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Science Education

This website is a lesson plan for Biology teachers. This lesson is a great introduction into DNA through the nature vs. nurture debate. It could also be used as the very first lesson in a Biology class to get students excited about the topic and to promote discussions. The website includes the necessary handouts and several awesome websites for students to visit. The lesson plan is very detailed, provides systematic instructions, and would be great for new teachers. I used this lesson plan last semester, but did not include the video segment in my class. I found it was very easy to adapt.

Yucky Discovery
This website is through the discovery kid’s website, but is fun for 9-12 students. I have used this site with my high school biology students and it was quite a hit. This website can be used on the first day of school for an anticipatory effect or after a test when there is not time to start a new lesson. This site explores the cool and gross things that the human body does (burp, fart, snore, vomit) and provides explanations as to why. The site, to the pleasure of my students, even provides sound effects. I think most students would enjoy this site and most teachers as well. Have fun!

Science Spot
The Science Spot is a resource for middle school teachers and students. The site boasts digital teaching tools for teachers that include lesson plans, worksheets, and more. There are many areas to explore. The Science Classroom has lessons and activities for the classroom, the Science Club has project ideas, the Nature Center has a schoolyard garden program, there is a Reference Desk, a Daily Science Trivia section, a Science Starters section that has class starters to challenge students, a Puzzle Corner, and Idea Factory that allows sharing of teaching tips, an a Tech Corner to explore the power of technology. The site also has links to "Survivor Science," "Forensic Science," and "Learning with GPS."

Virtual Dissections
This website is devoted to Virtual Dissections. The most commonly used dissection in Science is the Frog, but this website has many options for teachers to use in the classroom. A few of the dissection links do not work which is unfortunate, but the Cockroach, the Crayfish, the Frog Nervous System, the Complete Frog Dissection Tutorial, the Cow's Eye, the Rat, and two Sheep Brain dissections are available. The tutorials are very informative and interactive for the student. This site could be used in most secondary science classrooms.

The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education website is an entire curriculum devoted to "real time" and "real-world" data projects. The data come from government and commercial databases. The site specializes in quantitative, inquiry-based science and mathematics web-based curricula. Many collaborative projects revolve around both Science and Math National Standards. Although the site is focused towards grades 6-12, the curriculum is said to be appropriate for K-12.

Science Teachers
This website is a teaching resource that provides lesson plans, worksheets, and activities for upper elementary and middle school science teachers. All resources are free to distribute to students in your classroom. There are crosswords, discussion ideas, and even a "Science in the News" section. The site caters specifically to Life Science, Space Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute website is a plethora of resources for teachers at the high school level. Teachers can sign up for free and receive alerts by email about conferences and other personal development opportunities, as well as grant opportunities. The resources that I have used the most are the free DVD's that can be sent to teachers. These DVD's cover a wide range of topics that include Stem Cells, Evolution, AIDS, DNA, Lab Techniques, Genes, and so many others.

 Access Excellence
This website is full of high school level biology lesson plans and labs. It offers creative lesson plans and labs for simple biology concepts as well as difficult. I am using several of their evolution labs with my summer school students. Best of all the complex labs can be teacher aided for learners that need extra help.

This site is a tremendously useful tool that provides a great way to keep abreast of current research and current policy. There are links to many disciplines of science. There is literally something for everybody at this site. The AAAS, the science society, sponsors the site. There is a great coming together of media, academia, and government agencies at this site. This site provides an opportunity for teachers and students to discuss current findings and applications of science.

The website listed above has numerous suggestions on classroom exercises, lesson plans, and lab exercises. It is divided into mainly disciplines/areas of biology and also areas for AP, general, pre-college, etc. The site has great diagrams for easy instruction as well. I also like the fact that there are exercises designed for critical thinking as well as current applications of science. The resourcefulness of this site seems enormous for both teachers and students!

This site will be helpful for students, parents, and teachers. This site serves as a great reference for advancements in science as well as advancements in legislature designed to help our students and teachers had better prepare for the present as well as the future. The AAAS site provides easy access to the national standards and goals for the Project 2061. This site offers numerous opportunities for the advancement and preparation for science literacy.

This website is awesome! Once you get to the search page type in your topic, like photosynthesis, and above 100 online games about your topic appear. Quiz games like who wants to be a millionaire or matching vocabulary ensure your students are learning key concepts and vocabulary. What a great way to let them think they are having fun, while you know they are having fun and learning. I am using this site to review for the biology Gateway.

Biology in Motion
Biology in motion has several tutorials that allow students to explore vocabulary and concepts that may be confusing. Check out the one on ATP, some of my students had a difficult understanding this was a molecule not a process. This is also a great website for students to explore that have missed class, as the concepts are taught in simple language, your students don't have to fall behind just because they missed school.

Biology Junction
This is a great site for webquests, PowerPoint, dissections, coloring worksheets, activities and much more! Please enjoy!

BioEd Online:  Biology Teacher Resources
This is an excellent site for teachers or students. Baylor College of Medicine maintains this site. It offers articles on new technology and discoveries. This site also provides prepared slideshows for many of the topics. For example, viruses were one of the topics on the homepage. Below the article, you can access a slideshow that could give your students a firsthand look into the world of viruses. The information covers a broad range of academic levels. Some information would only be suitable for upper level high school students. However, I believe that this is a great site that would help incorporate new discoveries in Biology into our classrooms.

Body Quest
This site would be an excellent learning tool for any Biology class that is introducing the human body. This site is maintained by "Think Quest" and has won the HMS Beagle Web pick and Editor's Choice online awards. This site is complete with overviews of all body systems and major organs and visual, descriptive pictures. There are also options for online quizzes over the systems. Experiments that your students can do by themselves right there in the classroom are also available. This is a fun, informative, and interactive site that would help any student learn the systems of the body.

Biology Corner
Recently, I was online searching for add-ons for my lesson plan and stumbled across this page. The biology corner website is a place for educators in the science field to find extra worksheets, notes, and some tests. The website has a variety of dissection charts and diagrams, which make dissecting a lot easier. This website is great and FREE. For all the teachers, who need to find some last minute back-up worksheets or just some fun games or activities, is the place to go.

Biology Podcasts
Download the latest nature and science news, eye-opening photography, audio travel guides, classic video clips, world music coverage, and wild animal adventures with National Geographic's free podcasts.


HyperPhysics (Chemical Concepts)
The Chemical Concepts of HyperPhysics has some very useful information for Chemistry. It is useful for beginning students learning basic measurements all the way through advanced students doing oxidation-reduction reactions. This site has a brief review of concepts with useful formulas and calculators.

Quiz Hub
Fun quiz for matching chemical element names with their chemical symbol that is of Latin/Greek origin. Most chemical element symbols are the first two letters of the element. These are common elements, since they were known thousands of years ago and have been assigned the symbol based upon the Latin or Greek word for that element. This is a simple timed test of eight elements. It provides a nice review for the students needing a little practice.

Chemistry: Periodic Tables and More
This is a very informative site about all the elements in the Periodic Table. This site is part of the Scientific American Partner Network. Students can view information about each of the elements in the table. Information includes general information about the element, its appearance, reactivity, forms that it is found in, its abundance and basic cost. In addition to the information about the elements in the table, there are also links to a Chemistry Forum, a Chemical Dictionary and Chemistry Tools. This is a very useful site for students and teachers.

Water Molecule
This is an instructive site for students and teachers on the physical makeup and 3D visualization of the water molecule in liquid, solid and gas configurations. Good explanations of how the geometry of the molecule affects the shape at different temperatures. Nice diagrams and models that make it easy to tie the descriptions to the actual shape and structure of water. There are good questions to help the student think through the effect of the molecules shape and how this affects its structure.

A State of Matter
The site is great for all students in the grades 6th through 8th to learn about how to classify matter. Students will be given the opportunity to explore 40 different items. They will have to determine what category to place each item in. The will be given to broad categories and also the task to determine what type of matter the items are. The project incorporates the use of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word for great experience. The webquest seems to be very research based with the opportunity to work within a group to complete the task at hand.

This is a great website to help kids learn about the periodic table.

Environmental Science

Kids Recycle Page
This website is sponsored by the Washington State Department of Ecology. This interactive Web site is designed to teach you about the importance of waste reduction, recycling, and solid waste management (or how we take care of our garbage). It has a wealth of information as well as links to interactive games and puzzles for students to enjoy.

Mediafly: Science Podcasts
This website provides 2 minute Podcasts that are updated each weekday. These Podcasts are designed to address the mystery of science and evoke curiosity and excitement for students.

Biome Advertising Agency
This is an excellent site for students to learn about biomes. This site takes students step by step through the creation of a travel brochure on their specific biome. Students will learn to navigate webquests, insert images, and add texts to the appropriate locations. This site would be ideal for students in 6th to 8th grade, or for students taking Life Science in high school.

Blue Planet Biomes
Blue Planet Biomes is an excellent website that provides a basic overview of the world's biomes. On the first page, a map diagrams what biomes cover the earth. This site provides general knowledge of what a biome is and the makeup of the world. It also provides an in-depth look at each individual biome and includes climate, animals, plants, and specific examples. I would recommend this site for in class research. This site provides a bibliography of information used, as well as suggested sites that could be helpful.
This site is a great online catalog source for biology and science teachers that are required to do labs. Depending on your field or interest, fisher scientific is a big help to the acquiring and purchasing of lab materials. Again, being a new teacher, I found fisher to be a life saver. They are very customer friendly and quick to deliver your order. For anyone wishing to purchase anything lab related, I definitely recommend this company.

Fun WebQuest

Biomes of the World
Children will research an endangered species in captive breeding; then, create a brochure to teach about it to elicit empathy about the species' plight; finally, design & build a 3D model of its habitat for a zoo of the near future. This is appropriate for grades 6-8.

How High are the Clouds? 
Visit this website if you are teaching middle school aged students about clouds. It is a website that helps enhance the student’s technological skills by visiting various websites, making a spreadsheet, and by making graphs. The students will also be responsible for producing a cloud within a bottle and recording what they observe. When the students have completed the assignment, they should be able to differentiate from the various types of clouds and how they form.

Interactive Rock Cycle Animation
This website is a great way for students to learn about the rock cycle! It helps the students to visually see and understand how the rock cycle works over millions of years. This interactive animation shows the systematic process of the rock cycle in detail, as well as shows how it interconnects with other natural processes and other natural cycles. In addition, this site not only provides animated pictures, but actual pictures of the three different types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.

Planet, Gone!
This web site will be beneficial for middle school students and up when discussing the solar system. It gives a generally overview of how the international astronomical union designated Pluto as a planet and why they decided to reject that statement after so many years. It also defines why other celestial bodies are or are not classified as planets.

Science Labs
This a great website for any science teacher in any grade level. This site covers a broad range of science topics, which is helpful for those days that you need some visual help to, get your idea explained. It also gives your students the ability to take on any experiment their self. With a great selection, any student that wants to try some of these experiments has the ability to because the website breaks down most of the experiments systematically.


Physics 2000
Physics 2000 is a fantastic website that reviews subjects in the format of a conversation between a student and a professor. The student is asking questions and the professor is answering questions and providing extra explanations and prompts for other questions. This site covers topics from electromagnetic waves to quantum physics to radiation. Covers the concept but does not go into calculations.

HyperPhysics is a great website, which has a quick review of about every topic in physics. It does not have very detailed explanations of concepts, but it has most formulas used with the topic. There are also some calculators where it will solve the formula with the required numbers entered. There are also some very interesting videos of demonstrations of some physics concepts; you will need QuickTime to play the video.

The Physics Classroom Tutorial
The physics classroom tutorial is a good website designed with high school students in mind. The explanations avoid some of the more advanced concepts and exceptions to rules that are not encountered until reaching college level. It has good graphs and diagrams with explanations of each. There are also some comments/questions along designed to stimulate thinking.

Projectile Motion
This is a neat java applet that is a great demonstration for projectile motion. The mass, speed, and angle of the projectile can be changed. The program shows a graph of the motion and tells the max distance, max height, time, and end velocity.

Magnet Man
This site has a lot of information on magnets. It has information from types of permanent magnets to electromagnets. There is also a good explanation about where magnets are found in nature and where they are used. The best feature of the site is a section on experiments, with example experiments that can be conducted at home.

Physics Topics

This is an online textbook. It is a bit more advanced than what is used in high school, but is a good resource for strong physics students who want to dig a little deeper into the topics covered. It has an index of topics and is broken into sections. The sections are .pdf files so a reader is needed to view them.

Animated Bernoulli's Principle
Excellent description of Bernoulli's Principle that states that as the speed of a moving fluid increases, the pressure within the fluid decreases. There are animated displays of fluids moving through different apertures and how the pressure is affected. Students can visually understand why the pressure decreases and resulting effects. There are good links to other sites that show how the Bernoulli Effect is used by aircraft and a ball in a funnel.

Why a baseball curves
Good technical description of why a baseball curves when thrown a particular way. Students, baseball players and fans are able to understand the mechanics of why a baseball will curve after thrown a distance. The effect is very similar to the effect that causes lift on an airplane wing, but here the effect is to the side. The site also has some nice forms to calculate the forces necessary to cause the curve and lift on an airplane.

Relativity Light
Outstanding site by the University of New South Wales that offers an understandable, entertaining and informative explanation of Einstein's Theory of Relativity. It also has the history of the major theories that Einstein built upon lead into the difficult to follow theory of how time and distance change as you approach the speed of light. Short video lectures, animated diagrams and intriguing questions make this a wonderful site in which to explore this other universe.

Teacher Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This is the official website for the CDC. It is a great resource for teachers and students for obtaining accurate and up to date information on a variety of health topics. Some of the content found on this site that would be relevant to a science classinclude1) Diseases 2) Environmental Health 3) Life stages and populations and 4) Healthy living. The website content is useful for the public as well as the professional. I think it would make a good resource for teachers to provide to their students when studying infectious diseases because not only can they find the definitions of the diseases but they can also track the spread of the disease around the globe.

The Kilo Nalu Observatory
The following website is from a project I co-created in my previous career prior to K-12 teaching. My colleagues and I at the University of Hawaii were awarded $2.5M from the National Science Foundation to set up this Hawaiian coastal observatory. We included a $30,000 sub award to Bishop Museum ( in Hawaii to assist with public outreach. The audience for the site is predominantly for scientists, however, there is tremendous potential to implement this into K-12 curricula, and the intention is to broaden the audience to laypersons as well. The website posts near real-time data for ocean conditions, including surface waves, ocean currents, water quality, etc. I also installed a camera into the observatory (temporarily offline), so that anyone could see the reef under observation.

PBS Films for Class!
You know those great films PBS puts out all the time? On this website, you can access those and select ones appropriate for use in your classrooms. It is easy to browse their selections by grade level and topic of interest. Some offer previews to watch. One feature allows you to look up the current TV schedule for your local station (all you have to enter is your zip code). The PBS site is a good place to look for films you are interested in purchasing for your class or school.

Vols4STEM stands for Volunteers for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is an internet clearing house, or a database driven, internet-based information resource. The website is designed to get STEM volunteers into classrooms in order to bring real-world applications to existing curricula. It's a great venue for collaboration, professional development, and networking. A list of programs that are available is included.

Internet 4 classrooms
This website is wonderful for all subjects. The reason I put it on this site was that as a science teacher I use it frequently. The Internet 4 classroom site links you to a science homepage that has all the standards that we as teachers have to cover. It even breaks the standards by grades also. With each standard, the site has additional information such as other links, power point presentations, and videos that go with that particular standard. It gives you great information that you can relay to the students that takes no extra time to do.

United Streaming
I wanted to share this website with everyone in the science field. This website powered by Discovery is a great site to get film clips. All you have to do is type in what you are teaching in the search engine and more than likely united streaming will have a film clip for you. The film clips are usually full episodes but the great thing that united streaming allows you to do is to pick what parts of the movie that you want to show. This can be very helpful for visual learners to get an introduction to what you will be teaching on.

National Science Teachers Association
Becoming a member of the NSTA is necessary for any science teacher. Not only are there abundant opportunities for professional development, but there are many ways to obtain resources for the classroom, including professional journals, sharing information through conferences, obtaining the latest and greatest from vendors, awards and recognition, and much more. There is a science teacher’s blog as well. I strongly encourage a look at this webpage and you will want to join.


All the Virology on the WWW
This website is the most comprehensive site on the internet for information on the subject of viruses. The website was designed for use not just by professionals but anyone who is interested in gathering more information on viruses. The website has an exhaustive list of website links to virology websites. In addition to the website links, they have a large number of virus pictures and diagrams, a virology dictionary, a list of virology books, and the information from a variety of online virology courses. For those seeking information on a particular virus or virus family, the site has broken down viruses by virus family and by virus name, making this an extremely navigable site.


The Physics of Projectile Motion
This is an exciting quest exploring projectile motion. It starts with a history of projectile motion then goes into the details of the physics. It has great animations demonstrating the independence of motion in the horizontal and vertical directions. The most common projectile motion formulas are provided. At the end, there is a very fun game where the object is to drop a water balloon on someone’s head, using the principles of projectile motion.

Biomes, Ecosystems, and Habitats
This is a fun project where students have a new summer job working for a travel agency. Their job is to create a travel brochure and a multimedia presentation to encourage tourists to visit a particular biome. For this project, students can choose from the major biomes: aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra.

Another Australian Biologist?
This podcast is neat. Andrew Douch is an Australian professor at Wanganui Park Secondary College, Shepparton Victoria. He has countless podcasts that are accessible through the link above. He is interesting, and opens most of his podcasts like many teachers open our classes each day with funny story. His podcasts are college based entry-level biology, so they are possible with high school students. I just found the site and decided it could be a possible asset to many science/biology teachers.