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Science Fair Projects World - Solar System 3D Simulator - Science Fair Projects World

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2 to 12
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Use this free application to create accurate 3D models of the solar system. Show the planets and orbits as well as the sun and the moon. View detailed information of ...more
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Use this free application to create accurate 3D models of the solar system. Show the planets and orbits as well as the sun and the moon. View detailed information of the physical and chemical make-up of the planets, the energy of the sun, and details of solar eclipse. View all images in great color. Change orbit views or tilt and rotate orbits to other angles. Speed up or slow down the movement of the solar system. Application download is for Windows PC only and appears NOT to work with Vista.

tag(s): planets (126), solar system (123)

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Users will need the skills of downloading and finding and managing applications. The software is easy to use and has a wonderful interface for finding great information about the planets. The only safety concern is whether your school's policy allows you to install this free software. If not, try approaching an administrator or department head to show them the descriptions and request installation at least on you teacher computer for sharing on projector and/or whiteboard.

Use this free model to understand the physics of the universe or learn astronomy. Use as a science fair project, to ask questions or find answers, and to create material for presentation online or in class. Share the model on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Scientific American slideshows - Scientific American

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2 to 12
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View slideshow pictures of science topics with captions. Looking for more information? Links on each slideshow page lead to related articles on the topic. Categories of slideshows include:...more
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View slideshow pictures of science topics with captions. Looking for more information? Links on each slideshow page lead to related articles on the topic. Categories of slideshows include: Health, Space, Technology, Environment, Energy, Physics, Math, and History of Science, among others. New slideshows are added frequently. Some of the newer additions (at the time of this review) included "Was Einstein Wrong?: A Quantum Threat to Special Relativity," "Anatomy Lessons Through The Ages," "150 Years Ago: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution," "How Meat Contributes to Global Warming," and many others. You can search by category on the right side of the site.

tag(s): slides (65)

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Use these beautiful images without copyright worries by accessing this site live in class. Make science come alive visually as an activator or anticipatory set to your lessons. With younger students, share simply the pictures! Share the relevant slideshows on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Follow the slideshows with reading of related articles and topics. Challenge students to reflect and discuss as groups or individually in a blog post or conventional writing assignment. Relate material in the slideshow or articles to other material discussed in class or in the current news headlines. Assign one student a week to share a "science in our world" two-minute synopsis of his/her slideshow choice on interactive whiteboard to highlight the use and excitement of real science in the world today, sort of "current events" for science class.

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SCOPE videos - Network Ten Australia and CSIRO

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2 to 12
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Check out these great Science videos and resources! Each topic has video clips, external web links to great information, and additional resources. Video clips use Windows Media Player...more
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Check out these great Science videos and resources! Each topic has video clips, external web links to great information, and additional resources. Video clips use Windows Media Player available on the website. Search through many topics in "Earth and Space," "Energy and Force," "Engineering and Technology," "Living Things," and "Matter."

tag(s): caves (6), disasters (39), energy (203), forensics (27), natural disasters (19), weather (195)

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Capture students' attention using these great video clips and activities. Use the clips for pre-lessons for students to observe and ask questions (sort of a video KWL activity). Use this to discuss important information and as an opportunity to research, experiment, and learn more about the concepts. Make a video one of your centers with elementary science units.

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Rocket Science 101 - NASA

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4 to 10
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At this site you can create your own rockets: Delta II, Delta IV, Atlas V, or Pegasus. There are "first timer" instructions provided. Learn about topics such as fairing, avionics, ...more
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At this site you can create your own rockets: Delta II, Delta IV, Atlas V, or Pegasus. There are "first timer" instructions provided. Learn about topics such as fairing, avionics, assembly, configuration, and more. Of course, younger students can use this as a study in basic physics and laws of motion. This site does require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): newton (26), rockets (14), space (216)

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If you are teaching about astronomy, the history of rockets, how rockets work, or other related topics...check out this free site! Share the instruction on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students "create" their own rockets independently or with a partner. Be sure to share the creations!
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Moon Olympics - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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This intriguing website shows you various cartoon video clips of sports (such as weight lifting, diving, golfing, and others) being played on Earth. Then you try the same sport on ...more
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This intriguing website shows you various cartoon video clips of sports (such as weight lifting, diving, golfing, and others) being played on Earth. Then you try the same sport on the moon. You are given multiple choice answers to choose from to determine the outcome of the same sport on the moon. Learn about the atmosphere, air, water, gravity, and more.

tag(s): air (163), atmosphere (29), moon (74), sports (97), water (130)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. This is a perfect addition to a physics unit or while teaching about the atmosphere. Take your students to the moon to play a different sport each day and then discuss the science behind that sport on both Earth and the moon. Ask students to predict what will happen before you start the game.
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2nd Grade Home Page - Kidport

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1 to 3
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This site was created for second grade students. It offers links to activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library. Some of the subject...more
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This site was created for second grade students. It offers links to activities in math, science, social studies, language arts, creative arts, and a reference library. Some of the subject areas only offer one or two activities, while others offer several topics. The topics vary greatly and include addition, subtraction, multiplication, dinosaurs, Earth, the solar system, continents, oceans, compound words, contractions, and more! Much of the site consists of interactive quiz style questions (rather than background information). But this site does have a little bit of everything.

Although some of the activities are not highly interactive, they are well done and could be very useful in the classroom. Some of the pages do have advertisements, but they are not distractive. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (239), continents (49), dinosaurs (57), oceans (154), subtraction (199)

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Use the activities at this site as an anticipatory activity for a new topic, or review prior to the big quiz. The site's activities would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector. List this site in your class newsletter and on your class website for students to use for additional practice at home.

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StarDate Online - McDonald Observatory

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Use this comprehensive site to learn about the planets of the solar system as well as other objects. Use the "Stargazing" tab to view "Weekly Tips," "Sky Almanac," "Constellation Guide,"...more
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Use this comprehensive site to learn about the planets of the solar system as well as other objects. Use the "Stargazing" tab to view "Weekly Tips," "Sky Almanac," "Constellation Guide," "Moon Phases," "Beginner's Guide," and more. Under the "Teacher's" tab use resources such as "Lesson Plans," "Classroom Activities," "StarDate in the Classroom," or "Teacher Workshops." Materials in the teacher section provide activity directions, materials needed, as well. as documents in Adobe pdf format. There are lessons from K-12. In the "Resources" section, you will find a wealth of information and pictures about the Sun, inner planets, outer planets, and minor bodies. View past and future planned space missions. Links to keywords allow for a greater understanding of the material. Activities in the "Resources" section are listed along the side with appropriate ages. Ask Merlin provides questions and their answers. A tab to the "Gift Shop" is available, so students should be cautioned. Some of the classroom activities require Adobe Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): planets (126), solar system (123), space (216)

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Use the activities in the Teacher's resource section to provide background material for understanding Astronomy. Many activities may already be known to the teacher, but these are thoroughly explained. Students could even teach the concepts to their classmates and use these activities as a demonstration.
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The Nine Planets - William A. Arnett

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Here's a planet-by-planet introduction to the solar system which features stunning photographs and supporting content. If you are thinking that there are eight planets and not nine,...more
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Here's a planet-by-planet introduction to the solar system which features stunning photographs and supporting content. If you are thinking that there are eight planets and not nine, you are right, and the website points out that fact. This continually-updated site has much of the latest research on all planets, moons, and other bodies in our solar system. This site goes beyond the pictures that are courtesy of NASA as well as the information learned from countless missions. The site also provides insight into how to view planets with binoculars and other materials as well as information on mythology and history. View the movies provided and listen to the recorded sounds. Gain a renewed appreciation of the solar system using this informative site. This site does include some advertising. But it is not distracting from the great content.
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tag(s): moon (74), planets (126), solar system (123)

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Want to find updated information about the objects in the solar system? Have your students use this site. Divide your students into groups and have them report on a particular object in the solar system. Have them present a report on one of the 8 planets, as though teaching their peers. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.Consider making a class wiki about the solar system and including drawings or photos your students might create from their observations.
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Mars Today - Spaceref Interactive

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The Mars Rover is providing information continually. Use this site to keep track of recent findings, developments, and understandings from the Mars Rover. This site appears as a series...more
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The Mars Rover is providing information continually. Use this site to keep track of recent findings, developments, and understandings from the Mars Rover. This site appears as a series of news articles listed in reverse chronological order along with their abstracts. Click on each newsworthy item to learn more information. Additional links are provided in each article. A Spaceref directory can be found that links to additional Mars related topics on the Spacref.com website. There are some advertisements at this website.

tag(s): mars (42), planets (126), solar system (123)

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Students can use this site to challenge previous information or myths with new findings. Have students create a timeline showing the launch, travel, landing, and findings from the Mars rover mission.

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Kids Astronomy - kidsknowitnetwork

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2 to 10
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This interactive site provides answers to many questions about the solar system, including information about planets, constellations, deep space, space exploration, and the universe....more
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This interactive site provides answers to many questions about the solar system, including information about planets, constellations, deep space, space exploration, and the universe. Click on any category to begin an in-depth explanation that goes several levels deeper. The site also includes an astronomy dictionary and links to news about space related topics. The teacher's site contains worksheets and a link to the online astronomy learning academy. The "academy" is a source for free in-depth lessons called courses, each with reading, assignments, and a completion certificate. There are numerous educational games at this site, including one to teach you how to identify constellations. There is some advertising on this site. To fully enjoy this site, you must have Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): planets (126), solar system (123), space (216)

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This site contains in-depth portions on planets and space exploration. Refer students to this when natural events like eclipses and comets are occurring. Use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects or as a major resource for your astronomy unit. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to create an anticipatory set for a new lesson. Once this site is introduced, set up a science learning station for students to explore assigned areas of the site on individual computers.
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Explore Mars - National Geographic

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3 to 8
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Students explore the planet of Mars using a land rover, searching for evidence of life. They learn to read a map key and to determine location coordinates. They learn basic ...more
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Students explore the planet of Mars using a land rover, searching for evidence of life. They learn to read a map key and to determine location coordinates. They learn basic facts about how a global positioning system works by reading from square to square and from communicating facts about its position and movements. This web activity challenges students to get from the starting point to spots of ice on the map. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): coordinates (31), mars (42), space (216)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Use this website to teach students map skills and how to read coordinates. Use this site to integrate math, science, and geography lessons. Have students create grids on top of other simple maps on your interactive whiteboard or paper after they finish this activity.
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Sprat's Adventures - BBC

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4 to 7
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Sprat's Adventures offers age-appropriate exciting activities in math, language arts, science, music, and more. The language arts activities all center around a group of kids being...more
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Sprat's Adventures offers age-appropriate exciting activities in math, language arts, science, music, and more. The language arts activities all center around a group of kids being on a vacation (called a holiday, at this BBC site). While at a museum a statue is stolen. Students complete three interactive challenges to find the missing statue. In the math section, Sprat and his friends visit a circus to go quad biking and they get stuck in a strange tent. Students must complete various math activities to help them get out of the tent. The science link takes students on a rocky adventure into outer space. In addition to the numerous interactive activities, there are also printable pages, comics, songs, e-cards, and more. Attention Teachers - there is a link with lesson plans, printable pages, lesson ideas, and more available if you click on Home and then Teachers . Be aware, since this site was created by the BBC, you may notice some slight spelling and language differences. Nearly all of these activities require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): comics and cartoons (71), grammar (214), probability (130), solar system (123), sound (103)

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This website is geared towards ages 9 to 11; however there are links to similar activities for ages 7 to 9 on the left side of the site. Use this feature to differentiate for your special education, ESL, or ELL students.

Be sure to visit the Teachers Link for some excellent ideas. All of the activities are perfect for learning stations, individual computers, or on an interactive whiteboard or projection screen. The offerings available are so diverse, that this website could be used throughout several language arts, math, science, art, and music lessons. Feature this website in your class newsletter or on your website so students can practice these educational activities at home.
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Innovation Orbit - NASA

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This NASA-inspired time line introduces the great minds of science. It also makes the connection that advances in science have come from others "standing on the shoulders of giants."...more
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This NASA-inspired time line introduces the great minds of science. It also makes the connection that advances in science have come from others "standing on the shoulders of giants." From Nicolaus Copernicus to present-day scientists, each scientist has a short biography and conversational quote that is a clue to the contribution of another scientist. Place the mouse cursor in the middle of the orbit and move it to the left or right to control the time line forward or back in time. Hold the mouse in the middle to stop on the scientist of choice. Click the picture to read the biography. Click on the link light to follow the conversation between scientists. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): scientific method (67)

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What a great introduction to science through the centuries! Use this time line to start a unit on scientific research through the ages. Students can select a scientific concept such as gravity or immunizations and develop a "family tree" to show contributing scientists from the past and into the present. A family tree can be created in a word document using an organizational flow chart or as a PowerPoint presentation with links to various scientists. Students can record narrations with an inexpensive microphone onto the PowerPoint slides to give "voice" to these past giants.

This site is best viewed in 1024 x 768 screen resolution. You might want to practice controlling and moving the time line to get the feel of it. Be sure to play the entire presentation at least once to have it in the local computer memory for a smooth presentation with your students. The website has a sound track so consider turning it down or muting it, as it can be distracting.
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The Ozone Resource page - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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8 to 12
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Use this site to understand the ozone and how it affects our air quality and life here on Earth. Satellite imagery of ozone holes includes an updated daily picture and ...more
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Use this site to understand the ozone and how it affects our air quality and life here on Earth. Satellite imagery of ozone holes includes an updated daily picture and comparison over the last decades. NASA facts listed on the side include an opportunity to learn more about the information presented, watch satellite images from the last 7 days, view animations, compare year-to-date, and look at the annual records since 1979 using "Ozone Hole Watch." Information about the ozone and how it is measured is explained in detail here. "Explore the ozone with NASA" by viewing a short video that outlines the ozone and discusses new research and climate change. Use the "Resources for News Media" to view the Multimedia gallery for pictures of the largest ozone hole on record, the Arctic vortex, and Earth's Atmospheric Layers. Information about ozone depleting chemicals and ozone chemistry is also found here. View video of the ozone missions from NASA. "Ozone Hole 101" provides basic content about the ozone that is easy to understand for students. Read interesting information such as "Ozone levels drop when hurricanes are strengthening" and "Ozone hole is a double record breaker." This site requires Quicktime and animations require Flash. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): earth (232), earth day (112), environment (321), ozone (10)

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Students can use the resources in "Ozone Hole Watch" to determine the trends in the ozone either daily or over the years. Further research involving political, consumer, and environmental trends can bring insights into effects on the ozone layer. Using the wealth of material on the site, students can use the information to create a "Handbook of the Earth" (as an example) to understand how the ozone affects us in our current and future lives. Students can also work in groups and be assigned portions of the content to study. They can then present their findings to the rest of the class (using a multi-media presentation). Students can use this information in conjunction with environmental or Earth Day activities in or out of class.
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The Case Files - The Franklin Institute

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4 to 12
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This wonderfully informative website provides numerous "case files" about many famous people from the world of science and technology.. There are five major areas including computing,...more
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This wonderfully informative website provides numerous "case files" about many famous people from the world of science and technology.. There are five major areas including computing, transportation, cosmic inquiry, energy, and communications. Once you click on one of the major areas, a list of names appears. Then click on the names of the famous people to learn more about their specific inventions and/or contributions to science and technology. The text also includes images of artifacts from each scientist's life: diaries, writings, and more, all clickable to bring up a larger image of the "real thing." Numerous famous scientists and inventors are included (Alexander Graham Bell, William Jennings, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Catherine Gibbon, and many others).

tag(s): aviation (39), energy (203), inventors and inventions (95), scientists (70), transportation (41)

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There is a "teachers link" available to learn more about this website. Why not use this website as a resource for "case file" research projects. Assign each student (or groups of students) a different person to investigate. Weaker readers may need a partner with strong reading skills. Then have the students present a multimedia presentation about their "case file." Or have a day when students actually portray their scientist and interact with others "in character."

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Animated Virtual Planetarium - Paul Stoddard

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5 to 12
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This website shows how the solar system rotates as time passes. Click "Visible" Solar System to start the simulation. Use the date and time controls to manipulate "time." You can ...more
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This website shows how the solar system rotates as time passes. Click "Visible" Solar System to start the simulation. Use the date and time controls to manipulate "time." You can also see the skies from the ground, view the sun in relation to the earth and other planets, and more. Students will marvel at the comet simulation and the comet and eclipse predictors. The website also features information on each separate planet and alternate historical views of the solar system, including the Copernican and the Jovian. The site requires JAVA. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): earth (232), moon (74), planets (126), sun (72)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to show students how the night sky changes as the hours pass. Since the print is small, have students use the whteboard pens to cirle things or point out special features of the "sky." There is a Notes for Teachers link that provides descriptions of each activity and some ideas to incorporate the activities into your class.

Use this website when teaching ESL/ELL students about space and the solar system since this website is highly visual and contains few words.

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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 (35)

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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 (95), planets (126), sports (97), 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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Celebrating NASA's 50th Anniversary - NASA

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4 to 12
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Celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary by learning about its major feats and heroes. While this site has pages of information through fact sheets, its greatest asset is the interactive...more
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Celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary by learning about its major feats and heroes. While this site has pages of information through fact sheets, its greatest asset is the interactive time line where students scroll through the years of space exploration using their mouse, and then clicking on the blocks to learn more about NASA's accomplishments.

tag(s): moon (74), nasa (39), space (216)

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Celebrations for NASA's 50 years continue throughout 2008, so put this unit on your calendar early. Check out the calendar of events to coordinate your lessons with NASA events. In addition, the NASA Links section found at the left is your portal to all NASA websites and web pages.
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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 (94), space (216)

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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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