Teacher Tidbits

We'd like to use this area to announce national or international information of interest to teachers who use our site. Please remember that the data is presented as researched and needs to be checked with the grant or information source for verification.

Earth Day


Teachers may find Earth Day information including curriculum and activities here


The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) web site makes it easy to find learning resources from some 50 federal organizations. Whether you are looking for teaching ideas and learning activities or primary documents like audio recordings, maps, paintings, and photos, FREE offers one-stop access to items created by the Library of Congress, NASA, and the Smithsonian Institution, to name a few. And, every week day, a new resource is featured. FOR MORE INFORMATION, click here.


Newton's Apple is a public television science show that offers great resources such as activity guides, videos and classroom experiments. Get more information by visiting here.


Science.gov brings together 14 scientific and technical information organizations at the federal level. the site provides the unique ability to search across the content within databases as well as across web sites. Science.gov is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.


National Science Teachers Association (NTSA) makes its mission " ... to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all." The NTSA offers a comprehensive web site here.


Need help choosing science materials for your classroom or school? Subscribing to Science Books and Films (SB&F;) might be just what your school or teacher resource center needs. Every issue contains about 100 reviews and evaluations on recently published materials, books, AV materials, and software for all age groups. Published nine times per year, SB&F; has a subscription price of $45 per yearly subscription of six issues. To find out more click here.



Science-By-Mail is a pen-pal program that pairs students with volunteer scientists. Students who participate receive three Science Challenge packets each year. The packets contain materials for hands-on experiments which the students are to conduct, to record their findings, and to return the their "pen-pal scientific buddy." The scientist pen-pal then writes back with an encouraging response. This successful program was developed by the Museum of Science of Boston and is now administered nationwide by participating local science museums. Science-by-Mail currently involves about 25,000 children and 2,500 scientists.


The Educator's Reference Desk builds on over a quarter century of experience providing high-quality resources and services to the education community. From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, the Educator's Reference Desk brings you the resources you have come to depend on. 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.






Youth Garden Grants


Each year, 500 schools and community organizations with child-centered outdoor garden programs receive seeds, tools, garden products, and educational resources generously donated by companies in the lawn and garden industry. Selection criteria include leadership; need; sustainability; community support; innovation; and educational, environmental and/or social programming. Applications are available from the National Gardening Association.


The application deadline is November 1.


Toyota TAPESTRY Grants


Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers. Win money to make your innovative science program a reality.


Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program.


Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program. Now is a great time to begin work on the ExploraVision competition, which rewards students for their creativity and ingenuity in envisioning the future in science and technology. Students can win up to $10,000 in savings bonds.

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