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Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites: ScienceNetLinks November 14, 2013

Posted by Heather Moorefield-Lang in Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.

ScienceNetLinks is one of the many great sites on the 2013 AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning list under the Content Resources category. Produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the Thinkfinity/Verizon Foundation family, this dynamic site is a treasure trove of standards-aligned STEM resources for K-12 educators, students, and parents.

The website is comprised of five major sections:

  • Lessons – searchable by topic, grade level, theme, and format
  • Tools – quality online resources including websites, downloadable apps, and interactives with suggestions for classroom integration
  • Collections – groups of lessons, tools, Science Updates, and other resources centered on a specific topic
  • Afterschool -  informal hands-on activities with printable pages for students and tips for facilitators
  • Science News – up-to-date science news on the “Today in Science” and “Science Update” page.

This well-organized website provides a multitude of resources supporting many of the cross-curricular goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The site’s up-to-date information reflecting current national and international events supports the Common Core’s intent to prepare students for real world problems. The Collections section even offers resources for applying the CCSS into STEM classrooms under the topic “STEM and the Common Core.”

While ScienceNetLinks obviously targets science educators, other busy content-area teachers can also benefit from this website.

  • In support of November’s Native American Heritage Month celebration, multi-level resources are available that include the science of linguistics through endangered languages and how the relationships of technology, culture, and environment can help us understand the progression of communities, such as the Chumash people.
  • “Poetry Across the Sciences” is a compilation of K-12 teaching strategies and materials utilizing poetry to enhance science instruction.
  • The site’s Science Updates section offers numerous podcasts about current science research involving music, such as “Browsing Music,” “Driving Music,” “Music and IQ,” “Stone Age Tunes,” “Perfect Pitch,” and others. These short, student-friendly podcasts are good resources for flipped classrooms.
  • Lessons about studying giant trees and how the world’s weather is connected, as well as other materials, are available to educators in support of Geography Awareness Week 2013 held November 17-23.
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science annually recognizes the best in science writing and illustration for children and young adults. Previous year’s winning books and the 2014 finalists are available on the site, along with lessons, podcasts, and videos developed for use in STEM classrooms. These books for students K-12 are excellent resources for introducing and building STEM concepts and vocabulary while reading complex texts – another Common Core goal.

Be sure to check out ScienceNetLinks for wonderful resources for your school’s teachers and students. With new content added regularly, this vibrant website can benefit K-12 classrooms across the curriculum.

Elizabeth P. Dumas

AASL Best Website for Teaching and Learning

Committee Member







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