Summer Reading Resources from NLM

beakerLast week I attended the Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. I attended a session called Off the Shelf: Free Science Programming @ Your Library, and I wanted to highlight some of the free online resources provided by the National Library of Medicine that I learned about. These would be great resources to use for the science-themed summer reading program.

Cheryl Rowan, a Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, demonstrated the science resources available for various age groups.

K-12 Science and Health Education Resources – are “free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs.” A variety of topics are covered with links to additional resources.

ToxMystery – helps students identify toxic substances in their homes with an interactive game. The Teacher Resources section has lesson plans, activities, and printable activity pages. There are also resources for parents to use at home.

tox townToxTown – is “an introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places.” Check out the resources for teachers, which include curriculum unites for science clubs, classroom activities, and interactive resources.

GeneEd – “is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics.” There are a variety of topics. The Teacher Resource section includes lesson plans and activities. There is also a section with virtual and hands-on Labs & Experiments.

Online Exhibitions and Digital Projects – is a “free online archive of biomedical resources” that are in the public domain. If you attended the Summer Reading Workshops, you are already familiar with Harry Potter’s World and Visible Proofs, but there are many more to explore, including one on Frankenstein. You can search by topic or date. Many exhibits have educational resources and lesson plans, so be sure to look for them.

For a convenient way to share many of these resources and more with the teachers in your town, check out the promotional poster that is available.

Do you have a favorite free online science resource you’ll be using for your summer reading program? Share it with us in the comments!


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