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Science Resources

Here are resources to support learning and teaching in science.

  • Bundling the NGSS -- this site provides options for organizing the Iowa Science Standards into units for Kindergarten through high school. Two approaches are featured, one organized by topic and the other organized by theme, phenomena (MS), or conceptual progression (HS).
  • NSTA has officially launched the most connected resource for science teachers: the new Science Supply Guide
  • Iowa ASCD continues to develop a curated and annotated list of useful web resources for science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • One very important resource is the home page for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the NGSS Hub from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
  • Explore.org provides access to dozens of live nature cams from national parks in the United States, Canada, and around the world. In addition, teachers can access photographs, videos, key facts, and profiles describing specific animals seen on the live cams.
  • CK-12 specializes in "high-quality curated STEM content" with links to more than 15,000 resources. 
  • The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers a number of programs and resources for students and teachers. 
  • Mystery Science contains a complete curriculum for grades 2 through 5. Teachers will have to create an account.
  • STEM Behind Hollywood activities based on zombies, superheroes, and forensics are available at Texas Instruments; Behind Hollywood
  • National Geographic for Kids provides puzzles, photos and videos, resources, homework help, etc. 
  • ScienceLinks.com contains a variety of resources from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for kids. 
  • Learn more about being an environmental scientist -- what they do, what education is required, types of jobs, projected growth and salaries, and much more.
  • STEM lessons and resources for educators. This site provides free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • STEM Teaching Tools provides resources such as tools, videos, information briefs, etc. for teaching STEM.
  • Ambitious Science Teaching provides a vision of ambitious science instruction for elementary, middle school and high school classrooms.

Phenomena for science lessons

 Middle and high school science

  • The popularity of college degrees in green majors is large and growing, and for good reason. The demand for sustainability professionals is growing, too. That means more high-paying, long-term “green-collar” jobs are being created daily. Demand breeds variety. Due to the greater demand for green-collar workers, colleges and universities are stepping up and offering a wider variety of green majors and specializations at every degree level.  
  • Study the ocean using live ocean data! Challenge middle & high school students to increase their knowledge of oceans by learning to analyze and interpret live ocean data. Lesson plans available.
  • The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. This popular online series from PBS NOVA, now in its fifth season, presents personal stories of notable and charismatic scientists. A teacher's guide provides teaching tips and web resources for using the content in middle and high school classrooms.
  • The RCSB Protein Data Bank. High school teachers can access teaching materials to explore the three-dimensional world of proteins and nucleic acids. Lots of resources available!
  • Direct Measurement Videos. Students are given video clips with data to solve a problem instead of a verbal description of drawing and explicitly stated numerical information. This site features a library of video problems that teach introductory physics -- forces & motion, rotation, impulse and momentum, energy, waves, sound, light, and other topics.
  • Exploring Infectious Diseases for high school students. This website includes learning modules and online resources revolving around recent Ebola and measles outbreaks.

Professional Learning Resources

  • Virtual Science Workshop with Steven Spangler -- Steve Spangler’s virtual training workshops will empower you to use inquiry-based learning to promote exploration, increase student engagement, strengthen critical thinking skills and make science even more fun and meaningful for your students. Steve shares his proven strategies for turning ordinary activities into an unforgettable learning experience that will take your teaching to a whole new level! There is a cost to take this virtual workshop.