Resources for hands-on fun activities!
Lots of ideas from crafts, programming, etc
Projects, tools and techniques for backyard scientists
Offers activity, explanations, how to take it further, and videos of step by step
Fairly new site designed to be a clearinghouse of fun hands-on activities
http://www.earlychildhood.com/ (Sponsored by Discount School Supply – neat catalog of
http://www.webspawner.com/users/pumpkintwoteac/ (great links to free stuff)
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/features/ (NASA Stuff)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/ (TONS of teacher curriculum and resources!)
http://www.ed.gov/free (resources supported by government agencies
http://www.spartechsoftware.com/reeko/ (Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab – just plain fun!!)
http://www.shodor.org/ (mostly computer based science and math labs online)
http://users.hubwest.com/hubert/mrscience/science1.html (lots of questions and answers and
good links for different topics)
http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/amasci.html (Bill Beatty website - great physical science
resources - amateur scientist info., be careful – some stuff linked to is "do not try this at
home" stuff.) also related: www.amasci.com – science hobbyist
http://www.chemistry.org/kids (sponsored by the American Chemical Society – don't miss the
link to WonderNet)
WGBH – Teacher's Domain
Multimedia resources for the classroom and professional development.
The National Science Digital Library
Online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
education and research.
Download the NSDL Toolbar at www.nsdl.org/toolbar
NSDL Middle School portal: www.msteacher.org
www.pbs.org/newshour/science NewsHour with Jim Lehrer's Science Unit
Reporting on science in the news
Career Resources Network
Information and answers for young people thinking about careers
K-12 teaching resources, with a focus on elementary science
The Ethnomathematics Digital Library
Math resources and connections
NASA Education Standards “Quilts”
Really great site that lists activities by connections and standards!
Collection of virtual labs, scenario-based teaching activities and concept tests
The Biology Corner
Resources including a Lesson Plan section which contains classroom activities, labs and
www.videolan.org A site for VLC, a freeware video player that will play anything
www.savetube.com A site to save YOUTUBE videos
sciencespot.net A site for middle school teachers by a middle school science teacher
www.learner.org and www.learner.org/jnorth
http://www.vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/paper_rulers/ printable paper rulers
Materials and Supplies:
Source for 10mm LED’s good for light painting. I highly recommend getting the
Super strong Nd magnets for cheap!
Batteries for LED’s can be found cheap in bulk on ebay. Just search for CR2032 batteries.
Fun unique items, and cheap glassware
CHEAP thermometers! Found they are quite reasonable on a lot of stuff, but can be pricey on
others, make sure to compare.
http://www.flinnsci.com (Great catalog to request, plus they offer freebies and teacher
resources! Chemicals, biological, general science supplies, etc... Nice people. A
http://www.stevespanglerscience.com (Steve Spangler Science is a favorite.- great fun
catalog and source for fun science stuff – lots of videos and you can buy the stuff from
them. PLUS – Steve makes a visit every year to do a teacher workshop with OK
Calcium Chloride is the same thing as “Damp Rid” and is available at hardware stores
Phenol Red is available at pool supply stores as a liquid or
an indicator tablet.
Medicine “dosing” cups can be found online ~$4.50/100 or sometimes
local pharmacies that mix their own drugs can sell you cups.