December 7, 2009


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  • Physics for Kids (
    This site explains basic physics concepts in a fun and interactive way. Concepts such as motion, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics are clearly explained and illustrated. Students can then test their knowledge of each topic with a 10 question quiz. Physics for kids is part of a network of high-quality educational Web sites including Chem4Kids, Geography4Kids, Biology4Kids, Cosmos4Kids, and
  • The Why Files (
    The Why Files explores the science, math, and technology behind current news. The site features a news story every week, along with interactive science animations and cool science images. There are also teacher activity pages that feature an article, discussion questions, a quiz, and links to national standards. The Why Files was created in 1996 and has archived all of the featured articles to date. This week’s featured articles:
    Tracking Traveling Toads
Global Warming: Last decade sets another record!
  • My Science Box (
    This site is a terrific resource to find hands-on science projects for grades K-16. The middle school units are the most comprehensive and designed to be 4-6 week science units complete with detailed lesson plans, worksheets, and lists of materials needed for hands-on activities.
  • Science Buddies (
    If you have students who are struggling to come up with a science fair project idea, Science Buddies has over 1000 science fair project ideas organized by area of science. There is also a Topic Selection Wizard to help students narrow down a project idea based on their areas of interest, a step-by-step guide on how to complete a science project, and reference materials to aid students in their research! The Ask an Expert section is available to students to ask questions when they come across challenges in their research. The parents and teachers section has helpful materials needed to implement and evaluate science fair projects.
  • try science (
    Try Science gives parents, teachers, students, scientists or anyone with an interest in science exciting ways to experience science and technology. The Adventures section has interactive online games that allow players to discover the science behind sports, different environments, and engineering. The Field Trips section is a searchable database of science centers around the world. The Experiments section has a wide variety of offline experiments for students to try, each with an online component.
    Science comes to life as students and teachers have access to real world science experiences, online curriculum, animations, online games, virtual classrooms, discussion boards, and more. The Jason Mission Control Center was designed for students to explore powerful storms, study sea life, work with real scientific research to complete digital labs, design roller coasters, compete in online science fairs, and interact with real scientists. The Immersion program includes videos of ocean life around the world, photos, and interviews with explorers. Students can create their own Titanic movie using real footage, map shipwrecks using real photos from shipwrecks, learn about dolphin behavior, diagnose rescued seals, and more. Jason also offers core curricula that is completely free to use, standards aligned, and centers around four main areas: weather, ecology, energy, and geology.
  • FEMA for Kids (
    Teach your students about all types of natural disasters, what causes them, how to prevent them, and how to become a Disaster Action Kid. Play games, read stories, take quizzes, and learn how to create a disaster supply kit. There is also a section for parents and teachers with curriculum & activities, printable fact sheets, and links to additional resources.
  • Energy Quest (
    This award-winning, colorful, highly-interactive site contains everything you need to teach K-12 students about all topics related to Energy. It has easy to read chapters, stories, movies, games, science projects, lesson plans, and links to valuable resources.
  • Department of Energy for Educators (
    This site provides high-quality, free energy related lesson plans, science fair projects, and fun activities divided by topic and grade level. You can also learn about contests and competitions available for K-12 students and teachers through the Department of Energy.
  • Planet Science (
    Planet Science is a great place to find creative science lesson plans, games, experiments, and news. The site was created to help students develop an interest in science from an early age by helping teachers find innovative ways to teach K-12 science.
  • Eric Weisstein’s World of Science (
    This free site is updated daily and is an encyclopedia of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, math, and physics. You will find detailed illustrations and interactive demonstrations of thousands of math and science concepts.
  • Nutrition Explorations: Kids’ Nutrition at its Best (
    This site provides fun interactive games for kids, handouts, and information for students, parents, and teachers about nutrition. A professional staff of nutritionists and dietitians is available to answer questions on virtually any topic related to dairy products, nutrition, scientific research, diet and health.
  • Strange Matter (
    Help your students in grades 5 to 8 discover the secrets of Materials Science. This site contains a teachers guide, curriculum materials, and online activities to enhance your science curriculum.
  • National Geographic Kids: Animals (
    Your students can visit this site to explore animals and their habitats from all over the world. The site is written in language that is easy for kids to understand, is full of interesting facts, and illustrated with vivid pictures.
  • EcoKids (
    EcoKids was designed for children, parents, and educators to learn about the environment through fun, educational games and activities. Educators can find curriculum information, worksheets, and lesson ideas about many topics including wildlife, climate change, energy, water, and more.
  • Kids Health (
    This new online resource is a one-stop shop for Health educators to download free curriculum materials for all grade levels. Materials include discussion questions, activities, handouts, and quizzes aligned with national health education standards. The site also includes teacher guides, articles to print out and send home to parents.
  • Get Body Smart (
    is an attempt to create a fully animated and interactive eBook about human anatomy and physiology. Visually learn about the human body using the interactive Flash animations.
  • Grey Matters (
    is an educational series to enhance public awareness of recent developments in brain research. It includes video presentations for key concepts, background and supplemental reading materials, and lesson ideas for high school students and teachers.
  • Christopher Columbus Awards (
    is a national, community-based science and technology program for middle school students. Students work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem.
  • EnviroLink Network (
    is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.
    EnviroLink is committed to promoting a sustainable society by connecting individuals and organizations through communications technologies.
  • Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) (
    introduces you to cutting-edge research on the study of ions and the exploration of new high-energy forms of matter. Learn about what happens to two intersecting beams of ions in a subatomic collision. Check out the map of the complex!
  • Exploratorium (
    is a collage of hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. It provides access to, and information about, science, nature, art, and technology. Check out both the Educate and Explore sections!
  • The Shape of Life (
    is a revolutionary eight-part television series that reveals the dramatic rise of the animal kingdom through the breakthroughs of scientific discovery. It features explorations, activities and lessons to accompany the series for informal science educators, teachers, students and families.
  • Center for History of Physics (
    makes known the history of modern physics and allied sciences (geophysics, astrophysics, etc.) through documentation, archival collections and educational initiatives. There are online exhibits highlighting different discoveries in these fields. There is also a section for Syllabi for Teachers.
  • Biozone Biolinks (
    is an extensive database of biology links. Select among the 20 subject images listed to access a selection of useful websites, newsfeeds, and search facilities.
  • DNA Interactive (
    teaches you about DNA science and how it can be applied to many different fields of human interest. There are six sections, which take you from the early discoveries on DNA code to the use of forensic techniques to solve historical puzzles.
  • Carolina Coastal Science (
    is an innovative, inquiry-based science resource to explore science in coastal Carolina. It follows the goals stated in the National Science Education Standards and has been designed specifically for an Environmental Science component of the K-12 science curriculum.
  • Kids Planet (
    is an interdisciplinary site full of animations and activities to protect animals and plants. There are many excellent sections appropriate for K-12. The Teachers Table includes curriculum on different animal species. Defend it! lets you participate in Wildlife protection in many different ways. Learn and enjoy!
  • Environmental Kids Club ( )
    helps you explore the environment and learn how to protect it using games, pictures, and stories. This site offers information on air, water, recycling, plants and animals, and much more. Teachers can use the Teaching Resources section for lesson plans and activities.
  • Penguins Around the World (
    presents many interesting and fun facts about these animals. You can learn about the different types of penguins in the world and their habitats and then quiz yourself to see how much you know about them. Teachers find organized lesson plans, ideas for projects and much more.
  • Classroom Resources in Technology (
    is an excellent data base of resources on a variety of topics for using and integrating technology in the classroom. There are five major categories: General Resources, Jeopardy Activities, Keyboarding Resources, Educational Portals and Scavenger Hunts.
  • Leonardo (
    introduces you to the creative work of Leonardo da Vinci. You have the opportunity to appreciate and interpret his models, machines and manuscripts. Check out Leonardos ideal city design.
  • Environmental Education for Kids (
    offers you information and activities about the natural world around us. You can learn conservation tips and make a difference to help the environment. Teachers have access to activities for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
  • ARKive (
    is a centralized digital library containing films, photographs and audio recordings of the worlds animals, plants and fungi. It creates a unique record of the worlds biodiversity for scientists, conservationists, educators and the public as a means of building environmental awareness.
  • Science News for Kids (
    is a Web site devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 14. It offers suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials. There are ideas for science projects, mathematical puzzles and creative ways for teachers to use science news in their classrooms.
  • USGS Learning Web (
    provides scientific information to help educate the public about natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and issues that affect our quality of life. There are lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, education (K-12), and university-level inquiry and research.
  • Science U (
    is a web site devoted to science, education, and fun. It is filled with interactive exhibits, online simulations, graphics software, and a library of reference materials. Science comes alive in new and exciting ways with Science U!
  • StarChild (
    is a site for children to learn about the universe, our solar system, and other space subjects. You can learn how to become an astronaut, about spacesuits, and the history of space travel. The StarChild glossary will help you understand some words you will need to know about space.
  • Earthquake for Kids (
    represents an effort to mitigate earthquake losses by developing and applying earth science data and assessments essential for land-use planning, engineering design, and emergency preparedness decisions. Check out the earthquake facts, pictures, games and puzzles.
  • Web Weather for Kids (
    offers comprehensive information about what elements in the troposphere interact together to produce the weather and learn about different weather phenomena including tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes and more. Check out the games and the hands-on activities!
  • Global Warming Kids Site (
    provides a wealth of materials focusing on the science and impacts of global warming or climate change, and on actions that help address global warming issues. It is designed as a resource for both kids and educators. There are games, animations, events, and links to other relevant sites for kids and educators.
  • Biology4kids! (
    is a site designed to serve as an introduction to the science of biology. You can learn about cells, microorganisms, plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and animal systems. After each section, you can also take a quiz to see if you have understood the material presented in the specific section. There is also a list of related sites if you need more information about a specific topic.
  • Passport to the Rainforest (
    is a unique multiple media teaching and learning website that focuses more on the science of the forests rather than explicit activism to protect or conserve them. It is based on the belief that more people, in nations north and south, will ultimately care about, and act to preserve rainforests, if they understand more clearly what makes them such rare and wonderful places. Whether you teach ecology or biology or general science, PTRF will help you introduce, explain and simulate such key concepts as: photosynthesis, food webs, the recycling of matter and the transfer of energy through an ecosystem, and much more.
  • Human Body & Mind (
    offers you very comprehensive information about organs, muscles, bones, and the nervous system of the human body. You can play interactive games; learn facts and features about the different body parts, and look at anatomy diagrams that allow you to organize, flex, assemble, and wire the human body. In the Mind section, you can stretch your memory with fun challenges; learn about your senses and their connection to your personality.
  • Playing with Time (
    allows you to look at how the world around you changes over many different time periods. You will see time sped up and slowed down, and behold the beauty of change. Time will be in your hands to witness, replay, and even create. You never know… you might not look at things quite the same way again. Visit the Gallery of Time to see amazing movies and check out the activities section with exciting challenges and diversions.
  • Beetle Science (
    is an interactive site for you to learn about the relative abundances of various life forms on earth. See how Frances Fawcett creates amazing portraits of newly discovered beetles and look at images of different beetle specimens. Watch home videos and tour the labs of Professor Quentin Wheeler and invasive species expert Rick Hoebeke.
  • Bridging the Watershed (
    aims to provide high school students with exposure to science in their watershed by applying science concepts taught in the classroom to water quality and other watershed issues. It provides a wonderful opportunity to teach science in context and provide students with a meaningful watershed field experience. All activities are student-directed, with the teacher acting as the guide/facilitator. All lessons are correlated to national, state, and local education standards.
  • Newton’s Castle (
    is replete with inquiry learning, puzzle solving opportunities, and investigative training options. Learn about color, optical illusions, observations from nature, and fascinating facts about how cars roll uphill, and why dogs chase cars. There are several Project Legal (TIPS) lessons included regarding copyright and censorship issues. Take the quiz and get a perfect score to gain access to the treasures contained in the Museum of Modern Art.
  • NASAs KSNN (
    is a standards-based program that uses the Web, animation, and video to introduce science, technology, engineering, math, and NASA concepts. It also uses animated characters (grades K-2) and web and video technology (grades 3-5) to explain everyday phenomena of our world, correct misconceptions, and answer frequently asked questions. Each newsbreak includes a follow-up written explanation, inquiry-based activities, related print and electronic resources, and a computer-graded quiz.
  • The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (
    explores Internet use in K-12 science and mathematics education. CIESE presents concise instructional activities that utilize “real world” data from the Internet to teach a discrete topic such as exponential functions in mathematics or human genetics and the dominant trait in science. The curriculum projects use data from government and commercial databases; engage students in telecollaborative projects using those databases; and provide access to unique and primary source information.
  • Journey North (
    engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, bald eagles, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes — and other birds and mammals, the budding of plants, changing sunlight and other natural events. Find standards-based lesson plans, activities and information to help students make local observations and fit them into a global context.
  • Cool Cosmos (
    involves varied audiences in science with multi-disciplinary educational materials that explain the infrared as well as the multi-wavelength universe. There are short educational videos about astronomy and infrared light in the Video Gallery section. Cosmic Classroom allows you to learn about light outside the visible spectrum through experiments and other classroom activities. In Cosmic Games, you can hunt for hidden animals, solve puzzles, and play games while learning.
  • exploreMarsnow (
    aims at inspiring learning about the space sciences and technology through a web-based Mars simulator. You can explore the Mars Base Habitat and Rover to learn about the science and technology underlying the design of these artifacts as well as the hostile physical environment of the Red Planet itself. You can also enter the greenhouse and go on missions in the pressurized rover to actual locations on Mars.
  • NOAA Research (
    provides middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using on-line
    resources. There are 6 topic sections ranging from El Niño to oceans. Each one of these includes an introduction to the topic, comprehension questions, interpretation, application, and enrichment activities. Teachers can download materials for each topic. This information includes lesson objectives, interdisciplinary uses, standards, and teacher preparation materials.
  • Shape and Space in Geometry (
    offers you a fun and colorful, instructive and practical way to deal with geometry. Experience the geometry of real things: how big they are, whether they fit, how to find them, and what they look like in a mirror. The lab activities included in this site are divided into two broad categories: the section About Shape centers on identifying properties of various shapes and measuring their dimensions, and the activities in the About Space section focus on moving objects-or yourself-around in your imagination, and visualizing how things will look.
    is a research-based science curriculum for grades K-8 dedicated to improving the learning and teaching of science. The materials in this program are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse American classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. FOSSWEB offers modules that include teacher guides containing a Resources folio of annotated listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, software, multimedia, videos, and web sites that extend the hand-on science activities in each module. These modules and games are organized in three main categories: K-2, 3-6, and middle school.
  • Exploring the Environment (
    is a series of interdisciplinary, problem-based learning (PBL) modules for high school students. ETE engages student teams in addressing real-world problems related to weather, population growth, biodiversity, land use patterns, volcanoes, water pollution, and global warming. The teams analyze remotely-sensed satellite images to come up with solutions to open-ended earth science problems that real scientists are working on today in much the same fashion.
  • Interactivate ( )
    provides lesson plans, activities, tools, and a dictionary for the exploration of Science and Mathematics. Each lesson includes a script for teachers to follow when using the activities. The lessons and activities are arranged according to the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the NCEE Performance Standards for Middle School. Each activity comes with a What for background information, a How for instructions, and a Why for curriculum context. The tools section offers stand-alone applications that can be used in analyzing or organizing numbers and data.
  • Creative Chemistry (
    has lots of full-color worksheets and teaching notes for fun activities suitable for a chemistry club, over two hundred pages of question sheets and practical guides, power point slides, and a chemistry calculator. There are also fun chemistry puzzles, interactive revision quizzes, molecular models, and the Sc1 Tune-up Garage to help improve your science investigations.
  • NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (
    is a technological marvel featuring many innovations never before used on a space mission. It is a new platform for exploring the universe using infrared light. Astronomers find the infrared to be a valuable tool as it opens an important window into otherwise hidden regions of the universe. This site will give you a general overview of the technology that makes the science of the Spitzer mission possible. Visit the online gallery to see pictures of Spitzer and its components and learn more about the mission and its history in the About Spitzer section.
  • NASAs Center for Distance Learning (
    enhances k-16 curricula by offering educators FREE multimedia instructional programs to present math, science, and technology concepts to students. Currently, there are five programs available: NASA’s Kids Science News Network, the NASA SCI Files, and NASA CONNECT are grade school programs that include hands-on activities, web activities and other resources. NASA’s Destination Tomorrow is a technology-based program for lifelong learners, and NASA LIVE is an interactive videoconferencing program. Teachers can air the program they choose as often as they need and make copies of the educator guides to share with colleagues.
  • CERES Project (
    offers an extensive library of on-line and interactive K-12 science education materials for teaching astronomy. The lessons and materials are closely aligned with the National Science Education Standards and use contemporary teaching strategies. Master teachers, university faculty from Montana State University, and NASA researchers have created three types of classroom-ready activities for K-12 students using NASA resources, data, and images. With these activities, the students construct first-hand knowledge about the astronomical universe, form research teams to solve scientific problems, and explore interdisciplinary science topics within the context of astrobiology.
  • Biodiversity and Conservation: The Web of Life (
    shows you that people, plants, and animals are all interconnected in a fragile web of life called biodiversity and that every element is essential to maintain a balance. In this site, you can explore the most fragile ecosystems on Earth, find out what you can do to help, travel around the globe in an interactive experience on this planets web of life, and much more. Teachers can download guides and lesson plans about biodiversity and other conservation issues to use in their classrooms.
  • Kids Dig Reed (
    discover the Reed Farmstead Archaeological site and learn about archaeology, how archaeologists work. Through a series of games, puzzles, and a virtual site tour, you are introduced to the families who lived on the farmstead over 150 years ago, and how these people were able to make a living in the rugged uplands of eastern West Virginia.
  • Access Excellence (
    offers innovative, successful activities to help students learn scientific concepts and processes. Students can solve interactive mysteries, learn about new developments in science, and ask experts if they have questions with their homework. Teachers can participate in the teaching and learning forum to reflect on new curriculum, assessment tools, and new teaching and learning research affecting the students understanding of science.
  • Amazing Space (
    explores planets, galaxies, comets, black holes, and more. Keep updated with the most recent discoveries by clicking on The Star Witness News. Engage in adventures, look at pictures and get answers to your questions in the Capture the cosmos section. If you need help with your homework, do not miss the Homework help section.
  • POP Goes Antarctica? (
    visit the Palmer Station, a small biology lab built in 1965, on Anvers Island in Antarctica and find out how the presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) affect the ecosystem of the Antarctic coastal seas.
  • Adventures of the Agronauts (
    lets you join Rosy and her team to complete six missions to become an agronaut. Try the three main sections: Glossary, Career Corner, and Teacher Resources. This last section provides you with printable versions of the six missions, the glossary terms and definitions needed, and suggested activities for each mission.
  • Environmental Inquiry (EI) (
    where you will find a number of resources that can help you develop your environmental science research. If you are a teacher, EI gives you ideas and other resources to use its curricula in the classroom.
  • ScienceWorld (
    makes difficult concepts and ideas easier to understand by using illustrative examples. There are five major content categories: Astronomy, Biography, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, under which you will find a great variety of resources to consult.
  • Bridge (
    is the ocean sciences teacher resource center. Find out the answers to questions like these: What is an estuarine environment? What do coastal storms bring? What is an olive ridley?, and learn other interesting facts about marine life and related topics of ocean exploration.
  • PRISM Polar Explorer (
    find all things related to polar exploration. Keep tabs on current experiments in the Polar Regions. Follow the adventures of the Bears on Ice.
  • (
    offers up-to-date information on topics and developments related to biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, and bioscience research as well as articles, lessons, and resources for classroom use.
  • Memory (
    offers useful information on how our memory works and how remembering and forgetting are possible.
  • Living Things (
    learn about the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals and about systems for their classification.
  • Leveraging Learning (
    gives you great hands-on activities for grades 5-8 science. It also offers teacher guides and assessments.
  • Inclusion of Science Education for Students with Disabilities (
    promotes the teaching of science, the development of curricula and instructional materials for students with any manners of disability in the learning process.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day in the Classroom (…class.html)
    Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a great variety of fun activities to do in the classroom. Choose among creative writing, science, math, and research activities.
  • NASA Qwhiz (
    by the NASA Johnson Space Center. Great K-12 activities ranging from integers to problem solving. There are also many science activities. Check the Kid Made and Teacher Made sections and test your knowledge.
  • MBGnet (
    provides you with information on Biomes of the World, Freshwater Ecosystems and Marine Ecosystems.
  • Cool Science for Curious Kids (
    offers you five informative natural science projects to help kids learn to identify, classify and observe things. Great for K-3.
    a series of FREE integrated mathematics, science, and technology instructional distance learning programs for students in grades 6-8.
  • Weather (
    lots of information and related resources on what forces affect our weather conditions.
  • Chem4Kids (
    lots of information and activities on matter, atoms, reactions, elements and the like.
  • Am. Alliance for Health, Phys Ed, Recreation, & Dance (
    organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

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