Fluids Optics Mechanical Efficiency Water Systems
Life Systems - from bj's MST web site, an excellent resource developed by B. Jackson of Camilla Senior School in Mississauga to support her grade 8 students.
An Introduction to the Cell - a multimedia tutorial from McGraw Hill that addresses many of the basic concepts of the Gr. 8 curriculum. (It may take a while for the file to download and start playing.)
Introducing Cells - from the Curriculum pages of the Utah State Office of Education.
Cell Biology - detailed and extensive information (goes
beyond the Gr. 8 curriculum expectations) - from BBC Schools
The Virtual Cell Web Page
- another excellent interactive site from the BBC
The Virtual Body Interactive presentations on the Brain, Digestive System, Heart and Skeleton. (requires Shockwave plug-in)
Cell Division and Cancer - Find out about cell structure,
division, mitosis and how, when this goes wrong, it can lead to cancer.
The Fundamentals of Fluids - from bj's MST web site, an excellent resource developed by B. Jackson of Camilla Senior School in Mississauga to support her grade 8 students.
Floating Log - unfortunately these simulations are now only available by subscription
Submarines: How They Work - Archimedes' Principle - an interactive demonstration
Doom" - Buoyancy Question - from NOVA online (PBS)
How Hydraulic Machines Work - from the How Stuff Works web site
Buoyant Force in Liquids This Java applet shows a simple experiment concerning the buoyancy in a liquid: A solid body hanging from a spring balance is dipped into a liquid (by dragging the mouse!). In this case the measured force, which is equal to the difference of weight and buoyant force, is reduced.
-based student learning activities Investigating Optics ; Light and Optics, Optics for Kids, Refraction of Light
Light and Optics - from bj's MST web site, an excellent resource developed by B. Jackson of Camilla Senior School in Mississauga to support her grade 8 students.
Optics & You - Java-based interactive tutorials designed
for elementary grade students
Electromagnetic Radiation Explore the physics underlying X-rays, light, and other kinds of electromagnetic radiation. This site quickly goes beyond the level required for this grade but it is a good source of information and would provide extra details for those students who wish to pursue the topic in greater depth.
Optics for Kids
Refraction of Light Demonstration - this page uses a Java applet to allows students to experiment with refraction.
- an interactive Java applet that shows the physics behind
a beam of light impinging at an angle on a smooth/rough surface
Make a Splash with Color
Lasers - From Science Fiction to Everyday Life from the Tech Museum of Innovation
Reflection and the Ray Model of Light - a tutorial from "The
Physics Classroom" - written for high school students so the details quickly go
beyond the gr. 8 expectations.
Mechanical Efficiency - from bj's MST web site, an excellent resource developed by B. Jackson of Camilla Senior School in Mississauga to support her grade 8 students.
How Stuff Works
The Physics of
Amusement Parks - learn about the forces of falling, floating
and turning by studying the rides at amusement parks - from the Japan
Science and Technology Corporation
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.
Science of Cycling Sections on The Wheel, Drives & Gears, Frames & Materials, Braking & Steering, Aerodynamics, and Human Power
The Science of Hockey with the San Jose Sharks
Water Systems - from bj's MST web site, an excellent resource developed by B. Jackson of Camilla Senior School in Mississauga to support her grade 8 students.
Rivers and Coasts - from BBC Schools - topics; What is a river/coast? How does a river/coast change? People and rivers/coasts.
Water for Tomorrow - a part of the York Region's Water Supply Project. Try an on-line version of the Water Quiz.
The Sydenham River - Strathroy Middlesex Museum has put together a virtual exhibition on the history, geology and biology of the Sydenham River Watershed in southwestern Ontario. The site was written specifically for the Ontario curriculum, and contains a Teacher’s Corner that shows educators how the various vignettes allude to the curriculum. English and French
Our Great Lakes
- "Working Towards and Healthy and Sustainable Great Lakes Basin
Ecosystem" - by Environment Canada
The Watershed Game Would you make the best decisions in managing a watershed? Examine the issues in each area of the watershed, then see the impacts of your choices!
Aqua Duck: Tracing water from its source to your home - a ThinkQuest web site
Groundwater - a Flash animated diagram from EarthGuide
Ground Water Primer - from Perdue University
The Water Cycle - from the US Geological Survey
Droplet and the Water Cycle
- an on-line game! "Avoid pitfalls and predators while
you navigate through several challenging levels of the hydrological cycle."
Yarra Valley Water Education web site - "Inside you'll find a lot of information about how to save water, where our water comes from, how our water is cleaned and where the water travels to once it leaves your home." ("Seniors" refers to senior elementary students.)
Environment Canada Freshwater Web Site (version française)
Flood! - NOVA Online
Water in the City In one kitchen, in one apartment, in one building, on one block, in one neighborhood, of one city, a young man goes to the faucet and fills a kettle with water. At the very same instant, thousands of other people in that same city may also be tapping into the water supply. How is it possible?
Water Science for Schools The U.S. Geological Survey offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.