Curriculum Links: Science

by Lynne Schalman and Steve Bergen
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Last revised 12/23/07

Resources

Earth Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Astronomy

 

General Resources

IMSEnet Homepage of Science Resources was created by a network of Science educators with annotated links to Chemistry, Earth Science, Biology, Anatomy, Botany, Cell Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Taxonomy, Zoology, listservs, Internet Project Ideas, shareware and freeware for classroom use and much more.

Frank Potter's Science Gems Designed by a UC Irvine professor, this site provides annotated links to science resources for the K-12 teacher. The sites are divided by appropriate grade levels for each subject area, so that an Introduction to Chemistry resources, for instance, are provided for Kindergarten, grade 3, grade 6, grade 9 and college levels.

Blue Web Science Resources provides an annotated index of Science resources for all ages and for all areas of Science. The focus of the links tends towards those sites that are specifically designed to be used with students, usually webquests, projects and interactive sites.

Teachers First provides a content matrix of annotated sites, similar to Blue Web, with its focus on Science resources for the K-12 classroom. The site provides links for both lesson plans and general resources for Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy and Space, Earth Science, Physics, and General Science.

Cornell University Math and Science Gateway provides annotated links for Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is also a weekly math/science topic based on current events with corresponding resources and many more helpful links and topics.

Earth Science

Topo Zone - This site has "The Web's first interactive topo map of the entire United States." You can search for the map of the area you want by name or by latitude and longitude.

A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming - How is the current warming of Earth's climate similar or different from other climate changes in Earth's history? This site from NOAA offers a good, non-political starting point for those who want to learn more about global warming.

EPA Student Center - The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has put together this site as a guide to its resources for students; there are links and information about conservation, ecosystems, air, waste and recycling, human health, environmental basics, and water. There is a Teacher’s page with suggested activities.

Carolina Coastal Science is a webquest that asks students to explore science in coastal Carolina. The issues raised in the Shell Island Dilemma and Relocating A Lighthouse have been designed to explore a variety of different concerns in social studies and geography, as well as language and media studies.

Project Ozone is an online science inquiry project with links, specific tasks and problems to solve. In this project, students will investigate ozone by exploring the nature of ozone, how it is formed, and how it is being deteriorated, as well collaborate with students in other sites to share local data about ozone, and collaborate on a global study of ozone. There are four activities in Project Ozone.

Athena, Earth and Space Science for K-12 educators was created by NASA with links to info on Space, Weather, Earth and Oceans. There are teacher resources and lesson plans and projects.

Volcano World has everything students every wanted to know about volcanoes including email eruption alerts, projects, data, pictures and videos, aerial photos of recent volcanic activities and much more.

Earth Science Web sites provides an annotated index to many Earth Science resources, including weather resources, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, geology, mineralogy, the sky, etc. A network of science educators created the site.

 

Biology

Megabiology resources provides annotated links to sites on every aspect of a biology curriculum including anatomy, botany, cell biology, ecology, genetics, taxonomy and zoology.

Kimball’s Biology Page is a Harvard/Tufts University professor’s online Biology textbook; this is not an interactive site but it might be helpful as a review of key topics and terms with its searchable index and glossary.

Mr. Biology’s Biology Page was designed for high school biology and AP Biology teacher for handouts, worksheets, lecture notes, tests, transparencies, and labs. There are also links provided to a wide variety of biology and chemistry resources on the web.

Virtual Cell is a collection of still images, texts and movies covering the structure and functioning of a typical plant cell.

Cells Alive provides stills, movies and animations about all aspects of the life of a cell. Teachers are allowed to reproduce the images for classroom use. This is a great site.

The Common Cold provides a comprehensive, updated and referenced source of information on the common cold. The goal is to provide a framework for critical thinking that will allow informed decisions about medical care for the common cold.

Yahoo’s Medical Journals Directory includes an almost infinite number of links to journals covering every disease imaginable plus every medical specialty.

Let's Collaborate -This site is run by Access Excellence (a terrific educational science site run by Gentech). It allows teachers of biology to collaborate on labs, experiments and to interact openly with experts. MentorNet, a network of teachers and scientists, is just one of the ways to communicate on this site.

Genetic Science Learning Center features essays and activities on basic genetics, genetic disorders, genetics in society and genetic thematic units. Resources for teachers and students are provided.

National Human Genome Research Institute provides a talking glossary of genetic terms, tools for understanding genetics for educators, an index of resources on genetics, and an archive of journals.

DNA From the Beginning is an animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes and heredity. Animation, image gallery, video interviews, problems, biographies, and links explain the science behind each concept.

MendelWeb is an educational resource for teachers and students interested in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science.

Chemistry

The Chemistry Teaching Resources Page is a starting point for links to chemistry resources, hypertext links, software, and curriculum material, the History of Chemistry, The Periodic Table and much more. .

Selected Chemistry Web sites was created by a network of Science educators and provides annotated links to a wide variety of chemistry sites.

The Catalyst provides a list of teaching resources designed specifically for chemistry teachers; topics covered include links to periodic table, history, online demonstrations, etc:

ChemWeb Online was created by students to serve as an introduction to chemistry. The hypertext provides short explanations on a variety of topics, so this site might be useful for review or extra help.

The Virtual Laboratory presents an online experiment on ideal gases In this series of experiments, students will control the action of a piston in a pressure chamber which is filled with an ideal gas. The gas is defined by four states: Temperature, Volume or density, Pressure and Molecular Weight. There are 3 possible experiments to do. In the third experiment, labeled Ideal Gas Law, students can select from the Red, Blue or Yellow gas containers. Each gas in those containers has a different molecular weight and hence each will respond differently under changing pressure conditions.

Reactive Reports is a Chemistry webmagazine which according to its editors " will provide the chemistry community with cutting edge reports of exciting developments in the world of the chemical sciences and related fields."

A Visual Interpretation of the Table of Elements is an elegant visual tour through the periodic table. Each of the 109 elements is accompanied by a visual image, as well as a description and history (including the origin of its name). These pages are image heavy, and take a while to load.

The Molecule of the Month is just as its name suggests with University professors providing a monthly article on the history, chemical makeup, etc. of a specific molecule.


Physics

The Physics Classroom is an online physics tutorial written for high school physics students. This is an interactive textbook with some interesting animations.

Learn Physics Today is another interactive tutorial with problem sets and animations that might be helpful for review work or remediation.

Interactive Physics with Java provides a set of 23 interactive Java Applets covering such topics as pendulums, circuits, light dispersion. This site presents scientifically accurate, easily understandable, user friendly educational applets. These applets mostly cover the course of Introductory Physics or material close to it.

Particle Adventure is an award-winning site that introduces the theory of fundamental particles and forces, called the Standard Model. It also explores the experimental evidence and the reasons physicists want to go beyond this theory.

Physics 2000 from the University of Colorado is an interactive journey through modern physics. The site relies heavily on interactive Java applets to introduce concepts.

University of Oregon Virtual Laboratory is another Java intensive site. These applets involve various manifestations of Newton's Laws. Topics include Kinetic Energy, Friction, Potential Energy, Conservation of Momentum, and 1D and/or 2D motion.

The Science of Hockey was designed by the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco as first in a series of "Sports Science" resources. Real Audio and Video combined with NHL teams and physicists create an interesting site.

Explore Science features a collection of highly interactive multimedia activities, a collection of scientific micro-worlds. Students manipulate and explore scientific concepts and develop a solid understanding of scientific relationships. Shockwave plug-in needed.

Physlink for Physics and Astronomy provides links to university physics departments, a physics problem of the day, daily news, ask experts, reference materials, glossaries and much more.

Physics Links is a general index page with links to many Physics sites, many of them with interactive simulations and Java Applets. The links are annotated, covering a wide range of Physics topics.

Astronomy

Windows to the Universe was created by the University of Michigan to be a fun and different Web site about the Earth and Space sciences. Windows to the Universe is graphics intensive and the site covers a wealth of information with text, hyperlinks, graphics and videos.

Amazing Space from the Space Telescope Institute provides a host of graphic intensive, interactive web-based activities. While this site seems geared to lower and middle school, some of the activities could work for Upper School.

Astronomical Observatories on the web is a no frills resource page to observatory and telescope Web sites throughout the world.