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Recommended Science Apps

Educational productivity and creativity apps, tools to help students investigate, communicate, collaborate, create, model, and explore concepts and content in authentic contexts.”

We are defining educational productivity and creativity apps for science as apps that support the active investigation of science, including those that allow students to model scientific concepts, communicate scientific ideas, and explore problems through authentic uses of the tools of science.


Colorado Academic Standards – Technology Narratives

What does Mastery of Technology look like at each grade level? What is expected of your students when it comes to oral communication & listening with multimedia or reading and writing with digital tools…. Find out at the links below

Technology Narratives 

Kindergarten     1st Grade      2nd Grade    3rd Grade     4th Grade      5th Grade
6th Grade           7th Grade     8th Grade     9th Grade    10th Grade    11th Grade


SVVSD Digital Library

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Offers eBooks, AudioBooks and Streaming Media, including over 52,000 copies for middle and high school students. Many titles have both an eBook and AudioBook version, and many titles have multiple copies. Reaching all readers and interests​, there are also over 900 titles available elementary students including embedded audio with more books to be added. You can enjoy this library anytime and anywhere on a computer, iPad, smartphone, or eReader.

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SVVSD Media Services Science Database

World-Book-KidsWorld Book Kids Science is a general reference Web site developed especially for young students. The site features easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, comparison tools, and a wealth of engaging games and activities.


Kids InfoBits a content-rich, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. Featuring content from trusted sources, as well as engaging games and activities.


World Book Spanish Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.


World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines which cover various time periods in science history. Students can browse existing timelines in science and technology and visualize the cause / effect relationship between events. World Book Timelines also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

gicGlobal Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global Science issues, topics, and current events.  Each topic includes an overview, references and rich multimedia – including videos, and interactive graphs.

Science and Technology – Explores issues and topics related to scientific research and technological advances, discussing their impacts in social, political, and economic terms.

Environment and Climate Change – Explores the ways that developing nations and increasing industrialization affect our natural habitats and everyday lives.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides information and opinions on today’s hottest science issues. Issues include updated viewpoint articles, academic journals, statistics, images, videos and links to vetted websites.

Energy & Environmentalism – Explores current event topics such as the BP oil spill, deforestation, foreign oil dependance and also takes a close look at sustainability topics such as biofuels and recycling.

Science, Technology & Ethics – Explores sometimes controversial topics such as evolution, animal rights, genetically modified foods, stem cell research and offshore drilling, amongst other topics.


Bill Nye the Science Guy Video Series

Bill Nye, most widely known as the zany host of ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’, a show geared towards exposing young viewers to all different forms of science, is back with a new series aimed at a more mature audience. In his new series, ‘The Eyes of Nye’, Bill explores some of today’s most controversial topics as well as taking a look at everyday science.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy Series – Grades 4 and Up
Birds     –     Buoyancy     –     Fish     –     Forensics     –     Forests     –     Time
Phases of Matter     –     Space Exploration     –     Spiders     –     Ocean Exploration

Bill Nye’s Way Cool Game of Science – Grades 4-8
Reproduction and Heredity

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The Eyes of Nye Series – Grades 9-12

Addiction – Antibiotics – Astrobiology – Nuclear Energy

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Planet Earth Video Series

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Planet Earth the Complete Series – Journey from the rain forests of Borneo to the peaks of the Himalayas to uncover the beauty and mystery of life on our planet. More than five years in the making, this series presents never- before-seen animal behaviors, startling views of locations captured by cameras for the first time, and an unprecedented look at Earth’s creatures from biological and ecological perspectives. The supplementary programs “Saving Species”, “Into The Wilderness”, and “Living Together” interweave key arguments from leading environmental commentators about what the future may hold for the world’s most threatened plants, animals, and ecosystems.

Each Video includes a Teachers Guide, Writing Prompts and Animal Guide

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Caves     –     Deep Ocean     –     Deserts     –     Fresh Water     –     Into the Wilderness

Living Together     –     Saving Species     –     Great Plains     –     Ice World     –     Jungles

Mountains     –     Pole to Pole     –     Seasonal Forest     –     Shallow Seas




Moving from Observation to Research

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Explain Everything & Zydeco Inquiry Apps




Online Science Resources

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NBC Learn – For more than 80 years, NBC News has been documenting the people, places, and events that shape our world. NBC Learn, is dedicated to making these historic stories, images and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers, students, and parents.

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 1.36.26 PMNOVA Science Now – Hundreds of FREE science videos with supporting materials such as discussion questions and interactive quizzes.

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Science360 – Video Library immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math. Science360 engages students and teachers alike in the cutting-edge discoveries and big science stories of the day.

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How to Smile – is a collection of the best educational materials on the web, creating learning activities, tools, and services vetted by a group of science museum educators dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world.

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Decoding Cancer – is a collection of standards-aligned interactive classroom resources created by a group of cancer advocates, experts, and educators.

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PBS Learning – is a collection of Science resources from around the world. Including videos, interactive learning activities, links, images and more.

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Need Project – A collection of Lesson plans, presentation resources, curriculum correlations, evaluation tools and information about professional development opportunities promoting an energy conscious and educated society.

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Energy Literacy Principles – is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning about energy. The framework identifies seven Essential Principles and a set of Fundamental Concepts to support each principle.

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CLEANET – A collection of 600+ free, ready-to-use climate related resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists, suitable for K-12 classrooms.

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Climate Literacy Principles – An interagency guide that provides a framework and essential principles for formal and informal education about climate change. It presents important information for individuals and communities to understand Earth’s climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change.

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Ocean literacy Principles – Ocean Literacy Framework was developed by many scientists and educators from the ocean sciences education community. Their efforts built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials and assessments.


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SOS Explorer – A visualization engine that creates an interactive Earth for a flat screen display including those projected on walls, computers, and large displays, providing teachers, students, and the public access to a library of selected Science On a Sphere datasets and movies.


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GeneEd – A safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 6 – 12 to learn genetics. The site allows the user to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, and other top Issues in Genetics.


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TeachEngineering – Is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula to help make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings.

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Science Today – is the California Academy of Sciences’ channel for current stories on cutting-edge technologies, life, Earth, space and sustainability.

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Navy STEM – Discovery Education and the Navy present a series of interactive lesson plans specifically designed for 9-12 graders to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

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Windows on Earth is an educational project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day, for science research, education and public outreach.

Save On Energy Did you know the same battery we use today was invented in 1887? With only minor upgrade, the ‘dry cell’ battery was a scientific victory because they were liquid free and could be used in portable devices. But how do batteries work? Learn More

MIT Science – Original Webseries From MIT Showcasing Real Science By Real Students. Served Up Fresh From The Heart Of Innovation & The Big Bang Of Great Ideas.

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Earth Science Week – Earth Science Week celebrates the theme “Earth’s Connected Systems,” emphasizing interactions among the Earth systems of land, water, air, and life.

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Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) – is an international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Resources include Teacher and Student materials on the science of soil. Soil 4 Teachers   Soil 4 Kids

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Scitable – is a free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology, which include the topics of evolution, gene expression, and the rich complexity of cellular processes shared by living organisms

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Mission 31 – Introduce your students to the wonders of the deep ocean as well as the challenges of living under the sea for 31 days. Learning Activities, Videos & Live Web Cams for K-12 students.

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National Park Web Rangers – The interactive Web Ranger program helps people of all ages learn about the national parks. You can explore over 220 national parks with virtual trail tours and more.

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UCAR – Learning Zone – How does a cloud form? What’s a sunspot? Why is climate changing? At The UCAR Center for Science Education’s Learning Zone, you can explore these questions and more. Great videos, interactives and visualizations.

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CU Learn More About Climate – Translates climate change information into resources and tools for teachers, policy makers, and citizens. Watch videos, schedule a guest speaker, find standards-based lessons and interactive resources.

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Ideas, activities and lessons – Hundreds of digital teaching resources ranging from pdf educator guides to full blown lessons plans.

Amazing videos – One of the largest video collections on YouTube, the National Geographic channel is a go to source for high quality, HD video on nearly every topic under the sun. Videos vary from short extracts through to full length documentaries.

Online games and apps – Interactive resources you can use with your students. There are games challenging science and engineering, learning about animals through to vocabulary and family fun.

Discovery Education – offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell. Foster deeper engagement and opportunities for students to take charge of their own learning with high quality, engaging, relevant tools designed for today’s busy teachers and parents. Explore using the links above for specific resources by grade.

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Interactive Science Simulations

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UCAR – Center for Science Education has a collection of interactives and simulations related to weather, climate, atmospheric science and space weather education.

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PhET– Interactive Science Simulations- fun, interactive and research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado. All iPad compatible.


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Molecular Workbench– provides visual, interactive computational experiments for teaching and learning science. Explore physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology with interactive simulations.


Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 3.49.25 PMResearch Institutions for Seismology – The Earth Science Animations from IRIS contain text, graphics, animations, and videos to help teach Earth Science fundamentals. Topics include hazards, plate tectonics, Earth structure, earthquakes and volcanoes.



Other Resources

Atlas of Science Literacy is a two-volume collection of conceptual strand maps and commentary on those maps that show how students understanding of the ideas and skills that lead to literacy in science, mathematics, and technology might develop from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Atlas is part of a coordinated set of tools developed by Project 2061 to help educators understand and use specific goals for student learning. The maps in Atlas are built from the K-12 learning goals presented in Project 2061-Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Benchmarks was derived from the recommendations for adult science literacy proposed in Project 2061- landmark report Science for All Americans.

21st Century Skills

For Colorado’s Department of Education description of 21st Century Skills in Science please reference page 23 of the Colorado Academic Standards document.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national  organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global  economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.

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