Resources for Science

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Science Newsletter 

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

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The resources in the newsletters are free and are reviewed using the Department’s Science resource filter against established criteria. Copies of the completed filter forms are available upon request. Inclusion in this newsletter does not represent a recommendation to use a resource. Many quality resources are available beyond those included here. Educators should use their professional expertise to determine the suitability of any particular resources for use in their districts, schools or classrooms.

Instructional Resources

High Quality Materials, Instruction and Assessment.

Please see the recordings and resources from this series.  

Meetup Resources The 5E model/Do, Talk, Read, Write, Visualize with Amplify Learning Recording
Session Recording Open Forum - OutSCIder Classroom
Session Recording Eye of Integration:
Creating Cross Curricular Units
Session Recording  Teaching Science is Teaching Literacy! with Amplify Learning
Session Recording

Probing for Understanding and High Quality Student Data in Science
Recording available upon request Educator Panel with Amplify  Learning


Video recordings and resources; including powerpoint presentations and supplemental materials for each of the Nature of Science series may be found by clicking the links below.  Districts are encouraged to use these with their Science faculty as part of their professional learning during the 2021-2022 academic year. 
Districts and other educational organizations utilizing this material in their facilitation, please provide your feedback by completing this Evauation Form.

*Districts interested in conducting a live Q & A session for faculty with the Science Team upon completion of the video series, please contact Robin Deems.



Asking Questions and Defining Problems Asking Questions and Defining Problems       
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Developing and Using Models Developing and Using Models
Analyzing and Interpreting Data Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Engaging in Argument from Evidence/ Science is Open to Revision Engaging in Argument from Evidence/ Science is Open to Revision

Science as a Way of Knowing/Science as a Human Endeavor - Recording not available

Science as a Way of Knowing/Science as a Human Endeavor

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  

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 may 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. Resources mentioned on this page have been reviewed using the Science Resource Filter
  • 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 – The Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides lesson resources and Citizen Science Projects to connect students to the world of birds. 
  • 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. 
  • STEM Teaching Tools hosts instructional tools and open education resources for professional development to help teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. Several of the tools for science education are also translated into Spanish. Check out the STEM Teaching Tools translated into Spanish. 
    • Estamos trabajando para traducir las STEM Teaching Tools en español. Hagan click aquí para leer las STEM Teaching Tools (STT) que han sido traducidas.
  • Understanding Science – The University of Berkeley provides resources to understand the nature of science.

Lab Safety

Science Laboratory Safety

It is imperative to ensure that student safety and well-being are accounted for in all learning environments. The Ohio Learning Standards for Science recognize the importance of providing opportunities for students to engage in inquiry-based activities, which focus on the science and engineering practices and the nature of science.  These opportunities provide equitable learning experiences that enhance student performance. To provide for opportunities for students to engage in these activities in a safe manner, the Vermont Agency of Education has issued guidance and suggested protocols pertaining to laboratory safety for science classrooms. This document details a risk assessment as well as appropriate disinfection of equipment and work stations. This guidance is  congruent with what is necessary for Ohio science classrooms and educators  to provide safe spaces for students to engage in scientific inquiry and investigations as well.  

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.

Making the Case for Elementary Science

Speaking Up for Elementary Social Studies and Science, YouTube presentation by Nell Duke, University of Michigan, about the importance of teaching Social Studies and Science in the elementary grades. 

Planning Resources for Teachers

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. 

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 and Workforce's  Virtual Meetup for Science: Choice Boards. There are many examples provided for implementation across the curriculum and in all grade levels.

Professional Science Education Organizations

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