There are several curriculum choices currently being used in elementary science classrooms. We have listed complete science programs, supplemental student focused science magazines, and supplemental science websites. A complete program generally has multiple components that include a textbook, website, and hands-on science materials or kits. A supplemental program like a magazine or website, while often based on standards, might be solely a website or magazine and not a complete program meant to satisfy a year's worth of science instruction.
FOSS is a tried and true science program created by the science experts at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. This program contains large boxes filled with the majority of materials that students need to do science experiments throughout the year. It also has a traditional textbook and printable observation sheets to go along with the labs.
This program is created by the same company that does reading assessments, and they have a strong emphasis on assessments and student data in this program.
This program has an online program that include the textbook and videos. It also contains kits for the laboratory exercises.
Discovery Education Science Techbook
This is a science program that includes both student workbooks as well as the incorporation of Mystery Science (see below). It does not include the consumable lab materials like some of the programs above.
National Geographic Kids
Students will love the incredible photography that National Geographic is known for. Unlike the traditional National Geographic Magazine, this magazine is created to be more high interest to children and has a strong focus on teaching core subject matter as well as the environment.
Science presented in a news format.
Science Spin and Science World
Scholastic has there one science themed magazines that also come with web-based (videos along with digital text) and printable content (accompanying worksheets).
Brainpop has subject matter videos including many in science.
Frontiers for Young Minds
An interesting array of scientific information presented as core concepts. One of the interesting aspects of the content is that it features its student reviewers of the academic content.
An array of online science activities.
Students are led through videos that teach content and direct them in experiments.
The benefit of mystery science is the simplicity of materials involved to do the experiments. That being said this simplicity could also be seen as a limitation of the program which often has supplies being so ordinary that the experiments may not be as memorable.
NOVA represents quality PBS produced Science Content.
Old Farmers Almanac
A plethora of real-time and accessible scientific information.
PBS Kids Science Games
A collection of fun science games from PBS.
Sheppard Software Science Games
A collection of science games. The skeletal games are great for Halloween.
Smithsonian Science Education Center
A combination of science curriculum in the form of both lesson plans and content to share with students (videos, photos, etc)