Lesson and Activity Ideas

How are you going to teach it? Check out these websites for ideas in a bunch of topics. See the other pages for ideas for specific topics.

My Favorites

NSTA Learning Center learningcenter.nsta.org
Lesson plans and activities, searchable by grade level.

PhET Interactive Simulations phet.colorado.edu
Best collection of science simulations on the web.

Utah Aligned

SEED Storylines seedstorylines.org
Teacher-created lesson/unit plans for the Utah’s new SEEd Standards.

Utah Open Educational Resources uen.org/oer/
Free, online textbooks aligned with Utah SEEd standards.

3D Science Lessons 3dsciencelessons.com
Lesson ideas based on the new Utah SEEd standards.

Jordan School District Science elemscience.jordandistrict.org
Resources curated by Jordan School District.

Other Good Ones

Annenberg Learning learner.org
Lesson plan ideas and interactives.

Better Lesson betterlesson.com
National standards aligned lesson plans for multiple subject areas.

Exploratorium Science Snacks exploratorium.edu/snacks
Hands-on science activities and videos.

PBS Learning Media pbslearningmedia.org
Lesson plans and videos for multiple subject areas.

The Wonder of Science thewonderofscience.com/phenomenal
Collection of phenomena aligned with NGSS.

Phenomenon for NGSS ngssphenomena.com
A collection of short videos of phenomena useful for teaching NGSS-aligned lessons.

Others to Try

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Education epa.gov/education
Education resources about environmental education.

NASA Education nasa.gov
Lessons, podcasts, etc. related to earth and space sciences.

National Geographic Education education.nationalgeographic.org/teaching-resources/
Lessons plans and activities about earth and life sciences.

National Park Service Education nps.gov/teachers
Lesson plans and classroom materials related to National Parks.

NGSS Hub ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx
NGSS-aligned ideas for teaching science.

NOAA Education education.noaa.gov
Education resources about weather.

Science Net Links sciencenetlinks.com
Lesson ideas and learning resources to learn content.

SciLinks scilinks.org
Lesson plans and videos, available for free when you register.

Scholastic Teacher Resources scholastic.com/teachers
Videos and other interactives.

Teaching Channel teachingchannel.org
Videos with teaching ideas and helps.

Simulations

Gizmo Interactives explorelearning.com
Lesson plans and interactives. Some require subscription.

Concord Consortium concord.org/stem-resources
A collection of simulations for various science topics (upper elementary +).

Molecular Workbench mw.concord.org/modeler
Program for modeling chemical phenomenon (upper elementary +).

Squeak Etoys squeakland.org
Kid-friendly modeling software.

Readings

Outstanding Trade Book List nsta.org/publications/ostb/
Lists of the best science books of the year. Look at multiple years to see what’s there.

Newsela newsela.com
News articles for kids from a variety of disciplines written at different Lexile ranges.

ck_12 FlexBooks ck12.org/elementary-science/
Leveled readings about science topics.


Tween Tribune tweentribune.com
News articles for kids from a variety of disciplines written at different Lexile ranges.