We've compiled a selection of grade-appropriate offerings to make it easy for you to browse Academy opportunities and classroom resources.

Distance Learning Programs for Your Class

Professional Development @ the Academy

Skulls Kit Training (grades K - 8)

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© Chris Frank

November 14 at 4:30 pm

Explore skulls in this hands-on workshop and become eligible to borrow the Skulls Kit!

Rainforest Kit Training (grades K - 3)

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© Tyler Christensen

December 2 at 8:30 am

Join us to explore the Rainforest Kit and become eligible to borrow this hands-on classroom resource.

Start Science Notebooking!

Strategies for Reflection

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Reflection

Setting aside time for reflection allows your students to recognize their own learning.

Selected Science Lesson Plans

Natural Resources Bingo

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© Sally Crossthwaite

What types of natural resources are used to make the objects we use in everyday life? Play bingo to find out!

What Color is Your Leaf?

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leaves

Students head outside to look closely for patterns of leaves in a shady environment vs. a sunny environment.

Worlds in Comparison

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© Dennis Brekke

Do you know the relative sizes of the planets in our solar system? Put yourself to the test with some Play-doh.

Habitat Adaptation Matchup

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Sea turtle

© Brocken Inaglory

How does an animal's shape and color affect what habitat they live in?

Featured Videos from the Science Video Vault

7,000 Kinds of Amphibians

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A music video about the 7,000 different kinds of amphibians. Song by the Wiggly Tendrils.

Programs for Your Field Trip to the Academy

Sun, Moon, and Stars

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© Callum Hayton

This show is offered most Mondays and Fridays at 10:30am through June 2018.

Motions of the Solar System

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© Kabsik Park

This show is offered most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30am through June 2018.

School Field Trips

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© Mario Sánchez Prada

Field trips are available year-round for formal California school groups of students in grades pre-K through 12.

Classroom Kits for Bay Area Teachers

Geology (Grade 2 - 5)

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California Geology Kit

Examine rocks and minerals, explore the rock cycle, and trace the mineral resources used in everyday life.

Professional Learning for You

How Science Works

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This course weaves activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on the process of science.

NGSS Demystified

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Need help with planning professional development around the Next Generation Science Standards? Look no further.

Super Popular!

Live Penguin Cams

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Watch our penguins swim, flirt, and nest on three live webcams.

Shark Lagoon Cam

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Spot every detail on the 13 species of sharks, rays, and bony fishes living in our Shark Lagoon.

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