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Science of Everyday Life - Discovery Education

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K to 12
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Explore science in everyday life to understand the impact of science and technology. Find information for students, educators, and families as well as lesson plans and activities. Lesson...more
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Explore science in everyday life to understand the impact of science and technology. Find information for students, educators, and families as well as lesson plans and activities. Lesson plans are standards based and divided into age groupings. (Note: at the time of this review, the lesson plans for grades 9-12 were still unavailable). View lessons and interactives to make science come alive. The videos even include the grade range! View the family section for great online labs and family activities. This site can make science accessible and interesting even to middle school girls who may begin to shy away from anything scientific.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (97)

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Use the many great activities to bring home basic science concepts such as collisions and motion in the activity "Cushion It!" Help students make real world connections that may interest them in a science career. Use the innovation activities as part of a unit in inventors and inventions. This site has something for every age level. This is a fabulous site to save in your class favorites for students to explore on their own. Challenge cooperative learning groups to research a specific science topic and create a multimedia presentation to share with the class about their topic. Have students create a simple online posters using PicLits (reviewed here). This is also a fabulous link to share on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
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Ptable - Dynamic Periodic Table - Michael Dayah

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9 to 12
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Looking for an Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements? Use this free tool as one of the most customizable and interactive ones to date. Choose various parameters at the top ...more
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Looking for an Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements? Use this free tool as one of the most customizable and interactive ones to date. Choose various parameters at the top of the periodic table to customize your view. Easily see the trends in the periodic table by selecting the appropriate parameter and watch the elements change color in proportion to the value. Use the Time Machine to determine the elements discovered (and not discovered) at that time. Drag the slider above the nonmetals to view their states of matter. View realtime data of 16 properties with a simple hover of the mouse. The slider also views subsets of data for even more information! View the orbitals of each element as well as all available isotopes. Choose Latin translations to understand the origin of the symbol of that element as well as direct information from Wikipedia. Can't find your element? Use the instant search on the site and the element will be highlighted. Read the About page for some common questions and answers as well as citing this resource and other user questions.
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tag(s): elements (36), periodic table (50)

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Use this unbelievable resource for finding information about the elements. Consider using the site to first understand periodic trends. Allow groups of students time to look at the elements and play with the controls. Encourage them to question why the numbers change and what the terms represent. Knowing the elements is more powerful when they are studying the trends in the periodic table. Report group findings to the class to understand how the periodic table is arranged and what elements have in common with one another. Create a mindmap using a tool such as scribblar (reviewed here) or a poster (using PicLits reviewed here) of the trends of the periodic table for quick reference.

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CalcEnstein - Blaine Hilton

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5 to 12
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Looking for different types of calculators? Find them on this interesting site. Choose a button on the calculator corresponding to the subject. Examples of subjects include Medicine,...more
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Looking for different types of calculators? Find them on this interesting site. Choose a button on the calculator corresponding to the subject. Examples of subjects include Medicine, Algebra, Weather, Phonics, Financial, HVAC, Engineering, Weather, and Rocketry to name a few. After the subject is chosen, click on a formula to enter values. Some of the topics offer reference information, not calculations. This is definitely an interesting site to peruse.

tag(s): energy (198), medicine (67), phonics (75), rockets (14), sports (97), weather (188)

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There are many different calculators for students to explore as ways to apply math in real world situations. For example, choose weather and then wind chill. Enter the information and wind chill will be calculated. Enter the information, view the calculated answer, and then have students determine how it is actually calculated. This site is a great find for gifted students to use to further investigate specific topics beyond your "regular" classroom content. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students work with a partner to explore various "buttons" on this interactive calculator. Have the groups create multimedia presentations to share their findings or demonstrate them on the whiteboard as advertisements or infomercials! Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here).
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World without Oil - Ken Eklund

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4 to 10
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What would happen of the world ran out of oil? Players simulated that reality through this innovative game. Though the activity is officially over, for the thirty-two days of play,...more
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What would happen of the world ran out of oil? Players simulated that reality through this innovative game. Though the activity is officially over, for the thirty-two days of play, over fifteen hundred stories of reaction to a massive decline in available oil and their reactions were recorded. Each story has been archived. Use the Time Machine to go to any of these weeks. Official stories for that week are the headline. Read stories by players in the blocks to the left. Click on a story block to go to the story. Take Gretchen's Quick Tour and experience the activity as one of the participant's did. Be sure to check out the Lesson Plans for Teachers.

tag(s): climate change (64), critical thinking (108), environment (317), oil (45)

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This is a massively collaborative imagining of the first thirty-two weeks of a global oil crisis. Though a game, the research shows that most of the players have continued the habits they developed in this game into their real life. Follow the Quick Tour to identify the parts of the game and have students peruse and report on player stories. Share with the class and brainstorm which stories are apt to occur in their household or community. Research ways to decrease our personal use of oil and other environmental or personal reasons to do so. Create conventional or blog writing about their personal opinions to the possibility of a world without oil and what students can personally change. Be sure to identify the many things that petroleum makes that is used in our lives.

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The Math Website - The Math Website

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8 to 12
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This site contains many resources for Jr. High and High School Mathematics teachers. It is divided into sections such as Puzzles, Activities, Diversions, Numbers, Gadgets, and more....more
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This site contains many resources for Jr. High and High School Mathematics teachers. It is divided into sections such as Puzzles, Activities, Diversions, Numbers, Gadgets, and more. After choosing a section, there is an itemized list on the left-hand side of the page to choose a specific topic or activity. For example, under Math Topics, choices range from Arithmetic Basics (adding 2-digit numbers) through Trigonometry and Trig Graphing. After choosing a topic: lessons, study, quiz, and test activities are provided. Be sure to check out the Diversions section that includes humor, poems, riddles, and more.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (195), puzzles (208)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own. Share a link on your class website or blog for students to use at home. Assign specific portions to students struggling with math concepts to use as practice. Assign problems on the Enrichment page for extra credit or as a problem of the week.
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Science projects, ideas & topics - Science Made Simple

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K to 12
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This "plain vanilla" looking site offers science help for parents, students, and teachers with simple explanations of science topics and ideas for experiments and projects. There is...more
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This "plain vanilla" looking site offers science help for parents, students, and teachers with simple explanations of science topics and ideas for experiments and projects. There is an extensive section devoted to creating a wonderful science fair that includes project ideas, how to pick a topic, presenting projects, judging, and parent information. There are also many at-home ideas for projects using simple, easy to find materials such as swinging cereal to demonstrate static electricity. You can sign up for their free newsletter to stay informed of new materials added to the site. There is an online store; however, it isn't necessary to purchase materials to use most of the information offered onsite.
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tag(s): colors (79), electricity (88), experiments (71), photosynthesis (33), plants (145)

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Share portions of the site such as how to use a lab notebook or how to do experiments safely on your interactive whiteboard when beginning science projects. Use the site as a resource for classroom experiments with materials that are readily available. Assign experiments for students to do at home, then have them prepare a presentation for the class describing science concepts demonstrated and learned. Secondary teachers can assign students a topic from the Science News portion of the site to read and discuss with the class. Challenge students to create a multimedia project to share with the class using one of many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Ingenious - NMSI

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View thousands of old style photos on a range of science and ethical topics. Use this site to bring together images as well as viewpoints to create new insights into ...more
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View thousands of old style photos on a range of science and ethical topics. Use this site to bring together images as well as viewpoints to create new insights into Science and culture. Click on Read to obtain background on various science issues arranged by subject. Click on the Debate tab to look at questions and discussions related to science topics and issues. Find old style photos in the See tab. Create a login to save searches and photos for future use. Be certain to preview whatever you plan to share with your students. At this time of this review, there were some topics that would not be appropriate for some classrooms.

tag(s): debate (41), industrialization (15), medicine (67), natural resources (59)

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Find great information, photos, and possible questions for use in the classroom to stimulate thinking and make connections between content and the use of science in everyday life. For example, the debate "Can we sustain our lifestyles and our planet?" uses content from food chains to technology to natural resources. Additionally the discussion of what every organism needs to survive can bring to light discussions of characteristics of living things and our responsibility to the planet.

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Human Touch of Chemistry - humantouchofchemistry.com

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8 to 12
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Explore this site for fascinating chemistry information. Click on Everyday Science to learn about chemicals found in the home such as Cream of Tartar (you really should read it as ...more
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Explore this site for fascinating chemistry information. Click on Everyday Science to learn about chemicals found in the home such as Cream of Tartar (you really should read it as it is fascinating.) Print articles using Adobe PDF for viewing later. View past and future scientific advances in the History and Future tab. Learn about Famous Scientists and their contributions to present understandings of the atom. Click on the Periodic Table to open an interactive table, read about the properties of the element, and learn about the history including discovery and uses. Find games, ideas, and other information as well on this useful site.

tag(s): atoms (56), molecules (43), periodic table (50)

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Find great information for use in your lessons or for students to explore. Use the periodic table in class as it is a great resource about the elements. Use the Famous Scientists section to learn about scientists that many are not aware of and their connections to modern theories.
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Science.Gov - CENDI

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8 to 12
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This is a searchable database of science research on many topics. It is entirely governmental science research that is available for public viewing. Search over 40 other databases and...more
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This is a searchable database of science research on many topics. It is entirely governmental science research that is available for public viewing. Search over 40 other databases and 200 million web pages of science information. Talk about a one stop shop! It is easy to search - just type and enter!

tag(s): data (148), resources (112)

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Use this as resource when researching for scientific papers, getting ideas for experiments, or just staying apprised of the latest scientific research on a specific topic.

If your students are doing scientific research you might want to supply them with links from Science.gov using Diigo-Education reviewed here.

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Would like to see better search features within subject categories. Kathleen, VT, Grades: 0 - 12

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Science Geek - Mr. Allan

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7 to 12
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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed...more
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Find terrific resources for chemistry and biology classes at this informational site. You'll find PowerPoints, procedures for labs, and general notes. This site was originally designed to be one teacher's online classroom spot. However, the resources are very helpful in teaching chemistry, biology, and science in general, and this teacher is willing to share.
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tag(s): chemicals (40), genetics (90)

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Use the printables in your classroom when students do not have easy access to the internet. Try something more adventurous by showing a chemistry video on your interactive whiteboard. To use this site even further, have students try out a virtual lab tool as an alternative to a hands on lab assignment. Assign groups to different (specific) topics and challenge the groups to present their lab and results by creating a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Make this link available as an alternate way to look at concepts when students are "stuck" or confused.
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Selenia: Science comics - University of the West of England

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2 to 8
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This colorful site offers science comics, educational interactives, links for teachers, and more. Engage students with these comics, and encourage them to identify the scientific principles...more
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This colorful site offers science comics, educational interactives, links for teachers, and more. Engage students with these comics, and encourage them to identify the scientific principles found in each. Follow up activities include word searches and other puzzles to reinforce vocabulary. Use the "For Teachers" link to find pdf lesson plans for ideas and experiments that coordinate with the comics. This site was created in Great Britain, so you may notice some slightly different spellings that US English.

tag(s): air (163), comics and cartoons (74), inquiry (37)

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Begin with the comic strip to introduce a concept (share on your interactive whiteboard or projector). Have students note the physical and chemical properties occurring in each frame and to identify the scientific principle being presented. Use as a class discussion and introduction to specific principle. Use the suggested experiments and activities for further inquiry and investigation. When discussing other topics in class, encourage students to create their own comic either traditionally or digitally to demonstrate their understandings of the concept. Try using an online tool for students to create comics, such as the Comic Creator (explained here).
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Build an Atom - Keithcom.com

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10 to 12
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View how the protons, neutrons, and electrons are arranged in different atoms. Choose an element or start with hydrogen and move throughout the periodic table. View also the electron...more
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View how the protons, neutrons, and electrons are arranged in different atoms. Choose an element or start with hydrogen and move throughout the periodic table. View also the electron orbital configuration and click the link below to view a scale model of the protons and electrons.

tag(s): atoms (56), periodic table (50)

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Use this simple illustration to find patterns among atoms at the start of a unit on atoms. Students view and brainstorm the rules of arrangement of protons, neutrons, and electrons together. Use a think, pair, share and then discuss these rules with the rest of the class to build notes on atomic theory. Find the atoms that share the same column in the periodic table to find what they have in common in terms of orbitals and electron configuration. Create flashcards with information on index cards or using any multimedia program to use to create an interactive periodic table to study from or to add periodic trends as the class continues to uncover properties of elements. Use an online flashcard maker, like Wordstash (reviewed here).

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KId Wind - Kind Wind Project

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6 to 12
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn...more
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Build a wind turbine and learn about wind power with your class. Kid Wind provides free lessons, Power Point presentations, and resources to support teachers and students as they learn about wind energy. The wind turbine plans vary in difficulty. Construct basic models from common materials such as Tinker Toys or create a more sophisticated one with a wind generator built from car alternators. This is a good resource for students interested in investigating for a science fair project about renewable energy. In the free curriculum area there are also lesson plans/activities (mainly pdfs) on energy efficiency, creating a hot air balloon, solar power, and more. Be aware: some of this site is for a fee.

tag(s): air (163), electricity (88), energy (198), engineering (124), ratios (53), solar energy (38)

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Use experiential learning to model how higher-level math concepts have a direct correlation to current environmental issues. Learn to measure wind energy, calculate "gear ratios," the area of a blade's "sweep," measure the amount of energy or wind a turbine is producing.

There is a range of lessons and activities here, some more complex than others. You may want to choose a few that fit your curricular needs and then allow small groups of students to investigate one together. Have student groups make an online Stixy (reviewed here) of things they discover about their topic, and later rearrange the items to "explain" their topic to classmates visually.

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CanvasMol - alteredqualia.com

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7 to 12
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Learn about simple or complex molecules and see them in 3D. Envision how molecules are put together. Choose various molecules listed along the left. The structural formula in 3D will...more
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Learn about simple or complex molecules and see them in 3D. Envision how molecules are put together. Choose various molecules listed along the left. The structural formula in 3D will appear in a window. Remove old structures by clicking the red "X" in their box. Change the rotating molecule by choosing the axis on which it is rotating (x, y, or z.) Remove the atoms, bonds, and colors. Read stats about the molecule. Click PNG to view a static image that can be saved.

tag(s): atoms (56), elements (36), molecules (43), periodic table (50), structures (24)

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For many students, envisioning how molecules are put together is challenging. Identify how many atoms are put together, including how many bonds they form by using this as an introductory, inquiry activity. Have students use information learned here to create their own models using a drawing program such as Draw.to reviewed here,or use more conventional material like marshmallows and gum drops that are always a hit! Identify the atoms in the molecules on this site and research the effects of these molecules in living systems.
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Everyday Mysteries - Library of Congress

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3 to 12
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Find answers to the most interesting and intriguing questions that can be asked. Uncover cool science facts by looking at these answers. Enter a search term to find related questions...more
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Find answers to the most interesting and intriguing questions that can be asked. Uncover cool science facts by looking at these answers. Enter a search term to find related questions and answers. Browse categories such as Agriculture, Zoology, Meteorolgy, Home Economics, and Technology. View related resources and other interesting information on each page.

tag(s): agriculture (55), animals (276), climate (92), energy (198), planets (123), plants (145), questioning (31), resources (112), seasons (37)

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Use as a reference to answer questions that students have. Use this site to also apply information learned in the classroom. For example, when discussing light energy and wavelengths, use the explanation of why it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter to apply the information about energy and wavelength. Follow the use of this site with related labs and other activities. Follow up also with more research. For example, after learning about how an hour glass works, research, report, or create other timepieces used throughout history focusing on the advantages and disadvantages as well as the limitations and changes in technology over time.

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Mixtures - Shodor

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5 to 9
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This site provides good practice with mixtures to create percent problems through 4 different activities. Activities include exploration, unknown pile, unknown percent, or unknown total....more
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This site provides good practice with mixtures to create percent problems through 4 different activities. Activities include exploration, unknown pile, unknown percent, or unknown total. The site includes sections for both learners and instructors. The learners section explains how mixtures are used in the real world and the instructor section provides curriculum and standards alignments, classroom suggestions, and links to related resources. This site would also work well in a chemistry class.

tag(s): percent (82)

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Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Share this link on your class website for students to access at home. This site offers multiple modes of use, so it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class.
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General Chemistry Jeopardy Games - University of Pittsburgh

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9 to 12
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This site offers a bunch of general chemistry jeopardy games. All ten available interactive jeopardy games are single jeopardy only. The site also offers fairly clear instructions on...more
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This site offers a bunch of general chemistry jeopardy games. All ten available interactive jeopardy games are single jeopardy only. The site also offers fairly clear instructions on how to create your own game. This could be the most valuable part for an educator (that has the time to do this). But otherwise the pre-made games are good. You would have to play the game to create an answer key.

tag(s): atoms (56), chemicals (40), matter (58)

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Any of the jeopardy sessions on this site would be ideal for classroom review on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Assign various games to the class for review on your class wiki.
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Science Buzz - Science Museum of Minnesota

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5 to 9
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Brimming with color and current science information, this site is a great current happenings resource. To post to the blog, students must sign up, but the site promises no spamming...more
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Brimming with color and current science information, this site is a great current happenings resource. To post to the blog, students must sign up, but the site promises no spamming from the sign up. The confirmation email does take some time to arrive, and the buzz requires verification before a user can participate. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.

The articles contained in this site are to the point, clear to understand, and in a large font. There are very few distractions going on in the site. It is easy to navigate and has a cool teacher tool in the buzz blog. Click on the Community tab, and the blogs are indexed by standards and grouped into topics such as earth science and physical science with subtopics.

tag(s): animals (276), endangered species (38), news (261), nutrition (154), weather (188)

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This site would be a great resource for current events projects. Students could be assigned a specific article to read, and then post to a discussion forum on the class wiki or another internet discussion board that is acceptable at school. Or have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Renewable Energy Basics - The Pembima Institute

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7 to 12
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Integrate clean air technology into your physical science units. Re-Energy.ca highlights five basic forms of renewable energy; solar electricity and heat, wind power and energy, and...more
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Integrate clean air technology into your physical science units. Re-Energy.ca highlights five basic forms of renewable energy; solar electricity and heat, wind power and energy, and biomass energy. All the necessary background information needed to better understand renewable energy and with a list of valuable links, resources and videos. Included are detailed construction plans for renewable energy models such as a solar oven or wind turbine. The site also addresses larger environmental issues such as global climate change and is dedicated to educating the public on ways to reduce the consumption of natural resources.

tag(s): climate change (64), design (83), electricity (88), energy (198), engineering (124), heat (15), natural resources (59), sustainability (19)

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The projects outlined are in simple steps to show students how to create their own renewable energy technologies. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get hands on experience with engineering, design, and sustainable energy technologies. It also could be a resource for science fair projects.

If you live in Canada, you can participate in a solar oven design challenge. Teachers from other countries may want to have their class host an on-line collaborative project to compare and contrast the performance of their home made solar ovens

The website provides a unit plan meant to be completed in 11 class periods. You can download free complete lesson plans with detailed instructions. A student planning worksheet outlines research procedures, project guidelines, timeline for completion dates and evaluation criteria they are expected to meet.
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Science IQ - Science IQ. com

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8 to 12
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This website features answers to new science questions everyday. If the simple answer is not enough for you, there are helpful links, and suggested additional reading if you would like...more
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This website features answers to new science questions everyday. If the simple answer is not enough for you, there are helpful links, and suggested additional reading if you would like a greater understanding of the concept. Even more information is available through using the categorized science facts found on the left side of the screen. Questions are also searchable by keyword. Subjects include: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geology, engineering, and medicine.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): area (66), carbon (21), carbon footprint (11), chemicals (40), coal (14), earthquakes (48), energy (198), engineering (124), fossil fuels (18), fossils (44), glaciers (14), machines (30), matter (58), moon (72), natural resources (59), ozone (10), ph (4), planets (123), prime numbers (31), pythagorean theorem (35), questioning (31), space (205), square roots (24), stars (61), sun (71), volume (44)

In the Classroom

Try using this site's questions on a weekly or daily basis in science or math class to start discussions and provoke student thinking. Allow students to view the question on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then brainstorm possible answers. Once enough thoughts have been seeded, share the real answers. Or, allow students to work at the answer as the lesson continues for a few days and reveal the correct answer as a finale to the lesson.

This site could also be used as a learning station for the question of the day or the week.

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