Science Education Resources and Links


AIMS: Activties Integrating Math and Science
Sample Science lessons

NSTA: National Science Teachers Association

NSTA: Resources for the elementary science teacher

Science and Children
NSTA’s peer-reviewed journal for elementary teachers. Teacher friendly and peer reviewed. At least one free article available each month for download.

Example article: Boggling about the weather


Science Resources by Topic
Earth Day
This is a great web site about lessening our impact on the earth that is very student friendly. On this site it is broken up into categories for air, water and land as well as a place about animals (creatures.) The articles or pages with this web site are all written in ways that students can understand and has projects for students to be able to do on their own to partake in helping the earth. There are several schools and examples of projects that students have done shown on this site to give students ideas in ways that they can be proactive in their own communities or schools. On this site there is music, worksheets, movies, etc. which all serve as great resources for future teachers (Submitted by Michelle Modeen and Kristin Brown, spring 2010).
Literature Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12
The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were selected by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). NSTA and CBC have cooperated on this bibliographic project since 1973.

From 1973 through 2001, when the list was known as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, the books selected were primarily targeted at grades K through 8. Beginning in 2002, the list has been expanded to include high school as well.

Matter Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
This was a great source for our lesson because we were able to integrate reading into our science lesson through this text. After we read the book, we made oobleck with the class. The students absolutely loved this lesson, and they enjoyed reading the book and making a connection to the experiment. Part of this lesson came from AIMS ( This is another great resource for finding great lesson ideas in math and science. (Submitted by Sara Schroeder and Emily Takekawa, Spring 2010)
Pacific Gyre
This PBS video talks about the North Pacific Gyre and is a great video to show students on Earth Day or when talking about recycling and the damage that occurs in the ocean from trash. This shows a man walking along the beach picking up all kinds of interesting and disturbing trash. He talks about the birds and how it affects them. This video also shows a map of the Pacific Ocean and the Hawaiian Islands. This is where the North Pacific Gyre is located. It’s a great video for perspective and meaningful discussion (Submitted by Liz Scipioni and Anna Finley, spring 2010).
This is the PBS website that we used to find this lesson plan with the video in it. It has pre-viewing questions and post-viewing questions that are excellent tools for learning. It provides for very meaningful discussion. This lesson also helps the students understand what happens in other parts of the world from people who are not recycling here. There is a world greater than themselves or their town and this lesson plan helps to deliver that message. There are also some activities listed that can be done after the short video clip if time permits. (Submitted by Liz Scipioni and Anna Finley, spring 2010).

Plants Plant Mobile
Plant Life Cycle flashcard backline: For one of our science lessons, we taught about the plant life cycle. To help our students understand that the plant life cycle was one continuous cycle, we had them create plant mobiles. We first gave them plant life cycle flashcards and had them color them and put them in the right order. Once they completed that, we had students tape each card onto a piece of string that was connected to a paper plate and instructed them to put the cards in the right order. The students really seemed to grasp the idea of this project and also seemed to enjoy the project as well (Submitted by Holly Bohlen & Molly Mathiowetx, spring 2010).
This website is amazing! It is a great interactive website for kids! It allows kids to learn about all the different parts of recycling by entering various portals of the website. There are also games and interactive activities for the students to play in order to apply the skills and the knowledge they have gained from the website. The site also covers compost which is a great connection to recycling and lessening our impact on the earth. He site is not only a beneficial resource, but it provides students or teachers with other related and useful links. The site acknowledges other resources that may be beneficial if learning about making a positive impact on the environment, specifically recycling (Submitted by Michelle Modeen and Kristin Brown, spring 2010).
Safety in Science NSTA Safety in the Science Classroom (pdf)
Smart Board Source:
This was a very good source for our lesson on the three states of matter. It explained what is meant by each of the three states and provided hands-on activities to help clarify the properties of matter. Our students really enjoyed using this in our classroom and it helped to get the main points of the lesson across without having to teach out of the textbook (Submitted by Sara Schroeder and Emily Takekawa, Spring 2010).
Water Cycle
This website has a long list of different water cycle lesson plan ideas. They are submitted by different teachers and apply to a number of grade levels. The teachers also mention adaptations and how their class responded to the activities. If you just go to you can search for a number of different lesson topics! (Submitted by Betsy Nigro and Kristine Carr, Spring 2010).
Wildlife Habitats
This is a video that we used during our language arts/science integrated lesson about certified wildlife habitats. We were discussing with our students which elements need to be present for a backyard to become a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. This video clip is of a man’s backyard, which is a certified wildlife habitat. He takes the viewer on a tour of his backyard pointing out specific elements that meet the National Wildlife Federation’s criteria. This was a great visual for students and helped them generate ideas from a real world scenario. Students were able to actually see what kind of things we were expecting them to include and they were able to begin visualizing how they could incorporate these elements into their own backyard drawings. Lastly, it led them to think about how they would be assessed based on their drawings and the elements that they included in their backyards (Submitted by Liz Scipioni and Anna Finley, spring 2010). .