Elementary/Middle School

Resources for Elementary & Middle School Science

  • 8 reasons why owl pellets are awesome for studying food chains and the environment

    8 reasons why owl pellets are awesome for studying food chains and the environment

    Want to teach food chains and predator-prey relationships with owl pellets? Don’t miss these “insider” tips.

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  • The Ewww Experiment, or why you should wash your hands before dinner.1:01

    The Ewww Experiment, or why you should wash your hands before dinner.

    Elementary and middle-school teachers: Show your young science students the importance of cleanliness with this short video, then download our free classroom activity to try it for yourself.

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  • 8 Ways to Celebrate National STEM Day

    8 Ways to Celebrate National STEM Day

    National STEM Day is November 8th. Are you ready? Here are 8 ideas for celebrating in your classroom on National STEM Day and throughout the year!

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  • Halloween fun with chemical reactions: Jack-o-lantern tube of toothpaste demo3:24

    Halloween fun with chemical reactions: Jack-o-lantern tube of toothpaste demo

    Beware! This demonstration is dramatic (and we know students love drama!). Here’s a spooky Halloween demonstration to teach on exothermic processes, catalysis, and more.

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  • 13 spooktacular science ideas and activities for Halloween lessons

    13 spooktacular science ideas and activities for Halloween lessons

    If you’re bold enough to boil up some horrific Halloween madness in your classroom this season, then don’t miss this unlucky list of 13 blood-curdling, goosebump-inducing science ideas and activities.

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  • Inside the Ward's Lab: Tarantula Molting1:08

    Inside the Ward's Lab: Tarantula Molting

    Join the small handful of teachers who have a tarantula as a classroom pet and experience this yourself. Or just take a look at this cool video of tarantula molting.

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  • 5 Fun Ways to Use Fossils in Your Classroom

    5 Fun Ways to Use Fossils in Your Classroom

    Imagine 90% of species extinguished in a massive fireball or frigid ice age. Fossils tell stories about the Earth’s history that we explore on National Fossil Day on October 16th.

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  • 6 live specimens that make great classroom pets

    6 live specimens that make great classroom pets

    If you’re thinking of adopting an unusual pet for your classroom, your students will be intrigued (to say the least) by any of these six live specimens.

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  • A quick checklist for back-to-school lab safety

    A quick checklist for back-to-school lab safety

    Safety concerns in the science lab can turn awesome teachers into nervous wrecks. Here’s a quick checklist to ensure your lab is safe (and get back your peace of mind).

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  • 5 Fun Science Ideas for the First Day of Fall

    5 Fun Science Ideas for the First Day of Fall

    If you’re looking for some quick ideas for the first day of fall, then try these simple, low-cost ideas for your class or lab. If nothing else, try our flying pig (you’ll thank us later).

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  • Keeping it clean: a lesson plan on aseptic technique

    Keeping it clean: a lesson plan on aseptic technique

    Give your students hands-on experience with a vital skill in this microbiology / general biology activity. They can use simulated media instead of actual bacteria. Will they “keep it clean”?

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  • Burning genes to a CRISPR: a genetics activity

    Burning genes to a CRISPR: a genetics activity

    If you want a genetics activity that will engage your students, then try this extension of our Dragon Genetics Kit. They’ll learn about gene editing, molecular techniques, DNA, and … dragon embryos.

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  • From liquid to solid – The Fantastic Floating Foam Reaction0:14

    From liquid to solid – The Fantastic Floating Foam Reaction

    Science teachers: Want to see this quick, safe, and cool chemical reaction in your own classroom? Check out our step-by-step chemistry activity for middle and high school to find out how easy it is.

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  • An illuminating experience - electricity for bright young minds0:16

    An illuminating experience - electricity for bright young minds

    Making an electrical circuit using copper tape on paper is a hands-on way to for science teachers to introduce electricity to students of all ages. Check out our paper circuits kit to get started.

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  • Tornado warning! The physics of a vortex0:16

    Tornado warning! The physics of a vortex

    Why just talk about the physics of a vortex when you can create one in minutes? Download this easy science activity for elementary and middle school and you’ll have a tornado in a bottle in no time.

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  • How to make your own algae beads and have a ball studying photosynthesis

    How to make your own algae beads and have a ball studying photosynthesis

    This activity for grades 6 through 12 will show you everything you need to make your own algae beads so your students can learn about the most vital biochemical processes on the planet.

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  • The magic of makerspaces: Connecting your makerspace to your curriculum

    The magic of makerspaces: Connecting your makerspace to your curriculum

    From science and engineering to art and music and across the board, you can link makerspace activities to your curriculum (and your state standards). Here are some ideas.

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  • Makerspace 101: Makerspace basics and how to get started

    Makerspace 101: Makerspace basics and how to get started

    Here’s a five-minute crash course in makerspaces so all your ducks are in a row for when you decide to dedicate a space for making in your classroom.

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  • How to build a makerspace on a shoestring budget: A summertime project

    How to build a makerspace on a shoestring budget: A summertime project

    Starting a makerspace doesn’t have to cost a fortune—it can start right now with everyday items that may be staring you right in the face. Here they are…

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  • How to choose a 3D printer: A buyer's guide

    How to choose a 3D printer: A buyer's guide

    If you’re thinking of adding a 3D printer to your STEM lab so you and your students can bring designs to life, then you don’t want to miss these four key questions to help you choose the best model.

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