Science Teaching Tools

We have gathered together science teaching tools into one place to make your job of planning science lessons a little easier.

  • Science Resources sorted by Grade Level and Science Content Area – We maintain a comprehensive listing of information about science education programs in the Bay Area, kid-friendly and teacher-friendly science and engineering websites, sample materials for classrooms, professional development workshops, science education grants and more. We’re on call to help our teacher members find what they need.  To give you an overview of what’s available, we’ve put together grade-by-grade listings of some of the most popular types of resources. Check out the listings for your grade!
  • For teachers who prefer to try self-service, feel free to Search the CRS database  on your own!
  • In the Lesson Planning Tools section you’ll find a collection of documents and worksheets to assist you in planning engaging, effective science lessons. In addition to lesson planning, we’ve got information about promoting inquiry, Lesson Planning, Lesson Reflection, Student Assessment, and Technology in the Classroom.
  • The list of our 30 Favorite Science Education Websites lets you explore the best of the web all from one place.  These are the websites that we keep going back to again and again to find inspiring ideas, useful videos, and great content tutorials. We’ve separated them out so you can easily find “kid friendly” and “teacher friendly” sites to match your specific needs.
  • Connecting learning across the curriculum is a powerful way to reinforce skills while exploring new content material. These Science Literature Connections will help you bring your science and language arts teaching together.
  • The next best thing to a BASIS scientist team visit in your classroom might just be trying out one of our tried and true BASIS lessons yourself! Explore the library of BASIS Lesson Plans to find a new hands-on science lesson.
  • Engineering is now part of the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We have gathered some resources to help you bring engineering lessons and concepts into your science classroom, including hands-on activities, and websites to learn about some of the many different kinds of engineering, and meet the diverse, enthusiastic people who solve problems for a living!
  • Teaching science in Spanish? Have some English Language Learners who need a little extra support? CRS has gathered science resources in Spanish for you and your students. (Know of other good Spanish language science resources? Please let us know so we can share it with more teachers!)
  • Science Fair projects can be a great way to have students explore the science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards. We’ve got helpful resources to make your Science Fair a success.
  • Family Science & Engineering Nights are great events for celebrating science learning with the community.  We have put together a collection of activities that work well for these types of community events.

“CRS provides an invaluable service to our community. I have used their resources to plan units of instruction for my class and it has proved to be an asset to reducing my planning time and to developing age-appropriate, hands-on experiences for my students that support their growing understanding of science content.In reflection, the amount of science instruction has increased in my classroom. I believe this is partially in response to the curiosity of my students, but also due to the participation, commitment, and resources of CRS. I feel better equipped to find ways to "answer" their wonderings about science, and brave enough to explore with my students the concepts we investigate. I am grateful for the partnership of CRS in this process.”