Big History

Big History

This site is described as a free, online social studies course for secondary students. Although social studies is mentioned initially, I found a great deal of connections and lessons that specifically match my 8th Grade Science standards, including life cycle of stars, relationships between ecosystems and living organisms, and basic chemistry. I love that it works to answer big questions about the universe and major developments that have occurred throughout its history.

The Big History site is extremely well organized, and includes all kinds of resources for teachers. There are PDF documents, lessons, notes, quizzes, and explanations on how units might be used complete or as parts added into an existing curriculum.  There are also a few extremely detailed PBLs (Project-Based Learning Assignments) in the Buck institute format. The PBL documents even have day-to-day guides and very helpful tips for implementation.

Teachers must sign up for an account, but it is completely free and I received my confirmation email immediately. I think that the resources available on Big History would be great for Pre-AP level Science and Social Studies at the middle school and high-school level.