Content Resources: Science

PEEP and the Big Wide World: STEM Activities for Preschool

Public television producer WGBH has launched a bilingual website and preschool curriculum based on Peep and the Big Wide World, the Award-winning STEM series for 3-5 year olds. Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds. The accompanying site includes bilingual games and apps, a 6-unit STEM curriculum, professional development video modules for early childhood educators, and science resources and activity ideas for families.

National Geographic Photography

This site offers many intriguing photos, including a photo of the day, news photos, photo gallery, and short video clips. These can be useful for supporting content instruction, fostering dialogue with emerging English speakers, and creating writing prompts.

National Geographic Education

This site offers a wide range of resources for teachers and students, ranging from multimedia lessons and maps to recommended children's books and National Geographic Teacher student magazines.

WGBH: Open Vault Media and Archives

Open Vault provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by public television station WGBH for individual and classroom learning. The website contains video excerpts, searchable transcripts, a select number of complete interviews for purchase, and resource management tools.

National Geographic Explorer (Student Magazine) - Teachers

National Geographic offers helpful links, resources, articles, guided lesson plans, templates, and PowerPoint presentations to assist teachers in the preparation of their lesson plans. Many of the resources that can be found in this site can be downloaded for free. Teachers can also subscribe to the magazine and obtain access to other interesting articles.

Science for English Language Learners: K-12 Classroom Strategies

"This comprehensive guide will expand your expertise in teaching science content and processes, in language development and literacy, and in inquiry-based teaching. Plus it will help you integrate best practices from the very different but highly complementary fields of science education and English language teaching." (Source: Authors: Ann K. Fathman & David T. Crowther

Making Science Accessible to English Learners

This guidebook by John Carr & Rachel Lagunoff is for science teachers, particularly in grades 4-12, who know science concepts and teaching methodologies, but may have had limited preparation for teaching English learners. This practical guide offers concrete ways to help English learners grasp science concepts, including charts, tips, and other resources.

National Park Service

The website of the National Park Service provides links to historic sites and parks throughout the country, along with recommended links, activities, and background information.


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