Teaching and Classroom Resources

To extend our services to you, the math and science teachers, we have assembled a list of resources for classroom activities and lessons focused on math and science. The resources we have located are all available free of charge on the internet. We have tried the links, randomly selected different lessons from the sites and were satisfied that the information provided was accurate and usable. If you find any of the links to not be working, please let us know so we may remove the link from Newton Network.

Student in a classroom

Lessons and Lesson Plans

  • Educator's Reference Desk - More than 2000 high quality lesson plans is all subjects organized by grade level to make finding what you need quick and easy. Maintained by Information Institute of Syracuse.
  • Discovery Education - A variety of physical science and mathematics lesson plans with hands-on activities many with weblinks to additional information. Excellent search capability with search by subject and grade level. Produced by Discovery Communications Educational Outreach.
  • Teachnology - Online access to thousands of lesson plans, worksheets, teaching tips, webquests, education games and downloads. Maintained by Teachnology.com.
  • PBS Teachers - A very extensive collection of lesson plans and source material searchable by subject area, grade level and topic of interest. Maintained by Public Broadcasting System.
  • Microsoft Lesson Plans - These lesson plans are well written and contain all resources needed to teach the lesson. Maintained by Microsoft Corp.
  • Lesson Plans, Inc - Lesson Plans Inc. is a high school science education resource. Science curriculums for middle school & elementary school science teachers are also included. > Lesson Plans Inc. offers life & physical science teachers curriculum that is aligned to state & national standards.
  • Merlot.org – Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online training materials. Cataloged into collection by subject, material types and learning communities, the ability to search Merlot.org makes finding resources you can use in your class very efficient. With a database containing more than 20,000 items, you should be able to find what you need for your class. The best part is that membership to Merlot is free.
  • TeachersFirst.com–TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. We offer our own professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use and safe classroom use of Web 2.0.

Students in a classroom

Class Activities and Projects

  • Science and Arts Gateway for Education (SAGE) - Links to resources in math and science for students and teachers is grades 9-12 with many projects and experiments easily used in the classroom. Produced by Cornell University.
  • NASA Education - Many of the resources necessary to bring space into the classroom. Content changes frequently so check back often. Maintained by NASA.
  • Space.com - Stay connected with the latest news of space exploration, search for life and astronomic events here on planet earth. Maintained by writers and editors who are space fans.
  • Ask Dr. Math - Get the answer to a math question from an expert. Questions and answers are categorized by grade level and subject and provides teacher services. Produced by Drexel University.
  • Nevada Mining Association - A collection of classroom activities to illustrate principles found in geology and earth sciences. Activities range from asphalt cookies to time travel. All activities are in lesson plan format based on NDOE science standards. Maintained by Nevada Mining Association with contributions from teachers.
  • Mineral Information Institute - Materials and classroom activities to explore natural resources and how they are used. Maintained by MII
  • 42eXplore - Thematic Pathfinders for all Ages. Multiple links to hundreds of topics in many subjects. Well maintained and easy to access. Sponsored by eduScapes.com.
  • Science Spot - An award winning site filled with science projects, information links and classroom activities targeted for middle school. Developed and maintained by Tracy Trimpe.
  • SciJinks - An interactive website sponsored by NASA and filled with weather experiments and activities.
  • Exploratorium - Located in San Francisco, the Exploratorium offers the best of hands-on activities. The Exploratorium website extends this experience to your classroom.
  • SHODOR - (SHOrt and DORky) An internet resource dedicated to providing students and educators with materials and instruction related to computational science through scientific, interactive computing.
  • Siemens Science Day Access videos, tools and revealing hands-on activities designed for your 4th-6th grade students that will help reinvent science class. You'll find new, original experiments with intuitive directions, materials lists and home extensions.
  • Eduhound.com The Educhound site sets are a collection of topic-based online educational resources. Also includes free clipart and educational templates.

Students working on computers

Web 2.0 Teaching Tools

  • Classtool.net - Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!.
  • Twiducate - Social networking for Schools. This tool allows you to setup a safe environment for your class to use to interact, share ideas, post discussions and collaborate on work. It can even be used to keep parents informed.
  • ChartTool - Online Graphs and Charts. This tool allows you or your students to create, print and share graphs and charts. The tool provides step-by-step instructions for creating many different types of graphs, entry of chart data and formatting of graph output. The tool is simple, easy to use and doesn't require any additional software.
  • Skype in the Classroom -Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. This is a global initiative that was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype in their classrooms.
  • Prezi -Prezi provides a method for creating dynamic presentation without using MS Powerpoint. Prezi.com provides free accounts to educators and students and online tutorials to get you started.
  • VUE - The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information.
  • Edmodo - Edmodo is an online social learning environment for your classroom. Edmodo was created specifically for teachers and schools, giving teachers control over who is part of their online classroom. Assignments and classroom resources can be posted to the classroom and teachers have the option of grading the assignments on the site itself. Edmodo is completely free.
  • PBWorks- PBWorks Education is an online classroom workspace made for teachers and students. Teachers can create their own workspaces to reach their students and parents outside the classroom. Teachers can publish notes, lectures, videos and more to their workspace. PBWorks Education also allows teachers to create group projects and find other classrooms to interact with. The basic edition is free for individual teachers.
  • CoolTools - We are not highlighting a specific Web 2.0 tool, but rather a collection of tools. Cool Tools for Schools is a website dedicated to finding Web 2.0 tools that can be used by all teachers. Their collection is organized by topic and includes useful apps for phones and tablets.
  • National Geographic Maps - National Geographic Maps are a great tool you can use in your classroom. Maps are available for every part of the world and come with interactive lesson plans as well. You can design your own map using their interactive map kit, making your maps as large or small as you need them. All maps are also printable and free.
  • Zunal- Zunal is a website that hosts webquests on every subject. Users can create their own webquests using templates provided, or search the thousands of free webquests available. Videos, games, quizzes, and more can be added to any webquest. Zunal requires teachers to register, but registration is free.


  • WebQuest.Org - This is the heart and sole of webquests. If you are not familiar with what is a webquest or how to use a webquest, then this is the starting point. The site provides a searchable database of webquest and templates for creating a webquest.
  • Teachnology WebQuests - A goldmine of webquest indexed by subject with webquest for Math and Science as well as many other subjects. Webquests are submitted by teachers and reviewed by Teachtechnology.

Students using an iPadPodcasts

  • NASA Podcasts - Informative podcasts in the field of astronomy and earth sciences. Programs are directed to 5-12 but could be used for all grade levels. A full transcript is provided with each podcast.
  • NPR Science Friday - Archived broadcasts from NPR Science Friday hosted by Ira Flatow covering news in science, technology, health and environmental issues. Most appropriate for older students.
  • This Week in Science - Weekly broadcast of science news and discussion. Also includes archives of broadcasts.
  • Science Friday Kids - Science Friday for grades 6-8 indexed by subject and topic.
  • The Math Factor - A variety of math topics are discussed by C Goodman-Strauss, professor of mathematics with the University of Arkansas. The site also has math puzzles, games and a section of math weirdness.
  • Video Math Tutor - A video series of basic math lesson designed as a review or refresher for grades 8 - 12 covering basic algebra.
  • Is All About Math - Video podcasts covering advanced subjects in mathematics.

Downtown RenoLocal and Regional Lesson Plans

  • Trout in the Classroom - Looking for a get-your-hands-wet project to interest your students? Nevada Department of Wildlife sponsors the Trout in the Classroom project and provides the tank and eggs to get started. Nevada Division of Wildlife and Trout Unlimited.
  • Learn the Great Basin - This site was designed and developed by students and teachers to provide student activities for learning about the Great Basin and contains a student created video clips explaining types of rocks.