Online Resources During COVID-19 Shutdown

My school has shut down due to the coronavirus. What do I do now?

BSCS Science Learning is here to help teachers during these unsure times. We have consolidated our online resources below to help you easily find programs, units, and more!

Classroom Instruction

Online Learning

Resources that offer interactive, online learning experiences for students.

  • Understanding Ebola - This is a free resource to educate the public about Ebola. The website includes an interactive model that allows teachers, students, and community members to actively explore the factors that influence a disease’s spread and mortality rate.

  • ViSTA - This online resource is designed for university preservice methods courses and inservice professional learning programs. ViSTA features five elementary science modules on Plants, Electricity, Water Cycle, Force and Motion, and Inquiry. The resource includes a range of K-8 classroom videos, assignments, and guided in-class exercises. Instructors pay $15/module with a 14-day free trial. This summer only (May 11-August 7, 2020), ViSTA student seats in Canvas are free as supplies last.

  • ViSTA Plus - This is a full-semester online course designed to enhance preservice elementary teachers’ science content knowledge and instructional practices. The course focuses on two content areas, food webs and water cycle, and provides access to videos, assignments, and assessments. Instructors pay $50/course with a 14-day free trial. This summer only (May 11-August 7, 2020), ViSTA student seats in Canvas are free as supplies last.

Free Resources

Materials designed for the classroom that are available for free download.

  • A Medical Mystery - A free middle school science program that supports teachers in the effective instruction of an NGSS-aligned, EQuIP-reviewed body systems curriculum unit.

  • OpenSciEd: Forces at a Distance - This free 8th grade unit launches with a slow motion video of a speaker vibrating. After developing a model of sound in the previous unit, students now have the chance to explore the cause of a speaker’s vibration as opposed to the effect.

  • OpenSciEd: Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis - This free 7th grade unit on matter cycling and photosynthesis begins with students reflecting on what they ate for breakfast. Questions about where their food comes from lead them to consider which breakfast items might be from plants.

  • OpenSciEd: Metabolic Reactions - In this free 7th grade unit, students build an understanding of how body systems interact to process food and use the energy stored within it. They work on the practices of developing models, interpreting data, and arguing from evidence.

  • OpenSciEd: Soundwaves - In this free 8th grade unit, students investigate how sounds can cause objects at a distance to move. Motivated by a video of windows shaking when a truck outside plays loud music, students investigate what happens when an object makes sound.

  • OpenSciEd: Thermal Energy - This free 6th grade unit on thermal energy engages students in a design challenge to create a cup that keeps drinks cold longer. They identify the features that make some cups better at keeping drinks cold, and they construct their own models to explain how those features prevent the transfer of thermal energy.

  • OpenSciEd: Weather, Climate & Water Cycling - This free 6th grade unit is broken into four separate lesson sets. In the first two lesson sets, students explain small-scale storms. In the third and fourth lesson sets, students explain mesoscale weather systems and climate-level patterns of precipitation. Each of these two parts of the unit is grounded in a different anchoring phenomenon.

  • Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Adolescent Brain - This is a free curriculum unit that teaches middle school science students about drug abuse and addiction in relevant contexts.

Citizen Science

  • FieldScope - This is a free interactive platform where organizers of field studies can leverage sophisticated graphing and mapping visualization tools and resources to enhance their existing and future citizen science projects.