Science by Process Resource Page

What is this Page?

This page is a –very useful- page. Here, you will find a complete list of all resources outlined for every framework. As well, a more detailed description is given for each and every resource.


In addition, users are strongly encouraged to critique the sites in order to help other educators accurately decide on their feasibilities. Further, any user is greatly welcomed to “drop comments” about a particular site for the benefit of others.


Last, if you have any other questions or concerns or would like to add onto this growing list of resources, please post a message in the Community Forum.


 Science by Process Resources

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Resource Type

Resource Description

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Digging In

(Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)



Text (Inquiry and Design Framework Based)

There are 4-5 textbooks for 3 different strands. (Earth, Life, Physical). Textbooks are broken into units. Each unit is centred around an ongoing inquiry or design oriented project which is further divided into 3 related learning sets.


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(Lab-Aids, 2011)



Text (Inquiry Framework Based)

Five main textbooks exist that are all centred around Issues. (ex. Issues and Life Science, Issues and You). Each book is broken into modules. Modules are centred around inquires with content providing a supporting role. There are lots of reflection activities and online supporting resources as well.



Investigating Earth Systems

(Herff Jones, 2010)



Text (Inquiry Framework Based)

This text is a set of module textbook that are all about Inquiry and Earth. With each unit, the inquiry comes first and content is injected within into making the text more oriented to process-based learning.




Action Bioscience

(American Institute of Biological Sciences)



Web Resource


Lots of current issues are presented to explore for useful ideas for the teacher’s general lesson/unit planning of any framework or combination.






Web Resource

(issues, supporting content)

A wealth on information is provided on AIDS. The teacher can obtain numerous ideas on how frame a design-oriented unit around issues relating to AIDS.


Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum

(Alaska Sea Grant)



Web Resource

(issues, lessons)

This site contains another collections of lessons and ideas relating to issues and other information pertaining to sea and rivers



An Innovation Odyssey

(Intel Education)



Web Resource

Online student-centred narratives



Tonnes of stories are provided here about student experiences in the real world regarding matters of science, technology and society. Such narratives could serve as a useful starting point in any framework-based science class.


BBC Science



Web Resource


In addition to having a wealth of videos on many other school subjects, BBC also has a big section for science where the teacher can find up-to-date videos on the latest issue in the environment or society that has relations to science. Such videos could serve as a useful launch to a knowledge building unit and other types of framework-dependent units as well.


California Academy of Sciences



Web Resource

(lesson Plans)

This is a museum site that contains its own database of lesson plans oriented around museum visits. Such lessons could be valuable learning experiences for students to make us of such as by generating ideas, exploring issues and refining student views.


Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence


(Sea Grant)



Web Resource

(lesson Plans)

This is another data base of lesson plans and other lesson stimulating ideas for the teacher to incorporate particularly if he/she is planning a framework-oriented unit around oceans.


Climate Change Activities

(Gulf of Maine Aquarium)



Web Resource

(issues, full lesson plans)

This website contains detailed and complete lesson plans, activity sheets and other class elements for multiple mini-units in forests, space and agriculture. The lessons are also based around an issue making them ideal to even base a framework-dependent approach around.


Climate Discovery Teacher Guide



Web Resource

(issues, full lesson plans)

This uploaded pdf file contains a wealth of lesson plans on climate and needed resources making it also very suitable for student projects, inquires, designs and other process-oriented units.


Deep Earth Academy




Web Resource

(issues, activities)

A big list of inquiry-based activities and interdisciplinary explorations are offered here. All learning structures are centered around ocean drilling and other elements of Earth science. The site contains numerous supporting sources including videos, real recorded data and newsfeeds.



Design Process


(V. Ryan)



Web Resource

(framework step details, pedagogic examples and tips, activities)

Any educator looking to implement a design framework into his/her curriculum will find detailed information on each stage of design and examples regarding the many steps involved in the building of a successful folder / project. The site alone can serve as great informative resource in helping educators themselves to understand how to implement a design-based approach in science class.


Discovery Education



Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

There are many lesson plans and activities based on issues in the environment. From reading them alone, the educator can pick up a number of useful ideas to implement in his/her future teaching.


EE- Link





Web Resource

(environmental issues, lesson plans, activities)

EE-Link contains a good sized list of activities, lesson plans and other sources all centered around environmental issues including oil spills and conserving power action plans. Many other links and class structures are also provided.





Web Resource

(activities, online library, podcasts and more)

Exploratorium is the museum of science, art and human perception. Following this theme are numerous resources for educators including inquiry-based activities, interactive websites based on issues as well as a large digital library that will direct to other useful sources focusing on the environmental and processes like inquiry.


Free Stuff for Science Teachers

(Science Inquirer)



Web Resource

(Go-to Site)

Free Stuff for Science Teachers contains a big number of links to other promising media dominant support sites for scientific inquiry, design and problem-solving such as podcasts, poster and video.


Good Road to Harmony


(Good Road to Harmony)


Web Resource

(Prezi-like Road Map)

Good Road to Harmony is an interactive online road map. Its format is very similar to Prezi where students and teachers and zoom in on various road symbols to learn about various systems and issues in the world and also how they can take action to ensure a better future.


Learning By Design



Web Resource

(pedagogic ideas, activities)

Learning By Design provides a large amount of information, ideas, frameworks and sample ideas for learning by design approaches in science education.


Learn NC

(UNC School of Education)



Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

Here, educators will find a variety of lessons plans, technology-based resources and a wealth of alternative ideas for teaching K-12 science. Hot topics including digital literature, environmental diversity education and world cultures can expose students to various issues and other topics, providing a strong backbone to any process-based approach.


Life Sciences Learning Centre

(University of Rochester Medical Center)



Web Resource

(case studies, activities, lesson plans)

Many approaches are presented here for centering a class or even unit around an issue. There are detailed cases studies in the area of life science and many other sources are provided too including general exploration activities and issue-based lesson plans.


Moorea Coral Reef LTER Education



Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

This website was created to inform students and others about the ocean and coral reefs such as the Moorea Coral reef in Tahiti. Many lesson plans are full of hands-on activities and other ideas for implementing inquiry into the class.





Web Resource

(lesson units, activities)

Here the educator can find a good number of units that are framed around problem solving as well as other lesson structures such as information gathering activities.


National Geographic Xpeditions



Web Resource

(lesson plans)

A big list of activity-oriented lesson plans are offered here and most are centered around issues, providing context for frameworks like inquiry and knowledge building.


National Library of Medicine

(National Institutes of Health)



Web Resource

(lesson plans, issue-based content, go-to site)

Developed by the US institute of health, this site offers directly and through links to other sites a wide range of issue-oriented activities, information and other materials in the area of medicine and health care. Subdivisions include human genome, toxicity and health technology.






Web Resource

(video-based lessons)

Here the teacher can find a large number of videos relating to Nature. Each video is supported by a lesson plan allowing students to engage in various investigations and other active exercises.


Noaa Ocean Service Education



Web Resource

(issue-based content)

This site presents a vision of an ocean and climate-literate society. Many scientists and educators have collaborated to produce a number of guides, building on efforts to define ocean and climate literacy and identify the principles and concepts of ocean and climate science that should be included in K-12 curricula. Such an environment could stimulate processes in learning like inquiry, design and even collaborative learning.


Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health (PEER)



Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

At PEER, you will find very detailed lesson plans that teach students science through historical issues. Such an approach appears very adaptable with many process-oriented approaches that are often molded around issues and personal stories.



(Sea World Parks & Entertainment)



Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

At this site, there a number of lesson plans and activities on sea animals. At minimum, the educator can obtain valuable ideas on how to link a process framework to the interesting area of marine life.



(John Larry Bencze)




Web Resource

(pedagogic ideas), Go-to Site

STEPWISE is another site created by Larry Bencze which gives a wealth of information such as ideas, frameworks and links to other sites on taking action for sociopolitical issues.



Terrific Science



Web Resource

(lesson plans, videos, case studies simulations)

This site is full of numerous lesson plans, workshop videos and activities including a number of issue-centred lesson components including case studies, investigations and even mock trials.


The Franklin Institute



Web Resource

(support content, activities)

At this website, teachers can find online science content, resources and professional development opportunities that support visits to the museum that hosts this site. However, many components appear to be useful in other learning environments and a number are also oriented to inquiry and problem-solving.



(Maryland Public Television)



Web Resource

(activities, interactive tools)

Thinkport contains a wide range of ideas, activities for subjects across the curriculum. Among such are a number of lesson components that are based around issues making them suitable candidates for a framework approach to science.



(National Library of Medicine)



Web Resource

(activities, interactive tools)

Toxtown deals with toxic chemical and environmental concerns. As a result, its variety of activities, information sources and general lesson ideas are all convergent upon issues relating to toxicity. Such could be of measurable support to a typical framework-based science lesson or unit.


United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)



Web Resource

(issue databases, support content), Go-to site

At EPA, the educator can go through and select for implementation a variety of structures on relevant issues including articles and general research papers. There are many go-to links to other informative sites for most topics in EPA.


Weblinks for STSE Education

(John Lawrence Benzce)



Web Resource

(Go-to Site)

This webpage is a supplement to STSE education. It provides a horde of links to other websites that all contain information, activities and other structures that are centered around procedure-based education and holistic education that revolves around science, technology, society and the environment.


Wild BC



Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

There are many environmental activities and lesson plans as well as other resource. All may be useful in supplementing lesson for any framework-based approach.



(The Concord Consortium)



Text-based (Virtual Learning Environment)

Genscope is a learning environment that uses the computer to provide an alternative to text-based science education. It provides teachers and learners with a new tool that enables students to

investigate scientific and mathematical concepts through direct manipulation and

experimentation frameworks.




(Creative Commons)



Online Community

PASTE is a project for activist science and technology. It is an online community for teachers, students and others for discussion, debate and sharing about products that promote personal and global growth.


National Lab Network





Web Posting

(project uploading and critical analysis)

National Lab Network is an American initiative to connect teachers to other professionals for the development of student projects. Teachers can post projects and receive valuable advice and angles from experts in other fields.

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             Learning Mediums

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Resource Name


Resource Type

Resource Description


Blackboard Learn



Knowledge Platform

Blackboard Learn, a division of Blackboard is another knowledge building technology that empowers instructors with various online tools to engage learners in collaboration and other streamlining processes.


Connect 2 Create (C2C)



(not available yet)


Knowledge Platform

Connect 2 Create is another knowledge platform offer by OISE. Currently in its beta stage, it has good potential to be another effective knowledge platform having a variety of applications such as chat forums and instance link embedding.


Knowledge eCommons




Knowledge Platform

Knowledge eCommons is aweb-based educational software that creates a knowledge-building forum for teachers and their students. It is widely used at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and is constantly being updated based on the suggestions of its educators and students.


Knowledge Forum



Knowledge Platform

Knowledge Forums, one for the first knowledge-building platforms provides a strong computer-supported medium for collaborative learning environment. It arguably transforms science teaching epistemologically from factual knowledge transmission to progressive collaborative inquiry.



(Dries Buytaert)




Drupal is an open source content management platform allowing the installation of various types of websites including learning platforms and other applications. powering millions of







ePEARL is a web-based electronic portfolio software. It has been designed to encourage self-regulation in learners within student-centred curricula. Students are guided through the steps of planning, doing and reflecting on artifacts.







Moodle is a general course management system that allows educators to create multi-functional online learning sites. For instance, educators can create knowledge building structures, assessment structures and other activity module such as wikis and databases.


Sakai CLE





Sakai is a “fusion” platform that contains a knowledge platform for student collaboration and researching and also an electronic portfolio application to allow students to collect and show their work.








A widely used blog-publishing service that is free in virtually every respect.



(Say Media)




TypePad is a typical blogging service allowing the user to create various templates and other widgets for online communication ad presentation.





Blog (/ Website Builder)

Wordpress is another web software that can be used to create a website or blog. It is both very flexible and easy to use.


Google Sites




Website Builders

Google Sites provides educators (and others) great opportunity to create very customizable web works for presenting and communicating information. Great support is also provided by Google.






Website Builder

WEBS is an easy-to-use site builder and also allows the user creative user great flexibility in its wide number of customizable templates, widgets and other applications.







Website Builder

Weebly provides an additional choice for the creation of a webpage. Also easy to use, its users can choose from a variety of elements like videos, photo galleries, maps, forums, contact forms.





Website Builder

This website builder allows its user to create various webpage elements using very basic but powerful clickable icons. As well, its accessible HTML code provides the more advanced user with greater flexibility.


Quest Atlantis



Game / Virtual Reality

Quest Atlantis is a learning project that uses a 3D multi-user environment to immerse children, in educational tasks. Quest Atlantis allows users to travel to virtual places to perform educational activities, talk with other users and mentors, and build virtual persona.


Second Life

(Linden Research)



Game / Virtual Reality

Second Life is a free 3D virtual world where its users can socialize, form bonds and create various resources using free voice and text chat.






Game / Virtual Reality

Skoolaborate is a virtual world from Second Life specifically created for student collaboration and engagement. Teachers and students use avatars to socialize, connect and create. Such a medium could allow students to carry out virtual labs, “attend class” at home and communicate to one another (virtually) face-to-face through avatars.







Game / Virtual Reality

SPORE is a multi-genre single-player game that allows a player to control the development of a species from its beginnings as a microscopic organism, through development as an intelligent and social creature, to interstellar exploration as a spacefaring culture.

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        Other Useful Resources

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Resource Type

Resource Description

(A&E Television Networks)




Vast amounts of videos and text references can be found online for virtually any person of significance in time.


Encyclopedia Britannica




This site provides access to another powerful encyclopedia with all information online. In addition, there is a sub-module for kids allowing for safer searching.






Infoplease is a search-filter free software to more easily surf the web for spelling words, searching for synonyms and accessing general information about a topic.


Kids Yahoo- Reference




This site contains a powerful Columbia Dictionary as well as an extensive online Columbia University Press encyclopedia. Also, there is a study zone question application.






Buzzword is a web-based, highly collaborative word processor built on the  Adobe Flash platform. It lets you share documents with people, giving individuals varying levels of access, from comments to editing to just reading the document.


Google Docs






Google Docs is a web-based office suite that allows its users to create, edit and post documents online in a synchronous collaborative fashion.




Collection / Communication

This software is free and very easy to use. It allows user to post, write and edit collaboratively in one window while a second is provided for general chatting between users.






Audacity is a simple but effective audio recording program to create sound and voice recordings for presentation.






Students can create and present cool interactive posters.



Google Sketchup





Students can create, modify and share realistic 3D model presentations.





Hyperstudio is a program where a student can create animations by painting or drawing and then incorporate them into an non-linear project to make movies.






Your students can create astonishing presentations where text, photos, and other artistic features can be all connected on one flowing surface that can be zoomed in and out.






VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, scribbles, documents, and videos. People incorporate them into slides that they can navigate through and even add comments using voice or text.

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