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Corning Museum of Glass - Glass Chemistry - Corning Museum of Glass

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4 to 8
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A great interactive chemistry activity from the Corning Museum of Glass, this explores the chemistry of making glass. Extremely informational, this site is fun way to explore chemistry...more
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A great interactive chemistry activity from the Corning Museum of Glass, this explores the chemistry of making glass. Extremely informational, this site is fun way to explore chemistry that is relevant to everyday life. We all encounter different types of glass throughout our day!

tag(s): elements (37), periodic table (52)

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This interactive could be used class wide in physical science classes concentrating on chemistry. Display on the interactive whiteboard or projector and then have students share the responsibility of determining the next step. Have students take notes as the class navigates through the elements used in the production of different types of glass. Better still, have students work through the website on their own computer or laptop. Make sure they have headsets or their own earphones to plug into the computer. Have students keep a section of their notebooks for the chemistry of glass. Or, have students use stickies or a word document to keep notes. Students can also take notes online using an organizer/concept map using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here).
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Science Facts - Science Facts, Part of the Cool Facts Network

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7 to 12
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could ...more
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Science Facts is a great site for "inquiring minds." It is a simple collection of random science questions with pictures and answers. There are lots of links, and hours could be spent exploring this easy to navigate site. Most questions found here are about science, but there are some interesting and thought provoking math questions too!

One caution: the comment area is not censored, and there are some comments that are not nice. You may want to use this site as a resource where you as the adult control the amount of information that is shared and seen with the students. Also, this site can be a bit slow to open and does include unobtrusive advertisements in the sidebar.

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Use this site to offer a question related to the day's topic at the beginning of class. Post the question on the interactive whiteboard or projector either in a document or a slide creation tool, and have students think and brainstorm ideas. Challenge students to create and share a concept map using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here). Have students partner with two other students and share ideas and concept maps. Then, have the groups share their ideas with the class. Once ample time has been given for this, teach the lesson on the topic. Some of the questions found here could make great essential questions to focus an entire unit. The nice part is there is a direct answer that you can share with your students at the conclusion of the unit. Have them create their own Q/A for units using this format on a class wiki.

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Motivator - Big Huge Labs

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K to 12
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as...more
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Create your own motivational posters easily and simply. Choose a random picture (one from Flickr or Facebook) or use one already on your computer. Choose colors and other options as well as the type of text to be used. Enter your text and preview the result. Once complete, save to Flickr, your computer, or print. Remember you can use a saved image in PowerPoint shows and on a class wiki, as well as blogs and other sites.
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tag(s): collages (17), images (277), photography (162), posters (38)

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Make sure students are aware of copyright laws. Use this site to encourage proper use of photographs that students have the authorization to use. Model including appropriate photo credits on the posters. Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here.

Younger students can use this tool together as a whole-class activity or simply enjoy the posters their teacher creates. Have students create a picture about a unit topic with a caption using new terms learned. For example, create posters about predators and prey or classifications of animals. Students can create a poster of a study skill or learning activity that helps them learn. Create a caption that explains how the student learns the best. Every subject area can use this resource to create interesting presentation posters for display or as springboards to talk about what was learned. For example, in Biology, students could create a poster about a cell part with a clever caption about the importance of the job. In Literature or History, students can create posters about the perspectives of others in the story or at that time of history. Rather than a traditional research project, have cooperative learning groups use this site to show their knowledge in any subject area. Ask students to apply concepts such as constitutional rights by illustrating them in poster images with captions. Teachers can create bulletin board images, as well. Have a classroom motivation poster competition to start off the school year! Share the winners on your class wiki or in a PowerPoint presentation at back to school night/open house. As special occasions approach, have students bring in or take a digital picture they can make into a poster as a family gift with their own inspirational saying. Create a portfolio of 6 word stories, utilizing a powerful picture and 6 words to demonstrate the concept that was learned. Assign students the task of placing their project on a blog with a larger explanation of their understanding of the concept used in the picture.

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Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry - William Reusch

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10 to 12
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Fascinated or confused by Organic Chemistry? Find all your answers to the reaction involving organic molecules on this site. Find useful information in the left side navigation and...more
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Fascinated or confused by Organic Chemistry? Find all your answers to the reaction involving organic molecules on this site. Find useful information in the left side navigation and the main table of contents in the right two columns. View the reactivity, reactions and functional groups of the complete list of organic molecules. Use the alphabet index along the bottom to jump to the correct molecule. Read the information under Concerning Practice Problems to view problems to solve and use the JME Molecular editor to draw and check structures. Note the links to other sites that provide practice with problems too.

tag(s): molecules (44)

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Organic Chemistry can be a difficult subject to teach and learn. Find answers to many of the questions about the various organic molecules here. Use this site as a resource for students to look towards for answers to structure and reactions of the various molecules. Be sure to have this site listed on a website or wiki for quick access from students. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Consider having your students create their own chemistry textbook that can be accessed by other students by using a site or a wiki. Allow them the opportunity to determine how to layout the information and how best to demonstrate their understanding to others.

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Kids Know It - Mr. Bertoch

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1 to 8
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At Kids Know It you will find a free learning network, no email address required. Just click around on the topics that are of interest to you and your class. ...more
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At Kids Know It you will find a free learning network, no email address required. Just click around on the topics that are of interest to you and your class. This site covers many subjects, and each subject has a text book, games, movies, songs and on and on! Check out the geography interactives on longitude and latitude or the dinosaur interactives or the many math activities!

tag(s): geology (82)

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Choose your subject and use your interactive whiteboard and projector to introduce your students to the topic using a game, or a movie. After students have completed the study of the subject, have them create their own movie to show their understanding of the topic. Use xtra normal (reviewed here) for a project like this. During your study of the Middle Ages in Europe (or any other time period) have your students read the short texts at Kids Know It (History Textbook), then divide the students into groups of four or five and divide the topics listed under the Middle Ages. Give one or more topic(s) to each group to research for more in-depth knowledge. As a final assessment have the groups create a Glog (reviewed here) to teach the class about their topic. Have them create videos about an interesting aspect or person from their topic to upload to their Glog. Have them choose whether to use xtra normal (reviewed here) or Animoto (reviewed here) for the video they will upload to their Glog.
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Kid's Science Challenge - Jim Metzner Productions, Inc.

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3 to 6
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Looking for a way to engage your students in science beyond the classroom? Even if you have missed the deadline for this year there is still a lot of great ...more
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Looking for a way to engage your students in science beyond the classroom? Even if you have missed the deadline for this year there is still a lot of great videos and activities to share with your students year round. The Kid's Science Challenge is a yearly event where third to sixth graders can enter science experiments or questions for real life scientists to solve. The site itself is colorful and fun. There are three samples of sorts for students, teachers, and parents to look at to spark ideas. Three topics currently on the website include sound, sports, and microbes. The time line for this event is: July begins the challenge process, registration is open until October 1st, judging begins on February 28th, and on May 2nd the winner is announced. The site encourages parents to register with their email address for their child. Teachers can also register their students. There are free prizes for teachers who can get ten students to submit entries. Don't miss this fantastic elementary science site!

tag(s): scientists (69)

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Excite students about science by encouraging them to participate in this challenge. Integrate it as part of the science curriculum. Take your own science fair to the next level by having the students that place high in your own fair submit their ideas and experiments to the Kid's Science Challenge. If your available time is out of sync with the challenge, you could still have students create science experiments to share with the class. Video the winners and share on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Surfing Scientist - ABC Science

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3 to 12
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file...more
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Find a variety of science resources on this great site. Explore the Tricks, Conundrums, Demos, Lesson Plans, and Videos about Science. Many of the resources include an Adobe PDF file that can be downloaded.

tag(s): experiments (73)

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Use many of these resources for brain teasers, mind stretchers, or anticipatory sets to initiate class. Encourage students to brainstorm, explain, and even blog their reactions to these resources. Provide time for students to work out the science behind the demonstrations. Consider creating little podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here), with students demonstrating end explaining the science to show true understanding.
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Snow School - Winter Wildlands Alliance

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3 to 6
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Snow School is a program run by educators across the country that enables students to attend actual classes with hands-on learning to find out about living creatures under the snow....more
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Snow School is a program run by educators across the country that enables students to attend actual classes with hands-on learning to find out about living creatures under the snow. The site contains links to programs run in 48 states and can be used to sign up individual classrooms to participate in their area. Even if your class doesn't participate, there are 2 important sections of the site that can be used in any classroom. The first area is For Teachers. This section contains links to lesson plans that allow students to explore the snow outdoors of their classroom, snow science experiments and activities, and links to other resources for teachers. The second area is For Kids. Here kids can learn how snowshoes work, find activities to do in the snow, and links to other resources.

tag(s): density (21), snow (22)

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PE teachers can use the activities area for suggestions on teaching students games and other things to do on a snowy day. The Snow Science sections contains many experiments to perform in Science class that can be related to weather units, chemistry units, and animal units. Take your class outside after a snow to perform experiments in density, insulation, and snow melt included on the site or look for animal prints to identify.

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Study Jams Science - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic,...more
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic, various additional choices are offered. For example, under Force and Matter options are available to choose inertia, action and reaction, simple machines, acceleration, and gravity and inertia. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of the topic. Don't miss the "karaoke" videos about each topic - sure to delight students (and teachers). In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): earth (231), ecosystems (89), inquiry (38), matter (60), weather (194)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a Science unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the videos and/or karaoke with your students. Have students sing along and learn more about science. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Include a link on your classroom newsletter so that parents can use the site at home with their student. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. View the videos on your interactive whiteboard, print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
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Miami Museum of Science - The pH Factor - Miami Museum of Science

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3 to 8
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The pH factor website is designed to help students in elementary school and middle school better understand the concept of pH. Links include Excite, Explore, Explain, Expand, Extend,...more
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The pH factor website is designed to help students in elementary school and middle school better understand the concept of pH. Links include Excite, Explore, Explain, Expand, Extend, Exchange, and Examine. Some links offer pictures with descriptions, other link to articles from the New York Times, and some include assessments. There is a helpful teacher's guide, lesson plans, activities, and links to related readings and extension ideas. The information is clear and easy to understand. The laboratory activities are easy to follow and show pictures of different process steps.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), ph (4)

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With elementary age students, try introducing an activity with pH during environmental science units on acid rain or during pre-chemistry type units. Show students the instructions for a laboratory on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work in small groups to complete the experiment step by step.

Viewing the New York Times articles requires a log-in. Registration requires a valid email address. Tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

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CO2 Science - Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

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4 to 12
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos,...more
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CO2 Science offers journal reviews on environmental topics, an online environmentally minded journal, and under the education tab some excellent laboratory ideas. There are videos, weekly blog entries, an educational center, and more. This is a great teacher and high school student resource.

tag(s): carbon (21), climate (93), environment (319)

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Integrate different activities from the education section into your classroom. Use the readings for older students as they are far above the reading level of elementary and early middle school students. Share the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate on article/blog topic and create a multimedia presentation. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Adobe Spark, reviewed here.
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Homemade Thermometers - CSIRO - Double Helix Club

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6 to 10
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This do - it - yourself activity from the wonderful folks at CSIRO's Double Helix Club, is a neat way to have students think about how a thermometer works. Many ...more
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This do - it - yourself activity from the wonderful folks at CSIRO's Double Helix Club, is a neat way to have students think about how a thermometer works. Many time we just expect that they understand these things, just like using a calculator, there is a process to understanding how a thermometer works. This activity has students create their own thermometer with everyday, reusable materials.

tag(s): temperature (31)

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Assemble the materials for this activity. Print basic instructions. Talk to students about liquid expansion and contraction using everyday situations such as water freezing in the sidewalk and creating cracks. Discuss how water is different from most liquids in that most expand as they are heated.

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Amazing Detergent Activity - CSIRO

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4 to 8
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This website provides an interesting classroom activity about surface tension and detergents. This is a great introductory site to inquiry types of activity. It is cheap and inexpensive...more
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This website provides an interesting classroom activity about surface tension and detergents. This is a great introductory site to inquiry types of activity. It is cheap and inexpensive to run, easy to clean, and has a fantastic "wow" factor for students. In the activity, food coloring is added to a small bowl of milk and liquid soap is added creating a color swirl in the milk. Students think it is magic, and what better way to launch a science class? It is excellent for teaching the scientific method, and if expanded upon can lead to concepts of variables.

tag(s): colors (80), inquiry (38), scientific method (65)

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Try using this during the first few days of school to get and keep students excited about learning science. Have students create "I observed" and "what happened" lists. Discuss the different ways of making observations. Monitor the class by only moving forward as a class one step at a time. This cuts down on ruining the surprise for slower groups. Plus it provides time for questioning. Follow up by having students discuss the why the materials reacted the way that they did. Have them suggest and carry out different experiments to discover which part of the experiment causes it to work the way that it does.

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Dancing Ice Activity - CSIRO - Double Helix Club

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6 to 9
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Another fantastic and short activity from CSIRO, this classroom activity teaches about density, gravity, and buoyancy. It is also inexpensive and has only minor preparation work involved....more
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Another fantastic and short activity from CSIRO, this classroom activity teaches about density, gravity, and buoyancy. It is also inexpensive and has only minor preparation work involved. (It is a good idea to make ice cubes with food coloring so that they are easier to see in the glass of water.) If glasses are unavailable, beakers would be an excellent alternative. See the links of What You Need, What to Do, and What is Happening to learn more.

tag(s): inquiry (38), scientific method (65)

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In the early years of physics, have students try this experiment. Discuss density, gravity, and bouyancy. Have students define the terms and repeat the experiment. It would be easy to extend this activity and try different fluids or freezing different substances to replace the ice.

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Maine's Autumn Magic - Maine Department of Conservation

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4 to 8
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This site has a video presentation detailing the process of changing leaf colors. Although the video is specific to leaves found in Maine, it is suitable for students in any ...more
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This site has a video presentation detailing the process of changing leaf colors. Although the video is specific to leaves found in Maine, it is suitable for students in any area. The video is about 2 minutes long, making it suitable to use as a short introduction to fall changes. There is a link to a text version of information found in the video; however, the link didn't work at the time of the review. Text does appear in the FLASH version, though, for those who may not be able to hear the narration. Several other links to fall foliage information are also available on the site such as kids pages, photo galleries and foliage updates.

tag(s): fall (16), fall festival (5), halloween (39), seasons (38)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on fall foliage on a projector or interactive whiteboard. After viewing the video, take your class outdoors to view foliage in your community. Use this site when creating state reports to use as a comparison between Maine and your state in the fall. View the site early in the fall to introduce the unit, then take pictures of trees in your area each week to document changes throughout the season. Share the video presentation on your interactive whiteboard or projector as part of your fall festival festivities!
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Sixty symbols - The University of Nottingham

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9 to 12
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Find excellent videos about a variety of physics and astronomy topics with this great site. Choose a symbol and view the video that explains and depicts the meaning of the ...more
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Find excellent videos about a variety of physics and astronomy topics with this great site. Choose a symbol and view the video that explains and depicts the meaning of the symbol. View a variety from total solar eclipse to pressure and vacuums to magnetic susceptibility. Videos are hosted on You Tube. Schools that have this resource blocked will need to ask for it to be unblocked to use in class. Click on planets to view great videos of each of those in our solar system. View information on scientists and the sixty symbols project by clicking on the tabs across the top.

Caution: Be sure to preview the videos before sharing them with your students. Our editors found one that included alcohol in the experiment, all others appeared appropriate.

tag(s): magnetism (37), motion (61)

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The videos are hosted on You Tube. If your district blocks You Tube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view that at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

Use on a whiteboard or projector for the entire class to see if You Tube is blocked for student but not for teachers. Assign the viewing of a specific video as a homework assignment. Have students take notes on the topic for further discussion in class or to apply the information to laboratory activities or demonstrations in class. Encourage students to follow these clever videos to develop their own videos for teaching concepts to other students in and out of their school. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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60-second Science - Scientific American

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5 to 12
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Find great 60-second science podcasts about a variety of topics on this site. Subscribe to an RSS or iTunes feed to receive the latest podcasts instantly. Listen to the podcasts ...more
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Find great 60-second science podcasts about a variety of topics on this site. Subscribe to an RSS or iTunes feed to receive the latest podcasts instantly. Listen to the podcasts directly on the site by clicking the play button. Download a single podcast by clicking the "Download" button. Be sure to scroll down the page and look for the section on Podcasts near the lower right. Click the links to view other 60 second podcasts such as "60-second Earth." There are too many topics to mention here. Check it out!

tag(s): listening (91)

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Use the 60 second podcasts as an opener in science or any other class. Share the podcasts on your interactive whiteboard or projector with speakers turned up or share them at a listening center using mp3 players. Use to introduce concepts or ideas, how understanding the concepts in the chapter help to understand a bigger problem, or to identify scientific processes. Allow students to choose individual podcasts to listen, research, understand, and present to the class. Consider creating this type of format in your classroom. Students create podcasts of various materials, lab activities, or items of interest which can be shared on a wiki, blog, or other site. Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Create a student review system of podcasts (easy when using a blog.) Assess students on their ability to explain through the podcast as well as answer questions about the underlying science afterwards.
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Green Revolution - National Science Foundation

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4 to 12
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Join the Green Revolution! Choose videos that showcase the inventiveness, creativity, and passion of researchers and inventors who will be part of powering our future. At the time of...more
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Join the Green Revolution! Choose videos that showcase the inventiveness, creativity, and passion of researchers and inventors who will be part of powering our future. At the time of this review topics included: wind, solar, green roofs, microbes, city car, smart grid, and biomass. You are also able to embed videos into a wiki, site, or blog. Click "Print Educator Info" to download a PDF for use with classes. In the future, transcripts will also be available.

tag(s): conservation (127), environment (319)

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Use these videos as a great introduction to green energy and replacements to fossil fuels. Share the videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. After showing a video, have students research the use of the various green energies around the country and the world. Research energy use and especially the difference between residential and commercial demand. Have cooperative learning groups view one of the videos and complete some basic research on the topic. Have the groups create a multimedia presentation to share their findings. Challenge students to narrate a picture using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. Be sure your students check out the City Car. Research the various types of green designs on cars to find the advantages and disadvantages of each. Great discussions, projects, and research are all possible through use of these videos.
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Science Animations - Sumanas, Inc.

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6 to 12
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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...more
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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, wiki, or blog to satisfy copyright.

tag(s): animation (65), atoms (57), cells (104), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), molecules (44)

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Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have small groups view the animations together and create online multimedia presentations to share the topics they learned about with their peers using Swipe, reviewed here.

Use as an introductory activity with or without accompanying questions you create to get kids thinking. Discuss as small groups or a class what is happening throughout the animation and what they notice. Follow with lab activities or building their own models to demonstrate understanding out of simple art materials. Use this activity to reinforce complex and difficult to see concepts.
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Miamiopia - KidsKnowIt Network

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Miamiopia (currently in beta stage so not all features are fully operational) allows you to create a character called a Miamopian. Then the fun begins! "Miamiopia is where balloons...more
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Miamiopia (currently in beta stage so not all features are fully operational) allows you to create a character called a Miamopian. Then the fun begins! "Miamiopia is where balloons go when they escape from the hands of humans." The balloons seek to improve themselves by learning about the world around them. Learning activities are located in each building found on the map and include music, history, dinosaurs and more. You then can customize the Miamiopian by earning coins as you play games, the coins can be used to purchase hair, clothing, and other accessories.

tag(s): dinosaurs (57), logic (237), problem solving (272), puzzles (207), spelling (166)

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Check school policies about setting up student accounts and passwords and be sure to keep a record of student passwords! No email is required. Set up at the computer center and keep a chart for each student's progress and points collected. Demonstrate on the interactive whiteboard or projector, record terms used during the games (ex: history - iron age, stone age, and bronze age) to research. This would be an ideal link to provide on your class website for students to access at home.
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