Click on the following examples to find out. Each
will reveal a list of vetted resources for students
and teachers. These online resources were found by
members of our search team of teachers, and each was
reviewed using a set of eight rubrics.
Among the links collected for this topic are space adventures
through which children learn the conditions for growing plants
in space, a kid-oriented planning guide to help pint-sized green
thumbs get their gardens started, and an interactive site where
students are taken on a virtual "hunt" to unlock the mysteries
of plant life and their importance to humans.
Through these links, students will discover the steps of the water
cycle and learn some fun facts about water: They will learn about
its location on the Earth and how much water is found in the ground,
lakes, and rivers. There are also activities designed for teachers
and parents to use with children to expand their knowledge of the
Earth's water cycle and other issues pertaining to water.
Briefly, this topic has several links that are designed to help
teachers and kids to extend their knowledge of weather and climate.
Learners will find out about weather, the way it affects people,
and the environment.
Most of the links collected for this topic describe the science of sound
and how sounds are made. Students will be able to see how the vibrations
that sound makes through simple projects. For instance, a web page titled
"Kitchen Sink-O-Pation" offers online activities that show how context
impacts how we interpret the sounds we hear and what role visual
information plays in determining that context. In addition, these
pages describe sound waves and how sound can be useful to us.
Students will discover also the difference between musical sound and
noise, the main kind of musical instruments and a simple definition
For this topic, there are several web pages for teachers with activities that:
By visiting other links, students will learn the story of electricity from its discovery to
its uses today. They will understand how important electricity is in our lives and how to
create and detect it.
The links for this topic will lead teachers and students to do real scientific research
in the schoolyard. Students will learn about waste and how to manage it in the environment,
garbage, the recycling process, and how to document the living and non-living aspects of
Web pages collected for this topic will help students and teachers
to explore the amazing implications of DNA. They will learn how DNA
is used to detect inherited diseases and to catch criminals, and
they will learn about the scientists who worked to discover the
structure of DNA.
These links include lessons plans and activities that are designed
to give students a basic understanding of how energy is turned
into power, where energy is produced, how energy is measured
These web pages feature lessons plan, activities, and interactive
resources that help students learn about the history of earthquakes,
how and why earthquakes are so devastating, how communities have
responded, and the recommendations of geologists to be more prepared
for future earthquakes.
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