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
© Mats Lindh
May 2, 2017: Learn what it takes to take care of the two Macaws living at the Academy. Grades K-3.
Explore the adaptations for eating in some amazing rainforest animals and closely observe the skulls of a few!
Within the vast expanses of our solar system amazing discoveries about small objects are currently being made.
Summer 2017 Professional Development @ the Academy
June 6: Demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in this beginner's-level workshop.
June 8: Explore how notebooks can help students think and act like scientists in this hands-on workshop.
Jul 24 - Aug 4: Become a lifelong science learner and ignite in your students a passion for the natural world.
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.
illustrated by Laura Regan
April 25, 2017: We celebrated World Penguin Day by reading about Pierre with an Academy Educator. Grades K-2.
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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