Elementary science

The resources in this collection were selected to help teachers as they plan lessons and learn about specific topics, such as severe weather, the water cycle, tornadoes and food webs. These resources may also be useful in teaching larger concepts such as change over time, analyzing patterns, relationships between organisms and their habitats, the interdependence of living things, and energy transfers. The types of resources available include short videos, handouts and lesson plans, data sources, background information and professional development opportunities for teachers. These resources can provide students with the opportunity to collect and interpret data and engage in hands-on activities in the classroom and outdoors, make observations, and participate in other scientific processes.

Ocean and Coasts

National Ocean Service Ocean Facts

Brief descriptions and explanations about a wide variety of ocean related topics.

Ocean pollution - Marine debris

Activity books, brochures and other information about marine debris causes, impacts and solutions.


AMS Climate Systems Courseoffsite link

Free online Climate Systems course designed for teachers and produced by the American Meteorological Society.

Which location is right for me?

Students compare weather and climate, gather online climate data, and use the data to determine the region to which they would like to relocate.

Weather and Atmosphere

Lightning safety for kids

This website provides information and activities about lightning and lightning safety for kids.

Make your own weather station

Instructions for making six simple instruments that students can use to measurement the local weather.

Marine Life

Sounds in the ocean

Recordings of the sounds made by many marine animals.


Backyard water discoveryoffsite link

Classroom and outdoor activities that help students investigate their local aquatic habitats and environments.

Estuary video series

Short videos that introduce students to estuarine habitats.

Food webs of the Great Lakes

Small printable diagrams illustrating food webs found in the Great Lakes.

Water cycle

Background information, lessons, and activities for kids about the water cycle.