"Crash Course Kids has been my favorite video resource for building background knowledge. Key points are always presented in print, so the videos can always be stopped for discussion and note taking. In an age where students can preview, self-teach and review from a multiplicity of quality of resources, it's important for all of us to start using these resources routinely with our students!
"There are also more advanced Crash Course videos featuring Hank Green and the old school Bill Nye vids are also worth using. And of course there are teacher made slideshows for almost any subject out there - from biomes & animal adaptations to advanced chemistry.
"The easiest way to bookmark for me is to use the "Watch Later" tab on the Youtube Google app. If your school Internet is spotty, then consider getting one of the freeware Youtube downloaders out there on your PC or Mac at home and bring videos in to school on a thumb drive, some Districts block any software installation to school computers." John Flanagan, 7th grade science, Davidson Middle School
"I tried an expanded version of the cup stacking challenge on iTEAMS website from 2014. Highest level of student engagement I've witnessed of almost anything I've ever done with students. This one has multiple increasing levels of difficulty and limits on communication and use of hands." Adam Singer, Middle School engineering and technology, Davidson Middle School
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Juicy word problems and her discourse speech bubbles from Eileen Smith and Catherine Nam
"Georgia Math's lessons and tasks dive a little deeper into the math standards. The lessons are set up as tasks (instead of a workbook page) and students are very engaged in the lessons." Tracey Osterman, 3rd grade, Dixie School
"I found a great resource from Scholastic Books called The Body Book which has 'Easy to make hands-on models that teach.' They say these models are meant for 5-6th grades but I have used them with 4th graders in the past and they work really well. There is a lesson plan and pages that you can run off on regular paper to build each of the models. For the eye model you need to have a piece of clear plastic or plastic wrap for each student. For those of you who are doing other human systems, there are models of many of them all in this book. For example: the sense organs, the joints, bones, brain, digestive system, respiratory system, heart, how muscles move bones, all the body parts for senses, the skeleton. The one I have has a copyright from 1993 so it has been out awhile. It is written by Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne." Mary Acord, 4th grade, Manor School
"This is a great, friendly website for students to navigate independently. Topics include:Animals, Plants, Human Body, Earth Science,Technology, and Biographies. The technology section explains concepts such as levers, velocity, gravity, and laws of motion. Quick reads with good visuals." Michelle Giraud, 3rd grade, Sun Valley
"This site has many different "bits" or activities die students to learn about within many avenues of our 3rd grade animal, plant, ecosystem unit. This site has an activity and slideshow for each bit. The areas pertaining to third grade are : ants - group behavior, snacking on sunlight - photosynthesis, biomes, and feather. There is also a link to Zipcode Zoo." Carolyn Robello, 3rd grade, Sun Valley School
"Inside Mathematics is a website that has been put together by the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative. They have a number of great mathematics resources available, in addition, they have recently shared some free ebooks on how to support mathematical discourse in the classroom." Mary Clare Neal, 7th grade math, White Hill Middle School.
iTEAMS is a professional development research project designed to provide teachers with support to deepen their content knowledge and pedagogy to promote STEM education aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).