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Instructional Activities
for Effective Teaching

We want to help you discover activities that are enjoyable and educational, that will motivate students and will help them understand important scientific concepts.  These "activities to stimulate learning" can occur in a specific discipline (such as biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry, or physics) or in a multi-disciplinary context.

This area and its partner — TEACHING STRATEGIES & TECHNIQUES FOR EFFECTIVE EDUCATION — explore the exciting world of learning and teaching.

The websites below vary in function.  Some provide information, while others offer activities, or links to websites that have been reviewed and are recommended by educators.  I haven't looked through everything in these websites, but what I've seen looks good, and they'll certainly give you plenty of ideas and activities to explore!


Education World (a page full of links!)

Internet Scout Project — introduction  archives  projects

Blue Web'N (Blue Ribbon learning sites on the Web)

Science NetLinks (lessons, tools, resources, benchmarks)

Google Web Directory for EDUCATION (this will keep you busy!)

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (re: is now

Thinkfinity (resources for educator, student, parent)

For topics that may stimulate interest and motivation (perhaps even enthusiasm!) for some students:
Science in the Arts — for the science of Color and Music, Photography, Juggling, and more;
The Science of Sports — physics, physiology, nutrition, training, psychology, strategy, equipment, and more, to help you improve your performance and pleasure, for a variety of athletic activities;

and from the editor, Aesop's Activities for Goal-Directed Education that includes Thinking Skills Education by Teaching Scientific Method in Labs and in other ways.

Another interesting activity is a "design project" that is an opportunity for students to solve problems, to invent or improve a product, or design a strategy for achieving a goal.  This is fun, and the experience will help them learn scientific thinking, since there is a close relationship between the thinking skills used in science and design, as explained in An Introduction to Design.  Eventually there will be "design activities" here, but until then you can use your own creativity to invent ideas for activities.

MORE — The selected web-pages above are only a beginning, since I haven't yet done a comprehensive search — especially in subject areas such as biological science, physical sciences, but also for general thinking skills — but what is already above will provide lots of interesting ideas for you to think about.  Also, link-pages that now are more complete will help you explore PUBLIC SCHOOLS & RELIGION and HOME SCHOOLS (in the area of School Options) plus pages about combining CREATIVE THINKING and CRITICAL THINKING into PRODUCTIVE THINKING in PROBLEM-SOLVING METHODS (in the area of Thinking Skills).

In this page you'll find links to resource-pages expressing a wide range of views, which don't necessarily represent the views of the American Scientific Affiliation.  Therefore, linking to a page does not imply an endorsement by the ASA.  We encourage you to use your own critical thinking to evaluate everything you read.

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This home-page for Teaching Activities (assembled by Craig Rusbult) is

All links on this page were checked-and-fixed on December 8, 2008.

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