Complete Science Lesson Plans from Noble Foundation

These are professionally-written, complete lessons that are keyed to objectives.  These lessons all have some sort of  tie-in to Agriculture and are generally for middle-school through high school levels.  There are currently about a dozen complete lessons, but check back often as they are being re-written and new ones will be added in the future.

143 science and STEM projects

caliThis is one of my favorite finds – thanks Cheryl!  Great for rainy days or about any days.   If you only find one out of the bunch that you can use then it’s worth your time – – but my bet is you’ll find a dozen or so that fit your teaching methods and ages.

Mostly elementary through middle school, but adults like many of these too.

Each one has a short VIDEO and full instructions with color photos for building and use.   From the nice folks at the  Watsonville Environmental Science”Workshop.

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Hour of Code 2015 – for all ages.

Think computer science is only for an elite group of professionals? An Hour of Code could change your mind – and inspire your students!

Join more than 41,000 U.S. schools, libraries, and other organizations celebrating Computer Science Education Week this year by hosting hour-of-code events from December 7 to 13. One public school in every U.S. state (and the District of Columbia) will win $10,000 worth of technology.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

The main link is

Here are some great resources, mostly free, from      If you teach any STEM at all in grades K-12 be sure to check them out!

There are Star Wars-based tutorials for beginners as young as four, inspiring videos about learning computer science, fun Minecraft adventures that children can program using smart phones or tablets, and even “unplugged” Hour of Code activities for people without a computer or Internet connection.  Check out these teacher-led activities and other educator resources to get some ideas for your classroom.

No computer science teacher at your school? Edhesive offers a free AP Computer Science massive, open online course (MOOC). It’s one of 14 providers of curriculum, classroom tutorials, and platforms for teaching computer science to kids that you can integrate in your lessons.

Seek more information? The September 2013 eGFI Teachers newsletter focuses on computer engineering activities, as does the eGFI Teachers blog post with computer science education resources.

50 more easy science activities

Another fifty (or so) easy science activities, most require few materials, with links to many more.

Opportunities for Teachers with NOAA

Internships, summer experiences, workshops, conferences and online activities – if you teach any weather, climate, or geography you should consider bookmarking this site and checking it regularly!    There are even free courses that carry graduate credit. 

Sky Brightness Maps

Wow is this cool.   We’ve all seen the black-and-white world-at-night map; this one is more accurate and more current.   There is a series of about a dozen maps to pick from.   It lets you ask your students questions about sociology and geography.  Plus pick our your location for your next star party!   Thanks John WD5IKX for the link!

Click on   and then click on “More Information” to access the other maps.