Primary Science

ESP Elementary Science Program :

ESP, at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, provides a hands-on, interdisciplinary curriculum that converts the classroom into a science laboratory. We hope these website resources help students and teachers alike in their explorations and adventures in the world of science.    


COLOR MATTERS   This website provides information about the science, history, and symbolism of color.



This engaging KET-produced video collection helps teach elementary students about the art and science of growing food, with an emphasis on biological and environmental concepts. It also addresses topics related to nutrition and economics.

This video shows how gardening can be a way of life. Follow students visiting Oxmoor Farm as they learn about the business of agriculture, see how school gardens can teach about economics, and learn about the business of organic gardening.

This video illustrates why all living things need food and explains how organisms provide energy to each other. Colorful graphics show the difference between a food chain and a food web, and an animation and poem make food chains easy to understand.

              This video tells the story of a traditional summer garden over the course of a year.  Learn how to prepare for a garden during winter months. See students get their gardens ready for planting, and then watch as they tend to their gardens all summer.

This video explores the possibilities of gardening in the spring and fall. Learn about which vegetables like cool weather, and techniques to help plants grow in these conditions. Also find out why cool crops are ideal for school gardens.

              This video explores what a garden needs to remain healthy. See the ways thriving gardens depend on humans, and find out special needs of specific plants.
              This video breaks down the scientific classification of living organisms. Learn about the order of classification: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. Also get a closer look at some specific plant families.

              See how some creatures benefit the garden by being pollinators, while other creatures help by eating insects that attack garden plants.  Also learn techniques to prevent bigger pests from damaging the garden.

              This video explains why soil is more than just dirt. Learn how to tell if soil is rich and healthy or lacking in nutrients, which nutrients are essential, and what happens if plants lack these nutrients. Also find out how to improve soil.

              This video explains the process of photosynthesis through a poem with stop motion animation. Learn about what chloroplasts and chlorophyll do, and why sunlight, water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, glucose, and carbohydrates are important.

              This video explores the many roles of a gardener through a short, fun poem.

              This video provides a history of cultivated food. Take a trip through the woods as a hunter-gatherer; see how Native Americans used companion crops; and get a closer look at where the tomato got its start. Also learn about how food is preserved.

This video shows how location is important to the health of a garden. Learn about the factors that go into choosing a location. See alternatives to a traditional garden plot like raised beds, container gardens, hoop houses, and kitchen gardens.

This video demonstrates how to make a pizza from spring and summer gardens. Follow students from Cane Run Elementary as they make spring pizzas. Then head back to school as they make pizzas with traditional toppings from their own school garden.

This video explores why plants need water to survive, and how they tell us they’re thirsty. Learn about the part water plays in photosynthesis, and find out how to conserve and improve water quality. An animation explains the water cycle.

              This video explains the economics of gardening through a poem. Learn how personal choices – buying produce from a grocery store or farmers market, purchasing supplies, or selling produce from a school or home garden – affect supply and demand.

              This video illustrates why it is important to buy local. Follow out of season produce on its journey to the supermarket, and learn about the hidden costs involved. Also visit a local farmers market to see how easy and fun it is to buy local!

              This video examines methods of practicing sustainable gardening. Examples explored include companion planting, composting, and more. Also learn about things not to do in a sustainable garden.

              This video examines plant structure by taking a closer look at the root and shoot systems. Learn about roots, stems, leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruit through engaging illustrations and animations.


 Educational games are a great tool for building foundation math and language skills that today’s elementary school curriculum requires. These online learning games and songs for kids are fun, teach important skills for preschool and elementary school kids and they’re free. Want educational games that help build skills in math, language, science, social studies, and more? 


Kids Do Ecology:

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California offers this multi-media website for kids to teach them the science of ecology.: Age Range: 8-12


Make Me Genius

This ad-supported website  was developed by a group of high school students in collaboration with teachers to offer free animated videos that explain science concepts in a way that is engaging and fun for students.: Age Range: 6-13


SciJinks: What’s a Solstice:

At this NASA-sponsored website, scientists provide an easy-to-understand explanation of the solstice complete with illustrations and photographs. This presentation includes information about: Age Range: 8-13



The National Science Foundation sponsors this AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) website to promote science education in the classroom and at home.


SCIENCE VOCABULARY(Grade 1- High School)

<Science Vocabulary Lists>
By Grade
      Kindergarten Science Words
      1st Grade Science Words
      2nd Grade Science Words
      3rd Grade Science Words
      4th Grade Science Words
      5th Grade Science Words
      6th Grade Science Words


e-Learning for Kids Science Games

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