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Science Education Resources


Digital Library for Earth System Education
The National Science Foundation supports the DLESE website that includes lists of electronic resources for teachers and students. The resources can be found by subject, grade level or specific science concept.
Grades: K - 12
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) unites life science educators from around the world to share knowledge and experiences, and to promote professional growth "to provide the best possible biology and life science education for all students."
Grades: K - 12
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
The National Science Teachers Association strives to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. The Association publishes educational books, a newspaper, and a professional journal for each level of science teaching.
Grades: K - 12
Next Generation Science Standards
Released in Spring 2013 the Next Generation Science Standards were developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve. NJ participated in the development of these standards. These standards were adopted by New Jersey in July 2014.
Grades: K - 12

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Exploring the Environment
A selected list of resources about environmental issues for K-8 teachers. All materials are available in the Cheng Library's Curriculum Materials Center.
Grades: PreK - 8
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
A cooperative effort between the National Science teachers Association (NSTA) and Children's Book Council (CBC), this annotated list describes outstanding science books for kindergarten through twelfth grade published in the last year.
Grades: K - 12
Science Books and Film (SB&F)
Originally a print publication Science Books and Film is now in online format only. Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), SB&F's expert reviewers critique books, DVD's, websites and other science resources for Kindergarten through college. Special features include the Annual AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes, and the Best Books list. Free registration is required to access some parts of the website, while other areas require purchase of a subscription.
Grades: K - 12
Science Resources
Textbooks and resources for teaching science from PreK through high school selected from the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 12
Teaching Science through Children's Literature
A selected list of children’s books for Grades PreK-3 that can be used to teach topics in the areas of life science, earth science and physical science. All books are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 3

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Digital Library for Earth System Education
The National Science Foundation supports the DLESE website that includes lists of electronic resources for teachers and students. The resources can be found by subject, grade level or specific science concept.
Grades: K - 12
Eek! Environmental Education for Kids
EEK! is created by the Wisconsin Green Schools Network and features all different aspects from the great outdoors. In the "Critter Corner",you can read about all different animals, bugs, fish and reptiles. Under "Our Earth" section, this area focuses on the environment and ways to help our planet. Most important is the "Teacher Pages" section with lesson plans that incorporate Science, Math, Social Studies and English.
Grades: 1 - 8
Environmental Kids club
This website offers something for both teachers and students. Under the "games" section, students can play interactive games, word searches and crossword puzzles on all different environmental topics. The teachers section has lesson plan ideas, school project ideas, and free printable materials.
Grades: 2 - 8
Environmental Literacy Council
A virtual library of information about a variety of environmental topics. The teacher section includes lesson plans and labs, as well as reviews of teaching resources. The student portion includes background information, additional resources and links to web resources and Ask an Expert websites.
Grades: 6 - 12
Exploratorium: Explore, Play, Discover
The Exploratorium is science museum in San Francisco. In the Explore section of this website you can: Browse by Topic, or Browse by Type for different hands-on activities for kids. In the Education section Tools for Teaching and Learning discusses many of the resources available from the website, including podcasts, videos, and links to other websites.
Grades: 4 - 10
An interactive game that asks, "Where should my waste go?" The website includes lesson plans and handouts. Developed by NatureBridge, and environmental science education group that is a partner of the National Park Service.
Grades: K - 8
GLOBE Program
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a hands-on, inquiry-based science program. Many resources are provided to help teachers participate in the many GLOBE data collection projects. The website can be translated to French, Spanish, German and Russian.
Grades: K - 12
K12 Science: A Portal to SERC's Resources
The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) @ Carleton College has organized this extensive collection of lessons, activities, lab investigations, projects and field trips on a wide range of topics. Searchable by type of type of activity, subject and grade level.
Grades: K - 12
A project sponsored by the Center for Educational Outreach at the Baylor College of Medicine, K8 Science includes curriculum units in Life Science, Physical Science and Earth/Space Science. Within each unit are resources such as videos, slide sets and lesson plans.
Grades: K - 8
A collaborative project of the Central Bucks School District and The College of Education at Temple University, identifies "learning tools" for science education. Organized by the National Science Education Standards (1996)this website highlights the best free, web based tools including real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry based lessons, interactive web lessons, and others.
Grades: K - 12
McRel Lesson Plans
This selection of lesson plans is divided by broad academic subjects, then by topic. While most were created by McRel staff, some are selected from other online resources. McRel (Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning) is a private, nonprofit corporation that translates the best of education research into practice.
Grades: K - 12
National Geographic Education
Covering a variety of subject areas National Geographic Education tries to inspire the spirit of adventure. Videos, games, lesson plans, unit plans and other learning activities are searchable by grade level and subject area.
Grades: K - 12
National Science Digital Library
An extensive collection of links to websites and other online educational resources for teaching and learning. Searchable by topic, educational level, resource type and subject area. Entries include link, description, grade level and identify standards. The focus is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Most resources are free.
Grades: PreK - 12
National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
Developed by the National Science Foundation the NSDL includes digital resources and collections such as the Math Common Core Collection, Science Literacy Collections, Science Refreshers and Bilingual Resources. The collections include digital learning objects, podcasts, lesson plans, and other teaching activities.
Grades: K - 12
New Jersey Agricultural Society
The mission of the New Jersey Agricultural Society is "to preserve and enhance agriculture, farming and related activities and businesses in New Jersey through educational, informational, and promotional programs." The Learning Through Gardening link provides lesson plan and teaching activities about agriculture, weather and other science topics.
Grades: 2 - 6
Ology-Climate change
This site created by the American Museum of Natural History is both educational and entertaining. There are several interactive games, stories and hands-on activities that explain different aspects of climate change. The " for educator" link at the bottom opens another screen where a teacher can find dozens of OLogy articles and paired with vocabulary lessons and formative assessments. These units cover Earth, life, and physical science content and are available for elementary through high school students.
Grades: 3 - 12
PBS Teachers: EcoInvestigators
Using the principles of both inquiry-based science and CmPS (Community Problem Solving) instruction this website includes lesson plans focusing on four environments: air, land, freshwater and saltwater. Included are handouts, rubrics, links to other websites and other resources.
Grades: 3 - 5
Physclips: A multi level, multi-media resource
Developed by UNSW (University of New South Wales) this website includes videoclips and animations to illustrate the physics concepts of momentum, sound and waves and light, as well as electricity and magnetism and thermal physics. Supporting materials are also available.
Grades: 9 - 12
PhysicsCentral: Learn How Your World Works
Divided into three sections, Explore the Science, Ask and Experiment, and Physics Buzz, this website sponsored by the American Physical Society answers questions about how things work. It includes information about the latest research, activity books, Ask-A-Physicist, experiments and competitions for students.
Grades: 6 - 12
Schools Science Clips
Organized by age levels these interactive activities teach a variety of science topics. The Resources for Teachers includes lesson plans, worksheets and activities. Sponsored by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).
Grades: K - 5
Science Buddies
Over 1000 science project ideas can be found in this collection. Students can use the Topic Selection Wizard to identify interests and get project recommendations. The Teachers section gives resources and suggests activities to support science learning. Ask An Expert gets students and teachers in touch with experts in many science fields.
Grades: K - 12
Science Explorations
Through this Scholastic webaite students can explore six different science areas: Science Web Quests, Classify Insects, Journey into Space, Soar with Bats, Uncover Lizards and Snakes, Investigate the Giant Squid and Animals, Adaptation and the Galapagos Islands. Most topics begin with a video clip, followed by suggested activities. Each section has a Teacher's Guide.
Grades: K - 8
Science NetLinks
A project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this website includes lesson plans and online learning tools (searchable by grade level and branch of science), collections of resources relating to a single topic, and updates of science news.
Grades: K - 12
SEED: Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development
SEED is a nonprofit education program supported by Schlumberger Limited. Experts and volunteers work with students aged 10-18 in hands-on learning activities in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The Teachers section includes activities, articles and other resources. This website is available in multiple languages.
Grades: 4 - 12
This wiki includes STEM program ideas from children's librarians. Organized by age levels, most pages are divided by "events" and "passive programming."
Grades: PreK - 5
Sing about Science and Math
Greg Crowther of the University of Washington created this searchable database of 7000 songs that can be incorporated into math and science lessons. The database links you to videos, lyrics and sources to purchase recordings.
Grades: PreK - 12
Smithsonian Education
Created by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies this website provides lesson plans and other resources from the Smithsonian Institute. Searchable by keyword, grade level, subject area or standards, the resources range from activity sheets, photos, videos and across all subject areas.
Grades: PreK - 12
Smithsonian Learning Lab
There are over a million resources available in the Learning Lab representing the Smithsonian's 19 museums, 9 research center and the National Zoo. Educators can use the content and collections for free.
Grades: 3 - 12
Understanding Science
Developed for pre-service teachers of science, K-16, this website explores the scientific process. The Resource Database is searchable by grade level, topic,etc. Correcting Misconceptions corrects common misconceptions. This free resource was produced by the UC Museum of Paleontology of the University of California at Berkeley, and funded by the National Science Foundation.
Grades: K - 12
Waste in Place
This website created by Keep America Beautiful is a resource for educators to help their students learn about about litter prevention, beautification and community greening, recycling, and managing solid waste. Each activity comes with fact sheet, the lesson and parent resources. A detailed glossary is also included.
Grades: K - 6
Weather Wiz Kids
This site is designed and maintained by Meteorologist Crystal Wicker of WRTV in Indianapolis. It offers lesson plans and simple experiments on all aspects of the weather. Under the Kid Zone area, you will find links to weather jokes, folklore stories, games and questions that help students absorb all kinds of weather information.
Grades: 3 - 6
Web Weather for Kids
This site is sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Students learn information and answer questions related to climate, weather,sun/space and atmosphere. The learning zone provides games, simulations, videos and images. Under classroom activities, teachers can find lesson plans, teaching boxes, and experiments that coordinate with these topics.
Grades: 7 - 12
Sponsored by MindFuel (a charitable organization) this Canadian website features videos, interactive games, comics and science experiments to teach science. Divided into broad categories: Living Things, How Things Work, and Our World, activities can be search by topic and grade level.
Grades: 2 - 9
Based on the PBS program, ZOOM, this website includes a variety of science activities for elementary students. Organized by broad subject areas, e.g. chemistry, my five senses, etc. Each entry lists materials needed, instructions and feedback from students who have tried the activity. Includes games and printables.
Grades: 2 - 6

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New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards--Science
In 2014 New Jersey adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the science standards to be followed in the state. Each NGSS standard focuses on content, practice and cross-cutting concepts.
Grades: K - 12

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Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
TIMSS is a test administered every four years to students in grades 4 and 8 throughout the world. It provides comparative data on the mathematics and science achievement for students in more than 60 countries. This website includes examples of questions. The TIMSS International Data Explorer (IDE) enables users to create their own tables and charts. The next TIMSS data collection is in 2015.
Grades: 4 - 12

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Other Resources

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Benchmarks for Science Literacy were developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)and were used to draft the National Science Education Standards. They identify what all student should know and do in science, mathematics, and technology. The Benchmarks Online can be search by chapter or keyword.
Grades: K - 12
EurekAlert!: Science Reporting for Kids
This kid-friendly science news website is sponsored by the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). The website links to news from various science reports, e.g. NASA, universities, etc. Some games, links to other web resources, and videos are also available.
Grades: 6 - 12
Liberty Science Center
Science exhibits and ideas for interesting science connections to the real world. Includes interactive programs, laboratory workshops, electronic field trips and many other experiences.
Grades: PreK - 12
Science Education Resources for Kids, Parents and Teachers (from
Directory of online science education resources drawn from a wide range of U.S. government web sites and maintained by the specialty search engine.
Grades: K - 12
Scientific American
The website of the oldest continuosly published science magazine includes science news, videos and podcasts and other resources. The Education section provides "Science at Home" designed for 6 to 12 year olds, Citizen Science that asks for volunteers for research projects, resources to connect teachers to scientists and other tools for teaching.
Grades: 1 - 12

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