu and Au have two vowels. 48 have at least one vowel, while 63 have only consonants. Only 4 of the post
Uranium symbols contain a vowel.
(5) Cm, Fm, No, Rf, Bh, Rg, Es, Md, Lr, Sg, Mt, Gd (Curie, Fermi, Nobel, Rutherford, Bohr, Roengton, Einstein, Mendeleev, Lawrence, Seaborg, Meitner, and Gadolin (Finnish chemist).
(6) First group have symbols that match postal abbreviation of states. The 2nd group does not match any state.

Balanced Equation Battleship

Balancing equations battleships from GCSE  A fun interactive game of online battleship where students must correctly identify the balanced equation in order for their “hit” to count.

Build Molecules

Balloon molecules is an  interesting website that teaches one to use balloons to build molecules, bucky balls, DNA helixes, etc.


Chemistry of Fire Downloadable Teacher Kit
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and Discovery Education are proud to present “The Chemistry of Fire.” Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this multimedia program introduces high school students to the chemistry of fire and fire prevention. When chemistry students see real world applications of this fascinating science they may be inspired to explore an exciting career as a fire protection engineer.

Chemistry Podcats
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Purchase video podcasts of Chemistry lectures created by two Chemistry teachers with acombined experience of 30 years in education. Each DVD contains an entire year of Chemistry lessons covering virtually every topic covered in either AP Chemistry (the equivalent of 1st year College Chemistry) or High School Chemistry

Chemistry Study Guide

World of Chemistry Study Guides.


Chemistry Teaching Resource

There is a Web page for chemistry that comprises documents that can be copied. All the teacher documents were created on Microsoft WORD. There are sections on management of the resources, tips, games, puzzles, lesson plans, links and references, labs, and national standards.


All the images in this issue of CoolStuff were produced using a digital camera with the above home-made spectroscope attached to the lens. Here is a more sophisticated explanation and method.

Energy Foundations for High School Chemistry
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

A new free resource from ACS!

Visit highschoolenergy.acs.org for free fully-developed laboratory investigations, demos, student readings, and multimedia that you can use to teach the big ideas about energy in your high school chemistry classroom. Each content item, as well as the entire resource collection, is available for free download in PDF format.

Flinn Scientific Supplies and eLearning
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

All the Resources You Need are Available Now from Flinn Scientific
AP Biology — AP Chemistry ― AP Environmental Science ― AP Physics 1 

Flinn Scientific offers AP kits, materials, and resources—including money-saving kit bundles— to help your students be successful in all your AP Science classes. Flinn’s convenient, cost- saving kits make it easier for teachers to provide exceptional AP courses using experiments, demonstrations, and activities designed to help students score higher on AP science exams.  A leader in science and laboratory chemical safety, Flinn Scientific is a fun and informative science education resource, providing a full line of science supplies and innovative ideas to help teachers and middle and high school students succeed.

Flinn Scientific’s Advanced Placement Kits:

  • Align with the framework and lab practices recommended by the College Board.
  • Feature tested experiments optimized for safety and success.
  • Save teachers hours of research and prep time.
  • Include real sample data, not made-up numbers.
  • Offer guided-inquiry procedures and inquiry guidance for teachers.

Additional resources include review demonstration kits, practice free-response questions, purchase guides, and free online videos.

New Flinn Online Chemventory™
Chemical Inventory System — GHS Compliance and More

New from Flinn Scientific in 2014 — The new Flinn Online Chemventory™ is a cloud-based laboratory chemical inventory system that allows multiple users access to the database from multiple locations and devices. The system includes OSHA/GHS information too, so maintaining an accurate chemical inventory with GHS Safety Data Sheets and labels is easy and convenient.

*Flinn Online Chemventory™ Features: Flinn Online Chemventory™ Enables You to:*

  • Secure Cloud-Based Service
  • Link Databases Across Your District
  • Flexibility to Customize Your Database
  • Create a Purchase List
  • Multiple User Convenience
  • E-mail, Print, and Export Your Inventory List
  • GHS-Compliant Safety Data Sheets
  • Print GHS-Compliant Chemical Labels

It’s easy to add Flinn chemicals. Simply look up Flinn chemicals by keywords or catalog numbers, or use the alphabetical index and add the chemicals and quantities to your database. Your existing data from previous disc-based Chemventory™ versions can easily be imported into the new Online Chemventory™.

A five-year license for the Flinn Online Chemventory™ (Catalog No. SE3000) is available for $189.95 for one database or $159.95 each for five or more databases. A minimum of one five-year license is required per participating school.

For more information visit the Flinn website at www.flinnsci.com or contact:
Flinn Scientific
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E-mail: flinn@flinnsci.com

Free PowerPoints for Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry

Free PowerPoints for environmental chem & green chemistry.

As part of the revision of my book, Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry, 3rd ed., I have prepared PowerPoint presentations for each of the book chapters and am making them available to faculty who might have use for them in teaching courses in environmental chemistry or who would like to incorporate environmental chemistry into other courses. The units covered are listed below. The first 10 units cover basic chemistry including organic chemistry and biochemistry. The remaining units cover environmental chemistry organized around the five environmental spheres of the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere, and anthrosphere  (that part of the environment made and operated by humans). These chapters also include material on green chemistry, industrial ecology, and environmental chemical analysis. To receive a copy of these slides, please send me your mailing address.

I am also pleased to inform you that the Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL, a program funded by NSF and directed from the University of California - Riverside and the University of Kansas) has made available for downloading online copies of my book entitledGreen Chemistry and the Ten Commandments of Sustainability, 2nd ed., as well as PowerPoint presentations for each of the 14 chapters in this work (listed below).

I hope you find these materials to be of interest for your teaching program. Please feel free to forward this information on to other faculty  who might be interested in it.

Sincerely, Stanley Manahan

High School Physical Science and Chemistry Resources

NanoLeap into New Science materials during the 2007-2008 school year.


Earth Science


World of Amber 

American Geological Institute

American Geological Institute (AGI) launched K-5 GeoSource a groundbreaking professional development Web site for elementary-level teachers who teach earth science topics such as weather, fossils, rocks, soil, water and more.  This site, created with support from the AGI Foundation, corporate and private donors, features resources designed to help teachers master standards-based science content, plan lessons and activities in the earth sciences, assess student learning and tailor instructions to meet their needs. Educators will also be able to explore up-to-date career information and other opportunities available to geoscience students, investigate links to educational resources in the geosciences, access professional development opportunities available for earth science educators, delve into research on how children learn, and enroll in graduate-level online courses to improve teaching and increase content knowledge.

American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database

This site is an interface to a crystal structure database that includes every structure published in the American Mineralogist, The Canadian Mineralogist, European Journal of Mineralogy and Physics and Chemistry of Minerals.

Animated Rock Cycle
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Animated Rock Cycle- http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/visualization/collections/rock_cycle.html

Bernoulli Priciple Interactive, Animation

M. Mitchell, the animation on this page explores the behavior of an ideal fluid passing through a pipe. You can interact with the animation, and immediately see the effects on the fluid velocity and pressure. The animation is accompanied by two discussions - an introductory discussion without any math, and a more advanced discussion involving algebra and calculus.  The Principle has application to weather and other Earth Science fields.

Canopy in the Clouds
6th, 7th, 8th

Canopy In The Clouds is a new science educational media project that uses innovative and immersive media from the perspective of a tropical montane cloud forest to serve as a platform for inquiry-based, K-12 earth and life science education. We are particularly excited to offer over 25 lesson plans on themes such as water, weather, soils, ecology and the process of science focused on 6-8th grades. All materials are normed to national science education standards, peer-reviewed by a team of scientists and educators, and made available free of cost via our website. Funding is provided by the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation and the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica.


CLEAN Digital Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Do you need scientifically accurate and effective activities, videos, and graphics to help your middle school or high school students become literate with topics around climate and energy? Look no further! CLEAN is a clearinghouse of peer-reviewed, free, online learning activities, videos, and graphics on climate and energy. Over 580 resources (out of 14,000 assessed!) have passed the peer-review for scientific accuracy and teaching effectiveness. Peer-reviewed, Free Online Climate and Energy Teaching Resources - Grades 6 - 12 The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) collection offers the following resources and support:

1. The CLEAN search engine directs you to annotations and links for 500+ vetted, online activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy for grades 6 - 16. These resources have been hand-picked and peer-reviewed by scientists and educators for accuracy and classroom effectiveness.

2. The CLEAN site provides guidance on teaching climate and energy science using a set of essential principles to frame the science and inform teaching strategies. Learn more about these scientific principles, why they are important and challenging to teach, strategies for teaching age groups, and get directed to relevant activities, videos, and visualizations for each principle.

3. Join the vibrant CLEAN Network with updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons (Tuesdays at 1 pm ET).  


Climate Change Education

Climate Change Education 

Coastal Wetlands Study

COASTAL WETLANDS STUDY, find material to use in developing a comprehensive study of coastal wetlands. The site includes background information, suggested activities, glossary, references, and reading list. Activities can be demonstrated by the teacher or performed by students. Emphasis is on Gulf Coast wetlands.

Creation/Evolution Controversy

Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy

Earth Impact Database

EARTH IMPACT DATABASE, Planetary and Space Science Centre - this will allow your students to see the geographical distribution of impact craters, references, and in some cases, cross sections related to impacts.

Earth Science Cartographic Web Site

Busy Teachers Website K-12/Earth Science Cartographic website offers a rich resource for learning about maps, mapmaking, and related topics such as GIS, remote sensing and photogrammetry.

Earth Science Digital Library

Digital Library for Earth System Education 

Earth Science for Education Resources

Earth Science Education Resources 

Earth Science Images

Graph comparing old and new wind chill formula; it’s not as cold as it use to be. 

Earth Science Resources

Earth Science Resources


Earth Science Resources Spanish

 Nasa Science News has some articles read in Spanish but otherwise your students will need to read them: http://ciencia.nasa.gov/

Earth Science Resources- English & Spanish

This collection of teacher resources includes earth and space science topics pertaining to astronomy and space, earthquakes, erosion, plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, the rock cycle, volcanoes, water, and weather.  Each of these pages links to lesson plans, classroom activities, projects and demonstrations.  These resources can be used for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.


Earth Science Sites of the Week

Earth Science Sites of the Week dating back to 1999 are now available and can be searched by keyword. To access past archives go to the “Earth Science Site of the Week Archives” link half way down the page.

Earth Science Vocabulary

Earth Science Vocabular Review and Hangman

Earth Science Web Site

Earth Science Teachers Introducing the new online destination for educators devoted to teaching about the Earth. We’re excited to have you as a part of our new community of educators striving to use Earth Systems Science to teach important lifelong skills to students of all ages. Turn to our site for online resources to help you in this mission. Included on the new site:

Classroom Activities – use curriculum materials based on our scientific research expeditions to strengthen your student’s math, science, and analytical skills for a lifetime of learning.

Posters – posters that please the eye and enlighten the mind - learn about a variety of science topics through our limited edition posters.

Multimedia – explore videos, interactive activities, and online lectures.

Career Profiles – explore the myriad of career opportunities within scientific ocean drilling.

Earth Science Week
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. Learn the many ways that everyone can participate in Earth Science Week!

Earth Scope

Earth Scope


Earthquake 3D Viewer

This download nets you an image of the Earth along with updated USGS earthquake info for the past 7 days. The globe rotates and there is an option to turn on a depth indicator.  You can filter the number of days to be viewed and set the magnitude option to only view quakes over a certain magnitude. Available only for PC.



Earthquake Depth Site

Depth of Earthquakes 

Earthquake Hazards

Earthquake Hazards Program 

Earthquake Information

Earthquake Information, Recent 

Earthquake Locator

Earthquake Locator 

Earthquake Probablity Mapping

Enter latitude and longitude or zip code allowing you to access information for earthquake rate, location, and magnitude data used by the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project. The most recent models of earthquake source parameters are used for these maps.

Earthquake Web Site

Earthquake Activity & Discrepant Event Demos 

Earthquakes for Kids

Earthquakes for Kids 

Encyclopedia of Earth

Encyclopedia of Earth is a comprehensive site guided by the Stewardship Committee of the Environmental Information Coalition.

Evolving Earth

Evolving Earth 

Free Rock and Mineral Samples from the USGS Map Store

Browse the USGS Map Store for maps, books, and other items, or our Rock Room (free rock and mineral samples for educators).  Map Store is located in Building 810 on the Denver Federal Center, in Lakewood.  For information call theUSGS Drill Core Research Center, 303-202-4851, or Pete Modreski, 303-202-4766.

Geologic Time Web Site

From the Smithsonian. Using a drag tool, visitors can move around the span of the different geological eons, eras, periods, and epochs in a direct fashion.  Clicking on each of the icons within each division of time brings up a brief overview of each segment, along with a map of each period.

Geology Lesson Plans

Geology lesson plans and resources from Geological Society of America.



GIS Ready Data on Projected Sea Level Rise

USGS data sets are ready to be analyzed within a GIS to determine projected sea level rise for the coastlines of the USA.  They are stored in an attribute table associated with a 1:2,000,000 shoreline at 3 minute resolution. Thus, for each 3 minute (~5 km) section of shoreline, there are data for each of the following variables -geomorphology, relative rate of sea-level rise, coastal slope, mean wave height, tidal range and erosion and accretion rates, as well as their ranked values ( 1 - 5 ) and the calculated coastal vulnerability index (CVI). These data, with the corresponding metadata, are located in the Directory DATA, within the subdirectory corresponding to the shoreline of interest - Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific.   The USGS has the data as a ZIP file on the above site or you could order the CD (DDS 60; as in "Digital Data Series" 60) from 1 888 ASK USGS.

Google Earth Stream Flows

GOOGLE EARTH STREAM FLOW KML FILES, display real-time stream gauges in Google Earth. Google Earth is an interactive, 3D viewer that seamlessly zooms from a global scale down to less than a meter in many urban areas. To display USGS stream gages, download one of the following files and open it in Google Earth. Stream gages, colored by streamflow condition (390K) This is a KML file of a USGS real-time stream gage map. Each gage is colored in terms of flow conditions. This file is re-created every hour.  Once it is opened in Google Earth, the contents will be refreshed in every hour.

Grand Canyon Explorer

Grand Canyon Explorer

History of Earth Activity

History of Earth, Preparing Teachers to Teach Earth Science, SERC, Heather Petcovic, Western Michigan University, (suggested by John McDaris, SERC),  This new teaching activity from the Preparing Teacher to Teach Earth Science project asks students to develop a sense of how human timescales relate to geologic timescales.  First students organize the events of a human life.  Then they move on to examining events in earth history and organizing them.  Finally, students investigate the geologic timescale and place eons and eras of geologic time on the same scale as earth events. Comparisons are drawn between the human life timescale and geologic time.  The activity page provides educators with the activity sheet for students, information about the design and context of the activity, as well as tips on successfully implementing the activity in the classroom.


Identification of Rough Diamonds

Identification of Rough Diamonds 


Interior of the Earth

Interior of the Earth

Learning from the Fossil Record

Learning from the Fossil record 

Life Through Time

Life Through Time, Frans Lanting,(suggested by Brian Poelker, Illinois Science Teachers Association), browse a stunning slide show of 86 pictures with captions developed by Frans Lanting.  It begins 13.7 billion years ago with the birth of the universe and chronicles life through the present. Click on “Start the Journey” to begin the show.

Mineral Resources in Everyday Life

EVERYTHING WE HAVE AND EVERYTHING WE USE COMES FROM OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, (suggested by Mary Rodgers, Watkins Glen High School, NY), the opening image, showing the need of every individual for mineral resources is eye opening. In addition, there are a lot of interesting and useful resources including a photo gallery of minerals and the role of elements in life processes.

Musical Plates Project

Musical Plates is a multidisciplinary project that challenges students to tap into real-time earthquake data, interact with experts online, and publish their investigative work on a special website. Four core activities (45 minutes each) teach students how to access and interpret online earthquake and volcano data and use this information to solve real-world problems.

NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study

NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study 

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville

Consider visiting the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville; it has excellent exhibits about mining history & technology and rocks, minerals, and their uses. 


National Oceanography Centre in UK

National Oceanography Centre in UK

Natural Arch Formation

The Natural Arch and Bridge Society help dispel myths about natural bridges being the result of wind erosion. Scroll down to "Relevant Processes of Erosion" for information on how these natural wonders occur including wall collapse, lateral stream piracy, and wave action.  

Niagara Falls Freezes

Niagara Falls frozen over in 1911. It’s been cold this week but probably not cold enough to produce these results.  


Noon Day Project

Noon day Project 

Ocean gazing podcast
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Ocean gazing podcast- archived 6-10 minute episodes. Topics include estimating squid populations with sonar and living underwater on a coral reef- http://coseenow.net

People and Discoveries Earth and Life Sciences

People and Discoveries Earth & Life Sciences 

Plate Boundaries

Discovering Plate Boundaries 

Plate Boundaries

Find high quality plate boundary maps, ideal for reproduction.  Scroll down to “Plate Boundary Maps for Students.”

Another decent source:

Plate Boundaries and Interplate Relationships

Plate Boundaries and Interplate Relationships 

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics 

Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics 

Plate Tectonics

The Story of Plate Tectonics.

Seismic Monitor

IRIS. “Seismic Monitor allows you to monitor global earthquakes in near real-time, visit seismic stations around the world, and search the web for earthquake or region-related information…..Seismic Monitor is updated every 20 minutes (jumbo-sized map hourly).”


Seismology Society of America

Seismology Society of America 

Slinky P & S Waves

John Lahr demonstrates P and S waves with a slinky.

State County Maps

National Atlas, printable maps. Hundreds of thousands of these page-sized maps are downloaded each month for use at home, in schools, and at the office. One of the most popular series of printable maps has included maps for each state that show county boundaries. Some include “just a little more” information on these state-by-state county maps. These are just as accurate and useful as our original county maps, but now we’ve added the locations of selected towns and cities as well as large water bodies.

Teacher Tube Demonstrations

11 demonstrations on the Teacher Tube web site.  Each video is about 3 minutes long, and most are designed to help students understand Earth Science-related concepts such as convection, latent heat, salinity/density, etc. To view them, go to the web site and type "Rod Benson" into the search box.

Please share this with other Earth Science teachers through the CAST Newsletter.

Thanks to Rod Benson, Earth Science Teacher, Helena High School, Helena, Montana

RODNEY'S HOMEPAGE for Earth Science Teachers: www.formontana.net/home.html.


The Water Cycle for Kids
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have teamed up to create a water-cycle diagram for schools.

The interactive diagram allows you to "mouse around" the parts of the water cycle and view explanations, pictures, and more online. The diagram is available for three levels of students: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

For more information visit http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle-kids.html

Tour of Geologic Time

Tour of geologic time. 

Transform Faults

Transform Faults 

USGS and Science Education

USGS and Science Education 

USGS Publications Warehouse

USGS Publications Warehouse 

USGS Volcanos

USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, USGS, “The U.S. Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) strives to serve the national interest by helping people to live knowledgeably and safely with volcanoes and related natural hazards including earthquakes, landslides, and debris flows in the western United States and elsewhere in the world.” Along with “Volcano World,” this is a top site for information on volcanoes. 


Volcano Observatory

Volcano Observatory, Hawaiian 

Volcano Observatory, Alaska

Volcano Observatory, Alaska 




Volcanoes – Internet Geography 


Volcanoes on Line 


Volcanoes, USGS

All About Volcanoes from USGS

Volcanoes; How They Work

Volcanoes, How They Work

Web Geology

University of Tromso, Norway: discover Flash formatted courses from Norway dealing with dating techniques, an intro geology course, and a carbonate course.


Why is Earth's core so hot?
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Why is Earth's core so hot?

Blistering hot molten rock bursts through weak places in Earth's crust. So
what is down there and why is it so hot? Earth's core may seem as mysterious
and remote as outer space, but scientists actually have learned a great deal
about it. Listen to a scientist explain. Visit
http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/en/educators/podcast/ to subscribe to these
Podcasts. Or listen now to this and the previous Podcasts on your computer
or read the transcripts.

Windows into Wonderland

Yellowstone Park Foundation, from the National Park Service, takes visitors on a series of electronic field trips (eTrips) into Yellowstone National Park. Animations, illustrations, and video footage reveal Yellowstone as you’ve never seen it before! The currently featured eTrip is "Yellowstone Exposed: Mysteries in the Living Laboratory."  Each eTrip is equipped with curricular materials for teachers and an Ask an Expert area that provides an archive of questions and answers. Many of the 15 eTrips (e.g."To Eat or Be Eaten." ) have won awards. eTrips are available with and without audio and video to accommodate most internet connections. Designed for middle school students, it is also appropriate for general audiences.


Archive: Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Physical Science From the Poles, October 29, 2008
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Episode 6: Deep Sea Thinking: Exploring the Word's Ocean

In this episode:
1. Learn about a fun song to "lure" students into appreciating our One Big Ocean
2. Fishy science at the movies
3. Mapping the ocean: What the highest mountains and lowest trenches tell us about the ocean seafloor's unchartered territory with Dr. Chris Massell Symons, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Build Green Schools

The U.S. Green Building Council has launched a website for students, parents, teachers, school administrators, elected officials, and community members. The site offers information on the benefits and costs of green schools, and includes profiles of schools that have already gone green, an extensive list of resources and links, and a social networking forum.

Energy Hog School Program

Learning about energy is fun when you include Energy Hogs! The Energy Hog Challenge is a set of classroom activities that guide children through lessons about different sources of energy, how we use energy at home, and how to bust energy hogs to save energy.

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

EPA Climate Change Kit

Free for All from the U.S. Government

Climate CHECK is a free, Excel-based kit that teaches high school students about the science, drivers, and impacts of climate change and provides them with knowledge, tools, and resources to increase climate-change awareness and to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions at their schools. Students will estimate greenhouse gas emissions using built-in calculators and school-specific "activity data" and develop and implement a mitigation action plan.

Fossil Energy study guides and activities-middle-high school-
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Fossil Energy study guides and activities-middle-high school- www.fe.doe.gov/education/energylessons/Study_Guides_and_Activities.html

Global warming website- photos plus explanation showing global warming-
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Global warming website- photos plus explanation showing global warming-

Green Teacher
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. The quarterly Green Teacher magazine offers perspectives on the role of education in creating a sustainable future, practical articles and ready to use activities for various age levels, and reviews of dozens of new educational resources.

Lutron Electronics’ Greenovation Weekly Environmental Tips Newsletter
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Hosted by Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., the world leader in the design and manufacture of energy-efficient lighting control products, the goal of the newsletter is to create a sense of community and give teachers inventive ways to motivate students and share stories.

Ozone Hole

Ozone Hole gives information on ozone related subjects.

Resources for Global Sustainability Education - Facing the Future
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Facing the Future is a nonprofit leader whose mission is to create tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future.

Tropical Rainforests

The tropical rain forest is a forest of tall trees in a region of year-round warmth. An average of 50 to 260 inches of rain falls yearly. The temperature in a rain forest rarely is greater than 93 °F or drops below 68 °F; average humidity is between 77 and 88%; and rainfall is often more than 100 inches a year. Almost all rainforests lie near the equator. Rainforests now cover less than 6% of Earth's land surface. Scientists estimate that more than half of the world's plant and animal species live in tropical rainforests. Tropical rainforests produce 40% of Earth's oxygen. About a fourth of all the medicines we use come from rainforest plants e.g., curare and quinine. More information on plants, animals, and habitats of the rainforest is available at a Web site.


We Can Change the World Challenge
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Communications and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have joined together to inspire student achievement in sustainability through a comprehensive education initiative, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Announced today, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is an unprecedented partnership between three industry leading organizations that are committed to educating, empowering and engaging students, teachers and communities in environmental sustainability.

World Water Monitoring Day Kits

World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) kits are now available online and include instructions in both English and Spanish. Instructions in French, Portuguese and Chinese are available for download from the WWMD website.. The kit includes everything you'll need to test your waterbody for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity and is designed to be an accurate, yet accessible technology for all levels of experience. If you already have access to monitoring equipment, you are welcome and encouraged to use it!

World Water Monitoring Day encourages participation from Low- and Middle-Income countries through the donation of monitoring kits. For more information, please visit http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/.


CLEAN Digital Teaching Resources on Climate and Energy
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Do you need scientifically accurate and effective activities, videos, and graphics to help your middle school or high school students become literate with topics around climate and energy? Look no further! CLEAN is a clearinghouse of peer-reviewed, free, online learning activities, videos, and graphics on climate and energy. Over 580 resources (out of 14,000 assessed!) have passed the peer-review for scientific accuracy and teaching effectiveness. Peer-reviewed, Free Online Climate and Energy Teaching Resources - Grades 6 - 12 The CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) collection offers the following resources and support:

1. The CLEAN search engine directs you to annotations and links for 500+ vetted, online activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy for grades 6 - 16. These resources have been hand-picked and peer-reviewed by scientists and educators for accuracy and classroom effectiveness.

2. The CLEAN site provides guidance on teaching climate and energy science using a set of essential principles to frame the science and inform teaching strategies. Learn more about these scientific principles, why they are important and challenging to teach, strategies for teaching age groups, and get directed to relevant activities, videos, and visualizations for each principle.

3. Join the vibrant CLEAN Network with updates on educational policies and science, discussions with experts, conference & workshop announcements, and weekly telecons (Tuesdays at 1 pm ET).  


National Student Energy Survey
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

What would the nation’s future look like with a significantly more energy educated public? The answer is that students and the general public, if provided with balanced and scientific information, would support wise energy policies and be wise in their own personal energy use.

In 2009, NFEE launched a ten year effort to prompt business, government, and the education community at all levels to join together to establish programs which support ongoing and comprehensive energy education programming in the nation’s schools and communities.

NREL: Education Center Programs

A launch-pad for energy innovations, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is home to world-renowned energy experts.  NREL researches and develops technologies for powering our homes, buildings, and businesses, and fueling our vehicles, planes and other ways of moving people and freight.  The lab leads the way in analyzing energy integration, energy supplies and economic impacts.  The sustainable campus design exemplifies how the lab walks the talk for renewable energy and energy efficiency applications.

NREL Education Center offers a variety of program topics and experiences for students, youth groups and adult groups addressing renewable energy and energy efficiency innovations and introducing the work of NREL.  Group programs are available for all ages at no charge.

To schedule a program or for additional information, contact Sarah Barba, (303) 275-3023, sarah.barba@nrel.gov. Reservations must be made at least a month in advance. The maximum group size is 30 students/3 chaperones and the minimum group size is 15 students/1 chaperone.


10-part PBS Environmental Series - JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Today's news headlines tell of a world facing increased hunger, water shortages, massive floods, and species extinction because of climate change and sea level rise. In response, educational institutions are introducing courses dealing with the most pressing of these environmental issues. And to help educators explain to students the science behind these new environmental challenges, more than 1,500 universities, colleges, and schools in North America have added to their media libraries the environmental video series JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH.

2008 Science Teacher's Special ! from Nebraska Scientific

Nebraska Scientific offers educational science supplies for universities, high schools, junior highs, and middle schools - as well as anyone interested in science. We feature over 15,000 science items, including preserved specimens, microscopes, digital cameras, science equipment and supplies, anatomy models and charts, living specimens, science kits, books, laboratory furniture and tables and more.

Nebraska Scientific prides itself in its quality preserved specimens (fetal pigs, frogs, earthworms, etc.) and includes over 600 types of preserved specimens from all phyla of the animal kingdom.

Activities for Science
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Activities for Science


Activity, Absolute Zero Lab

Lab activity for teaching about absolute zero.

Activity, Blink Rate

Activity for teaching rates and ratio and proportion.

Activity, Google Earth

Google Earth satellite activity with many scientific applications.

Alchemy and Isaac Newton

To accompany the NOVA program titled "Newton's Dark Secrets," PBS created an activity for middle level and high school students focusing on alchemy. After reading and interpreting a passage from The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine, students begin to understand the chemistry that Newton and his fellow alchemists practiced. The six-page teacher's guide for the Secret Symbols activity and links to helpful websites are posted online.

Annenberg Teacher Resources

Annenberg Teacher Resources and Professional Development 

Bold Visions: Women in Science & Technology DVD

New DVD Available for FREE!

Bold Visions gives us a glimpse into the lives of women who are dispelling the myths commonly associated with professionals who work in the fields of science and technology by showing how engineers make a difference in our lives. Order your FREE copy now by contacting JETS at info@jets.org. Simply email JETS with the subject heading: "Bold Visions" and provide us with your name and mailing address.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Design instruction around the real-time births, deaths, and carbon dioxide emissions from countries across the globe with the interactive map.

Colorado Education Initiative
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

The Colorado Education Initiative is an independent non-profit that collaborates with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), schools and districts across the state to accelerate achievement for all Colorado students. We believe every student can reach his or her full potential with the right set of supports. This means having effective leaders in every school, effective teachers in every classroom and healthy and engaging environments that ignite a passion for learning in every student. Our innovative partnership with CDE and schools and districts in communities across Colorado help us find innovative ways to reach every learner, every day.

Cool Science for Curious Kids

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology on screen, off screen, and in between to leap into plant parts in salads, meet the dust, compare snakes with moose, and more—without a microscope.

CSE Resources and Publications

 Center for Science Education (CSE) staff members comprise a diverse group of professionals-scientists, science educators and administrators, curriculum writers and developers, policy analysts, journalists, social and educational researchers, and educational program evaluators. They develop and support projects and programs that are internationally recognized for their innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of science.

Daily Lesson Plans from the New York Times

The New York Times' daily lesson plans are developed in partnership with the Bank Street College of Education. The lessons are linked to current news and features and are aligned with national standards.

Dinosaur Depot Museum in Canon City

The Dinosaur Depot Museum in Canon City, operated by the Garden Park Paleontology Society; is open 10-4 except on Christmas and New Years Days; also with dinosaur exhibits and a gift shop.

Dinosaur Movie Clips

Dinosaur Movie Clips, (suggested by Charles Burrows, Spring Valley High School, Rockland County, NY), find a variety of animated clips in the Windows and Real formats.  When viewed full screen the animations get pixilated but these clips are still worth a look.

Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center

The Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center, near Morrison, is a free visitors center and gift shop which serves as the place to find out about what's to see outdoors at Dinosaur Ridge, as well as at the new Triceratops Trail interpretive trail near 6th Ave. and 19th St. at the edge of Golden.  The Visitor Center is at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway; just follow Alameda toward the Hogback and Red Rocks Park.  It's open 9-4 Mon.-Sat., 11-4 Sun.; for more info call 303-697-1873 or see the web site. The sales shop is a great place to buy dinosaur-related books, shirts, models, toys, specimens, and more (great gift ideas for kids and adults!).

Earth Changes

Potential changes forecasted for many of the conditions here on Earth. We read about earthquakes, shrinking ice caps, and collisions in space almost every day. Being a resident on this planet means we need to know and understand the processes behind change, whether it occurs within the Earth, on its surface, or beyond Earth’s atmosphere. If we don’t, our residency here may be short-lived! Of course, you already know this, being the well-informed educator you are, so click the following link for a variety of interdisciplinary activities you can use to make your students into fellow well-informed Earth residents!

Note: If you have never visited this site, take a look around. It is an excellent resource for every science teacher!

Everyday Science Explored

A new series from National Public Radio (NPR), "Science Out of the Box," seeks to explain phenomena big and small in language we can all understand. Topic One: Why is it that shower curtains tend to bow in towards the shower when the water is running?

First Measured Century: The History and Use of Sampling Methods

This lesson for high school students examines statistical sampling by tracing improvements in sampling procedures over the 20th century and by taking a critical look at scientific inquiries involving flawed sampling.

Forensics in the Classroom

Forensics in the Classroom

Free Graph Paper

Here’s a web site that has free pdf files of graph paper in any style imaginable. Never buy graph paper ever again!

Free NSTA Book Chapters

Free or cheap NSTA Press book chapters through the NSTA online store. Visit the web site and click on book chapters tab.

Free Weekly Science Puzzles

Each week, share with your students a FREE thought-provoking science puzzler, drawn from the award-winning Cogno science board games. You'll receive a weekly e-mail with a fully illustrated one-page puzzler about astronomy, forces & motion and/or life sciences, ready to be photocopied for students. The e-mail message includes the answer and explanation, allowing you to facilitate as much or as little discussion as you like. Recommended for grades 3-8.

Why free? Cogno's mission is to "inspire children to think critically and imaginatively."  This mission is at the root of every effort we make, and these puzzlers are part of our effort to further our mission and help raise awareness for Cogno.

Hoot of Loot
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Post classified ads for new and used school supplies


Hot Wheels Speedometry Project - A Fun Way to Teach STEM
3rd, 4th, 5th

Speedometry is a free-to-use curriculum designed for fourth grade students that utilizes Hot Wheels toys that kids have been playing with for decades to teach the FUNdamentals of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Speedometry is the result of collaboration between the USC Rossier School of Education and the Mattel Children’s Foundation.


I have attached a one-page fact sheet.


What we are hoping to do is get the word out to as many fourth grade teachers, administrators, parent groups, etc. to let them know about this project and how it can be a great resource to teachers and parents of fourth graders.  The curriculum and hot wheels sets for the students is FREE to fourth grade teachers.  If they go to www.hotwheels.com/speedometry they can simply sign-up and they will receive  a kit to use - again, this is free to all fourth grade teachers.  It is a fun and exciting way to teach kids about science, technology, engineering and math in a fun and engaging way through the use of play.

K-12 Science Education Resources

Browse a collection of Web sites on science lesson plans, cheap or free kits, answers to science questions, free online science courses, science organizations, and more. Consult the "Cool Science" page that includes science projects for kids.

Kids Invent! for Kids
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Welcome to Kids Invent! for Kids. Our goal is to inspire kids to invent things using their creativity, problem solving skills, and hands. We believe that kids who invent tend to be more curious and curious kids want to learn.

Lab Write Ups

Less Painful Lab Write-ups from NC State University...and for middle school:

MAST WebConnect
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

We are here to help! All too often technology creates more work and time for overworked teachers. MAST WebConnect believes that technology should support teachers and students by personally guiding them to experts and useful technology.

Mastery Learning Videos
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Mastery Learning Videos


There has been a lot of interest to see what a mastery classroom “looks like.” So Aaron went around my classroom and took some video. So hopefully this will give folks an idea of how we have changed our classes. Thus, I have just done a quick video that shows what my class looks like. It is a compilation of several two classes: Chemistry with sophomores-seniors, and Astronomy with freshmen.

There is also a short video that explains to our students what mastery looks like.

View my classroom video: http://vimeo.com/8553190
Explanation to our kids about mastery: http://vimeo.com/7347897

Jon Bergmann
Science Teacher
Woodland Park High School

Math and Science Activity Center
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Water and Ice Module: The following activities target a middle school and high population. Some activities may be adaptable to more advanced elementary school students.

McREL and partners unveil first NanoLeap into New Science module
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

The NanoLeap project represents an approach for teachers to introduce the exciting world of nanoscale science and technology to their classes by integrating interdisciplinary research with traditional science concepts.

Mission: Define Your Future

This educational program for grades 6-12 challenges students to relate practical math and science skills to real-world experiences in engineering. Created by Scholastic and Northrop Grumman, this program will sharpen your students' research skills, problem-solving skills, and scientific inquiry skills. Free lesson plans and teacher resources are available on the website.

Morrison Natural History Museum

Consider a visit to the Morrison Natural History Museum, with exhibits about local and worldwide dinosaurs and other fossils as well as live reptiles and amphibians to see and perhaps handle!  Open 10-4 Mon.-Sat., 12-4 Sun.; admission charge.  For more info see the web site or call 303-697-1873.  Located 1/2 mile south of Morrison on State Highway 8 (heading toward The Fort restaurant and US-285).

NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Teacher at Sea program gives K-16 teachers an expenses-paid, first-hand experience of science and life at sea on board one of three main research vessels: fisheries, oceanographic/coastal, and hydrographic. Cruises range in length from one week to one month.

Nobel Prize

Nobel Foundation is kind enough to point out on page one of their website, “You don’t have to be a genius to understand the work of the Nobel Prize Winners”. Thanks to their webmasters, we agree.


NPR Free e-News service
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

NPR has a free custom e-News Service.


 This ocean-science website-developed by Texas A&M University for students, teachers, and the general public-contains information about many important processes in the ocean, as well as links to teaching material and sources of real-time data that can be used in the classroom. K-12 material is tied to national and Texas standards for teaching science and mathematics.

Online Science Fair
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

GOAL: Create a living archive of student science projects to showcase work and inspire others.

AUDIENCE: Students in grades 7-12

The Online Science Fair encourages students (grades 7-12) to upload their science projects, whether for a classroom grade, a school-wide science fair, or a regional competition. Students can find ideas for projects, share their experiments and findings, and interact through comments and by voting for their favorite entries. IBN will hold an annual online competition with educational prizes for the winners to elicit student participation and encourage friends and family to explore the site. Institutions like science museums and school districts will be invited to post their competitions to allow more students to participate virtually. This is an invaluable service to underserved and rural populations without access to local science-themed competitions.


Online science magazine for elementary and middle school students
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Online science magazine for elementary and middle school students- Trickles at www.spigotsciencemag.com


OnlineCourses.com aggregates the best free and open courseware for students and professionals, all in a conveniently searchable online courseware platform. Search, track, and share progress on over 500 university and college level classes globally. Formerly known as LectureFox.com, we continue to carefully select and share with you new courses every week. Our passion for developing and sustaining OCW projects drives us to curate the best. From biology to accounting, foreign languages to science, OnlineCourse.com ensures you get a world-class education from the world's top schools and scholars anytime, anywhere.

PhD's Education Index

This free, comprehensive and informative resource systematically sorts out the available business undergraduate and graduate programs available today in the U.S. -  a very valuable tool for students today who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education, but also the rising costs of it.

Population Growth and Resource Depletion

SERC. This section of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences website deals with concepts that students struggle with when learning about population growth and the relationship of population to geological resource use including exponential growth of populations, positive feedback between population growth and resource use, and the environmental impacts of increase resource use by large populations.  This module provides a geologic context in which to engage students in discussions of big numbers and exponential growth and decay.

RAFT - Resource Area For Teaching
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

To learn 21st century skills — critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration — kids need to be actively engaged in solving meaningful problems. RAFT is where teachers go to get inspired and find interactive, hands-on resources to help their students acquire those 21st century skills.

Science Computer Game
7th, 8th, 9th

 Award-winning science, math, and pre-engineering software called "Time Engineers" (grades 7-9). Unique and highly interactive, Time Engineers provides students with opportunities to learn about how engineering principles have helped people through the ages. Students travel in a cool time machine to three different eras and encounter typical engineering problems of that time. Made in conjunction with the University of Valparaiso's College of Engineering, this terrific program lets kids travel back in time to build pyramids, irrigate farm land, command a WWII submarine, raise and lower medieval drawbridges, and much more.

Science Explorations and Adventures

 Science teacher and writer Paul Doherty won NSTA's Faraday Award for science communication. His website offers hundreds of scientific explorations for all grade levels, indexed alphabetically and by topic.

Science Netlinks for K-12 Teachers

This is a source list with explanations and plans for Internet-based activities for the classroom. There are interactive activities, lists of Web sites, and K-12 science literacy goals outlined by the AAAS's Project 2061. Resources are listed by topic and grade. Topics vary from "Where are the dinosaurs?", to explore the concept of extinction, to, "Building a better pencil" to learn the nature of technology.

Science Web Sites

A wealth of information on science. Look up Web sites for a variety of topics, such as biology browser for Web sites, on organisms, science topics, and geography. Look up names of organisms, access Science Watch (a newsletter on current science topics), and read Sci-Bytes (weekly update of new research in science).



Provides the latest news on developments in life sciences, physical sciences, and technology. Sort articles by topic -- genetics, animals, the brain, chemistry, physics, earth, oceans, astronomy, climate, engineering, biotechnology, computers, nanotechnology, and others. See articles on cancer causing genes, music for pain, fat vaccine, biofuel energy, no-mow grass, liquid armor, fouled beaches, phones and driving, auto-focus eyewear, activity breaks and memory, and more.

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Sloan Career Cornerstone has several good resources for teachers.

Steve Spangler Science
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

If you have never seen him/it, "Steve Spangler Science" visits a school and does a usually spectacular weekly science demonstration feature early (6 a.m.) on 9News Monday or Tuesday mornings.


Teaching Tips Index
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Have you ever wanted that “one stop teaching tips website?” This might be it. It has ideas on assessment, core abilities, critical thinking, preparing a lesson plan, etc Hundreds of resources and ideas for teachers.


The Secret Life of Scientists
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Web-only series of videos that introduce the research of individual scientists while providing a glimpse at “secrets” from their personal lives.  Each profile includes short video clips that make science and scientists accessible to students, as well as a forum that allows students to ask questions directly of profiled scientists.

Verizon Foundation Brings �Thinkfinity� Online to Colorado
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Thinkfinity is the Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community, providing access to over 60,000 educators and experts in curriculum enhancement, along with thousands of award-winning digital resources for K-12 — aligned to state standards and the common core.

Here, educators connect and collaborate through themed groups, blogs and discussions, sharing resources and best practices that support 21st century teaching and learning.

Web-based Professional Development Program

VESC™ education web services have been developed by expert VESC™ educators and software designers to manage academic achievement data, and maximize communication within the school. The web services are flexible, and can be customized to meet specific needs.

Professional development is provided by highly qualified VESC™ professional development specialists through a series of on-site workshops that utilize selected components of the Ventures Initiative and Focus™ student-centered learning system. Two-thirds of the professional development specialist's time is dedicated to in-class coaching to ensure correct implementation -- a unique hallmark of the VESC™ approach. In the workshops, participants are provided with direct, interactive experiences, which use the same student-centered instructional methods and materials shared with students in the classroom. VESC™'s approach promotes high expectations, active student participation and enhances student motivation and teacher satisfaction.

What Works Clearinghouse
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

We review a wide range of education topics for effectiveness of interventions. Topics are defined by intended outcome (such as improved math skills), intended population (such as students with learning disabilities), and types of interventions (such as school choice) that may improve student outcomes.

Window on the Universe
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Window on the Universe is back in a new and improved version- select your reading level is back as well. 


Writing Grants for Science Materials

For those of you who want materials but do not want to write an entire grant, check out this web site.  I have had a few of my proposals funded.  Donors choose is just a non-profit organization that lets people, businesses, etc. to make tax deductable donations to public schools.  It's pretty easy to use, and I've already received a new set of computer speakers, a set of thermometers, and a bulletin board for my classroom.

Year of Science 2009 web site
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Explore monthly themes.... Feb is evolution, March is physics, etc.


Activity, Classification Lesson
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

See attached pdf.

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Curriculum Overview Samples - Science

Fall 2012, over 500 Colorado educators, representing 61 school districts, participated in curriculum design workshops that resulted in the creation of more than 700 curriculum overview samples based on the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). Utilizing a Colorado-designed and refined template, the overviews provide organizing structures for addressing the grade level expectations (GLEs), evidence outcomes (EOs) and 21st century skills that build students’ mastery of the standards at each grade level. As voluntary resources for districts, the samples:

  • Represent the translation of the CAS into unit overviews for all (10) content areas, grades k-12
  • Illuminate possibilities for sequencing grade-level and content-specific standards across courses/years
  • Offer one possible foundation for exploring standards-based curriculum and unit development

The Colorado Curriculum Overview Samples were written by and for Colorado educators as a way to understand and translate the state standards into curriculum. Users of the samples should feel free to copy, distribute and transmit the samples and to adapt them to fit their needs. Please honor the work of the Colorado educators that created these samples by providing them attribution. These samples were not intended for commercial purposes.

See more at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/curriculumoverviews/science

Interview with Meg Jacobson, President of the Colorado Association of Science Teachers
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Meg Jacobson, President of the Colorado Association of Science Teachers and retired science teacher with 31 years of classroom experience; discusses what it is like to teach science, and what advice she has for aspiring science teachers.

NGSS - Next Generation Science Standards
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

An excellent resource for the Next Generation Science Standards-background information, etc. The home page has great videos for science content.

School Notes.com
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Now, New.SchoolNotes.com is the FREE service that can help keep you, your students, and their parents “on the same
Free! That’s right. You can maintain up to 10 SchoolNotes pages for free. That means you can have a page for each
subject, a page for each period, even pages for special projects or clubs … FREE!


Web Sources, Support and Activities from Richy Richards
K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

Here are some vetted web sites from Richy Richards for you to check out. Thank you Richy.

World Wise Schools Supports Geography and Global Issues
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

World Wise Schools Supports Geography and Global Issues
The World Wise Schools program offers free cross-cultural educational resources online including podcasts, videos, stories, slide shows, and electronic newsletters. Each resource reflects Peace Corps Volunteer experiences overseas and builds in U.S. children a greater understanding of the world around them. Educational materials produced by the program promote cross-cultural understanding, awareness of global issues, and the ethic of community service. They include writings by Peace Corps Volunteers and returned Peace Corps Volunteers, online narrated slide shows, monthly podcasts, a monthly educational electronic newsletter, and award-winning Destination videos. These resources may be found at http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws.


Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Rocket Works
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Blast into physics! As the engineer, you will go full throttle and experiment with the basic principles of flight and motion. Design, create, and launch your own paper rocket. Hey, it's just rocket science. Gym or other large space required. Sponsored by United Launch Alliance. Grant funds available.

Explore all teacher program options.

Elon Musk: The Real Like Tony Stark
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

With a bachelors degree in both Physics and Economics, Elon Musk went on to pursue his graduate degree in applied physics and material science at Stanford, but soon after dropped out to figure out issues he saw as “important problems that would most affect the future of humanity”. Even though he never finished getting his masters degree, Musk never gave up on his dream of making the world a better place. With the money he got from PayPal, Musk was able to invest into the two ventures he wanted to pursue the most: Tesla and SpaceX. One makes fuel efficient vehicles. The other transits people into outer space.

Like many other people, Musk has put his graduate degrees on hold. And like many other people, he’ll be able to easily pick up from where he started, especially with the advent of the internet. Even without finishing school, Elon Musk continues to learn – which is the main point of getting a graduate degree. Here’s a look at how Elon Musk’s dreams and passion has ignited a whole new interest in space exploration.

Created by: OnlineGraduatePrograms.com

4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

The leading scientists from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that brought us the memorable characters Oxy and Hydra in the Molecularium® Project’s Molecules to the Max! and Riding Snowflakes have just unveiled NanoSpace. This interactive, fun online environment is easily accessible for both the kids who play within it and the teachers who use the free educational curriculum in the classrooms.

More than 25 games and animations entice kids to learn more about atoms and molecules in NanoSpace. Visitors can try to beat the clock in “Periodic Memory Game” and click-and-drag atoms to construct molecules in “Build'em.” Answer multiple-choice questions in Who wants to be a Quidecillionaire?, and hope the answer is correct before you fall down to the bottom rung again. Five new animations feature the Molecularium computer “Mel” talking to his young friends about atoms and molecules, polymers, and even understanding DNA as "The Software of Life."

We are all committed to increasing science literacy in our youth. If you would take a minute or two to fill out this brief survey, our team would be very appreciative!

The Physics Source
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College

The Physics Source is a collection of resources for introductory college level physics courses. It includes curriculum, curriculum support material, reference material, and pedagogical and physics education research inspired content. The Source relies on you, the community of teachers, to expand and maintain its holdings.