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How to Weave the Web into K-8 Science

by David R. Wetzel, Ph.D.
Science Education

Science Problem of the Week
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Chapter 1


NSTA Webwatchers Rubric Guide for evaluating Web sites

Rubric for Evaluating Essential Features of Classroom Inquiry in Instructional Materials by the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) and the Networking for Leadership, Inquiry and Systemic Thinking (NLIST)




Chapter 2



One Computer Classrooms

One Computer Classrooms recommendations for integrating web-based resources in one computer classrooms.


Wireless Laptops

Students Go Wireless to Save a Creek middle school students collect data using seven wireless sensors (temperature, light, flow rate, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, and nitrate ion-selective

Vernier Software provides hardware and software resources for collecting real-time data using probeware.

PASCO provides hardware and software resources for collecting real-time data using probeware.



WebQuest Page this Web site provides everything you need to know about constructing WebQuests and how they can be used to support teaching and learning science. Additonally many examples are provided.


Web-based Lessons

Life Cycles and Inherited Traits this is an example web-based lesson provided by NSTA's Webwatchers Guide.

Extreme 2003: To the Depths of Discovery follow Alvin as scientist discover life beneath the waves.

Inquiry-based Learning - How do water striders walk on water? helps middle school students understand surface tension of water.

Something Froggy

Stardate Online Classroom Activities lesson plans and classroom activities - recommended by SciLinks.

The First Ever Space Rescue Vehicle by NASA.

ISS EarthKAM a NASA sponsored program that provides stunning, high quality photographs of our planet taken from the Space Shuttle and International Space Station.


Virtual Field Trips

Reptiles and Amphibians of the Everglades consists of four major components: e-FieldTrip Journal, Virtual Visit, E-mail Question and Answer with the Experts, and Live Interactive Web Chat with the Experts.

Schools on the Rim a virtual tour of Mount St Helens.

Take a Walk in the Rainforest a self-guided tour of a Costa Rican rainforest.

Volcanoes a tour of volcanoes on Earth and Mars.


Virtual Labs

Bugscope Project provides a resource to K-12 classrooms so that they may remotely operate a scanning electron microscope to image "bugs" at high magnification. The microscope is remotely controlled in real time from a classroom computer over the Internet using a web browser.

Chickscope Project students are able to access data generated from the latest scientific instruments.

Virtual Labs and Simulations a collection of links to sites on the Web that have computerized simulations of physics principles.



Amazing Space Simulation get to know our vast universe by exploring its planets, galaxies, comets, black holes, and more..

Roller Coaster Physics simulator is designed for kids who want to design their own thrilling coaster and educators who want to use a cool activity to simulate the application of physics by using an exciting interactive tool and access to a wonderful reference source.

Doppler Effect sound waves that originate from a moving source. Learn why a train whistle changes in pitch as it passes by you and see why planes moving faster than the speed of sound create a sonic boom.

Orbit Simulator Is it really that difficult to get planets orbiting around a sun? Find out in this activity.

Lightning Simulator

Virtual Dissection dissect frogs, owl pellets, worms, fish, and more online when you are unable or unwilling to dissect the real thing.


Real-time Data Bases and Analysis

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC)

Live Internet Seismic Server this page provides links to live seismic data, current telemetry status and general and detailed information on the LISS.

National Climate Data Center uses land-based, upper air, satellite, and marine data to study weather and climate.

National Oceanographic Data Center serves the Nation with data and information for understanding the ocean and its role in our lives.

Real-time Earthquake Data

Real-time Stream Flow Data Across the Nation (USGS) real-time data for rivers and streams in all states typically recorded at 15-60 minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used.

Real-time Water Quality Data Across the Nation (USGS) data is collecte and analyzed for chemical, physical, and biological properties of water, sediment and tissue samples from across the Nation.

Sun and Moon Data you can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase by specifying the date and location.

The Blue Marble maintained by NASA, this Web site comprises high-resolution, true-color images of the Earth.

Update and Current Volcanoes Eruption Data provides real-time data on volcano eruptions.

A Journey North: The Study of Global Wildlife Migration allows students to view real time of animals as they migrate.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention review data and statistics, including disease trends and morbidity and mortality weekly reports.

Space for Species use satellite tracking data to follow the migratory routes of leatherback turtles, polar bears, caribou, and more.

Keeping an Eye on Ozone find real-time maps and research regarding the effects of ozone depletion.

Surf Your Watershed helps you locate, use, and share environmental information about your state and watershed.

Middle School Physics - Adrift this Web site helps students understand what happens when you drop something in the ocean and the ocean tends to carry it away, bobbing up and down in waves.


Problem Solving - Case Studies/Projects

Science Problem of the Week this Web site presents weekly science problems and provides montly prizes for contest winners.

A River Runs Through It: Ecology and Data Collection A river is the focus for a yearlong series of integrated mathematics and science units for fourth- and fifth grade students

Investigation: Environmental Science Lesson Investigating Water Quality a study of Salt Creek involves middle school students in the examination of authentic community problems. Through the use of technology and other community resources, students are introduced to water quality issues and develop proposals for interventions to improve water quality.

Estuary-Net Project supports meaningful partnerships with middle school students that work to solve non-point source pollution problems in estuaries and watersheds through understanding: the variables and the upland influences that contribute to water quality.

Global SchoolNet a leader in collaborative learning. They continue to provide online opportunities for teachers to collaborate, communicate, and celebrate shared learning experiences.

Great Plant Escape Learn why plants are an important part of your life. Students find clues, do experiments, and solve problems as they journey into the world of plants.

Road Kill Mysteries Dr. Splatt (science teacher) and Ms Roadrash (geography teacher) are traveling around the world and encounter roadkill or a hapless animal that has been involved in a terrible situation. Students post essays to figure out where Dr. Splatt and Ms.Roadrash are located and what animal they ran over or found dead in a certain ecosystem. Designed for grades 5 - 8.

Monarch Watch The goals of this collaborative project are to promote the conservation of Monarch butterflies and to involve thousands of students and adults in a cooperative study of the Monarchs' spectacular fall migration. Monarch butterflies are tagged and monitored as they travel more than 3,000 miles.

Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) allows students to examine and analyze current data as they participate in online projects.












Chapter 3




Web Tools

SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium
Links to many search engines and other resources for integrating technology into your curriculum.

Bare Bones 101
A collection of 17 lessons as an online tutorial for learning how to use search engines, meta-search engines, and directories.


Search Engines

This search engine provides access to information for the global community using the Internet to find information.

This search engine combines indices of over a billion Web sites with the most powerful search features that allow anyone to find information fast.

Ask Jeeves
This search engine is designed specifically for students.

This search engine has many special services and tools to help find exact information regarding any subject area.

Kids Click!
This search engine, developed by librarians, is specifically designed for kids to search the Internet.

This search engine is designed for teachers and students to find information regarding science and other subject areas.


Meta-search Engines

A popular meta-search site owned by InfoSpace that sends a search to a customizable list of search engines, directories and specialty search sites, then displays results from each search engine individually.

A meta-search engine that uses the same technology as other InfoSpace metasearch engines, but maintains its own portal features.

One of the oldest meta-search engines, MetaCrawler began in July 1995 at the University of Washington .

Formerly a search engine owned by Excite, Webcrawler was acquired by InfoSpace in 2002 and uses the same underlying technology as the other InfoSpace meta search engines, but offers a fast and clean, ad-free interface.



Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
This directory provides links to science Web sites categorized by science content area, along with recommended teaching strategies and techniques for integrating web-based resources.

U.S. Department of Education Science Resources
More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is this directory.


Technical Support Web sites

Internet 101
Use this Web site to learn how to make the power of the Internet work for you.

World Wide Web Workbook
Use this WWW Workbook to learn the basic operating skills of using the Internet.



Classroom Connect
Classroom Connect has been the leader in helping teachers use technology to improve learning since 1994. This Web site provides professional development programs and online instructional materials to meet the changing needs of K-12 schools.

Global Schoolhouse
You can register for several Global Schoolhouse List Serves to learn about online projects or post your own project for collaboration with other schools around the world.

Laboratory Safety
The LABSAFETY-L discussion list can be your most valuable lab safety resource. You can receive advice, information and support as you work to address lab safety.






Inquiry and the Nature of Science
Life Science
Multicultural and Gender
Physical Science




Assessment and Evaluation - Middle Level Science
This Web site provides a guide to four phases of assessment: preparation, assessment, evaluation, and reflection.

Alternative Assessments for Science Teaching
This Web site provides various strategies assessment. Some of these strategies include role playing, plays, posters, and mysteries.

Assessments Ideas for the Elementary Science Classroom
This Web site provides various strategies for assessment, such as: peer/group evaluation, portfolios, interviews, and more.

Elementary And Middle School Science Process Assessments
This Web site provides various assessment strategies and techniques that are linked to the science process skills.

Performance Assessment Links in Science (PALS)
This Web site is an on-line, standards-based, continually updated resource bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National Science Education Standards and selected state standards frameworks.



Earth and Space Science

Cloud Gallery
Visit this Web site and see a gallery of more than 100 examples of cloud formations.

Earthquakes for Teachers
This Web site provides teachers with resources on the topics of earth structure, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and earthquake preparedness. They include basic information in the form of text, graphics and animations; lesson plans and activities; and online interactive activities for learning that were developed especially for students.

International Space Station
This Web site is an internet-based, engineering and design curriculum middle school students. Students are engaged in Space Station activities with new and emerging technologies in science and technological fields that did not exist five or ten years ago.

Laugh and Learn about Space
This Web site allows teachers and students to explore JPL and NASA kids sites for learning about space.

NASA Space link
A Web site dedicated to helping educators prepare the next generation.

Phases of the Moon
This Web site explains the phases and uses a movie to illustrate the phases of the moon.

Rock Cycle
This Web site provides a graphical representation and explanation of the rock cycle.

Solar System
An interactive Web site created for teachers and students to learn more about the solar system and how the planets orbit the sun.

The Space Place
The target audience is elementary school age kids with the message that science and technology and learning about space are fun, understandable, and within their grasp. Designed to be very kid-friendly "by kids, for kids" look and feel.

The Sun - Introduction
Make discoveries about the sun, the closest star to earth, and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Produced by Australian Volcanologist, John Seach, this Web site contains more than 3,500 pages that are easily navigated to find a treasure trove of information including breaking news, satellites, photos, and live seismographs.

Windows to the Universe
The Web site provides a fun and different Web site about the Earth and Space sciences. Windows to the Universe is graphics intensive and make take extra time to download the pictures when using dial-up Internet access.


Environment and Ecology

America 's National Wildlife Refuge System
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the appropriate conservation, management and where appropriate.

Ecosystems, Biomes, and Habitats
This Web site provides definitions and examples of the different types of ecosystems, habitats, and biomes.

Endangered Species
This Web site was designed for teachers and students. Resources are provided to help teachers inform their students on endangered and threatened species.

Exploring the Environment
This Web site, designed for teachers and students, features an integrated approach to environmental science through modules and activities.

Recycle City
This Web site allows you interact with how residents of a city recycle, reduce, and reuse waste.  When you leave this interactive site, your students will have a better understanding of how to help protect the environment.




Online Resources