Additional Family and Student Resources for Science learning
If you are looking for additional science learning opportunities beyond the district's science curriculum, consider any of the following educational links which have a variety of activities, lessons, demonstrations, experiments, online games and information on an assortment of science topics. Please note that this is a currated list for the purpose of supporting at-home interest in further science learning. Listing of a resource on this page is not an endorsement of the provider by District 65.
- NASA for Kids and the NASA Kid’s Club- These websites provide access to materials that are age appropriate for K-8 learners. The Kids Club also has a varied of online games that connect with astronomy topics: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/home/index.html and http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html
- PBS Kitchen Chemistry- In the virtual kitchen your student can perform a number of chemistry related experiments. In the real kitchen, learners are ask to do experiments at home, record and share their results online and get rewards: http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/kitchenchemistry/
- Wonderopolis.org - created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) , this site is "a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages". Each day, they pose an a new question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Student can also submit their own questions.
Scholastic Learn at Home has a number of grade-level projects that are established that are a blend of science and social studies.
This list of virtual field trips includes a view of artwork at the Louvre, a number of live cams at zoos, and a way to explore Mars
Free Remote & Elearning Projects - https://www.definedstem.com/elearning-projects/ -
Live Explorers - Join us over the next few months as we continue to broadcast live, free events with leading scientists, explorers, adventurers and conservationists around the world. Parents and students can join into any event from home, live via the YouTube stream and send in questions via the live chat side bar. All of the events will also record to YouTube and can be viewed at anytime, along with the hundreds of recorded events we have available to view.
National Geographic Resource Library - searchable by grade level.
Galileo Camps is offering CampGalileoAnywhere—a week's worth of FREE activities delivered to inboxes each weekend for families to add to their routine. For an hour each day, kids can engage in engineering and art projects, energizing movement games and live experiences facilitated by expert educators. Plus, all weekly emails are bundled with extra support for parents and educators by including printable resources, follow-up questions and ideas for self-care.
Parents Magazine offers these science ideas for caregivers to do with their children: Elementary School Science Experiment Shows Kids How Crucial Soap Is, 15 Fun STEM & STEAM Crafts for Kids, 11 Everyday Science Experiments
NASA e-Clips - Providing educators with standards-based videos, activities and lessons to increase STEM literacy through the lens of NASA.
Dense-making tasks that teachers and families can use to engage students - The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) offers a "Daily Do" -
TERC is keeping a collection of free resources to help educators, parents, students, and others cope with school closings and quarantines - ways to keep students' minds engaged. These resources are created by their math and science education and research experts and funded by the National Science Foundation along with other funding agencies.
- Simple Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids - "Turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab with these simple science experiments! Get creative using minimal materials from your pantry."
Museum of Science and Industry has created "Science at Home" - Keep learning in place and at your pace with science activities and topics you can access anytime.
- Science Kids- Students learn about the world of science & technology through science experiments, online games, photos, quizzes, videos & science fair projects: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/
- Elementary Science Olympiad- The Event Archive has many science events to challenge your students: http://mailer.fsu.edu/~ddpeters/garnet-ddp0223/archive.html
- The Franklin Institute- Visit the Franklin Institute site for great ideas for science lessons for K-8 students: http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/activity/act-summ.html
- I love that teaching idea- 18 ideas for science activities and labs for K-6 students. Also visit the Worksheet Center for lots of ready-to-use Worksheets on a variety of science topics: http://www.ilovethatteachingidea.com/ideas/subj_science.htm
- Hands on Science Lessons- An assortment of lesson ideas from the Math-Science Learning Coalition. The site offers lessons for early elementary and late elementary students organized by grade level or subject: http://www.reachoutmichigan.org/funexperiments/agesubject/subject.html
Parents are also encouraged to investigate science through experiencing the area museums, parks, forest preserves, etc. Below is a short list of the websites for some of the Chicagoland museums, nature centers and children’s museums.
- The Evanston Ecology Center: http://www.evanstonenvironment.org/Ecology_Center.html
- The Emily Oaks Nature Center: http://skokieparks.org/emily-oaks-nature-center
- The Museum of Science and Industry: http://www.msichicago.org/
- The Field Museum: http://fieldmuseum.org
- The Shedd Aquarium: http://www.sheddaquarium.org/
- The Adler Planetarium: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/
- The Chicago Botanic Garden: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/
- The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: http://www.chias.org/
- The Lincoln Park Zoo: http://www.lpzoo.org/
- The Brookfield Zoo: http://www.brookfieldzoo.org
- The Kohl’s Children Museum: http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/
- The Sci Tech Museum: http://scitechmuseum.org/