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Content Resources: Science

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.

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: Amazon.com) Authors: Ann K. Fathman & David T. Crowther

Everything ESL: Content-Based Science Instruction for ELLs

Everything ESL offers ideas for teaching thematic science units in the ELL classroom.

Hands-On Science Activities

This website, from the Jefferson Lab, offers a variety of hands-on science lesson plans. This is a great site for teachers in grades 6-8, as it also provides ideas on how to modify lessons to meet students' needs.

Museum of Science: Field Trip Activities

The website from the Boston Museum of Science offers examples of field trip activities that students can try, as well as downloadable worksheets and chaperone guides.

NASA Science for Kids

The NASA website for kids includes links to fun activities and further space activity links.

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.

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.

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 School Publishing

Differentiated themed sets, reading programs, magazines, and content-based fiction materials created for ELLs and struggling readers. Strong emphasis on understanding science, social studies, and math content while improving literacy skills.

National Geographic Website

Links to many articles, photos, and video clips related to current events and supporting science and social studies concepts.

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.

Science Museum of Minnesota: Simply Science

Search a large database of science activities for kids, and sort by age and topic for customized results. Many science museums have links to educational resources, so don't forget to check your local science museum.

Smithsonian Institute: Science and Technology for Kids

Links to information from the Smithsonian Institute on a variety of topics. Includes video streaming on interesting connections like the Apollo 11 space mission to the moon.

The Full Option Science System (FOSS) website

The FOSS website includes a science curriculum scope and sequence for K-8, plus detailed information about how the program works.

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.