Share it! Science : August 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

30+ Science, STEM and NGSS Teaching Resources to Use This Year!

If you're not already back to school, you will be soon. I've polled STEM and science educator colleagues to generate this list of vetted resources that you need to check out this year! You'll definitely find something useful whether you are a classroom teacher, homeschooler or afterschool care provider.

Maybe you're looking specifically for resources that will help you align your teaching to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), or are trying to implement more STEM into the classroom. You'll find those ideas and the help you need here, as well as 2017's best apps for STEM and the National Science Teacher's Association's (NSTA) picks for best trade books. Read on for resources you'll put to use all year long!

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Resources for Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) Aligned Lessons

Working on aligning your curriculum to the NGSS? I was so excited to get these great suggestions because part of my work is consulting on NGSS alignment. I'm super excited about these excellent resources!

NGSS Pathfinder This is a fun way to find an NGSS aligned lesson. You select the core idea you are focused on, choose the science and engineering practices you wish to meet, then one or more crosscutting concepts you need to cover, and voila- it pops out some lesson ideas!

Phenomena for NGSS  Using phenomena to engage students in their learning. Tons of stuff here!

Lesson Plans and Classroom Resources from the National Science Teacher's Association, NSTA is always an excellent resource. 

JogNog a collection of NGSS Vocabulary Quizzes, free for educators! 

STEMScopes is NGSS aligned curriculum for K-12. This site includes free content.

Resources in the STEM Disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

DeSTEMber Month-long Virtual STEM curriculum from Girlstart. This is an awesome annual project, definitely worth a click!

HowToSTEM tons of STEM resources here. Check out the 15 min STEM activities for quick ways to get kids thinking!

For ideas that are easy to put into practice you'll want to take a look at the STEM Activities for Kids blog. 

If you are looking for STEM at the preschool and early elementary level, The STEM Laboratory, and Preschool Powol Packets are two great resources for new ideas.

If you are on Twitter, you'll want to check out this great list of the 50 Essential Twitter Feeds for STEM Educators. I followed a bunch!

Here is a massive (70+) list of the best science education web sites that you'll definitely want to visit.

Nova Education has great videos, and free teacher content. You'll also want to subscribe to their newsletter for monthly STEM ideas.

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Science, Engineering, Technology and Math

70+ best science education web resources here on Share it! Science.

Be sure to check out our back to school science resources list from last year too!

Teaching Chemistry??
You'll find a wealth of Middle School chemistry lessons and activities from the American Chemical Society here.You'll also want to check out Adventures in Chemistry, featuring fun experiments, games and classroom resources.

The Teach Engineering site offers engineering curriculum for K-12 educators. If you are in the elementary classroom, you'll want to explore the curriculum available at Engineering is Elementary.

Inspire your students with some engineering for kids, by kids with resources from PBS's Design Squad.

Need help connecting classroom learning with real life STEM? Check out the great collection of resources on Get Caught Engineering.

You'll find some great engineering activities that are easy to put into practice at the From Engineer to Stay at Home Mom blog.

Want to get started coding? 
Maybe you don't have experience but need to teach it, or just want to learn yourself. Check out my post on teaching kids of all ages how to code for tons of ideas.

Check out for lots of resources as well as these free computer science clubs from Google. 

All sorts of fun coding and algorithm activities, like coding with LEGO and other games at JDaniel4's Mom Blog. 

Marvelous math resources

Check out Illuminations for great math lessons and interactives.

Time and time again teacher's cite Phet simulations as a great resource. Check out all of the math simulations here. (They are also great for science simulations, it's on our best science education sites post!)

I also really like Teach Beside Me for their fun, creative math games.

Add some art! Make it STEAM 

If you are looking for STEAM, STEAM Kids: 50+ Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math Hands-On Activities for Kids is a must-have resource. 

For the early childhood crowd, check out Preschool STEAM. They are about to launch an interesting paid service called Preschool Activity Lab that looks interesting!

Science Podcasts

Check out a new one called All This Science for 5 minute science explanations.

Brains On! and Tumble are two science podcasts geared for kids.

NSTA's 2017 Outstanding Trade Books for K-12

Each year, the National Science Association puts out their top picks for trade books (in other words, the books that you normally buy, versus curriculum books). This is an AWESOME list, especially if you teach elementary. You can find NSTA's Outstanding Trade Books of 2017 list here. Check out some of the interesting titles in the Amazon widget below.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Affordable STEM Inspired Clothing for Kids (and adults, too!)

I haven't met a kid who wasn't interested in one of the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, math) in one way or another. Why not fuel that interest with some fun STEM inspired clothing?

Whether you are shopping for back to school, a birthday gift or just because, you'll find something here that your favorite kid (or adult!) will love. I've been excited to find more and more clothing featuring things like dinos and space available for girls as well as boys. It's also nice to find clothes for boys that aren't only about sports!

Here is a collection of affordable, fun clothing featuring everything from animals, to atoms, to computer code. Inspire and empower your children through their wardrobe, or give a fun gift to your favorite science teacher with these picks.

Affordable Cool STEM and Science Clothes for Kids

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Cool STEM Shirts from Target

Affordable Science STEM clothes from Target

I really like some of the items in the "Cat and Jack" line available at Target. They have cool graphics as well as science facts. The prices are very affordable (often under $10) and they are guaranteed for returns up to a year, as long as you have your receipt.

Great message "stay curious" with facts about Marie Curie on the back of this tee

Science STEM t-shirts for Girls

Or this one with a fun astronaut graphic on the front and planets down the sleeve.

Cool science STEM Astronaut shirts

Moon phases, brain power and "future chemist" are favorites of ours, too.

Cool Science STEM Moon Phase Shirt for Kids
Brain Power Science STEM Kids Clothes
Future Chemist Kids Shirt

They also have cool science shirts for toddlers too. We love this shark fact shirt that a friend gifted our daughter. This sea turtle shirt is great too!

Toddler Shark Fact Shirt

Svaha STEM Clothing for Kids and Adults 

Svaha apparel has really fun, unique, clothing that empowers kids who love science and the other STEM disciplines. They also have a great line of Ms. Frizzle-worthy dresses for women!

From computer coding and solar eclipse dresses, to science experiment, rocket ship and geometric shape butterflies, Svaha has a wide selection of fun kids clothing that I would have gone ga-ga for as a child. You will also want to check out their clearance section to grab some great deals. Click on the images below for more info.

Solar Eclipse Kids Dress

Science Experiment Girls Shirt

Physics Shirt for Kids

Rocket Science Dress for Kids

Geometric Butterflies Shirt

I love the dresses for adults. I wish I had known about Svaha when I was in the classroom! You'll also find accessories and unisex science t-shirts for the grown-up crowd.

Fun STEM Clothing on Etsy

One more place I like to look for cool kid's clothes is Etsy. The products are unique and I know that I am supporting small businesses in the process. There are many shops that create fun STEM clothes including td the science mom, "Children's Apparel that Promotes STEM Education".  You'll find great handmade clothing here and fun onesies like this one.

Future Scientist Onesie

I also like this cute "Lab Partners" shirt from Cognitive Surplus.

Lab Partners Kids Science Shirt Etsy

One of my favorite shops for promoting STEM for girls is This Girl's Tees. Unique t-shirts for girls who like math, coding and science.

Girls Math STEM Shirt
This Girls Asks Why Science T-Shirt Etsy

If your kids love STEM, you'll want to check out this great list of hands-on science books, and the STEAM Kids activity book, with a STEAM (STEM plus Art) activity for every week of the year!

Affordable Cool STEM and Science Clothing for Kids

Thursday, August 3, 2017

What Exactly Happens During a Lunar or Solar Eclipse?

Are you excited for the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017? We are! Read on to learn more about solar and lunar eclipses.

I know that astronomy can be a tough subject to teach, so I wanted to share a quick lesson idea for understanding what exactly is happening during an eclipse. There are two types of eclipses, lunar and solar, and both can be visible in the United States if the conditions are right. Visit my post, Exploring Lunar and Solar Eclipses on Only Passionate Curiosity blog, to see how you can create a quick visual model to understand both types of eclipses.

Before you head over to Only Passionate Curiosity, check out the supply list below to be sure you have what you need for this activity!

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Eclipse Visual Model Supplies

Eclipse Safety and other Celestial Events

Are you planning on watching the eclipse in August? Find out everything you need to know about viewing the solar eclipse here. 

Although the Sun's light is blocked out during an eclipse, it does not mean that it is safe to look directly at it! Find out how you can safely view a solar eclipse here. One option is to purchase solar eclipse glasses like the ones featured below.

You can also build a pinhole projector for safe solar eclipse viewing using this easy plan.  Or build a cereal box camera obscura with these directions instead.

Another fun astronomical event to view in the summer is the Perseid meteor shower in August. Find out how to best view the Perseid meteor shower with kids here.