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For Educators

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!

 

Science Resources

Resources that help with planning for and teaching children about science

 

Science (general)

Links

PBS Science

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/science/

Brain Pop Science

https://www.brainpop.com/science/

National Geographic Kids - Science https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/science/

Kids Science News Articles

https://www.dogonews.com/category/science

Science Journal for Kids

http://www.sciencejournalforkids.org/

Science News for Students

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/

 

Life Science

Links

National Geographic Kids - Animals

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/

National Wildlife Foundation

https://www.nwf.org/Home/Educational-Resources

Smithsonian Science Education Center - Life Science Resources

https://ssec.si.edu/explore-our-curriculum-resources?f%5B0%5D=field_is_free%3A1&f%5B1%5D=field_topic%3A80&utm_campaign=%2B%20Education&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=62339909&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8va62yfx9OgNNFyHXS0r__QLQ_w5DKyhrlv2LiEenHs4GhiU5VeGqmC3zN4Mw52ClEwhjVRJPNn9LbniIrhyQEI76yVg&_hsmi=62349867

Kidzone polar bears

http://www.kidzone.ws/sg/polarbear/polar_bear.htm

Polar bear resources for educators

https://polarbearsinternational.org/get-involved/teacher

Articles

Tate, K. J. (November, 2007). Tiny, powerful, awesome ants! Science and Children, 45,3, 30-34.

 

Earth and Space

Links

NASA for Educators

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

Kids Geo - Geology for Kids

https://kidsgeo.com/geology-for-kids/

NASA Climate Kids

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/weather-and-climate/

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Education Resources

https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/edu_resources.html

Elementary GLOBE

https://www.globe.gov/web/elementary-globe

WeatherSTEM WV Lesson Units and Resources

https://jefferson-wv.weatherstem.com/learn 

Moongiant moon phases

https://www.moongiant.com/phase/today/

Electricity and Energy

Links

Energy Kids

https://www.eia.gov/kids/index.php

Oakridge Institute for Science and Education (U.S. Department of Energy)

https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html

Science Kids - Electricity for Kids

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/electricity.html

Environment

Ducksters World Biomes and Ecosystems

https://www.ducksters.com/science/ecosystems/world_biomes.php

Physical Science

Articles

new! Lambert, D. (2019, July 23). Plan to expose all students to physics missing one element - teachers. EdSource. Retrieved from https://edsource.org/2019/plan-to-expose-all-students-to-physics-missing-one-element-teachers/615497?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202019-07-23%20K-12%20Education%20Dive%20Newsletter%20[issue:22042]&utm_term=Education%20Dive:%20K12

 

Math Resources

Resources that help with planning for and teaching children about mathematics.

Links

Math Snacks

http://mathsnacks.com/

Math for Kids

http://www.math-exercises-for-kids.com/

Articles

Cromwell, R. (2018, August 23). Should we encourage kids to do extra 'math?' Retrieved from https://onlinecareertips.com/2018/08/should-we-encourage-kids-to-do-extra-math/

Reading Resources

Resources that help with planning for and teaching children about language arts/reading

 

Links

Reading Rockets

http://www.readingrockets.org/

Starfall

http://www.starfall.com/

Writing Activities for Children

https://www.education.com/activity/ela/writing/

PBS Kids Reading Games

http://pbskids.org/games/reading/

Articles

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. Retrieved from 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

 

Links

National Archives - America's Historical Documents

https://www.archives.gov/historical-docs

The History Place

http://www.historyplace.com/

Geography for Kids

https://kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/

Articles

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. Retrieved from http://www.socstrpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/MS06726-Hubbard-et-al.pdf

 

Tate, K. J. (2007). Notable Trade Book lesson plan: Recess at 20 below Social Studies Research and Practice, 2(3), 479-485. Retrieved from http://www.socstrpr.org/files/Vol%202/Issue%203%20-%20Winter,%202007/Notable%20Books/2.3.14.pdf

Humane Education

Resources about humane education.

Links

Institute for Humane Education

https://humaneeducation.org/

Humane Education Coalition

https://www.hecoalition.org/

Why Humane Education Matters

https://teachheart.org/why-humane-education-matters/

Articles

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? Retrieved from

https://edutrendsonline.com/2012/04/25/humane-education-who-what-and-why/

Tate, K. J. (2012). Humane education: What's your mission? Retrieved from

https://edutrendsonline.com/2012/11/01/humane-education-whats-your-mission/

Tate, K. J. (2013). Humane education and the Clinton global initiative: Directions for K-12 schooling and higher education. Retrieved from https://edutrendsonline.com/2013/10/17/humane-education-and-the-clinton-global-initiative-directions-for-k-12-schooling-and-higher-education/

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.