Additional STEM education resources for teachers and parents, organized by topic.

 


Wetlands

 

Wetland characteristics, wetlands across NC, benefits of wetlands

NC Division of Water Resources
Grade Level: K-12th
 
 

Teacher curriculum guide about wetlands, food chains, habitats, and conservation

Ducks Unlimited
Grade Level: K-5th
 
 

Lesson plans and experiments about wetlands, video resources from professionals in the field

Wetlands Live- US Forest Service
Grade Level: 4th-8th
https://wetlandslive.pwnet.org/resource/wetland_ecology.php
 
 

Interactive wetlands map of the US highlighting types of wetlands and species found in each

 NOAA
Grade Level: 3rd - 12th
https://www.habitat.noaa.gov/application/wild-in-our-wetlands/index.html
 

 

Water

 

Properties of Water

Utah State Univeristy Cooperative Extension
Grade Level: 5th - 8th
https://extension.usu.edu/waterquality/learnaboutsurfacewater/propertiesofwater/
 
 

Water quality, water cycle, properties of water

The Water Project
Grade Level: K - 8th
https://thewaterproject.org/resources/
 
 

Water cycle games, lesson plans, videos

NASA
Grade Level: K - 12th
https://gpm.nasa.gov/education/water-cycle
 
 

Water related activites, homeschool and teacher resources

Project WET
Grade Level: K - 6th
https://www.projectwet.org/covid19
 
 

Ocean resources and activites for parents and educators

World Ocean Observatory
Grade Level: K - 12th
http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/distance-learning-resources-covid19
 

 

Conservation

 

Information on endangered species

US Fish & Wildlife
Grade Level: K - 5th
https://www.fws.gov/endangered/education/
 
 

Hands-on experiments about pollution 

Project Learning Tree
Grade Level: K - 6th
https://www.plt.org/educator-tips/science-projects-pollution/
 
 

Lesson plan about endangered species

Endangered Species Coalition
Grade Level: 6th-8th
https://www.endangered.org/cms/assets/uploads/2015/12/MSR_Midschool_Final.pdf
 
 

Recycling activites and crafts

Project Learning Tree
Grade Level: K-8th
https://www.plt.org/educator-tips/reduce-reuse-recycle-lesson-ideas
 
 

 

 

Life Cycles

Metamorphosis lesson on frogs, butterflies, and dragonflies

PBS Kids
Grade Level: K-2nd
 
 

Activities and crafts about life cycles of plants and animals

Scholastic
Grade Level: K-5th
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/genia-connell/10-ready-go-resources-teaching-life-cycles/
 
 

Insect life cycle lesson

California Academy of Sciences
Grade Level: K-3rd
https://www.calacademy.org/sites/default/files/assets/docs/pdf/250_gobug.pdf
 
 

Parts of the flower and pollination lesson plan

National Agriculture in the Classroom
Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
https://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=223&search_term_lp=garden,garden
 
 

Seed germination and observation lesson plan

National Agriculture in the Classroom
Grade Level: K-2nd
https://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=233&search_term_lp=garden,garden
 
 

 

Wildlife

 

 

Bird identification

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Grade Level: K-12th
 
 

Bird sleuth curriculum including educator's guides, videos, activities

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Grade Level: K-12th
https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/get-started/
 
 

Project Feeder Watch

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Grade Level: K-12th
https://feederwatch.org/
 
 

Weekly interactive lessons about birds, videos, and nature crafts

National Audubon Society
Grade Level: K-5th
https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/activities/audubon-for-kids
 
 

Wild Classroom- weekly activities, lesson plans, videos with conservationists

World Wildlife Fund
Grade Level: K-12th
https://www.worldwildlife.org/teaching-resources/
 
 

Reptiles & Amphibian Identification

NC Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Grade Level: K-12th
http://herpsofnc.org/
 
 

Insect information, identification information, and activities

Smithsonian Libraries
Grade Level: K-12th
https://library.si.edu/libraries/natural-history/entomology-guide
 
 

 

Weather

 

Experiments and lesson plans on weather for multiple ages

Scholastic
Grade Level: K-12th
 
 

Modules for weather, climate, the atmosphere, and natural disasters

National Weather Service
Grade Level: 9th-12th
https://www.weather.gov/jetstream/
 
 

Interactive weather map app

Smithsonian Science Education Center
Grade Level: 5th-8th
https://ssec.si.edu/weather-lab
 
 

National Severe Storms Laboratory- resources for learning about severe weather for students and teachers

NOAA
Grade Level: 3rd-8th
https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/
 
 

 

 Soils

 

Soil science lesson plans by topic and grade level

Soil Science Society of America
Grade Level: K-12th
 
 

Soil science lesson plans and experiments

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Grade Level: K-12th
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/soils/edu/?cid=nrcs142p2_054303
 
 

Lesson plans exploring soil science and ties to agriculture

National Agriculture in the Classroom
Grade Level: K-12th
https://agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/search_result.cfm
 
 

Series of lesson plans about soil exploring characterisitcs, useage, and management

Digging Into Soil
Grade Level: 9th-12th
https://www.diggingintosoil.org/soil-science-lesson-plans.html
 
 

Variety of resources around gardening, growing food, and soils

Kids Gardening
Grade Level: K-12th
https://kidsgardening.org/garden-ideas-kids-parents-teachers/#distance
 
 

 
 

Miscellaneous Resources

 

 

Environment science lesson plans

California Academy of Science
Grade Level: K-12th
 
 

NASA science classroom activities and lesson plans

NASA
Grade Level: K-12th
https://www.nasa.gov/langley/education/classroom
 
 

Department of Energy Education Toolkit

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Grade Level: K-12th
https://www.energy.gov/eere/education/education-resources
 
 

Educational modules on air quality, climate, clouds, seasons, and water

The GLOBE Program
Grade Level: K-5th
https://www.globe.gov/web/elementary-globe
 
 

Database with lesson plans, worksheets, and activities on environmental science topics

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
Grade Level: K-12th
https://www.hctfeducation.ca/lessons-more/
 
 
 

84 science activities you can do at home!

Michigan State University Cooperative Extension
Grade Level: K-6th
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/84-easy-science-lessons-you-can-do-at-home
 
 

Resources and lesson plans about the Arctic and Antarctica

Polar Trec- National Science Foundation
Grade Level: K-8th
https://www.polartrec.com/resources
 
 
 
 

Experiments, lessons, games and more about animals and a variety of science topics

National Geographic Kids
Grade Level: K-5th
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/