Category Archives: Science
Study Jams, by Scholastic, is a great site that has a collection of videos and lessons that address math and science content through rich media. Students will enjoy viewing the clear and colourful animations such as the one below:
Study Jams is a great site that I will definitely be using in the classrooms I visit. Depending on where you live, you may just need to check the videos/lessons to make sure that they are relevant to your location. For example, I was looking through one of the fractions lessons and it was discussing distances in miles rather than kilometres. Overall though, there are still many valuable resources that will support your curriculum and that your students should enjoy! :)
As with many events in our world, our students watch the news and sometimes struggle to understand how such an event could occur. The recent Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan has students curious about these natural disasters, and what causes them. The resources below are a collection of resources to view and use with those students who are eager to find out more:
Japanese Tsunami Videos
- Helicopter footage of Tsunami
- Tsunami moving across the countryside
- 10m wave moves through town
- Evacuees on Airport rooftop
- Large waves move whole port inland
- News Helicopter footage of aftermath
- News Report: Nuclear Reacctor explosion
- Rooftop rescues plus tsunami footage
- Animation from NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory showing the tsunami wave height across the globe
General Earthquakes Resources
Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Information
- How Shifting Plates Caused the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
- Japanese Earthquake – News for kids, by kids
- Before and after photos of the Earthquake & Tsunami
- Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives
- What caused Japans Earthquake and Tsunami?
- Teachable Moments from the Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami
Games and Interactives
Introducing Monster Sciences!
Whilst wandering around the internet looking for some fun and effective ways to introduce scientific concepts to my class, I found the Monster Sciences website. For someone like me (who is interested in science, but quite cautious when it comes to scientific experiments – in case I set the room on fire by accident!!), this site gives clear and easy to understand experiments that are then backed up with knowledge in the teacher’s notes.
Everything you find at Monster Sciences was written for teachers by a teacher who understands the challenges of teaching in today’s classroom. All the experiments are printable, designed to be effective, fun, hands on and are FULLY EXPLAINED in complete Teacher’s Notes. They use simple, every day items that can easily be brought from home – no fancy expensive equipment required!
From the creator of the site:
I’m a teacher and a scientist and I have a passion for teaching science to kids, even really young kids. Science investigations are a fabulous way for kids to get their brains working – they need to use lots of thinking skills, including observation, logic, reasoning and comparison. Hands on activities allow them to see the results for themselves, enabling them to construct their own understanding of the way the world works. All that and they are fun too!
There are many fantastic experiments to choose from:
This will definitely be a site I revisit regularly …. I am hoping it will bring out my inner scientist! :)
OLogy is a fantastic section of the American Museum of Natural History website that has some great interactive resources and activities to use in your classroom.
Once you choose your “ology” on the left, you will need to scroll down to see what exhibit features are available. Most include video clips and interactive games along with images and text. Below is an example of what is available in the Marine biology section:
Enjoy exploring the site! :)
Below is an example of the type of videos that are available. This video is about the helium element:
Students will love exploring this fun and interesting periodic table. The videos are all hosted on You Tube, so if your school has blocked the site, you may experience some difficulties. The team at Nottingham University have foreseen that this problem may occur in some education sectors, and have provided the following information to assist you in getting the site working in your school http://www.periodicvideos.com/schools.htm
Analyze forensic data and test your skills in this online CSI: The Experience game. This educational experience was carefully designed by experts at Rice University to maximize student learning.
Rice University’s Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning developed this CSI online web adventure. The Center engages in research, development and consulting on innovative applications of advanced technology for teaching and learning in a variety of settings. The CSI Web Adventure allows the user to experience the science behind the investigations.
Older students (and their teachers) should get a kick out of this interactive site that allows them to explore and take part in the actual science that goes on behind the scenes in a forensics lab. It is image rich, and easy to navigate. There are 3 levels to work through, that will test how you apply the knowledge you have learnt along the way. Overall, it’s a great site that is well worth the visit!
Stop Disasters is a great game from the ISDR. ISDR stands for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. The Strategy brings many organisations, universities, institutions together for a common objective: reducing the number of dead and injured by disasters triggered by natural hazards.
This is a single player game, but groups of children in a classroom environment can play collaboratively and discuss the best course of action to take. Additional learning material for students and teachers is available in the ‘Information’ section of this web site.
Each scenario takes between 10 and 20 minutes to play, depending on the disaster you are trying to prevent and your skill level. There are five scenarios to play, and each can be played on easy, medium or hard difficulty levels.
The game would be a great link to the Primary Connections Stage 3 | Earth and Beyond | Earthquake explorers Unit.
Major earthquakes cause dramatic changes to the Earth’s surface. Strong earthquakes can affect millions of lives by causing buildings to collapse, destroying roadways and bridges and affecting basic necessities such as electricity and water supply. Fortunately, the majority of earthquakes are barely noticed. It is still not possible to accurately predict where and when an earthquake will happen. However, greater understanding of their causes helps scientists estimate the locations and likelihood of future damaging earthquakes. The Earthquake explorers unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. This unit provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the causes of earthquakes and how they change the Earth’s surface. Through investigations, students explore earthquake magnitude data from Australia and neighbouring countries, drawing conclusions about patterns in the data.
If you’re anything like me, you spend forever searching the internet for that ‘perfect’ resource to help illustrate your point on a topic, or to engage a student whilst teaching a new skill. Hours tick by, and you end up ‘exploring’ a variety of sites you may use ‘one day’ …. but not really what you were looking for. :) Wouldn’t it be great if there was one location you could go that has already screened the educational sites, and weeded out the less than useful resources? Well …. I found just such a site called Top Marks.
Topmarks is one of the largest independent educational websites in the UK. It was established in 1998 with the aim of making it easy to find the very best free educational resources whilst providing a safe environment for children to use the world wide web effectively for learning.
According to the site, all of the content on Topmarks is carefully reviewed by qualified teachers and regularly re-checked because of the changing nature of the web.
The site has resources for just about every learning area you could want, interactive whiteboard resources and a great parent section.
We show how you can help your child with learning to read, a vital skill for accessing knowledge and information in the modern world. Our Learning Numbers article has advice on how you can help pre-school children learn and understand numbers.
What a great inclusion to the site! Helping guide parents to enhance their child’s learning at home. The parent section includes:
- Cook to Learn
- Sand & Water Play
- Learning Numbers
- Learning Words
- Homework Help
- Learning to Read
- Toys and Games
Take the time to have a look around. I am sure you’ll be excited by what you can find …. and how quickly you were able to find it!!! (I know I was ;) )
Teacher’s Pet launched in March 2010, and is definitely a site to watch. With its clean, crisp design, Teacher’s Pet already has over a hundred KLA specific resources to use in your classroom. The best thing about them is that …. you guessed it ….. they are FREE! :-) (although there seems to be plans to release curriculum packs you can purchase in the future)
As well as the usual free printable PDF’s. Teacher’s Pet will also house interactive resources for you computers and IWB’s as well as music. Whilst many sections still bear the ‘coming soon’ message, the quality of the resources that have been uploaded to date seems to be quite high. Definitely one to keep an eye on ;-) Join Teacher’s Pet on Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date. Don’t forget to check out Dexter’s Doghouse blog for the latest news as well.
iBoard contains hundreds of free-to-use, highly visual, interactive resources for lower primary school. They are powerful teaching tools that can be used on any interactive whiteboard. They are also simple enough for a child to use independently or with minimal support.
With its simple navigational structure on the left hand side, and thumbnails of each activity, the site will appeal to young students, and encourage them to explore on their own.
Areas cover for Reception (our prep!), Year 1 and 2 include:
- New Literacy (two thumbs up for this section!!!)
- Early Years
This site is a fantastic site to use in the lower year levels, but also great for use in special education and ESL (English as a Second Language) lessons. If you are only just beginning to use your IWB, this type of site is fantastic to get you going – and seeing the real benefits of the valuable resource available to you and your students.