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Zooniverse - Zooniverse

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7 to 12
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Zooniverse is one of the largest and most popular citizen science projects. Choose from the many live projects found along the right side including Planet Hunters, Old Weather, and...more
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Zooniverse is one of the largest and most popular citizen science projects. Choose from the many live projects found along the right side including Planet Hunters, Old Weather, and Ancient Lives among others (at the time of this review.) Click on the link of your choice to go to that project page and read more about the purpose. View interesting information and discoveries that occurring when people around the world contribute to a citizen science project. Create a login that can be used for any project shown. Registration requires and email address. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here.
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tag(s): earth (224), moon (74), space (226), sun (68), weather (202)

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Find interesting scientific information and how our understanding increases when data is included from other sources. Find information about our past history, earth and space around us, and information that can affect our future technology and exploration. Have students make a multimedia presentation about one of the "projects" using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.

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Greenlearning.ca - Pembrina Institute

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Promote environmental citizenship through this site's "green learning" units. The curriculum ranges from examining how electricity works, understanding the balance of ecosystems, to...more
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Promote environmental citizenship through this site's "green learning" units. The curriculum ranges from examining how electricity works, understanding the balance of ecosystems, to a high school unit on sustainable futures. Enjoy the interactive wind turbine and carbon calculator. The animation for grades 4 - 7 is engaging, and the video presentations for high school students on sustainability is powerful. Green Learning provides educators with an array of hands-on activities, online learning opportunities, printable materials, assessment tools, and valuable resources such as environmental experts to contact. Each environmental concept taught provides opportunities for real world learning, encourages social action, and advocacy. Teacher friendly planning tools can help meet instructional time constraints, students learning styles, and promote cross-curricular connections. The site is free but requires registration. Membership provides access to additional educational materials and a monthly newsletter. This program comes to us from Canada.

tag(s): climate (95), climate change (69), conservation (127), ecosystems (93), electricity (92), energy (209), environment (323), natural resources (57), persuasive writing (57), solar energy (39)

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The e-Card project series invites students to research a topic, write a persuasive letter to an individual they believe makes decisions that effect environment, then design and create an e-Card. Have your students share their work on the e-Cards website and view what other students have created.

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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Middle School Chemistry - American Chemical Society

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5 to 9
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"Big ideas about the very small," does not do this lesson plan center for middle level chemistry justice. Not only are there lessons plans and activity sheets that are able ...more
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"Big ideas about the very small," does not do this lesson plan center for middle level chemistry justice. Not only are there lessons plans and activity sheets that are able to be downloaded, there are also laboratory experiments and other smaller hands on activities that correspond to the lessons. Last but not least, there are related, FREE, online multimedia animations all packaged together.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), air (149), animation (61), atoms (55), carbon dioxide (15), chemicals (45), density (24), heat (16), matter (61), molecules (45), periodic table (51), ph (3), temperature (33), volume (53)

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Pick a lesson plan that fits with your curriculum and try it out with your students in grades six through eight. The animations are wonderful for showing the particles that make up larger objects. This is always hard for middle level students to understand and these lesson plans make the explanation and instruction about these complex concepts that much easier.
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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - DIY Recipes - Safe Cosmetics Action Network

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6 to 12
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This site provides a number of recipes for cosmetics that are safe to make and missing all harmful chemicals. From lip gloss to deodorant to face paint, this site has ...more
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This site provides a number of recipes for cosmetics that are safe to make and missing all harmful chemicals. From lip gloss to deodorant to face paint, this site has it. Discover the natural approach with some science on the side.

tag(s): chemicals (45), experiments (70)

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Use in a personal hygiene or health course to teach good practices. This is a great addition to family and consumer science or chemistry class for students to see science in practice. This site may inspire some terrific science fair projects, as well. Make your Halloween makeup an all-natural option. Challenge students to create one of the products and share their creations on a video. Share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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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 (91)

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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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CalcEnstein - Blaine Hilton

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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 (209), medicine (70), phonics (70), rockets (17), sports (100), weather (202)

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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 (69), critical thinking (120), environment (323), oil (40)

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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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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 (77), electricity (92), experiments (70), photosynthesis (33), plants (174)

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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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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 (45), genetics (88)

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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 (149), comics and cartoons (64), inquiry (34)

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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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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 (149), electricity (92), energy (209), engineering (132), ratios (63), solar energy (39)

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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.

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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 (55), elements (34), molecules (45), periodic table (51), structures (23)

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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 (60), animals (322), climate (95), energy (209), planets (130), plants (174), questioning (37), resources (106), seasons (36)

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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 (81)

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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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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 (322), endangered species (40), news (260), nutrition (158), weather (202)

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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 (69), design (87), electricity (92), energy (209), engineering (132), heat (16), natural resources (57), sustainability (18)

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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 Bob Experiments - Steve Galgas

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6 to 11
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This website has a list of exciting and simple experiments. The instructions are clear, concise, and printable! Topics include Newton's Law, making a film canister rocket, a levitating...more
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This website has a list of exciting and simple experiments. The instructions are clear, concise, and printable! Topics include Newton's Law, making a film canister rocket, a levitating orb, how to make Slime, optical illusions, bend water with static electricity, and many more for a variety of different sciences. Experiments make good use of cheap, recyclable and other easy to find items. Many experiments have video clips of people doing the experiments.

tag(s): chemicals (45), electricity (92), experiments (70), magnetism (39), newton (26), optical illusions (13), rockets (17), sounds (69), volcanoes (66)

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Print out instructions and have student work through the experiments when relevant to topics. Also, some experiments could be used as demonstrations. Assign cooperative learning groups specific experiments to try out and create a video to share with the class. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Science Bob Q&A - Steve Galgas

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3 to 9
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This webpage provides weekly answers to student submitted questions. Answers are student friendly, and offer pictures to help explain the answer. ...more
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This webpage provides weekly answers to student submitted questions. Answers are student friendly, and offer pictures to help explain the answer.

tag(s): questioning (37)

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Use questions as a good bank of "hooks" to start classroom discussions on various topics. Allow students time to expand the question and arrive at their own answers, and then have them view the actual given answer. From here, students can accept or reject the answer by finding more information on the topic.
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Life Sciences Learning Center: Animations - University of Rochster Medical Center

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View animations about complex cellular processes either online or by downloading to your computer. Click on the picture to view and follow the simulation. Click on "Download movie"...more
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View animations about complex cellular processes either online or by downloading to your computer. Click on the picture to view and follow the simulation. Click on "Download movie" to download the movie for MAC or PC. There are several topics, some of which include "Bacterial Homeostasis and Tooth Decay," "DNA and Genetic Disorders," "Cellular Respiration," and others.

tag(s): animation (61), cells (99), dna (65), genetics (88), photosynthesis (33), respiration (17)

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Use this resource to review concepts that have been learned in a biology class such as photosynthesis, cellular respiration, protein synthesis, or electrophoresis. Give students time to view the animations and create study notes for each part of the process that is happening. For example, have teams of students create the script for the scene unfolding in each slide of the movie. Team members could share the work using a tool such as Crocodoc reviewed here to create the script. Create a glossary of terms that need to be known to understand the process. Create a concept map either using conventional or digital means to outline the major points of the process and the similarities or differences that occur between each of the processes. Use a tool such as bubbl.us reviewed here).

Provide time for students to generate questions from the information they still do not understand or to create quiz questions to check for understanding following the viewing of the resource. You might want them to use Quiz Snack (reviewed here) to create online polls or surveys with their classmates to see who has the answers to the questions they still have.
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Science Friday Kids' Connection - NPR

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Science Friday includes a live science show, chat rooms, and a science desk for questions. Science links and mentors are also available. There are experiments to try, and an online...more
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Science Friday includes a live science show, chat rooms, and a science desk for questions. Science links and mentors are also available. There are experiments to try, and an online library for users. The site features podcasts of broadcasts of the PRN Science Friday shows, and a weekly video. They can be listened to on the site or downloaded through iTunes. Broadcasts can also be listened to live from links on the site. This hands-on site was designed for the user to have a science experience like no other.
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Use Science Friday as a springboard and resource for research projects, or as an end of the week fun discussion. Play a podcast, and have students discuss the meaning and any possible misunderstandings. You could set up a computer in your classroom with a Science Friday podcast or video set up and ready to go for students to cycle through or for those who finsh their work early.
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