Ideas for the Science Classroom

Resources for Science

**Attention 3rd-6th Grade Science Teachers: Check out Pulse of the Planet – Kids’ Science Challenge. Aside from a great contest, this website has some amazing Animal Encounters and Science Smarts. Try and beat a chimpanzee at a memory game, or problem-solve like the family dog!
How Stuff Works. A one-stop shop for all things science. Great site for student research, or an opportunity to introduce a concept in a different way.  Site includes videos, podcasts, blogs, quizzes and many games both online and off.http://science.howstuffworks.com/
Sumanas Inc. www.SumanasInc.com This RICH site for Science has two great areas: Animation Gallery, and Science in Focus. The Animation gallery animates science and statistics concepts from General Biology, Environmental Science, to Astronomy and Chemistry. The Science in Focus section uses animation to bring to life important science topics in the news, from Gene Therapy to Anthrax, this will enhance your science concepts.
Chemical Education Digital Library www.chemeddl.org  This site is packed with Resources for the Chemistry Teacher. It features fantastic digital resources, tools, and online services—a collaborative, community-driven site. It features a live Periodic Table, 3-D interactive models of inorganic and organic compounds, and a Virtual Laboratory where students can design and perform experiments. There’s also a “Murder Mystery,” where students can solve a virtual crime.
Knotebooks is a website that allows teachers or students to browse science and physics topics, making them easier or more advanced, or swapping out definitions for videos or a link to more information. Topics range from jumping beans, friction, Newton’s second law, and Terminal Velocity. Challenge AP Physics students to watch a 38 minute Fundamentals Class from MIT!
The Medical Animation Library through Penn Medicine contains fantastic, very concise animations for Anatomy and Physiology.  (You may have to install Adobe Shockwave, but it is free, and will walk you through the process). The animations are beautiful, and include everything from Allergies to Alzheimer’s, Conception to Broken Bones, Heart Bypass surgery to cell division. Very interactive. Presents a different, 3D view of difficult concepts. http://www.pennmedicine.org/health_info/animationplayer/
24/7 Science www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/ contains a huge collection of projects, activities, and interactive games for the Primary School grade.  Young scientists will enjoy games such as “Best Beaks” where there try to match the beak to the bird. Another great choice is “Bat Quiz,” where students can explore and learn on their own about bats, watch videos, see examples, link to systematics and morphology.  In the end, they can test their “Bat” Knowledge. Each topic has related activities and further learning opportunities.
APPS: There are loads of Science Apps, here is are the top three as recommended by our Dataseam Teachers.
a. Solar Walk – 3D Solar System Model
b. Molecules
c. Virtual Cell Animations
World Wide Telescope www.WorldWideTelescope.org This turns your computer into a virtual telescope! Follow prompts from WWT to easily install Silverlight onto your computer, takes less than 1 minute. Explore the sky, earth, planets all from your computer. Guided tours of the planets, galaxies, black holes, star clusters, cosmic events, and much more.  The site includes curriculum guides, lesson plans and additional resources to assist educators and students launching into an exploration of the universe through the lens of the World Wide Telescope.
Wikis: Try www.wikispaces.com or www.PBworks.com  A wiki can substitute for a classroom website with student work showcased. A wiki is like a blank webpage you can write on with simple tools–text, photos, graphics, videos, links and more. They contain text, audio, video, photos, links and more. They can be edited by multiple people, making it a great collaborative tool.
a. Here are some examples of using Wikis in the Classroom ( from www.TeachersFirst.com )
i. A student-made glossary of scientific terms with illustrations and definitions added by the class. Linking to separate pages with detailed information would allow the main glossary list to remain reasonably short.
ii. A taxonomy of living things with information about each branch as you study Biology over a full year.
iii. Designs of experiments (and resulting lab reports) for a chemistry class.
iv. Observations from field sites, such as water-testing in local streams, weather observations from across your state, or bird counts during migratory season. Collaborate with other schools.
v. Detailed and illustrated descriptions of scientific processes: how mountains form, etc.
vi .A physics wiki for those wicked-long problems so the class can collaborate on how to solve them (a “wicked wiki”?).
Kinetic City www.KineticCity.com  is a great site for K-8 Science Experiments, Games, Activities, Challenges and more.  Mind Games, interactive fitness games and more.
These 2 sites are currently under construction, and being re-launched. They are worth noting and following as both are fantastic resources for the science teacher.
a. Celestia (www.Shattersn.net/Celestia) The free download provides 3D Space Exploration and great Simulations.  www.CelestiaMotherloade.net has MANY add-ons and Classroom Activities, for use with Celestia.
b. BodyBrowser is being re-released in the coming weeks as Zygote Body
c.www.zygotebody.com The site will improve upon Google’s outgoing 3D Human Anatomy and Labs.