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Acid Rain Grades 4 to 12

This Canadian site offers information on the origins and mitigation of acid rain, including a section specifically for students. Other sections of the site may also be useful to teachers and some students.

Acid Rain Grades 4 to 12 US Government

This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related resources

Adobe Acrobat file Grades 1 to 12

This is the Adobe Acrobat files for a Primer on Molecular Genetics

Alaska Touring with Cumberland Valley Grades 1 to 12 Cumberland Valley School District

Here’s an outstanding student-created site that is being built by a team of high school students who visited Alaska during the week of February 24, 2003. The site includes text, images, and video clips from the trip. The content, segmented by subject, was also mapped to the school district’s curriculum so that 1,200 students in Pennsylvania could take a virtual Alaska field trip. Teachers will want to review this one thoroughly because of its many possible uses. You’ll find everything from tsunami warnings to Native culture to reviews of reindeer sausage.

American Museum of Natural History Learning Resources Grades 4 to 12 Smithsonian Institution

This site allows presents teachers with a searchable index of natural sciences resources contained within the museum’s site. You can browse the web-sites, activities, and experiments by sub-topic, grade level, or resource type. Current subtopics include anthropology, astronomy, biology, earth science, and paleontology. Special collection exhibits present theme-based activities that cover additional topics such as Biodiversity, Antarctica, and deep sea explorations. This is a great site for sorting out all the wonderful resources the museum has to offer.

Animaland.org Grades 3 to 8 ASPCA

This interactive ASPCA site has a number of resources for teaching biology and life sciences, as well as good resources for teaching kids the responsibilities associated with owning a pet. The animal encyclopedia has individual animal profiles, and the Career center highlights an assortment of jobs for animal lovers. The Humane Education section has an assortment of worksheets and web-quests to learn more about animals.

ASPCA Pet Care Guide Grades 1 to 6 ASPCA

The ASPCA’s online guide to pet care for students offers basic information on the care of more than a dozen different pets. The ideas are great, but the writing is uneven, sometimes unclear. If you have a student interested in having a pet, here’s a good place to find out what’s involved. If your child is interested in having a pet, this is a good starting point to find out what’s involved.

Biodiversity Grades 4 to 7 American Museum of Natural History

Everything Counts is the theme of this elementary unit on how ecosystems, resources, and cultures all relate to one another. The unit’s text and illustrations make their points in simple terms. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology” series that explores different aspects of the life sciences.

Bioservers Grades 1 to 12

This site offers user-friendly tools to launch DNA database searches, statistical analyses, and population modeling from a centralized workspace. These tools may be of particular use to AP students working on biology projects, or for teachers interested in developing simulations for use with their classes.

Blueprint of the Body Grades 1 to 12 CNN

This CNN special on the complete mapping of the human genome offers lots of resources, images, and interviews discussing the implications for science, business, ethics, and other fields. There’s a lot here, and it may be overwhelming if used as a starting point.

Butterfly Lab Grades 4 to 12

Butterflies have become a popular species study in many schools. This site offers something approaching one-stop shopping for information on butterfly life cycles, behaviors, migration, and species. Surf in as much depth as your students needs or time permit, but there’s plenty of useful information here.

Butterfly lesson ideas Grades 4 to 8

Here’s a whole collection of submissions from other teachers describing science projects involving butterflies. Since migration is part of the butterfly life cycle, there are lots of opportunities here for comparing butterfly counts and data with schools in other parts of the country. In any case, it’s a good resource for lesson ideas. This page is part of a larger butterfly site with other resources.

By the Sea Grades 3 to 8

This is a somewhat different look at seashore environments from the Oceans and Fisheries department that works in Canada’s Atlantic provinces. There is information about shoreline habitats, the impact of development on shoreline environments, and the life forms and ecosystem of shoreline areas. There is also a variety of lesson information.

This site would be a nice comparison to a similar site from a southern or tropical location. How does the environment differ in the two locations?

California Sea Otter Grades 4 to 12 The Otter Project

Learn about the life and ecosystems that support the California Sea Otter at this site dedicated to the preservation of these creatures. Besides being undeniably cute, otters occupy a complex niche in marine ecosystems. Learn more here.

Chickscope Grades 3 to 8 University of Illinois

This site from the University of Illinois offers information on eggs, chicks, and ways in which to study them. The sections on “egg math” and embryology are the most complete, though it’s not entirely clear for which grades these activities were intended. That said, this one’s worth a look, especially if your middle school science curriculum covers these topics.

Circle of Life Webquest Grades 4 to 6 Privately Published

This is a webquest about marine biology that was created by a classroom teacher. This simple quest asks students to prepare information on why sea turtles and seals are important components of marine environments. The content may need some adaptation for your circumstances, but this is a nice example of what one teacher can do.

CNN on the Human Genome Grades 1 to 12 CNN

A CNN news story offers a summary of Celera’s April, 2001 announcement which has been written specially for students. This story also has links to additional resources on DNA and gene mapping research.

Dip into the Thinking Fountain Grades 3 to 6

Here’s an extensive site devoted to students’ explorations of mold! The Minnesota Science Museum collected student experiments, images, and reactions to their study of mold fungus. The images are suitably yucky, and the content could help a young experimenter become excited about his or her own exploration.

Discover Chimpanzees Grades 4 to 12

This interactive look at Jane Goodall’s Gombe preserve will probably require some introduction, but there’s much to do in this site that invites all sorts of exploration. There are bios of both people and chimps, as well as an appealing “become a chimpanzee” section that allows students to follow a chimp’s day. Lots of uses for this one in studying Africa, habitats, ecosystems, and the like

EcoKids Online Grades 3 to 8 Earth Day Canada

This clever, creative, and entertaining resource is a must for elementary science classroom! Visitors to the site are first presented with the “Ecofact of the Day” then encouraged to explore objects within a tree house to decide where they would like to begin. Students can participate in interactive stories; play and learn with more than 50 ecology-based on-line games and activities; learn about a variety of topics including wildlife, energy, and environment issues; and print out word games or coloring sheets. There is SO much to look at and explore, so browse through the offerings, create a plan for your students based on their age and ability level, then make the site available on a classroom computer. Upper elementary students can use it as an independent learning center. Younger children may need help with some of the text, so consider projecting the site and exploring the activities as a class. Created by Earth Day Canada.

Interested students will use this one for hours, so some directions will be important for classroom use.


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