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Science NetLinks
Provides a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators. A top choice.

More Recommended Lesson Plans

Discovery Education
Lesson plans written by teachers for teachers.
The Einstein Project
The Einstein Project is a nonprofit organization which promotes the advancement of K-8 hands-on science learning in Wisconsin. Over 40 unit plans for the K-8 science curriculum are provided, including recommended books and websites for each unit.
The Gateway to 21st Century Skills
"The Gateway has been serving teachers continuously since 1996 which makes it one of the oldest publically accessible U.S. repositories of education resources on the Web. The Gateway contains a variety of educational resource types from activities and lesson plans to online projects to assessment items." (from the website)
IDEAS
Search by keyword, subject, grade, or by Wisconsin Academic Standard or Common Core Standard. Though primarily intended for the Wisconsin state educator, it’s valuable for everyone. This database requires registration, which is free provided that you are a student or staff member at a UW Institution. To register go to this webpage: https://myqei.org/join.php
Lesson Plans 4 Teachers
Science lesson plans by category.
McRel Lesson Plans
Links to selected lesson plans and other resources.
NY Times Daily Lesson Plans
Hundreds of lesson plans for grades 6-12 based on articles that have appeared in the New York Times.
PBS Teachers
Rich resource for science lesson plans.
Science NetLinks
Provides a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators. A top choice.
Teachers TryScience
Hands-on lessons focused on environmental science, emphasizing a STEM approach.
Thinkfinity
Thousands of free lesson plans and educational resources. Also organized by state standards.
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Extensive unit plans developed by Yale University in collaboration with the New Haven Public Schools.

Other Science Resources

Cornell University: Science & Arts Gateway for Education
Links to lesson planning and learning resources.
Children’s Environmental Literature
Extensive 55 page bibliography produced by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Most of the books listed in this bibliography focus on Midwest ecosystems for children ages 4 - 12. Topics covered include animals, plants, urban ecosystems, forest ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, nature awareness, etc.
Digital Science Online
This resource includes videos, animations and images to teach middle school science.
Educational Hotlists at the Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute's Educational Hotlists are organized lists of resources on the Internet that science educators, as well as science enthusiasts, may find useful.
The Einstein Project
The Einstein Project is a nonprofit organization which promotes the advancement of K-8 hands-on science learning in Wisconsin. Over 40 unit plans for the K-8 science curriculum are provided, including recommended books and websites for each unit.
learningscience.org
"learningscience.org is an organization dedicated to sharing the newer and emerging "learning tools" of science education. Tools such as real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry based lessons, interactive web lessons, remote instrumentation, micro-worlds, and imaging, among others, can help make teaching science an exciting and engaging endeavor." (quote taken from the website)
NSDL: National Science Digital Library
"The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines—both formal and informal, institutional and individual, in local, state, national, and international educational settings." (from the website)
SB&F: Science Books & Films
"Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), SB&F is an online global critical review journal devoted exclusively to print and nonprint materials in all of the sciences for all age groups (K-college, teaching and general audience)." (quote from the website)
Science Education for Students with Disabilities
Resources and strategies for teaching science to students with disabilities.
Science is Fun in the Lab of Shakhashiri
This is an excellent resource to use when teaching chemistry. Experiments, science videos, recommended web sites, etc. Professor Shakhashiri teaches at the UW-Madison.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Social Studies (STEMSS)
This resource originates from the Murphy Library, Alice Hagar Curriculum Resources Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. "This page is designed to provide resources to PK-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, librarians, and others interested in STEMSS education." (quote taken from the website)
Sing About Science
Find songs for teaching and learning science and math.
Understanding Science: How Science Really Works
The goals of this resource "are to (1) improve teacher understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise, (2) provide resources and strategies that encourage and enable K-16 teachers to reinforce the nature of science throughout their science teaching, and (3) provide a clear and informative reference for students and the general public that accurately portrays the scientific endeavor." (quote taken from the website)

 

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