Resources for Teachers
K-12 Teachers: Welcome to the Kentucky Academy of Science!
KAS has been a strong advocate for the Next Generation Science Standards, which teach the scientific method as well as core concepts in biological and physical sciences. Here are some resources to help you!
Free membership for K12 teachers in Kentucky
Become a member of KAS and start connecting with scientists all over the Commonwealth (click on “Teacher-level Enhanced membership”)
NGSS- aligned lesson plans:
National Science Teachers Association Learning Center. Lesson plans are free for NSTA members ($39/year) https://learningcenter.nsta.org/
Kentucky Teacher has a section of Science articles, including KAS’ “Real Science for Real Life” monthly column http://www.kentuckyteacher.org/subjects/science/
TeachEngineering demystifies it with fun problem solving, building & creating https://www.teachengineering.org/
The Kentucky Science Center’s Challenger Center has space-themed lessons online which can be combined with a “Mission” at the Center. http://kysciencecenter.org/education/the-challenger-learning-center/
DIY guides developed by teachers who have won recognition as Allen Distinguished Educators (and find out how to apply for one of their $1000 grants here too: https://www.allendistinguishededucators.org/DIYGuides.aspx?utm_source=160828+STEMx+Allen+DIY+Grants&utm_campaign=160828+STEMx+Allen+DIY+&utm_medium=email
Podcasts about teaching NGSS http://nextgensciencetalk.weebly.com/podcasts
Ambitious Science Teaching – Download free lessons with great explanations & diagrams, developed by the National Science Foundation
Get Answers to your Science Questions
Fun science demonstrations and activities for the classroom, home, or after-school clubs:
KET Education has lesson plans, videos, images and more- searchable by subject and grade level using the bar at the top of the page: https://ket.pbslearningmedia.org/
Scientific American’s Bring Science Home: http://www.scientificamerican.com/education/bring-science-home/
These “Phenomena” videos are a good way to start a scientific inquiry: http://www.ngssphenomena.com/
KET has compiled ideas for student science fair projects – search by topic or grade level: http://ket.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/science-fair-klru/
Some County 4H offices have STEM activity kits. Check with your county. Track them down here: https://extension.ca.uky.edu/county
The National Science Foundation’s Stem For All videos showcase innovative work to improve science, math, engineering, and computer science education: http://stemforall2016.videohall.com/presentations#/default
“I’m a Scientist” is a free online program where school students meet and interact with scientists. It’s an American Idol-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges: http://imascientist.us/
Partners who can help
Kentucky Science Center offers on and off-site programs. See all of them at: kysciencecenter.org/education
Climate Change Resources
- NSTA resources on climate change are here.
- Here are resources from the North American Association for Environmental Education.
- Download National Wildlife Federation’s resources and Climate Classroom lesson plans.
- AAAS guides for teaching Climate Change are here and here.
- Resources from the National Center on Science Education are here.
- The CLEAN (Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness) Network provides a collection of 650, ready-to-use and rigorously reviewed resources for educators.
- Articles about Heartland Institute’s anti-climate science campaign here (Washington Post) and here (PBS)
Climate Choices: How should we meet the challenges of a warming planet? Environmental Issues Forum (EIF) guide
Brain Resources for Educators: http://dana.org/educators/
Building with Biology is a set of materials about Synthetic Biology, available in English & Spanish: http://www.buildingwithbiology.org/
Use real weather data from NOAA’s Weather & Climate Toolkit! Tutorial here: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/wct/tutorials/
Teaching Astronomy Kinesthetically: http://www.spacescience.org/eduresources/kinesthetic.php
Teach.Genetics (http://teach.genetics.utah.edu/) and Learn.Genetics (http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/) websites are award-winning! Brought to you by University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center
Science Ideas & Misconceptions cover 16 areas of science knowledge from the American Association for the Advancement of Science: http://assessment.aaas.org/topics
UK has a Physics “Petting Zoo” you can request: https://pa.as.uky.edu/physics-petting-zoo-request-form
AirNow shows real-time air quality data from the EPA. Check out the Teachers link on the left for Air Quality lesson plans: https://airnow.gov
Professional Development Opportunities in STEM
Pimser is housed at UK and serves the whole state (Partnership Institute for Math & Science Education Reform) : www.education.uky.edu/pimser
Kentucky Department of Education has a bulletin board where you can search for PD by topic area; these are available programs offered by third parties: https://applications.education.ky.gov/ProfDev/Default.aspx
Kentucky’s Educational Cooperatives offer a variety of resources and professional development in each of 8 regions. Find the list here and check out yours! http://education.ky.gov/comm/about/Pages/Kentucky-Education-and-Special-Education-Cooperatives.aspx
Research on Science Teaching & Assessment
“Measuring Science Instructional Practice: A Survey Tool for the Age of NGSS,” Kathryn N. Hayes, Christine S. Lee, Rachelle DiStefano, Dawn O’Connor, Jeffery C. Seitz, SF Bay Integrated Middle School Science Project, Journal of Science Teacher Education, February 2016.
“What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones Toward Making Sense of the World,” Todd Campbell, Christina Schwarz, Mark Windschitl, The Science Teacher, March 2016.
“Addressing Three Common Myths About the Next Generation Science Standards,” Kenneth L. Huff, The Science Teacher, January 2016.
“Three-Dimensional Instruction: Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom,” Joseph Krajcik, The Science Teacher, November 2015.
“DCIs, SEPs, and CCs, Oh My! Understanding the Three Dimensions of the NGSS,” Ravit Golan Duncan, Veronica L. Cavera, The Science Teacher, October 2015.