SELECTED SCIENCE WEB SITES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Beakman and Jax's Place
http://www.beakman.com/index.html

This site contains interactive demos, news about the Beakman's World TV show, and several Hubble Telescope pictures. It has a nice section on planets on the first page for early elementary students. Shockwave plug-in required for interactive demonstrations.

Electronic Zoo
http://netvet.wustl.edu/ssi.htm

The Electronic Zoo has a vast amount of information and various links to the study of the animal kingdom and the environments in which they live. For example, the link to whales has interactive and interdisciplinary lesson plans developed by both educators and students.

Earth and Mars Education Modules
http://www-k12.atmos.washington.edu/k12/modules/index.html

Interactive student activities geared towards planet exploration. This site contains some activities for grades 2-3, but is best suited for upper elementary. It can serve as a link for teachers to other science activities.

UC Museum of Paleontology
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/historyoflife/histoflife.html

Great site for information on dinosaurs. Has a very good rubric (fossil record section) tying the National Science Standards to the study of dinosaurs at all grade levels.

Chem4Kids
http://www.chem4kids.com/

This site speaks directly to the young scientist. It's an excellent tutorial for children learning scientific concepts and how math is integrated into science. There are no hands-on activities and the student has to have genuine interest in topic because it's encyclopedic in its approach.

Discovery Channel School
http://discoveryschool.com/schoolhome.html

This site offers multimedia, interactive video options to the classroom. The content is current and linked to the Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel programming, offering opportunities for teachers to tape the programming and use it interactively with TLC Elementary School lesson plans. Also provided for teachers and students are previews of upcoming programs and "Bulletin Board" Discussion opportunities regarding lessons/program. For full audio effects, the plug-in RealAudio must be downloaded.

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
http://yucky.kids.discovery.com/

Learn all about cockroaches, worms, and your gross and cool body! This web site has a great humorous slant to it that makes learning fun! Great graphics and sounds! An excellent resource to use in the classroom for learning about entomology and bodily functions.

VolcanoWorld
http://volcano.und.nodak.edu

VolcanoWorld is an outstanding resource for kids interested in learning about volcanoes. This website contains real-time volcano information, an interactive clickable map of active volcanoes world-wide, and remote sensing satellite images. Topics covered at VolcanoWorld include how volcanoes work, submarine volcanoes, planetary volcanoes, career information on becoming a volcanologist, volcanic parks and monuments and volcano, and exploration on the moon, Mars, and Venus.

Carolina Coastal Science
http://www.ncsu.edu/coast

This web site contains a Carolina Coastal Photojournal with QuickTime movies. Students can use this Web site to explore similarities and differences in the amount of sand, visible waves, and plant cover between the ocean side and marsh side of the same barrier island and identify similarities and differences among the three regions of the Carolina Coast.

For Kids Only - Earth Science Enterprise
http://kids.mtpe.hq.nasa.gov/

This site has many interesting activities to help young students learn about various earth science concepts. An interactive online coloring book is a unique feature of this web site.

NASA Observatorium
http://observe.arc.nasa.gov/nasa/core.shtml.html

In addition to many awesome space pictures, this web site contains a variety of interactive games with space themes that will engage young students.

WhaleNet
http://whale.wheelock.edu

This web site has many classroom activities for teachers to use in the classrooom to assist students in learning about whales and their habitat.

MathMol Hypermedia textbook for elementary school
http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/textbook/ elem_home1.html

This web site contains an online textbook for students in grades 3-5.

National Geographic Kids
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

The web site for kids to explore the fascinating world of National Geographic. Interactive games and explorations make this Web site very engaging for young students.

Nine Planets Tour of the Solar System
http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/nineplanets/nineplanets/nineplanets.html

Take a virtual tour of our solar system.

Earth Today: A Digital View of Our Dynamic Planet
http://www.nasm.si.edu/earthtoday/

View the Earth from space on the Internet. At this Web site, students can look at this planet as a whole system with its atmosphere, oceans, lands masses, and other interacting global systems.

Galaxy photography
http://www.galaxyphoto.com/index.html

Great pictures of galaxies throughout our universe.

Greatest hits from the Hubble Telescope
http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/BestOfHST95.html

Just like the title says. Many unique space photographs.

NASA's Planetary Photojournal
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/

A NASA database with over 1200 space images.

Cool Science for Curious Kids
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology at this Web site. Activities include dust exploration, classifying critters, microscopy, plant parts, and more.

ExplorA-Pond
http://www.uen.org/utahlink/pond/

Experience a simulated pond, take a virtual tour of an outdoor classroom, experience pond math and pond science activities, publish your adopted pond online, and chat with other K-6 students interested in pond stuff.

Sci4Kids
http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/

The science behind agriculture is presented as a series of interactive stories based on research projects featured in Agricultural Research. The site also contains photos, graphics, trivia, and classroom connections.

Rock Hounds with Rocky
http://www.fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/

Science activities to help students to explore how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks are made. Also contains animations and interactive games.

Air Travelers
http://www.ornsi.edu/visit/physics/air

Introduces students to the basic principles of buoyancy, properties of gases, temperature, and the technology involved in hot air ballooning.

Journey North
http://www.learner.org/jnorth

Global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, bald eagles, robins, hummingbirds, manatees, whooping cranes -- and other birds and mammals, the budding of plants, changing sunlight and other natural events. Includes lesson plans and activities.

Square of Life
http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/squareproj/

Internet-based collaborative project in which students investigate their local environment and share that information with other students from around the country and the world.

Bucket Buddies
http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/bucketproj/

Elementary students around the United States and other countries collect samples from local ponds to investiage the question: Are the organisms found in pond water the same all over the world?

FOSSWEB
http://www.fossweb.com/

Interactive activities and resources aligned to FOSS kit activities.

Living Things
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/revisewise/science/living/
This site includes 5 different activities about living things including life processes, food chains, animals: teeth and nutrition, bones and organs, and plants. Content background, assessment items and worksheets provided.

Helping Plants Grow Well

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/plants_grow.shtml
Web-based simulation for growing plants.

My Life as an Elk
http://www.wildlifeart.org/ElkStory/
Interactive story about elk life. Students take on the identity of a newborn elk calf and make choices throughout the story about what the calf does.

Life Cycles
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/9_10/life_cycles.shtml
Identify plant parts and functions.

Habitats
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/habitats.shtml
Simulation to explore a pond habitat.

Plants and Animals in the Local Environment
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/plants_animals_env.shtml
Simulation to explore organisms inhabiting a playground.

 

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