Science Resources Parent Secondary
Atomic Dating Game
Readorium—an educational software company that designs programs to develop the nonfiction reading skills of students in grades 3–8—has a science–themed mini-game to increase reading comprehension skills while teaching students about atomic structure. Most appropriate for middle level students, the game challenges players to find the best match for a lonely Hydrogen atom. Will the best fit be the noble Helium, perky Hydrogen ion, or shy Deuterium? Students will learn facts about each of the “contestants” as they play.
The RCSB Protein Data Bank
High school and college teachers can access teaching materials to explore the three-dimensional world of proteins and nucleic acids. Resources are organized by theme: Molecule of the Month, which presents short accounts on selected molecules from the Protein Data Bank; Learn, which features paper molecule models (e.g, insulin and the Zika virus), interactive animations (e.g., The Structural Biology of HIV), videos (e.g., What Is Protein?), and posters (e.g., “How Do Drugs Work?”); and Teach, which offers curricular models exploring Biomolecular Structures and Models, Molecular Immunology, and Molecular View of HIV/AIDS. The Geis image gallery is a digital collection of molecular art with interactive views of DNA, hemoglobin, and other molecules.
The Serect Life of Life Scientists and Engineers
This popular online science series from PBS NOVA, now in its fifth season, aims to change how we view scientists. Through short "humanizing" video profiles, viewers discover the personal stories of notable and charismatic scientists, including Danica McKellar, mathematician and television actress; Chris Hadfield, astronaut and rock star; Geoff Tabin, ophthalmologist and bungee pioneer; and Jessica Cail, addiction researcher and stuntwoman. The series shatters the stereotype of scientists as lab-bound nerds and reinforces the idea that scientists come from all backgrounds and have a diverse range of interests and talents. A Teachers Guide provides teaching tips and web resources for using the content in middle level and high school classrooms.
Access more than 500 animated, read-aloud stories, songs, poems, videos, and learning activities to enhance early childhood instruction (students ages 4–8) at this website. Science topics include animals, seasons, metamorphosis, planets, and rivers. Resources include DemBones, an animated song introducing students to the skeletal system; Bountiful Beetles, an online book about the insects that predated dinosaurs by millions of years; and I Like Birds, a nonfiction photo book about birds and their songs. The books also include supplementary materials such as lesson plans, interactive and read-aloud versions, and student worksheets.
Alternatives to Animal Dissection, BOE Guidelines(PDF) – The Board of Education sets forth guidelines to be implemented by local school divisions regarding alternative dissection techniques.
- Web-based dissection simulations
The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish expectations of what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects. The SOL in certain disciplines support Environmental Literacy explicitly and in others implicitly.
Environmental Literacy offers connections to the Virginia Standards of Learning, school programs in action, teaching resources, grant programs, and more.