- The Mystery of
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
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 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.
– 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.
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.
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 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
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 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
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Visual Elements
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
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.
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.
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
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
- NOVA: Dogs and
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:
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
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