Elementary/Middle School

Resources for Elementary & Middle School Science

  •   Reflect back on Palindrome Days!

    Reflect back on Palindrome Days!

    Getting students excited about palindromes is easy when they discover they’re all around us in nature, mathematics, and words.

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  • Environmental Management; Plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Environmental Management; Plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Students can explore environmental management, why it's important, techniques, and the challenges participants face.

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  • Foiled again: Science of keeping Thanksgiving leftovers safe

    Foiled again: Science of keeping Thanksgiving leftovers safe

    A timely discussion about handling Thanksgiving leftovers to expand students' understanding of food-science topics.

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  • How a face mask a day helps keep germs at bay; download the activities

    How a face mask a day helps keep germs at bay; download the activities

    The curious minds in your class will be fascinated to learn the science of how masks work to help keep disease or bacteria carrying respiratory droplets at bay.

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  • When fleas take energy drinks: a biology activity1:44

    When fleas take energy drinks: a biology activity

    In this extension of Ward’s Effects of Drugs on Daphnia Kit, your students will be discovering the effects of an energy drink on a living water flea Daphnia.

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  • Demonstrate oxidation states of manganese with this colorful free activity download1:22

    Demonstrate oxidation states of manganese with this colorful free activity download

    Introduce students to this consequential transition element with our colorful lab activity that demonstrates the various oxidation states of manganese.

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  • Discovering exoplanets in a galaxy not so near you – a free activity1:17

    Discovering exoplanets in a galaxy not so near you – a free activity

    Students practice science observation skills, data collection, and more as they learn how to hunt for planets outside our solar system with this free activity.

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  • Explore the building blocks of everything, with the periodic table, plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    Explore the building blocks of everything, with the periodic table, plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    This free resource helps students learn how the elements make up everything on the earth, in the solar system, and in the universe.

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  • Boo-tiful bone facts and science activities for Halloween fun

    Boo-tiful bone facts and science activities for Halloween fun

    We’ve scared up fun facts and activities that support your lesson plans on skeletal systems.

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  • 15 hands-on chemistry activities to do at home or school – with FREE downloads

    15 hands-on chemistry activities to do at home or school – with FREE downloads

    Check out 15 of our most popular chemistry activity downloads in one convenient place. Covers classroom or distance-learning lessons.

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  • It's easy to gauge science fun with this free Under Pressure activity

    It's easy to gauge science fun with this free Under Pressure activity

    This activity helps students investigate Boyle's law and the behavior of colloid particles when exposed to pressure changes.

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  • How to teach with Drosophila: A free guide for working with and caring for your live materials.

    How to teach with Drosophila: A free guide for working with and caring for your live materials.

    Download this care guide for the facts on handling and making experimental crosses with this widely studied organism.

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  • A battery of hands-on science fun with this free Orange Clock activity

    A battery of hands-on science fun with this free Orange Clock activity

    Give students a boost from using fruit to demonstrate how batteries convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy.

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  • Endangered species facts worth saving; Plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Endangered species facts worth saving; Plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill's AccessScience

    Students can explore wildlife conservation, why it's important, and methods used to address biodiversity loss.

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  • How to teach with Bacteria and Fungi: A free guide for working with and caring for your live materials

    How to teach with Bacteria and Fungi: A free guide for working with and caring for your live materials

    Download this care guide for the facts on Bacteria and Fungi and instructions for their observation, care, and culturing.

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  • Cross-link science and fun with this free Joke Juice activity

    Cross-link science and fun with this free Joke Juice activity

    A quick and easy activity illustrating the effect of cross-linking on a polymer

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  • Discovering the scientific method; Plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    Discovering the scientific method; Plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    Students can think like a scientist by using the scientific method.

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  • How to teach with Hydra: A free guide for working with and caring for your live materials.

    How to teach with Hydra: A free guide for working with and caring for your live materials.

    Download this care guide for the facts on Hydra reproduction, regeneration, and instructions for their collection, care, and feeding.

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  • How to teach with Nasonia: A free guide for working with and caring for your live materials

    How to teach with Nasonia: A free guide for working with and caring for your live materials

    Download this guide for the facts on Nasonia lifecycle and instructions for culturing and handling Sarcophaga and Nasonia.

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  • Scope out the facts on respiratory virus detection from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    Scope out the facts on respiratory virus detection from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience

    Help students explore methods used by “Disease Detectives” in virology labs to detect respiratory viruses.

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