Middle School Teaching Resources

We've listed a few external online resources you might find useful in your science teaching.


Useful Applications for Smart Devices

Carolina Biological: Chemistry Formula Practice Lite

Carolina Biological: Building Atoms, Ions, and Isotopes HD Lite

Carolina Biological: Animal Histology Lite

Carolina Biological: Plant Histology Lite

Carolina Biological: Protozoan Identification Lite

Carolina Biological: Metric Practice Lite

Carolina Biological: Painted Lady Butterflies Lite

Carolina Biological: Functionator Lite


1. General Resources

Brainpop: Space Resources

The Space Place

NASA Quest Challenges

NASA Mission: Science for Teens

NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory YouTube Page

NASA Space Science Education Resource Directory

Everyday Classroom Activities

Cosmic Voyage: Educator's Guide

Destiny in Space: Educator's Guide

The Scale of the Universe Interactive

2. Earth, moon, and sun

PBS NOVA to the Moon

Space Weather

Antarctic Search for Meteorites

Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards

Barringer Meteorite Crater

Earth-Orbit Crossing Objects

Moon Phase Calculator

Aurora Pages

Space Radar Images of Earth

Stanford Solar Center

A Private Universe Project

From Earth to the Solar System: Images for Exhibition


Apollo Moon Rocks

Earth Today: A Digital View of Our Planet

3. Solar system

Views of the Solar System

Space Reference: Mars

Solar System Photo Gallery

Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover

Exploring the Planets

Cyber Center: Exploring the Planets

This Dynamic Earth: The Solar System

4. Stars and Galaxies

Space Image Gallery

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Hubble Gallery

Your Sky Map

A Star To Steer Her: Educator's Guide

Micro-Observatory from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Hunting for Worlds

NASA's Imagine the Universe

Sky Quest Teaching Poster

5. Exploration

Cassini Solstice Mission

Space Explorers

NASA Kid's Club

Other Worlds Other Earths

Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists

The Incredible Two-Inch Universe

Explore the Universe

Living and Working in Space

6. History of astronomy

Galileo Legacy Site


2. Applications of electricity & circuits

How Quartz Watches Work

How Microwave Ovens Work

How Copiers Work

Electrical Safety Interactive

Exploratorium: Electricity Experiments

Exploratorium Demonstration: Create Static Electricity

1. History of electricity & circuits
James Watt biography

Alessandro Volta Biography

Thomas Edison Biography

Nikola Tesla Biography

Tesla Resources on PBS

Tesla and Edison: War of Currents

Tesla Memorial Society of New York

Grace Murray Hopper Biography

Emergence of Electrical Utilities in America

How the Grid Powers a Continent


Energy Resources

History of Batteries

How Electric Cars Work

Physics of Skydiving

Friction Experiment

Gravity: Your Weight On Other Worlds

Human Body Systems

1. Digestive System

Digestive System

Inner Body Interactive

Gastrointestinal System

2. Respiration

Calories and Activity

NOVA Heart Information

3. Muscular system

How Steroids Affect Your Body



Museum Specific Resources

1. General Resources

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Smithsonian YouTube Page

2. Educator Guides

NMNH: The Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals Educator's Guide

NMNH: The Sant Ocean Hall Educator's Guide

NMNH: The Discovery Room Educator's Guide

Smithsonian Gardens: Butterflies and Plants, Partners in Evolution Educator's Guide

3. Professional Development

Teacher Workshops at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Educational Videoconferencing with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics K-12 Professional Development Workshops and FAQs


1. History of the science of light

History of Lighting in the United States

History of Light and Lighting

The Hershel Experiment

Isaac Newton

Albert Einstein Biography

Galileo Galilei Biography

Isaac Newton Biography

2. Behavior of light

Electromagnetic Spectrum Interactive

Electromagnetic Spectrum Overview

Understanding Shadows

Reflections and Mirrors

Light Reflection

3. Light in space

Solar Eclipses

Overview on the Speed of Light

News on Observing Eclipses

Northern Lights

Multi-Wavelength Astronomy from NASA

Chandra X-Ray Telescope

Solar Energy

4. Vision

Optical Illusions

Optical Illusion Gallery

Animal Vision

Animal Vision: Nocturnal Animals

Eye and Telescope Activity

5. Light activities

Light Activities


1. General Resources

Encyclopedia of Life

Electronic Zoo

Smithsonian Wild

Tree Of Life Interactive

Ecosystems, Biomes, and Habitats

Smithsonian's National Zoo YouTube Page

Smithsonian's Natural History Museum YouTube Page

Ecosystems for Kids

Reflections on Earth: Biodiversity and Remote Sensing

2. Cellular Biology

Mitosis Tutorial

Cell Structures

Mitosis Slides

Mitosis (Onion Root Slides)

Onion Root Tips

3. Bacteria & Archaea

Bacteria, Eukaryota, and Archaea

The Microbe Zoo

Scanning Electron Microscopes

4. Plants

Botany Online Image Collection

Pollen Image Library

Plant Kingdom

Invasive Species: Kudzu

What Trees Provide

DC Flora Kids Page

Grow Your Own Victory Garden

Diversity in the Garden Fact Sheet

Composting For the Home Garden Fact Sheet

Proper Tree Planting Techniques Fact Sheet

Drought Tolerant Container and Landscape Plants Fact Sheet

5. Animals

Cnidarian (Invertebrates)



Butterfly, Moth, and Caterpillar FAQ

Butterfly Garden Fact Sheet

Animal Kingdom


Build Your Wild Self

North American Mammals

Lewis and Clark as Naturalists

Mammal Family Reunion

Arctic Wildlife Portfolio

Search the Department of Invertebrate Zoology

6. Fungus

The Fungus Kingdom

7. In the Ocean

Coral Reef Virtual Tour

Explore Whale Sounds

Ocean Portal: Ocean Life and Ecosystems

Ocean Stories

Search for the Giant Squid

NOAA Educational Resources: Marine Life

NOAA Educational Resources: Mark Trail Comics

NOAA Educational Resources: Oceans and Coasts

8. In Freshwater

NOAA Educational Resources: Freshwater

It's All in the Watershed: Chesapeake Bay

Exploring Chesapeake Bay

Properties of Matter

1. Applications of Density

US Coast Guard International Ice Patrol

The Science Behind the Titanic

2.Density and Temperature

Converting Celsius, Kelvin, and Fahrenheit

Anders Celsius Biography

Daniel Fahrenheit Biography

How Helium Balloons Work

Balloon Race Around the World

Ocean Currents

3. Matter and the Big Bang

NASA's Short Review of Big Bang Theory

Big Bang Timeline

Hawking's Universe

Cosmic Background Explorer

4. Properties of Substances



5. Mixtures and solutions

Creating Molecules and Materials

How Stealth Technology Works

Causes and Effects of Acid Rain (Younger Students)

Causes and Effects of Acid Rain (Older Students)

Salt: In the Oceans and In Humans

How Dry-Cleaning Works

At-Home Chromatography

6. Compounds, elements, and chemical reactions
Electrochemistry: How Batteries Work

History of Hot Air Ships

Broadcast: The Hindenburg Disaster

Interactive Periodic Table

A Closer Look at the First 18 Elements


Rocks, Minerals, and Soil

1. History of the Earth

Relative Dating in Archeology

Geological Time: The Story of A Changing Earth

NOAA: Science On A Sphere

Forces of Change: Explore the Current Conditions of Our Planet

2. Agriculture

Listening to the Prairie Activities

Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century Lesson Plans

IPNI Academy

3. Soil

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil

Earth's Skin Types

State Soil Interactive

NACD Soil Education Resources

4. Minerals

Search the Department of Mineral Sciences Collections

The Splendor of Diamonds

This Dynamic Earth: Gems and Minerals

5. Rocks

This Dynamic Earth: Rocks and Mining


1. Machines


Levers in Art

Kinetic Mobiles (Levers)

2. Advances in Flight

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum YouTube Page

Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

Wright Brothers Interactive

How Things Fly Interactive

How Things Fly Teaching Poster

Embracing the Impossible: Popular Response to the Aerial Age

Embracing the Impossible Teaching Poster

Airmail to Airlines

Airplane Anatomy: Helping Orville and Wilbur Assemble the 1903 Flyer

America By Air

How Helicopters Work


1. Earthquakes


Earthquakes for Kids at USGS

Life on the Fault-line

San Andreas Fault


Photo Gallery of Earthquake Glossary

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics

This Dynamic Earth: Plate Tectonics and Volcanoes

This Dynamic Planet World Map

2. Volcanoes

Cascades Volcano Observatory

Volcanoes Page

Hawaii Center for Volcanology

Voyage to Puna Ridge

Mount St. Helen's Volcano Cams

Volcano Alerts at USGS

Volcano World at OSU

Global Volcanism Program

Weather and Climate

1. Weather

Web Weather for Kids


Lightening Safety

El Nino

Forces of Change: El Nino

Hurricane Readiness

Hurricane Disasters

Dangers of Lightening

Facts and Myths About Lightening

NOAA Educational Resources: Weather and Atmosphere

NOAA Educational Resources: Mark Trail Comics

2. Climate

Activity: Our Background and Thinking About Environmental Issues

Surface Water Information

Climate Change

NOAA Educational Resources: Climate

Forces of Change: Arctic

Forces of Change: Atmosphere