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HELIN higher education library system in Rhode Island

Ocean State Libraries public library system in Rhode Island

Science Education Journals at Rhode Island College


How People Learn Chapter 2, “Key Findings,” pp.10-24 in Donovan, M. Suzanne, Bransford, John D. and Pellegrino, James W. (Eds.) (1999). How people learn: Bridging research and practice. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.


Conceptual Framework Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

AAAS Benchmarks American Association for the Advancement of Science

NRC National Science Education Standards National Research Council

Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations

State of Rhode Island Science Framework

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Exploratorium's Institute for Inquiry

Inquiry Thoughts, Views and Strategies for the K-5 Classroom

Inquiry-based Science:  What Does it Look  Like?

Process of Inquiry:  A Diagram

The Why Files--electronic exploration of the science behind the news

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Franklin Institute Curricular Companions detailed resources—complete with background content, kit enrichment, interdisciplinary connections, assessment strategies, standards

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse information source for K-12 mathematics and science teachers

Exploratorium museum of science, art, and human perception

Exploratorium Science Snacks --ideas for activities on different science topics

Discovery School See Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators

California Science Project English Learner Initiative

National Wildlife Federation. Ranger Rick Washington, DC: National Wildlife Federation. (Gr 1-6). ""This magazine helps children enjoy nature and appreciate the need for conservation through highly motivating indoor and outdoor activities."

Science Learning Network inquiry-based teaching approaches, telecomputing, collaboration among teachers and classrooms, and content resources

Lawrence Hall of Science--Center for Multi-Sensory Learning. Source of SAVI/SELPH Science Activities for materials for Visually Impaired and Science Enrichment for Physically Handicapped. Also FOSS (Full Option Science Systems)

Rubric Builder Enables you to build effective assessment rubrics

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RIC Curriculum Resources Collection (4th floor, Adams Library) Examples of science curriculum teacher guides

Instructional Materials in Rhode Island Matrix of science units used by more than 50% of K-8 teachers in Rhode Island

Science Materials Resource Center. Based at East Bay Educational Collaborative. Serves more than 50% of RI K-8 schools. Resources to improve instruction include professional development, writing resources, storylines, and performance assessments.

NASA Teacher Resource Center at Rhode Island College

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Middle School Science Curriculum selection criteria and examples of curricula

Activities for Integrating Math and Science (AIMS). Available from AIMS Education Foundation. PO Box 7766, Fresno CA 93747.

Project Learning Tree (PLT). Grades K-12; Environmental education program focusing on the forest. Available from the American Forest Institute, Washington, DC.

Delta Science Modules and Elementary Science Study (ESS). Grades K-6; 56 units of instruction; child-centered; National Science Foundation Curriculum Project developed in the 1960's. Available through Delta Education in Nashua, NH.

Full Option Science System (FOSS). Grades K-6 (Grades 7-8 modules under development); 16 modules organized under four topics: Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Scientific Reasoning and Technology. Developed by FOSS, Center for Multisensory Learning, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. Available from Delta Education, Nashua NH

The GLOBE Program is a K-12 worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. GLOBE promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth System working in close partnership with NSF and NASA Earth System Science Projects.

Great Explorations in Math and Science. Grades K-6; [Titles include: Ooobleck, Bubble-ology, Terrarium Habitats]. Developed by Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley

Life Lab Science Program. Hands-on indoor/outdoor gardening program for the study of science and nutrition. Developed by Life Lab Science Program, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.

INSIGHTS. Grades K-6; 24 activity-based modules focusing on the urban environment and city children. Developed by Education Development Center, 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02160. Available from Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.

Nuffield Science Primary Science. British curriculum materials developed by Wynne Harlen and Paul Black. Published by Longman in Essex, England

Nuffield Primary Design and Technology Materials British curriculum materials

Outdoor Biological Instructional Strategies. Grades 5-8; Developed by Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Activity packets focus on investigating different environments outdoors. Available from Delta Education, Inc. P.O. Box M, Nashua, NH 03061.

The Private Eye Grades K-12; a strategy that links science and art (creativity) - scientific and creative thinking, develops skills of close observation by sensing, thinking, writing, and drawing. Ideas for planning a year of activities and prompts for thining, writing and drawing.

Project Wild. Grades K-12; Two environmental education program focusing on the wildlife and aquatic environments. Available from Western Regional Environmental Education Council, Boulder, CO.

Science Activities for the Visually Impaired/Science Enrichment for Learners with Physical Handicaps (SAVI/SELPH)
Science and Technology for Children (STC). Grades 1-6 (Grades 7-8 modules under development); hands-on, inquiry-centered science kits. Available from the National Science Resources Center, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1201, Smithsonian Institution,Washington, DC 20560.

Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS III). Grades K-6; Available from Delta Education, Inc. P.O. Box M, Nashua, NH 03061.

Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) elementary and secondary school science materials that highlight the science behind today's social and environmental issues and problems.

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Integrating Science and Literacy List of resources from the SLIP Science and Literacy Integration Project at Rhode Island College.

Elementary Science Integration Projects promote connections between language arts instruction and inquiry-based science in grades K-8.

Dragonfly.   Magazine which children report on their investigations.

Connect. Teacher's Laboratory, Inc. P.O. Box 6480, Brattleboro, VT 05302-6480; Phone: 802-254-3457. (Monthly newsletter with teaching ideas related to math-science integration and hands-on teaching of math and science. Many articles are written by classroom teachers and curriculum specialists.)

Science and Children. National Science Teachers Association. Washington, DC. (Monthly magazine with descriptions of motivating, hands-on science activities for elementary/middle school students)

International Children's Digital Library A growing digital collection of children's books designed for children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live.

The Children's Book Council

Booklist Home Page

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Recycling for Rhode Island Education low-cost or no-cost materials for the classroom

Carolina Biological Supply Company 2700 York Road, Burlington, NC 27216-9988. Phone: 1-800-334-5551

Delta Education, Inc. P.O. Box M, Nashua, NH 03061-6012 Phone: 1-800-258-1302. Source of hands-on science and math materials.

Connecticut Valley Biological Supply Company. Valley Road, PO Box 326. Southhampton, MA 01073. Phone: 1-800-282-7757.

Pellets, Inc. Bellingham, WA 98227. Source of barn owl pellets.

Flexcon Company, Inc. South Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562. Phone: 508-885-3973. Source of free contact paper for laminating, mylar

Museum Products 84 Route 27, Mystic CT 06355. 1-800-395-5400. Source of ReplicTracks and RepliScats, magnifiers, and wild life posters.

New England Mobile Book Fair 82 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02161. Source of children's books--discounted at 25-50 %. Take exit 19A

Sargent-Welch Scientific Company 7350 North Linder Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077.

Ward's Natural Science Establishment 5100 West Henrietta Road. P.O. Box 92912, Rochester, NY 14692-9012. Phone: 716-359-2502

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Rhode Island STEM Web portal where you can "learn about how to encourage every student to purpsue their personal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) journey and support them as they become contributors in our innnovation workforce and economy."

STEM Project at Rhode Island College Learn about capital improvements and the STEM Center and four electronic classrooms in the Henry Barnard School, which are expected to be completed by the end of the Fall semester 2008. The STEM Center will facilitate a resource network for in-service and pre-service teachers in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium NASA supported resources for teachers and students

Roger Williams Park Zoo Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02905. Phone: 785-3510. 35-acre zoo, education center.  Ineteractive habitat exhibit.  Teacher organization called Zoo Teachers.

Museum of Natural History Roger Williams Park. Providence, RI 02905. Phone: 941-9351. Folklore exhibits; Archaeological artifacts; Educational, cultural programs; Publications

Museum of Science (Boston) Science Park, Boston, MA 02114. 617-589-0100. Contact: Henry Robinson. Boston's Museum of Science includes a planetarium, an Omnimax theater, the Computer Place, and interactive exhibits. The museum offers teacher workshops, educational programs, school kits, Science-by Mail, publications, and outreach. Also, it houses the Museum Institute for Teaching Science, a seven-museum collaborative that provides materials and programs to support regional teachers.

New England Aquarium Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110. Phone: (617) 973-5200. Live sea-life exhibits, educational programs, publication, and school outreach.

Ecotarium: A Center for Environmental Exploration 222 Harrington Way Worcester, MA . Phone: (508) 791-9211.

Massachusetts Audubon Society Hatheway Environmental Resource Center. South Great Road. Lincoln, MA 01773. Lincoln, MA 01773. Phone: 617-259-9500. Curriculum and research: Natural History, Environmental Education, Native Americans; School programs through Drumlin Farm; Lending Library.

Earthwatch Institute Expedition opportunities for high school and college students, teachers, volunteers to join research scientists in more than 125 research projects around the world.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 02917. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island provides in-service workshops for teachers, a teacher resource center, special events for classrooms, and field trips. 

The Conservation Agency Click on link to Narragansett Bay Coyote Study. Bazsed at 6 Swinburne Street, Jamestown, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. 9 Hayes Street. Providence, RI. Phone: 277-6800

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society 12 Sanderson Road. Smithfield, RI 02917. Phone: 231-6444. A "Plant Discovery Box" is available and contains a variety of resource materials on plants in general, and native Rhode Island plants for use in grades 4-6.

Narragansett Bay Classroom Narragansett Bay Campus, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. offers a variety of marine and environmental short courses, lectures, tours, field trips, interpretative programs, camps, and training opportunities for people of all ages.

Save the Bay 434 Smith Street. Providence, RI. Training in marine biology for teachers and school outreach. In-class visitations and experiences on Narragansett Bay for classrooms.

Narragansett Bay Commission PK-12 environmental education programs related to protecting water as a natural resource. One Service Road, Providence RI 02905.

Thames Science Center 77 Long Wharf. Newport, RI. Phone: 849-6966. Children's activities and computer displays. Also--Thames Science Center. Gallows Lane, NewLondon, CT. Phone: 203-442-0391. children's activities, slide show, and nature trail.

Providence Children's Museum Located in Providence’s Jewelry District, the Museum presents hands-on exhibit areas and lively programs designed for children ages 1 to 11 that explore the arts, culture, history and science.

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National Science Teachers Association

Rhode Island Science Teachers Association professional organization for Rhode Island teachers of science

RIC Student Chapter of NSTA - Contact Dr. Conklin

Association for Science Teacher Education Click on "Links" for Science Education Resources and Journals

North American Association for Environmental Education


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