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  • The Mystery of Matter
    If you teach chemistry, you will want to bookmark this valuable resource. View the videos and explore the site information together or flip your classroom and have students view the videos as an introduction to the material. Discover the human story behind the periodic table of elements, and explore how discoveries about atoms changed the scientific world forever. Be sure to go to the section for teachers featuring a teacher's guide, additional videos, and hands-on classroom activities.

  • Design Challenge Learning
    Design Challenge Learning offers several lesson plans correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards based on STEM concepts. Begin your search by choosing the length of lesson from under an hour, one to two hours, or lessons that cover multiple sessions. Another option provides a five-lesson unit on Seismic Engineering. Each lesson includes questioning prompts, vocabulary, and information on core concepts.

  • Science4Us
    Science4Us offers a selection of free resources for K-2 science teachers. View and download entertaining songs, animated lessons, or hands-on projects. Take advantage of the free teacher resources, including 28 free teaching modules for using best practices, cross-curricular teaching strategies, and printable worksheets.

  • Instructables – Project Based Engineering for Kids
    Discover a collection of problem-based learning engineering lessons for building models in the areas of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. For each topic, a video with step by step construction directions accompanies a necessary list of materials. Create your project, and let the explorations begin. Explore ideas given for basic explanations or ideas to test for some of the buildable models.

  • Recycling Facts Guide
    Get your recycling facts from this source. Find a mountain of information about recycling mountains of stuff! View a variety of articles on this site. Find the Categories drop down on the right side to choose particular types of recycling from Compost, Electronics, Oil, Recycling Equipment, and more.

  • e-Learning for Kids Science
    Explore this interesting collection of over seventy e-lessons in science for elementary students. They also have an additional 200 lessons under development! Find lessons by choosing a grade level, browse through all resources, or sort by popularity. Most activities include a short introductory lesson along with games for practicing content. Courses content cover a very wide range of topics including plants and animals, cells, natural disasters, and much more. At the time of this review, some lesson links gave an error message, however, clicking on the image started the course.

  • goReact
    goREACT offers an addicting interactive that combines elements from the Periodic Table to create virtual reactions. Click any element and drag it to the Reaction Area. Add another element (or a few) and watch what happens! The reactor offers advice for elements to add or you can choose on your own. Click on an element and a small screen provides a short description and its general uses. Use icons on the top right-hand side of the screen to view standard, atomic, ionic, or Lewis Dot versions of the periodic table.

  • STEM Behind Hollywood
    From zombies and superheroes to crime drama and space, Hollywood’s blockbuster genres rely on real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to bring the magic to life on the big screen. STEM Behind Hollywood is an exciting new program created by TI with the assistance of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, to get students excited about STEM education and careers.!

  • iBioSeminars
    iBioSeminars features lectures and videos about biology, ecology, health (and more) that begin with broad introductions and progress to specific research. Search by top picks or category. You can also try entering a biology term in the search box. Click on Teaching Tools to find related materials for use with the lectures. Don't miss the "short clips" menu for videos applicable in high school settings. Subtitles in English, Spanish, and French are also available. There is also a link to view the video clips on YouTube.

  • Talk to Frank
    Talk to Frank about the facts and dangers of drugs use. This realistic view of drugs' effect on the body and on a person's life is a fresh (and "frank") approach to the topic. Sections of the site include how to react to pressure to try drugs and what to do if you believe a friend is experimenting with drugs. This site would be good as part of a science or health class on drug and health related topics.

  • Women @ Nasa
    This website includes a stunning collection of over thirty videos and essays from women who contribute to NASA's mission in many different ways. The stated goal for the site is "we hope that these stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars, and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics." Each story includes a biography, story and video about the woman highlighted. Stories include information about their background, academic degrees, and current work and future goals with NASA.

  • Science Friday Kids' Connection
    Science Friday includes a live science show, chat rooms, and a science desk for questions. Science links and mentors are also available. There are experiments to try, and an online library for users. The site features podcasts of broadcasts of the PRN Science Friday shows, and a weekly video. (These are really interesting) They can be listened to on the site or downloaded through iTunes. This hands-on site was designed for the user to have a science experience like no other.

  • ChemTeam
    The ChemTeam provides study resources in all standard topics for students in high school and Advanced Placement chemistry. Choose from a variety of topics such as Acid Base, Reduction Oxidation, and Equilibrium. View tutorials, videos, problem sets, and other links. Be sure to check their other links to related problem sites as well as collections of Latin and non-Latin sayings. Science teachers will appreciate the Humor section.

  • Hi 5 Living
    This website offers self-evaluation tools, quizzes, personal examples, healthy living strategies and plans, and extensive reading about five big cancer causes: tobacco, sun, being overweight, not eating well, and not exercising regularly. Designed for teens, the ideal start is to do the self-evaluation first and then select whichever other area works best for your group. Suggestions for teachers, as well as worksheets helping students to see how to bring about change in their lives, make the site very user friendly.

  • Adverputt
    Looking for a way to actively engage your students in learning physics? Adverputt is a challenging game website, however with a solid constructive approach, you can turn this activity into an extremely fun and challenging learning experience. One recommendation if you choose to let students use this in class on their own, have them mute the sound or use their ear buds. This site can hold hours of challenging thinking! Try introducing the site on the projector. Have students look at the course and discuss if and why miniature golf is an application of Newton's laws. Have students discuss how they could use the laws to play the best possible game of miniature golf.

  • Science Animations
    Looking for great science animations? Find amazing interactives, key vocabulary, overviews, and even quizzes on a variety of science topics. Choose from categories such as "General Biology," "Biotechnology," "Statistics," "Chemistry," "Astronomy," and "Ecology" to name a few. View a variety of animations in each of these topics. Choose to view as a complete animation, step by step, and even with narration if desired. Be sure to link to the actual animation in your site to satisfy copyright.

  • Who Pooped?
    Its time to get a little gross but have a lot of fun! This site from the Minnesota Zoo allows students to explore, classify, and learn about various kinds of animal poop. After being shown 3 choices of poop, try to guess the animal it belongs to. Students will learn about each animal, what it eats, and finally find out if you guessed correctly. You can even print out a poop expert certificate! This site is sure to create interest and excitement in your classroom.

  • Arounder Virtual Tour of the Moon
    Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the moon. Choose various missions such as the Apollo 11, 12, and 17 missions. Zoom in and out, or tilt up or down using the easy to control on screen keys. Use the mouse to drag and move around the screen. Students will love spinning around on the moon surface.

    “Never stop learning” with this wonderful, high quality, and easy to use site. View videos, documents, and photos about people around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Search through a wide range of places or causes. View a range of topics from health, animal rights, spiritualism, and education. Explore a variety of global issues to bring cultures and issues into perspective. View videos in HD. Download and embed videos for reuse. Remixing videos is against the acceptable use policy of the site. Read descriptions which provide the necessary background information and view links of related content and materials. This site is a must see! Selected videos can be used with younger elementary classes, depending on the curriculum connections.

  • Break It Down
    Break It Down is a simple game showing a machine working as a system, including elements of simple machines. It is a fairly easy game to master. Read the instructions provided. You may want to turn down the volume if multiple computers are using this game at once or just to save your sanity.

  • Visual Elements Periodic Table
    Click on any of the colorful icons to learn more about any of the elements of the periodic table. Hover over an icon to see the symbol, name, and atomic number pop up to the side. View information for each element, including the discoverer, where found, description and information, animations, and chemical data.

  • Grow a Garden in a Glove
    If you do any sort of plant unit check this link out. This site provides instructions (on 6 simple slides) on how to grow seeds in a plastic glove. It is an awesome project. Seed varieties could be adjusted to suit classroom needs. A nice feature of this site is that the directions are printable so if computer access is limited, the lab can still take place.

  • Stormpulse
    Scroll through the earth to watch the current paths of tropical storms/hurricanes. View satellite imagery, news, up to date coastal weather, or view storm archives from 1850 to present. This is not considered an actual weather source but is an aggregate of information on storms. Probabilities of storms and hurricanes are given, based upon weather movement.

  • Oswego City School District Regents Exam Prep Center
    The goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students meet the New York State Regents requirements in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. This project is supported by a federally-funded Title III Technology Literacy Challenge Grant and the Learning Technology Grant. Practice questions are available for all Regents exams.

  • Layers of Time - Fossil Game
    The fossil layers are all out of order! Which came first, sharks or dinosaurs? Dragonflies or flowers? Join paleontologist Sterling Nesbitt as you try to set the record straight.

  • Wolf Quest
    This fabulous website from the Minnesota Zoo about wolves and habitats in Yellowstone allows participants to "live" as a wolf, raise their young, explore the wilderness, go hunting, and survive. Students can work alone or with partners, as they learn about wolves in the wild. They can consult biologists, write original stories, create drawings, and more. This is the first episode; future installments are expected in late 2008. Students and/or teachers must register (free) to use the program. Recommend you use a single class/teacher registration in order to prevent inappropriate postings "clever" students might make on the community discussion boards. There are also detailed lesson plans (click on Wolf Info > classroom activities). The lesson plans include national science standards.

  • Virtual Autopsy
    This intriguing web site gives students a front row seat to anatomy and physiology. It is for anyone who loves science and can't get enough of CSI and for those of us old enough to remember Quincy. The site provides 18 virtual autopsy cases. Each case includes a presentation about the case, history of the patient, and results of examinations performed on the patient. The cases each offer students an interactive human body. Students can click on various body parts to learn more about the health of each of the systems of the body. Once students have investigated the case, they are asked to identify the cause of death (the web site provides 5+ possibilities for each case). If the students guess the cause of death incorrectly, they receive clues. Upper level

  • Birthday Moons
    Students learn about the moon and its phases by finding their own birthday's lunar phase in the year they were born. They then graph, compare, and write about their birthday's lunar phases in different years. Extension activities are also offered.

  • Cogito
    This powerful site will challenge your brightest students and get everyone thinking. Designed to spark interest of young scientists and thinkers in real world issues, this site is run by Johns Hopkins' famous program for gifted youth. Find feature articles on current research, Nobel laureates, and hot topics such as global warming. Explore the links for MANY outstanding sites not specifically for "education" as much as for real-world investigation and learning.

  • Butterflies: Unlocking the Mysteries of Metamorphosis
    Take your students on an adventure to the NABA International Butterfly Park. This website includes three components. The first component is a printable page for students to complete during their journey. If your students are studying metamorphosis, you can print the journal pages for students to complete while on the "journey". Then use a projector to take your students on a butterfly adventure! There is a simple registration process for the teacher. It takes only a few minutes and is free! Next, students are taken on an interactive field trip around the NABA International Butterfly Park. The final portion of the website includes an "ask an expert" page where students pose questions to the experts - this option is not available on all eFieldtrips.

  • Katerpillars and Mystery Bugs
    This is from the University of Kentucky Department of Etymology.  It provides activities, projects, games, and reading lists that can enhance a life science lesson on creepy-crawlies by introducing the real thing! Browse through the "Teacher/Parent Resource Materials" and check out the collection of units and lesson plans that require students to observe, interact with, and record their experiences with a variety of insects. The "Teacher's Guide to Six-Legged Science" provides invaluable background information and helpful tips, especially for teachers who are a bit tentative about welcoming bugs into their classrooms. You can find it at

  • NOVA: Dogs and More Dogs
    If your class studies animals (or pets), this site from NOVA is a great one for high interest among students. It originally accompanied the show aired in 2004. Be sure to check out the Dogs Around the World game to match up breeds with their environments and lesson plan ideas for ways to include the site as part of a study of biodiversity, and human influence on species.

  • Hidden Pictures: The Farm
    As part of your unit on farm animals, you may want to use this interactive games finding the hidden pictures of farm animals. Use this on an interactive whiteboard or as a center during your study of animal homes and habitats.

  • Body and Mind
    This site takes the notion of “fitness made simple” to a new level. This Centers for Disease Control site provides a wealth of resources for children looking to maintain healthy and fit lifestyles. With resources on healthy snacking habits, an activity planner, and a quiz to help analyze your fitness level, this site helps make fitness, safety, and disease prevention fun for kids. There is also a teachers’ corner for help integrating these activities into the classroom.

  • Above the Influence
    This beautifully constructed site walks students through some serious and thought-provoking questions about the effects of peer pressure on their decision-making. Visitors can take the interactive quiz to find out how they stand up to external influences then learn ways to deal more effectively with them.

  • Organic Chemistry Help
    This site is designed to be a supplement for students of organic chemistry. The interactive tutorials, laboratory guides, and self-grading tests are extremely helpful in clarifying fundamental concepts. Includes a message board (free registration required), glossary, and overviews on new research in organic chemistry. Teachers may wish to use this online resource as a lesson planning tool or as a "help" resource for students.

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