Elementary Science

Web 2.0 Tools & Devices

Lesson Plan Resources

AAAS: Science Net Links


American Association for the Advancement of Science produced Science NetLinks a premier K-12 science education resource. Science NetLinks' role is to provide a wealth of standards-aligned resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactives and reviewed Internet resources. It provides K-12 teachers, students, and families with quality free resources for teaching and learning science.



RESCu was developed in the Rice University Elementary Model Science Lab and it is a free resource for teachers. This site offers common core standard aligned science lessons for K-5th grade teachers. Lessons are focused on three central topics: Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science.

Learn NC


LEARN NC’s lesson plans span the wide range of curriculum areas for every grade from K to 12. Its collection includes the best instructional plans created by North Carolina educators as well as high-quality materials from state and national partners.

Discovery Education


Discovery education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Free lesson plans written by teachers for teachers.

TeAchnology: The Online Teacher Resource


TeAch-nology - The Art and Science of Teaching with Technology mission to provide services designed to support educators' in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning. TeAch-nology.com offers a wide variety of free resources intended to bring educators into the world of teaching with technology.

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North Carolina Essential Standards

Teacher Resources

Science Buddies


Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.

Read Write Think


Free high quality classroom resources for teachers.

National Science Digital Library


The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teachers. They emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The NSDL collection contains structured descriptive information about web-based educational resources held on other sites by their providers.

Physics Central


Physics Central developed a series of comic books to accompany physics experiments around different physics themes.

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Interactive Websites

Anatronica Interactive Anatomy 3D


Explore human anatomy in an easy and convenient way. With the use of 3D models students can explore the various systems of the human anatomy.

Moby Max


Moby Max has interactive lessons in science for grades kindergarten through eight.

Science Museum


Free online games for learning about science.

Software Tools for Academics and Researchers


The STAR website contains curriculum components/modules which can facilitate the use of STAR educational tools in a variety of educational settings. Their software explores core scientific research concepts.



The Internet Plasma Physics Education eXperience (IPPEX) site on the World Wide Web (at http://ippex-test.pppl.gov/) allows students and teachers to participate remotely in scientific research at the country's largest fusion energy laboratory.

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Online Instructional Videos

Teacher Tube


Safe online venue for instructional videos.

Cassiopeia Project


Making science simple through high definition education videos.

Wonderville: Science driven by curiosity


Wonderville offers children innovative online science games, activities and stunning videos.

Online Mind Mapping

Thinking Maps


Students reach higher levels of critical thinking by creating concrete images of abstract thoughts. Teachers and students develop thinking maps online. Website offers teacher support. Teachers can gain training on various usage of thinking maps.

Bubbl.us Brainstorming made easy


Create your own mind maps online.


Creating a Love for Science for Elementary Students through Inquiry-based Learning

Written by: Trina L. Spencer & Tracy M. Walker


Two elementary teachers perspective on how building a high interest of science in elementary education will foster children's learning ability.

Preparing Tomorrow's Science Teachers to Use Technology: Guidelines for Science Educators

Larry Flick, Oregon State University

Randy Bell, University of Virginia

Two college professors discuss the importance of incorporating science into technology within the science classrooms.


Elementary School Garden Programs Enhance Science Education for All Learners

James A. Rye, Sarah J. Selmer, Sara Pennington, Laura Vanhom, Sarah Fox, & Sara Kane


Across the states several classroom teachers are incorporating gardens as an educational device for their students. School gardens can serve academic, social, environmental remediation, and other purposes while positively impacting students' science achievement.

Field Trips

Dive: Duke Immersive Virtual Environment


The DiVE is a research and education facility dedicated to exploring techniques of immersion and interaction. This virtual reality system has a unique potential to give the participant a sense of being present in a digitally created spaces and situations that are often impossible to see otherwise.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences


The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a high-performing nexus of research, collections, living collections, exhibitions and digital media, school and lifelong education, community engagement, and a regional network—each fueled by great expertise and a diversifying portfolio of public, earned and contributed funds.

Maybe for the Future



FOSS is a research-based science curriculum for grades K-8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse American classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century.

Brain POP


BrainPOP engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping, and more.



Twig World is an award-winning digital media company offering video-based products via a subscription service. All Twig World resources use real-world examples and up-to-date imagery to engage students and deliver deep-seated understanding.

Technology & Science Organizations

National Science Teachers Association


Association for Science Teacher Education


International Society for Technology in Education


North Carolina Technology in Education Society


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Carl Sagan