Clear into the Classroom, part of the DuPont Clear into the Future® Initiative, is an educational outreach program for teachers, students, and parents to learn more about both national and global habitats that we can all work to protect. Clear into the Classroom promotes hands-on science through engaging educational materials including lesson plans, readings, games, and activities. These materials are designed to nurture environmental stewardship in children as young as kindergarten.
This site offers fascinating hands-on science projects in a variety of subjects that is suitable for elementary and middle school kids.
Into the Outdoors is an educational website that offers free science videos and companion lesson activities for expanded learning in classrooms. It is an online version of the television series. Teachers can select a category and find a lesson guide for multiple levels. The goal is to inspire the next generation to think for themselves about nature, the environment, and their role as future stewards of their world.
Junior Duck Stamp
Connecting Children with Nature Through Science and Art
The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts and science curriculum designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in K-12. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students to visually communicate what they have learned by creating an entry to the state’s Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Curriculum for students, educators, home school and non-formal groups is designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math and technology. Curriculum & registration information may be downloaded at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.
The National Academy of Engineering has launched LinkEngineering, a new website to support implementation of preK–12 engineering education in the United States. LinkEngineering aims to provide high-quality resources and build a professional community for three groups: educators working in preK–12 classrooms and out of school settings; those engaged in preservice teacher education and professional development; and school, district, and state administrators.
The National Energy Education Development Program is a non for profit organization which is a great resource for K- 12 educators. The NEED Project’s mission is to promote an energy conscious and educated society. NEED is the nation’s leading provider of energy education programs and materials to schools. All NEED learning activities are correlated to state education standards.
The Office of STEM is excited to announce that four NGSS videos are now available online through the Teaching Channel. Achieve and Teaching Channel collaborated to produce videos that present an overview of key innovations in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a deeper dive into each of the NGSS' three dimensions. The videos are intended to help educators and community members become familiar with the three dimensions of the NGSS and how they will benefit students. For more information, check out this blog post written by NGSS Writing Team Leader Brett Moulding.
The four video topics are:
Next Generation Science Standards: A Vision for K-12 Science Education
Science and Engineering Practices
Disciplinary Core Ideas
The North American Conservation Education Strategy (CE Strategy)
An array of tools developed by state fish and wildlife agencies support conservation educators who offer fish & wildlife based programs that guide students in grades K-12 on their way to becoming involved, responsible, conservation minded citizens. The CE Strategy delivers unified, research-based Core Concepts and messages about fish and wildlife conservation, translated into K-12 academic standards to shape students’ environmental literacy, stewardship and outdoor skills. Resources included in the tool kit include: landscape investigation, schoolyard biodiversity, field investigation, fostering outdoor observation skills, applying systems thinking, and much more. Download resources at www.fishwildlife.org (focus area, conservation education) or www.masswildlife.org.
The NSTA offers short courses, forums, and a lot more to members on NGSS.
This site offers access to thousands of digital resources including video, audio, documents, lesson plans and much more! The content is aligned to national and state standards. You can save, download, and share resources and discover local content. The site also includes access to storyboard, quiz maker, and lesson builder tools. Participants can also take advantage of exclusive events, sweepstakes, and giveaways. Resources are available for K-12.
Hear from two highly-skilled Massachusetts educators who have tips for working the Engineering Design Process into your science instruction, and we'll review student-tested, hands-on activities and digital media resources that support the design process and the new Massachusetts science standards.
This webinar is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Science Teachers Association (MAST), WGBH Education, and PBS LearningMedia™. Led by educators Kristen MacDonald, Northborough, and David Kujawski, East Walpole.Peep and the Big Wide World - New Bilingual Website and STEM Curriculum
This site has curriculum resources about energy and other topics. It includes classroom activities, background materials, science fair project information, and extensions.
Project WILD and Aquatic WILD
A wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. From the tiny minnow to the majestic grizzly, wildlife and humans are integrally connected. Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment. This results in the making of informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment. Linking K-12 students to aquatic wildlife & habitats through Aquatic WILD. Water in all its forms is one of the most dramatic of today’s arenas in which informed, responsible, and constructive actions are needed. The emphasis of Aquatic WILD is on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology with activities that cover issues in urban water quality, water as a shared resource, the accessibility of water as a habitat component, and field investigation. What’s new to the 2013 edition of Aquatic WILD? Field investigation activities, In Step with STEM activity extensions, ‘Working for Wildlife’, Wild Work Careers, Fish Conservation and Angling, and new reference information.www.projectwild.org
Retirees Enhancing Science Education through Experiments and Demonstrations
Since 1991 the RE-SEED program at Northeastern University has trained over 750 retired scientists and engineers in fourteen states to assist K-12 science teachers in the classroom. Today there are over sixty volunteers assisting science teachers in the greater Boston area. After taking part in a comprehensive training program, participants are asked to assist in science classrooms one day a week for one school year (there is no obligation to continue and volunteers may select their assignment). Most volunteers serve over three years (the retention rate is seventy percent), and are very satisfied with the experience (see survey results for details). Click here for more information about becoming a volunteer or having volunteers come to your school.
Catch the Science Bug Traveling Programs, has been teaching science programs to students in New England for seven years. Four awards have been received for this work. The non-profit foundation was created to produce Catch the Science Bug television series enabling us to reach a larger audience and be a valuable resource for children, parents, and educators. The intent of the television series is to get children, especially girls and minorities, excited about science, give an understanding of the variety of scientists and their work, and to spark the self-revelation that through an understanding of science, they too could make valuable contributions to society whether it be discovering a cure for cancer or installing a low-flow shower head.
This is a resource page supported by NSTA. You can search by topic or textbook to find many lessons, labs, activities, and other resources. The search locates resources for teachers to use and for students.
Bringing the message of environmental responsibility to children can be a difficult task. The information must be passed on in a way that is both engaging and easy to understand. And for teachers there the additional hurdles of curriculum requirements, time, and expense. Fortunately, there are several organizations out there to help.
The U.S. Forest Service has recently produced a short DVD titled A Day in the Forest with Smokey Bear which teaches kids the importance of fire safety and what they can do to become a Junior Forest Ranger. And the best part? This DVD is absolutely FREE if you order fewer than 100. Larger orders than that require a small shipping charge. This DVD is geared toward 1st and 2nd graders, but the downloadable resources included on the DVD cover K-12.
Through my Window is a free engineering curriculum for grades 4-8 developed by Smith College and Springfield Technical Community College and funded by the National Science Foundation. Through My Window integrates STEM and literacy and consists of three flexible components:
We are accepting applications from formal and informal programs interested in implementing this spring, summer or fall. Programs selected through this process will receive a $500 stipend in addition to free educator support, including free customized lesson plans and professional development offerings as they implement. Application is quick and easy at goo.gl/forms/LcFmambLBHpk8Lmi2.
- young adult STEM mystery novel Talk to Me
- interactive online learning adventures (modules) about engineering topics
- teachers’ curriculum guide