Research the Sciences
Science-Class.net’s website contains many resources related to the content areas needed for middle school science teachers. It is organized by content resources, teacher resources, student resources, and parent resources. From its many links, information on almost any topic covered in middle school science can be obtained, categorized intuitively, and designed to fit the audience of the links it provides.
How to Succeed in a Science Class
“How to Succeed in a Science Class” is a website maintained by Jackson Community of Jackson, Mississippi, that explains in great detail how to deal with every aspect of science learning. It contains links on managing stress, how to study, how to take science tests, and how to prepare for class.
BBC Science and Nature, “Counting South Georgia’s Fur Seals”
This website includes videos and a current news story regarding the extinction and extermination of fur seals from the South Georgia, United States, area. This article is relevant to numerous content areas covered for middle school science teachers, and incorporates mathematics and statistics, ecology, environmental science, animal biology, oceanography and geology. By placing such exotic animals right in our backyard in the United States, it also shows students that they themselves can have an impact on the life or death of animal species.
BBC Bloom Website: “Avoiding Foods from Animals that Burp”
BBC’s Bloom website lists many articles with issues related to the environment. This one, “Avoiding Foods from Animals that Burp,” discusses scientifically how livestock release greenhouse gasses when they burp, a significant and surprising contributor to global warming. The article also includes student blogs and animations that demonstrate its points.
National Geographic’s Kids: “Recycled Shoe Flower Pot”
This article gives a hands-on activity to prepare a mother’s day present using a recycled shoe. With step-by step instructions, it shows how easily a shoe can be made into a flowerpot. Shoes can be obtained inexpensively, and this becomes a practical and easy science experiment. The remainder of this website provides many other experiments and activities that are science related for kids.
National Geographic, “Virtual World: Antarctica”
National Geographic really gives you the impression that you’re swimming around virtually underneath the ice in Antarctica. The site explains careers in biology, working with exotic animals, and their amazing critter-cam, where they actually strap animals to a video recorder to watch and record their lives for scientific research. It further includes a game, that requires you to find, using a target, Antarctic marine life, in order to learn more about them.
8. Discovery Games: The Charles Darwin Game
This site teaches all about Charles Darwin, his personal as well as more modern theories of evolution and natural selection. Furthermore, it gives an engrossing game, where kids actually get to create new creatures and then see how well they would survive on an evolutionary scale. The game is called “Who Wants to Live a Million Years” to demonstrate the evolutionary ideas, while mimicking the well-known game “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
9. Bad Science
Bad Science tells the stories of science that is reported incorrectly and regularly misunderstood. It provides many examples of popular misconception in science and ways in which science is poorly done.
10. Fun Science Gallery: Cuneiform Gallery
This website offers an experiment for kids to create actual cuneiform tablets, the clay-type writing tablets used by the people of Mesopotamia. The website it originates from, Fun Science Gallery, is filled with an enormous number of useful hands-on and fun (as its name suggests) projects.
11. Science News for Kids: Meet the New Dino’s
This site offers not only interesting articles for teachers and kids about dinosaurs and other science topics, but what I like especially is that it contains a Power Words section at the end, highlighting vocabulary that students should learn from the article. Read about a chicken-sized dinosaur that is probably the last to remain in North America before their extinction.
This website is truly incredible, in its fun and flavorful animation of very complex scientific concepts. Topics as complicated as cell biology here are demonstrated with animated kids and happy-looking bacteria. Moreover, it not only uses animation but combines lots of new technology to provide graphic maps and complete lessons online.
Science Fun With Airplanes
This interactive site uses paper airplanes and paper boats to explain complex scientific concepts. It uses animation to allow kids to make their own paper planes to demonstrate its topics to a thorough explanation of the Wright Brothers and how aerodynamics first was understood.
14. Home Experiments: Soap Bubbles
This site shows many different fun and interesting experiments that are simple and easy to do even at a kid’s home. The experiment on this page uses something as simple and easy as soap bubbles to measure lots of different topics in physics and chemistry.
15. Extreme Science: Earthquakes
This site gives kids the most extreme examples of scientific exploration and disaster. This particular page explores damage caused by one of the world’s greatest recorded earthquakes, in 1960 Chile.
Environmental Protection Agency Student Center
Middle school students can explore a wide range of environmental issues such as water, waste, recycling, air, conservation and ecosystems at this site.
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Site for Kids
Where can you find information on endangered and threatened species? What can you do to help save them? Why should people care about endangered and threatened species anyway? Where can your teacher get educational materials that help to explain the issues behind why animals and plants become endangered? And even play games? Right here, Junior Biologists!
This is a good place to start if you are searching for information on endangered species. Under Info for Beginners , you'll find links to the top ten endangered species spots on the Web.
Endangered! Exploring a World at Risk
This site is a virtual tour of a 1997 exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. It is an excellent site that can be used by many audiences.
This site is very helpful for students researching kingdoms such as fungi, plantae, animalia, and protoctista.
Current Science - Kingdoms
Biology 4 Kids
This is a great site. Try it!
Visual Elements Periodic Table
Looking for help finding information on the periodic table? Try this site!
The Pictorial Periodic Table
See if this site helps with your research!
Travel to the Science/Math section and click on the chemistry link. Look for the element by using the alphabetical list.
Animal Diversity Web
This is a wonderful source of information when working on animal research reports. Classification of the animals is provided here.
Information concerning many animals as well as colorful pictures are included in this site.
Nature and Wildlife
Another great site to assist with animal research.
This is a site for parents, children and teens provided by the medical experts of the Nemours Foundation. Use the "quick search" bar at the bottom of the homepage to search for specific information related to the body and health issues.