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How to Teach Science Resources

Teaching science isn’t easy but it is very fun and rewarding. The links below will help you become a better teacher by offering everything from tips on how to setup a science notebook to lesson plans.

Science Notebooks

Every good scientist keeps a notebook of experiments so they can keep track of their learning. This link provides a great ‘how-to’. This is a good place to start. Get your young scientist a notebook of any kind (even a stack of paper will do) and get it ready before you start any science experiments.

Using the 5 E’s for Teaching Science

Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate
NASA 5 E Teaching Models
5 E Model Summary
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 5 E Model

Science Website Links

www.sciencebob.com (easy experiments, kid friendly, most sciences)
  • A series of well explained science experiments ranging from simple to a bi t more complex. This site also has some other things to explore such as a scientist Q&A, research help, and more.
www.inquiryinaction.org (middle school, chemistry)
  • Middle school level chemistry experiments. Very well fleshed out lessons.
www.sciencebuddies.org (longer experiments, higher age level, helpful advice)
  • Very well put together website that focuses on longer science projects for kids that are a bit older (4th or 5th grade and up). It offers guides, lesson plans, advice for teachers and parents, etc.
www.discoverykids.com (kid friendly, all sciences, interactive games, videos, store)
  • The Discovery Channel’s kids’ site. Excellent videos, games, links with a broad science focus.
www.educade.com (science for all ages, not kid friendly, free registration required, some purchases required)
  • This site features science lessons, activities and simulations for ages k-12. It requires a free registration so you can actually see most of the content. However, there are some lessons/software that you must purchase in order to use. It offers a good deal of information but is contained within a cluttered website design. Sign-up only takes a minute.
www.howtoons.com (kid friendly, upper level ages required, instructions sometimes not clear)
  • This is an interesting site that presents experiments and projects in a comic book format. Instructions are clear enough to follow though they sometimes lack detailed instructions.
www.cainesarcade.com (videos, ideas for cardboard projects)
  • Inspiring story about a young student that created an arcade out of cardboard. It includes information on the “Cardboard Challenge” that encourages kids to construct and engineer their ideas out of cardboard.
www.eia.gov/kids (kid friendly, energy focus)
  • This is a site dedicated to exploring energy with kids as its focus.
www.sciencenetlinks.com (not kid friendly, all subjects, all ages)
  • Very comprehensive site with all subjects and ages of science to be found. Large database of lesson plans. The site is not kid friendly.
www.agclassroom.org (not kid friendly, good alternate links, something for all ages)
  • A diverse website with links that cater to all ages. The focus is on agriculture. The website is not the most user-friendly.
www.stevespanglerscience.com (kid friendly, store, something for all ages)
  • Steve is a dynamic personality that exhibits a passion for learning science. His website is full of links to experiments that range from very simple to complex. He also offers science supplies for sale in his shop.
www.prekinders.com/science-page (pre-k ages, good links)
  • This site offers a good deal of ideas for even the youngest scientists. There are multiple links available.

Engineering Website Links

www.partsgeek.com/mmparts/physics_for_kids_simple_machines_in_automobiles.html
  • This website provides an excellent list of websites dedicated to experiments based around simple machines. A big thank you to Alyssa for discovering this site! Stay curious Alyssa!
www.tryengineering.org (not kid friendly, older student focus, downloadable pdf files)
  • This website is mostly specialized for older students though it includes some options for younger students as well. It includes links to lesson plans; good engineering programs at colleges and universities; games and teacher resources.
www.pbskids.org/designsquad (kid friendly, highly recommended, great lesson plans)
  • This is a great website for kids to navigate and explore. They offer detailed lesson plans that are easy to follow and are sometimes accompanied for a video relating to that project or lesson. This website is highly recommended for its ease of use and content.
www.teachengineering.com (not kid friendly, excellent lesson resource)
  • This is a teacher friendly website that offers a huge range of engineering projects. It is definitely not kid friendly in its layout and style but is easily navigated by teachers and parents.
www.makezine.com (somewhat kid friendly, great ideas, project instructions)
  • Have you heard of maker spaces? Maker fairs? The resurgence of STEM education has led to a wave of interest in constructing and engineering your own custom projects. Makezine is a source of information for anybody interested in just tinkering with things, taking things apart or building things from scraps!
phet.colorado.edu (older student friendly, interactive physics simulations)
  • Interactive website that provides students with a chance to play physics based games and simulations. This could potentially eliminate the need to purchase expensive materials.