Laptop on a desk Each SciGuide is a set of pre-reviewed web-based resources you can use in your classroom. Each SciGuide also includes materials to help you integrate these web-based resources into your classroom.

A SciGuide is arranged in a top-down structure. The SciGuide topic is broken down into several Themes and each Theme is then further broken down into several Keywords.

At the Theme level of a SciGuide you will find the support needed to fully integrate the web-based resources into your classroom. Included are lesson plans that use resources found in the Keywords, vignettes that tell a short narrative story about implementing the lesson in an actual classroom, audio clips describing how the lessons were implemented, and representative samples of student work.

At the Keyword level of a SciGuide you will find approximately 100 web-based resources that have been selected and reviewed for accuracy and usability. You are also provided access to the reviews, linkages to national standards, and a filter mechanism.

Each SciGuide subscription provides you access to one SciGuide for one year. As a strictly on-line resource, there are no printed materials and each guide can be accessed from any computer with internet access.

Some Suggestions on How to Use a SciGuide

  • Look to the SciGuides for materials and resources to use in your classroom.
  • Use the SciGuides as a supplement to your curriculum, not as a substitute.
  • Use the lesson plans within each Theme and “tweak” it for your individual circumstances.
  • Use the lesson plans within each Theme as a template for creating high quality curriculum materials of your own.
  • Use the sample of student work within each Theme as a guide for your students’ work.
  • Use the vignettes within each Theme as a springboard for further reflection upon the practice and art of teaching
  • Preview and select web-based resources from the SciGuide Keywords to use with your students.
  • Use the icon filter in each Keyword to more quickly find appropriate resources to use for yourself or for use with your students.
  • Use the web-based resources contained in each Keyword to learn about the different components of a web-based resource (the difference between a multimedia element and an interactive element, for example).
  • Use the web-based resources in each Keyword as a springboard to find additional web-based resources
  • Visit the SciGuides rubrics and use them to become more critical consumers of web-based content.
  • Suggest additional web-based resources, lesson plans, or other material to be included in the SciGuides.