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Cool Antarctica Grades 4 to 12

This Antarctica site includes lots of images, one of the more complete histories of the continent that we’ve found, and a section on the continent’s surprisingly abundant flora and fauna. While some images will be useful for elementary students, other sections will be better suited for secondary grades. The travel information doesn’t really get in the way of the educational content.

Gene Scene Grades 3 to 7 National Museum of American History

Here’s an introduction to genetics – complete with simple, but relevant examples and quizzes – that will keep upper elementary students engaged in the material. The design encourages students to explore topics in whatever order they choose, and various components all encourage student input and response. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology” series that explores different aspects of the life sciences.

Science Projects – A Kids’ Guide Grades 4 to 8 Tucson schools

Created by a faculty member in the Tucson schools, this is a great guide for elementary science projects and activities, with lots of pointers, tips, and research suggestions. Try the “perfect project” section for a step-by-step example of using scientific method to conduct an experiment. There’s lots of great advice here, but the site doesn’t do the project for the user.

3d-I Grades 6 to 12

It’s an odd name for a neat little site designed to introduce students to concepts and principles of design. The site’s slickest feature is a set of on-line “you design it” modules that let users try their hand at designing clothing, a watch, or other objects.

Teachers will want to preview this one so they can point students to the most useful areas.

A View from the Back of the Envelope Grades 6 to 12

Have you ever struggled to give a student an example that demonstrates how big big can be, or how small small things are? Here’s an eclectic collection of demonstrations and jottings that let students compare both the vast and the minute.

Use the content directly, or as an inspiration for your own comparisons.

ABCteach: African Savannah Grades 4 to 12


Activities from “Genetics: Decoding Life” Grades 6 to 12 Chicago Museum of Science

Here’s a collection of surprisingly usable activities to introduce middle and high school students to genetics, DNA, and related subject areas. Some of these produce interesting results from procedures that require very little skill or equipment. The remainder of the site offers background information, movie clips about DNA and genetics, and additional resource suggestions. Great site for middle or high school biology or science classes covering these topics.

Adobe Acrobat file Grades 1 to 12

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

African American Inventors Grades 4 to 12

This section from a larger inventors’ site offers biographies and profiles of more than a dozen African Americans who made important contributions to science, engineering, space travel, and other areas. Teachers will find this one useful in showing the variety of accomplishments of African Americans, even in eras in which their rights were severely limited.

African Americans in the Sciences Grades 6 to 12 Louisiana State University Libraries

An excellent informative and colorful site. Includes profiles, charts, index, bibliography, and information on LSU for African Americans. A great guide and resource for African American students interested in the field of science and for all students who want to know more about the history of African Americans in science.

Air Travelers Grades 4 to 8

Try this elementary science page if your curriculum includes the study of air, air pressure, and the effects of temperature on air, buoyancy, and the like. Much of the content is devoted to hot air and helium balloons, but there’s plenty of science for the younger set here.

Airline History Grades 4 to 12

Here’s an interesting, though oddly-constructed, history of commercial aviation in Britain and the U.S. The narrative is detailed and the photos are instructive, though users will find the site easier to use if they scan it first to see where everything lives. While some sections appear incomplete, interested upper elementary and middle school students will find this story just the ticket.

Alaska Science Grades 6 to 12 Privately Published

An Alaska native explains the northern lights (aurora borealis) and other peculiarly Alaskan scientific phenomena.

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.

Albert Einstein Grades 6 to 12 American Museum of Natural History

From an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, this site offers an introduction to Einstein’s work that mere mortals can understand. Einstein set the world of physics and cosmology on its head by showing that forces like time and gravity are variable, not constant. The implications of these discoveries let to the creation of entirely new sciences. There is much to learn here.

Albert Einstein Biography Grades 6 to 12 American Institute of Physics

From the American Institute of Physics – This page offers a commemorative biography of Einstein which highlights both his life and his contributions to the study of physics. Good term paper material written from a scientific perspective.

All About El Niño Grades 6 to 12 Canadian Government

Here’s a page from the Canadian government that looks at what El Niño is, what it does, and how often we can expect this global weather phenomenon to affect our climate. Some of the information is Canada-specific, but that shouldn’t detract from the overall usefulness of this very straightforward site.

All Along a River Grades 4 to 12 Thinkquest


Ancient Inventions – Grades 4 to 8

This is a collection of inventions from antiquity compiled by students and faculty at Smith College. There are scores of ancient oddities, with photos and descriptions of each. It’s a great site to show that people have been inventing things for centuries.

Animated Engines Grades 4 to 8 privately published

Looking for a nice animated illustration to add to your discussion of inventors and technology? This site offers accurate “wire-frame” illustrations of how several different types of internal combustion and steam engines operate. Each includes a step-by-step explanation of how the engine operates, making it easy to compare differences among engine designs. Even grownups will like this one.


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