"kids science websites"
Science Websites for Elementary Students 1. BrainPOP (www.brainpop.com/science) - Extremely user and kid friendly site. It is the best site I found that meets criteria #5. It is not free, but it does provide a lot of worthwhile resources for specific science topics as well as other content areas that would make it worth the price for a subscription ($255 for classroom access to all three sites – BrainPop, BrainPop Jr. and BrainPop in Spanish). Meets criteria #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8. 2. National Geographic Kids (www.kids.nationalgeographic.com) - Not all of the games are educational, but the videos and activities are of value. It is visually appealing to students and the videos are very interesting. Teachers could use these video clips within the classroom to enhance their lessons over a variety of topics. Meets criteria #3, 4, 6, 8, and 10. 3. Exploratorium (http://www.exploratorium.edu/) - This site is definitely a good resource for photographs like microscope imaging and informational articles, however it is not very user-friendly for younger students. There are some activities that have instructional videos, many more with just instructions and photos. Great for teachers to use as a resource and perhaps direct students to specific pages for assignments. Meets criteria #2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. 4. PowerUp (http://www.powerupthegame.org) – This is an awesome interactive computer game where players must work to help save the planet Helios from being destroyed. Players must find and implement new solutions for the plant’s energy crisis and pollution. Up to six players per mission and 50 players per planet are allowed, so it could be used both in and out of class between students. Lessons for teachers are also provided to correlate content with the game. Meets criteria # 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10. 5. Sid the Science Kid (http://pbskids.org/sid/about.html) – This is the official site for the new computer-animated PBS television show called “Sid the Science Kid”. The website includes lots of video clips and technology prompts for kids to learn how to work the site. The activities will enhance the topics presented in the show such as: Transformation & Change, Tools & Measurement, Senses, Health, Simple Machines, Backyard Science, Weather, and Body Parts & Anatomy. Meets criteria #1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 10. 6. Science News for Kids (http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/)- This site uses real photographs to go with articles that are clearly categorized and easy to access from the home page. The articles are written in an informative and kid-friendly manner, and (Images from Microsoft Word 2007) students can post responses and/or questions to articles that they read online. It also includes one and two-player games, science fair news, lab-zone, and teacher resources. The format of this site helps get kids acquainted with news sites and get themselves in the habit of staying informed about current events. Meets criteria #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. 7. ZOOM (http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/) – Provides lots of conveniently organized into 9 categories (chemistry, engineering, life science, water, structure, sound, pattern, forces and energy, senses) that would be fun for kids to do outside of school with their parents or friends. The site was last updated on 2005, but it is still functioning well. Meets criteria #1, 2, 3, 6, and 8. 8. Bill Nye the Science Guy (www.billnye.com) – This site is in the process of re-vamping. It currently has several home experiments but will soon be a much more extensive resource for students. Meets criteria #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10. 9. Edcuation.com (http://www.education.com/activity/all-grades/all- grades/science/?cid=57000.0009&s_kwcid=ContentNetwork|1444006405) - Great resource for teachers looking for interesting science activities. Search by grade or just by browsing most recent activities. Activities include materials lists, photos, procedures, and comments from others who have used the activity. Meets criteria #2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. 10. Ology (http://www.amnh.org/ology/) – This site is managed by the American Museum of Natural History and is very kid friendly, interactive site with lots of online activities. Meets criteria #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10. (Images from Microsoft Word 2007)