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Grain Strain - sciencemuseum

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4 to 10
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This interactive website challenges students to design a contraption that will catch 50 pieces of grain. There is a chain that drops the grain, and a bucket at the bottom ...more
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This interactive website challenges students to design a contraption that will catch 50 pieces of grain. There is a chain that drops the grain, and a bucket at the bottom of the screen. Students have their choice of 5-6 chains running in various directions. What a fabulous way to integrate science, math, creativity, and problem solving. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. NOTE: this British science museum is very popular. The site opens slowly at certain times of the school day and evening in Britain.

tag(s): logic (235), machines (30), simple machines (36)

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This is a wonderful website to incorporate into a science unit about levers, gears, and simple machines. Or use this website as a mind stretcher for the entire class.

Share this creative website on an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Be sure to turn up the volume, students will enjoy the background music and sounds provided at this website.(You may end up turning it OFF after a while, too!). Or have students work in pairs on laptops to solve a level and analyze their success, including drawing and labeling the parts of their machine.
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Universal Leonardo - University of the Arts, London

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6 to 12
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest geniuses. This site looks at Leonardo's work in ways that highlight how comprehensive and interdisciplinary his impact has been. Of...more
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest geniuses. This site looks at Leonardo's work in ways that highlight how comprehensive and interdisciplinary his impact has been. Of course, you can examine his individual works of art, but this site is organized along threads, which you can access through a traditional menu or through an interactive web. Follow Leonardo's influence in math, through his inventions, in his understanding of the human body or his examination of the natural world. There are also some just-plain-fun flash-enabled games to play: make the Mona Lisa smile broadly by correctly answering questions about her, practice mirror writing, or see if you can power his glider across a ravine.

tag(s): renaissance (34)

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Because Leonardo's work crosses so many curricular boundaries, teachers from many different disciplines might find this site useful as part of a lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard, particularly when painting "the big picture" for students (no pun intended!). Art teachers, of course, can access Leonardo's work, but science teachers can use the interactive games to illustrate principles of physics or early understanding of the human body. History or literature teachers might use the site to personify the term "Renaissance Man" for students studying the time period. Whatever your discipline, be sure to make the link available from your teacher web page for curious students to explore outside of class.
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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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Sci-Quest Hands On Science Center - The North Alabama Science Center

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This "adventurous" website has two distinct sections. The first section challenges students to build their own roller coasters. Students choose various track sections, the starting...more
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This "adventurous" website has two distinct sections. The first section challenges students to build their own roller coasters. Students choose various track sections, the starting speed, and the amount of friction. They then test their roller coasters. To move the track sections, you simply click and drag the track section to place it on the roller coaster. "Roller Coaster Science," the meat of the site, highlights four main science questions: What is potential energy, and how is it used by a roller coaster? What is kinetic energy, and how is it used by a roller coaster? What is friction and how does it affect a roller coaster? What is the difference between a steel roller coaster and a wooden roller coaster? Some of the activities require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): energy (197), friction (11), roller coasters (3)

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What an excellent tool to excite students excited about physics! Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to have your class create a whole-class roller coaster. Then, use the "Roller Coaster Science" page to learn about the 4 core scientific concepts. Once students seem comfortable and understand the physics behind these wild rides, allow them to work independently (or in small groups) to create more roller coasters. Why not have them blog and comment to each other about various design choices?
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Ultimate rollercoasters.com - ultimaterollercoaster.com

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4 to 12
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Although this website doesn't have a lot of "bells and whistles." It is very useful to learn more about the physics behind thrill rides, the history of the roller coaster, ...more
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Although this website doesn't have a lot of "bells and whistles." It is very useful to learn more about the physics behind thrill rides, the history of the roller coaster, and more. The site provides statistical information, historical information, construction information, and more about various thrill rides (mainly roller coasters). Did you ever wonder what the tallest steel roller coaster was in the world? This website provides a "record book" with a wide variety of statistical information about what roller coasters can claim to be the tallest, longest, fastest, and more.

tag(s): roller coasters (3)

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This website could also be used for various research projects (either researching actual roller coasters - their history, structure, speed, etc..), or even researching different time periods and the types of rides that were available during that time. If you study laws of motion, assign students to find "real world" examples of the laws in action using research on this site. Ignore the annoying pop-ups!

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Energy Flows - sciencemuseum

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3 to 6
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This website provides students with an interactive way to learn about energy. Students are provided with a sequence of several steps (for example, how river water becomes cool air)....more
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This website provides students with an interactive way to learn about energy. Students are provided with a sequence of several steps (for example, how river water becomes cool air). Students must put the pictures in the correct order to create the correct sequence. Numerous forms of energy are included (solar, electricity, wind, and others). This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (89), energy (197)

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This activity is easy to use. It would be an ideal class activity on an interactive whiteboard or as a center on your single classroom computer to reinforce concepts. If you are beginning a unit about energy, use this website as an anticipatory set for your unit. Or use this website as a review after concepts are already discussed in the classroom. Extend it by having students create their own sequences using clip art pictures on the computer to create classroom posters or "energy strips."
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Launchball - sciencemuseum

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Beware - your students may get addicted to this science activity! Launchball challenges students to use batteries, solar power, magnets, and other types of virtual energy to move a...more
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Beware - your students may get addicted to this science activity! Launchball challenges students to use batteries, solar power, magnets, and other types of virtual energy to move a ball from a starting point to an ending point. There are numerous levels (up to 30). The program also offers hints and provides science facts throughout the activity. This mind stretcher allows students to play the game of virtual physics or create and share their own Launchball game. Users are able to sign-in and receive a password (free of charge). This allows users to return to the same game and save their conquests. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (89), energy (197)

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Introduce your students to this unique, mind-stretching activity using an interactive whiteboard. Then allow your students to work individually or in groups to navigate the activities and eventually create their own Launchball games to challenge classmates. What an exciting way to learn about energy! Use a single class log-in for safety's sake and to monitor student appropriateness, if necessary.
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Project//Draw 0.6 - AutoDesk Labs

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4 to 12
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No special skills needed, just a little willingness to "play"! This product is an online vector drawing/technical drawing tool for geometry, science, engineering, and more. Vector drawings...more
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No special skills needed, just a little willingness to "play"! This product is an online vector drawing/technical drawing tool for geometry, science, engineering, and more. Vector drawings are far more precise because they are based on mathematical formulas (which you cannot see, of course), instead of the "little boxes" of pixels. Free membership allows you to save and re-access drawings later, all via the web. You can also export drawings to be saved on your own computer is several file formats. The drawing grid allows you to make floor plans, circuit diagrams, flow charts, project mock-ups, or simply demonstrate geometry concepts. Our editors noted that the way to make a shape "no fill" is to set its transparency to 0.0. A little experimentation will help you figure out the drag and drop tools. The tool works best in Firefox 1.5+ or Internet Explorer 6+. Editors' note: we tried the "upload an image" feature and found it "glitchy." You should not count on that feature.

tag(s): electricity (89), modeling (9)

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This tool is amazing on interactive whiteboard. Teach simple concepts, such as area,on the board or have students at computers create their own floor plans or maps to reinforce concepts of proportion, direction, and more. Students can even collaborate from home or continue over several days, since the files can be saved on the system. If you wish to save drawings on Project//Draw, create a single class log-in using an "extra" teacher email account and have all students use that log-in, as well. [We recommend that every teacher keep a secondary email account just for memberships.] Make sure you specify some standard ways for students to name files so you know who created them!

Students who log in and venture throughout the support site behind this will eventually find some bulletin boards where people are discussing features of the program. These discussions are largely technical and do not involve "social networking," but you should be aware of them.

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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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"Science Myths" in K-6 Textbooks and Popular culture - WILLIAM J. BEATY

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K to 6
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If you are a fan of "Mythbusters," you will love this one. This visually-drab site is a treasury of trickery included in K-6 science textbooks and popular culture. The text-only ...more
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If you are a fan of "Mythbusters," you will love this one. This visually-drab site is a treasury of trickery included in K-6 science textbooks and popular culture. The text-only site is created and maintained by a self-described research engineer, "HV/Electrostatics specialist, Lecturer, Sci. Exhibit Designer, Textbook Consultant, Amateur Physicist" on the staff of the University of Washington Dept of Chemistry. There are some ads on the site, but they are not distracting. The various links tell of misconceptions by science category (electricity, physics, etc)and are not searchable. Start with BAD PHYSICS AND BAD ELECTRICITY. There are also links to others' articles on misconceptions in science.

tag(s): electricity (89)

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If you teach science (and even if you only TOOK science), you owe it to yourself to read through this site, at least long enough to find the topics that YOU teach and be sure that your materials are accurate. The best way to find information is probably to browse for the topics you teach and use Ctrl-F on your keyboard to FIND key terms in the text. Of course, if you believe the same misconceptions that our texts have told us for years, you won't know what terms to FIND...You might want to make this a professional learning "game" at an inservice day: find a misconception and debunk it for the rest of the elementary science team. You might want to gently point out the problems to your principal or curriculum director.

Share this site with very bright students to explore and report back to you. Need a challenge for the gifted? Have the students select a misconception and create a CORRECT illustration of the concept in multimedia form. If you give them a wiki space to use for their presentation, you can even submit the link to Mr. Beaty. Now that's authentic assessment!

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I was wondering - National Science Academies

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5 to 10
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female...more
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female scientists. You will find hands-on, "sharable" science activities and games that make science fun. Book suggestions and amazing links associated with the women scientists' fields complete the offerings of this site designed to dispel the myth that girls can't do science.

tag(s): climate (92), genetics (90), space (205)

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The topics range from robots to subatomic particles, from biology to astronomy to social science. Use this site as a jumping off point to for scientist biographies and study of science careers in a variety of areas. Many of the links make excellent curriculum resources, as well. Be sure to make this site available from your teacher web page and encourage students to try some of the hands-on activities at home. Most are designed to be "social events" where students can invite friends to join in. Mention this to parents, as well, so they can encourage their young scientists with science parties!
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Electric Circuits - British Energy

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4 to 8
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This awesome website provides students with an up close (and interactive) look at electric circuits. The descriptions are easy to understand; the activities are thought provoking and...more
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This awesome website provides students with an up close (and interactive) look at electric circuits. The descriptions are easy to understand; the activities are thought provoking and perfect for cooperative learning; and the excitement of your students is guaranteed! This website is divided into three main chapters - Basic Circuits, Series and Parallel, and Circuit Challenges. There are online quizzes, interactive games, graphics, reference information and more. This website requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): circuits (20), electricity (89)

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This website would work well as a learning center, cooperative learning activity, or a whole group activity on an interactive whiteboard. If you don't have time to complete all of the activities, just complete the activities that will be useful for the concepts most challenging in your curriculum. The active engagement will help your sturggling learners. NOte that the vocabulary is British, so a "battery" is a "cell."
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How Products are Made - Advameg, Incorporated

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Got a curious student? Need a motivator to connect to science lessons? Trying to find real world applications of scientific principles? This site supplies volumes (literally seven volumes)...more
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Got a curious student? Need a motivator to connect to science lessons? Trying to find real world applications of scientific principles? This site supplies volumes (literally seven volumes) of products and how they are made. Just click on the volume number and each list is alphabetized for your students' perusal. Don't just read the short excerpt about the product. Click on the product name to read full details on product purchasing, its history, and much more. Below the "Volumes" section is another section of inventors and their biographies.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101)

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When it is 'science report' time, direct your students to this site, loaded with hundreds of possibilities. Better yet, as you teach science principles, first share how something works that uses the same principle (on a projector or whiteboard). Then challenge students to find other REAL applications of the principle and create a class wiki glossary of concepts with example links. Model this the first few times, then assign them to work in groups. Since this site permits reader contributions at the end of entries, you may opt to find a product that needs more research and allow your students to add content information to the site (with your approval, of course). Every science teacher, gifted teacher, or tech ed teacher will want to share this site on your teacher web page.

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Break It Down - Science NetLinks

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3 to 8
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This thought provoking website offers a unique interactive game and lesson plans for differing levels. The interactive game challenges students to manipulate a system made of gears,...more
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This thought provoking website offers a unique interactive game and lesson plans for differing levels. The interactive game challenges students to manipulate a system made of gears, ramps, and switches. The challenge is to guide marbles correctly through a system (maze), and have the marbles make it safely to the bottom holder. Students are able to cut out pieces of the maze by clicking on the piece they wish to delete. To start the interactive game, you must click on the link directly under the title of the website. Some of the activities at this site require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. The lesson plan topics include simple machines, systems of the human body, engineering solutions, cells, and Leonardo's machines. General standards are included in the lesson plans.

tag(s): cells (102), engineering (125), human body (120), logic (235), machines (30), simple machines (36)

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This website has numerous uses in the classroom. The lesson plans are ready to go. If you use the interactive in class, on individual computers or an interactive whiteboard, be sure to make the link available outisde of class from your teacher web page so students can "play" with it. They will enjoy experimenting with it on their own.
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Science Monster - Coolmath.com

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2 to 6
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This multi-topic science website includes graphics, information (presented in a kid-friendly style), and other activities. Topics include the Earth, the solar system, gravity, inertia,...more
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This multi-topic science website includes graphics, information (presented in a kid-friendly style), and other activities. Topics include the Earth, the solar system, gravity, inertia, robots, and more. Some of the interactive activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): earth (228), gravity (45), mars (41), planets (123), solar system (119), stars (61)

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Share the interactives, such as the view of the world in real time daylight and darkness, on a whiteboard or projector with younger students. For better readers, this website would be ideal for individual or group research "scavenger hunts" on science topics. Briefly read through the website and capture facts that you want your students to learn. Then assign questions for them to find the answers. An alternative: split the class of uppper elementary or middle school students into groups, with each group taking one of your selected activities on a curriculum topic such as motion or space. Have THEM create the scavenger hunt questions for others to find and save them in a document to share with other groups. Be sure to require that they generate at least one open-ended "thinking question" you can use for follow-up class discussion or blogging.
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The Electricity Book - Part 1 - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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3 to 6
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Use this interactive website to present concepts or reinforce knowledge of simple circuits. Questions on circuits can be answered on line and printed or download the worksheet to assess...more
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Use this interactive website to present concepts or reinforce knowledge of simple circuits. Questions on circuits can be answered on line and printed or download the worksheet to assess student knowledge. Click on the buttons at the top of the site to start the electricity book activity or download the worksheet. The site requires Flash and Adobe Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): circuits (20), electricity (89)

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Provide wire, batteries and light bulbs and use the online questions or worksheet for students to gain hands-on practical experience to determine if each circuit presented will light the light bulb. There are other suggestions for use in the teacher notes. Students may also want to use this site for at-home review, so include it on your tecaher web page.
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Science Fair Project Resource Guide - The Internet Public Library

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4 to 12
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This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing...more
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This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing the project, displaying the project and the Scientific Method. The section and links on Scientific Method are quite useful, even if your school does not do a science fair.

tag(s): air (163), scientific method (64)

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As you study scientific method, use the science fair examples as exercises for students to identify independent and dependent variables for the various projects. Give students the links to "find" experiments and analyze them with a partner or do this analysis as a class, sharing the project ideas on a projector or interactive whiteboard. The whiteboard tools would allow you to color code and highlight the various steps of scientific method consistently to help learning support students.

Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Consider directing students and parents to particular links within this site that apply to the science fair students are participating in.

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Homework High - 4Learning

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5 to 10
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer ...more
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This is a great website to provide for your students to use at home. If they get stuck on a homework question, they can try searching for the answer at Homework High. The variety of topics includes math, science, history, geography, English and language (including French, German, and Spanish). The website also provides links to other websites for additional practice. There are also tips for improving study skills.

tag(s): french (88), german (64), homework (44), spanish (108)

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Include a link to this website on your classroom newsletter or from your teacher web page for student help at home.

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Science Clips - BBC

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K to 5
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Any elementary teacher will truly adore this unique science website. The "Science Clips" website is designed for students ages 5 to 11 years old, with subsections of specific age-level...more
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Any elementary teacher will truly adore this unique science website. The "Science Clips" website is designed for students ages 5 to 11 years old, with subsections of specific age-level activities. This website offers fabulous interactive science activities that require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Some of the science topics covered include forces, movement, states of matter, health, electricity, plants, animals, gases, sound, planets, and many other science topics. This site is one not to be missed, check it out!

tag(s): circuits (20), electricity (89), planets (123), plants (144)

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This website is a perfect application for an interactive whiteboard. Students will be counting down the minutes until science class! There are standards provided (based on UK curriculum). After the lesson, be sure to make the activities available as links from your teacher web page or for review and practice on classroom computers. The students will want to "try again."
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Physics GCSE - S-Cool!

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7 to 12
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This website provides review ("revision" in the UK) for numerous physics concepts taught in secondary sciecne. Utilize the resource to simplify the complexities of physics. There are...more
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This website provides review ("revision" in the UK) for numerous physics concepts taught in secondary sciecne. Utilize the resource to simplify the complexities of physics. There are nine different guides/mini-units on various physics topics. Some of the specific topics include energy transfers, properties of waves, radioactivity and more. The website features animation, interactive challenges, lessons, explicit details about the physics concepts and other educational activities. An FYI for U.S. teachers: GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education (UK). The interactive activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (89), energy (197), forces (44), magnetism (35)

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Many of these activities could be overview-introductions on an interactive whiteboard or projector. You will definitely want to share this resources on your teacher web page for students to use as test revew for your class. Be sure to tell them which modules to use to fit your content! More able and curious science students who wish to "self-teach" on their own will appreciate the modules as tutorials. Teachers of gifted should share them with their science enthusiasts from grade 5 and up.
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