Below is a list of free, useful online resources you can use in your classroom.
Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. Its powerful features can be used to create stunning presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text.
Assistance Principals and Instructional Coordinators of Caddo Parish
Science materials from assistance principal and instructional coordinator meetings.
BBC Bitesize and BBC Bitesize KS2 (ages 8-11)
Great website from the UK. This website provides educators and students with fun activities and games. My students love this site. They think it’s fun, the actors have accents, and they call math ‘maths’. In addition, they think it is cool that kids in other countries are expected to learn similar things.Caddo Science Newsletters
Check out all of the archived newsletter from the K-12 Science Department
Caddo Science's Symbaloo
A free social bookmarking service in the cloud.
CASES Online is a collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage K-12 and undergraduate students in exploring the science behind real-world problems. Through CASES, you can transform your students into motivated investigators, self-directed and life-long learners, critical thinkers, and keen problem solvers.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
Create a Graph
Don’t pay for graphing software!
Create a Graph explains and illustrates the different types of graphs, and provides a step-by-step guide to creating examples for downloading and printing. This site is easy to for teachers, parents, & students to use and makes great looking, impressive graphs. One of my most used classroom tools.
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.
The online tool from the US National Archives for teaching with documents. Create interactive lessons with primary sources to foster historical and scientific thinking.
DOGO News has short format articles for kids on current events,science, sports and more plus lots of pictures, videos and an interactive map! Great website!
Create and share visual infographics.
Online assessment tools with technology-enhanced items that give instant view of student learning and growth.
Engineering Is Elementary (EiE)
Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston. They address America’s pressing need for effective STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through three platforms:
- Curriculum development and dissemination
- Professional development (PD) for teachers and teacher educators
- Educational research and evaluation
Fact Monster is a free reference site for students, teachers, and parents.
FEMA for Kids: Natural Disasters
Disasters come in many shapes and sizes. Most are related to the weather. Some are predictable — like a hurricane. Some, like an earthquake or tsunami, can surprise us. Visit this website to learn more about natural disasters.
Make online flashcards or use one of the pre-made sets.
Flipsnack is an application used to convert PDF files into a flipping book that is easy to use. Very cool way to a document.
At Garbology, you’ll find an interactive online game that teaches about Garbology and answers the question, “Where should my waste go?” You’ll also find lessons and activities to extend your Garbology experience, from how to pack a waste-less lunch to getting the dirt on composting.
42 Graphic Organizers from Zaner-Bloser.
Interactive Websites for Teachers
All of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!
*The site is a little dated, but most of the links work.
Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. They are a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
LinkEngineeringis a community of educators working with PreK-12 students in classrooms or other settings. This includes – but is not limited to – teachers, teacher educators, and administrators. The site allows members to connect with each other and engineering education experts.
Middle School Chemistry by ACS
Site includes excellent lesson on chemical concepts found in middle school physical science standards. The lessons can be accessed for grades 6, 7, or 8.
Explore National Geographic Online. A world leader in geography, cartography and exploration.
Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news.
Library of Congress: Teachers
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching. Primary sources aren't just for history teachers!
Live Science offers a fascinating window into the natural and technological world, delivering comprehensive and compelling news and analysis on everything from dinosaur discoveries, archaeological finds and amazing animals to health, innovation, and wearable technology.
Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA)
LSTA is an organization of Louisiana science educators dedicated to the advancement of scientific literacy at all levels.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
NSTA is an association of science teachers in the United States and is the largest organization of science teachers worldwide. NSTA's current membership of more than 57,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. The organization's mission is "to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all."
Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject. This website has great informational news articles.
Learn a lot about astronomy, paleontology, and the definitions of other “ologies” on this site from the American Museum of Natural History.
The Public Broadcasting Service is an American broadcast television network. Not only do they provide great programming, but they provide amazing educational experiences. Take advantage.
PhET from the University of Colorado provides dozens of fantastic simulations for STEM.
Prezi is cloud-based, meaning you can present from your browser, desktop, iPad, or iPhone and always have the latest version of your work at your fingertips. Create or edit on the go, then auto-sync across all your devices with ease.
Visit Primary Games. Play some fun games to learn different skills!
Print Friendly- PrintFriendly cleans and formats web pages for perfect print experience. PrintFriendly removes ads, navigation and web page junk, so you save paper and ink when you print. It's free and easy to use. Perfect to use at home, the office, or whenever you need to print a web page.
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program for teachers and other educators working with students from preschool through grade 12.
This site has over 60,000 free teaching resources, lesson plans and worksheets. Including free interactive whiteboard resources.
ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. Great website for all subjects.
Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction. This site includes a lot of good nonfiction text skills so you can use it for more subjects than just reading and language.
RESCu was developed in the Rice University Elementary Model Science Lab and it is a free resource for teachers. All 5E model lessons are written for Texas science standards. Therefore, please focus on science topics and learning goals rather than grade levels and state standards.
Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center
A fun, educational environment for people of all ages to explore and actively engage in the world of mathematics, science and technology.
Science for Kids
Science Kids is the home of science & technology on the Internet for children around the world.
Providing a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators, Science NetLinks is your guide to meaningful standards-based Internet experiences for students. You can find lesson plans and science simulations!
Scholastic News Online
Today’s news headlines in a kid-friendly format. Kids will experience the news from a variety of angles with articles, videos, book reviews,surveys, newsfeeds, and podcasts. The site includes interactive games about current events, geography, newsmakers, and more.
Science and Engineering Fair
Sheppard Software has hundreds of free, online, educational games for kids. They have so many subjects - (geography, math, animals, science) and many levels, games and activities for learners of any age.
Shreveport Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy, sustainable, and economically vital community through public outreach, community enhancement, and a specific respect for the natural and built environment.
Skype a Scientist
Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! Scientists will skype into the classroom for 30-60 minute Q and A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be a scientist. The folks at Skype a Scientist want to give students the opportunity to get to know a “real scientist”, and this program allows them to reach students from all over the world without having to leave the lab! They have over 1900 scientists ready to chat, and teachers can choose the type of scientist that will fit their classroom. Start a conversation!
Lesson plans and resources for your SMART Board. You will need to create a profile to use this site.
StudyJams! is a great tool to complement your existing lesson plans and teach students using material that’s grade-appropriate. Developed specifically for students in grades 3–6, the content covers more than 200 math and science for those grades.
Super Teacher Worksheets
Printable worksheets. You can even generate worksheets. The site includes free materials, but there is also a paid subscription sections for more materials.
The Teaching Channel
For curricula resources, teacher videos, strategies and lesson plans, go to Teaching Channel. Find great ideas and strategies in classroom teaching.
The Teacher’s Corner
Great website for all sorts for free resources like lesson plans, printable worksheets, bulletin board ideas, thematic units, and more.
Teach Engineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math (engineering) come alive in K-12 settings.
Thirstin's Water Cycle
A flash animated activity that lets you control the water cycle as you learn.
Time Magazine for Kids
Time for Kids offers news articles about many topics, including the country, the world, animals. and trends in schools. Also features games, polls, and a homework help section.
Understanding Science from UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley's Understanding Science website is a "must use" for all science teachers. It is a great resource for learning more about the process of science.
US National Archives: Education
Teacher resource page for the National Archives.
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch basedon TED conferences and videos.
Videos: Smithsonian STEM Careers Videos
Students can read and watch video about 21 Smithsonian scientists including a volcano watcher, fossil hunter, art scientist, germinator and zoo vet.
Videos: National Geographic Videos
Great videos from National Geographic.
Wonderopolis is a whimsical, fun website providing “Wonders of the Day” such as “Do Rabbits Have Good Eyesight?” to “When is Technology Old?”