Elementary/Middle School

Resources for Elementary & Middle School Science

  • 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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  • 5 ways to teach robotics (and one way to get funding)

    5 ways to teach robotics (and one way to get funding)

    Discover some of the hottest robotics education technology available, and meet some teachers who’ve added it to their classrooms without spending a penny of the school budget.

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  • I'm just here for the popcorn: A heat transfer lesson plan.

    I'm just here for the popcorn: A heat transfer lesson plan.

    This quick activity for middle- and high-school chemistry uses popcorn to teach thermal energy concepts.

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  • Free stuff for your class. (It's easier than you think)

    Free stuff for your class. (It's easier than you think)

    Learn how DonorsChoose.org can help you fund the science materials you need, so you can make your science classroom dreams a reality.

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  • Superhero science: Six Marvel-ous minerals

    Superhero science: Six Marvel-ous minerals

    Be a superhero in your science classroom as you mesmerize and impress distracted students while they learn how to test and record physical properties of minerals that resemble Avengers Infinity Stones

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  • How to cultivate and care for your butterfly larvae (plus a free activity!)5:25

    How to cultivate and care for your butterfly larvae (plus a free activity!)

    These painted ladies are more than just a pretty face - they're a robust teaching tool for your life science classroom.

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  • How to build a Wiggle Bot to teach engineering and design2:55

    How to build a Wiggle Bot to teach engineering and design

    TeacherGeek Wiggle Bots make it easy to encourage students to build, make, create, and innovate as they build, test, and evolve a real working bot.

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  • Physics of the fidget spinner for elementary and middle school8:55

    Physics of the fidget spinner for elementary and middle school

    Love them or hate them, the fidget spinner is more than just a toy for restless hands - it's physics in action! Introduce elementary and middle schoolers to Newton's Law, force, motion and more.

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  • Cash for your class – how to land that education grant.

    Cash for your class – how to land that education grant.

    Find out how to take advantage of the millions of dollars awarded to teachers every year with no-obligation, complimentary grant assistance.

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  • Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Painted Lady Butterfly7:01

    Critters in the classroom, insect edition: Painted Lady Butterfly

    Learn how to use and care for live butterflies from larvae to adult so students can watch their transformation unfold before their eyes.

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