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Elements - Tom Lehrer

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10 to 12
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It's goofy, but it just might work! Imagine the elements of the periodic table. Now imagine them as lyrics set to the music of Arthur Sullivan (as in "The Pirates ...more
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It's goofy, but it just might work! Imagine the elements of the periodic table. Now imagine them as lyrics set to the music of Arthur Sullivan (as in "The Pirates of Penzance"), and you can begin to grasp the unique nature of this animated little gem. A perfect anticipatory set to liven up your science class. This site requires FLASH. If you see a blank screen, you need to install the Flash player. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): elements (37), periodic table (51)

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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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Physics Life - Institute of Physics

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4 to 7
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Explore the physics in the world around you with this outstanding interactive stroll through a virtual town. Investigate objects along the street, prowl through buildings and learn...more
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Explore the physics in the world around you with this outstanding interactive stroll through a virtual town. Investigate objects along the street, prowl through buildings and learn about how the principles of physics affect our daily lives. Great introductory activity to address the "Why do we need to know this stuff?" questions!

tag(s): scientists (70)

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Ology - American Museum of Natural History

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2 to 8
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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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Origins - The Exploratorium

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9 to 12
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This extensive site examines the search for origins of the universe, of matter, and of life, through the people, places, and tools that have contributed to human understanding of these...more
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This extensive site examines the search for origins of the universe, of matter, and of life, through the people, places, and tools that have contributed to human understanding of these mysteries. Visitors can explore space centers, jungle labs, and polar stations. Discover the secrets buried in Antarctica's ice and Belize's rainforest. Find out how knowledge of science from one field brings insight to others. Before leading students here, map out a plan of attack that best fits your curriculum.

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Don't Burn - Build!

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9 to 12
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in an authentic collaborative activity to design a new bridge for the city of Calcutta. Using skills involving critical thinking, research,...more
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This well-organized WebQuest involves students in an authentic collaborative activity to design a new bridge for the city of Calcutta. Using skills involving critical thinking, research, geometry and physics, students must assume specific roles and work together to create an engineering solution. Helpful solutions, links to Web resources and worksheets, and evaluation rubrics are provided. As with any webquest made by a teacher out there, sometimes links "go bad" while the teacher isn't looking. This one is mostly active and definitely worth tolerating the "bad spots."

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A few of the links on the main page don't work, so teachers will need to find replacements if necessary. Otherwise, the activity would be a great extension activity for a math or science class.

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Origins - NOVA

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9 to 12
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This creative awe-inspiring site examines Earth's life history and offers interactive modules, slide shows, and articles that take visitors back to the beginning of everything. Visitors...more
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This creative awe-inspiring site examines Earth's life history and offers interactive modules, slide shows, and articles that take visitors back to the beginning of everything. Visitors can decide for themselves if life exists on other planets, explore the role played by galaxies, and the most recent scientific discoveries of life's origins. Your students will be amazed as they analyze the fingerprints of a star, see how the Eagle Nebula was assembled from raw Hubble Telescope data, or check our where in the world scientist are finding their greatest discoveries in origins research. Stay tuned for a soon-to-be-developed teacher's guide.

tag(s): planets (127)

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Visionlearning

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6 to 12
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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.

tag(s): scientists (70)

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Universe Adventure - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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9 to 12
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Project this site in your classroom, and let your students be amazed! This interactive tour teaches students about the expansion of the universe, the Big Bang, dark matter, the ...more
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Project this site in your classroom, and let your students be amazed! This interactive tour teaches students about the expansion of the universe, the Big Bang, dark matter, the evolution of the galaxies, and SO much more. Check out the cosmic calendar that compresses the history of the universe into one year. A glossary of space science terms is can be easily accessed from any portion of the tour.

tag(s): solar system (121), stars (65)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. One way to insure students are following along with the content of the site is to create a graphic organizer or follow along to be turned in post-exploration. This site does a really good job of breaking down complex concepts into more manageable and understandable definitions. Use this site to review, to reinforce the major ideas or concepts.
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Optics for Kids - Optical Research Associates

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6 to 12
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Add this simple and concise resource to a classroom unit on the science of light. Students can discover answers to questions like "Why is the sky blue?" and "How ...more
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Add this simple and concise resource to a classroom unit on the science of light. Students can discover answers to questions like "Why is the sky blue?" and "How does a magnifying glass make things look bigger?" In addition to optical basics, the site provides brief information about science and engineering careers, and links to other teaching and learning resources. Follow the link to A Gentle Introduction to Optical Design for a slightly more technical presentation, appropriate for older, more advanced students.

tag(s): light (49), optics (15)

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Exploring Magnetism - UC Berkeley

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The mysteries of magnetic fields and electromagnetism are revealed in this on-line inquiry-based activity that places students in the role of NASA scientists, working to design a magnetometer...more
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The mysteries of magnetic fields and electromagnetism are revealed in this on-line inquiry-based activity that places students in the role of NASA scientists, working to design a magnetometer boom for a spacecraft. The site contains an introduction for teachers, background information that includes a glossary and list of Web resource, and three well-constructed lesson plans. Content may be views in either pdf or HTML format. Created by the University of California - Berkeley.

tag(s): magnetism (37)

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Physics Classroom

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9 to 12
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This collection of high school physics tutorials can be used to introduce or review basic concepts while providing real-life applications. Topics include Newton's laws, Vectors and...more
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This collection of high school physics tutorials can be used to introduce or review basic concepts while providing real-life applications. Topics include Newton's laws, Vectors and Projectiles, Work and Energy, Momentum and Collisions, and much more! QuickTime movie animations show projectiles, collisions, and roller coasters in motion so that changes in acceleration, energy, and velocity can be seen as the action progresses. Add this link to your class web site and keep available on a classroom computer. Created by The Physics Classroom and Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. QuickTime required.

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Advanced Placement Digital Library - Rice University

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10 to 12
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This site, designed for teachers of advanced placement science courses and their students, provides access to extensive online resources. Each subject topic includes an outline and...more
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This site, designed for teachers of advanced placement science courses and their students, provides access to extensive online resources. Each subject topic includes an outline and links to related resources. All materials on the site have been reviewed and selected by AP teachers and context experts. Users must fill out a free registration form.

tag(s): advanced placement (23)

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Re-living the Wright Way - NASA

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9 to 12
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Not for the faint-hearted, this site explains the math and science behind the Wright Brother's success on that fateful day in Kitty Hawk, NC. Geometry, trigonometry, and Newton's Laws,...more
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Not for the faint-hearted, this site explains the math and science behind the Wright Brother's success on that fateful day in Kitty Hawk, NC. Geometry, trigonometry, and Newton's Laws, along with principles of aerodynamics, are discussed as they relate to aircraft and the phenomena of flight. Many of the links take you to interactive programs that visually illustrate scientific principles. Created by NASA.

tag(s): aeronautics (12), air (151), aircraft (24), aviation (39), flight (36)

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Physics teachers - use this site as a resource to search for materials to inject in your curriculum year-round. There are interactives, virtual lessons and the like that could add something new to your class. Save the site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Foucault Pendulums - California Academy of Science

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4 to 12
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Here's a nicely illustrated explanation of the physics behind the Foucault pendulum and its use to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. The site's succinct structure would make it...more
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Here's a nicely illustrated explanation of the physics behind the Foucault pendulum and its use to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. The site's succinct structure would make it a neat little supplement to an appropriate physics or science lesson. It would also work well for individual use.

tag(s): earth (232), gravity (49), planets (127), rotation (12)

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Secondary Science Games - Channel 4

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Britain's Channel 4 has teamed with the Institute of Physics to offer this set of online Flash games about sound, energy, and materials. A free registration is required, but made-up...more
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Britain's Channel 4 has teamed with the Institute of Physics to offer this set of online Flash games about sound, energy, and materials. A free registration is required, but made-up names seem to be acceptable. Teachers will want to preview these for suitability, but there seems to be considerable depth to the content.

tag(s): energy (202), sound (105), sounds (70)

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Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center - NASA

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9 to 12
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Secondary physics and astronomy teachers may want to take a look at NASA's primer on cosmic rays, astrophysics, energy particles, and magnetic fields. The site offers lots of drill-down...more
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Secondary physics and astronomy teachers may want to take a look at NASA's primer on cosmic rays, astrophysics, energy particles, and magnetic fields. The site offers lots of drill-down options providing additional detail. A surprisingly useful feature is an "in the news" section that offers current information about many of the topics.

tag(s): energy (202)

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Optics for Teens - Optical Society of America

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6 to 12
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Here's a site that offers lots of depth about optics - the study of light. The site includes some basic theory that is actually understandable; a look at applications of ...more
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Here's a site that offers lots of depth about optics - the study of light. The site includes some basic theory that is actually understandable; a look at applications of optics in medicine, astronomy, and elsewhere; and information on careers in optics.

tag(s): light (49), optics (15)

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Science and physics teachers will find this one a surprisingly rich resource for secondary students.
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String Theory - The Elegant Universe - PBS Nova

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9 to 12
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Secondary physics teachers who want to stretch their students' understanding of the universe will welcome this site on string theory - a companion to the PBS NOVA program on the ...more
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Secondary physics teachers who want to stretch their students' understanding of the universe will welcome this site on string theory - a companion to the PBS NOVA program on the same topic. The most recent attempt to identify a single unifying force in the universe, string theory's key premise is that there are additional dimensions beyond the four (including time) with which most of us are familiar.

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Fission - Moments of Discovery - American Institute of Physics

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9 to 12
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Pretty it isn't, but this site about the serendipity surrounding the discovery of nuclear fission (and many other scientific achievements) emphasizes how a combination of knowledge,...more
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Pretty it isn't, but this site about the serendipity surrounding the discovery of nuclear fission (and many other scientific achievements) emphasizes how a combination of knowledge, research, and happy coincidence contributes to many scientific advances. It's a great point of view for physics and science students to see.

tag(s): energy (202), nuclear energy (24)

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Use the audio files on this site to introduce one of the corresponding topics in a science class over the interactive whiteboard. There are also teacher guides that provide a few simple ideas as to how to work these files into your classroom. This could be a great way to show a case study in your classroom, providing something tangible for students to listen to, supplementing their normal text.

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