NASA - For Educators
This site includes lesson plans, teacher guides, classroom activities, video clips, games, posters, and more for teachers and students in grades Elementary, Middle, High, and higher education. The resources are related to space and astronomy.
The NASA eClips™ website contains short, educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, and help them to see real-world connections to STEM. Video content is aligned to national standards and allows for flexibility in timing, pacing, and sequencing of instruction. The videos are organized by grade levels K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The site also has a teacher toolbox with resources to help teachers plan lessons around the videos.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development facility managed by the California Institute of Technology for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. JPL develops space exploration technologies that have provided new information about Earth (e.g. climate, oceans, and geology) as well as technology applications for medical, industrial and commercial uses. This website offers K-12 student activities, toolkits, and contests to learn about these space technologies. The JPL website also offers K-12 teachers activities, resources, workshops, and programs to help them teach about space exploration technologies and their applications.
NASA Kids Club
Students can use the resources and activities on this website to explore scientific topics and improve basic language and math skills. The resources and activities include printable worksheets, interactive games, and educational videos. The website is targeted to PreK-4 students and contains tips about special topics for teachers and parents.
National Association of Biology Teachers
The National Association of Biology Teachers website has free adaptable resources for K-12 teachers that focus on animal projects for students. The resources include downloadable classroom curricula, field projects, hands-on activities, free teleconferences, guides, data sheets, and more. To access the free teaching resources, click on the appropriate menu link under the Resource Links heading.
National Engineer Week: Future City
The Future City Competition is a national project-based learning competition where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. The annual competition requires students to work in a team of other students, an educator, and an engineer mentor to plan cities; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their products and ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. To learn more about the competition, resources, and support, visit the website.
National Environmental Education Foundation
The National Environmental Education Foundation complements the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by extending the agency’s ability to foster environmental education for the American public. This website contains information and resources about areas that can help students and teachers understand how the environment impacts their lives: nature, weather, climate change, and health. The content on this site is targeted toward middle and high school students; however, the resources can be modified by teachers to also suit elementary aged students.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides a variety of educational resources to help teachers and parents educate their kids about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Resources include hands-on projects and curriculum suggestions for elementary, middle, and high school students.
National Wildlife Federation
The free lesson plans presented on the National Wildlife Federation site are designed to introduce K-12 students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification, and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards.
NumberNut offers an introduction to mathematics and its variety of topics. The content is geared towards K-7 students and teachers. NumberNut provides simple explanations of math concepts that teachers can use as a teaching resource. To fund the site, some pages have advertising.