Sunday, May 4, 2008

Web Sites to Help Teach Science

Many of the helpful science web sites that are available also work well with interactive whiteboards. To find some of these science resources, I again searched three of my favorite sites that continue to add quality web sites to their collections: the Ohio Resource Center,, and the Ohio Treasure Chest of Technology Resources.

The Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science, and Reading continues to add new resources to their collections. Their review process assures that their recommendations are worth considering.

The Thinkfinity site includes resources from several science organizations such as
Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Geographic Xpeditions and
Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Each of these organizations offers lesson plans and teaching materials through their own websites and through Thinkfinity.

Nitrogen Cycling: Manure in the Mix
ORC Resource Number #9389
Grades 9-12
Use this resource to provide an overview of the nitrogen cycle. An accompanying article on the impact of animal waste on the nitrogen cycle and a diagram that asks users to identify components of the nitrogen cycle are useful.

Great Gravidity
ORC Resource Number #10640
Grades 9-12
Students conduct a research project and analyze the data obtained. The project involves setting up and observing an aphid habitat.

Informal Science Education
Links are provided to botanical gardens, arboretums, science museums, zoos, aquariums, and planetariums found in Ohio.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Great Lakes Science Center

Ritter Planetarium

Toledo Botanical Garden

Toledo Zoo

COSI Columbus

Dawes Arboretum

Franklin Park Conservatory

Perkins Observatory

The Wilds

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art, & Technology

Aullwood Audubon Farm

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Cox Arboretum & Gardens

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Newport Aquarium,0,0,0

TeachersFirst thoroughly reviews sites and makes suggestions for using those sites in the classroom. They also continue to add new, quality sites to their collections.

Planet Science
Grades K to 12
This website has several components, including…
• News: weekly news updates and features
• Randomise: games and online fun
• Sci-Teach: resources for teachers
• Out There: activities, experiments, and online adventures
• Parents: science activities and ideas
• Under 11s: activities for pre-school and primary students
• Next Steps: career information
• Library: recommended web sites
Resources--many which work well with interactive whiteboards--are provided for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Science Literacy Maps
Grades K to 12
See how science and mathematics concepts fit together and how they build upon each other through the grades. When you click on a specific concept, you will find resources for that topic.

Science Clips
Ages 5 to 11
This site features interactive experiments and quizzes. Activities are provided for plants, sound, forces, health, electricity, magnetism, and other topics. These activities work well with interactive whiteboards.

Science Presentations
Grades K to 12
This site has free PowerPoint presentations (provided by teachers) on science, mathematics, language arts, social studies, and the arts topics for grades K-5 and 6-12.

Seeing Science
Ages 11 to 16
This site provides lesson plans for six themes: life, space, materials, food, environment, and light. Topics include anthrax, forces, energy, space rockets, plastics, nanotechnology, microbe growth, acid rain, climate change, electromagnetic spectrum. Each lesson has a lesson plan, student worksheets, and a multimedia section. Many of the activities work well with interactive whiteboards.

The Ohio Treasure Chest continues to add new resources.

Grade 2
Interactive educational games and activities include crash scene, virtual hip replacement, compound machines, virtual knee surgery, weather, and simple machines. Multiple lesson plans are available for simple machines and weather. I had fun creating a weather map for the news program!

Weather Symbols
Grade 2
This interactive site helps students to identify and describe weather, to identify weather symbols and present information in a simple graph, to create a weather forecast, and to identify activities that can be done in different sorts of weather.

Weather Maker Simulation
Grade 2
Create your own weather at this interactive site using the tropical and polar temperatures and the relative humidity. You can choose to read about weather and learn some of the related vocabulary.

The Great Plant Escape
Grade 4
Students can help Detective LePlant solve mysteries. In the process of solving the mysteries, the students will learn about plants. After the mysteries are solved, the students can participate in a variety of activities such as growing lettuce indoors or completing a crossword puzzle. The students will have fun learning at this site!

The Life Cycle of Plants
Grade 4
Well-done animations illustrate seed growth, parts of a flower, and seed dispersal. Some worksheets are printable.

Zip's Plants
Grade 4
Growth of a plant, plant activities, links to plant web sites, pollination, parts of a plant, and a quiz to check what you have learned are the choices at this site. Simple text and illustrations do the teaching here. The site is easy for students to navigate.

Interactive Science Lab - Sound
Grade 8
Create sounds by striking various sizes of glasses at this interactive site. You can choose to read about pitch and volume and learn some of the related vocabulary.

Waves Tutorial - Part 1
Grade 8
Learn about types of waves, reflection, refraction, diffraction, and seismic waves in this online tutorial which uses animations and audio explanations.

Interactive Science Lab - Earthquakes
Grade 8
Test the effect of earthquakes of v
arious magnitudes at this interactive site. You can choose to read about earthquakes and learn some of the related vocabulary.

Illuminating Photosynthesis
Grade 8
Photosynthesis is explained with animations that (1) show the cycle of oxygen and carbon dioxide between plants and humans and (2) explain photosynthesis at an atomic level. A short but interesting quiz finishes the lesson.



Paul Hamilton said...

Thanks for your extensive lists. This kind of reference is incredibly helpful!

Jo Schiffbauer said...

Thanks for your kind comments, Paul.