• Links to Learning: Science 6-8

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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.
    The Educational Multimedia Visualization Center (EMVC) The EMVC at UCSB serves visiting scholars by allowing them to transform their research and teaching ideas into multimedia content. The site focus is earth science. In particular, guiding learners to think in terms of large spatial and temporal scales may be difficult without providing a means for learners to interact with geological concepts. This web site provides examples of activities that can be integrated with a geoscience curriculum to aid learners in developing a deeper understanding of geological concepts.
    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.
    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.
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Features over 100 years of US weather archives, a 'question of the day', local and national forecasts, air quality statistics, current satellite images and an interactive global map of the sea floor this site will keep you busy for quite awhile. On a more somber note, the NOAA has some useful information on tsunamis.
    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!
    WebAnatomy - Physiology and Anatomy Presents a collection of study aids for entry-level physiology and anatomy students. There are introductions to the body's systems, bone structure, careers in medicine and medical terms. Students can take a self-test, challenge themselves against the clock or participate in a multi-player review. There is also an image gallery with illustrations of most of the presented terms.