DISCUS wants to provide you with useful resources and new insights into teaching and educational developments.

iStock_000021168271XSmallHere, you can find features from our guest bloggers and newly published (or highly rated) lessons.  Below you can also find a variety of useful links to other web resources.  Obviously, we have a lot to share (don’t forget to check out our free lesson plans), but we know that there is a lot more out there.  If you have ideas about other sources we should feature, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Useful Links

American Chemical Society (ACS) Science for Kids: Features a series of activities for teaching different areas of science and chemistry to kids. A link can also be found for “K-8 Education Resources,” which includes some science education guides and activity books for purchase.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry Education Resources: Links to a series of chemistry teaching resources by grade level, from elementary school to graduate education.

CAL SIOP: Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) has great resources about SIOP in general, information about research on SIOP, and professional development opportunities. They also feature some SIOP lessons and an on-line store to purchase reference and instructional materials.

Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE): A component of the University of California – Berkeley Graduate School of Education, CREDE research led to the creation of the SIOP model. Important resources here include research findings and “The CREDE Five Standards for Effective Pedagogy”.

Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners: CREATE is a national resource development program and educational research partnership focused on addressing the challenges of educating English language learners.

Cool Science for Educators: This site is loaded with resources created by the broader science community to help you teach science more effectively.

Constructivism and the 5E Model Science Lesson: Promotes the merits of the 5E lesson as being constructivist (a good thing) and provides not only a few resources, but also a rubric which might be used to evaluate a 5E lesson

Discovery Education: An off-shoot of the Discovery Channel, this site provides a variety of classroom and home resources, as well as professional development opportunities.

Educational Innovations, Inc.: A wealth of affordable science products for all ages and subjects. Register to receive a free regular catalog.

Enhancing Education – The 5E’s: A simple but effective description of each of the 5E’s, and what each E should accomplish.

FOSSweb: Support, resources, and fun activities related to the Full Option Science System (FOSS) inquiry-based science curriculum.

HotChalk Lesson Plans Page (Science): Hundreds of free science lessons and experiments across a wide range of grade levels.

Instructional Strategies: This site provides reference to the book, “Classroom Instruction that Works,” but also provides links to a wealth of information on effective teaching strategies.

Instructional Strategies Online: A resource from Saskatoon Public Schools which provides a variety of teacher support information. The information provided on Interactive Instruction methods is particularly good.

Scholastic Teachers: A general teacher resource site with a lot of variety, both in content and topic.

Steve Spangler Science: An excellent source of activities, inexpensive science supplies, experiments, projects, workshops, and toys for teachers.

Teachers.Net: Chat boards, lesson plans, jobs, classifieds, projects, and a variety of other general teacher resources.

The 5E Learning Cycle Model (Midwestern State University): An excellent and detailed description of the 5E model, including design considerations and insight into each of the 5E components.

The SIOP Institute: A site focused on improving the quality of education for English learners. They offer a variety of resources and workshops to help teachers learn and use Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol.

VARK – A Guide to Learning Styles: Have your students try the “Questionnaire” to judge what kind of learner they are. Other resources are provided to support these assessments, some for purchase.

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