The GSSM Outreach staff have curated a collection of free web resources for science classroom teachers, their students and students’ families. Many of the websites are arranged by subject area, grade level, or topic to help you find the particular resource you are searching for to create lesson plans or at-home activities.


MULTIMEDIA

ACT Academy
Grades K – 12. Online resource library organized by grade, subject, standard and textbook (includes videos, assessments, homework and lesson plans). 

BetterLesson
Grades K – 12. Searchable lesson plans and resources for all content areas. Search by grade level, topic and content standard.

California Academy of Science
Grades K – 12. Searchable lesson plans and resources consisting of mainly full period lesson plans and short activities. 

Cartoons Time – YouTube Resources for Elementary Education
Grades K – 6. A channel of animated videos addressing math, science, social studies, and language arts topics for young students. Features diverse characters in videos ranging from 3 to 6 minutes. 

cK-12
Grades K – 12. Searchable resources (flexbooks, adaptive practice, simulations, videos, PLEX, study guides, etc). Free resources for students, parents, teachers, schools, and districts.  

Concord Consortium
Grades K – 12. Searchable curriculum units, activities, interactives, videos, and lessons. 

Curriki
Grades K – 12. Library of open teaching and learning resources, educator-vetted, openly licensed, online educational materials for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing. 

Data Nuggets
Grades K – 16. Classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers. When using Data Nuggets students are provided with the details of authentic science research projects, and then get to work through an activity that gives them practice looking for patterns and developing explanations about natural phenomena using the scientific data from the study. The goals of the Data Nuggets project are to (1) help scientists increase the broader impacts of their research by sharing their “science story” and data with the public, and (2) to engage students in the practices of science through an innovative approach that combines scientific content from authentic research with key concepts in quantitative reasoning. Each Data Nugget comes with 3 versions of the student activity and a Teacher Guide. 

Edmentum
Grades K – 12. Some searchable resources for teachers. Other resources may be available for a limited time period.  

Edutopia
Grades K – 12. An educators’ guide to open educational resources with information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, and sources for lesson plans and activities. 

Exploratorium: Tools for Teaching and Learning
Grades K – 12. Unique resources for teachers, families, and students. 

FUTURE U
Grades 6 – 12. Boeing and Discovery Education have partnered to provide resources for educators, including virtual field trips and lesson plans.  

Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
Grades K – 16. NASA's reviewed listings of the best available student and educators resources (including graphics, videos, interactives, apps, images, articles, lesson plans and much more) related to global climate change, includint NASA resources.

HHMI BioInteractive
Grades 8 – 12. For Biology teachers. From data-rich activities and case studies to high-quality videos and interactive media, the resources are designed to connect students to big ideas in biology, promote engagement with science practices, and instill awe and wonder about the living world. The BioInteractive website also provides teachers with planning tools to build resource playlists and storylines, and professional learning materials and opportunities to deepen their scientific and pedagogical expertise.  

Hippocampus
Grades 6 – 12. A core academic web site that delivers multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students.  

Illinois Open Educational Resources  
Grades 1 – 12. IOER provides open, standards-aligned lessons plans, educational and career content.   

Into the Outdoors
Grades K – 12. Teachers and students have access to over 100 STEM based science videos and companion lesson activities aligned to state and national standards. There is also a quarterly newsletter, which you can subscribe to on the website.

The Kid Should See This
Grades PreK – 12. Videos for curious minds of all ages—great for gifted students! A Webby award-winning collection of over 4,500 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. TKSST champions smart STEAM, history, and culture-focused content by museums, organizations, and creators who celebrate curiosity, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, kindness, and other essential themes for all ages.

Learn.Genetics
Grades 6 - 12. Here you'll find a wealth of resources and information aimed at helping educators bring genetics, bioscience and health alive in the classroom. 

Mensa for Kids  
Grades 3 – 12. These lessons may be given to students for individual, self-guided work, or they may be taught in a classroom or homeschool setting. These plans are designed to enrich academic learning with extension for gifted children built in and include a variety of questions and extension opportunities. 

Merlot
Grades 9 – 12. Tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder webpages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material.  

NASA for Educators
Grades K – 16. This site provides a wide variety of aeronautics and space resource for education.  

NASA Science: Share the Science
Grades K – 16. NASA Science is a current online magazine of scientific research, events, and information for students and teachers.  

NASA Space Place
Grades K – 8. Multiple Earth, space, and technology focused resources for teachers and students in elementary and middle school. Materials include online simulations, hands-on activities, and more. 

National Geographic Education
Grades K – 12. Bring National Geographic resources into your classroom with Student Experiences, Classroom Resources, Professional Development and more. 

The New York Times: Science & Math
Grades 6 - 12. The New York Times provides current real-world resources for teaching science and math. The resources are organized in categories such as: Lesson of the day; Math; Guest Lesson; Science; What's Going on in this Graph?; Mentor Texts and others.

OER Commons   
Grades K – 12. A public digital library of open educational resources that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons' growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. Here are some curated collections to start exploring: full university courses; interactive mini-lessons and simulations; adaptations of existing open work; open textbooks; and lesson plans, worksheets and activities.  

OpenSciEd
Grades 6 – 8. OpenSciEd lessons include many multimedia resources. OpenSciEd was launched to improve the supply of and address demand for high quality, open-source, full-course science instructional materials, while at the same time supporting the implementation of middle school science instructional units. The goals of OpenSciEd are to ensure any science teacher, anywhere, can access and download freely available, high quality, locally adaptable full-course materials. OpenSciEd aims to create a set of exemplary science instructional materials that are designed to be used with low-cost, standard laboratory equipment and materials amenable to large-scale deployment.

PBS Learning Media  
Grades PreK – 12. Searchable and well-organized teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and interactive tools. 

Phenomenal GRC Lessons
Grades K – 12. This site contains a collection of vetted, three-dimensional lessons for all grade levels as well as tools for developing your own three-dimensional lessons using a phenomenon. These lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and state standards developed from the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The lessons were developed by teachers across districts and states utilizing local phenomena. 

The Physics Classroom
Grades 6 – 12. The Physics Classroom is an online, free to use physics website developed primarily for beginning physics students and their teachers. The website features a variety of sections intended to support both teachers and students in the tasks of learning and teaching physics. 

Powers of Ten
Grades 3 – 12. Powers of Ten is a nine-minute video that takes us on an adventure in magnitudes.  Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe.  Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light among many others.  Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell. 

Prepmagic
Grades K – 12. Prepmagic provides customizable interactive digital content that helps registered users to teach and learn science and math; create and use lessons; create and use tests; and also prepare for standardized exams.

Science Net Links
Grades K – 12. Science lessons and tools for science teachers. Resources are well-organized and searchable. 

Science-U @ Home
Grade K – 8. Fun activities for grown-ups and kids to explore science together. Activities can be filtered by difficulty, how messy they are, how long they take, and whether they should happen indoors or outside. Activities emphasize asking questions and seeing what happens. All of the science is explained in the How it Works section so you can help your student/child make new discoveries!

Scientific American
Grades K – 8. Science activities for students that can be completed in less than 1-hour using common household items. 

Smithsonian
Grades K – 8. An interactive platform of some STEM resources to support distance learning needs for students. It includes standards-aligned educational games, simulations, videos, eBooks, and hands-on lessons that require simple materials found at home. Some resources require technology. Others can be printed out and used in low-tech environments.  

Smithsonian Learning Lab
Grades K – 12. An interactive platform of millions of authentic digital resources. 

SoftSchools 
Grades K – 12. Science games, interactives and printable, auto generated science worksheets organized by grades and topics.

Steve Spangler
Grades PreK – 12. Online science experiment library and a great resource for awesome science materials with videos and activity sheets demonstrating how to use many of the materials they sell.  

StudyJams!
Grades 3 – 8. Organized science and math resources (featuring short videos, quizzes, and educational songs). 

Super Science Resources from UEN
Grades 7 – 12. A collection of web resources to help educators teach science. You will find web sites, videos, lesson plans, student interactives, and more. 

TeachEngineering
Grades K – 12. A digital library of STEM standards-aligned engineering curricula (units, lessons, activities, labs, challenges and informal learning “sprinkles”) for science and math educators.  

TeacherTube
Grades K – 12. An online community for sharing instructional videos. It is a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill. 

Teach.Genetics
Grades 6 – 12. A wealth of resources and information aimed at helping educators bring genetics, bioscience and health alive in the classroom. A companion to the popular Learn.Genetics website, Teach.Genetics offers additional tools and resources to support your curriculum.

Texas Instruments
Grades 6 – 12. Texas Instruments has prepared a number of resources to support both teachers and students in remote learning.  

UEN: Sci-ber Text
Grades 3 – 9. An online textbook based on the Utah State Board of Education curriculum for learning science. Sci-ber text includes scientific information, activities and labs. Many of these activities can be done at home.  

UEN: Utah Curriculum Resources - Elementary
Grades K – 6. Hundreds of lesson plans that support elementary science standards. 

UEN: Utah Curriculum Resources
Grades 6 – 12. Hundreds of curriculum resources including lesson plans, activities, student handouts, and materials. Lessons are sorted by grade level and the lesson titles are indicative of the content. 

UEN: Weather Resources
Grades K – 12. UEN gathered Internet resources and online games to help students learn about weather. In addition, the Online Cloud Guide provides excellent illustrations of the different cloud types. 

Understanding Evolution
Grades K – 16. An educational website that provides resources for teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.

Understanding Science: How Science Really Works
Grades K – 16. A resource that communicates what science is and how it really works — and that helps K-16 teachers reinforce the nature and process of science throughout their science teaching. Understanding Science provides a variety of resources at different levels for students, teachers, and the general public. Take the site tour for an overview of the many available resources.

USGS: Multimedia Gallery
Grades K – 12. The USGS Multimedia Gallery is a one-stop collection of videos, photography, and audio. All items in this gallery are considered public domain unless otherwise noted.

Water Science School
Grades 3 – 9. Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science School. We offer information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.

Wonderopolis 
Grades K – 12. With multi-disciplinary content that purposefully aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, Wonderopolis has earned a place in K-12 curriculum and in classrooms worldwide. Teachers can use the daily Wonder to jumpstart their students' critical thinking, or dip into the ever-growing collection of Wonders for content that relates to specific themes and student interests.

Zooniverse
Grades K – 12. Zooniverse is the world’s largest platform for people-powered research driven by volunteers. Students can support researchers around the world by assisting in data collection and review for projects of all disciplines, including climate science, medicine, and physics.  


INTERACTIVES, SIMULATIONS AND SOFTWARE TOOLS

Desmos
Grades K – 12. Suite of math software tools, including graphing, scientific, four function, and matrix calculators; geometry tools; math classroom activities; a getting-to-know-you activity; and very useful starter screens. 

Geogebra
Grades K - 12. Dynamic mathematical software (geometry, algebra spreadsheets, graphing, statistics, and calculus in one easy package) free for students and teachers. Includes an authoring tool to create inteactive learning resources as web pages. This open source software can typically be installed in less than 2 minutes.

NetLogo
Grades 6 – 12. A programmable modeling environment for simulating natural and social phenomena and for modeling complex systems developing over time. Modelers can give instructions to numerous “agents” all operating independently which makes it possible to explore the connection between the micro-level behavior of individuals and the macro-level patterns that emerge from their interaction.  

PhET
Grades 1 - 12. Interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations that can be run online or downloaded to your computer. The simulations are extensively tested and evaluated to ensure educational effectiveness. 

Shodor
​Grades 3 – 12. Don't be misled by the simplicity of Shodor's webpage--this is a very popular set of interactive online materials (interactive models, simulations, and educational tools) for math and science education.

SimBucket
Grades 6 – 12. Over 50 HTML5 simulations and some interesting science videos.


REFERENCE MATERIALS

AAAS Project 2061 Science Assessment
Science Assessment (Bank of multiple choice test items)
Grades 6 – 12. The items are different from most multiple choice science test items in that they assess students’ conceptual understanding, not just facts and definitions; test for common misconceptions and alternative ideas students have along with their correct ideas: and are precisely aligned to the science ideas they are intended to test. The test questions and explanations are an excellent resource for science teachers.

Ambitious Science Teaching
Grades K – 16. Great teaching can be learned. This web site provides a vision of ambitious science instruction for elementary, middle school and high school classrooms. Ambitious teaching deliberately aims to support students of all backgrounds to deeply understand science ideas, participate in the activities of the discipline, and solve authentic problems. Ambitious Science Teaching feature 4 core sets of teaching practices that support these goals. These core sets make up the Ambitious Science Teaching Framework. The framework has been based on classroom research from the past 30 years—research that has asked, “What kinds of talk, tasks, and tools do students need in order to fully engage in meaningful forms of science learning?”

Discus
Grades PreK – 12. Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library is the “information place” for all South Carolinians. Discus, which stands for Digital Information for South Carolina Users, provides free access to an electronic library that’s available 24/7. Discus is a collection of subscription databases with an array of resources ranging from books and magazines to maps and videos. This collection of databases provides high-quality publications in an easy to navigate format for students and teachers alike. Discus allows students to safely search for up-to-date information without sifting through advertisements and non-educational results found in search engines such as Google. In-depth information about accessing Dicus is on the Discus website.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Grades K – 12. Online encyclopedia – this is the full-size encyclopedia—not an edited/reduced edition! 

Fact Monster
Grades K – 8. From the solar system to the world economy to educational games, Fact Monster has the info kids are seeking. The site is COPPA and kidSAFE-certified, so you can rest assured it's a safe place for kids to grow and explore. 

Family-friendly Guides to South Carolina Academic Standards
Grades K – 8. The information on this site can help you become familiar with what your child is learning at school and it includes activities to reinforce and support your child's learning, selected book titles for additional reading, and Web site addresses for extended learning. Peruse the academic standards for each grade level by clicking on the corresponding icons at the top of this webpage.

Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont
Grades K – 12. The Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont is an identification guide to more than 700 common or distinctive organisms living in the region. The field guide e-book is available to download to a digital device by clicking on the cover page below. It was designed for use on a tablet, but it will work on any electronic device. For optimal performance, download the PDF and open it within an e-book app on your tablet or smart phone, or save it to your computer. Once downloaded, the field guide will be accessible for use anywhere, regardless of internet connection.

Google Scholar
Grades 9 – 16. A popular web search engine that links the entire content of scholarly material to a large publishing format and disciplines. It contains aggregate peer-reviewed academic journals, books, dissertations, theses, conference papers, technical reports, patents, and court opinions. Hence, they use Google Scholar as their primary source of reference. In addition, they can access the digital or physical copies of the journals.

Infoplease: An Online Encyclopedia
Grades 1 – 12. A reference and learning site, combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. The editors regularly update and refine this enormous body of information—as well as adding new discoveries and identifying trends—to bring you reliable and authoritative information. 

LROC Lunar QuickMap
Grades 3 – 12. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a robotic spacecraft, is orbiting the Moon at an altitude of 50-200 km. LRO's primary objective is to make fundamental scientific discoveries about the Moon. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that capture high resolution black and white images and moderate resolution multi-spectral images of the lunar surface.

NSTA – Safety for Hands-On Science Home Instruction
Grades K – 12. Safety considerations for students conducting science experiments at home. Information for teachers & parents. Includes example safety acknowledgement forms that can be adapted. 

NSTA: The Integral Role of Laboratory Investigations in Science Instruction
Grades K – 16. NSTA document on the importance of laboratory investigations in science education for grades K - 16 students. The document also includes recommendations for integration of labs at different grade band levels, class sizes, support for teachers, support for science labs, assessments and additional resources.

Next Generation Science Standards
Grades K – 12. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provides information on the Next Generation Science Standards. Within the site is the Next Generation Science Resource Library which includes information for districts and parents, tools to evaluate lesson and instructional materials, and sample bundles for unit design. 

Next Generation Science Storylines
Grades K – 12. This site contains sample storylines demonstrating sense-making of a phenomenon. The tools used in the development of storylines are provided so that teachers may begin developing their own units following a storyline. 

NGSS @ NSTA: STEM Starts Here
Grades K – 12. NSTA site for resources specifically related to the NGSS. Educators may find vetted sample lessons, tools for planning curriculum and professional learning opportunities. 

OpenStax
Grades 9 – 16. OpenStax publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are free online and low cost in print. 

Periodic Table of Nottingham
Grades 1 – 12. Interactive Periodic Table of Elements: Click on the element in the periodic table and view information about the element, interesting facts and a video of the element! 

Phenomena for NGSS
Grades K – 16. Phenomena for NGSS provides sample phenomena that teachers could use to create student engagement in the sciences. 

Phenomenal GRC Lessons
Grades K – 12. This site contains a collection of vetted, three-dimensional lessons for all grade levels as well as tools for developing your own three-dimensional lessons using a phenomenon. These lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and state standards developed from the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The lessons were developed by teachers across districts and states utilizing local phenomena. 

ResearchGate
Grades 9 – 16. A professional network for scientists and researchers. Over 17 million members from all over the world use it to share, discover, and discuss research. ResearchGate enables users to share their publications, access millions more, and publish your data; connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists; get stats and find out who's been reading and citing your work; ask questions, get answers, and solve research problems; find the right job using our research-focused job board; and share updates about your current project, and keep up with the latest research.

Flinn: Safety References
Grades K – 16. Flinn Scientific provides numerous safety references from Safety Data Sheets, safety courses and safety demonstrations -- all resources to help keep your academic lab safe.

  • Animals: Peruse Flinn Scientific's animal safety information and frequently asked questions. 
  • Flinn Safety Course: Flinn Scientific is committed to the safety of you and your students while in your academic lab. There are more than 150 possible resources to help reinforce this crucial element to your students.
  • Microbiology: Proper cleanup of microbiological spills and its disposal are critical to maintain the safety in your academic lab. Study the tips and how-tos that Flinn Scientific has compiled for you instruct your students in this crucial element of lab safety. 
  • Safety Contracts & Exams: Safety Contracts and exams for Middle School, High School and Higher Education. Spanish Language contracts and exams are also available for download.
  • Safety Demonstrations: Need to impress upon your students for the need of safety? Review the safety demonstrations that Flinn Scientific has developed to help you teach this critical factor to your students.  
  • Safety FAQ: Answers to those basic questions that every science teacher needs to know.
  • Safety Reference Articles: Flinn Scientific has developed numerous safety reference articles for you to access. Topics vary from general laboratory safety, chemical safety, and eye and eyewear safety. 
  • SDS: Flinn Safety Data Sheets (SDS) contain valuable information about potential chemical hazards, chemical composition, proper storage and handling, recommended disposal and personal protection information. 
  • Student Lab Activities: Use these videos and reference materials to teach or reinforce lab safety to your students.

Scholarpedia 
Grades 6 – 12. A peer-reviewed, open-access encyclopedia written and maintained by scholarly experts from around the world. Scholarpedia provides in-depth scholarly treatment of topics within the field of science, including mathematics; and physical, biological, behavioral, and social sciences.

Shmoop Science  
Grades 6 – 12. Free learning guides, online courses, college readiness prep, and test prep balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials. 

Understanding Science: How Science Really Works
Grades K – 16. An outstanding resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works — and that helps K-16 teachers reinforce the nature and process of science throughout their science teaching. Understanding Science provides a variety of resources at different levels for students, teachers, and the general public. Take the site tour for an overview of the many available resources.

Wikiversity
Grades K – 16. A platform for asking questions or fact-finding on a particular subject through their learning communities. Furthermore, the educational tools and activity outcomes from these communities are open to the public. They are presented as tutorials for easy comprehension. Students are welcome to join and throw in questions about their projects. Community members can intervene and provide information or additional resources.


WEBCAMS

Animal Webcams

  • Live Penguin Cams: Watch African penguins swim, flirt, and nest on three live webcams. Fact-filled feeding demonstrations at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily. Keep an eye out for new chick Stanlee!
  • Reef Lagoon Cam: Be mesmerized by a variety of graceful ray species and shimmering schools of tropical fish swimming across your screen.
  • Philippine Coral Reef CamThe world's deepest living indoor coral reef. Get front row seats to a live dive show at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm daily.

National Park Service: Watching Wildlife
Grades K – 16. Did you know that you can see what’s happening live at parks without leaving your home? Webcams allow you to get up close to wildlife without disturbing them. Browse hundreds of webcams throughout the National Park Service. You may catch a glimpse of wildlife!

USGS Webcams
Grades K – 16. The USGS maintains a variety of webcams across the U.S. These webcams provide valuable research information and data to USGS scientists, the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and area residents to evaluate real-time conditions during natural hazard events (most webcams refresh every 5 - 20 minutes).