- American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History provides a free, easy-to-navigate online database of the museum’s extensive collection of scientific and cultural educational materials. This site is a collection of activities, articles, evidence and analysis and more, for educators, families, students and anyone interested in teaching or learning about science. There are currently 814 resources in the database.
- Biology Lesson
Michigan Reach Out! is a nonprofit organization that provides educational and career exploration opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. As part of their mission they have created several scientific activities for classrooms in early elementary through high school subjects.
- Discover Life
Discover Life helps you to identify things, share ways to teach and study nature’s wonders, use maps, report your findings, and contribute to and learn from the Web’s growing encyclopedia of life. Other added bonus features are:
- IDnature guides – Includes a database with interactive keys that would be great to work through with students! They are easy and there are lots of photos.
- Global Mapper – powered by topozone.com, you can find your school with the mapper and would be a great tool for talking about mapping, understanding place, longitude/latitude, watersheds, etc..
- Evolution and the Nature of Science (ENSI)
Lesson ideas related to evolution, genetics, and the process of science. This is a collection of classroom lessons to help high school biology teachers more effectively teach basic concepts in the areas of evolution and the nature of science. They were developed and tested during nine years of summer institutes by biology teachers from across the nation.
- Access Excellence
Contains activities and articles about critical thinking and helping students develop good experimental skills/activities.
- MadSci Network
A good all-around website for answering science-related questions!
- Cells Alive
This page (within a large website covering many topics in cell biology/life science) has a cool interactive demo of the size relationships between a pin-head, a human hair, cells, and even down to viruses.
- Oracle ThinkQuest
This is a really big site list featuring sites made by kids/classrooms about all kinds of topics. Some of them are really great! Check it out!
- Understanding Evolution
A comprehensive website on evolution developed especially for teachers to provide content and resources for teachers at all grade levels. Contains a searchable database of reviewed lessons that are aligned to specific concepts, plus strategies for teachers facing resistance or potential “roadblocks” to their teaching.
- Pathfinder Science’s Lichen Mapping Project
For several years, the Pathfinder Science community has been creating a lichen coverage map of North America. Research indicates that lichens (and the tardigrades living on them) can be used to assess atmospheric levels of sulfur dioxide, SO2. This project has been used in several teacher preparation programs to give undergraduate students a simple example of engaging students in scientific inquiry. The data needed to create this base map of coverage is easy to collect and each winter the Pathfinder community does a lichen survey.
- PBS Evolution Series
This is the web companion to the PBS evolution series. We have that series video cassettes in the GK-12/SEPAL Resource Center. Resources in this web site include an online course for teachers and online lessons for students.
- National Science Education Standards
This online version of the National Science Education Standards (by The National Academies Press) is available in a downloadable & printer-friendly PDF.
Supported by the NSF, Bioliteracy’s goal is to generate, test, and distribute the tools to determine whether students are learning what teachers think they are teaching. They state,”we assume that accurate and timely assessment of student knowledge will pressure the educational world toward more effective teaching.”
- Density & Buoyancy Lesson
The following is a link to a website with curriculum on density and buoyancy for 8th grade physical science. Participants in the GK-12 program have reported this site to be quite useful!
- Games for the Science Curriculum
This Sourcebook for Teaching Science Internet Resource is filled with ideas and templates to reinforce science learning through games.
- Biochem For Schools
Links to lots of web resources to help teachers and pupils. With resources categorized according to topic, curriculum and age (as well as being searchable) this provides a useful site for those wishing to find out more about a wide range of biochemical concepts.
- History of Science and Technology: Timeline
This site is a chronological summary of inventions and scientific theories & discoveries. The site lists a chronology of significant events in the history of science and technology from 2725 B.C. to 1997.
- National Inventors Hall of Fame
You can search the hall of fame inductee library, or browse information by inventor, invention, induction date, and by decade.
- The Evolution of the Wrist
Article about Tiktaalik and how the evolution of the wrist has really made a difference in the animal kingdom