Science Resources

Science Sites

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Aquatic Field Guide

  1. All About Snails 
    Learn about the snail, coloring activities, worksheets, clip art, stories and Internet-based lesson.
  2. Kiddy House 
    Stories, crafts, and information on frogs, farms, and snails are just a few of the offerings at this site for parents, kids, and teachers. The All About Snails site includes information about land and pond snails, activities, and worksheets
  3. United Poultry Concerns, Inc 
    United Poultry Concerns encourages schools to use alternatives such as picture books, modles, videos, and classroom drawing activities to replace chick hatching projects. Their free guide booklet, "Hatching Good Lessons, " suggests classroom activities and resources for teachers.

Wood and Paper - Kindergarten

  1. Gilmer Wood Company 
    Check out their astounding collection of unusual wood samples from around the world at Wood Sample Images.
  2. How Paper Is Made
    Find out how paper is made from wood pulp and recycled material. View a short video that shows how tissue paper is made.
  3. Oriland 
    Choose from several origami projects, from very simple to elaborate.
  4. The Wisconsin Paper Council
    Take a tour of the paper-making process from trees to paper, learn paper facts, play games. And learn how to make your own paper.

Fabric - Kindergarten 

  1. Making Silk in Lam Dong 
    Find out how silk is made in Vietnam. This site includes pictures of the process.

Trees - Kindergarten

  1. Enchanted Learning
    Make pinecone bird feeders, make twig picture frames, find tree-anatomy coloring pages, read the story of Johnny Appleseed, and discover many Arbor Day activities appropriate for K–3.
  2. What Tree Is That?
    A very simple guide to common trees of eastern, central, and western United States, created by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Insects - 1st Grade

  1. Insect and Bug Identification Guide
  2. This great website is a great site to help you learn more about bugs and insects!
  3. Bug Club
    The website for young entomologists. The Bug Club offers an on-line newsletter, information on the care of bugs, a simple bug classification guide, "ask-a-scientist," and the opportunity to have Bug Club pen pals with students in England.
  4. Bug Fun
    Includes collecting and caring for insects, insect crafts and projects, games, and insect jokes. Brought to you by the University of Kentucky.
  5. Bug Identification
    Step-by-step key to identify insects.
  6. Bugscope
    The Bugscope project is an exciting opportunity for classrooms to remotely operate a scanning electron microscope to view their chosen specimens! The microscope is remotely controlled in real time from your classroom computer over the Internet using a web browser. Check out their photo archive for some fascinating images of insect structures up close. The Bugscope project is an educational outreach program for K–12 classrooms.
  7. Journey North
    Join classroom teams around the world in entering data on the signs of spring, such as the first sightings of hummingbirds, earthworms, robins, or butterflies.
  8. Making Silk in Lam Dong
    Find out how silk is made in Vietnam. This site includes pictures of the process.

Pebbles, Sand and Silt - 1st Grade 

  1. Ask a Geologist
    USGS earth scientists provide a limited service in which you may ask scientific questions about geology, geophysics, and geochemistry. You can e-mail any questions you have about earth science to geologists at this site, and you can browse through their frequently asked questions.
  2. Natural Gemstones
    This pamphlet from the U.S. Geological Survey includes useful information and terms concerning natural gemstones. For example, a natural gemstone is a mineral, stone, or organic matter that can be cut and polished or otherwise treated for use as jewelry or other ornament. A precious gemstone has beauty, durability, and rarity, whereas a semiprecious gemstone has only one or two of these qualities. A gem is a gemstone that has been cut and polished.
  3. Sand Castle Central
    Check out their tips and tricks to building great sand castles, and see the incredible photos of sand-sculpture competitions.

 Solids and Liquids - 1st Grade

  1. Building Big
    Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG™, Web site from WGBH Boston. Explore these structures: bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels.
  2. Exploratorium Snacks
    Create a giant sorter for separating solids, simply using screens and a clear plastic tennis-ball tube.
  3. How Fire Works
    Find out where fire comes from and see why it behaves the way it does at this How Stuff Works website.
 Balance and Motion - 2nd Grade 
  1. How Rollercoasters Work
    Examine the principles that keep coaster cars flying around their tracks and look at the hardware that keeps everything running, as well as the forces that make the ride so much fun.
  2. How Stuff Works: Water Slides
    Illustrations and photographs show the construction of an intricate water slide, which looks like a fantastic classroom runway construction.
  3. The Yo-Yo Guy
    The official Yo-Yo Guy tells how to set up your yo-yo and do tricks.

New Plants - 2nd Grade 

  1. Enchanted Learning
    Enchanted Learning offers a wonderful collection of nursery rhymes, crafts, coloring pages, and science background about plants, appropriate for K–3 plant scientists.
  2. Journey North
    Join classroom teams around the world in entering data on the signs of spring, such as the first sightings of hummingbirds, earthworms, robins, or butterflies.

Air and Weather - 2nd Grade

  1. Cool Science
    Find out what solid particles are in the air you breathe.
  2. How Do Rainbows Form?
    Find out how rainbows form on this colorful website from NOAA.
  3. Mount Washington Observatory/Weather
    View the conditions at the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, one of the windiest places on Earth.
  4. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Find out about the programs administered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on this website, which includes everything from hurricanes to weather satellites.
  5. National Weather Service Homepage
    The home page for the National Weather Service.
  6. NOVA Online: Storm Chasers
    This site provides extensions to the NOVA program, Stormchasers.
  7. Parachute History
    Although the Historical Review page is written for adult readers, it includes a variety of parachute designs that fascinate young students, from the earliest attempts to cutting-edge parachute designs.


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