For Educators and Parents
Check here for ideas, links, and other resources to help with teaching children. This area is for teachers, families, and home educators. Check back often for new resources!
Resources that help with planning for and teaching children about science
Brain Pop Science
National Geographic Kids - Science
Kids Science News Articles
Science Journal for Kids
Science News for Students
new Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology - Hands-on Science Activities for your Polar Festival
NSTA Books & Resources - Freebies for Science Teachers
National Geographic Kids - Animals
National Wildlife Foundation
Smithsonian Science Education Center - Life Science Resources
Kidzone polar bears
Polar bear resources for educators
Polar Bears International
new NOAA Fisheries - An Incredible Journey: A Series of Educational Activities to Promote Salmon Stewardship (downloadable book, board game, curriculum, etc.)
Thank you, Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff, for recommending the resource!
Tate, K. J. (November, 2007). Tiny, powerful, awesome ants! Science and Children, 45,3, 30-34.
Earth and Space
NASA for Educators
Kids Geo - Geology for Kids
NASA Climate Kids
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Education Resources
WeatherSTEM WV Lesson Units and Resources
Moongiant moon phases
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Classroom Activity - Art and the Cosmic Connection
Electricity and Energy
Oakridge Institute for Science and Education (U.S. Department of Energy)
Science Kids - Electricity for Kids
Ducksters World Biomes and Ecosystems
PBS Learning Media - Physical Science
new Blad, E. (2020, April 24). Massachusetts gets green light to pilot innovative science assessment. Education Week. https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2020/04/massachusetts-innovative-science-assessment.html
Lambert, D. (2019, July 23). Plan to expose all students to physics missing one element - teachers. EdSource.
Resources that help with planning for and teaching children about mathematics.
Math for Kids
new Math Playground
Cromwell, R. (2018, August 23). Should we encourage kids to do extra 'math?' Retrieved from
Resources that help with planning for and teaching children about language arts/reading
Writing Activities for Children
PBS Kids Reading Games
I had an undergraduate student in a course I taught a couple of years ago. Her story was so great, I encouraged and helped her publish it. Read about how Mrs. Avalon Toth promotes reading among children in her community! Her book bench approach can be replicated anywhere.
Toth, A. (2017, January 13). Take a book, leave a book: The building of a book bench. https://inmilitary.com/take-book-leave-book-building-book-bench/
Social Studies Resources
Resources that help with planning for and teaching children about social studies
National Archives - America's Historical Documents
The History Place
Geography for Kids
Hubbard, J., Caldwell, A., Moses, P., Reed, B., Watts, K. & Wood, B. (2016). My Country 'Tis of Thee': How one song reveals the history of civil rights. Social Studies Research and Practice, 11(3), 135-152.
Tate, K. J. (2007). Notable Trade Book lesson plan: Recess at 20 below Social Studies Research and Practice, 2(3), 479-485.
Resources about humane education.
Institute for Humane Education
Humane Education Coalition
Why Humane Education Matters
Tate, K. J. (2011). Integrating humane education into teacher education: Meeting our social and civic responsibilities. Teacher Education and Practice, 24(3), 301-315.
Tate, K. J. (2012). What is humane education: Who, what, and why?
Tate, K. J. (2012). Humane education: What's your mission?
Tate, K. J. (2013). Humane education and the Clinton global initiative: Directions for K-12 schooling and higher education. https://edutrendsonline.com/2013/10/17/humane-education-and-the-clinton-global-initiative-directions-for-k-12-schooling-and-higher-education/
Resources that help with addressing the T in STEM/STEAM
Dodge, D. (2019). Coding for kids: The ultimate guide for parents in 2020. https://codakid.com/coding-for-kids-the-ultimate-guide-for-parents-2/
Melvin and Muffin Printouts!
Print out one of the Muffin and Melvin Venn diagrams to make learning more fun, thematic, and engaging! There are two choices - a color diagram and a non-color diagram. Venn diagrams allow for listing unique aspects along with shared/similar aspects in the middle where the circles overlap. This kind of prewriting activity prompts deeper reflection and knowledge recall about texts and prepares learners for drafting and writing.
Use the diagrams to teach children to compare/contrast aspects from the book Melvin and Muffin: Physics on the Playground (Exploring Newton's 3rd Law).
1. Compare/contrast Melvin and Muffin character traits
2. Compare/contrast story settings
3. Compare/contrast Newton's laws
4. Compare/contrast parts of speech (e.g. nouns, verbs, adjectives) related to Melvin and Muffin
5. Compare/contrast scientific accuracy versus imaginative qualities (e.g. personification) in the story
6. Compare/contrast the problems/solutions in the story. There are several problems and solutions/results in the book. Remind children that solutions in stories are not necessarily positive in nature.
Use the Melvin and Muffin puppet faces to make a variety of puppets, brainstorm/prewrite, staple together several copies for book reports, create flash cards with reading or science vocabulary words, and more! The puppet face printouts can be found at the For Kids menu tab.