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Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE)
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Science Teacher Resources - Lesson Ideas/Materials/Actv./Sim./etc.
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(Send corrections or suggested additions to: resources@nise.us)
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFreePreK-12Environmental
http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/index.php#
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/
Forest fires can be studied for a multitude of reasons. Use the following sites for maps and information about current fires and effects of wildfires.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFreePreK-12Geosciencehttp://www.americangeosciences.org/A wealth of information for anyone teaching geoscience. The site hosts many features, such as word of the day, data, professional development opportunities, curriculum, journals, earth science week ideas, and much more.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFreePreK-12Space
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/sciencecasts/
Find short videos about intriguing and unusual science topics encountered during space missions
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9/1/2014SimulationsFree6-12Physics/Chem
https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new
Need simulations for physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and math? The University of Colorado, Boulder PhET interactive simulation site, has multiple simulations appropriate for middle level and older students.
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9/1/2014Online ActivitiesFreePrek-8Allhttp://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/The Lawarence Hall of Science offers 24/7 online, "at home" science activities.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasCommercialAllEngineeringhttp://littlebits.cc/educationVarious electronic modules that snap together to perform tasks. Lesson and project ideas are uploaded and shared in a social media platform. Have partners like NASA for STEM education and offer educator workshops.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFree6-12Physics/Envhttp://www.epa.gov/radtownAttention 6th - 12th grade teachers needing ideas about teaching radiation. The USEPA has updated its RadTown website.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFree6-16Environmentalhttp://www.climate.govNOAA Climate is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. Our goals are to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, and to make our data products and services easy to access and use.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFree10-14Biologyhttp://virtualmarinescientist.comHelp your students become virtual marine scientists in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Students propose, design and run their own ocean acidification experiment virtually, using multiple stressors. They are able to graph, analyze the data, and discuss as well.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFreeAllChemistry
http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html
National Chemistry Week is October 19-25, 2014! Visit the following for contest and activity suggestions
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFreeAllEnv/Biologyhttp://www.education.noaa.govEducation resources are distributed across many NOAA websites. The content here is a sampling of NOAA's education resources; more can be found at each linked location. Materials selected for this site are organized by Themes, topical Collections, and content type.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFreeAllPhysicshttp://learn.kidwind.org/teachIllinois has a lot of wind turbines. Want some more lesson ideas? Power points? On the basics, gear ratios, turbine blade design, generators, solar panels and more.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFreeAllAll
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx
Here’s a great site to teach students to create graphs on the computer. Easy to use and follow directions with a variety of graph types.
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9/1/2014Lesson IdeasFreeAllEnv/Biology
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/10/noaa_fisheries_education.html
NOAA Fisheries' Education Program develops and distribute high quality, science-based materials and activities for students and teachers interested in exploring the science behind marine resource management and conservation.
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9/10/2014Lesson IdeasFreeAllChemistry
http://www.teachchemistry.org/content/aact/en/classroom-resources.html
From the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT): A library of lessons, organized by grade band (high, middle, and elementary school) and then topic. Many of these lessons were submitted through the "Best of" campaign that AACT ran this summer, and we will continue to accept lessons from the community to keep building the library.
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1/15/2015Lesson IdeasFreeK-8All
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/programarea.cfm?ProgramAreaID=5
U of I Extension has a number of science websites developed for K-8 grade levels. Specific topics include weather, stream hydrology, plant biology, and volcanoes/earthquakes.
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1/15/2015Lesson IdeasFreeK-8Environmental
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIq7XlTOe3akG5dgVod_X-3facAp5PLHZ
U of I Extension has a series of YouTube videos on weather related topics.
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1/15/2015Project/Lab IdeasFree/CommercialK-8Allhttp://www.sciencebuddies.org/Science Buddies has a list of "Lab / Project / Science Fair" ideas. Some using readily available items and some kits sold on the site.
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1/15/2015Lesson IdeasFreeK-5Chemistryhttp://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/The Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA has created a site about the science of cooking with some fun recipes to explore.
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1/15/2015Lesson IdeasFreeAllAll
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
The main site for NASA Education with STEM resources for all ages.
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1/15/2015Lesson IdeasFreeK-5Allhttp://www.kineticcity.com/With funding from NSF, Kinetic City is an online collection of science experiments, games, activities, and challenges (requires logging in).
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