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Diversity of Living Things

  -based student learning activities  Diversity of Living Things ; Classification of Living Things, Classifying Living Things, Classification of Vertebrates

Diversity of Living Things - a great overview of the entire unit from bj's science

Variation and Classification -   Activity      Fact Sheets      Quiz

Animal I.D. - from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Classifying Critters - challenges to correctly classify 5 different vertebrates

Classify Insects - "Zoom in on True Bugs" - from

What Tree Is It?  - identify an unknown tree by just one part, such as a leaf or a fruit. (this demonstrates the use of a classification key)

Dichotomous Tree Key - another example of using a dichotomous key to classify trees

The Animal Diversity Web  "This site has descriptions of levels of organization above the species level, especially phyla, classes, and in some cases, orders and families. Hundreds of hyper linked pages and images illustrate the traits and general biology of these groups. Professional biologists prepare this part. The site also includes information about thousands of animal species. These may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds. Students write the text of these accounts and the accuracy is not guaranteed."

Living Things  Divided into sections on "Individuals", "Families", "Neighbourhoods" and "The Circle of Life"

Meet the Animals (at the Toronto Zoo)  - animals and plants are grouped according to the regions they come from. 

The Animal Kingdom - research animals based on their classification - from the KidPort reference library

Let's Talk About Insects - from the University of Illinois

Hinterland Who's Who - from the Canadian Wildlife Service. Each fact sheet describes the appearance, life history, and habits of a Canadian bird or mammal or else discusses a wildlife-related topic such as bird feeding or endangered species.  There are also video clips of the 60-second educational vignettes originally created in the 1960's.     (version franšaise)

eNature - an electronic Field Guide to over 4800 species of plants and animals in North America.  (lots of advertising but lots of good information!)

Animal Bytes were specifically 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.

The Animal Omnibus  - a list of web sources indexed by the name of the animal.

Natural Perspectives Information organized according to the biological principles of Taxonomy.

Properties of Air and Characteristics of Flight

Teachers!  Link to a teaching unit.

Air and Flight - a great overview of the entire unit from bj's science

The Thrill of Flight - Aerodynamics and flight are explored in this collection of videos, lessons, interactive activities, games, worksheets, and glossaries. Lesson topics include: Famous Aviators; Aviation Events; What is Air?; Lift and Bernoulli; Another Factor That Affects Lift; Forces Acting on an Airplane; Parts of an Airplane; Movements of an Airplane; Propulsion; Types of Airplanes; Parts of a Helicopter; Movements of a Helicopter; Types of Helicopters; Types of Gliders; Constructing Gliders; Glider Testing; and The Air Show. - from LearnAlberta

Airborne Experiment  Explore Bernoulli's principle and learn how air moves across a surface to create lift.

Plane Math - an interactive site that integrates Mathematics with Aeronautics

Gases Around Us - from BBC Schools - explore some properties of gases

The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook

Re-Living the Wright Way - follow the invention process of the Wright Brothers (from NASA)

How Things Fly - from the National Air and Space Museum

What Makes an Airplane Fly - from NASA - relatively advanced but a good resource for students wanting in-depth information.

What is Aeronautics?  - also from NASA


Electricity - a great overview of the entire unit from bj's science

Circuits and Conductors - from BBC Schools - test the conductivity of materials

Changing Circuits - from BBC Schools - make and test simple circuits

The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits - each of the 5 interactive sections has useful information, an activity or game and a quiz

Electric Circuits - from British Electric - The e-source is split into 3 chapters: Basic Circuits, Series and Parallel, Circuit Challenges

Silicon Spies - "Dr. Volt is about to pull the plug on Silicon City and plunge it into darkness. Investigate the science of electricity in a secret mission to save the city..."  - from Engineering Interact

FPL for Kids - a web site for energy education by Florida Power and Light

Energy Quest   A site by the California Energy Commission which includes many topics on energy including conservation, safety and alternative sources. Energy Story section is very relevant.

Energy Education - Although there are specific references to Australia where the site originates, excellent information about electricity generation is provided.

Energy Efficiency brochures and fact sheets from the San Diego Gas and Electric Company

Interactive Physics Models - Electricity and Magnetism   Use of this site requires the Shockwave plug-in, but it's worth it.



Forces in Action - from BBC Schools -  interactive experiments with data collection built in

Friction - from BBC Schools

ParkWorld Plot - "Rival park owner, Bertie Block, is plotting to break one of ParkWorld's rides. Investigate the science of forces to save ParkWorld from ruin..."  - from Engineering Interact

Mechanisms and Movement - learn about the types of motion, mechanisms and compound mechanisms

Amusement Park Physics  How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? In this exhibit, you'll have a chance to find out by designing your own roller coaster. Plan it carefully--it has to pass a safety inspection. You can also experiment with bumper car collisions.


Teachers!  Link to lesson plans and teaching ideas on this topic.

  -based student learning activities  Space Academy -; Solar System, Investigations, Constellations Myths, Constellation Plot, Lunar Studies, Eclipses, Sundials, Seasons, Canadian Astronauts, Problems in Space, Space Technology   

Space - a great overview of the entire unit from bj's science

Astro Adventure - "Redshift Enterprises take you on a troublesome test drive of their Galactic Express shuttle. Investigate the Solar System as you save yourself from disaster.."  - from Engineering Interact

Mars Rover Mission - direct from NASA!

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, simply by clicking on links."

NASA for Students Gr 5-8

Space - a comprehensive resource from the BBC

Cosmic Quest - - sections include; A Field Guide to the Universe and Living in Space: Design a Space Station
 from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis

StarChild: A Learning center for young astronomers   Information about the Solar System, the Universe, and other Space Stuff

Stargazers - identify major constellations

Science Monster - Our Solar System  -  clear, concise information about the planets of our solar system

Exploring the Planets - from the U.S. National Air and Space Museum

Build the Solar System   Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."

Your Weight on Other Worlds   Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or The Moon? Here's your chance to find out.

Amazing Space - Web-based Activities

What Causes the Seasons?  - interactive animation - (be sure to click on "Show Earth Profile")

Moon Calendar - shows the phases of the Moon for each day of a selected month of any year - past, present or future.

Canada's Astronauts - from the Canadian Space Agency  (version franšaise)

Walking on the Moon - from the Smithsonian Institute - What did it take to put a man on the Moon? What were the dangers? Who were the Apollo 11 astronauts? How did they live in space?

2K40 - The year is 2040. A mission to Mars is being planned. You are one of the finalists for the mission. You must demonstrate your worthiness by holding out as long as possible in a survival station submerged in the Saint Lawrence River. Your energy reserve dwindles with every passing minute. Will you be able to think and act quickly enough to be in the top 10?

The Satellite Site - from the Tech Museum of Innovation - Learn what satellites are, what they do, what goes into a satellite, and best of all, you can build 3 different satellites on-line!

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