Flight Electricity Motion Space
-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
Classification - relevant topics include; Characteristic of Living Things, History of Classification, Levels of Classification, Kingdoms, Taxonomic Keys (from the curriculum pages of the Utah State Office of Education)
Classification - from BBC Schools - an online tutorial and 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 Scholastic.com
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
Vertebrates from 'Science with Dr. T.'
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
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.
eNature - an electronic Field Guide to over 4800 species of plants and animals in North America. (lots of advertising but lots of good information!)
Wild Sanctuary Sound Safaris
- Choose your destination to some of the world's most remote and
endangered habitats by clicking on the map.
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.
for Species - track migratory animals, like the polar bear,
eider, caribou, peregrine falcon, and leatherback turtle, as well as their
habitats, from beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Teacher section includes
lesson plans and blackline masters. (version
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
Principles of Aeronautics from The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook.
Re-Living the Wright Way - follow the invention process of the Wright Brothers (from NASA)
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 Kids Page
- information on renewable and non-renewable energy sources -
from the U.S. Department of Energy
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 and then make some very cool models that demonstrate these. Follow this link to the FREE models. (from the Flying Pig Gallery!)
Amusement Park Physics
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
- - sections include;
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
A Virtual Journey into the Universe - a ThinkQuest project presenting information about our solar system
Geographic’s Virtual Solar System -
your chance to discover the wonders of our solar system in a spectacular 3-D
environment. Take a fly-by tour of the sun and each planet in its orbit, observe
close-up views of the planets, extraterrestrial weather patterns, and more.
Science Monster - Our Solar System - clear, concise information about the planets of our solar system
Exploring the Planets Cyber-Center The Cyber-Center is a simulated research center at the National Air and Space Museum where you can explore many mysteries of the Solar System.
Walk 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 a Solar Eclipse? - an interactive animation
What Causes the Seasons? - interactive animation - (be sure to click on "Show Earth Profile")
Calendar - shows the phases of the Moon for each day of a
selected month of any year - past, present or
NASA Shuttle Missions Follow every mission with up-to-the-minute information. You can even listen in to the conversations between the crew and Mission Control!
Cosmic Quest - Discovering Astronomy Through Science and Culture - another "Virtual Museum" of Canada (version française)
Canadian Space Agency - Astromenu for Students age 9 - 12 (version française)
Canada's Astronauts - from the Canadian Space Agency (version française)
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?
Space for Species - track migratory animals, like the polar bear, eider, caribou, peregrine falcon, and leatherback turtle, as well as their habitats, from beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Teacher section includes lesson plans and blackline masters. (version française)
Satellites In this site, you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about satellites. Click on "Types and Uses" to find out about different types of satellites, and examples of each. In "Anatomy of a Satellite" you can learn about the parts of a satellite. "Canadian Satellite Q&A" will answer all your questions about what satellites mean to Canada, and tell you about the history of Canada's involvement in space.
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!