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Play in the Sandbox
- Fascinating. Be sure to click around on the links at the top of the page.
What Do Tree Rings Sound Like When Played Like a Record?
- Article discusses the ways in which the stability of social groups in spider populations influence their "personalities" and individual behaviors
This site contains links to information on a variety of species, animal sounds, images, fictional animals, and general animal-related sites.
Atomic & Molecular Structure
This lesson plan contains a recipe for using physical activities to help students understand and communicate atomic and molecular structure and interaction.
A beautiful site dedicated to collecting quality, interactive science education activities. It offers lesson plans and simulations, links to webquests, quizzes, and diagrams and images for use in both high school Freshman and AP Biology classes.
Biology in a Box
Really outstanding, easy-to-prepare, hands-on games and activities designed to help students understand key concepts in biology. Click on the unit links to see online versions of the downloadable documents.
Cabbage Juice – pH indicator
Make your own acid/base indicator by boiling red cabbage. Use the juice to pH different fluids.
This page contains a compendium of demonstrations submitted by teachers across the United States which are categorized by indoor v. outdoor and students under 12 v. over 12.
A phenomenally comprehensive and useful site for both teachers and students of chemistry that contains a wealth of fantastic pedagogical information and links to information about chemistry as a profession, the history and philosophy of chemistry, high school chemistry across the U.S., quotations, resources, study skills, tutorials for a variety of concepts, web-based reviews, and much, much more!
Chemistry Holiday Music
This lesson asks students to take holiday music and write their own words which teach content in chemistry. (The page includes samples.)
Cutting Edge Biology
An article about virtual dissection.
This page contains links to a plethora of interactive activities, demonstrations, and experiments which are categorized by subject area (Biology, Chemistry, etc.)
The Drinking Bird
Students are asked to use fundamental physical principles in order to explain why a drinking bird functions.
Edible/Inedible Experiments Archive
Herein lies a series of experiments demonstrating concepts in different branches of science. Some may be eaten before, during or after the experiment, and some definitely should not be eaten at all. Each file lists an expected age-level to carry out the experiment, as well as all safety measures that should be undertaken. Many of the experiments will require nothing more than a quick rummaging through the kitchen cabinets.
Eye of Science
Cool photographs of a variety of cretures. Text available in English or in German.
The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
This page contains links to profiles of African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The links are categorized by people, by profession, and alphabetically.
Free Science Resources
All of these sites contain links to well-designed online projects related to a wide array of topics in Science and Health.
A virtual dissection service that requires a subscription. Click on demos to view a free demo of the dissection of a frog, an owl pellet, and a squid.
Fun with Formulas
Students use dice representing positive and negative ions as a stimulus for writing correct formulas using valences.
This site contains links designed to allow students to test and compare their math and science skills to those of students throughout the world, along with activities to help strengthen those skills.
This site, designed primarily to appeal to students, contains Interactive activities designed to give them opportunities to strengthen Math and Science skills and to expose them to career opportunities that require those skills. Be sure to click around the student section for high school and the teacher resource section. (There are wonderful links to other really useful sites as well as some great teacher materials and printable worksheets that encourage students to think about how they might use math and science in the future.)
Interactive Menu Planner
Use this site to enter the foods you plan to eat in order to determine your projected daily caloric intake.
Internet-based Lessons for Grades 9-12
this page contains links to various internet-based lessons including: Science Why’s, Blackout Syndrome, Arctica, Clever Cellular Concoction, Shark Attack, Moon and Tides, Homer’s Hill, The Golden Opportunity, The Phantom, and Newton’s Laws. Many of the activities are organized in a mystery format.
Introduction to Mendelian Genetics Using Fiction
Lesson plans for interdisciplinary activities which can be used to present the history of Mendel, what it was like to be a 19th century scientist, and genetics.
This nicely organized, easy-to-navigate site contains annotated links to hands-on science activities, odds and ends, online activities, worksheets and puzzles.
Lab Dad's Laboratory
Links to labs students can do at home for biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science and ecology, food science, physical science, and soil. Also includes labs for grade school children and information on insect collecting and research.
Law of Multiple Proportions
Students are given a frustrating writing assignment and are then given a demonstration which resolves the confusion related to the law of multiple proportions.
MTV no PTV
This lesson is a high interest introduction to the gas laws.
National Institutes of Health
The National Institute of Health’s Office of Science Education has produced FREE,
teaching units based on recent scientific data and the National Science Standards for science teachers and administrators. Each unit encourages students to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills through a variety of activities and simulations, and comes complete with a weekly planner, lesson plans, reproducible worksheets, and overhead transparency masters. A CD Rom accompanies each unit that contains activities students can do on networked computers, as well as printable worksheets of the same activities for teachers who do not wish to take students to the computer lab. The materials also include a matrix that shows how the contents of each unit align with both the National Science Standards and specific chapters from a variety of science textbooks, making it easy to plug them into your existing curriculum. The following topics are currently available
Cell Biology and Cancer,
Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, Human Genetic Variation, "The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology through the Study of Addiction,
Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms.
One Two Three Isaac Newton And Me
This lesson provides students with hands-on opportunities to discover and interpret Newton’s Laws.
Poetry in Gases
Students express what they know about the physical properties of gases through poetry (this page contains several samples).
Resource Conservation Exercise
This is a critical thinking problem which asks students to plan an itinerary for the month in order to stay within a specified a gasoline budget.
Students communicate/explain science concepts (such as action vs. Reaction, heat retention of metal, the pull of gravity) using situations sparked by comic pages.
This site contains links to lesson plans for biology, chemistry, physics and other typical science-based subjects, along with science club activities, science news, science trivia, word searches and other puzzles,
information on educational technology for teachers, and much more. Many lesson plans and activities can be downloaded as .pdfs.
Contains links to interactive exhibits and activities (such as calculating braking distances and energy consumption, testing reaction time, showing what makes a home run, etc.) which encourage students to learn about the science behind baseball, hockey, climbing and cycling.
Spreadsheets Empower Elementary Science Students
Students visit a local playground for some experiments using slides to compare potential and kinetic energy, swings as pendulums, and the merry-go-round to measure centripetal and centrifugal force. After the experiments, students enter their data in a spread sheet application and use it to construct graphs.
Starting at the End
This interview uncovers the dos and don'ts of designing an effective, project-based learning scenario in Science
Students explore evapotranspiration and the water cycle using this activity.
Twenty Ideas for Teaching Science Using the Newspaper
The title says it all!
Vectors for Beginning Physics Student
An interactive activity which teaches vectors and graphing.
The Visible Human Project
This outstanding site contains all sorts of links that will be especially useful to physiology and biology teachers. Be sure to view the sample animations.
Water to the Max
This post describes a hands-on activity which allows students to explore the relationship between angles and distance.
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