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Magnetism and Electricity - 3rd Grade
  • Little Shop of Physics
    This site contains online experiments that can be done using household items or using the computer.
  • How Stuff Works
    How Stuff Works is a great place to learn about the way all kinds of things function in the world. Learn about everything from guitars, to cruise missiles to the cells in your own body!
  • Toshiba NSTA ExploraVision
    From the site: "ExploraVision is a competition for all students in grades K–12. It is designed to encourage students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore a vision of the future. Teams of students select a technology, research how it works and why it was invented, and then project how that technology may change in the future. They must then identify what breakthroughs are required for their vision to become a reality and describe the positive and negative consequences of their technology on society. Winning ideas have focused on things as simple as ball-point pens and as complex as satellite communications."
  • American Experience: Hoover Dam
    Rising more than 215 meters (700 feet) above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. This PBS website includes information about the film, people and events, a timeline, maps, and a teacher guide that supports the film.
  • Hoover Dam: A National Historic Landmark
    This website about Hoover Dam is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). It includes the Story of Hoover Dam, Education Information, and notes about visiting Hoover Dam.
  • How Computer Monitors Work
    What is inside the black box known as a computer monitor? Check this How Stuff Works website to find out.
  • How Solar Cells Work
    Find out how solar cells convert the sun’s energy directly into electricity.
  • How Speakers Work
    Find out how a speaker (or headphone) translates electrical signals and translates them back into physical vibrations to create sound waves that you can hear.
  • How Television Works
    Check out this website from How Stuff Works to find out how a television works, from what has to happen in your brain to the cathode ray technology that creates the image.
  • The Magnetic Earth
    Here´s a website to begin learning about the Earth´s magnetic field. This NASA website includes information, movies and pictures about magnetism, the magnetosphere and how Earth´s magnetic field shields the planet from solar storms.
  • Theater of Electricity, Boston Museum of Science
    This site from the Boston Museum of Science includes load of information about their amazing Theater of Electricity. You can find information about the history and construction of the theater and its world´s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator, Tesla coils, and lightning, plus photos, movies, and teacher resources.
  • Transistorized!
    This brief introduction outlines personalities and organizations involved in the history of the transistor.  
  • What is Maglev?
    Discover how maglev (magnetic levitation) is being used in the design of new transportation systems, such as railroads.
Structures of Life - 3rd Grade
  • All About Snails
    Learn about the snail, coloring activities, worksheets, clip art, stories and Internet-based lesson.
  • Deep Ocean Creatures
    Scientists are finding out more about the amazing creatures that live in the deepest parts of the ocean. Find out more about the creatures and how scientists study them.
  • Growing a Pineapple
    Getting a pineapple top to take root is no mystery once you follow these instructions.
  • NOAA's Ark
    This collection of images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) includes many wonderful pictures of both land- and ocean-dwelling creatures, including bears, whales, birds, and walruses.
  • Plants and Youth: Design and Build a Terrarium
    With this illustrated online guide from the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, students can have a great time designing and building simple terrariums using quart jars or goldfish bowls. (Note: A warm terrarium is perfect for sprouting as many grapefruit seeds as you have room for.)
  • Teaching about the Rainforest
    These nine ideas for learning about the rainforest involve students in classroom projects and field trips that enlarge their understanding of the importance of soil, seed dispersal, and growing conditions. The site includes a list of resources for such things as banana seeds, books, and software. (i unapproved this because as far as i can tell this page no longer exists)
  • USGS Biological Resources Division
    This site includes a photo gallery, kid’s corner, education links, special interest stories, plus other information concerning the Biological Resources Division.

Water - 3rd Grade

  • A Primer on Water Quality
    Is the water safe for drinking? Can fish and other aquatic life thrive in streams and lakes that are affected by human activities? What is the water quality? To answer these questions, check out this U.S. Geological Survey site to find out what water quality means, how it is determined, and the natural processes and human activities that affect water quality.
  • The Water Cycle
    Very comprehensive U.S. Geological Survey website about the water cycle. It includes an interactive diagram and lots of photos. Available in 36 languages.
  • Water around the World
    From the Windows to the Universe web site, this section describes our planet Earth and explains why water is so important to this planet and life itself. Find out Amazing Water Facts and how the Water Cycle works.
  • Water Cycle: Follow a Drip
    This site is part of the USGS Water Science for Schools web pages. Follow a drip through text and graphs as it travels around the water cycle.
  • Water Science for Schools
    The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Water Science for Schools web site offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.

Measurement - 3rd Grade

  • History of Measurement
    Learn about the history of measurement
  • How Many?
    A dictionary of units of measurement.
  • Metric Numbers to Remember
    This table contains numbers that people often memorize. Many of these are nicer round numbers, and easier to remember, in metric units than in old-fashioned units.
  • Surveyor's Basic Tools
    One of the main tasks of a surveyor is to measure the surface of the Earth. Check out some early tools used by the surveyor and find out about their purpose and uses.
  • The Weather Channel
    Another site that gives recent weather reports around the world.
  • Tryscience.org Field Trips
    Use an interactive map of the world to find and explore a science and technology center or museum near you. You can also find online adventures and field trips, ideas for experiments at home, plus live webcams. TryScience.org is your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience is brought to you through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.
  • Weather Underground
    Get the latest weather and historical weather data from around the world. See the static and moving satellite maps of regions all over the world.

 

 

Human Body - 4th Grade

  • How Stuff Works
    How Stuff Works is a great place to learn about the way all kinds of things function in the world. Learn about everything from guitars, to cruise missiles to the cells in your own body!
  • How Your Brain Works
    Find out about the anatomy of your brain and how your brain works. This page from HowStuffWorks.com includes many illustrations.
  • KidsHealth.org
    Have you got questions about the human body? This is the place to find the answer.
  • What Are Taste Buds?
    How exactly do your taste buds work? Find out this and more at KidsHealth.org.
  • Why Do I Shiver?
    Find out why your body shivers at this KidsHealth.org website.

Earth Materials - 4th Grade 

  • Cascades Volcanoes Images
    This site includes climate information for different countries.
  • Building Stones of our Nation's Capital
    This online booklet describes the source and appearance of many of the stones used in building Washington, D.C. The buildings have been constructed with rocks from quarries throughout the United States and many distant lands. Each building shows important features of various stones and the geologic environment in which they were formed.
  • Career Profiles: Association of Women Geoscientists
    This site from the Association of Women Geoscientists includes career information plus profiles of many women who have made geoscience a career.  
  • Mineral Gallery
    This commercial site includes images of a number of common and rare minerals with information about their properties.
  • Minerals Image Index
    You can download images of a variety of minerals at this site from the Geology Museum at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
  • Mohs Hardness Scale
    Mohs hardness is measured on a scale from 1 to 10 with softer minerals designated by low numbers and harder minerals designated by high numbers. The scale was developed about 200 years ago by Friedrich Mohs.
  • Natural Gemstones
    This pamphlet from the U.S. Geological Survey includes useful information and terms concerning natural gemstones. For example, a natural gemstone is a mineral, stone, or organic matter that can be cut and polished or otherwise treated for use as jewelry or other ornament. A precious gemstone has beauty, durability, and rarity, whereas a semiprecious gemstone has only one or two of these qualities. A gem is a gemstone that has been cut and polished.
  • Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum
    The Pilgrim Monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States and is built entirely of granite from Stonington, Maine. The tower is 77 meters (252 feet 7-1/2 inches) high. The top of the Monument is 109 meters (353 feet) above sea level. This website describes the monument and Provincetown Museum in words and photographs.
  • The Learning Web
    Explore things on, in, around, and about Earth, such as plants and animals, land, water, and maps. Shows how biology, geology, hydrology, and geography help us understand our changing world.
  • U.S. National Parks Page
    Provides information on all U.S. national parks. Includes information that will be of assistance in planning a trip or obtaining data about a park.
  • USGS
    This is the site for the U.S. Geological Survey, a part of Department of Interior.
  • USGS Publications Online
    Provides access to a variety of electronic documents from the U.S. Geological Survey. Includes the Geologic Time and Fossils, Rocks, and Time brochures.

 Physics of Sound - 4th Grade

  • Foss web site on Physics of Sound
  • Chronology: Bell Labs
    Time line of technologies pioneered at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, beginning with the telephone in 1876 and continuing through 1993. Covers such innovations as electronic recording, sound motion pictures, transatlantic telephone services, stereo recording, transistors, the solar cell, and cellular phones.
  • How Cell Phones Work
    Find out how cell phones work in this How Stuff Works site.
  • How Speakers Work
    Find out how a speaker (or headphone) translates electrical signals and translates them back into physical vibrations to create sound waves that you can hear.
  • PlayMusic.org
    The American Symphony Orchestra League presents this site that includes Shockwave games that explore different sections in the orchestra. You can also listen to several musical selections that feature different musical instruments.
  • Tryscience.org Field Trips
    Use an interactive map of the world to find and explore a science and technology center or museum near you. You can also find online adventures and field trips, ideas for experiments at home, plus live webcams. TryScience.org is your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience is brought to you through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.
  • What Causes a Sonic Boom?
    Check out this How Stuff Works web page to find out what causes a sonic boom.
Ideas and Inventions - 4th Grade
  • Foss web site on Ideas and Inventions
  • Arthur Fry
    This site is the Post-it Note story. 
  • Bette Nesmith
    This site is the story of Bette Nesmith, the woman who invented correction fluid for typing.
  • How Airplanes Work
    If you have ever wondered what allows a 747 -- or any airplane for that matter -- to fly, then read on! You will read about the theory of flight and talk about the different parts of a standard airplane, and more.
  • How Floppy Disk Drives Work
    Learn more about what is inside a floppy disk drive and how it works.
  • How Gliders Work
    From paper airplanes to the space shuttle during re-entry, there are many types of gliders. Find about the most common type of glider, often referred to as a sailplane. 
  • How Stuff Works
    How Stuff Works is a great place to learn about the way all kinds of things function in the world. Learn about everything from guitars, to cruise missiles to the cells in your own body!
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells
    Find out how hydrogen fuel cells work and where they can be used. Includes some historical events in the development of hydrogen fuel cells.
  • Invention Convention
    The Invention Convention is an event that gives students an opportunity to demonstrate these skills independently as they invent a new product or process.
  • Invention Dimension
    The Lemelson-MIT Program awards apprenticeships to deserving high school students who show special achievement. Also on the site are links to other Inventions sites and daily facts about different inventions.
  • Inventor Hall of Fame
    This site is a list of inventors presented in alphabetical order. You can click on any name and get information about that inventor.
  • Philo T. Farnsworth
    This site is a short biography of Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television.
  • Toshiba ExploraVision Awards
    A competition for all students in grades K-12, designed to encourage students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore a vision of the future. 
  • Tryscience.org Field Trips
    Use an interactive map of the world to find and explore a science and technology center or museum near you. You can also find online adventures and field trips, ideas for experiments at home, plus live webcams. TryScience.org is your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience is brought to you through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.
  • Waldo Semon
    This site is a short biography of Waldo Semon who is the inventor of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic.
 
 
Mixtures and Solutions - 5th Grade
  • CHEM4KIDS
    This site includes a variety of information, activities, and a glossary relating to chemistry.
  • Chemical Elements
    Up to date periodic table created especially for K-12 students.
  • Comic Book Periodic Table
    Click on an element in this table and see full, referenced comic book pages and covers involving that element. See how comic book heroes have been influenced by chemistry.
  • Bill Nye's Online Labs
    This site contains Bill Nye the Science Guy's online labs which contain chemistry experiments.
  • Grow a Borax Snowflake
    Follow these instructions to create a borax crystal snowflake.
  • How Fire Works
    Find out where fire comes from and see why it behaves the way it does at this How Stuff Works website.
  • Science of Candy: Rock Candy Recipe
    Find out about the science of candy and how to make rock candy at this Exploratorium website.
  • The mineral borax
    This site explains what the mineral borax is, and where it is mined and refined.
  • Tryscience.org Field Trips
    Use an interactive map of the world to find and explore a science and technology center or museum near you. You can also find online adventures and field trips, ideas for experiments at home, plus live webcams. TryScience.org is your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience is brought to you through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.

Landforms - 5th Grade

  • Foss web sites on Landforms
  • American Experience: Hoover Dam
    Rising more than 215 meters (700 feet) above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. This PBS website includes information about the film, people and events, a timeline, maps, and a teacher guide that supports the film.
  • Color Landform Atlas of the United States
    This site includes a number of downloadable maps and satellite images for each state.
  • Earth from Space/Water Habitats
    Search this NASA website for images and information about Earth's various water habitats. Photos are aerial views taken from the Space Shuttle.
  • EROS Data Center
    Information about maps and aerial photographs of the U.S. that are available for purchase.
  • Get Lost: The Compass Game
    This PBS/Nova site includes an interactive game that lets you find your way with a compass. You can play it online if you have right plug-ins or download a Mac or Windows version.
  • Grand Canyon Explorer
    A large resource of information about the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas.
  • Hoover Dam: A National Historic Landmark
    This website about Hoover Dam is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). It includes the Story of Hoover Dam, Education Information, and notes about visiting Hoover Dam. 
  • Learning Web:U.S. Geological Survey
    The Learning Web is a portion of the USGS web dedicated to K-12 education, exploration, and life-long learning. Explore things on, in, around, and about the Earth such as plants and animals, land, water, and maps. Learn how Biology, Geology, Hydrology, and Geography can help us understand our changing world.
  • Making 3D Glasses
    This site from the USGS includes directions for making your own pair of glasses for viewing special stereo images in three dimensions.
  • Microsoft Research Map
    This site allows you to view images from the earth taken during the past 30 years. Go see if your city is listed.
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University Of Texas Library Online
    Includes a great variety of digitized maps from around the world, including national parks and state maps.
  • River of Resource
    River of Resource is a place where students can find a variety of information about rivers from around the world. 
  • TerraWeb for Kids: U.S. Geological Survey
    A set of images, activities, and interactions dealing with remote sensing and image processing. 
  • The Colorado River in Grand Canyon: How Fast Does It Flow?
    Opening the jet tubes at Glen Canyon Dam on March 26, 1996, released from Lake Powell a controlled flood of water that traveled down the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. How fast did the water move? How long did it take for water to reach a particular point along the river?
  • The Learning Web
    Explore things on, in, around, and about Earth, such as plants and animals, land, water, and maps. Shows how biology, geology, hydrology, and geography help us understand our changing world.
  • U.S. National Parks Page
    Provides information on all U.S. national parks. Includes information that will be of assistance in planning a trip or obtaining data about a park.
  • USGS Publications Online
    Provides access to a variety of electronic documents from the U.S. Geological Survey. Includes the Geologic Time and Fossils, Rocks, and Time brochures.
  • USGS Topographic Maps
    The USGS sells nearly 70,000 topographic map titles. Find maps for your area by browsing the following website:
  • Virtual Field Trips
    This site includes a virtual field trips with Quicktime VR for a number of national parks and other sites of geological interest.
  • Yellowstone National Park
    Find loads of information about Yellowstone National Park at this National Park Service website. Topics include nature and science, for kids, education, and facts.

Variables - 5th Grade

  • Foss web site on Variables
  • Amusement Park Physics
    What variables and laws of physics affect amusement park ride design? At this website, you'll find out by designing your own roller coaster and experimenting with bumper car collisions. 
  • Cannon Investigation
    Experiment with variables that affect the trajectory of a cannonball. You can vary the cannon angle, speed of the cannonball, wind factors, and more. After you shoot off the cannon, you can see the path the cannonball took on a background graph.
  • How Airplanes Work
    If you have ever wondered what allows a 747 -- or any airplane for that matter -- to fly, then read on! You will read about the theory of flight and talk about the different parts of a standard airplane, and more.
  • How Does a Catapult Work?
    Read text and view pictures to find out how a catapult works at this HowStuffWorks website.
  • How Gliders Work
    From paper airplanes to the space shuttle during re-entry, there are many types of gliders. Find about the most common type of glider, often referred to as a sailplane.
  • To Fly Is Everything!
    This site is the Virtual Museum of the Invention of the Airplane. It includes a restoration of the movie of the Wright Brothers first flight, plus a interactive simulation of the 1903 Wright Brothers flight, 3-D models of early aircraft, a photo and movie gallery, a digital library, a plane database, and an Inventors Gallery.
  • Tryscience.org Field Trips
    Use an interactive map of the world to find and explore a science and technology center or museum near you. You can also find online adventures and field trips, ideas for experiments at home, plus live webcams. TryScience.org is your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience is brought to you through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.
  • What's Inside a Computer?
    Explore the inside of a computer with this interactive page at About.com.

Environments - 5th Grade

  • Bell Live! Online Eco-games
    From the University of Minnesota and the Bell Museum, online activities include Build-A-Prairie and The Watershed Game.
  • ENature
    This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
  • Environmental Defense Fund/Scorecard
    Find out how your community rates on the pollution scorecard. All you need to know is your zip code and you will get a report of the major polluters that affect your area.
  • Environmental Explorers' Club
    This site is presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It includes several "rooms" in which you can explore the air, your environment, reycling, science, art, and plants and animals. Each area includes activities and resources to explore.
  • EPA Student Center
    Designed for older students, this site includes activities and resources dealing with the following topics: air, water, human health, waste and recycling, conservation, and more.
  • Frogland
    This site is everything you always wanted to know about frogs.
  • NOAA's Photo Library
    This collection of images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) includes many wonderful pictures of both land- and ocean-dwelling creatures, including bears, whales, birds, and walruses.
  • The Nature Conservancy
    This site is the home page for The Nature Conservancy, an environmental organization whose primary concern is preserving natural habitats for endangered species.


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