Science & Social Studies: Freebies, Great Deals, and Must-See Websites for Teachers!

We all know science and social studies are important—AND that kids young and old love them! Take a look at these amazing options for fitting a bit more science and social studies into your curriculum.

Let us know which of these fun freebies and great offers catch your eye. One lucky teacher will win a science and social studies surprise pack. Submit your comment to our blog by midnight EDT on Friday, September 23, 2011, to be eligible. Go ahead, scroll down and send your comment right now. You could be our winner! (Update: congratulations to Gail, who was our winner!)


Here’s a great opportunity: this month: Colonial Williamsburg is offering a free electronic field trip. Called “A More Perfect Union,” this field trip covers the conflict and compromise that accompanied ratification of the US Constitution. You’ll also have access to free lesson plans, interactive online games, and more. Sign up today!


Teaching science and measurement just got easier with the new Harvard Junior Virtual Labs from Ohaus. The software features a self-guided, multisensory approach that works well for differentiation. Click here now to learn more! (Hint: I happen to know that, starting next week, five lucky teachers will have a chance to win this software! I’ll let you know when this contest launches. Stay tuned!)


Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading is a new research-based science and literacy curriculum from Delta Education. To learn all about it, click here to visit the Delta website. Or if you’re on Facebook, check out the Seeds/Roots page to find science facts, special offers, and much more. Click here to take a look!


You’ll be in awe of the resources available from the International Fund for Animal Welfare—all free! Visit to see a video about this year’s featured animal, the elephant; choose from dozens of standards-based activities; enter your students’ work in the annual Animal Action art contest; and much more. Plus if you share your feedback on the program, you’ll be eligible for a free gift! You can download the materials or request a printed kit. Don’t miss out; click here now!


If you’re teaching health and nutrition, fill your plate with free resources from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. You’ll find games, activities, recipes, and much more. Munch on it at or click here now!


What better way to get your students to retain the fascinating science and social studies information they’ve learned about than to ask them to do a little writing? You can have your students’ writing published free with Studentreasures! Get a startup kit and all of the details at Teachers have raved about this service on our blog; check it out!


24 thoughts on “Science & Social Studies: Freebies, Great Deals, and Must-See Websites for Teachers!

  1. I, personally, have a hard time motivating my students to write…but when they know their work is going to be published they write like crazy! Student Treasures!

  2. I’m anxious to try out the Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trip. I’d also like to know more about the virtual science labs. Thanks!

  3. What a treat it is to have new materials to enhance our learning! I would be excited to get to check out the Seed of Science/Roots of reading program. Since I never have enough time in our day, integration of subjects is essential!

  4. Since I already have a plan to teach nutrition and health I am going to visit the National Watermelon Board. I think we may just plant some watermelon seeds to bring more science into it.
    I am always looking for more science to do in the classroom.

  5. The Colonial Williamsburg field trip sounds very exciting! This is an interesting way to teach my students the history of the Constitution. Along with this field trip, could have the students dress in period clothes.

  6. I’m very impressed with the IFAW site! What a great way to integrate life science with global studies and conservation awareness! My students can glimpse the world outside of our little rural town in a way that’s engaging and meaningful.

  7. I have had the opportunity to tour Colonial Williamsburg myself and I would love to share this wonderful historic place with my students. Since a field trip in person would be impossible, this is a fantastic way for my class to see what life was actually like at this time in our history. There are endless ways to incorporate this into our curriculum.

  8. “Elephants Never Forget” is the perfect choice to raise animal welfare awareness. I don’t know one child who isn’t fascinated by elephants. I’m sure they’ll enjoy every lesson we do. Thank you!

  9. The virtual field trip definitely sounds intriguing. I used the Elephants Never Forget resources available from IFAW and not only were they AMAZING resources, but I was also surprised to find an awesome and generous thank-you package in my mail the other day for offering my feedback!

  10. Nutrition is very important these days due to diabetes, cholesterol, etc. I really like the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Also, the food pyramid has been replaced with the food plate.
    Also, gross motor skills are important for children today.

  11. Nicholle, I couldn’t agree with you more. The IFAW materials are PACKED with great content. It’s amazing what wonderful organizations like this one provide to teachers for free!

  12. I am interested in the Elephants Never Forget resources that are available from IFAW. I believe it is very important to teach elementary students that we need to take care of our earth and the living things on our planet. I can’t wait to see the materials. Thanks!

  13. I would be interested in the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading program. I think my kids would love learning even more about science!

  14. The Colonial Williamsburg materials sound terrific! My fourth grade teachers will begin teaching this unit soon. These would be great resources for me to share with them.

  15. I love the national watermelon promotion board, I just started teaching 4th grade and found some wonderful resources. need to bookmark this one.

  16. Honestlym I could use all the products in Economics from the Colonial Williamsburg lab (its ecomomic impact on early America) to the Seed of Science/Roots of reading to the National Watermelon Promotion (how can we increase our local watermelon production to create new jobs and products. Too many great ideas, so many uses, and so little time.

  17. I will check out the National Watermelon Board. I teach my kindergarteners a lot about health and nutrition. If it ever starts cooling off in Texas, we may try to plant some and watch them grow!

  18. I teach 2nd grade, and anything from the International Fund for Animal Welfare would be amazing resources for my classroom! We need some good standards-based expository literature, and nothing motivates kids better than animals!

  19. gahhhh i hate science!

    anyway, we have to find manuplitive and responding variblies for my question. My question is how many of the barn owls prey are herbivores, omnivores, or carnivores. I neeeeeeeed help.
    btw, this is 6th grade Advanced Science.
    and please, no rude comments… i really need help.

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