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Q-Files The Great Illustrated Encyclopedia - Q-Files Ltd

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Use Q-Files The Great Illustrated Encyclopedia to provide extra informational reading resources. Subject areas include prehistoric and ancient history, culture, geography, space, technology,...more
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Use Q-Files The Great Illustrated Encyclopedia to provide extra informational reading resources. Subject areas include prehistoric and ancient history, culture, geography, space, technology, science, life, and Earth. Each article includes pictures with accompanying text. This collection is continuing to grow. Q-Files is free, online, with no advertisements. Ebooks on nonfiction topics are available for purchase.

tag(s): aircraft (25), amphibians (21), animals (319), asia (73), aztecs (9), birds (52), china (65), cultures (111), dinosaurs (54), earth (224), earthquakes (51), ecosystems (90), electricity (93), energy (210), erosion (19), europe (71), forces (47), insects (71), literature (264), mammals (34), mayans (14), medicine (67), microscopes (13), moon (75), oceans (165), photography (157), planets (131), polar (18), population (63), religions (69), rocks (51), romans (35), scientists (69), solar system (121), space (226), sports (98), telescopes (10), vikings (10), weather (205)

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Use Q-Files as an informational reading source for a variety of subjects. In science and social studies use as a way to provide background information for inquiry-based projects. Have students use resources for multimedia projects such as Slidestory, reviewed here, Prezi reviewed here, or Flipboard, reviewed here, to share their findings. Pair these articles with literature to provide a better background information base, such as information on ancient China or Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Add as a bookmark to student computers and on your class website.

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Physics Central - American Physical Society

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6 to 12
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This site is proof that science and scientists can really be interesting. Physics Central offers an engaging combination of profiles, "how does it work?" articles, and online demonstrations...more
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This site is proof that science and scientists can really be interesting. Physics Central offers an engaging combination of profiles, "how does it work?" articles, and online demonstrations that make physics both interesting and approachable. "Explore the Science" to learn about cutting edge Physics. Use "Ask and Experiment" to find great experiments to do at home or in extracurricular groups and even "Ask-a-Physicist." While not written specifically for students, there is much here that science teachers will find useful. Don't miss the Activity Books in "Ask and Experiment" or the comic books entitled "Spectra" at the bottom of the main page!

tag(s): experiments (69), scientists (69)

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Be sure to place a link to this free resource on your teacher page. Use this resource when discussing Physics in the news. Add excitement to your lessons with various demonstrations or bits of information about real Physics studies and cutting edge science. Use the Spectra comic books as a pre-reading assignment for Middle School classes. Ask students to annotate the comic noting questions they have and highlighting important facts using Hypotheis, reviewed here. Compare student notes from the comics before beginning the lesson for the day. Encourage students to create comics about other Physics concepts as part of a team effort or an extra credit opportunity. Comics can be drawn conventionally or created using online tools. First have students create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Then students can create and share their comics online using a tool like Make Beliefs Comix, reviewed here.

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Minute Physics - Minutephysics

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7 to 12
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View this superb YouTube channel that explains physics ideas in simple terms along with animations. Minute Physics includes many wonderful questions to interest students. Annoying ads...more
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View this superb YouTube channel that explains physics ideas in simple terms along with animations. Minute Physics includes many wonderful questions to interest students. Annoying ads come up first, so preload and pause before sharing with a group. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): matter (61)

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Use this site as an introduction to a physics lesson or new topic. In your blended learning or flipped classroom have students view the video at home using VideoAnt, reviewed here. With VideoAnt you and your students can write comments and add questions right to the video saving class time for discussion of the questions and comments. Consider encouraging students to create their own video explanations of concepts in Physics to teach others what they have learned. Use a tool such as Biteable, reviewed here, for the explainer video. Share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here. Gifted students will love these videos. Share this link on your class web page and have students choose a favorite video to explain in detail to the class as a "student teacher."
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Physics Games - PhysicsGames.net

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3 to 12
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Play physics inspired games from this website or embed them on your own. These activities are great for any age. Younger students will learn through exploration, trial, and error while...more
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Play physics inspired games from this website or embed them on your own. These activities are great for any age. Younger students will learn through exploration, trial, and error while older students will be able to understand the physics concepts behind the games. They encourage students to start exploring concepts such as energy, force, velocity, gravity, etc. There is a lot of advertising, but at least the sound can be turned off if it bothers you.
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tag(s): energy (210), forces (47), gravity (50), motion (70)

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Advertising is quite pervasive on the site. You may want to introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard and discuss how to avoid the advertisements before allowing students to explore on their own. This is a great tool to use in the science classroom. Younger students can interact with the games successfully even without much background knowledge. Each of the activities encourages trial and error learning. Ask students to explain to a peer how it works, and they will discover the principles. Older students can try these interactives and write about the physics concepts introduced and explored. If you have a class website, blog, or wiki, embed in your site for easy access. Extend student learning by challenging them to create their own physics game using Stencyl, reviewed here. Stencyl is a download and works perfectly in 1:1 or BYOD classrooms as it works on any and all devices (DAT).
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CK-12 - CK-12 Foundation

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5 to 12
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CK-12 offers a large variety of lessons and resources in STEM topics mostly geared for sixth grade and higher. Choose to access the site as a student or teacher to ...more
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CK-12 offers a large variety of lessons and resources in STEM topics mostly geared for sixth grade and higher. Choose to access the site as a student or teacher to begin. Search by specific content or to find standards-aligned flexbook textbooks. Download flexbooks in several formats such as PDF or mobi and epub format for use on Kindle and e-readers. Create an account and add flexbooks to your list. Add your own files and resources. Specific topic searches provide links to information from flexbooks as well as available study aids, activities, and assessments.

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Introduce CK-12 to your students (and parents) on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrate ways to use the site at home. Be sure to create a link to the site on your class website or blog for easy access at any time. Create an account and upload your own resources and activities to create your own flexbooks for use with students. CK-12 is available in many languages. Use this site with your ESL/ELL students as a supplement to classroom resources.
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Bridge Ocean Education - Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

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2 to 12
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Advertised as "An ocean of teacher-approved marine education resources", this site offers resources, lesson plans, and data that teachers can take and use in their classrooms. Resources...more
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Advertised as "An ocean of teacher-approved marine education resources", this site offers resources, lesson plans, and data that teachers can take and use in their classrooms. Resources can be accessed in several ways according to the your needs. Choose Ocean Science topics to sort by type such as biology, chemistry, physics, and more. There are even subtopics within these categories to refine searches further to specific needs such as vertebrates/invertebrates or plants. Another link goes directly to lesson plans with choices for data activities, secondary/middle, or elementary level plans sorted by grade level. Note: Some lessons are offered through other sites and will open in a new page. If you are open to any ideas, you may want to try the Teacher Top Pick or Featured site to find lessons for classroom use.

tag(s): animals (319), geology (77), habitats (107), marine biology (36), oceans (165), plants (175)

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Use lesson plans offered on the site during your science units. Allow older students to explore the site to gather specific information about marine explorations and share through multi-media projects. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Visme, Adobe Spark For Education, Plotagon, and My Simpleshow. Teachers of gifted students may want to use the site as a supplemental resource for students to do self-study projects geared toward individual interests.
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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.
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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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Physics To Go - APS, AAPT, and NSF-NSDL

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7 to 12
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Physics To Go is an online, biweekly magazine with great ideas for physics related teaching, experiments, and pictures. The site is easy to navigate and is formatted much like a ...more
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Physics To Go is an online, biweekly magazine with great ideas for physics related teaching, experiments, and pictures. The site is easy to navigate and is formatted much like a page out of a newspaper. Archives are accessible through issue and topic organization, subjects under browse, and are fully searchable within the site. Many additional links for more research are available. This could prove to be indispensable for the high school physical science and physics teachers.

tag(s): experiments (69), motion (70), photography (157)

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Use this site to encourage your students to read about science outside of the classroom. Share the link on your website or class wiki. Start by assigning an article to students and have them highlight and annotate important information and questions they have and discuss it in class or on a blog. Have students use a digital tool like Hypothesis, reviewed here, for highlighting and annotating. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Loose Leaves, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. Or, if you are teaching a unit on something specific, such as Earthquakes, once students have learned essential vocabulary, have them read the issue and follow the links on the page. Have students discuss in class what they have learned. Then, have small groups create "Top Five Facts" to summarize what they have learned. Challenge students to create a talking avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain the "Top Five Facts" the group wishes to share with the class. Use a site such as Speechable, reviewed here. Reading teachers can also use the articles on this site for reading comprehension practice with nonfiction selections.
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Science of NFL Football - NBC Learn and National Science Foundation

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5 to 10
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Find great videos featuring the best football players and trainers in the NFL to learn science through the lens of football. THis content was moved from its original home on ...more
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Find great videos featuring the best football players and trainers in the NFL to learn science through the lens of football. THis content was moved from its original home on Lessonopoly to hosting on Gooru. Open the folder to view lesson materials and videos. Choose various science topics such as "Vectors," "Nutrition, Hydration, and Health," and "Projectile Motion and Parabolas" to name a few. View a short video of the concept and click the links to other resources that can be used to learn more about that particular topic. Choose to view and print the lesson plans using a printer friendly option or download as a pdf. Find practice worksheets, teacher keys, quizzes, and other activities. Note that NBC Learn's own video site is usually a fee-based, but this particular collection, hosted on Gooru, is free.

tag(s): motion (70), sports (98), vectors (23)

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Bring science to life with these great resources. Use the video to pique student interest in the topic and use the lesson plans to really understand the concept to apply to other areas. Use the vectors to understand how science and quarterback throws are related. Follow the lesson plan using the video and the activities. Follow up with actual football throws in the school yard. Measure distances and angles to create data to analyze as groups or a class. Consider creating your own video of explanations using students as the stars of the show explaining the concept. Use a tool such as My Simpleshow, reviewed here, for this project. Invite Math classes to use your data for their understanding of Vectors as well. Brainstorm other sports where this science concept is also used.
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Newton's Laws of Motion - School For Champions

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This site designed by School for Champions is a great introduction to the basics of Physics. One of the neatest features of this site, beyond its straightforward scientific information,...more
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This site designed by School for Champions is a great introduction to the basics of Physics. One of the neatest features of this site, beyond its straightforward scientific information, is that the information can be read to the students. The function is embedded in the site! This would be very helpful for learning support students and other vision impaired students.

tag(s): newton (25)

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Use this as an alternative to the textbook. Post the site to the class wiki and have students read or listen as part of homework and answer questions about the information. Even better, have students take the mini quiz at the end of the lessons and post their answers to the wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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School for Champions - Physics - Ron Kurtus

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This is a great resource for anything from introductory information to more detailed information on different physics concepts. Though not a visually appealing site, one very neat feature...more
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This is a great resource for anything from introductory information to more detailed information on different physics concepts. Though not a visually appealing site, one very neat feature of this site is that some of the information has audio, where the content is read aloud to the viewer. While the sound is not perfect, it would be still be valuable for struggling readers and students with individualized education plan needs. There are a few ads by Google on the page, but they are not obnoxious, just be careful when navigating.

tag(s): friction (13), magnetism (39), matter (61), motion (70)

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Add this site to your class website or wiki. Have students view pages of this site rather than textbook readings and ask them discussion questions about the content. The audio feature is very useful! Have cooperative learning groups investigate one specific topic at this site and create a multimedia project to share what they learned. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Canva, reviewed here.

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The Physics Front - American Association of Physics Teachers

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2 to 12
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Looking for a variety of physics resources? Wishing there were resources for younger students? Look no more! Find a vast array of physics resources at your fingertips. Browse units...more
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Looking for a variety of physics resources? Wishing there were resources for younger students? Look no more! Find a vast array of physics resources at your fingertips. Browse units arranged by course. Courses include "Physical Science K-8," "Physics First," "Conceptual Physics," "Algebra Based Physics," and "AP Calc Based Physics." Find all topics in your course by a simple drop down menu. Registration and login is not required to use the material though it is required to leave a rating for the material. Our editors noted that some activities, though labeled for younger students, may still be text-heavy.

tag(s): energy (210), forces (47), motion (70)

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Find great lessons, demonstration ideas, and laboratory activities to use with students of all ages and abilities. Search instead for specific lesson plans, activities, labs, or assessments. Use these ideas to create your own inquiry activities. Allow students the opportunities to teach a concept to the other students in class using these great plans. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Genial.ly, reviewed here.

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Science of the Olympic Winter Games - Nantional Science Foundation

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3 to 12
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This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to...more
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This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to your curriculum: from Newton's Laws of motion, to concepts of physics, chemistry, biomechanics, and physiology. Math teachers can also find applied math concepts from basic arithmetic to calculus.

tag(s): olympics (52)

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Share these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector, being sure to have student use the whiteboard tools as you pause the video so students can draw lines to illustrate forces and other concepts. Have student groups watch different videos and report back on the theoretical science AND the actual results from that sport, connecting the science concepts to the actual results they see in competition. Use a video annotation tool such as RooClick, reviewed here, for easy sharing with the class. Even younger students can benefit from the videos as an overview of more advanced concepts, provided you preview vocabulary, then stop and discuss more challenging words during the video. Your students will want the link to this site, so share it on your class web page. You can also embed the videos right in your web page, blog, or wiki. Have students write about the embedded piece, adding their own commentary of the actual Olympics based on the video.

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Science and Sports - The Exploratorium

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4 to 12
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Here's another site from the Exploratorium. A high-tech look at the physics involved in hockey, baseball, skateboarding, surfing, and other sports. Younger kids can grasp the concepts;...more
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Here's another site from the Exploratorium. A high-tech look at the physics involved in hockey, baseball, skateboarding, surfing, and other sports. Younger kids can grasp the concepts; older students can learn the details. There are webcasts, interactives, and more. This site requires Media Player. Includes sound and video clips, but they aren't essential to using the site. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), sports (98)

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Share this interactive site with your students to excited them about learning physics! Although some of the pages are "text heavy," this is a great site for research.

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Fear of Physics

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6 to 12
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Here's another site offering explanations of some of the more common physics questions - why satellites don't fall, how gravity affects various objects, and the like. Each phenomenon...more
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Here's another site offering explanations of some of the more common physics questions - why satellites don't fall, how gravity affects various objects, and the like. Each phenomenon has a visual example, and the complexity of these varies. Check this one out if you're looking for an idea or illustration for an experiment. The Visual Physics link offers over twenty science topics: Roller Coasters, Why Things Fall, Zero G, Einstein's Relativity, Sound, and many others. There is also a physics dictionary and a link Bad Science. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): gravity (50)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. If you teach physics, be sure to save this site in your favorites and reference the activities when applicable in your class. Challenge students to create their own physics explainer video using Rawshorts, reviewed here. Rawshorts is a drag and drop format site designed to allow you to create short animated or explainer videos to share on TeacherTube, TeacherTube reviewed here, YouTube and other social media sites.
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Discover Primary Science - Forfas

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K to 7
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Come to this site to view animation videos, practice online science activities, and learn about science at this interesting site. The videos bring many important science topics alive,...more
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Come to this site to view animation videos, practice online science activities, and learn about science at this interesting site. The videos bring many important science topics alive, including the physics of motion, structures, and more. Examples of movies include "Cleaning Dirty Water," "Exploring Lungs," or "Bouncy Custard Balls." Topics vary from pollution to the human body to levers to making homemade bouncy balls! Print Activity sheets that correspond to the movies as Adobe pdf documents.

tag(s): heart (40), human body (133), pollution (65), structures (24)

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View the movies to gain background information and learn basics. With older students flip your class and have them view the movies at home using Vizia, reviewed here. With Vizia you can add questions and quizzes to videos, saving class time for discussions and questions. Share the interactives and video clips on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use related lab activities or research to to reinforce the topics with hands-on experiences.
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Science for Kids - Kidipede

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5 to 10
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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of math, geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Although this site is recommended for...more
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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of math, geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Although this site is recommended for middle school students, it is also appropriate for high school students studying the subject areas. It is mainly a "text" site, without interactives. However, this is a great resource for explaining complex topics, researching specific topics in science and math, and much more. Each general area (i.e. geology or biology), includes several sub-topics. There are also links to activities for students, project ideas, and Teacher's Guides. There are two caveats: there are some advertisements -- nothing too distracting -- AND some of the suggested activities include "buying" a book from Amazon. You do NOT need to purchase anything to take advantage of this free resource!

tag(s): atoms (54), diseases (71), earth (224), earthquakes (51), electricity (93), medicine (67), rocks (51), weather (205)

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Use portions of this site as an anticipatory set in your science or math class. The information is simple to understand and would be useful for students struggling with a topic. Use the site for research about specific topics. Have teams of students explore each of the "sub-topics" within the main topic. Ask them to record their findings in a digital portfolio of resources using WeLearned.It, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create informational videos sharing their research using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here. Then share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Why not list this link on your class website, so students can access the page both in and out of the classroom.

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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 (145), atmosphere (29), moon (75), sports (98), water (132)

In the Classroom

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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