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SCIENCE

Great Plant Escape

The Great Plant Escape is an upper elementary program for teaching about plant science. The site includes an accompanying teacher's guide.

Grade Level: 6,7,8


NOVA

The Nova web site comes from the Australian Academy of Science and provides viewers information on the scientific principles and concepts i

Grade Level: 9,10,11,12


Science Central

This is a huge site that has links and resources for every major and minor science discipline. The site has a special section for K-12 science resources. Every major science section has a "Specialty Gateway," with links to specific disciplines within the field. The site features selected, "hot topic" research articles.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Cool Science for Curious Kids

Cool Science for Curious Kids was created to help kids appreciate science. The site consists mainly of five natural science projects for young children. These activities were developed by five museums that receive support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Several of the projects are interactive, while others involve simple projects that can be done in the classroom.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3


Microbe Zoo

Microbe Zoo was developed by Michigan State University as a learning tool for students of microbiology and microbial ecology. The zoo is divided in five main areas: Waterworld, the Animal Pavilion, the Snack Bar, Space Adventures, and Dirtland. Each area has several subsections with images and discussion about the various microbes that inhabit them. It's also worthwhile to vist the site's parent page, The Digital Learning Center for Microbial Ecology. Here you'll find more microbial information, including Microbe of the Week, Microbes in the News, and the Curious Microbe, tales of amazing microbes and curious environments.

Grade Level: 7,8,9,10,11,12


Bugscope

Ever looked at a bug up close? I mean really close? The Bugscope project offers an outstanding opportunity to use the Internet to control an electron microscope from your classroom, resulting in some truly phenomenal views of bugs!

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


General Chemistry Online!

General Chemistry Online is a Web site designed as a resource for first-year general chemistry students. Included on this useful site are interactive tutorials, quizzes and exams, a Slide Index of high-quality diagrams, an FAQ, and an Ask Antoine section, where students can get the answers they need to puzzling problems.

Grade Level: 9,10,11,12


The Journey North

The Journey North is an outstanding collaborative Internet project that involves classrooms in the study of wildlife migration and the changes to the environment as spring moves north across Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A sister site, Journey South, follows the same information in the fall and prepares students for the spring's Journey North.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


The Space Place

The Space Place is filled with great projects and activities related to current space missions and information. It features lots of space graphics that are sure to turn kids on to astronomy and space science. Kids are sure to love the fun and unusual activities outlined on this site and will learn lots doing them.

Grade Level: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8


Web Weather for Kids

Web Weather for Kids explores what thunderstorms are all about. Through a series of simple experiments that can be done at home using ordinary materials, students are able to make a thunderstorm and create lightning or a tornado. The Teacher Tips page includes tips for using the lessons in the classroom from teachers who have done the experiments. Simple drawings, pictures, and audio and video clips fully explain each lesson. The audio and video clips require an mpeg player, such as Microsoft's ActiveMovie player. Users can view and listen to student explanations of the weather phenomena.

Grade Level: 4,5,6,7,8


Mount Wilson Observatory

Teachers, students, and astronomy buffs in general will find this site an interesting resource for learning more about astronomy. Visitors will be able to take a Virtual Tour of the observatory through photographs and text. The handy map allows exploration of the individual sections of the tour.

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Drought: A Paleo Perspective

This site focuses on the droughts of the North American continent in an effort to provide a better understanding of the causes of past draughts and improve prediction of future occurrences.

Grade Level: 9,10,11,12


I Can Do That!

I Can Do That! offers a painless way to gather information about DNA, RNA, cells, protein, and cloning. The content takes the form of a conversation between four characters -- Gene, Polly (DNA polymerase), RayNa (RNA), and Chloe (a chloroplast).

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


AmphibiaWeb

This large database grows daily. The goal of the site managers is to eventually provide information about every species of amphibian. The main database is fully searchable by genus, species, vernacular name, family, or order, and users can browse by scientific or vernacular name. The species accounts include descriptions, photos, life history, conservation status, and literature references.

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


RocksForKids.com

This site provides simple information, and offers links to more-substantial information, about rocks, minerals, fossils, natural disasters, and careers in geology and Earth science.

Grade Level: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


ROVer Ranch

Anyone with even the slightest interest in robots and robotics should enjoy this page. ROVer Ranch provides background information in Robots 101 to familiarize users with important aspects of robotics. The teacher's guide correlates the lessons with national science and math standards and links to other educational resources.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Replicators: Evolutionary Powerhouses

Replicators: Evolutionary Powerhouses explores evolution from a biological, cultural, linguistic and philosophical standpoint.

Grade Level: 9,10,11,12


ScienceMaster

ScienceMaster provides news, information, links, columns, and homework help in all major areas of science.

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Who Dunnit?

This site provides students the opportunity to explore the world of forensic science. Visitors to the site can learn about fingerprinting, powder analysis, teeth impressions, and foot-to-height ratio.

Grade Level: 6,7,8


How Volcanoes Work

This is the place for you and your students to go for anything you ever wanted to know about volcanoes. Visitors will find informative articles and answers to any questions.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Science Playwiths

Just as the name implies, Science Playwiths offers activities and experiments using "everyday things to pose interesting questions" on a variety of topics.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Saving the Sea Turtle

Take your students on an expedition to observe one of the oldest living reptiles on earth, the leatherback sea turtle!Photographs and interviews with the scientists give students an understanding of what is being done to save the sea turtles from extinction.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8


An Introduction to Microscopy

An Introduction to Microscopy not only gives information on buying and using a microscope but also covers its history and links to Micscape magazine and its archives.

Grade Level: 3,4,5


Energy Quest

This site, from the California Energy Commission, would be a great supplement for the science curriculum on energy. It includes background information, art contests, games, science projects, teacher and parent resources, and more.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8


Bucket Buddies

This telecollaborative project from the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) compares pond water samples from around the world.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5


Fear of Physics

"FearOfPhysics.com shows you physics in action. This site is an interactive, highly visual, and non-technical way for you to see the laws of physics in action."

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


American Field Guide

The American Field Guide has a wealth of information and materials that can be used to supplement science and social studies curriculums. It is divided into eight major topics: Plants, Animals, Ecosystems, Human History, Livelihoods, Earth and Space, Public Policy and Recreation.

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Space CAD

Give your students the opportunity to learn about the history of the NASA space program while learning to use CAD (computer-assisted drafting and design) software. A "lite" version of the software is available for download from the site. SpaceCAD offers a series of 11 lessons, slide shows, interactive quizzes, and design projects that are based on authentic technical drawings from NASA. Students will learn the basics for creating two-dimensional drawings, orthographic projections of three-dimensional objects, sectional views, and isometric drawings.

Grade Level: 9,10,11,12


POP Goes Antarctica

This site features a research project in which a teacher participates in a polar expedition that explores the effects of POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) on the food chain of Antarctica.

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Inventing Modern America, from the Microwave to the Mouse

This site is a companion to Lemelson-MIT Program's 2001 book Inventing Modern America, from the Microwave to the Mouse. It features excerpts from the book, games, and video files.

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Switcheroo Zoo

Invite students to play mad scientists and create all sorts of animals using the body parts of at least nine featured animals. Students will definitely find this site fun and fascinating as they watch one animal morph into another right before their eyes.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8


WhaleNet

WhaleNet has been around for a while, but it is regularly updated and revised. In addition to its maps and databases, the site offers students and teachers the opportunity to share information and to use the data to learn more about marine animals.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Geography4Kids

Geography4Kids explores the physical side of geography or earth science. It is divided into six main areas: Energy, Sky, Land, Earth, Water, and Climate.

Grade Level: 3,4,5,6,7,8


Froguts.com

Froguts is a free virtual online frog dissection that uses photos of frogs recycled from schools.

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


exZOOberance

"exZOOberance is dedicated to those who love and support the animal kingdom." The site includes a virtual zoo, a photo gallery and much more.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Flying Turtle Science and Technology

The Flying Turtle covers all types of energy in nature and human technology and is "dedicated to learning and a simple appreciation of the wonder of life." Written in a creative style that holds the interests of middle school students, it provides basic explanations of how energy controls the way things work in nature.

Grade Level: 6,7,8


KidsPlanet

KidsPlanet, from the Defenders of Wildlife, is a resource for teachers and students on wildlife preservation that includes lesson plans and interactive games.

Grade Level: 3,4,5,6,7,8


Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a rich oceanography resource for students and teachers.

Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12


The Physics Zone

The Physics Zone presents introductory level physics concepts in a multimedia format that is engaging as well as informative.

Grade Level: 9,10,11,12


Office of Naval Research Science and Technology Focus: Oceanography

This site is a rich resource for the study of oceanography that includes facts, photos, and information about experiments and naval discoveries.

Grade Level: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Build the Virtual Frog

"Building a frog can be harder than it looks." The object of the game is to place all the frog's organs in the proper position. If a player gets stuck,the direct link back to the Virtual Frog Dissection Kit allows review of the placement of the organs as well as their functions. This is an interactive site that students may enjoy more than manipulating and studying the organs of a real frog!

Grade Level: 9,10,11,12


Willo: The Dinosaur With a Heart

This site is a joint project of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University. It explores the fossilized heart of a 66-million-year-old Thescelosaurus.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


WhaleNet

WhaleNet has been around for a while, but it is regularly updated and revised. In addition to its maps and databases, the site offers students and teachers the opportunity to share information and to use the data to learn more about marine animals.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Kids Go Wild

The Wildlife Conservation Society, headquartered at the Bronx Zoo in New York, offers this site full of fun activities and information about animals and conservation for children.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5