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NyeLabs - Bill Nye, Inc.

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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for...more
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for at-home learning fun, directions to make some unique science crafts and some very interesting science facts. The site requires FLASH. Some downloadable directions use Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (69)

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If showing your class a Bill Nye video, the episode guides will help to organize the lesson. Students may enjoy simply surfing the site, some very interesting facts are displayed! Don't forget to check out the "home demos" for some new ideas. This is a great site to include as a general enrichment link from your teacher web page. Hook some young scientists!
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Singing Science Records - Ballads for the Age of Science

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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that ...more
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that had scratches). While the actual copyright holder information is a gray area, you can feel safe in playing the songs from the site. Most likely, these songs from the 1950s and 60s are past copyright at this point. In any case, you can click to play from smaller or larger file versions. Be patient while they load, even over a broadband connection. It will be worth the wait to teach parts of plants, the water cycle, weather, motion, energy, electricity, and MANY other topics with just a computer and set of speakers to help students retain the information. Most of the content is elementary to middle school age, but some is high school level. Learning support teachers seeking alternate study strategies will love this one!

tag(s): animals (276), energy (198), mammals (32), motion (59), plants (145), space (205), water (130), water cycle (33), weather (188)

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Include the links to specific songs for review on your teacher web site or play one of the songs as students enter the room (a sort of audio anticipatory set). You will definitely need to turn up the speakers. Elementary music teachers might want to pick up one of the songs while the students are studying these topics and teach the music and lyrics during music class!

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Make Tracks - Questacon

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While the web is full of roller coaster sites, this flash-based simulation is a great tool to demonstrate acceleration and G-forces. Students can design their own coaster from a set...more
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While the web is full of roller coaster sites, this flash-based simulation is a great tool to demonstrate acceleration and G-forces. Students can design their own coaster from a set of "building blocks," then give it a test run to check its performance.

tag(s): forces (45), gravity (46), roller coasters (3)

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CLICK on CONTINUE to get to the actual game from the opening screen that tells you what plug-ins are needed. If you do not have Shockwave, you can click to get it from this screen. Try this one for a little on-line experimenting. Whose coaster is fastest?
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Fear of Physics - Simulations

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8 to 12
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Here's an extensive collection of physics simulations and videos. You'll find everything from collisions (pick your vehicle) to doppler effects, rotation, and lots more. There's nothing...more
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Here's an extensive collection of physics simulations and videos. You'll find everything from collisions (pick your vehicle) to doppler effects, rotation, and lots more. There's nothing like a good example to make a point, and you'll find plenty of those here.

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Fluids in Space - Physics Central

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What happens when you try to boil water in space? While it sounds trivial, the issue of working with liquids in zero-gravity environments has implications for space exploration and...more
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What happens when you try to boil water in space? While it sounds trivial, the issue of working with liquids in zero-gravity environments has implications for space exploration and travel. It's just an idle question. This site explains the problems and what scientists are trying to do to manage it.

tag(s): gravity (46), space (205)

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Try this one as an interesting practical study in scientific experimentation.

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The Basics of Fusion - Princeton

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In May, 2006, an unusual international consortium signed a treaty that could lead to the eventual construction of the world's first commercial fusion reactor. With it would come the...more
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In May, 2006, an unusual international consortium signed a treaty that could lead to the eventual construction of the world's first commercial fusion reactor. With it would come the key to almost limitless energy. This backgrounder from a similar European consortium provides a much more basic introduction to how fusion works and why it presents such a challenge.

tag(s): energy (198), nuclear energy (24)

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In addition to its obvious applications in physics, this issue could have widespread economic and environmental implications. There are lots of "What if..." questions you could develop around this one.

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Einstein Light - University of New South Wales

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Through a variety of animated illustrations and film clips, visitors to this creative site can gain a better understanding of Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity. Each animated...more
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Through a variety of animated illustrations and film clips, visitors to this creative site can gain a better understanding of Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity. Each animated module provides basic information and main ideas that can be pursued in greater depth by visiting the related links (with or without mathematical explanations).

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Flash Animations for Physics - University of Toronto

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Use this collection of more than seventy Flash animations to illustrate important concepts in physics class. Topics include classical mechanics, vectors, waves, relativity, and more....more
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Use this collection of more than seventy Flash animations to illustrate important concepts in physics class. Topics include classical mechanics, vectors, waves, relativity, and more. For the adventuresome who like to tinker, the site also includes a tutorial on using Flash with mathematical equations to create controlled animations. Asa the title indicates, these animations REQUIRE FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animation (63), vectors (25), waves (21)

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Golf Range

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Using a golf course as a physics lab, this interactive site lets students experiment with angle and velocity as they learn about projectile motion and try to achieve a hole-in-one....more
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Using a golf course as a physics lab, this interactive site lets students experiment with angle and velocity as they learn about projectile motion and try to achieve a hole-in-one. You'll need to develop the lesson plan around this online activity.

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The Science of (English) Football - BBC

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9 to 12
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Well, actually, it's the science of soccer. This motivating, interactive game puts an authentic spin on some important scientific principles of motion. Faced with a virtual soccer...more
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Well, actually, it's the science of soccer. This motivating, interactive game puts an authentic spin on some important scientific principles of motion. Faced with a virtual soccer ball and goalkeeper, students must select the specific direction and power of the kick that will result in a score.

tag(s): motion (59), newton (25)

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Take advantage of this free lesson plan and classroom activity from BBC. Be sure to save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy reference later on. This is a great way to hook students to the content in an original way!
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Energy Conservation for a Pendulum - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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This animated illustration demonstrates the principle of mechanical energy conservation and the relationship between gravity and tension. An interactive quiz is included along with...more
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This animated illustration demonstrates the principle of mechanical energy conservation and the relationship between gravity and tension. An interactive quiz is included along with links to related topics. Aligned to National Standards.

tag(s): conservation (127), energy (198), gravity (46)

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Elements - Tom Lehrer

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

tag(s): elements (36), periodic table (50)

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Conversion Maestro - Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Physics

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5 to 12
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The next time your students must perform U.S.-metric conversions, send them to this helpful site. The online calculator handles length, area, mass, weight, liquid volume, and temperature...more
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The next time your students must perform U.S.-metric conversions, send them to this helpful site. The online calculator handles length, area, mass, weight, liquid volume, and temperature while showing users the conversion factor for each calculations.

tag(s): conversions (23)

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Origins - The Exploratorium

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

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Don't Burn - Build!

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

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

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Origins - NOVA

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

tag(s): planets (123)

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Visionlearning

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Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science....more
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Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science. Each module contains interactive animations, a glossary, related current events, practice exercises, and biographic information about scientists who worked with that particular concept. Registered users can personalize each module with comments, links, or notes. The free "MyClassroom" option allows teachers to post syllabi, and announcements, or store lesson plans.

tag(s): scientists (69)

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Universe Adventure - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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

tag(s): solar system (119), stars (61)

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

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

tag(s): light (46), optics (13)

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Physics Classroom

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

tag(s): tutorials (47), vectors (25)

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