What do living things need to live and grow, and how might they change their environments to survive?
How do pushes and pulls influence the way an object moves?
What structures and behaviors help plants and animals survive?
Why do we see objects?
How do plants and animals depend on each other?
How do the properties of water and other Earth materials affect life on Earth?
What are some ways that energy can be changed from one form to another?
What are the properties of electricity and magnetism?
EXPLORE THE WORLD OF SCIENCE ON THE WEB!
1. Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress (LOC): A tremendous stockpile of quick science knowledge, on everything from agriculture to zoology.
2. History Wired: Explore over 450 objects not on display by selection a topic from the homepage map on this experimental website from the Smithsonian. Double click on the topic under “Science/Medicine” to reveal further info, pictures, & other multimedia selections.
3. Magic School Bus: Materials on animals, space, the human body, and much more are explored through games and guided tours.
4. Ology: Learn about the 'ologies', from the American Museum of Natural History. Includes interactive games, interviews with scientists, solving mysteries, and much more.
5. Planet Games Arcade: From NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), this site provides several interactive games focused on ocean and air, including saving the beach, humpback whales, recycling, and more. Good for learning centers and filler options.
6. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour: Explore the entire Smithsonian Museum of Natural History from your classroom!!! The panorama views have hotspots with even more detail available.
7. The Why Files: for upper elementary and secondary grades, this site truly does attempt to answer the “why” questions relating to science. There are interactive options included, as well as “Cool Science Images” link for stupendous digital images.
1. Ask an Astronomer: Video podcasts by NASA scientists on topics ranging from the movement of stars to the status of Pluto to black holes
2. NASA for Students: Choose your grade level range. The K-4 link includes access to multimedia stories, play and learn activities, and a picture dictionary. The 5-8 link includes “In the Spotlight” videos and a career corner.
1. 4-H Virtual Farm: On a virtual visit to a horse, beef, dairy, poultry, fish, or wheat farm, you have a choice of movies, animation, learning activities, and options for students to learn the science behind farming.
2. Animals- Nat Geo Wild: National Geographic provides great photos and short informational pieces about a variety of animals, as well as a fast facts blurb and a map showing where in the world the animal lives, as well as multimedia options. Students can layer in by category or animal name.
3. Beyond Penguins & Polar Bears: A host of thematic units based on penguins and polar bears.
Animal Webcams & Videos:
1. San Diego Zoo Animal Cams: Webcams for pandas, polar bears, elephants, and ape habitats can be found here. You can also access a number of other videos and podcasts here. Note: These stream live, so may be slow for individual searches.
2. Eagles Online: View live webcams on Hornby Island in British Columbia, Canada; at Libby Dam in Libby, MT; and Oklahoma.
1. The Field Museum’s Online Exhibits: Students can study soil, see the world‟s largest & most complete T Rex, explore a number of archeology finds, and much more.
2. Kids Dig Reed: Learn about archeology as you use this virtual dig at a 19th century farm site. Check out the movie-based tour of the dig, a gallery of artifacts, a concise history, and superb learning games.
Habitats & Biomes:
1. What’s it Like Where You Live? Biomes of the world, from Rainforest to Grasslands, as well as freshwater & marine ecosystems, are explored. This site contains easy-to-read text screens, which include a number of maps and images to illustrate the area for students. Site is from the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
1. Chem4Kids! The text and graphics explain the basic concepts of chemistry, with segments on matter, states of matter, solids, liquids, and gases are available, along w/an online quiz for each section.
1. Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle: Several thematic units to choose from.
2. Earthquakes for Kids: From the US Geological Survey (USGS), students can find information on the latest quakes, see animations, view earthquake pictures, and much more.
3. NASA: Wild Weather Adventure!! This educational game, found under the “Earth” tab, has students pilot a blimp around the world while answering a number of science questions, in easy/medium/hard levels.
5. Thirstin’s Water Cycle: This is an animated look at the water cycle. An audio track is included. From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
6. USDA Air Quality Images: Webcam views can be seen from several locations across the US. Hover over a location on the map and you see a still image from the camera. From the US Forest Service, these webcams show air quality.
7. The Virtual Cave: Visit the world of caves and see superb digital images of a wide range of cave formations and cave types.
8. Weather Wiz Kids: Developed by a meteorologist in IN, this site provides straight-forward information for a number of weather and natural events, from hurricanes to earthquakes. Also included are weather jokes & folklore.
Physics (matter, forces, light, etc):
1. States of Matter: Cool little animation from Harcourt School Publishers.
2. Building Big Forces Lab: “This lab simplifies the real-life forces and actions that affect structures.” For upper elementary and secondary grades, other labs include materials, loads, and shapes.