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Making Science Make Sense - Simple experiments for younger children, from Bayer

Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) has entered its 22nd year of making a positive STEM education impact on students across the United States. Since the program’s nascent year in 1995, Bayer’s MSMS has brought educational experiments to the classrooms that are kid-friendly and designed to intrigue and…

The SingAboutScience.org database: An educational resource for instructors and students

Setting something to music is a well-known method for supporting learning (think about the alphabet song that you learned as a child). Gregory J. Crowther has assembled a searchable database of science-themed songs, along with lesson plans and suggestions for how to use songs in your teaching.…

Activity: Do plants need soil to grow?

This resource provides a set of videos and a practical investigation aimed at supporting working scientifically in the classroom and relating science to real world experiences. In the first video Professor Brian Cox joins a teacher to find out how to set up and run an investigation to find out if plants…

Explore PlantingScience.org

PlantingScience is a learning community where scientists provide online mentorship to student teams as they design and think through their own inquiry projects. Engaging in the science process and becoming familiar with science practices enhances science learning. The ability to collaborate, discuss,…

Make Me Genius: Uses of Plants for Kids

A charming ~7 minute animation (with regular photos interspersed) featuring two youngsters talking about the many ways plants support all life and provide products everyone needs and uses every day. Relaxed but concise use of key vocabulary terms will expand young viewers understanding of plants and…

It's all in the touch! Plant biology curriculum grades 5 - 8

The objective of this curriculum is to encourage conceptual understanding of plant diversity, cell structure and function through tactile exploration of these topics. It has been recognized that human senses of touch, smell and taste are effective and meaningful ways of educational engagement. Focusing…

Plant Biology Science Fair Project Ideas (& more)

Get hands-on experience with the plants around you with these plant science fair project ideas. Ideas are sorted as Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Plants have developed an amazing variety of strategies to succeed in the struggle for survival. In addition to the science itself, plant biology…

Nutrients for Life Curriculum

The Nutrients for Life Foundation is an educational non-profit that provides information and resources to educators and the public about the vital role fertilizers play in feeding our world. Through donations, we are able to offer free educational materials on soil science to educators. All of our resources…

USDA Teacher Resources: Wildflowers and Pollinators

An extensive set of resources for various grade levels to help children explore the relationships between plants and pollinators. View resource