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

This "Electronic Zoo" has a vast amount of resources and various links to the study of the animal kingdom as well the environments in which some they live. For example, the link to whales has lesson plans developed by both educators and students to be interactive and interdisciplinary.

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

Interactive student activities geared towards planet exploration. Though some activities for grades 2 & 3, best suited to upper elementary. Can serve as a link for teacher to other science activities. Activities linked to national benchmarks and standards teacher/student 2-3.

UC Museum of Paleontology
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/education.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 its encyclopedic in its approach.

Discovery Channel School
http://school.discovery.com/index.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 on this site are previews of upcoming programs and "Bulletin Board" Discussion opportunities regarding lessons/program. For full audio effects, the plug-in RealAudio needs to be downloaded.

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
http://www.nj.com/yucky/

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 to learn 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 including 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,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 for young students to learn about various earth science concepts. An interactive online coloring book is a unique feature of this web site.

NASA Observatorium
http://observe.ivv.nasa.gov/

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

WhaleNet
http://whale.wheelock.edu

This web site has many classroom activities for teachers to use in the classrooom for students to learn 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 of grades 3,4 and 5 to learn about water, matter and energy, and atoms and molecules.

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.

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.

Mars the Red Planet
http://www.nasm.edu/ceps/ETP/MARS

A great Web site for young students interested in exploring the planet Mars.

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, 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. Web 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.omsi.edu/sln/air/

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






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