ELEMENTARY SCIENCE SITES

 

Kindergarten

GRADE 1

GRADE 2

GRADE 3

GRADE 4

GRADE 5

General Sites

 

Trees

Characteristics and Needs of Living Things

Growth and Changes in Animals

Changes and Growth in Plants

Habitats and Communities

Healthy Body

Lesson Plans

 

Colours

Senses

Properties of Solids, Liquids, Gases

Materials and Structures

Light

Properties of and changes in substances

Magazines

 

Paper

Seasons

Position and Motion

Forces that attract or repel

Sound

Forces and Simple Machines

Science Fairs

 

Characteristics of Objects and Materials

Air and Water in the Environment

Soils in the Environment

Rocks, Minerals and Erosion

Weather

 



GENERAL SITES

Bill Nye Episode Guides!includes information from the TV episode (Programs are available in video format from the Media Centre), an experiment, recommended book list.

BrainPOP BrainPOP is a source of movies to give kids scientific information. The movies take a few minutes to load. As the computer downloads the material, students may take a quiz about the topic they have selected from the table of contents.

Byron Christian School Media Centers Click on the resources to find links to: Grade 2 - Mammal Reports; Grade 3 - Planet Reports; Grade 4 - Bird Reports; Grade 5 - Insect project; Grade 6 - Ecology reports.

Children's Literature in the Science Classroom

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Fun On-line Page This museum-sponsored site provides not only interesting informatn, but also engaging activities such as creating a multimedia puppet show and designing a space station.

Cool Science for Curious Kids The Howard Hughes Medical Institute picked some of the best museum activities and adapted them for the Web. The result is this simple site for kids in kindergarten through second or third grade. Kids explore animals, dust, butterflies, and more. Blue Web'n Review.

Elementary Science Program Homepage Includes links to student and teacher resources.

Frank Potters Science Gems K-12 science classroom resources and lesson plans.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Explore biology with the Howard Hughs Medical Institute.

InfoZone This site is compiled by Assiniboine South School Division. The first section, titled Wondering, has links to science sites on topics such as clouds, insects, planets, volcanoes..

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Science and Technology Includes links to sites on animals, oceanography, earth science, etc. Some sites include lesson plans and instructional materials

Kindergarten to Grade 4 Science Manitoba Education and Training site.

Manitoba Science Curriculum Documents and Science Learning Outcomes Search Site

Manitoba Education and Training Grade 5 to Senior 1 Topic Charts

National Agricultural Library Kids' Science Page U.S. site on science, including animals, environment, food and nutrition, plants. The scientific process, science fairs, treatment of animals in science. Blue Web'n Site.

NATURE: Web piece on programs aired on PBs's Nature program. Feature changes weekly but has links to previous features.

Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Fun Place: Based on books by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, this site features Wacky science teacher, Ms Fizzle, and her educational field trip.

Yahooligans - Science and Oddities Searchable index of various science sites suitable for K-12 students

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LESSON PLANS

Blue Web'n - a library of blue ribbon learning sites You can subscribe to receive weekly notification of new sites added. Arranged by subject area, e.g. Science. Covers: 1) Web based tutorials; 2) Web based activities, e.g. Exploring planets in the classroom - hands on activities; 3) Web based projects, e.g. The journey north (study of wildlife migration and seasonal change; 4) Web based lesson plans, e.g. lesson plan for a unit on living things; 5) Hotlists; 6) Other resources; 7) References and tools e.g. links to the periodic table, conversion factors, measurement tools.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Science and Technology Includes links to sites on animals, oceanography, earth science, etc. Some sites include lesson plans and instructional materials

Internet Connections: lesson plans and activities - Science Provides links to sites such as: Balloon Science, Earth Science Lessons - Early elementary examples include: Why is the sky blue?; What is thunder made of? Later elementary examples include: How can rain be acid?; Rain forest plants Solar System Resource Toolkit - Includes complete lesson modules and lesson templates, activities, links to solar system sites

S.C.O.R.E Science Lessons/Search : Lesson plans by grade range and subject. Also links to other lesson plan sites.

Teachers helping teachers: Science Lesson Plans

Weather Unit: Science Applications Units on weather

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MAGAZINES

Dragonfly is an inquiry-driven magazine for young investigators put together by Miami University and the National Science Teachers Association. This site has activities to support the magazine's articles. The theme of the month changes regularly links to numerous themes including Sound, Hide and Seek, Ice and Snow, Skeletons (a.k.a.fossils, Flight, Spiders, and Trees.

Elements Online environmental magazine. English and French.

National Geographic for Kids This url takes you to the search screen

Nature North Zine: Presenting the nature of Manitoba to the world. Manitoba based online nature magazine. Covers Manitoba's plants, animals, habitats, and ecosystems.

Yes Mag: Canada's Science Magazine for Kids The paper copy of this magazine is available on loan from the Media Centre.

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 ANIMALS

General

Birds

Frogs

Insects

Spiders

Worms

Bats

Butterflies

Whales

Zoos

GENERAL

Animal Diversity Web Hosted by the University of Michigan has links to animals, birds, sharks and more.

Animal Links General and Exotic animal links.

Animal Photos at the National Zoo

Busch Gardens / Sea World: Animal Resources Includes information on specific animals, e.g. Polar Bears or types of animals e.g. Birds of Prey, A just for fun section, Animal sounds library, Our Conservation Partners and Teacher Resources.

Endangered Species in Endangered Spaces "The lessons at this Web site were developed by Carol A. Thomson of Okanagan University College, in partnership with the Royal British Columbia Museum. There are three units for different age groups. The unit for grades 2-3 is a six-part lesson entitled Animals in the Environment. Students investigate owls as a means to understanding what animals need to survive, how they interact with each other, and the factors that lead to extinction. The grade 4 unit is called Adaptation of Animals, and in a seven-part lesson addresses the role of crowding in extinction." From Classroom Connect, March 2004.

Electronic Zoo Links to sites about various animals.

Fort Whyte Nature Centre Includes links to calendar of events, school programs, Winnipeg wild, Prairie eco corridor and more.

eNature Sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Field guides for more than 4800 species of plants and animals.

Inside the animal mind (nature). Nature program - Are animals intelligent? Di animals have emotions? Animal consciousness?

Kratts Creatures: PBS site. Creature world (look up animals by continent) Episode guide, Creature of the Week.

Links for Kids : Animal topics include: Animal Project; Australia Animals; Bat Cave; Endangered Species; National Wildlife; Sounds of the World's Animals; and more.

Nature North Zine: Presenting the nature of Manitoba to the world. Manitoba based online nature magazine. Covers Manitoba's plants, animals, habitats, and ecosystems.

On the Prairie: Prairie ecology and environmental education. Plants and animals of the prairie ecosystem including online activites and resources

SeaWorld/Busch Gardens - Animal Bytes This site is designed to help you quickly find information about some of the unique creatures found in the animal Kingdom. Most files include the scientific classification, fun facts and biological value..

Sounds of the World's Animals Gives the sound that various animals make in many different languages.

Surf Report: Animals : General, Endangered Animals, Animal classification.

Who Eats What? Animals that eat meat, fish, nuts, plants, and vegetables.

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BATS

 Bat Thematic Unit "Use this site to get ideas for a thematic bat unit or find a fun Halloween activity for your elementary students. Sections cover basic information, resources (web links, books, etc.) , projects & activities, art, science, conservation, literature, environment, sports, and even a Bat Quiz. Be wure to try the BatQuest online activity. Even with some sections unfinished, there is still plenty to do at this site. Created by students of CSU Hayward's Educational Technology Leadership Graduate Program." Blue Web'n Review, October 27, 2000.

Stellaluna's Friends K-3 students in the U.S. Australia and New Zealand collaborated on the bat project. They researched bats in their communities, wrote stories and poems, created graphics and more.

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BIRDS

Bird of the Week Sponsored by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Each week, they feature a new bird with sounds, pictures and lab program. In addition, there is access to previous birds of the week.

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BUTTERFLIES

Bugscope Gallery Images of various insects.

"Butterflies Destinations" Web site feature in March 2003 edition of Classrooom Connect. To borrow, e-mail request to the Media Centre.

Butterflies of North America "Butterflies of North America Web site is a work in progress, consisting primarily of the following information: maps showing the counties where species have been verified, photos, and species accounts (information on size, identifying characteristics, life history, flight, caterpillars hosts, adult food, habitat, species range, conservation status, and management needs). Only weakness is there is no ability for a keyword search. From the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Department of the Interior." Blue Web'n Site.

Butterflies Online

The Butterfly Website : Photogallery, butterfly gardens, articles and more.

Insect Metamorphosis (Science Library Adventures) : Life cycles of butterflies and moths.

Monarch Butterfly Emergence from Chrysalis: Colour pictures of the emergence of the Monarch from its chrysalis

Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis Photos : Butterfly activities and lessons.

Zoom Butterflies : Enchanted Learning Site.

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FROGS

CGEE: Friends of Frogs Frog facts, resources, art. Learning activities.

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INSECTS

Bugfood III: Insect Snacks from Around the world Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology. Also has links to Bug Fun; Insect Stories; For teachers and parents section and more.

Bugscope Gallery Images of various insects.

"Butterflies Destinations" Web site feature in March 2003 edition of Classrooom Connect. To borrow, e-mail request to the Media Centre.

Edible Insects Recipes, raising insects, links to other sites.

Insect Metamorphosis : Explains the four stages: egg, larva, pupa, adult.

Insect World Contains information such as the biggest, the smallest, the fastest, orders of insects.

Insects Hotlist Links to many sites. Subdivided by: Insects and humans; Background information and Facts; Images; and Teacher Resources.

Insects on the WWW Insects pests, common insects, anatomy, ecology, and more.

The Insects Home Page Information such as the biggest, the smallest, the most, life cycles.

Virtual Insects 3D of various insects.

What is an insect? Australian site. Drawing and information about insects found in Australia.

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SPIDERS

ABC Teach: Spiders Search spiders for links to word searches, border paper, dot-to-dot, etc.

All About Spiders Facts, photos and more.

Animal Planet - Spider E-cards Send an e card after you select a spider photo from among the choices.

Animal Planet - Spidermania - Tour a Spider Learn the function of various parts of a spider.

Construction of a Wheel Web Diagram on how an orb web spider make its web?

Discovery Channel: Spiders Information and photographs on various types of spiders

Gander Academy: Spider Theme Links to selected sites on topics related to spiders.

Legend of the Dreamcatcher Picture and legend

SEDL: Spiders' Home Page Lesson plans and teacher background information

Spider Map Organizer Interactive games and gizmos.

Spider Project Project-based learning.

Spider Silk Information about what spider silk is made of, seven types of silk glands and links to more about spiders.

Spider Web Game Idea

Tarantula's Burrow If it has eight legs (Tarantula or other spider, Scorpion or other Arachnid) or no legs (Snakes or Snails), then you will find something about it here, including pictures, articles and games.

Westside Spidermania! Information on various spiders such as the Brown Recluse, the Black Widow, the Wolf Spider, the Red Spotted Crab, the Tarantula, the Trap Door Spider, and the Spitting Spider.

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WHALES

Destination Whales - Classroom Connect November 2000 p. 8-9 To borrow this issue, contact Shirley Dearlove Web-based activities for elementary studens designed by Jim Cornish, a grade 5 teacher in Newfoundland.

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WORMS

The Adventures of Herman the Worm Autobiography of Squirmin' Herman the Worm. Anatomy, facts and other links.

Fun Spring Worm - Craft Idea

The Worm Guide Teacher's guide to composting with worms.

Virtual Worm A virtual tour through the inner workings of a worm - basics, bins, bedding, lighting and more.

Yucky Worm World What worms do, all about earth worms, a teacher's center and more.

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ZOOS

Animals, Animals, Animals! Links to various zoo sites.

Birmingham Zoo: Visit the animals. Includes links to animal movies, animal omnibus and more.

Sedgwick county Zoo of Kansas

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 COLOUR

Child Fun: Activity Themes "This site includes colouring pages, art projects, E-cards, games, songs, poems, and many activities for themes such as colour, animals, seasonal themes, the alphabet and mores." MSLA Journal, March 2000

Color Theory Color information and activities for kids and teachers.

Color Wheels Links to: Create art, Study art, Play art games, Teach art and Newsletter.

Crayola Creativity Central Various activities; create a colour; Crayola factory; Links for parents, educators, kids.

Fun with Colors on the Internet : ERIC Lesson plan including links to other Internet resources.

Up to Ten : Online interactive coloring book.

 

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ENVIRONMENT

Air

Rocks,Minerals,Erosion

Seasons

Soil

Water

Weather

 

GENERAL

Elements Online environmental magazine. English and French.

Garbage: How can my community reduce waste? Blue Web'n Review, March 1999. "Garbage" is inspired by programs from Race to Save the Planet, a video series in the Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection. At this project site, students can learn about the waste disposal habits of the average American and solutions to solve problems related to garbage in the environment. Included are an interactive Hazardous Waste quiz, problem-solving exercises, related resources, and much more.

Mot Sites for teachers and students on biomes and ecosystems.

Millennium Eco-Communities Environment Canada's millennium site focuses on us following environmental practices that will take us to the future.

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AIR

Acid Rain The smoke and fumes released from burning fossil fuels combine with moisture to produce acid rain. Join schools from around the globe to determine if the ph level of rainwater is affected by proximity to a fossil fueled power plant. This project was designed in conjunction with the Center for Improved Engineering & Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Blue Web'n Review.

Air Junk

Why Files: Pollution Battle Looms Highlight: This is the first of 13 fascinating pages of pictures and facts about "the air we breathe".

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ROCKS, MINERALS AND EROSION

Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom Information guide to rocks, minerals, and gemstones.

Rocks. Links and activities. Article in May 2004 issue of Classroom Connect. To borrow, contact the Media Centre.

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SEASONS

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SOIL

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WATER

Water Works! El Aqua Trabaja! : Five lessons about the water cycle have been developed for young science learners by a team of educators in Chicago. Although these lessons were designed specifically for the Little Village area of Chicago, there are great ideas for building your own thematic units on the importance of water in communities. Blue Web'n 5 star review.

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WEATHER

Climate Change: Resources for Teachers What is climate change? How will it affect us? What can we do about climate change? What are we doing about climate change? and Climate Change Action Fund. Also in French.

Explorezone.com: earth, space and weather science news and reference Science news columns, headlines and brief stories. Has keyword search feature.

Eye in the Sky: Tornadoes National Geographic site. Good visuals and some basic scientific and environmental background about tornadoes.

Global Warming: UN conference on climate control and greenhouse gas emissions. The project and teaching tips. Blue Web'n Site.

Hail Storms This site defines hail and distinguishes it from other types of precipitation. Includes visuals of hail storms and the resulting damage.

Hurricane Movie Catalog This NASA site with links to hurricane video clips.

Hurricane Names How hurricanes are named with a list of names that have been used or will be used in the future. Also link to more information such as what are hurricanes and how they are created.

Hurricane: Storm Science From the Miami Museum of Science. Includes Inside a Hurricane, Survivors, Killer Storms and Weather Instruments.

Hurricanes: Facts, Photos, Videos National Geographic Kids site including article Flying into the eye of a hurricane by Renee Skelton, a video showing hurricane damage and more information about hurricanes.

National Hurricane Center Up-to-date forecasts and reconnaissance data. Includes historical storm data and related educational information.

Owlie Skywarn From both the National Weather Service (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), this site uses Owlie Skywarn to tell children about the "hazards of severe weather which include tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes, flash floods and winter storms."

Tornado Images Over one hundred pictures of the destruction of tornadoes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Tornado Project Links to daily severe weather reports, tornado myths and safety recommendations. Information about past storms.

Tornadoes - Going Around in Circles From Why Files, this site tells the story of a tornado and explains how they get their power.

Web Weather for Kids Winner of the 2000 Unisys Prize for Achievement in Online Science Education, this site was produced by a middle school in Colorado. Includes: Experiments and hands-on activities, Teacher Tips, Games, and a recipe for weather (Weather Ingredients).

Wind Storms, Gust Fronts & Outflow Winds don't have to become tornadoes to be destructive. This iste has lots of visuals on high winds and wind gusts.

World Climate: Weather rainfall and temperature data World climate data from a variety of sources. Searchable by city.

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HABITATS AND COMMUNITITES

DESERTS

Classroom Connect Article May 2002

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OBJECTS, MATERIALS, STRUCTURES

PAPER

Forests for Our Future FAQ, Science activities with paper, art activities with paper, resources for students and teachers, overview of the paper industry.

Paper Museum Japanese papermaking process.

Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking Links to a virtual tour of the museum and to other papermaking sites.

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MATERIALS

Building Big "Explore construction by type of structure, try labs and "challenges," read biographical sketches of people working in a variety of engineering careeres. Based on David Macaulay's Building Big." School Library Journal April 2002 p.63.

Building Stone of the United States: The NIST Text Wall : What stones do we use to build? Which stones weather best? Some of these questions can be answered at this website, which examines a test wall of building materials constructed in 1948. A great feature allows students to look at stones from different states or countries (many of the stone samples were collected in 1880) and examine the differences between the materials stored inside and those built into the wll and exposed to the elements. Blue Web'n Review.

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STRUCTURES

SodaConstructor "Create a model out of digital soda strasw and use your engineering skills to animate it." School Library Journal April 2002 p.63.

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PHYSICS

Electricity

Gravity

Magnetism

Simple Machines

Forces

Light

Motion

Solids

Gases

Liquids

Sound

 

ELECTRICITY

Electricity and Magnetism Unit for Grade 5 Concepts in electricity and magnetism through hands-on experience with switches, energy sources, circuit breakers and static electricity.

Electrified Ben: Ben Franklin and the study of electricity.

Beakman's electric motor: Science fair project ideas.

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FORCES

Pedal Power. Article with activities on links on bicycles and bicycle safety is located in the March 2004 issue of Classroom Connect. To borrow, contact the Media Centre.

Science of Hockey "The Science of Hockey is the first in a series of "Sports Science" resources developed by the Exploratorium. This site takes you inside the game: you'll hear from NHL players and coaches from the San Jose Sharks, as well as leading physicists and chemists. This site is divided into seven main section which can be accessed individually, although we recommend you start with "The Ice." the control bar below appears on the top of each page."

GRAVITY

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LIGHT

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MAGNETISM

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POSITION AND MOTION

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SIMPLE MACHINES

Dirtmeister's Science Reporters: Simple Machines : Investigates report on simple machines.

Inquiry Almanac: Spotlighting Simple Machines : From the Franklin Institute, brief description of simple machines with a link to more information.

Inventor's Toolbox: Elements of Machines : Illustration and short description of component of simple machines.

Marvelous Machines: Experiments : Series of experiments about simple machines: levers, wheels and inclined planes. Experiements, teachers' notes, materials and reference.

 

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SOLIDS, LIQUIDS AND GASES

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SOUND

PBS Cyber School: Good Vibrations Learn about sound and accoustics.

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PLANTS AND TREES

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Library Sparks May/June 2004 has several articles and activities on fruits and vegtables including book lists, Reader's Theater, Bulletin Board idea, crafts. To borrow contact the Medai Centre via First Class e-mail.

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PLANTS

Blooming Beauties Internet Activities article in May 2002 issue of Classroom Connect on spring flowers. 

KidsGardening.Com This site, developed by the National Gardening Association, supplies many creative ideas for teachers and parents to use while gardening with children. Learn about theme gardens, participate in an activity (like Plant a Question), or connect with another "garden" teacher. Blue Web'n Review.

On the Prairie: Prairie ecology and environmental education. Plants and animals of the prairie ecosystem including online activites and resources

Nature North Zine: Presenting the nature of Manitoba to the world. Manitoba based online nature magazine. Covers Manitoba's plants, animals, habitats, and ecosystems.

 

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TREES

A History of Papermaking : Information on Wisconsin's paper industry introducing a Fun & Learning Link.

Leaf Identification Various types of leaves.

Preserve Colorful Bounty of Autumn Leaves How to preserve leaves.

Trees A year in the life of a tree, uses of trees, old trees, autumn and leaves and more.

Trees All Around Us Article with links in April 2004 Classroom Connect, page 23. To borrow send e-mail to Media Centre through First Class.

The Wonderful World of Trees A year in the life of a tree, uses for trees, tree silhouettes, biodiversity. French version

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SENSES

HEARING

Brain Pop: Ears and Hearing Assorted Science movie about hearing.

Ear Anatomy Anatomical tour of the ear.

I Love What I Hear! Natinal Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. Teachers guide for grades three through six.

National Institute of Health: Hearing How do we hear! Teachers' lessons, handouts.

Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World

 


Last Update: May 27, 2005