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

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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 (90)

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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 (93), genetics (94), space (215)

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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 (21), electricity (90)

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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 (95)

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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 (104), engineering (126), human body (126), logic (237), machines (30), simple machines (37)

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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 (231), gravity (50), mars (42), planets (127), solar system (123), stars (66)

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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 (21), electricity (90)

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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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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 (65)

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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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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 (89), german (65), homework (46), spanish (109)

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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 (21), electricity (90), planets (127), plants (153)

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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 (90), energy (203), forces (46), magnetism (38)

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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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Seeing Science - Science & Technology Facility Council

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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include...more
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include anthrax, Pluto, cement, chocolate, plants and more! The activities are designed to use with students ages 11-16, but could be adapted for students younger or older. Each lesson has a teacher section (with lesson plans, notes and more), a student section (with printable worksheets), and an interactive/multimedia section (with videos, audio, games and more). These lessons are motivational, technological and educational - you do not want to miss this exciting opportunity! The interactive activities requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): chocolate (7), plants (153), safety (91), solar system (123)

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Anyone teaching upper elementary and secondary science should check this free website for activites correlated to your curriculum. Your first choices should be replacements for units you find tedious or only marginally successful. Try a new way, and see the learning happen. Most of these activities are perfectly suited for an interactive whiteboard.
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TryEngineering - TryEngineering

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Whether you are teaching about plastics, robots, electricity or many other science topics, check this website out! This site provides information about the world of engineering and...more
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Whether you are teaching about plastics, robots, electricity or many other science topics, check this website out! This site provides information about the world of engineering and engineering careers, as well. There are 42 lesson plans that are ready to go, and many involve technology. The lesson plans have standards, objectives and age levels. Counselors will like the career section's detailed and helpful information. The website also provides numerous interactive games.

tag(s): circuits (21), electricity (90), engineering (126), machines (30), plastics (9), simple machines (37)

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The lesson plans are detailed and simple to follow. The interactive games will have your students' talking about the activity long after class is over. Share the link on your teacher web page so they can visit over and over. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity for students to ask questions to real-live engineers, as well. Bring the real world into your classroom.
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Goldburger To Go - PBS

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For all of you who can't get enough of Rube Goldberg - this site is for you! This website provides a brief biography about Rube Goldberg and numerous ideas ...more
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For all of you who can't get enough of Rube Goldberg - this site is for you! This website provides a brief biography about Rube Goldberg and numerous ideas for creating inventions at home (such as lemon juice rockets, sneaker launchers and food elevators). But the highlight of this website is the interactive challenge "Goldburger To Go." The activity challenges students to design a machine that serves lunch. This activity provides a wealth of scientific information simply by clicking on the "Get a Clue" buttons throughout the activity. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Be sure to check out the teacher's link for additional ideas for teaching inventions and other science topics.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (95), machines (30), simple machines (37)

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Students will truly enjoy this website, get an interactive whiteboard and involve the entire class. This activity provides wonderful enrichment and/or extensions for any unit on inventions, simple machines, or laws of motion.
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Blow Your Mind - TryScience

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This entertaining (and informational) website challenges students to design a prototype windmill. Students are provided with some background information about designing a windmill...more
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This entertaining (and informational) website challenges students to design a prototype windmill. Students are provided with some background information about designing a windmill and presented with an interactive "design a windmill" challenge. The interactive activity requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There is also a teacher's link available with additional details and ideas to use in the classroom.

tag(s): design (82), earth (231), earth day (111), energy (203)

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Get your interactive whiteboards ready for designing a windmill. Students will love testing their designs. Have them hypothesize and keep track of what works and what doesn't.
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Build a Bridge - NOVA Online

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Learn about bridge designs and their pros and cons. The introduction page provides students with information about arch bridges, beam bridges, suspension bridges, and cable-stayed bridges....more
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Learn about bridge designs and their pros and cons. The introduction page provides students with information about arch bridges, beam bridges, suspension bridges, and cable-stayed bridges. After reading about the bridges, there is a short matching activity (matching the ideal bridges with four specific locations). This website requires Shockwave, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): bridges (8), structures (24)

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This web activity would be perfect on an interactive whiteboard. Make this activity a class project. Ask the class to reach consensus on their choices before entering them--and watch them get into some heated arguments! As you continue your study of structures and stresses, ask your students to work with a partner to collect online images of different bridge types into a PowerPoint presentation (with URL citations for the images, of course) explaining the types and their advantages. Then build some!
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Bridge Designer - Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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This simple website provides a wealth of information about trusses - what they are, how they are used, and the science and math behind trusses. Students are then challenged ...more
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This simple website provides a wealth of information about trusses - what they are, how they are used, and the science and math behind trusses. Students are then challenged to create their own trusses using nodes, members, and loads. Students can calculate their progress and/or clear their structure and start over. The Java plug-in must be installed on your computer. See the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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The Bridge Designer would work well as a cooperative learning project for the entire class (via an interactive whiteboard) or a small group project for students to work on in pairs.

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NOVA: Mars - Design a Parachute - PBS

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The challenge for this hands-on virtual engineering experiment is to design a parachute for a safe landing on the planet Mars. Students must consider volume, drag, strength, and stability...more
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The challenge for this hands-on virtual engineering experiment is to design a parachute for a safe landing on the planet Mars. Students must consider volume, drag, strength, and stability as they create their parachute. There are detailed instructions provided on the main page of the activity. This website is interactive and very cool! The interactive activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): volume (44)

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Students will love the challenge of creating a safe parachute for the astronauts. Try an interactive whiteboard or partner-shared computers and get ready for an exciting journey. If you use the whiteboard, be sure to ask students to write their lab observations and record data as they experiment. the class can vote on what to try next. As the interactive reminds you, there are "costs" to wasteful experimenting. Perhaps you want to limit the number of class attempts allowed for everyone to receive a high grade. Then watch the debate!
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Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center - TryScience

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

tag(s): dna (68), environment (319), sound (103), sun (73)

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If you are unable to get laptops or the computer lab for your class, use an interactive whiteboard and make the "Beat The Heat" or other experiments a class project. Use the seasons explanation as a whole-class activity with elementary students on a projector or whiteboard.
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Woodlands Science Zone - Woodlands Junior School

Grades
K to 8
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life ...more
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life processes, physical processes, materials, earth and space, and water. When you click on the general topic you are given countless activities to choose from. Whatever science concept you are teaching, my guess is that you will find a related resource at this phenomenal website. Most of these unique activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (90), forces (46), human body (126), light (49), planets (127), plants (153), sound (103), water (130), water cycle (34)

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Get an interactive whiteboard ready - and utilize these free interactive (and educational) activities to simplify the complexities of various scientific concepts.
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