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Free Science Internet Resources - April 2012

An arcade of games and interactive activities for grades K-12 focused on ocean and air themes. It highlights the science and the activities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship.

Spigot Science publications help promote science literacy for students and teachers. The Basic subscription (free) provides access to the blog, library, and two sample publications for grades 4-9.

Two golden orb spiders (Nephila clavipes) lived in space and on the International Space Station (ISS) in separate habitat chambers from May 16 to July 21, 2011. The free Spiders in Space guide contains instructions for setting up ground-based spider habitats and helping students to design their own spider investigations.

Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle online magazine for K-5 grades focuses on climate science.

The Balanced Equation introduces students in grades 9-12 to global sustainability and chemistry’s role in developing long-lasting solutions. This site features 10 interdisciplinary lessons.

Ten Tips for working with English language learners are provided on this site as well as links and information to implement each idea in the classroom. This site also offers suggestions for adapting typical classroom activities for use with ELLs.

Learn about aerosols and the environment through an interactive website.

Educators can download inquiry-based lesson plans for teaching 6 middle school chemistry units (Matter – Solids, Liquids, and Gases changes of State; Density; the Periodic Table and Bonding; The Water Molecule and Dissolving; and chemical Change). Each unit contains several lessons and related multimedia.

Middle and High School students learn about chronic health problems that often occur among immigrants due to poor working conditions, harsh weather, pesticide use, and other challenges. The lesson is appropriate for science, language arts, or social studies classes.

Science Companion offers Virtual field trips for the K-6 science classrooms that pair photographs with text with lessons. Current/Past virtual field trips include Soils, Motion, Sky & Weather, Butterfly Life Cycle, Light, Rocks, Oil Spill Clean-up, Collecting & Examining Rain Forest Life, Human Body, Earth’s Changing Surface, Habitats, Electrical Circuits, and Solar Energy.

“Confessions of a Converted Lecturer” shares a presentation on how an educator changed his approach to teaching from lecture-based to interactive lessons which resulted in significant improvement in student performance.

K-12 educators can create and share custom-made online lesson plans and projects that make science, history, math, and civics come alive. The site contains more than 4,000 primary-source documents from the National Archives that can be incorporated into unique multimedia lessons.

The Adobe Education Exchange allows educators of all levels to find and share teaching resources which incorporate the use of Adobe software.

The Universe in the Classroom celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Drake Equation, the formula that helps scientists estimate the likelihood of intelligent, communicative life in the universe.

Podcasts and classroom resources and activities in the Astronomy lecture Series by noted astronomers.  Titles include: "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had it Coming," "A Scientist Looks at 'Doomsday 2012' and the Rise of Cosmophobia" and many other audio recording topics.

Hear podcasts for middle and high school students about featured endangered species.

Interdisciplinary activities to introduce students in grades 7-12 to the controversial scientific and policy issues related to hazardous waste sites and cleanup of these sites.

This website was developed to encourage young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology by sharing videos and stories of female astronauts, engineers, and scientists.

Short video segments for grades K-12 highlighting real-world connections to science.

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© Lisa Michalek

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