Interactive Science Websites

FOSSWeb
http://www.fossweb.com/

FOSS (Full Option Science System) is an inquiry-based K-8 science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is also an ongoing research project dedicated toimproving the learning and teaching of science.

Exploratorium Index
http://www.exploratorium.edu/

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art and human perception  Students can find information about light color, sound, music, motion, animal behavior, electricity, heat and temperature, language, patterns, hearing, touch, vision, waves and weather at this website. 

Cool Science for Cool Kids
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/

Cool Science is a fun site that helps students appreciate science.  For Kindergarten+.

Creature Feature Archive
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Animals/CreatureFeature

Browse animals by species or habitat to access NGK's in-depth Creature Features. Gr. 3-8.

Endangered TV
http://www.endangeredtv.com/

Video of some of Earth’s endangered animals.

Exploring the Planets
http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/etp.htm

Exploring the Planets is a simulated research center at the National Air and Space Museum that illustrates how scientist explore planets that are millions of miles away.  Students can choose to log in, enabling them a chance to save their work.  There are three levels for grades 5-8, grades 6-8, and grades 7-9.

Amazing Space
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/

Amazing Space is a collection of interactive activities designed to teach students about black holes, collect solar system trading cards, and more.  Each activity includes high quality graphics and animation.  Grades 3+.

Planet Impact
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/impact/home.html

A series of learning modules inspired by the crash of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter. The comet's demise was at the hands of gravity. Students will investigate how the gravitational force of a large body, such as Jupiter, affects the path of a smaller body, such as a comet. Supported by the Space Telescope Science Institute.  Grades 5-8.

Solar System Trading Cards
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/trading/

The students will collect solar system trading cards by playing an interactive card game. They will identify the sun, planets, comets, and asteroids by answering questions about them. Students will learn facts about the solar system presented with amazing pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and various NASA missions.  Grades 3-6.

Earth and Moon Viewer
http://fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html

View either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe. Grade 3+. 

VirtualSolar System
http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system

A fantastic site from National Geographic with a vast amount of information about our solar system. With the Viscape SVR plug-in students can take a fly-by tour of the sun and each planet, but even without the plug-in the site is a must-see.  Grades 3-8.

Inner Body: Your Guide to Human Anatomy Online
http://www.innerbody.com/

Welcome to inner exploration of Human Anatomy. Each topic has animations, 100’s of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links. Study the anatomy of the human body. It’s fun, interactive, and an ideal reference site.  Grade 5+.

Kidport: Science

Kindergarten
http://www.kidport.com/GradeK/Science/ScienceIndex.htm

First Grade
http://www.kidport.com/Grade1/Science/ScienceIndex.htm

Second Grade
http://www.kidport.com/Grade2/Science/ScienceIndex.htm

Third Grade
http://www.kidport.com/Grade3/Science/ScienceIndex.htm

Fourth Grade
http://www.kidport.com/Grade4/Science/ScienceIndex.htm

Fifth Grade
http://www.kidport.com/Grade5/Science/ScienceIndex.htm

Sixth Grade
http://www.kidport.com/Grade6/Science/ScienceIndex.htm

ExZooberance
http://exzooberance.com/

The largest virtual zoo in the world with hundreds of animal pictures and facts 

ARKive: Images of Life on Earth
http://www.arkive.org/education/

ARKive provides many thousands of wildlife videos, images and fact files. Students can search by species or geography.

Edheads
http://edheads.org/

Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards.

Peep Research
http://www.peepresearch.org/

A good introduction to the scientific method.

Extreme Science
http://www.extremescience.com/

Extreme Science is the place online to find the biggest, baddest, and the best in the world of extremes and learn about the science behind what makes each the most extreme example of its kind.

BBC Cool Science Clips
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml

Flash science activities for Kindergarten and First Grade.

BBC KS@ Bitesize: Science
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/

Interactive science sites for the intermediate grades including sections on living things, materials, and physical processes.

Planet Science
http://www.planet-science.com/home.html

Free & fun Science resources for children, young people, teachers and parents. 

Energy Flows
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/onlinestuff/games/energy_flows.aspx

Move objects in sequence to let energy flow. Grades 3-6.

Ology
http://www.amnh.org/ology/

American Museum of Natural History’s interactive website.

The pH Factor
http://www.miamisci.org/ph/index.html

The pH Factor  is designed as a resource to help elementary and middle school teachers introduce acids and bases to their students. Materials are organized using a conceptual framework called the Seven E's: Excite, Explore, Explain, Expand, Extend, Exchange, and Examine.

Hurricane Storm Science
http://www.miamisci.org/hurricane

Welcome to the storm center. CLICK on any title above to find out more about hurricanes.  The titles include Healing Quilt, Weather Instruments, Inside a Hurricane, Survivors, and Killer Storms.

Wild Weather Adventure
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/goes/wwa/index.shtml

Play the Wild Weather Adventure game. Your weather research blimp will explore Earth and its weather. With luck, skill, and strategy, you will race other weather research blimps to be first to travel all the way around the world and win the game.

Jefferson Lab Science Education: The Student Zone
http://education.jlab.org/indexpages/index.php

An interactive site for students that has information about atoms and the Table of Elements.  Students can submit questions and receive answers.  There is a virtual tour of the laboratory. Games and puzzles are included.  Grades 5 and 6.

The Atoms Family
http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/

Welcome to The Atoms Family, a Science Learning Network resource based on The Atoms Family exhibit at the Miami Science Museum. This resource contains educational activities relating to different forms of energy,and are being presented by famous gothic horror characters.

Volcano World
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/kids/index.html

This website contains real-time volcano information including an interactive clickable map of active volcanoes world-wide and remote sensing satellite images. Topics covered at VolcanoWorld include how volcanoes work, submarine volcanoes, planetary volcanoes, career information on becoming a volcanologist, volcanic parks and monuments and volcano,exploration on the moon, Mars and Venus.

ExplorA-Pond
http://shadowaswan.org/Pond/ponds.html

Take a virtual tour of a pond.  Includes lesson plans and links to teach pond science.