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Periodic Table - American Chemical Society

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7 to 12
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This site offers an easy-to-understand interactive periodic table. There are also links to see the electron configuration and to plot data. When you click on an element, lots of details...more
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This site offers an easy-to-understand interactive periodic table. There are also links to see the electron configuration and to plot data. When you click on an element, lots of details are provided. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): elements (36), periodic table (50)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to use in and out of the classroom. Have each student view a different element and obtain standard information to report to the class. Challenge individual students (or cooperative learning groups) to create multi-media presentations. Or ask them to compare different interactive periodic tables and decide which explain the chemistry concepts best (and why). Use the TeachersFirst keyword search to find others, simply by searching "periodic table."
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Web elements - University of Sheffield

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This is yet another terrific online periodic table. Click on an element to learn about basic information, properties, and history. View different information about the element by clicking...more
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This is yet another terrific online periodic table. Click on an element to learn about basic information, properties, and history. View different information about the element by clicking on topics above the periodic table. For example, topics include "Chemistry," "Biology," "Bond enthalpies," "Crystal structures," and "Isotopes."

There are some advertisements on the site, and students should be cautioned not to click on these. Many of the activities at this site require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): atoms (55), periodic table (50)

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Have groups of students view different topics through the periodic table to view the trends and offer explanations why. Teams of students can then present to the class and provide practical examples for understanding. Include this link along with other online periodic tables and ask students to decide which is the best tool to help them understand major chemical concepts.
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Science for Kids - Kidipede

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5 to 10
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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of math, geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Although this site is recommended for...more
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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of math, geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Although this site is recommended for middle school students, it is also appropriate for high school students studying the subject areas. It is mainly a "text" site, without interactives. However, this is a great resource for explaining complex topics, researching specific topics in science and math, and much more. Each general area (i.e. geology or biology), includes several sub-topics. There are also links to activities for students, project ideas, and Teacher's Guides. There are two caveats: there are some advertisements -- nothing too distracting -- AND some of the suggested activities include "buying" a book from Amazon. You do NOT need to purchase anything to take advantage of this free resource!

tag(s): atoms (55), diseases (66), earth (228), earthquakes (48), electricity (89), medicine (67), rocks (49), weather (188)

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Use portions of this site as an anticipatory set in your science or math class. The information is simple to understand and would be useful for students struggling with a topic. Use the site for research about specific topics. Have teams of students explore each of the "sub-topics" within the main topic and then create an interactive presentation (Powerpoint, video, or wiki) to share the information with their class. Why not list this link on your class website, so students can access the page both in and out of the classroom.

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Wonder How To - Wonder How To, Inc.

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6 to 12
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This creative site offers "how to" videos on a WIDE variety of topics. Anyone is able to view the videos, but you must be a member (which is free) to ...more
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This creative site offers "how to" videos on a WIDE variety of topics. Anyone is able to view the videos, but you must be a member (which is free) to comment on the videos, grade the videos, or submit your own "how to" video. Topics vary; some are appropriate for the classroom - others are definitely NOT appropriate. Some of the general topics that may be useful in the middle school or high school classroom include: alcohol, autos, motorcycles, and planes, business and money, computers and programming, diet and health, education (which features a variety of science experiments and more), film and theater, language (English, Chinese, Hungarian, Russian, Finnish, sign language, Polish, and countless others), music and instruments, travel, and several other topics. Within each of these general topics, there are thousands of specific "how to" videos.

Membership is free and has many perks. You are able to comment and/or grade the video clips or even submit your own video. Registration does require some personal information: a username, password, email address, and date of birth. ALL USERS MUST BE OVER 13-years of age! Check with your administrator about allowing the students to register for this site using fictitious names. You may wish to set up a class registration instead of entering true data into the registration site. Another option is to 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.

Warning: not all videos are suitable for the classroom. Be sure to preview what you wish to share. If you choose to allow your older students to navigate this site on their own (for research or a class project), be sure to set boundaries on which videos to watch, consequences for going elsewhere, and WATCH CAREFULLY! Some videos explain "how to" do things that are unsafe or inappropriate for school-ages audiences. Wonder How To does include unobtrusive advertisements. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): aircraft (24), business (58), money (193), russian (26), sign language (8)

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Use these fabulous "how to" videos for informative writing projects in speech, science, or even with your gifted students. The site does provide excellent research. You may want to link directly to the specific videos you want students to see in order to avoid other, less-desirable options. Share the "how to" videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an anticipatory set for a new lesson. For a final project, have students create and submit their own "how to" video using YouTube or using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).

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Quiz School: Create a Quiz Online - Proprofs QuizSchool

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1 to 12
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The site calls itself the "YouTube of Quizzes." This site allows you to create ONLINE quizzes. You MUST register to use this site. Registration does require an email address, user ...more
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The site calls itself the "YouTube of Quizzes." This site allows you to create ONLINE quizzes. You MUST register to use this site. Registration does require an email address, user name, and password. Registration takes less than ten seconds, and is very simple.

Once registered, you click to create a quiz. Then you are asked to choose between a personality quiz or a scored quiz. This site offers extraordinary details. At the scored quiz, you are able to provide a title, tags, description, and choose the type of questions (multiple choice, essay, or fill in the blank). It is simple to insert images, change font styles, insert links, and even score the online quiz. You can create a pass/fail quiz, a graded quiz (with YOU determining what qualifies as an A, B, etc..). You are also able to set a time limit, issue a certificate of achievement, and fill in the possible total score.

Once students have taken the quiz, immediate feedback is provided (including a scale of all participants, the correct answers, final score, and grade). This is a fantastic tool to use to create online quizzes!

Caution: this site does include some minor advertisements. At the time of this review, all advertisements were appropriate. But it would be wise to advise students NOT to click off of the quiz onto any of the advertisements or links.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): quiz (85)

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Use this site to create online quizzes. Create a quiz as a review to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students take the quiz independently or in cooperative learning groups. Have students create their own quizzes to use for review or as a final project. Embed your quiz (or provide a link to it) on your class website.

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Solar Energy Education - Tucson Electric Power Company

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Learn about how solar energy begins and is used by all living things. Areas of the animated information can be clicked to find even more details about the formation of ...more
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Learn about how solar energy begins and is used by all living things. Areas of the animated information can be clicked to find even more details about the formation of fossil fuels, photovoltaic cells, and differences between seasons. A text only version of the site can be accessed. A glossary provides easily understood definitions of many of the terms. Activities for teachers to use include: "Solar Energy Activity," "Photovoltaic Energy Activity," "Solar Thermal Energy Activity," and "Chemical Energy Activity." These are available as an Adobe PDF download. Additional resources are provides as weblinks that can provide additional information. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): chemicals (40), earth (228), earth day (112), energy (197), fossil fuels (18), solar energy (38)

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Use this animated site for students to gain background information about Solar Energy. Students can then work in groups to investigate various concepts from the animation. Student groups can also investigate renewable vs. nonrenewable energy sources following this introduction. Students can create posters using conventional materials or many of the multimedia applications for a digital version. Students can create a pamphlet, draft a letter, or editorial for change in energy policies, etc. With younger grades, share the website on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Showing Evidence: Analyzing and Evaluating Information - Intel Education

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3 to 12
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Give your students the skills to analyze and evaluate information with Intel's free "Showing Evidence tool." "Showing Evidence" provides a visual framework to help students learn how...more
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Give your students the skills to analyze and evaluate information with Intel's free "Showing Evidence tool." "Showing Evidence" provides a visual framework to help students learn how to construct well-reasoned arguments and prove their case with credible evidence. Students are prompted to consider the quality of the evidence and the strength of the evidence to support their claim. When an argument is complicated, the components of the tool help students think through justifying a claim.

This web-based tool is accompanied by detailed lesson plans designed for elementary, middle, and high school students. A variety of subject areas and projects are ready to adapt for the classroom or implement as-is. Explore the project ideas, instructional strategies, assessment tips, and research to help you plan a project of your own. Registration is free and creates a teacher workspace in which to build the class project. The password-protected workspace is accessed through the internet where students log on with the teacher-created ID, team ID, and password. Students can access the project workspace from home or though other Internet access points such as the public library.

Be sure to disable your popup blocker, as the site needs to show popup windows during the project. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Get these tools from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): debate (41), folktales (65), shakespeare (131), thinking skills (17)

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Teachers can use the comprehensive tutorial to learn the features of the tool and use the workspace to practice with the tool. Take advantage of the detailed unit plans that provide usable handouts and student work samples. Or just browse through several shorter project descriptions for project ideas that suit your classroom.

Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and student computer desktops for easy access. Use the "Showing Evidence "tool to explore themes such as why do we explore, what happens next, is everything we read true, and what is freedom? Have student teams stage debates using their visual diagrams to show their thinking processes to the class using an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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The Periodic Table Printmaking Project - azuregrackle.com

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7 to 12
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Teach the elements with a Periodic Table that whimsically combines science and art! This collaborative project showcases the elements as individual artwork from ninety-six printmakers...more
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Teach the elements with a Periodic Table that whimsically combines science and art! This collaborative project showcases the elements as individual artwork from ninety-six printmakers from eight countries and 29 states. When clicked, the elements open in another window with information about the symbol, atomic number and weight, along with information about the printmaker. The art media include woodcut, linocut, monotype, etching, lithograph, silkscreen, or any combination. This is a work-in-progress, so check back often to see new art and new links. A poster and book will be available for purchase in the future.

tag(s): periodic table (50)

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This site is best viewed by scrolling across to see all the elements. Adapt the idea from this project to have your science students each create a collage using magazine imagery to represent an element. Assemble the class project on a wall for an eye-popping Periodic Table. Move the collaborative idea to Language Arts and let students do author or book report collages. Elementary students can use this process to each do a letter of the alphabet or a word for a word wall. Junior high and high school art students can research the various printmaking methods used in this project and discuss artistic collaborations.

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Interactives: British and Metric Conversions - Annenberg Media

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5 to 10
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This website demonstrates how metric and English symbols are used to measure and express volume, mass, length, and temperature. The activities are both informative and interactive....more
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This website demonstrates how metric and English symbols are used to measure and express volume, mass, length, and temperature. The activities are both informative and interactive. Highlights include the interactive conversion balance, the interactive temperature "drag and drop," converting metric lengths, and many others. This website requires FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): measurement (159), temperature (29)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to simplify the complexities of the metric system and metric conversions. Have students work as a class or in small groups to complete the interactive learning activities. Science classes can learn about converting temperatures and measurements for lab procedures, as well. If you plan to be teaching about the metric system, be sure to include a link to this helpful website in your next class newsletter and on your class website.
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Cell Biology Animation/ Communicating at an Unknown Rate - John Kyrk

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What happens when a biologist with a passion for art creates a website? This fabulous animation site shows the artistic side of biological processes along with a few surprises. View...more
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What happens when a biologist with a passion for art creates a website? This fabulous animation site shows the artistic side of biological processes along with a few surprises. View animations that demonstrate amino acids and proteins, cell anatomy, evolution time line, Krebs cycle, and photosynthesis, to name a few. Some animations are very simplistic but artfully done. Other links include Architectural art, Fibionacci numbers, and Golden ratios. The site is written in 6 languages. Caution: a link for sale of CD of the animations is also on the page. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): dna (69), meiosis (15), photosynthesis (33), water (130)

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Use this site as an introduction to your lessons or as a review on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Your visual/spatial students and budding artists will be especially intrigued by such an approach. Create classroom models of DNA using the 3D stereoscopic models on the site. Follow the animation to write the steps of complex cellular activities. Use the zoom to see close up views of the structures.
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Planet Science - NESTA

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K to 12
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for...more
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for grades 4-12. "Sci-Teach" provides countless resources for teachers of all grades. "Out There" takes you to the "back garden of science delights," including inventors, sound, vampires, and the flu. "Parents" has useful ideas - even science experiments for children's parties. "Under 11s" is geared for younger students, an excellent collection!. The activities teach traditional science topics using new multimedia. The "Next Steps" link challenges students to think about their future careers (both science and non-science). There are printable pages and interactive activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. The "Library" link features countless online science resources.

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tag(s): inventors and inventions (101), planets (123), sports (96), water (130)

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Nearly all of the activities are ideal for interactive whiteboards (or projectors). This site is so rich it may be overwhelming. If you are an elementary teacher, start at the "Under 11s" link. Otherwise, visit the "Sci-Teach" link first for some excellent ideas, resources, and science fun. Preview this site before starting any science unit to find related activites and extensions.
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Free Rice - freerice.com

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6 to 12
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This fascinating site allows you to build your vocabulary and other knowledge while providing free grains of rice to the hungry throughout the world. This is a nice interactive way...more
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This fascinating site allows you to build your vocabulary and other knowledge while providing free grains of rice to the hungry throughout the world. This is a nice interactive way for kids to practice vocabulary and basics in chemistry, math, art history, geography, and world languages. Subjects available (via the link in the page footer)include checmical symbols, world language and English vocabulary, multiplication, world countries on a map, capitals, and famous paintings. Read the FAQ to find out where the money comes from and more.

tag(s): multiplication (227), symbols (19), vocabulary (324)

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Reminiscent of The Reader's Digest "Enrich Your Word Power" feature, this is a great little time filler, especially for those students who always seem to be ahead of the rest of the class. They can challenge themselves to better their "level" as gauged by the site. They can challenge each other to see who will give the most grains of rice in any given session. If your class has a vocabulary glossary wiki, this site will provide many new entry ideas! You might even get into a conversation about how much 20 grains of rice really is and where around the world it might do the most good.

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Team Plastics - sciencemuseum

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4 to 10
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This phenomenal website offers teachers a new way to explain chemistry concepts. Topics vary from monomers to polymers to plastics. The task of the website asks students to try to ...more
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This phenomenal website offers teachers a new way to explain chemistry concepts. Topics vary from monomers to polymers to plastics. The task of the website asks students to try to create a "Plastic Superteam." Students are told that the world's supply of plastic has been stolen by the evil Dr. Polymer Pincher. The government has requested the help of your students to help save the plastics (and create new plastics). The activities are very educational and provide information about various atoms (including - carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, nitrogen, and fluorine). This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): atoms (55), carbon (21), molecules (43)

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What a wonderful and simple way to explain chemistry! Get your interactive whiteboards ready for this educational tool (and turn up the volume). This website would create an excellent anticipatory set for a new unit about general chemistry, polymers, monomers, or atoms. The creators of this website have successfully simplified the complexities of chemistry so that they are easy for students (even elementary age) to comprehend. After learning about plastics, why not create a plastics wiki with digital pictures and examples of types of plastics. Or start a plastics recycling effort in your school and use the wiki to advertise and explain the drive.
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NDSL Science Literacy Maps - The National Science Digital Library

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K to 12
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Enter a search term or click the pulldown of science topics to see a graphical representation of how standards-based math and science concepts fit together and interrelate, then click...more
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Enter a search term or click the pulldown of science topics to see a graphical representation of how standards-based math and science concepts fit together and interrelate, then click on a single standards to find web resources and lesson plans specifically for that concept. Seeing the concepts organized in a hierarchy from K to grade 12 and "connected" to the precursors and following standards makes it much easier to see where your students have been and where they are headed in science before and after you teach them. The best part is that you can find exactly the resources you need to get them where they need to go.

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Mark this in your Favorites on TeachersFirst to access it every time you start a new science topic or unit. Consider sharing a simpler version of the same map, created in Inspiration or using an online tool such as Gliffy (our review here) or Mindomo (see review )to show your students how the content in your science classes fit with their prior knowledge and connect from unit to unit. About a month before the year ends, challenge them to work in small groups and create their OWN annotated concept maps of the "big ideas" studied during the school year.

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Nature: Crime Scene Creatures - PBS

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6 to 12
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What a fascinating website! Now you can teach scientific inquiry, biology, and chemistry with a CSI twist. Did you know that bugs and other small creatures are now being used ...more
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What a fascinating website! Now you can teach scientific inquiry, biology, and chemistry with a CSI twist. Did you know that bugs and other small creatures are now being used to help forensic scientists solve murders and other mysteries? This website takes you behind the scenes to see exactly how biologists from around the world are using maggots, ants, and other animals to solve various crimes. These creatures help scientists to determine the time of death, track a killer's path, and even zero in on a specific suspect. Features of this website include a wonderfully-done interactive (determining the time of death), video clips, interviews with real scientists in the field, and much more. The interactive pages and video clips require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): animals (276), forensics (27), inquiry (37), scientific method (64)

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Don't miss the AWESOME interactive activity (Determine the Time of Death). This educational activity is sure to grab the attention of your students, as they examine a crime scene and try to determine the time of death by using various bugs and other small creatures. Get your interactive whiteboard ready, and be prepared for an exciting class period. Stop to talk about inquiry process, dependent and independent variables, hypothesis, conclusions, and more, using this engaging interactive.
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Exploring Online: Better Hair Through Chemistry - Exploratorium Magazine

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Are you looking for a unique way to grab the attention of your teenage students? This interesting website explores the connection between hair and science. Correlations are made between...more
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Are you looking for a unique way to grab the attention of your teenage students? This interesting website explores the connection between hair and science. Correlations are made between bad hair days and the weather. Three of the "hands on" activities include building a hair hygrometer, the healthy hair test, and creating curls. Some of the articles feature interactive elements that require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): air (163), weather (188)

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Although this website doesn't have many "bells and whistles" (it dates back to 1998), the content could be very interesting in a chemistry or other secondary science class. This website takes a "teenage friendly" topic and brings it into the science classroom. There are many higher-level science topics within the text of this website. Invite students to try the experiments and even to use technology to create more up-to-date illustrations of the concepts for a health or science fair display.
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ChemCollective: Student Tutorials - Carnegie Mellon

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This phenomenal website, originally created for post-secondary students, provides interactive tutorials and virtual "labs" on many topics of chemistry. The tutorials feature audio,...more
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This phenomenal website, originally created for post-secondary students, provides interactive tutorials and virtual "labs" on many topics of chemistry. The tutorials feature audio, video, and interactive elements. Some examples of specific topics include density, dilution, composition of mixtures, PH and buffers defined, and many others. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): density (20)

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Use this website to re-teach a chemistry concept or to introduce a new topicon an interactive whiteboard or on stdent laptops. Be certain to provide a link from your teacher web page to these tutorials, for students to review at home. Preview the difficulty level of the content, since some will go into AP-level.
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Chem1 Virtual Textbook - Stephen Lower

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As the name suggests, this website provides a virtual chemistry textbook. The text is broken down into numerous chapters and levels (beginner, general, and advanced). The textbook was...more
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As the name suggests, this website provides a virtual chemistry textbook. The text is broken down into numerous chapters and levels (beginner, general, and advanced). The textbook was created to use in general chemistry college level classes, however much of the material is applicable to high school chemistry. The chapters provide great details, simple explanations, and graphics to help students digest the complexities of chemistry.

tag(s): atoms (55), equations (155), molecules (43)

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Use this excellent resource to complement your chemistry classes. By providing students with varied lesson ideas and resources, teachers further their students' understanding of the subject. Share this link on your teacher web age for students to access outside of class for "another angle."
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Animations Index - Iowa State University

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9 to 12
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This website appears "plain vanilla." But once you click on a chemistry topic, be prepared for an excellent, interactive chemistry tutorial or demonstration. Some general chemistry...more
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This website appears "plain vanilla." But once you click on a chemistry topic, be prepared for an excellent, interactive chemistry tutorial or demonstration. Some general chemistry topics include electrochemistry, gas laws, thermochemistry, acid-base equilibria, stoichiometry, kinetics, and many others. The topics are for both high school and college (or AP). The website offers both simulations and animations. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

In the Classroom

Get your interactive whiteboards ready to utilize this free resource of interactive chemistry lessons. Please note the website's copyright rules: "You may download the files and make use of them in your classroom. Do not copy them and or distribute them. Please give credit where and when credit is due. The copyright for these simulations and animations is with the chemical education research group at Iowa State University. We would appreciate a short e-mail message (tgreenbo@iastate.edu) telling us you are using the files." Linking to the site is fine. Be sure to share the link on your teacher web page for studens to use as review at home, as well.
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Fractional Distillation - Think Bank

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6 to 12
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This interactive web challenge requires students to place six different chemicals at the correct temperature on the large fractional distillation thermometer. The six chemicals include...more
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This interactive web challenge requires students to place six different chemicals at the correct temperature on the large fractional distillation thermometer. The six chemicals include kerosene, petrol, naptha for chemicals, diesel oil for fuel, refinery gas for fuel, and residue for fuel, lubricants and road tar. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): oil (45)

In the Classroom

This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard. After studying about matter and distillation, challenge the class to put the substances in the correct order for ONE whole-class quiz grade. Appoint one student to act as "Vanna White" while classmates discuss (and argue) about what the correct placement should be.
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