Members-only Resources

Resources to support effective science teaching and that promote the type of thinking our KAS for Science require

These links and resources will be updated regularly so check back from time to time to see what is new.

Online and In-home Schooling Resources

Interdisciplinary studies on climate change

Grades 6-12: A People's Curriculum for the Earth

Grades 6-12: NSTA's Understanding Climate Change

Carbon TIME: an NSF-funded partnership led by Michigan State University 

Middle School Science: Lessons on Grocery Disinfecting Challenge! Neighborhood Disaster Plan, & The Issue with Tissue

Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education: COVID-19 and Online Learning

This collection of online learning activities, tools, and tips has something for every grade level, and you can filter by discipline and grade levels. These resources were developed by National Science Foundation-funded education researchers.

Units and Lessons

The units and lessons are pulled from research-based sites where the lessons have been piloted and studied to know that their design will support student learning of Performance Expectations in KAS for science.  The resource are all open sources which means you can access at no cost.

  • Talk Science Primer: Talk is key when supporting students learning of KAS for Science. Approximately 80% of the talk in the science classroom should be students not the teacher.  How do you create a classroom where this is the norm, the Primer will help you begin the journey. This work, funded by the National Science Foundation, has tips and ground rules for getting your students to discuss and think like scientists with academically productive talk.


Assessment Tasks and Tools for Classroom Use that Align to our KY Academic Standards for Science

  • Through Course Task Bank: Developed by KY Educators, these Tasks are available for Kindergarten through High School. Read more about the tasks and how to use them effective to improve local implementation of the KAS for Science.
  • Classroom Embedded Assessments: K through HS tasks are available. These tasks were developed with funding from the KY Department of Education as part of the Math and Science Partnership work.  District teachers from the Western part of KY worked in partnership with PIMSER Regional Teacher Partners, scientists, science educators, and engineers to develop the tasks. These are a culmination of 3 years’ worth of work.
  • Three Dimensional Science Performance Assessments (Grades 3 – HS)
  • Evidence Statements: The statements of what you need evidence of from students for them to have met proficiency on that standard or Performance Expectation. The statements are useful for the classroom teacher as they design classroom assessments to know what to observe and measure.

Data Resources for Educators

This collection highlights ocean and atmosphere data sources that are easy to use and appropriate for classrooms and informal learning environments. Within each topic area, the resources are separated into categories based on level of content:

Classroom ready modules are designed with educators in mind. They use NOAA data in lesson plans and curricula for a straightforward experience. In addition to being on each topic page, all of the classroom ready resources are organized into one separate collection.

Easily accessible resources are often geared for researchers and come in a variety of formats. They are not associated with lesson plans. However, the ones we highlight here are user-friendly and usually address a single subject.

Essential Resources - every school should have at least one copy

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Just as its subtitle says, this important book aims to reshape your approach to teaching and your students’ way of learning. Building on the foundation provided by A Framework for K–12 Science Education, which informed the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices

Written in clear, nontechnical language, this book provides a wealth of real-world examples to show you what’s different about practice-centered teaching and learning at all grade levels.

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