Science

Science

  • Chem4Kids:  If you are looking for basic chemistry help and information, stay on this site. We have information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry. If you're not sure what to click, try our site map that lists all of the topics on the site. If you get lost in all of the information, use the search function at the top or bottom of each page.
  • Classroom of the Future:  This web site might be useful for students researching for a biome project or other science information - dinosaurs, earth, and other resources.
  • Cryobiology:  In this exemplary LCD module for eighth grade physical science, students will examine the pros and cons of the techniques used in cryobiology, as this science relies on a number of controversial and cutting edge technologies, and formulate an argument based on scientific facts using Template Task 2.
  • Discovery Kids shares videos, games, explorations, and weekly features.
  • Enchanted Learning:  Designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment. Some of the best areas include year-long activity calendars, graphic organizers, the alphabet, biomes, bats, weather, the water cycle, geology and rocks, levels of the atmosphere, and clouds.
  • Engineering Is Elementary:  Engineering Is Elementary supports educators and children with curricula and professional development that develop engineering literacy.  There are 20 units for Grades 1-5 and multiple resources through Grade 8.
  • Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards: This report is organized by chapters that correspond to the major elements that need to be considered when implementing the NGSS.  Chapter 2 addresses the principles and Chapters 3-8 cover instruction, professional learning for teachers, administrators, and district leaders; curriculum resources; assessment and accountability; collaboration, networks, and partnerships; and policy and communication.  Download free PDF.
  • HippoCampus:  The free, open-source HippoCampus website provides multimedia resources for high school and college students.  Explore lessons on topics ranging from DNA to the chemical and physical properties of solutions to kinetic theory and thermodynamics. HippoCampus includes presentations and videos in several subject areas, including biology, statistics, calculus, environmental science, physics, and algebra. The website also offers algebra and calculus lessons in Spanish.
  • Iowa Academy of Science:  The Iowa Academy of Science is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of the Academy is to further scientific research, science education, public understanding of science and to recognize excellence in these endeavors. The Academy accomplishes its mission through many programs and activities.
  • Iowa Science Standards Overview for Principals: Instructional leaders play a critical role in the Iowa Science Standards implementation process.  The purpose of this document from the Iowa Department of Education is to introduce principals to the Iowa Science Standards and to provide a general overview of the key instructional and conceptual shifts required by the Iowa Science Standards.
  • Kahn Academy The Kahn Academy offers videos for biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, healthcare and medicine, physics, cosmology and astronomy, and computer science.  YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy) offers the playlist.
  • Kids and Cranes:  Lessons and videos on sandhill cranes, including why study cranes, cranes on the move and the Platte River Basin.
  • Kids' Guide to Human Body Systems:  This site offers summaries and many pdfs of the various human body systems, including nervous, immune, muscular, digestive, respiratory, skeletal, endocrine, cardiovascular, and excretory.
  • LearningScience.org is a free and open learning community for sharing newer and emerging tools to teach science.
  • NASA Education The NASA web site is a resource for K-12 educators – providing teaching materials, career information, an education image gallery, Quick Links, and a calendar of events to support teachers and students.
  • National Research Council’s Guide to Implementing the Iowa Science Standards:  Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards provides guidance to district and school leaders and teachers charged with developing a plan and implementing the NGSS as they change their curriculum, instruction, professional learning, policies, and assessment to align with the new standards. For each of these elements, this report lays out recommendations for action around key issues and cautions about potential pitfalls. Coordinating changes in these aspects of the education system is challenging. As a foundation for that process, Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards identifies some overarching principles that should guide the planning and implementation process.
  • Next Generation Science Standards:  Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K-12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education.  The NGSS are based on the Framework for K-!2 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.l.
  • OLogy for Kids is a science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History.
  • 101 Science is a great resource for kids for multiple areas of science - everything from astronomy to ham radios to transistors.
  • Physics Classroom:  Hosted by Studyworks On-line, 1) Physics Tutorial, 2) Multimedia Physics Studio, and 3) Physics Help
  • Physics Zone:  Designed to be a resource for learning introductory level algebra-based physics.  Lessons and reviews organized by topic.
  • Science – Iowa Core These science strands of proficiency represent learning goals for students as well as a broad framework for curriculum design. They address the knowledge and reasoning skills that students must acquire to be proficient in science and, ultimately, able to participate in society as educated citizens.
  • Science Objects  Two-hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help you better understand the science content you teach. All free!
  • Science Spot is especially for teachers and students in the middle school.
  • Sprott's Physics Demos (University of Wisconsin):  Maintained by Dr. Julien Sprott and contains many useful demonstrations that could be used by Physics teachers.
  • STEM Resources  This Iowa ASCD web page provides multiple STEM resources. 

This page was updated on February 20, 2017.

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