SCIENCE SITES - MIDDLE SCHOOL

GENERAL INFORMATION

GRADE 6

GRADE 7

GRADE 8

General Sites

Diversity of Living Things

Earth's Crust

Cells and Systems

Lesson Plans

Flight

Forces and Structures

Fluids

Science Fair

Electricity

Interactions Within Ecosystems

Optics

Solar System

Particle Theomry of Matter

Water Systems on Earth



GENERAL SITES

Brain Facts & Figures

Branium: Your Online Science Education Destination Interactive adventures in science. Areas of site are: Infomactor (Physical Sciences, Earth and Space, Life Sciences and General Science); Prep Room (Curriculum connections, lesson plans, teaching resources); The Zone (Science Bugzone and games); The Zone (includes links to other web sites); Mondo Branium (Discover Scientists at work, astronomy, energy, earthquake, adaptation). Contact Colleen Einarson at the Media Centre if you need the St. James-Assiniboia Teacher and Student IDs and passwords.

Chem 4 Kids Covers elements, atoms, math and reactions, with a short quiz after each and links to astronomy, biology, chemistry. Assessment, reference and curriculum materials, applications, pedagogy, recreation and more.

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

Manitoba Education and Training Grade 5 to 8 Topic Charts

Manitoba Science Curriculum Documents and Science Learning Outcomes Search Site

 

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CELLS AND SYSTEMS

Biology Lessons at San Diego State University "This site contains 20 lesson plans developed by students at San Diego State University, divided into materials covering molecules, cells, and population biology. Each lesson includes a comprehensive teacher's guide, a hypertext within the lessons links to a glossary and helpful graphics. Adaptable for a wide range of ages, these are terrific lessons for introducing basic biology concepts from osmosis and mitosis to plant and population growth." From Classroom Connect, March 2004.

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DIVERSITY OF LIVING THINGS

Classification Systems

Scientists and Naturalists

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 grade 7 unit on Ecology contains eleven individual lessons that cover issues of food webs, habitats, climatic zones, and more. Each unit includes tools for assessment, suggestions for adapting materials for students with special needs, connections for further study, a glossary, additional resources, and links." From Classroom Connect, March 2004.

Classification Systems

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

Scientists and Naturalists

Check out the links on the Social Studies Biography section

Great Canadian Scientists Profiles, Quizes, ask a Scientist.

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EARTH'S CRUST

Avalanches

Geology

Earthquakes

LandUse

Avalanches

NOVA Online - Avalanche This is a companion site to the 1997 NOVA presentation Avalanche! Making of an avalanche, elements of a slide, video clips and Teacher's Guide.

Earthquakes

EARTHFORCE Earthforce is defined as the pushing and pulling in the core, crust, or water of the Earth that causes motion like eruptions, quakes, or floods.

Earthquakes for Kids "In an effort to heighten awareness about earthquakes and improve safety, the United States Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazard Program provides Earthquakes for Kids. Here students may investigate the latest earthquakes around the country and locate the areas impacted by the events. You'll find an abundance of information about earthquakes and fun online activities to reinforce the material. See what has happened today in earthquake history, choose an earthquake-related science fair project, or look up a term in the earthquake image glossary. Use items from Cool Earthquake Facts to entertain and intrigue your class. To incorporate careers into earthquake lessons, have your students read Become a Geophysicist, which emphasizes the importance of higher education." From Classroom Connect, March 2004.

Earthquake Shake Presented by The Tech Museum of Innovation, covers Plate Tectonics, Faults, Seismograms and Waves.

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

Life along the Faultline Information about earthquakes and earthquake proof construction.

Savage Earth (PBS) The Earth's Crust, Earthquakes, Volcanoes

Rocks and Minerals

The Dynamic Earth "The Smithsonian has rocks,rocks and more rocks. These sites are great places to begin the search for information about rocks. Geology, Gems, and Minerals links directly to The Dynamic Earth as an online exhibit and to The Dynamic Earth as an online tool. Before leaving Geology, Gems, and Minerals, check out the Mineral Sciences Collections, an online collections database searchable by name and/or location. GeoGallery features information and exquisite photographs of rocks,gems,and minerals (as well as volcanoes and meteorites), and you can limit results to specific locations (e.g.specfic country in Europe). The Dynamic Earth presents a broader picture and explores"the dynamic forces that formed-and are comtinually reforming - the Earth and our Solar System" These are three of the best sites to start an investigation of rocks." From School Library Media Activities Monthly October 2007.

Geo-Mysteries"This is an interactive, educational, and fun website from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The Educational part can be found in the Geologic Timeline, Fast FAQs about Rocks and Fossils,and Field Tips for Field Trips.But the fun part is even better because children work with Rino the Dino Detective to solve three Geo Mysteries:"The Mystery of the Floating Rock"."The Mystery of the Broken Necklace",and The Mystery of the Golden Cube". These are great examples of online resources for school children provided by a museum."From School Library Media Activities Monthly October 2007.

GeoGallery

Geology, Gems and Minerals

Life of a Rock Star"This site is not what you think-even with sections such as Making the Band, Life on Tour. The Hits, Hall of Fame, and Rock Legacy. It is however,definitely worth checking out! Produced by the Library and Archives Canada and various collaborators, the "rock" in the title refers to rocks and minerals that are found and mined in canada. This Canadian site has an audio introduction and is also presented in French." From School Libaray Media Activities Monthly October 2007. Learn what geologists do and the role of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)..

Minerals and Metals: A World to Discover" This is an excellent Canadian government website by the Minerals and Metals Sector (MMS) that provides detailed and engaging information on the "main minerals and metals produced in Canada and how these natural resources are used in our daily activities" Play Minerals and Metals at Home! to learn how metals are important to everyting you do. Create your own on line mine and take the process from making your claim to rehabilitating the site after the minerals are extracted. For more information on mining, check out Look Beneath the Surface and Mining Poster." From School Library Media Activities monthly October 2007.

Volcanoes

NOVA: Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius Links to: The World's Deadliest Volcanoes; Volcano SWAT Team; Planning for Disaster; Can we predict erruptions? and a Teacher Guide.

NOVA: Volcano's Deadly Warning Links to: Volcano Talking; Emergency Response Team; Anatomy of a Volcano; Seismic Signals; Teacher's Guide and more.

Volcano World BrainSpace site organized by: Volcanoes; Eruptions; Learning; Adventures; and Kids.

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ELECTRICITY

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FLIGHT

Forces of thrust, drag, lift and gravity

Aircraft and Space Craft

Mission Space Info: Bringing space down to earth "Space related news, images and video clips straight from space."

Forces

Skateboard Science Blue Web'n Site Review: "Momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force have never been so interesting. This online exhibit from the Exploratorium explains how skate boarders seemingly break the laws of gravity with tricks shown and explained in physics terms. The site includes a video webcast, glossary, and information about equipment.

Aircraft and Spacecraft

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

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FLUIDS

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FORCES AND STRUCTURES

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.

 Great Buildings.com "Great Buildings is a huge database of information about architects and their buildings. 800+ Buildings are featured from 40 countries. There aren't images of every building, but many buildings shown have multiple view.s Virtual Reality (VR) versions of some buildings are available, although you need to download a free software package for viewing VR. " Blue Web'n Review.

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INTERACTIONS WITHIN ECOSYSTEMS

Atlas of Cananda: Boreal Forest Learning Module Available in French and English. Links to various topics such as: The Boreal Mosaic, Employment, Sustainable Development.

Boreal Forest Network "The Boreal Forest Network is an organization or environmentalist, indigenous people and scientists concerned with the protection and sustainable use of the boreal forest, one of the three great forest systems of the world."

Boreal Forest.org Information about the boreal forests around the world including the animals of the boreal forest.

Canadian Boreal Initiative In French and English. Good source for very current information.

Canadian Geographic: Boreal Forest Various articles on the natural history, art, anthropology, etc. of the boreal forest.

Canadian NewsWire Group - Boreal Forest News May 2, 2005 news feature on birds in the boreal forest.

CPAWS: (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) Boreal Program Grassroots action in Manitoba. Site includes a mini slideshow of the Manitoba winderness.

Global Forest Watch Construct and print your own maps using the interactive map of Canada. Map can show first Nations communities, land claim boundaries, forests and other ecoregions, etc. Available in French, English, Spanish.

 

FOOD WEBS AND FOOD PRODUCTION/PRESERVATION

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OPTICS

Light

Colour

Reflection and Refraction

Concave and Convex Mirrors and Lenses

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PARTICLE THEORY OF MATTER

DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENTIFIC THEORY

HEAT ENERGY

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THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND ASTRONOMY

International Space Station Teacher to teacher article in May 2002 edition of Classroom Connect

Cool Cosmos This site maintained by the California Institute of Technology is available in English or Spanish, Flash or HTML. "The "Cool Cosmos" portal involves students in science with multi-disciplinary educational materials. Communicating the world of infrared astronomy to the public is the main topic of the "Cool Cosmos" portal but certainly not its only goal. In the past few years the "Cool Cosmos" team has created a wide variety of educational products that include: websites that explain Infrared Astronomy, its timeline, as well as the many benefits and uses of Infrared. There are award-winning web activities where students perform a version of the experiment in which infrared light was discovered. There are web tutorials about multi-wavelength astronomy and a multi-wavelengths. The Ritter experiment is a simple classroom activity similar to the experiment Ritter first discovered the ultraviolet light. The "Heat & Temperature" website introduces the concepts of heat and temperature, heat transfer and detection. Use the Site Map to get a full list of what's on the site." Blue Web'n Site.

The Dynamic Sun Information about the sun.

Earth and Moon Viewer Images of the earth and moon from various viewpoints.

Educators Guide to Moon Phases

Eduscapes

Mission to Mars: Exploring the Red Planet. Classroom activities and links from the May 2004 issue of Classroom Connect. To borrow, contact the Media Centre.

NASA's Ask An Astronaut Over 250 questions about space, answered by those who have been there.

Solar System Mobile: A free print, cut and assemble craft project for children

StarChild: A learning center for young astronomers NASA site about the solar system and the universe.

The Virtual Sun Information about the sun.

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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.

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

Sunrise...Sunset An interdisciplinary unit. The lessons are available for three age levels K-3, 4-7, and 8-12, each having six to eight lessons on the theme of solar system.

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SCIENCE FAIR

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WATER SYSTEMS ON EARTH

InFocus: Floods! Online Online NewsHour web site for students organized by: Real Life Accounts; Flood Fighters; ScienceHows and Whys; Flood Stories; Pet Rescues and more.

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Last Updated: June 16, 2008