Science Activities

There are many different resources for hands-on science activities that can supplement adopted curriculum and enrich your lessons. We’ve listed some great on-line connections, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can become a member and we’ll search for you, on-line and in our activity library!

Scientist-Developed Lesson Plans

Review the standards-based lesson plans developed by scientist volunteers for the Community in the Classroom program.   The hands-on activities in the lessons normally use inexpensive, easily obtainable materials. Browse the CIC Lesson Plan Archive.

Meta-Activity Websites

These sites provide large, searchable lists of printable activities related to multiple subjects in the elementary science standards.   For websites with classroom activities or on-line student experiences related to specific subjects, see the searchable CRS Database of activity websites.

The Biggies - Mega-meta sites, with lots of different kinds of resources and support.

National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Opens in a new window
National, free, online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

U.S. Department of Education Gateway to Education Materials Opens in a new window
Searchable catalog of over 40,000 education resources on the Internet.

Thinkfinity Opens in a new window
Lessons, interactives, primary sources, worksheets, assessments, and more from established sources like AAAS' ScienceNetLinks and National Geographic Xpeditions.

eThemes Opens in a new window
Online database of age-appropriate, theme-specific teaching materials created by educators, for educators.

Specialized Sources - More targeted support geared to teachers' needs

Annenberg/CPB Teachers' Lab Opens in a new window
"A place for teachers to explore new ideas in learning." Video workshops on science content and pedagogy, including downloadable "video on demand."

Ask a Scientist Opens in a new window
Index of questions and answers about basic science questions, plus links to other "ask a scientist" sites.

NASA's Educator Portal Opens in a new window
All of NASA's education resources in one spot. Organized by keyword, grade level, product type, and subject.

The Science Spot Opens in a new window
Includes lessons, links, reference desk, puzzles, and shared teaching tips.

Internet4Classrooms Opens in a new window
This website is dedicated to helping teachers use the Internet, and in addition to lesson plan lists and links it also has free, self-paced tutorials on how to use common software, search engines, and more.

California Learning Resource Network Opens in a new window
Searchable by grade-level and standard, this site identifies and reviews an array of learning materials (videos, curricula, even assessment tools) to help you make selections.

BBC Science Clips Opens in a new window
A great array of on-line animated science activities for kids sorted by age and topic.

Exploratorium's "Ten Cool Sites" Opens in a new window
Lots more than 10 links to fascinating and unusual websites, sorted into many science categories.

FirstGov for Kids Opens in a new window
List of links to government sites with kids science content.
Also check out FirstGov en Español: Opens in a new window

ALA Great Websites for Kids Opens in a new window
Index of hundreds of links to websites for kids from the American Library Association.

Scientific American Opens in a new window
Ask the experts questions about astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers or geology.

Kapili Opens in a new window
Gateway to,,,,, and others.

Websites By Teachers, For Teachers

A to Z Teacher Stuff Opens in a new window

ProTeacher Opens in a new window

Subscription Services

These used to be great free sources for science activities, and are now available by subscription.

Brainpop Opens in a new window

Kids' Research Sites

The Globe Program Opens in a new window
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment - Join GLOBE to get access to a worldwide, hands-on, school-based education and science program, offering opportunities for students measure and report data, publish research projects, create maps and graphs, and collaborate with scientists and students around the world via this remarkable website. Also provides excellent teacher support.

Fear of Physics Opens in a new window
Kids can play with simulations of common physics phenomena, described in kid-friendly terms, such as speed and acceleration, pendulums, collisions, why things fall, etc. Has a homework help section, a physics dictionary, and a page for teachers to create on-line assignments.

Operation Ruby-throat: The Hummingbird Project Opens in a new window
A cross-disciplinary, international initiative people collaborate to study behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Spanish language version available.

Journey North Opens in a new window
A global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share field observations with classmates across North America. Track seasons through migration patterns of monarch butterflies, many species of birds and mammals, budding of plants, and other natural events.

CIESE: Real Time Data and Primary Source Projects Opens in a new window
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that utilize real time data and collaborative projects using the Internet. Check out "The Wonderful World of Weather," "Square of Life," "Bucket Buddies," and "Measuring the Circumference of the Earth" among projects designed for elementary students.

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