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Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 92316 Points

Hi Everyone!
I have been perusing the new look of the NSTA home page. It looks sharp! I found the 'Freebies for Science Teachers' section. It has lots of great stuff listed. If you have time check it out. Something new is added almost EVERY day, and it goes back to Dec. 1996! The October 10, 2013 addition takes us to Jan VanCleave's home page. She is the guru for science fair books! Her site is filled with great ideas for beginning and experienced teachers alike.
Great resources AND free!

Katrina Adams Katrina Adams 295 Points

WOW! This is a great resource and I am so thankful people are sharing and posting so many things to help those of us who are just starting out! I look forward to saving this link and some of the others mentioned, so I can use them in my future classroom.

Kelly O'Connor Kelly O'Connor 2740 Points

Thanks Carolyn!

Paola Hernandez Paola Hernandez 1885 Points

This is a great resource for new teacher to have handy! Thanks for sharing I will definitely be using this to get some good ideas for future lessons. :)

Nanako Kaieda Nanako Kaieda 1850 Points

Wow! We all love free things and I would like to look into it more when I get the chance. All of the things I saw was great (the things that the other's shared and the website you shared with us) and would love to go dig in it more. Thank you very much for sharing this with us!

Justen Hug Justen Hug 505 Points

I will definitely keep this in mind for the future! Thanks Carolyn.

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 585 Points

The Freebies and Opportunities columns from NSTA Reports can be found here:

Leigh Mayberry Leigh Mayberry 790 Points

I am a new teacher, and I appreciate you listing this. I just checked out the Freebies for July 16, 2024. What a wonderful resource. I like that is constantly being updated.

Patrick Mangan Patrick Mangan 110 Points

Wow, this list seems really helpful. I'll keep this bookmarked for when I start teaching. I've also found that the HASTI conferences are a really good place for free stuff. It's mostly little trinkets that you get, but there are a lot of books being handed out that would be very useful. At the very least you can pick up a few catalogs that have everything you need in them.

Victoria Donaldson Victoria Donaldson 2235 Points

This is awesome! Thank you so much for this link. I am in school to be a teacher so this will really help when I am looking for ideas.

James Johnson James Johnson 95308 Points

Hi Carolyn. I didn't know about the link. I skimmed through it tonight and I will go back. Thanks for the suggestion!

Ali Neugebauer Ali Newgebauer 1170 Points

Thank you for sharing this link! There are a bunch of helpful websites. As a new science teacher, I am always looking for new ideas! Thank you again.

Aria Moody Aria Moody 2500 Points

This list is FANtastic!!! I can't believe how many resources are on that list. I am going to take a while and peruse that for sure!

Kaycee Valcourt Kaycee Valcourt 7815 Points

Thanks for sharing ! My school is limited in resources so we need all the freebies we can get !

James Johnson James Johnson 95308 Points

Thanks, Tina, for all the good leads. I've found some of this stuff in the past but had forgotten some of those nifty "leads." Thanks so much for the help!

Jessica Gibson Jessica Gibson 970 Points

I like this website! Thanks for sharing. I went to the link how to use your Halloween pumpkins after Halloween for science! I thought that was an awesome idea.

Myetta Ali myetta ali 3515 Points

Can't wait to check out all of the great resources. Thanks for sharing.

Tatiana Egozcue Tatiana Egozcue 2125 Points

I am currently working on my elementary education major and I found this link very useful! I can definitely see myself using the resources in this link when I become a teacher.

Wow! This website seems like it will be very useful for a new teacher. Thank you for sharing this link with us. Another website, not science based, that I find very resourceful is teacher pay teacher. There are several things that you can find on this website that are beneficial for new and seasoned teachers.

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James Johnson James Johnson 95308 Points

Hey, thanks, Pamela. I'll check this out! Happy New Year!

Susan Marie Terra Susan Marie Terra 14480 Points

Thank you for sharing everyone! I am teaching Forensic Science for the first time so if anyone has any ideas for free materials or how to search for them I would really appreciate the information!

Betty Paulsell Betty Paulsell 48560 Points

I have created a collection of NSTA journal articles for a forensic course I taught. I am attaching it. I hope it helps you.Do not be scared by the big number below. It is really only 18 items in the collection.

Forensics Science Collection (18 items)
Betty Paulsell Betty Paulsell 48560 Points

Also, here is a list of websites that may be useful to you. Forensic Science Videos Links to forensics information Forensics Bonanza Lots of forensic websites Put in Code #SS050402 Adventures from CSI TV Free Forensic Magazine Lots of forensic lessons Lots of forensic lessons Lots of forensic units Access Excellence – the Mystery Spot Science Spot Forensic Science Lesson Plans

Sandy Gady Sandy Gady 43175 Points

A reminder, with your NSTA subscription, there is NSTA Reports, the newspaper that shows up each month that has a wonderful section of “Freebies” for Science teachers that is updated monthly. I have found some really good materials and resources there. The best part is this is always the middle section, so I can pull it out and use it after I recycle the rest of the paper. The NSTA Reports is also a great place to find out about grants before anybody else.

Tory Addison Tory Addison 5745 Points

Thanks for sharing this. This is amazing!

Amanda Upton Amanda Upton 6030 Points

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Stephanie Camacho Stephanie Camacho 1780 Points

This is great! I am so grateful for all the resources and help! thanks for posting

Tammy Perez Tammy Perez 2195 Points

What a great resource!! Thank you for sharing!!

Ashley Brooks Ashley Brooks 3460 Points

great resource! thank you for sharing!

Christina Torango Christina Torango 12445 Points

Oh wow! This is so awesome! I am doing my student teaching now and this site is loaded with useful information. Thanks! :) Christina

Grace Flamenco Grace Flamenco 3115 Points

Thank you for all of these great resources! I can't wait to try these out in my own classroom! These will be great to have saved! Thanks for sharing!

Jana Reyes Jana Reyes 2520 Points

Awesome!! This is a great resource and I am so thankful for you and everyone else sharing so many new and different ideas to help out both new and existing teachers. I am definitely going to save this link, so I can use it in my future classroom.

Sarah Sanchez Sarah Sanchez 1555 Points

Thanks for sharing!

Traci Silverthorn Traci Silverthorn 2610 Points

Do they have freebies for student teachers? Thank you.

Leslie Gonzalez Leslie Gonzalez 2260 Points

Thanks for sharing! I have looked into it and they definitely have a lot of neat stuff that would be useful in the classroom! :)

Leslie Gonzalez Leslie Gonzalez 2260 Points

Arielle Gutierrez Arielle Gutierrez 995 Points

Thanks for the great resources!

Claudia Rex Claudia Rex 3180 Points

Thanks for this useful information. I am going to have to pass this information on to all of my friends. We are all student teachers graduating this coming May.


Thank you for sharing these resources you have provided a great collection of information that I look forward to using!

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 585 Points

An update regarding NSTA's new website: You can find Freebies for Science Teachers on the NSTA Reports landing page at That page also contains content from the former print newspaper, including feature articles and From the Field, a column with information on events and opportunities for science/STEM educators.

Rielly McNamara Rielly McNamara 460 Points

Thanks so much for sharing these links! I will be sure to use these resources in my future as an education major & future teacher. Very helpful.

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 585 Points

That's wonderful, Rielly! You should check out NSTA's free e-newsletters at In addition to NSTA Reports, we have e-newsletters about the Next Generation Science Standards, STEM teaching and learning, and NSTA Press books.


Jayna Farmer Jayna Farmer 280 Points

Thanks for posting this! As a new teacher I am always looking for more sources to use in my classroom. The more the merrier! Love to keep fresh ideas and activities in my classroom!

Chad James Capote Chad James Capote 200 Points

Thanks for sharing Jan's website. However, the Freebie NSTA page has an issue, got a 'page not found' message.

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 585 Points

Go to to read the Freebies and Opportunities columns from our weekly e-newsletter, NSTA Reports.

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 585 Points

On the new NSTA website's NSTA Reports landing page, Freebies for Science Teachers columns are posted. See

Madison Johnson Madison Johnson 4665 Points

This is so cool! Thank you for sharing!

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 585 Points

Thanks, Madison! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are looking for something on the NSTA website.

Jessica Holmes Jessica Holmes 835 Points

It says page not found. Sad times!

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 585 Points

Go to for the Freebies and Opportunities columns from NSTA Reports.

Debra Shapiro Debra Shapiro 585 Points

More recent Freebies can be found at

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