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. http://www.education.noaa.gov/Educator_Opportunities/#page=All
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 http://djlorenz.github.io/astronomy/lp2006/overlay/dark.html and then click on “More Information” to access the other maps.
This guy is a middle school teacher. His site has about 40 carefully-selected science toys that can be easily made for cheap or even free. Each one has instructions, images, and most have videos and animations. Everything is explained which makes YOU look like the expert!
The Exploratorium in San Francisco is literally the mother of the modern hands-on inquiry musems (we have five of them here in Oklahoma!).
They have oodles of resources for science teachers and here is one: Over 100 quick demonstrations and activities. Some require advance preparation and some do not. They call them “Snacks”.
This is a wonderful science education site from India. There are literally several hundred easy little toys to make from paper and other scraps. He does not go deeply into the science of each however you, the trained professional, could easily have them modify different variables and you have an instant STEM, STEAM, or EDP activity.
Many of them also have short videos. Don’t overlook the opportunity to teach cultural diversity as the language, etc are slightly different from here in rural USA.
With several hundred activities you could literally have one per day – as if you had THAT kind of time!
Appropriate ages? Use your professional judgement. Most are intended for upper elementary but with the proper presentation I have used some up to grades 9, 10 and even in college! When working with the little ones though be aware of safety hazards.