The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science

Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science
Looking to invigorate your science curriculum and teaching this year? Help Teaching’s team of teachers understands the time and commitment it takes to prepare meaningful science classes and lab activities, not to mention stay up-to-date with the latest scientific advances. Updated for the 2016-2017 school year, we have gathered links to over 70 of our favorite resources to help support rookie and veteran science teachers and homeschooling parents alike. Happy Teaching!

Next Generation Science Standards Astronomy
Breaking Science News Biology
Science Instruction Chemistry
Science Activities Earth Science
Collaborate and Explore Physics

Next Generation Science Standards

Whether or not your state has adopted the new science standards, they have been released and are the talk of the science teaching community.

Our Top PickBozeman Science provides a free series of NGSS videos on each of the disciplinary core ideas. The videos give clear overviews of each standard as well as suggestions on how to teach the core ideas at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

NGSS@NSTA provides current information about the implementation process and professional development opportunities, including free web seminars, to support science teachers looking to incorporate the standards into their curriculums.

NGSS is the primary resource for teachers looking to read and learn about the new science standards.

The National Academies Press offers several NGSS related publications useful for teachers, many of which can be download for free after creating an account.

Parent Q&A is a flyer designed to answer parent questions about the Next Generation Science Standards, but is also a nice overview for teachers and administrators.

Concord Consortium features a unique tool that allows educators to navigate the NGSS by core idea, practice, and crosscutting concept and locate high-quality digital activities that support the standards.

Breaking Science News

Check these sources regularly to stay current with scientific research. Better yet, have your students read them as well!

Our Top PickBBC Science & Environment is the place to go for breaking science news. Whether you are a busy science teacher or student looking for the hottest topics in science, BBC has coverage for you.

Scientific American maintains a section dedicated to education that includes activities, information on their program connecting teachers and scientists, tips on improving science literacy, and more.

Live Science will help keep you up-to-date with science headlines across disciplines.

Science Daily offers a compilation of breaking news articles for those interested in the latest research.

ScienceBlogs hosts posts from over sixty blogs, presenting a wide range of science news and viewpoints.

HuffPost Science will up keep you up-to-the-minute with breaking science stories.

NewScientist shares topical new stories on all things science related.

Science Instruction

Like the scientific method, great science instruction takes systemic modifications. Read on for resources that will help invigorate your science teaching.

Our Top PickGood Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science by the Smithsonian Science Education Center houses a collection of must-watch videos for anyone who teaches science. These short, animated video explore common student misconceptions on topics ranging from natural selection to chemical reactions.

The NSTA Learning Center links science teachers with professional development resources by subject and grade. Be sure to peruse their collection of 4,000+ free articles, web seminars, podcasts, and modules available to support your professional growth.

What Works Clearninghouse reviews and summarizes education products and research in an effort to help educators make evidenced-based decisions when it comes to teaching.

SERC is working to improve STEM education by providing a rich assortment of professional development opportunities and resources for educators.

Help Teaching’s library of printable science worksheets are ideal for practice and assessment. Our growing collection of self-paced science lessons for biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science are a great way to introduce topics and reinforce learning.

Science fairs and competitions can inspire students to pursue STEM careers while providing hand-on learning opportunities. Consider challenging your students to participate in a local science fair one of these major science competitions: Young Scientist Challenge, ExploraVision, Siemens Competition, Regeneron STS, & Google Science Fair.

Science Activities

Science lends itself to hands-on activities that engage students in active learning. Save time and get inspired when preparing lessons this year by reading these links.

Our Top Pick

PBS LearningMedia brings together thousands of the best digital science teaching resources in an easily searchable platform by grade, subject, standard, and format.

Science Buddies is the place to look for science fair topics and activities. Not only does Science Buddies provide science fair project resources for students and teachers, but their growing collection of science activities are perfect for classroom and home use. maintains a library of science project based learning units that encourage student inquiry and investigation.

National Lab Network fosters connections between students and scientists by matching teacher posted projects with science professionals interested in helping out.

Zooniverse brings together a collection of citizen-science, or people powered, research projects.

Science Kids has a nice collection of experiments and science fair project ideas designed to help get kids interested in science.

Annenberg Learner brings together a collection of science interactives that can readily support any science curriculum.

Virtual Microscope simulates the use of various types of microscopes for students through the examination of set image samples.

PhET Simulations supplement classroom learning with a large array of well designed science interactives.

The Science Spot contains a vast library of information and resources pertaining to all areas in science, including forensic science and astronomy. This is an essential resource of middle school teachers and students, as well as for high school teachers. This website also provides tips for implementing Interactive Science Notebooks in the classroom.

Hook your students on science by sharing videos from VeritasiumScience360, SciShow, and Help Teaching.

Collaborate and Explore

We teach our students that collaboration is an essential part of doing science. Practice what you teach with these links for connecting and sharing with teachers who have similar goals.

Our Top Pick

Skype in the Classroom helps teachers connect with other educators and experts in their fields. Use Skype to bring your students on virtual field trips, interact with a virtual guest speaker, and collaborate with another class from across the country or around the world.

National Science Teachers Association, STEM on Google+, and STEM Educators are Google+ groups offering vibrant online communities of science teachers sharing resources and best practices.

Professional Learning Communities allow teachers to connect with others in their schools, districts, and communities who are dedicated to science education.

Connect a Million Minds’ database connects students with hands-on science programs in their communities.

AP Teacher Community connects and supports those instructing AP courses.


Don’t miss out on the latest discoveries about the universe with these links.

Our Top PickNASA Education for educators opens a universe of information about space science through lessons, videos, professional development, and more. Get started by browsing for astronomy teaching resources in NASA Wavelength.

Bad Astronomy will keep you and your students informed on the latest in celestial happening as well as entertained.

Google Sky does for the view of space what Google Earth does for the view of your neighborhood.

Air and Space Live webcasts from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum brings a world and beyond of learning opportunities for anyone interested in astronomy.

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel dubs itself, “a tediously accurate scale model of the solar system,” but don’t be misled by the tagline. This interactive is beautiful in its simplicity and will engage you students on this virtual journey through our solar system.

Multicultural Astronomy Resource Guide highlights resources about astronomical contributions from non-U.S. cultures.

National Optical Astronomy Observatory offers numerous space-based resources, programs, and resources for education purposes.


From life science to AP Biology, helping students develop an understanding of the nature of life is essential to education.

Our Top PickBioInterative by Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a free collection of virtual labs, films, animations, apps, and more that are ideal for biology education.

Encyclopedia of Life offers an extensive collection of free resources on just about any organism.

The Biology Corner offers a wealth of teaching resources for biology teachers, including classroom presentations and lab handouts.

Solve the Outbreak is a free app by the CDC that challenges students to solve epidemiology mysteries. It’s fun, really!

Cells Alive brings microbiology to life through amazing photos, interactives, and videos.


Teaching the central science takes knowledge, skill, and a bit of wow factor. Use these links to help make your class preparations a little easier.

Our Top PickAmerican Chemical Society’s education page is the place to find materials for teaching chemistry, professional development opportunities, and reports on chemistry education.

ScienceGeek.Net is chemistry teacher Andy Allan’s personal website where he shares his collection of presentations, labs, and more.

Evan’s Chemistry Corner provides worksheets, transparencies, and lab activities for Regents Chemistry in New York State, but these resources can be used in any high school Chemistry classroom.

Kent Chemistry contains instructional pages covering topics in chemistry, along with accompanying videos, practice questions, worksheets, and lab activities. Both high school-level and AP Chemistry are covered in Kent Chemistry.

Illustrated Glossary of Organic Chemistry catalogs 1,500+ terms and is an essential resource for any organic chemistry course.

Periodic Videos from the University of Nottingham features videos and experiments on each element. Check out their 500 videos on YouTube as well.

Chemistry Crash Course contains a playlist of YouTube videos covering various topics in Chemistry in a short amount of time.

Chemmy Bear contains a multitude of resources for AP Chemistry, from handouts and activities to study cards and practice tests. This is especially helpful for newer AP Chemistry teachers and for teachers of Honors Chemistry courses.

Earth Science

Developing student understanding of the earth’s structures and processes helps nurture an appreciation of the natural world.

Our Top PickEarthLabs supplies rigorous units on earth and environmental topics that focus on hands-on laboratory activities and data analysis. Each unit provides all the information, resources, and lessons necessary to elevate earth science and environmental lab instruction to the next level.

NOAA brings together a wonderful collection of resources about the oceans and atmosphere.

Activities for Earth Science Week gives ideas for engaging your students on each day of Earth Science Week held the second week of October.

USGS Education compiles a wide variety of videos, maps, images, and interactives ideal for using in the Earth Science classroom.

ClimateChangeLIVE engages students with two electronic field trips for the classroom as well as supplement materials and support for teachers.

10 Activities to Celebrate World Oceans Day will help you set course for an adventurous day of ocean-themed learning.

COSEE is dedicated to helping build collaborations between students, teachers, and scientists interested in ocean studies.


Physics is daunting for many students. Great physics teachers actively engage students with the study of the interactions between energy and matter.

Our Top PickThe Physics Classroom supplements physics instruction with tutorials, animations, teacher toolkits, and lab activities.

The Physics Front is an extensive collection of materials, including online tools and lesson plans, for K-12 physics instruction.

PhysicsCentral shares everything from articles, to posters, to home projects in their efforts to support those educating physics students at all levels.

AplusPhysics contains helpful video tutorials and webpages for students to learn from, covering topics ranging from High School Physics to AP Physics. The site also contains worksheets for teachers to print and distribute to students, as well as activities that teachers can implement.

London Academy of Excellence Physics‘ playlist contains a multitude of videos covering various physics topics. These are helpful in providing instruction to students outside of the classroom.

Practical Physics offers wide array of experiments that enable students to get hands-on experience with concepts in physics, enriching students’ understanding and refining students’ ability to visualize the forces and science at play in the real world.

American Society of Physics Teachers will keep you posted on conferences, projects, and competitions as well as just about everything you need to stay up-to-date with teaching physics.

Find an App with this article on five apps that will challenge your students’ physics skills.

Although this list is by no means comprehensive, we hope it will inspire and energize your science teaching and classroom this year. Be sure to visit and utilize our growing library of K-12 science worksheets, lessons, questions, and images!

Posted By Lori Leclair

Lori Leclair is a freelance educational content developer. Using her classroom teaching experience coupled with her obsessive attention to detail, Lori crafts quality math and science materials designed for students and teachers. She currently serves as Help Teaching's Manger of Science and Math Content. When not devising and assessing curriculum materials, Lori can be found reading, camping with her family, or watching a youth baseball game from the bleachers.

13 Responses to “The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science”

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    I am surprised that PBS LearningMedia didn’t make it onto this list. With tens of thousands of free science resources and special collections from NOVA, Design Squad, Curious George and other science programs, it seems like another valuable addition.

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