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Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center - TryScience

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2 to 8
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as ...more
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as heat, but not get too hot. The challenge involves balancing the amount of shade and sun that reach the home. It includes an interactive explanation of the sun and the seasons. This activity requires Shockwave, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There are also numerous other science activities, links, online exhibits and even Standards provided (see the Teachers Page)across many science, math, and engineering disciplines. Click on the "experiments" link for a wealth of fun and inspiring experiments in science and math. The experiments are engaging and provide virtual opportunities for students to build individual understanding.

tag(s): dna (68), environment (320), sound (105), sun (72)

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If you are unable to get laptops or the computer lab for your class, use an interactive whiteboard and make the "Beat The Heat" or other experiments a class project. Use the seasons explanation as a whole-class activity with elementary students on a projector or whiteboard.
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Who Is It? - Birmingham Grid For Learning

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5 to 9
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Watch out CSI! This website provides an interactive forensic investigation aimed at developing students' scientific skills, knowledge, and understanding. The mystery involves determining...more
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Watch out CSI! This website provides an interactive forensic investigation aimed at developing students' scientific skills, knowledge, and understanding. The mystery involves determining the identity of a dead body. This site is sure to please students' curiosity. Even more importantly, this website provides excellent practice in logic skills and higher level thinking skills. The "Who Is It?" mystery provides a printable worksheet and a unique interactive web activity. This site requires Flash and Adobe. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences!

tag(s): forensics (27)

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Click on the "Start the Activity" link at the top of this teacher-info page. Have students navigate and model one forensics investigation as a class on an interactive whiteboard before you allow them to work in groups to solve another of their choice. Note: our reviewers found that some web browsers overlap text content on some pages within the site, so pretest it on your browser or consider opening it in a different one.
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Woodlands Science Zone - Woodlands Junior School

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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life ...more
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life processes, physical processes, materials, earth and space, and water. When you click on the general topic you are given countless activities to choose from. Whatever science concept you are teaching, my guess is that you will find a related resource at this phenomenal website. Most of these unique activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (90), forces (45), human body (130), light (49), planets (128), plants (156), sound (105), water (131), water cycle (33)

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Get an interactive whiteboard ready - and utilize these free interactive (and educational) activities to simplify the complexities of various scientific concepts.
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Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Secondary Science - Think Bank Limited

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6 to 12
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific...more
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This website provides numerous resources that can be downloaded and used in secondary science classes. All of the resources are designed to use on an interactive whiteboard. Specific topics include genetic crossing, writing scientific explanations, mitosis and meiosis, the periodic table, rock cycles and many others. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): energy (204), matter (59), periodic table (52), solar system (121)

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Use these "ready to go" resources on your interactive whiteboard.
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Mad Sci Network - Mad Sci Network/Third Sector New England

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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access...more
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access to a search engine, a list of FAQ's on common topics, a library with links to other relevant sites, a knowledge generator, an archive of lab experiments, and other assistance with science fair projects. The Mad-Sci labs also has a "Guided Tour of the Visible Human" section on human anatomy, with many images of cross-sections and internal organs.

tag(s): air (150), experiments (73), scientists (70)

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Navigate the human body and label parts on an interactive whiteboard, or find the appropriate experiments for all your science concepts. By searching the question archives, you can find answers to questions at all levels. Be sure to include this link on your teacher web page year-round to promote curiosity about science. Teachers of gifted will love this one as a treasury of open-ended ideas on science by scientists.

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instacalc - instacalc

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This online tool lets you create(or "share" someone else's existing) online calculations/spreadsheets. You can also display instant graphs of the spreadsheet contents. The spreadsheets...more
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This online tool lets you create(or "share" someone else's existing) online calculations/spreadsheets. You can also display instant graphs of the spreadsheet contents. The spreadsheets are displayed in terms that ordinary people can understand and allow you to "plug in" numbers to see instant results. Some of the shared calculators already online are surface area and volume of geometric solids, interest calculators, body mass index, and more sophisticated business functions. The best way to see how the site works is to read through their "tour" then click to browse through the examples, especially the shared ones. Even if you never create your own, this tool is great!
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tag(s): addition (239), calculators (41), conversions (24), multiplication (222)

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Visit the site and observe how the shared examples work. If you find one you like, you can get the link (try the little disk icon) to go directly to it. If you are feeling more adventurous, try creating one of your own, perhaps for calculating the class average on a test. Your web-savvy students will love this tool for collaborative lab reports or graphs of statistics. For safety's sake do not use any student names or information if you share calcs online.
 

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World of Teaching

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K to 12
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This website provides numerous teacher-created PowerPoints. Some of the presentations are excellent, while others are just mediocre. The range of topics goes from astronomy, to history,...more
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This website provides numerous teacher-created PowerPoints. Some of the presentations are excellent, while others are just mediocre. The range of topics goes from astronomy, to history, to French and much, much more! There is something good here for every classroom. You MUST have PowerPoint software (not free) to be able to download and edit the shows.

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Use the small blue buttons to find your subject(s). This site is great for finding/sharing an interactive whiteboard activity or projected lesson. Since the PowerPoint shoes are editable, you may want to customize the shows you find. The grade equivalents are listed in the British system: KS1=ages 5-7; KS2=ages 7-11;KS3= ages 11-14;KS4= ages 14-16, A Level=ages 16-18.

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The Periodic Table of Comic Books - F. James Holler & John P. Selegue

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This highly creative website combines the periodic table with actual comics. There are comic strip stories for all (or nearly all) of the elements. This website offers a ...more
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This highly creative website combines the periodic table with actual comics. There are comic strip stories for all (or nearly all) of the elements. This website offers a new approach to teach a complex subject! A favorite aspect of this approach is that they include both recent comics and comics from over 50 years ago. This website presents basic scientific information in a fun and student-friendly manner. Connect to your students' "prior knowledge" of comic books to hook them on chemistry.

tag(s): elements (37), latin (22), periodic table (52)

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Get an interactive whiteboard and utilize this excellent website to help your students better comprehend the periodic table. These comics are packed with knowledge and fun to use! You will certainly want to include it on your teacher web page for studens to explore outside of class time.

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MSTE Online Resource Catalog - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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4 to 12
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MSTE stands for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. This is a fabulous website that provides a wealth of interactive activities and printable lessons to use in your classes....more
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MSTE stands for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. This is a fabulous website that provides a wealth of interactive activities and printable lessons to use in your classes. There are numerous math and science topics (including chemistry, measurement, probability, geometry, data analysis, physics, algebra and much, much more). Some parts of this site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Many of the interactives use Java Applets. These will run on most computers without additional software.

tag(s): addition (239), division (168), multiplication (222), probability (133), subtraction (198), vision (85)

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Many of these activities would work well with an interactive whiteboard. Read the desciptions of the interactives to see the specific curriculum topics. Many have step-by step lessons included. There is truly something for everyone.
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Drinking Water and Ground Water Kids' Stuff - U.S. EPA

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Find the perfect lesson plan for your grade level as you study water or plan for Earth Day. Each level has a several activities, many hands-on. ...more
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Find the perfect lesson plan for your grade level as you study water or plan for Earth Day. Each level has a several activities, many hands-on.

tag(s): conservation (128), earth (231), earth day (113), water (131), water cycle (33)

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Periodic Table of the Elements - Los Alamos National Laboratory's Chemistry Division

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Learn basic facts about each element, including what it costs (!) using this interactive site. You can also learn how elements are named and much more. The site requires good ...more
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Learn basic facts about each element, including what it costs (!) using this interactive site. You can also learn how elements are named and much more. The site requires good reading skills, since the element names are quite challenging.

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

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This is an excellent reference to include as a link on your teacher web page for students to access in class or at home as they begin to study the elements. Be sure to assign a partner reader for weaker students if you are requiring students to research on their own.

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Knock on the Door: Chemistry - EABJM

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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in chemistry. A team of teachers ...more
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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in chemistry. A team of teachers from the school created the site. It includes extensive resources and readings on chemistry, as well as review activities. The content is separated into middle school and high school sections.

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Make this a reference link from your teacher web page or use the site as a different way to introduce content so students can move at thier own pace.

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Interactive Periodic Table - Touchspin Design

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7 to 12
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Explore the periodic table by rolling your mouse over different elements. See information about each element and its electron configuration as your mouse rolls over. ...more
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Explore the periodic table by rolling your mouse over different elements. See information about each element and its electron configuration as your mouse rolls over.

tag(s): periodic table (52)

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Note: This interactivity works on ROLLOVERS with a mouse, so this site is NOT suitable for an interactive whiteboard, since there is not mouse to "roll." This is a MUST link from your teacher web page during a chemistry unit or course.

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Matter Is The Stuff Around You - Andrew Rader Studios

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This site is all about matter. Detailed descriptions and graphics prepare students for the topic's "quiz". The interactive quiz reviews all of the topics discussed. Examples of ...more
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This site is all about matter. Detailed descriptions and graphics prepare students for the topic's "quiz". The interactive quiz reviews all of the topics discussed. Examples of the topics include solids, liquids, evaporation, solutions, mixtures and more! There is a well-done, detailed lesson plan on teachersfirst that incorporates this website "Scientific Method Experiment: Factors Affecting How Ice Melts".

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Check out the lesson plan that is already designed using this website "Scientific Method Experiment: Factors Affection How Ice Melts".

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NyeLabs - Bill Nye, Inc.

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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for...more
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for at-home learning fun, directions to make some unique science crafts and some very interesting science facts. The site requires FLASH. Some downloadable directions use Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (70)

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If showing your class a Bill Nye video, the episode guides will help to organize the lesson. Students may enjoy simply surfing the site, some very interesting facts are displayed! Don't forget to check out the "home demos" for some new ideas. This is a great site to include as a general enrichment link from your teacher web page. Hook some young scientists!
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Singing Science Records - Ballads for the Age of Science

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1 to 12
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that ...more
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that had scratches). While the actual copyright holder information is a gray area, you can feel safe in playing the songs from the site. Most likely, these songs from the 1950s and 60s are past copyright at this point. In any case, you can click to play from smaller or larger file versions. Be patient while they load, even over a broadband connection. It will be worth the wait to teach parts of plants, the water cycle, weather, motion, energy, electricity, and MANY other topics with just a computer and set of speakers to help students retain the information. Most of the content is elementary to middle school age, but some is high school level. Learning support teachers seeking alternate study strategies will love this one!

tag(s): animals (291), energy (204), mammals (34), motion (61), plants (156), space (217), water (131), water cycle (33), weather (198)

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Include the links to specific songs for review on your teacher web site or play one of the songs as students enter the room (a sort of audio anticipatory set). You will definitely need to turn up the speakers. Elementary music teachers might want to pick up one of the songs while the students are studying these topics and teach the music and lyrics during music class!

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Periodic Table Chemistry Quizzes

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This collection of quizzes for students in elementary through high school are based on principles of chemistry and the periodic table. Younger students can test their knowledge of states...more
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This collection of quizzes for students in elementary through high school are based on principles of chemistry and the periodic table. Younger students can test their knowledge of states of matter while older students will be challenged with questions about chemical equations and reactions. Please read the "Terms of Use" before adding these to your classroom content.

tag(s): equations (154), matter (59), periodic table (52), states (165)

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Conversion Maestro - Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Physics

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5 to 12
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The next time your students must perform U.S.-metric conversions, send them to this helpful site. The online calculator handles length, area, mass, weight, liquid volume, and temperature...more
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The next time your students must perform U.S.-metric conversions, send them to this helpful site. The online calculator handles length, area, mass, weight, liquid volume, and temperature while showing users the conversion factor for each calculations.

tag(s): conversions (24)

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Ology - American Museum of Natural History

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This site is filled with kid-friendly text and engaging interactive activities that introduce "ologies" and investigate topics including marine biology, astronomy, archeology, earth...more
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This site is filled with kid-friendly text and engaging interactive activities that introduce "ologies" and investigate topics including marine biology, astronomy, archeology, earth science, and more. Each topic section includes background information, virtual experiments and tours, and suggestions for in-class experiments. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): museums (50)

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Motivate your students by using an interactive whiteboard or projector to share these engaging, interactive, and educational resources.
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Visionlearning

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Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science....more
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Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science. Each module contains interactive animations, a glossary, related current events, practice exercises, and biographic information about scientists who worked with that particular concept. Registered users can personalize each module with comments, links, or notes. The free "MyClassroom" option allows teachers to post syllabi, and announcements, or store lesson plans.

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