We've compiled a selection of grade-appropriate offerings to make it easy for you to browse Academy opportunities and classroom resources.
Professional Development @ the Academy
September 23: Join us for a full-day workshop on using notebooks for scientific meaning-making.
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November 4: Dive into the world of the coral reef ecosystem and become eligible to borrow this kit!
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November 14: Explore skulls in this hands-on workshop and become eligible to borrow the Skulls Kit!
January 20: Demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in this beginner's-level workshop.
Crosscutting Concept #1: Patterns. Image (c) Nigel Howe
March 3 & March 17: Explore the Crosscutting Concepts in this intermediate level NGSS workshop.
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March 10 & March 24: Be a learner and design your own inquiry project during this two-day, immersive workshop!
Programs for Your Field Trip to the Academy
This program provides San Francisco 4th & 5th grade classes with FREE science field trips, including a bus!
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This show is offered most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30am through June 2018.
© Mario Sánchez Prada
Field trips are available year-round for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12.
Distance Learning Programs for Your Class
Go on a virtual expedition to the Philippines and learn to inquire about the secret lives of sharks and rays.
As astronomers, students will use hands-on models to explore asteroids and comets in this online program!
These free, interactive, webcasts are open to classrooms nationwide. Sign up to book your spot!
Start Science Notebooking!
Learn how science notebooks can help your students plan and carry out hands-on investigations.
Taking notes in science doesn't mean just copying what's on the board.
Setting aside time for reflection allows your students to recognize their own learning.
Selected Science Lesson Plans
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Explore seaweed and learn about this important producer in this hands-on, culinary activity!
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Want to play a board game to learn about rock formation? Explore geologic processes, fast and slow.
What are the consequences of mining for fossil fuels?
Students will practice being Earth to learn about how our orbit affects what we see.
Discover the part of the leaf that allows for gas exchange!
Look through the collection of Academy-designed science lesson plans for 4th and 5th grade.
Featured Videos from the Science Video Vault
Visit an underwater forest near Point Lobos, California, to learn what a kelp forest food web looks like.
Billions of years ago, Earth had supercontinents—land masses made of multiple continents merged together.
Earth's rotation changes the angle at which sunlight hits the planet's surface, creating the different seasons.
Classroom Kits for Bay Area Teachers
Explore the amazing coral reef ecosystem through hands-on activities and games. Why are reefs so important?
Examine rocks and minerals, explore the rock cycle, and trace the mineral resources used in everyday life.
Explore the tropical rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and the Amazon!
Professional Learning for You
Explore this section to learn the basics of setting up science notebooks with your students.
Need help with planning professional development around the Next Generation Science Standards? Look no further.
Check out the range of workshops we have offered recently. Contact us to provide PD for your school team!
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