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Helpful Links for Science Teachers
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 21, 2012, 07:16 PM   

As we often highlight on the AAE blog, video clips and online resources are changing the face of education. While the internet features thousands of websites on K-12 science websites, some set atop the pack as go-to resources for science teachers seeking to supplement their lesson plans with new and engaging content. Take a moment to review a few popular online tools and websites: Providing lesson plans, worksheets, and activities for upper elementary and middle school science teachers, this website is a great resource to visit daily. All resources are free to distribute to students, and they even take submissions from current science teachers. The site map is easy to navigate and is broken down by subject matter including life, space, physical, and earth sciences.

Stellarium: This resource can't be beat for space science teachers! Stellarium is an interactive planetarium for your computer. Just input your location and explore the sky outside or the view from any other location around the world. The program offers up information on stars, nebulae, planets and constellations according to 12 different cultures. In addition to being ideal for classroom astronomy lessons, Stellarium's open source software is also used to light up the screens of a number of real planetariums.

The Periodic Table of Videos: This resource is ideal for teaching students about the periodic table and individual elements. The website features an interactive periodic table complete with video clips with analysis. Simply click on an element and up pops a short video clip produced by scientists based at the University of Nottingham. The group also puts out a non-YouTube version of the site for schools that have blocked the site.

NASA Education: NASA has lesson plans, videos and classroom activities for science subjects ranging from Kindergarten to university levels. The best part of this extensive library is that it's extremely user-friendly. Just search by keyword or to browse by grade level, type of material or subject. If your students are interested in the space program, this is the place to start.

National Institute of Health- Office of Science Education
: The NIH's science educator page compiles medical science news, information, and free online resources for K-12 teachers. Like the NASA website, the page features a goldmine of video clips and worksheets, but focuses primarily on biology and animal science.

Are you a science teacher? Do you have any go-to resources to share?
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Originally posted by Alix at AAE.

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