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Thank you Connecticut Science Teachers Association for sharing many of these resources! As well as many of our board members!

Ocean School is a free, inquiry-based, online learning experience for students aged 11 to 15 meant to strengthen learners’ personal connection to the ocean. It is a project between Dalhousie University and the National Film Board of Canada. We create English, French, and Spanish materials for science and technology, social science, language arts, and math. Our website includes short science-based videos, 360° videos, virtual and augmented reality experiences, and student “worksheets” to capture learning. Currently, we have our North Atlantic and Open Ocean units available. The North Atlantic content would likely be most appealing for teachers in Maine  This unit explores North Atlantic ecosystems, from the Bay of Fundy to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the coast of Newfoundland. Some of the topics covered include the North Atlantic Right Whales, the significance of the Bay of Fundy, the importance of the fishing industry to coastal communities, and the technology used to investigate deep sea habitats. Check out one of our most popular interactive activities: Anatomy of a Cod! Students get to dissect a cod (without the mess) and help determine the health of a cod stock. Students can check out C.S.I. - Cod Stock Investigation for more context about cod anatomy and stock assessment too. But this is just the start, there is over 55 hours of free Ocean School content ready for teachers, students, and even parents to explore!

Dads Worksheets We have a growing collection of printable worksheets, online calculators, games, puzzles, and tools such as timer and converter... All of these are completely FREE. You can check out our content here

Note GLOBE Observer has their tree height challenge too:

Also, webinar and of resources at

Science reading and comprehension at Natural Inquirer:

Kahoot - All levels -  Kahoot! offers free access to all features to support distance learning in schools affected by the coronavirus outbreakEducation institutions can get free access to Kahoot! Premium to empower distance and online learning and engage students anywhere, anytime

Brainpop - Elem, Middle - If your school is closed due to the COVOD-19 virus, you may receive free, unlimited use of the full BrainPop suite during the period of closure.  You do need to fill out the form located at the link.

Newsela - Elem, Middle - Provides news articles on various topics which can be read at four different reading levels.  Many of the articles are available with a free account

RazKids - Elem - Leveled reading program that offers science lessons and activities.  Free 14 day trial

Mystery Science - Elem - Free membership, readings and activities for grades K-5

PhET - Middle, High -  PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

Khan Academy Science - Largely developed for high school. 

CK-12 - Elem, Middle, High - Free lessons and textbooks on many subjects. These are stated as NGSS aligned but we have not verified this.  Content of lessons is good. 

Bozeman Science - Middle, High     YouTube channel

HHMI BioInteractive - High - Short Life and Earth science videos and lessons 

Edpuzzle - All levels - Store your own or use online videos for interactive video lessons.   Free pricing allows you to create and add questions to 20 videos. 

Book Creator - Elem, Middle - Book creator is offering free use of the ability to create books collaboratively in real time for 90 days if closed for the COVOD-19 virus. 

WeVideo - All levels - WeVideo is offering free WeVideo for School accounts to those closed due to COVOD-19 concerns.

Tynker - Elem, Middle - Tynker, a coding program, will be available free to schools facing closures.  They are also scheduling free webinars for teachers on how to use the Tynker coding program to support at-home learning. - All levels  Short, engaging coding activities.  Can also set up classes on programming

Google Cloud  - All levels-  we will begin rolling out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including:  Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive

Google For Education - Applied Digital Skills - Late Elem, Middle, High - self-paced Google Suite, research, digital citizenship

Chem4Kids , Physics4Kids , Biology4Kids , Geography4Kids - Elem,Middle - Basic content and online quizzes.  Banner ads can be distracting

iBiology - High - current videos

Nearpod - platform that gives lessons and links, some free, some paid

PBS Learning Media - All levels -  Free videos in a wide variety of subjects.

Spark101 - Free, 10 minute STEM challenges with video

SMART Distance Learning - All levels  SMART is also opening up their platform for free during this time. They have their own product and a section for sharing lessons. More information

SEPUP - Middle, High - Many lessons and simulations from their programs.   Click into the curriculum and course and you will find the lessons under student. 

Harshil Parikh, Co-Founder & CEO, Tuva - Webinars to use Tuva for Math & Science in Remote Learning - Over the coming week, we will host webinars to help math and science teachers integrate and use the Tuva datasets, instructional materials, and our data and graphing tools as part of your plan for remote learning. Please stay tuned for announcements regarding the date and time of the webinars. 

New Instructional Materials
We will also be creating and making available new data storiesactivitiestasksand self-guided lessons over the coming weeks that you will be able to use to support math and science instruction. Again, please stay tuned for these announcements regarding these new materials.  
Your dedication to your students and their education is remarkable, and we at Tuva look forward to supporting you in these uncertain and unprecedented times.

FuseSchool -  GlobalEducation - UK channel offering video clips in all disciplines. 

Debacco University - Biology YouTube videos on current topicsArticles

Resources for Teaching Online Due to School Closures - In addition to websites, this article explains various lesson models and platforms. 

Edpuzzle: a Core Tool During the Coronavirus Closures - Promotes Edpuzzle but gives good advice about school lesson planning. 

Ian Freedman (shared via NYS Physics listserv) - Physics Teacher, John Jay Senior HS, Hopewell Junction, NY

    NYS Master Teacher, NYSED Education Specialist

“Let me share some materials that I use, in case they're helpful for distance learning.  Here is a file of notes and problems, and links to YouTube lecture videos.  I hand out packets for each unit, which include note sheets and activities. The notes are based on flipped classroom videos that I made. I don't actually run a flipped classroom anymore, and I don't often assign videos to students to watch, but I still find the videos very useful, especially when students are absent. I’m hopeful they will be useful for distance learning as well. The videos are pretty traditional lectures, typically 5-10 min long, but occasionally longer. They are based on the content in the Regents Physics curriculum (not the new NYS Science Standards). The lessons don't go into great depth or application of concepts (we do that in class), but they're good for a basic understanding of concepts.  These days, I typically start most units with labs, and let the students figure out the concepts for themselves. Afterwards, I'll often ask them to fill in the notes sheets, and they can usually get about 2/3 of the notes themselves without any lecturing.   

This link goes to a folder with the notes sheets in them. It includes YouTube URLs to the videos for each unit. I did not include the activity sheets or labs here.

Tim Dolgas Chemistry YouTube Channel -  Based on New York Regent Standards.  Teacher’s Website:

Sarah English Chemistry YouTube Channel

Mr Palermo's Flipped Classroom - High School Chemistry

Generous Portland Maine teacher a great collection on a Wakelet

From Maine DOE - Primary grades Upper elementary

From Mona Davies, MS Science teacher International School of Bejing (shared via NSTA listserv): 

"I have just completed week 6 of eLearning, and may have some resources that will be helpful.

I hold Zoom sessions with students once a week, more for the interaction. The last few weeks I’ve hosted a live lab and have the kids talk about observations and such. I’ve also used Loom and Screencast-o-matic to create lessons, read articles outloud (for my EAL kids, and to reduce the kids screen time).

In addition I’ve tried to have a variety of activities so the kids do not get overwhelmed with reading assignments. BrainPopPhetGizmoPadlet."

Shared by John White - NSTA Earth Science listserv - Subject: Two Weeks of Third Grade NGSS Aligned Resources Free from The GLOBE Program

I know that most districts are looking at remote learning opportunities rather than online learning, at the elementary level.  One of the topics that is in NGSS for third grade is Weather and Climate.  In particular -- 3-ESS2-1 -- Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.  

Week One: Thursday, March 19 is the first day of spring, so how about a series of activities based on "Seasons?"  There is a free learning module, from The GLOBE Program, at:

Students will learn about the needs of hummingbirds (which return to Michigan in Mid-April), the seasonal changes where they live and the environment where the hummingbirds spend the winter.  There are activities that students can do to describe seasonal changes in their own local habitat, observe how colors in nature change through the seasons, and the opportunity to learn more about hummingbirds.  

1.  They can read a free ebook -- The Mystery of the Missing Hummingbirds

2.  Do one to three activities (if they have a printer, could be printed, but also could be done on paper or on their chromebook or other computer):

     a.  All Year Long -- Start a science journal, observe a habitat outdoors, and zoom in on an observation from an outdoors habitat.

     b.  The Colors of the Seasons -- Find objects in an outdoor habitat that match known colors.

     c.  Honing in on Hummingbirds -- Make their own model hummingbird or construct a short report about hummingbirds.

3.  If a printer is available, there are two coloring pages available.

Week Two: One of the easiest things to do outside is to take a look up and observe the clouds.  There is a free learning module about clouds, from The GLOBE Program, at:

Students have the opportunity to go outside and find and describe two different cloud types.  They also look at the weather associated with the clouds.

1.  They can read a free ebook -- Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?

2.  Do one to three activities (if they have a printer, could be printed, but also could be done on paper or on their chromebook or other computer).

     a.  Cloud Fun -- Go outside and search for a "cottony, fluffy" cumulus cloud, draw it and describe the weather associated with it.

     b.  Cloudscape -- On another day, go outside and find a new cloud type, draw it, describe and describe the weather associated with it.

     c.  To Spread or Not to Spread -- This activity might be too difficult because it involves in identifying contrails (human made clouds, made from Jets).

3.  If a printer is available, there are two coloring pages available.

I hope this might be helpful for third graders anywhere.  I know this is a stressful time for you because you care so much for the kids.  

David Bydlowski, AREN Project


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