Learn the Science

If you’re going to teach science, you need to know the science . These are websites that could help you learn the science.

My Favorites

Crash Course youtube.com/crashcourse
Short videos explaining a variety of science topics.

Crash Course Kids youtube.com/crashcourse
More short videos explaining a variety of science topics.

Other Good Ones

NSTA Learning Center learningcenter.nsta.org
Articles and videos to help teachers learn science.

Good Thinking! Smithsonian youtube.com/channel/UC6dyNTnSopdgye2gQBVSNVg
Videos emphasizing science concepts along with ideas for teaching.

Annenberg Learning
Videos for learning science content.
Earth science: archive.learner.org/resources/series195.html
Life science: archive.learner.org/resources/series179.html
Physical science: archive.learner.org/resources/series200.html

Books You Could Read

Sometimes you need a book. These are ones I have.

Stop Faking It! Series nsta.org/publications/press/stopfakingit.aspx
Books explaining science topics for elementary teachers.

Science 101
Articles in the Science and Children magazine to explain science ideas to elementary teachers. Available through the BYU Library–search for Science 101.

Disciplinary Core Ideas: Reshaping Teaching and Learning link
Provides an overview of the major ideas in each science discipline and describes appropriate expectations based on age.

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything link
A summary of significant science ideas, from the big bang to germs.

What Makes Day and Night? link
A children’s book that answers the question.

Cool Science Videos

These probably won’t have stuff related to what you’re teaching—but they might!

Veritasium youtube.com/veritasium
Videos about common misconceptions and cool science stuff.

It’s Okay to Be Smart youtube.com/itsokaytobesmart
Videos about cool science stuff.

Mark Rober youtube.com/onemeeeliondollars
Engineer (BYU grad) builds and tests cool gadgets.

Science with Tom youtube.com/tomcfad
Music videos of rap songs and parodies created by students and scientists.