Science Ideas!

This toolkit includes collections of digital content tools to use; examples and tips from experts in the field; and links to proven lesson plans. We hope that you will dig into the ideas and examples shared by educators like you

Tools to Use

Google Earth and SketchUp

Google Earth, Maps, and SketchUp have been identified as a powerful learning tools that can help students conceptualize, visualize, share, and communicate information about the world around them.

National Geographic Education 

This site brings science, social studies, and geography to life for K-12 educators, learners, and their families—in and out of the classroom. The free education resources at include activities, lessons, teacher guides, encyclopedic entries, printable and interactive maps, National Geographic’s iconic media, and more.

PowerMyLearning® Science includes free educational activities from across the web. Developed by nonprofit CFY, this free platform for students, educators, and parents helps propel achievement in all major K-12 subject areas. PowerMyLearning® Science offers stimulating science activities to reinforce classroom learning and spark new interests.  

Virtual Labs

Virtual labs are used as a center in a chemistry class at Eminence High School (Eminence, KY).  Half of the students use Dell netbooks in groups of 2-3 while the other half is doing the actual lab with the teacher.  The students will have academic dialogue in groups and whole class comparing and contrasting both kinds of labs. The lesson can be found at the teacher's website.


Each day, Wonderopolis features a free inquiry-based learning approach through its Wonder of the Day®.  Each Wonder includes: an intriguing main question that introduces the Wonder, an embedded video related to the subject matter of the Wonder, additional questions that preview and introduce the content, information and facts that answer the intriguing question, and a list of Wonder words that provide continuous vocabulary-building opportunities. The daily Wonder also includes suggested on and offline activities teachers and parents can use to extend learning. Wonders are aligned to Common Core State Standards and each Wonder has a STEM component. Wonderopolis is sponsored by the Verizon Foundation and is a member of the Thinkfinity community.  Visit to begin Wondering!







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