Steve Spangler

Steve puts out a regular email where he describes an experiment you can do or a demo.  These are usually flamboyant, attention-getting, and the kind your kids will upload videos of you doing.   You can also find on his website a list of many of these favorites, along with videos and hints about how to do it and what can go wrong.  He is an educator by heart and this is an A+ list to get on.

Up front though, Steve is a businessman and he sells two things – science equipment and himself.  Both are quality products and he is not going to twist your arm for a sale – in fact he is the first to tell you that there are cheaper alternatives to some (not all!) of the products he offers.  He genuinely wants you to bring these experiences into you classroom and wants to help you do that.  But he will cheerfully sell you the materials, too.

Sign up for his mailing list on the link on the right-hand side of his website


Weather Lessons from your National Weather Service

Pu-lease!  Not another wordfind or definitions exercise!  Nope, that is not what you will find on this site.  Nor will you find a list of links to links to (hopefully) lessons you can use.  What you will find is a number of packaged, free, ready-to-use lessons on many aspects of weather and oceanography.  There is also a nice matrix that breaks them into subjects and sub-subjects.  Some of the material is appropriate for early elementary and some of it can be used all the way into high school.  (Or you can use it yourself).

The only downside I have found is that there is no filter for grade level.  The good news is you’ve paid for it with your tax dollars so you can use it for free in any way you want.  They say so, right on the opening page.  So go explore the NWS.  Their education site is called “Jetstream”.