Adult Education Science Library

Science resources for adult educators.

Mini Grant Projects

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)

Tried and True Techniques

Using Science Videos Effectively in the Classroom

We often use video to bring science from the real world into our classrooms, but how can we ensure that students are learning from these videos? Derek Muller has a great TED talk about what makes up a science video that truly helps students learn science concepts.

He talks about the misconceptions that students often have about common science concepts. Muller's video site – Veritasium – has a great series of videos which shed light on common science misconceptions through discussion.

David Rosen from World Education also wrote an article on the Tech Tips for Teachers website about using a mind mapping tool to help students engage with science videos.

Tip from Tiffany Brand

Game-Based Learning

Looking to create some fun and engagement in your classroom? Try one of these game-based learning websites:

  • FlipQuiz – Free tool to create Jeopardy-style quiz games to use with your class. Try out this FlipQuiz on the topic of President's Day. Browse the page to see the questions, and click “Presentation View” to run the game.
  • Kahoot – Create game-show type quizzes that students can play with their mobile phones/tablets. Sign up for a free account and check out the Public Kahoots link at the top for Kahoot games created by others. Try this ESOL Kahoot

These websites are great to use with students in teams sharing a mobile device or laptop with the game projected for the class to see.

Tip from Tiffany Brand

Wall Charts

Take a hint from elementary school teachers and make wall charts for your classroom. Wall charts can be used for any and all subjects. For instance, if your class is working on punctuation, a wall chart about the use of commas with conjunctions might be just the thing. For students wall charts

  • act as a visual clue
  • provide a scaffold for complex information
  • remind students what rules really count
  • show examples of the rules which students can easily reference.

Unlike ready-made posters, wall charts are based on student need, grow throughout the year and feel like an organic part of the classroom. To create the most effective wall charts, write big, highlight crucial information with color, use light background paper, place them in a spot where everyone can easily see them, and train students to look at them on their own.

From Susan Bubpt

Health Science Resource

Often students will ask me questions about medical issues involving themselves or their families. I share the MedLine Plus website to provide students with quick, basic information in a variety of formats. It's easier for a student to brainstorm questions for their doctor once they have an understanding of the basic facts. It is also an excellent resource to use when developing lessons for ABE, HiSET and ESOL students.

Tip from Denise Reddington

Nutrition Label Math and Science Lessons

Nutritional labels can provide a wealth of information that can be used to create interesting math and science lessons. Once students really begin to look at and understand nutritional labeling they become more aware of the nutritional value of the foods they eat and give to their children. Encourage your students to bring the nutritional labels of their favorite foods to class and use these labels to answer such questions as:

  • What is the serving size?
  • How many servings are in the product?
  • How many calories are in one serving?
  • How many calories are in 3 servings?
  • If you ate the whole bag or drank the whole container, how many calories would you be consuming?
  • How many calories should a child/adult consume in one day?
  • What is the main ingredient of the product? How do you know?
  • How many grams of sugar are in the product?

Convert grams of sugar to teaspoons and measure it out so students can see how much sugar the product contains. There are about 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon.

There are an unlimited number of questions that could be generated!

Nutritional information to read about and discuss in class can be found at www.choosemyplate.gov

Tip from Denise Reddington

Resources

Just the Facts: Physical Science (titles also include Life Science and Earth and Space Science)
These books are designed for grades 4-6 but are appropriate for adults. Be sure to blackout all references to grade level before using with adult students. These types of books are fun and very useful for background knowledge and vocabulary.

www.carsondellosa.com

Steck-Vaughn Wonders of Science

6 titles written on about a Reading Level 4, great for quick background knowledge and oral reading.

They can be found on amazon.com.

Passwords Science Vocabulary

Titles include: Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science. Science vocabulary on a variety of levels

www.curriculumassociates.com

Common Core Achieve Exercise Book HiSET Science Test by McGraw Hill Education

Practice for students ready to test

www.mheonline.com

The Official Guide to the HiSET Exam, Second Edition

McGraw Hill Education

Can be ordered from www.amazon.com

Pre-HSE Core Skills in Science

Science background knowledge & vocabulary

Can be ordered at www.newreaderspress.com

Science for the HiSET Test

This book includes hundreds of HiSET science practice questions, background knowledge & vocabulary

Can be ordered at www.newreaderspress.com

Websites

www.exploratorium.edu

  • An amazing site that explores 100's of science topics and includes webcasts, videos, and pictures
  • On-line activities, exhibitions, and links to other "cool" sites
  • Teachers have access to online tools for teaching and hands-on activities
  • Tools for teaching include an extensive digital library of over 10,000 photos and quicktime movies

www.hightechscience.org

  • Some interesting parts of this site include fun science facts, all about food, and animal facts
  • These links are found on the left of the homepage, scroll down

www.howstuffworks.com

  • Hundreds of “printer friendly” short articles about a wide variety of science topics and more
  • Links to more information on each topic

science.education.nih.gov

  • National Institutes of Health office of science education for teachers
  • Many topics, lesson plans, resources, photos, and more available

www.sciencespot.net

  • A very helpful site for teachers looking for fun daily science trivia, word searches, crosswords, and more
  • Lessons, links, and more
  • Includes a reference desk to find science resources

www.MedlinePlus.gov

  • Great site for all things health related. Includes easy to read information, illustrations, videos & resources

www.youtube.com

Once on the YOUTUBE site, search the following for great videos:

  • The Science Channel
  • National Geographic
  • GED Science: The Scientific Method & Kinetic and Potential Energy in a Roller Coaster from KET adult learning
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy & Steve Spangler Science

Wonderopolis – Read a new "Wonder" each day.

Science Links