We've compiled a selection of grade-appropriate offerings to make it easy for you to browse Academy opportunities and classroom resources.
Distance Learning Programs for Your Class
Learn how the unique adaptations of African Penguins help them to survive in their ocean habitat.
Explore the adaptations for eating in some amazing rainforest animals and closely observe the skulls of a few!
As astronomers, students will use hands-on models to explore asteroids and comets in this online program!
Professional Development @ the Academy
September 23: Join us for a full-day workshop on using notebooks for scientific meaning-making.
© Chris Frank
November 14: Explore skulls in this hands-on workshop and become eligible to borrow the Skulls Kit!
© Tyler Christensen
Dec. 2: Join us to explore the Rainforest Kit and become eligible to borrow this hands-on classroom resource.
January 20: Demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in this beginner's-level workshop.
Jan 27 & Feb 10: Explore the Science and Engineering Practices in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop.
Feb. 3: Learn more about “real-world phenomena” and how they anchor learning in science and engineering.
Start Science Notebooking!
Learn how science notebooks can help your students plan and carry out hands-on investigations.
Taking notes in science doesn't mean just copying what's on the board.
Setting aside time for reflection allows your students to recognize their own learning.
Selected Science Lesson Plans
© Sally Crossthwaite
What types of natural resources are used to make the objects we use in everyday life? Play bingo to find out!
Students head outside to look closely for patterns of leaves in a shady environment vs. a sunny environment.
© Dennis Brekke
Do you know the relative sizes of the planets in our solar system? Put yourself to the test with some Play-doh.
© Brocken Inaglory
How does an animal's shape and color affect what habitat they live in?
What makes a good scientific sketch? You can teach this lesson even if you think you can't draw!
Look through the collection of Academy-designed science lesson plans for 2nd and 3rd grade.
Featured Videos from the Science Video Vault
Inspire your students with this stunning 25-minute film focusing on the vast networks of life.
Travel underground for an up-close look at the ants, amoebas, and bacteria that maintain healthy soil.
Programs for Your Field Trip to the Academy
© Callum Hayton
This show is offered most Mondays and Fridays at 10:30am through June 2018.
© Kabsik Park
This show is offered most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30am through June 2018.
© Mario Sánchez Prada
Field trips are available year-round for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12.
Classroom Kits for Bay Area Teachers
Dissect an owl pellet and glimpse the life history of these amazing animals. Updated curriculum supports NGSS.
Examine rocks and minerals, explore the rock cycle, and trace the mineral resources used in everyday life.
Bring the rainforest to life in your classroom! Explore soil, animal adaptations, and plant-animal interactions.
Professional Learning for You
Explore this section to learn the basics of setting up science notebooks with your students.
This course weaves activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on the process of science.
Need help with planning professional development around the Next Generation Science Standards? Look no further.
Join us on October 13th for a live broadcast to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day.
Watch our penguins swim, flirt, and nest on three live webcams.
Spot every detail on the 13 species of sharks, rays, and bony fishes living in our Shark Lagoon.
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