• Links to Learning: Science K-5

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    Blue Planet Biomes Takes a closer look at the globe we live on. The site is divided into sections on planet facts, world biomes, animals, plants and climate and explores how all of this fits together to make up home. Along with some interesting information, you can also browse for a bit of inspiration as portions of the site are authored by sixth graders in an ongoing project.
    Chemistry 4 Kids Presents concise, kid-friendly explanations of chemistry topics with some great illustrations and graphics. The site is organized with most entries grouped under matter, periodic table, atoms, reactions, biochemistry or elements. You can try your hand at some quizzes, take a peek at the glossary or check out some really interesting links.
    Exploratorium Has something for everyone: weather, music, stem cells, atomic bomb operas (I kid you not), marine life, online dissection of a cow eye, gardening and relativity for starters. Find interactive sections, a digital library, live web casts, articles and information for educators.
    Gamequarium Gamequarium provides an easy to navigate portal to the world of online learning. Check out Readquarium, the section of Gamequarium devoted to developing literacy skills. Readquarium is arranged based on the five crucial components identified by the National Reading Panel.
    The Globe Program A world-wide, hands-on, science program which offers students the opportunity to contribute real data to global scientists. Kids work with accurate measurements, report data, create maps and graphs and collaborate with students, teachers and professionals in over 100 countries. Younger children can contribute by observing and recording changes in cloud cover while older students might translate ground cover maps into digital code - there is something for everyone. The best part is that Globe will train interested educators on how to fully utilize the program!
    Hubblesite - Out of the Ordinary, Out of This World! A reference desk packed with facts (did you know the Hubble Telescope is roughly the size of a school bus?), weekly pod casts, month-by-month guides to the night sky, quizzes, games, video, extensive image galleries, news archives... this site dishes up a galaxy of information. Older students can exhaust their curiosity and younger ones will be star-struck by the photos.
    The Journey North - Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change Compiles field observations from students around the country marking the passage of seasons, one into the other, year round. Students track migrations with interactive maps, plant observation gardens, graph sunlight patterns and open their eyes to the hustle and bustle of the planet around them.
    NASA Kid's Club Provides a wealth of resources that are safe, fun, and educational for your students. You can expect them to find reliable information on space-related topics, as well as games, Web quests, and even chats with NASA experts.
    Primarygames.com This site was originally designed by Susan Shuey Beasley, Technology Support Specialist in Alexandria, VA, for her own students. Once she saw their growing popularity among children around the world, she decided to expand this site and create games for students everywhere.
    Rocks and Minerals Created by Science Netlinks this site is ideal for K-2 students. Take a look at the Rock slide show to see and learn about some different rocks. Look for rocks you've collected or seen before.
    Star Child This is an easy-to-use student friendly site from NASA that provides interactive descriptions and definitions about the solar system and the universe. Provides two different areas one targeted towards grade school and the other towards middle school students. K-5 use "Level I."
    Think Quest (Grades 3-5) Challenges students from around the world to design and build top-notch educational websites. Students work in teams with teacher-mentors and compete for prizes including a trip to Think Quest Live, an awards ceremony celebrating their achievements. This competition stimulates the creation of some really wonderful sites, teaches cooperative learning across the globe and looks like lots of fun.
    Volcano World Find volcanoes by region, country or name; investigate current eruption sites; peruse interviews with enthusiastic volcanologists; learn about volcano legends; take virtual field trips; conduct volcano experiments; check out photos and spend some time goggling the glossary - this site is erupting with information!
    Volcanoes & Earthquakes Did you know that the continents and oceans are moving across the surface of the planet? Volcanoes and earthquakes as well as mountain ranges and islands all are results of this movement. Check this site out to explore plate tectonics and learn more about fossils.
    Zoom Dinosaurs A comprehensive online resource showcasing those perennial favorites. There are sections on dino news, a dinosaur dictionary, anatomy and behavior, geologic time-charts, games, classification and dino-related careers. This site will satisfy even the most stringent grade school paleontologist.