Curriculum Resources

Free Curriculum : Natural Sciences

American Forest Foundation

Curriculum materials and activities on environmental education topics including energy and forest ecology, service-learning, and early learning materials. 1111 19th Street, Ste. 780, Washington D.C. 20036. 202-463-2462.

American Museum of Natural History

Online resources for kids including hands on activities, games, meet the ologist to teach children about science and social science. Topics vary from anthropology, archaeology, climate change, and paleontology. Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024. 212-769-5100. www.amnh.org/ology/.

Environmental Protection Agency

Find lesson plans and activities on the website for download, or order free EPA publications and materials, including the EPA Quick Guide, the quickest way to find out how EPA works. Topics include Air, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecosystems, Human Health, In Your Neighborhood, Stewardship, Waste & Recycling, and Water. www.epa.gov/teachers.

Experiland

A teacher and student science lab with 300 educational resources including hands-on projects, e-books for elementary and middle school students. Fosters interactive learning through experiments with a variety of science and experiment project e-books. www.experiland.com

Federal Aviation Administration

Get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics using the FAA’s aviation themed lessons. At the Educator's Corner you can find fun activities and experiments for the classroom. NASA Smart Skies is a new approach to teach Distance-Rate-Time problems with an Air Traffic Simulator. 800 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, D.C. 20591. 866-835-5322. www.faa.gov/education/educator_resources/educators_corner.

Food and Drug Administration

Science and Our Food Supply is an interactive supplementary curriculum for use in middle and high school science classes that uses food to engage students in inquiry-based science. The website also features online resources to help students write school reports. 888-463-6332. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/UCM168500.

Get to Know Program

The “Best Practices” Resource page provides a collection of videos, lesson plans, activities and tips from artists, photographers, filmmakers, environmentalists, educators, and students from across North America to help students learn about the environment. 201 – 2040 Springfield Rd., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N7, Canada. 619-374-6434. www.gettoknow.ca.

GoNorth!

Live adventure-learning series for the K-12 classroom. University Technology Enterprise Center, 1313 5th St. SE, 
Ste. 215A, Box 7, Minneapolis, MN 55455. www.polarhusky.com

Green Education Foundation

Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. www.greeneducationfoundation.org.

Interactive Science Teacher

Teachers can find demonstration lesson plans, and hands-on science lessons and activities for middle school and high school students. Topics include lesson plans on Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science, and General Science for a multitude of learning styles. www.interactivescienceteacher.com

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Use NASA's Education Materials Finder to search through hundreds of publications and indexed websites by keywords, grade level, product type and subject. NASA educational resource topics focus on space and aeronautics. Suite 5K39, Washington, D.C. 20546-0001. www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators.

National Gardening Association

Funds gardening programs that promote the mental, physical, and psychological health of students and youth. Award amounts vary. Applications can be submitted online. National Gardening Association, P.O. Box 4515, Burlington VT 05406. 802-863-5251, ext. 115. amandaw@garden.org.
grants.kidsgardening.org.
Deadline: Varies. Applicants: Schools.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Find information and resources about the Gulf Oil Spill, climate change, earth science, oceans, space, natural disasters and NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program. 1305 East West Hwy., SSMC4, Room 1W514, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. 301-713-1208. http://www.education.noaa.gov.

National Reconnassiance Office

Offers two different interactive kids’ websites: NRO JR (K-5th grades) and Team Recon (6th-12th grades). Students can read digital books with clickable icons on topics such as satellites and orbitology. Older students can build their own spy plane, watch historic news reels, and explore different NRO careers. 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151. 703-808-1198. www.nro.gov.

National Science Education Leadership Association

Dr. Ken Roy wrote the “Safe Science Series”, an online and downloadable comprehensive and continuing series dedicated to the improvement of safety in the science classroom. Topics include laser safety, First Aid, biosafety, and latex glove allergies. 602-206-7438. www.nsela.org.

National Wildlife Federation

The website provides over 1,000 lesson plans, curriculum, activities, and quizzes that introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, global warming, and scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards. 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190. 800-822-9919. www.nwf.org.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

DEC offers environmental education programs and resources including games and activities that can help students learn about various types of air pollution, and how air pollution can affect their health and the health of the planet. 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233. 518-402-8013. www.dec.ny.gov/26.html.

Project WET Foundation

Over 300 hands-on, interactive, science-based lesson plans and other resources on a multitude of water-related topics such as conservation, wetlands, watersheds, oceans, natural disasters, and history. 1001 West Oak Street, Suite 210
Bozeman, MT 59715. 866-337-5486. http://projectwet.org.

Science Fair Adventure

Find science fair projects and experiments for a variety of topics including chemistry, physics, biology, and more. A resource for teachers to use as a guidelines with step-by step activities. www.sciencefairadventure.com/Default.aspx

Science Netlinks

Standards-based lesson plans that can be selected according to specific benchmarks and grade level. Lessons include student reproducibles or worksheets that enable students to engage directly in Internet activities. www.sciencenetlinks.com.

Science-Teachers.com

An online resource for elementary and middle school teachers with a science curriculum on a variety of subjects including space, geology, the periodic table, and more. www.science-teachers.com

The National Science Center

The website’s Teacher Tools section provides demonstrations and experiments with supporting resource materials that fall under 11 science themed topics including electricity, sound, motion, and energy. Building TNG-02, Chamberlain Avenue, Fort Gordon, GA 30905. 800-325-5445. www.nscdiscovery.org/TeacherTools/teachertools.aspx.

The National Science Foundation

Online resources include articles, websites, lesson plans, interactives, games and background information on science disciplines. Topics include Arctic and Antarctic, Astronomy and Space, Biology, Chemistry and Materials, Computing, Earth and Environmental Studies, Engineering, Mathematics, Nanoscience, People and Society, and Physics. 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. 703-292-5111. http://nsf.gov/news/classroom.

Tox Town from the National Library of Medicine

The teacher pages provide activities and resources you can use with your class to stimulate learning about environmental health issues. tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov. www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Provides online and downloaded resources and lesson plans on agriculture, economics, government, and history. Examples are The Charters of Freedom, Conquest of the Land Through 7,000 Years, Teaching with Constitution Documents, and State Agricultural Facts. 1400 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, D.C. 20250. 202-720-2791. www.usda.gov.