Web based activities designed for the classroom.
American Rivers is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy natural rivers and the variety of life they sustain for people, fish, and wildlife." Visit this site to study rivers close to where you live!
Arctic Alive is a distance-learning environment for learners. Although the actual interaction with researchers has already taken place, teachers can use the backgroud materials on the arctic, earth systems, and climate with students.
This multimedia website deals with NASA careers and astrobiology research. The concept is to search for and design a habitable planet. Students enter training, are quizzed on their knowledge, and adjust the features of potentially habitable planets to see what makes a planet habitable and why. The recording of student observations ties this activity to the basics of the scientific process.
To learn more about space and astronomy, check out the fun experiments, activities, and printables below!
Site offers educational materials related to Astronomy, Weather, and Energy and Environment.
Site has information about how they were formed and detected. It is written in non-technical terms.
The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.
Applet that shows the location of the planets in the night sky.
Download a free PDF printout of the sky for each month.
Zoom Astronomy is a comprehensive on-line site about space and astronomy. It is designed for people of all ages and levels of comprehension. It has an easy-to-use structure that allows readers to start at a basic level on each topic and then to progress to much more advanced information as desired.
This web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like. There are nine main maps on this web page, each one approximately ten times the scale of the previous one.
Teachers and students may download Audacity software for FREE at this site. Audacity is a free program that allows students to create blogs so that teachers may incorporate them into their curriculum.
This site contains beautiful pictures of auroras and an explanation on how they occur.
Site includes subject-specific experiments and activities designed for students and teachers.
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 wall and exposed to the elements.
Visit CCC's Web site to learn about endangered sea turtles. View research notes from the field, join their mailing list, see amazing photos of sea turtles, and more!
The Cassiopeia Project is a effort to make science education videos available for FREE to anyone who wants them. Teachers and students are particularly welcome to use these materials.
See of picture of the Columbia crew and discription on some of their experiments they conducted on their ill fated mission.
Creeping more slowly than a human fingernail grows, Earth's massive continents are nonetheless on the move.
DesertUSA.com contains images, stories, movie and audio clips, virtual reality tours and hard data about, virtually any desert-related topic: plants, animals, geology, cultural and natural history, recreation, parks, cities, travel and people.
Few subjects in the Earth sciences are as fascinating to the public as dinosaurs. The study of dinosaurs stretches our imaginations, gives us new perspectives on time and space, and invites us to discover worlds very different from our modern Earth.
This activity lets you manipulate tectonic plates. Pull the plates apart and push them together and watch what happens to the Earth.
This booklet gives a brief introduction to the concept of plate tectonics and complements the visual and written information in This Dynamic Planet.
Earthmaps is focused on combining earth science data inventories from private sources.
The mission of the Earthwatch Institute is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public.
Official energy statistics from the U.S. government.
Eric Weisstein's World of Science contains budding encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.
Learn basic mapmaking and map reading skills. Provides maps of all kinds and shapes.
Field Trip Earth is the global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation.
Click on Wright Brothers Game to learn about the Wright brothers and the history of flight.
"In this exhibit, you can find out how to improve next year's environmental record. You'll learn how waste is handled now and how some communities are doing it better. In the activities, you can test your knowledge about hazardous waste we generate in our homes and try to shrink a landfill."
Annimation explaning the formation of different types of rocks.
If you look deeply into the night sky, you'll see Mars glowing brightly. The red planet is making its closest pass to the Earth in 60,000 years. For millions of years, the planet has rocked and rolled with six different geological processes, all of which are examined on this site.
At this Web site, you can explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these domains.
Learn how to do the basics so you are comfortable teaching with Google Earth. Suitable for Lectures, Presentations, whole class discussions, etc. Also includes mini-lessons - Lesson starters for looking at various topics.
Receive the latest pictures from space including pictures of a dying star and much more. There is also an educational section with interactive activities.
Take a deep breath and rise above the clouds to enjoy some of the most elusive snapshots ever captured. Veiled in mist and riddled with glaciers and pitfalls, Everest has captivated throngs of climbers for over half a century.
Kidport is an Internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. It provides a unique, multi-step program to create empowered learners, not simply good students.
Students can explore the science of rainbows courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Rainbows are one of the wonders of the natural world: But why do you sometimes see one rainbow, and other times a double? Why do you always see rainbows with your back to the sun? Students can use the rainbow interactive to explore and develop conclusions of their own!
Students can explore the growth of a snow crystal courtesy University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. They will see how temperature and humidity affects the shape of the crystals.
Gemstones are listed by class with beautiful pictures and great descriptions of how they were formed.
Instructions on how to build one of the basic machines to explain Newtonian physics.
Instructions given on how to build a paper model of a spacecraft.
Hot or Cold, Land or Water...Differences in color tell you a lot about the data NASA is collecting about the Earth. Try your hand at coloring these ESE pictures.
The object of the activity is to get Droplet, the water molecule, through the forest and into the sea.
Interactive activities can be found under Resouces for Educators and Multimedia Resources.
Find out when the space shuttle and space station will be flying over your city and how you can spot them in the night sky.
The Imagine Mars Project is a national arts, sciences and technology education initiative that has harnessed America's fascination with space and led young people to work together with educators and civic leaders to design a Mars community for 100 people.
Learn about food, clothes and activities conducted in space.
Photos and mission posters available that can be printed on your personal printer or purchased from NASA.
Find out the date that interesting things happened that pretained to space and science.
Learn about recent Shuttle missions, crew, and activities. There are also archives of past missions.
This website contains a lot of information about nature and science.
View lessons and activities by selecting a grade range and topic. Areas covered include Art, Health and Fitness, Math, Reading and Language Arts, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Early Childhood, Library Media and Technology Coordinators.
Power point and animations for teachers to use in their classroom. All content areas included.
Light on Lightning! Danger! Students can learn about the sound (sound waves and the speed they move through the air) as well as the appearance of lightning and discover the danger as well as the science of the light and sound of lightning. The Play with Lightning interactive activity is provided courtesy University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.
An environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
The website states its purpose is to "provide educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction."
"You are about to take a virtual space-trip to the depths of the Universe! All of SpaceWander's space pictures are real NASA images! Our award-winning multimedia space tour takes about 12 minutes. You can sit back and enjoy it or you can press buttons on the spaceship to see additional in-context information."
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Satellites come in many shapes and sizes and have many uses. On this site you can even build three different types of satellites interactively.
Tweaking a twister A tornado that's 500 meters in diameter looks a lot more ominous than the average twister, which is "only" 150 meters across. All other things being equal, larger tornadoes are more damaging, but size is not related to wind speed. Instead, wind speed increases along with the difference between atmospheric pressure inside the funnel, and the pressure outside it (the core pressure difference). The larger the Fujita scale estimates tornado damage core pressure difference, the faster the winds. But at a given wind speed, a larger tornado will do more total damage because it will hit more objects. The Fujita scale estimates tornado damage. Students can use the interactive twister activity provided courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to adjust the core pressure and the funnel width and draw their own conclusions on what results.
Scroll down and click on the map of Geologic Information by Region to get a much wider source of information on geology for the United States.