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Can't make it to the Academy? We offer a wide breadth of resources that can impact your teaching from afar. Whether you are looking for kits of classroom materials, lesson plans, science videos, distance learning programs, or full courses, the Academy has science teaching resources galore.
Looking for ideas to spice up your science teaching? Our activity database features full-period lessons to integrate into your normal curriculum, activities to focus your field trip, or ideas for extending the museum visit into the classroom.
Science Notebook Corner
Based on years of experience training upper elementary school teachers in the Bay Area, we've designed a how-to resource for teachers everywhere to illustrate how you can easily and successfully integrate science notebooks into your own classroom.
Get ready to use science notebooks for scientific reasoning and meaning-making, in a way that supports hands-on scientific inquiry!
Habitat Earth in the Classroom
We’re pleased to announce the launch of Habitat Earth HD, a special version of our award-winning planetarium show made specifically for educators. The show, which is now free to watch or download online, is complemented by a suite of science-rich media designed specifically for classrooms and informal learning environments.
Flipside Science is a youth-powered series that tackles complex environmental topics and empowers viewers to make a difference. This engaging and upbeat collection of videos, hosted by Academy youth, explores how local communities are addressing environmental problems with innovative solutions. Designed with a middle-school audience in mind, Flipside Science features media-rich units perfect for educators looking to engage their students in design thinking activities around environmental issues.
Can't make it all the way to San Francisco? We now invite groups of students to interact in a live connection with Academy experts, animals, and collections over the internet!
Borrow a kit full of exciting materials to use in your classroom! Available for preschool though grade 12, kits include lesson plans, games, specimens, books, DVDs, and more.
Online Courses & Guides
Created by Academy educators and scientists, the following are excellent resources for educators interested in improving their own science content knowledge, or finding compelling media assets for use in the classroom.
iTunes U Courses
What are earthquakes? How does the process of science really work? Dive deep into these topics with free courses designed with our partners at KQED and UCMP.
Drawing on the deep knowledge of Academy scientists, educators, and video producers, this seven-part course explains biodiversity and its importance throughout the world.
Educator Exhibit Guides
Explore key concepts to guide your students’ experience on a field trip, or just find out about our scientific research happening behind-the-scenes.
Infographics in the Classroom Toolkit
This toolkit provides ideas, strategies, and resources to help teachers incorporate the study of infographics into middle school and high school science curricula.
Citizen Science Toolkit
How can you easily integrate citizen science into the classroom? First, peruse this diverse selection of activities and projects that you can use as-is or adapt to fit the context of your school site.
Using Media in the Classroom
To help you better understand strategies for integrating media into your teaching, we've crafted model activities that fulfill a variety of purposes.
Our collection of educational videos will help your students visualize data and understand scientific concepts.
The W. Richard Bingham Family provides generous support for online educational materials for teachers.
Teacher Education programs and activities are also generously supported by the Cedar Tree Foundation, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, MacWhorter Family Trust, and the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education.