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April, 2009

National Science Foundation: Classroom Resources
A collection of lessons and Web resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


http://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/

CONTENT
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Classroom Resources is a collection of lessons and Web resources for classroom teachers, students, and their families. Most are drawn from the National Science Digital Library, which offers some of the best resources the Web has to offer. .
SITE DESIGN
This simply designed site is part of the larger NSF site; it provides an index of resources in the middle of the main page. Resources are grouped into twelve categories, ranging from the Arctic and Antarctica to Computing, Mathematics, and Physics. Subsequent pages provide a navigation menu to other categories, as well as back to the classroom resources in the left sidebar. .
 

REVIEW
The Classroom Resources section of the National Science Foundations Web site offers classroom teachers, students, and their families a wealth of information and resources for teaching and learning about a variety of topics, including astronomy and space, biology, chemistry, Earth and the environment, engineering, nanoscience, and more. All resources are appropriate for grades K-12, higher education, and lifelong learners. Visitors to the site can click any of the topics on the main page and be transported to a list of relevant resources and lesson plans. Each list has a short synopsis and indicates a grade level when appropriate. At the end of each list of resources is a link to an overview of the research the National Science Foundation is doing in the selected area. For example, in the nanoscience section, the core questions being explored are displayed as links and include, What is nanoscience? How is it used? What does it mean to society? and How can I learn more?

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