Resources for Science

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Science Newsletter 

Science Newsletter The Ohio Science Education newsletter provides timely information to science educators regarding important news from the Ohio Department of Education  professional development opportunities and classroom resources.

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Virtual Meetups 2020-2021 

The Science Team will be convening Virtual Science Meetups each month of the 2020-2021 school year. Each week will have a different focus of science instruction. 

September Meetups will be on an alternate schedule to allow everyone to get in the groove of their new year.  

October through May schedule 

First Tuesday – Scientific Inquiry and Application 

Each month will focus on one of the scientific and engineering practices 

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Second Tuesday – General Science Community Chat   

Join your science colleagues from around the state to share ideas relating to our science classrooms  

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Fourth Tuesday – Grade Level Breakout Chats – (no meetup in December or May) 

Teachers of each grade level or course will meet in breakouts to share materials specific to each course. 

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Virtual Meetups: Science

Information on  Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies Meetups can be found on the Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies' Resource Page. 

All Meetup session times are Eastern Standard Time.
Grade Band Topic Date Time Partner Link
K-12 Scientific and Engineering Practices: Asking questions and defining problems  9/14/2020 3:30 SECO Join Here
K-12 Science Inquiry & Applications First Tuesday of the Month October -May 3:30 SECO Join Here
K-12 General chat Second Tuesday of the Month  October-May 3:30 SECO Join Here
6-12 Grade Level/Course Networking Fourth Tuesday of the Month October - May 3:00 SECO Join Here
K-5 Grade Level Networking Fourth Tuesday of the Month October - May 4:15 SECO Join Here

Partnering Professional Organizations

Virtual Meetups Resources - Choice boards

To learn more about Choice Boards and explore how the faculty at Genoa Area Local Schools have successfully utilized Choice Boards in their K-12 curriculum, access the Recording of the Ohio Department of Education's Virtual Meetup for Science: Choice Boards Examine the templates and slides offered by Genoa Area Local teachers, to inspire your efforts to incorporate choice boards into your classroom curriculum.  There are many examples provided for implementation across the curriculum and in all grade levels. 


Science Explorations To Do at Home

These investigations are designed to be completed in a home setting and are specifically targeted to each of Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science. These activities use easy to find, familiar household items. The projects are intended to be used by parents to supplement instruction in the classroom or for teachers to assign during remote learning, particularly for students who do not have access to online resources.  Be sure to follow pertinent safety considerations. Safety During At-Home Science Explorations
Grade Kindergarten Grade 5
Grade 1 Grade 6
Grade 2 Grade 7
Grade 3 Grade 8
Grade 4  

Teaching Students About COVID-19

The Smithsonian Science Education Center, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership and the World Health Organization, has created a free guide for youth called, “COVID-19! How can I protect myself and others?”   The purpose of this 7-lesson module is to help youth engage in hands-on activities that they can do at home with simple materials to help them understand the underlying science (and social science) of COVID-19. 

Ohio Science Standards COVID-19 Gap Analysis

This document was created to assist educators in preparing instruction for the 2020-2021 academic year.  It will illuminate any gaps in learning that may have been created during the school building closure of 2020, in order to address them with students during the 2020-2021 academic year.  

Science Standards COVID-19 Gap Analysis 

Resources Created by Outside Organizations

These resources were created by other professional organizations, many of which are outside Ohio, and are not guaranteed to fully align to the Ohio Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. When reviewing these resources, educators can use the standards, content elaborations and expectations for learning contained in the Model Curriculum to help make determinations on whether to use the materials with their instruction.
  • cK-12 - The CK-12 Foundation provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to anatomy.  cK12 integrates with many Learning Management Systems including Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas and Edmodo
  • Concord Consortium – Virtual guided STEM lessons to engage students in scientifically accurate models and activities.
  • The Cornell Lab – Citizen Science Projects to connect students to the world of birds.
  • COSI Connects - COSI Connects is COSI's Digital Doorway for fun at-home science discovery and learning. COSI provides exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on science you can try with your family at home.
  • FLINN Scientific has created FREE At-Home Activities and At-Home Labs for students; including student and teacher guides.   
  • Merlot – Community Portals for a variety of topics to provide content support.
  • National Science Teaching Association – This organization provides resources to support science instruction.  NSTA has also created a science classroom safety page which includes a position statement on the liability of classroom teachers, a position statement on safety and school science instructions, and other resources for science classrooms. 
  • Ohio Division of Wildlife - Part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, this Ohio agency provides current information and data on Ohio's wildlife species, as well as classroom resources for teaching about Ohio wildlife; including activity guides, field guides, guidance on developing a WILDSchool Site, Project WILD Curriculum Resources, Project Based Learning resources, and their Chat with a Biologist program. 
  • PBS Learning Media – Provides videos, interactives, and lesson plans for science.
  • Science Education Council of Ohio – This state science teachers organization provides resources to support the instruction of Ohio’s Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. From now until June 15th all SECO resources will be available at no cost.
  • State of the Planet - Columbia University on April 6 will launch an online video series, Earth Institute Live, for K12 students and educators. The series will feature science experts in 60-minute live sessions where they will share aspects of their work through lectures, interactive activities, and/or demos. 
  • Supporting Students’ Science Learning During School Closures – Council of State Science Supervisors created a guide to provide guidance around how to support student science learning during these unique circumstances. Here is the link to these documents translated to other languages.
  • Understanding Science – The University of Berkeley provides resources to understand the nature of science and address common misconceptions.
  Making the Case for Elementary Science

Professional Resources for Science

  • Curriculum Analysis - Curriculum analysis documents provide a tool to closely review current instructional resources to ensure alignment with the expectations of Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science.
Curriculum Analysis Grade K   Curriculum Analysis Physical Science 
Curriculum Analysis Grade 1  Curriculum Analysis Biology 
Curriculum Analysis Grade 2 Curriculum Analysis Chemistry 
Curriculum Analysis Grade 3  Curriculum Analysis Environmental Science 
Curriculum Analysis Grade 4 Curriculum Analysis Physics
Curriculum Analysis Grade 5 Curriculum Analysis Physical Geology 
Curriculum Analysis Grade 6  Curriculum Analysis Human Anatomy and Physiology
Curriculum Analysis Grade 7 Curriculum Analysis K-12
Curriculum Analysis Grade 8  
  • Instructional Implications - Instructional implications documents are intended to provide an overview of the most significant shifts in content or instructional focus between the 2010 and 2018 standards. Teachers or district teams are encouraged to examine these changes more thoroughly using Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. Advanced science courses at the high school level are not included in these documents because there were limited changes to the content in those courses. 
Grade K Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version
Grade 7 Instructional Implications | 
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Grade 1 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version
Grade 8 Instructional Implications | 
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Grade 2 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version
Physical Science Instructional Implications | 
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Grade 3 Instructional Implications | 
Section 508 Version
Biology Instructional Implications 
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Grade 4 Instructional Implications | 
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Grades K-10 Instructional Implications | 
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Grade 5 Instructional Implications | 
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Grade 6 Instructional Implications | 
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  • Vertical Alignment Example - The vertical alignment document provides one example of an overview of the K-8 progression within each topic area. This document is a high-level view and cannot serve as a substitute for the breadth of information provided in Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. The information provided is not sufficient to adequately plan instructional details of lessons or units. Please refer to the intended uses in the introduction to this document. 

Last Modified: 9/14/2020 1:05:58 PM