Resources

These are some of the my most widely used resources when teaching my Science classes.

1.) BillNye.com is a valuable website containing information and episode guides for every episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy (Bill! Bill! Bill!) and Bill Nye Saves the World. While it does not have videos for the actual episodes (which can easily be found on TeacherTube or YouTube) every episode guide gives a summary of the information found in the episode as well as the Big Ideas and “Did You Know That” facts. There are also how-to videos for at home experiments.

2.) AquariumOfPacific.org is the website of one of my favorite field trip locations for my Earth and Space Science classes. The site contains past lectures held at the aquarium, information and webcams about the exhibits and animals, as well as daily news articles that can be used as conversation starters and class warm-ups.

3.) Brainpop.com has a whole host of animated videos on a myriad of topics, including Science, Social Studies, Math, Art and Music, and Engineering and Tech. While geared more towards younger grades, there are still many videos which can provide a lead-in to the topic you are teaching.

4.) Discovery.com has access to the massive video library of shows found on Discovery, Animal Planet, and Sci GO. It also posts daily Science and Social Studies news articles that can be used for daily warm-ups or discussion starters.

5.) Exploratorium.edu has a massive database of videos and articles on a wide range of topics, as well as demonstrations and science experiments available free to the public. If you ever find yourself up in San Francisco, I would highly recommend visiting the museum.

6.) Edheads.org is a state and national standard driven repository for Science and Math games and activities, which vary in topic from Simple Machines to Knee Replacement Surgery.

7.) HowStuffWorks.com contains daily and archived articles on a myriad of topics from Health, and Home and Garden, to Science and Tech. It also includes Podcasts, Quizzes, and reviews for many of the topics on the website.

8.) Nasa.gov is really the one website a teacher needs for resources when teaching Space and Space Exploration. It has videos, articles, and STEM projects on everything you could possibly want to know about our universe.

9.) The National Science Foundation contains an archive of videos and lesson plans for teachers and at-home activities for a wide range of topics.

10.) The NOAA website contains articles, data sheets and charts on anything you could possibly want to know about the oceans, the atmosphere, weather and climate. This is a perfect website for research projects and data driven labs.

11.) ScienceNewsforStudents.org is an online publication “dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents, and educators.” They have a wide variety of current and topical science news articles, perfect for class warm-ups, research papers, and discussion starters.

12.) The Environmental Literacy and Inquiry website contains national standard driven lesson plans for Inquiry-Based Investigations that solve real-world questions, and involve gathering and analyzing data. The main topics covered by this website are Energy, Plate Tectonics, Climate Change, and Land Use Change.