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Next Generation Science Standards

Michigan Department of Education Science Resources 

AAAS Science Net Links Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education
resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
At Science NetLinks, you'll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on
activities, and all of it is free! Science NetLinks provides K-12 teachers, students, 
and families with quality resources for teaching and learning science.

All of the resources are Internet based and free to everyone. Lessons and activities 
can be printed or used online. Many of the interactives, esheets, and tools work
great on an interactive white board or in a computer lab. All of the resources are designed to be delivered in a variety of formats and classroom settings.

American Association of Physics Teachers There are many resources available to help teachers of physics, astronomy, and physical science. A few are listed here, and we always welcome suggestions for new items to add to the list. This site also offers a list of international physics education websites and misc. items.

Discovery Education Science Resources (Food items) In January 2006, every U.S. high school science department received The Science and Scientists Behind the Food, a multimedia resource kit designed to assist science teachers in incorporating food science into existing curriculum. The kit offers students an opportunity to see real-world applications of their laboratory skills. All manuals and guides provided here are in PDF format and may take up to several minutes to download.

Discovery Science Center  Develop and enhance your teaching methods and techniques through our Professional Development Programs. Discovery Science Center offers free workshops for teachers, free educational events and great lesson plans through our Teacher Education Network.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse has some of the best selections of K-12 mathematics and science resources on the Internet. With its goal of promoting reform and encouraging excellence, the site is divided into three main sections: action, ideas, and search. The action section has lessons and activities, articles on innovative teachers, and links to a dozen outstanding math and science Internet sites for teachers and students, updated monthly. In the ideas section there are topics on educational reform, a comprehensive list of math and science programs, and articles, journals, and Internet links on education. The search area has a filter for grade level that makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for on the Internet. This site is a wealth of information for any math or science teacher in grades K-12.

EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Find an array of environmental and science based lesson plans on this site. 

Exploratorium Ten Cool Sites is a collection of cool, interactive sites from the Web, hand-picked by the Exploratorium. Any site included in the Ten Cool section should have a "yes" answer to at least five of these questions. Does the site:
  •   Have a content focus on a science subject?
  •   Provide educational information or materials?
  •   Display new or provocative use of web technology?
  •   Cover historical or current events that relate to science, art, technology, or culture?
  •   Encourage thought and discussion about science, art, culture, technology, or current events?
  •   Remain free of commercialism (no pop-ups, few if any ads, no excessive personal info gathering or product   promotion)?
  •   Draw you into the subject matter in an unusual way?
  •   Give visitors access to interesting information or data in a comprehensible way?
  •   Provide an unusually compelling interface and/or graphic design?
  •   Allow visitors to interact or contribute to each other's efforts?

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence FREE makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly. Here is a list of teacher resources, complied by Christy Pratt, that can easily be modified and incorporated into the earth science classroom. (Bilingual Resource) is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of Hippo Campus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. Hippo Campus was designed as part of Open Education Resources (OER), a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education for everyone. Hippo Campus content has been developed by some of the finest colleges and universities in the world and contributed to the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), another MITE project. NROC makes editorial and engineering investment in the content to prepare it for distribution by Hippo Campus. Both Hippo Campus and NROC are supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Jefferson Lab Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) is one of 17 national laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The lab also receives support from the City of Newport News and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The lab's primary mission is to conduct basic research of the atom's nucleus using the lab's unique particle accelerator, known as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). Jefferson Lab also conducts a variety of research using its Free-Electron Laser, which is based on the same electron-accelerating technology used in CEBAF. In addition to its science mission, the lab provides programs designed to help educate the next generation in science and technology, and to engage the public. Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. It is part of The Annenberg Foundation and advances the Foundation's goal of encouraging the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Learner videos exemplify excellent teaching. 

Life Sciences is a site that offers free teaching resources ranging from flashcards, crossword puzzles, worksheets, heredity resources and teaching aids in life sciences.

National Science Digital Library K-6 Science Refreshers is a free resource for teachers from the National Science Digital Library, made possible with the cooperation of the National Science Foundation, the Digital Libraries at Ohio State University program, and Macmilllan/McGraw-Hill.

NSTA is a site that offers: Competitions and Awards, Conferences on Science Education, The Learning Center,
NSTA's John Glenn Center for Science Education, NSTA Legislative Platform, Membership, Professional
Development Programs, Publications and Products, and Science Program Improvement Review (SPIR).  

NSTA Learning Center is a Michigan site where Science Matters.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction This site offers Science assessment updates for 2011 from the State of Washington. There are also reading, writing, and math sample questions on this site. The questions are mainly for grades five and eight. The years will change periodically. 

PBS Teachers Public television's primary mission is to inform and inspire the American public with 
multi-platform content of unparalleled educational quality. PBS is dedicated to providing you, your students and their families with resources that transform teaching and learning. Through our local stations' outreach, our program producers, and our online efforts like PBS Teachers, we will sustain and enhance the role that teachers play in our children's lives.

Science Buddies was developed to provide teachers with everything they need to assign, manage, and evaluate a science project program in the classroom, including lots of tips to make a science project a fun educational experience. While this guide was designed for teachers who have never assigned a science project, it also offers a variety of tools and tips that seasoned teachers will find useful. Some of the key elements included in the guide:
  •   Benefits of a Science Project: An explanation of the benefits of doing a science project and how they:
  •   map to the science education standards.
  •   Teacher Timeline: Steps to help teachers guide students and plan additional activities.
  •   Safety Guidelines: How and when teachers should review student science projects for safety concerns.
  •   Student Science Project Schedule: A timeline for students to follow with reading and homework 
  •   assignments.
  •   A Parent Guide to Science Projects: A letter introducing parents to the science project, plus tips on
  •   how to effectively help a student on a project.
  •   Printable Assignment Worksheets: for key steps of the science project

Science Literacy Maps are a tool for teachers and students to find resources that relate to specific science and math concepts. The maps illustrate connections between concepts as well as how concepts build upon one another across grade levels. Clicking on a concept within the maps will show NSDL resources relevant to the concept, as well as information about related AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks and National Science Education Standards.

Science Teachers' Resource Center This web site is for science teachers to share ideas. I would like to provide labs, demonstrations, and any other information which teachers can access. Permission is hereby granted to use and reproduce all materials at this site as long as the activities are not sold. Individual authors retain any and all copyrights. If you would like to contribute, please send me a copy of the document as an e-mail attachment. Select "Sending Files" under the Miscellaneous menu option.

Teacher Vision emphasize the importance of art education throughout the year with TeacherVision's art lesson plans, printables, activities, quizzes, and references, perfect for art teachers at the elementary, middle, or high school level. This is one subject everyone enjoys, and your students will benefit from exploring their creative sides in their science, math, social studies, and reading classes, as well as their art class.

The Science Queen This page contains a multitude of middle school resources from links to Powerpoint activities. The resources are broke-down by categories to make it easier for a teacher to find their teaching activity quicker.

Understanding Science This project has at its heart a re-engagement with science that begins with teacher preparation and ends with broader public understanding. Its immediate goals 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. 

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