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Instructional Resources Center (IRC) website with course guides supporting the Division of Teacher Education curriculum.

Course descriptions

EDU 377 Teaching Science and Health. Curriculum and teaching in science, health, and safety for children ages four through eleven.

Articles in databases


  • Search a specific education database (ERIC and Proquest Education Journals) for the most precise search and the largest number of articles.
  • Find the best language for searching - use the Thesaurus in the databases.
  • Narrow by source type:scholarly journals or trade journals, full-text, date, or education level (early childhood, elementary, high school).

Science resources in the Education Library

 1)      To search the online catalog for Teacher Education Library materials only, begin with the Library Catalog.

2)       Change Library to Teacher Education Library.

3)       Enter subject headings as below, and choose  Subject:   Science Study and teaching Elementary

4)       For a broader search, change Subject to Words or phrase and enter any keywords, joined by the word AND, that best represent the
          topic in which you are interested:      Electricity and experiments
   General topics:     (you can add subheadings Elementary or Secondary)


Examples of catalog searches for specific science unit topics.

Lesson Plans

National Science Foundation.  Classroom resources, science grants, hot topics. 

National Science Teachers Association.   Lesson plans, standards-aligned websites, SciPacks, Science objects, SciGuides.

ALEX  Alabama Learning Exchange.  Lesson plans by subject and grade level.

Science education gateway.     Hands-on, inquiry based-lessons for grades K-12.

NASA Educators       For educators and kids interested in NASA people and the national space program.

Birch Aquarium Scripps museum.   Ocean science education and ocean conservation. 



ALEX Alabama Learning Exchange  Alabama Department of Education science education standards Gr. K-12.

NSTA National Science Teachers Association NSTA standards.

Framework for K-12 Science Education The National Research Council

Professional associations, agencies, organizations