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Nuclear Reactor Core
- This page was created in SMART Notebook to explain how the control rods work in a nuclear reactor core. If you are explaining nuclear energy or discussing Japan, Three Mile Island, or Chernobyl, this is a nice demonstration of how control rods are used to control the rate of a reaction.
Download and save this gallery item to your My Content folder in SMART Notebook.
Hams Hall Pond
- Hams Hall Pond is an exploratory activity that teaches children about food chains, life cycles, and types of animals. Students can click through tutorials and then follow up with a drag and drop activity. Rich colorful pictures accompany simple content that makes Biology easy for elementary age students.
We Choose the Moon
- This interactive site from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum chronicles the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon. Students can click through videos, photos, and sound files from the actual launch. Take part in the journey from the launch pad to splash down. Wonderful site if you are covering a unit on space.
Free Rice -
- Need to sharpen your vocabulary skills? Why not fight world hunger at the same time. Students are presented with a word. Below the word is a list of four options to choose. Students must select the word that is synonymous with the vocabulary word. For each word you guess correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme.
, and students can compete in categories such as Chemistry, Art, Math, and Geography.
Flash Resources for Science
- Danny Nicholson of the
shares a list of his flash creations that work well on IWBs. In this collection he gives us flash games/activities/explanations of homeostasis, enzymes, fractional distillation, and several quizzes. To use them, just click on a resource and start using it. Its that simple!
Institute of Physics
- this YouTube site boasts a collection of videos that teach kids about the wonders of science. The "Ever Wondered Why" road show is fun to watch and great as a supplement to your curriculum.
- This interactive site gives kids a basic understanding of the chemical makeup of molecules through games, activities, music, pictures, and downloadable files including wallpaper, coloring sheets, and songs. Great for younger kids who are just learning about states of matter.
- PhysicsGames.net is a collection of over 300 physics based games that challenge science students to complete tasks based on their basic knowledge of physics. This is a nice treat for students to work on after completing in class work. Great for upper elementary and middle school. Try one of their offerings here.
Online Physics Games
Nobel Prize Educational Games
- I have featured one game from this site before (the
Blood Typing Game
) but felt that because there was so much more to offer on their site, I had to include it here. Many of the games on Nobel Prize can be played on an IWB, but some may require use of the arrow keys on your keyboard, so check them before use. Some of my favorites are the
DNA Double Helix
. There are many other games that can be used in the science classroom.
- ScienceFix is a website created by Darren Fix which he uses to share science videos of demonstrations from his middle school science class. This site isn't very interactive but the value in the demonstrations and the explanations made it worth sharing here. Watch one of his videos below and then follow our
to see more on his website. See demonstrations on everything from activation energy to inertia, or watch this hidden treasure on
- Top Marks is a British website offering interactive activities that are great for any IWB. Activities can be found for any skill level in General Science, Physics, and Biology. Use the Menu on the left hand side of their site to navigate to the appropriate skill level or subject.
- A host of science links too numerous to list here. This site provides a variety of links to web activities, interactive lessons, pdf worksheets, etc... for kids grade K-12. Rather than pick and choose what to list, I thought you should decide what you like. I prefer the links with the Science Net Links (SNL) logo next to them. Enjoy!
Zoom - GoldBurger to Go!
Fun Rube Goldberg activity that lets kids manipulate objects on the screen to deliver a burger. Teachers kids about sequence, organization and levers.
- If you are looking to waste some time you can do so with
, an interactive physics based online toy. The goal is to keep all the objects balanced enough to keep them out of the water. When you do that for long enough you get more wackey items to balance.
CellCraft is a game that helps you learn about the parts of a cell and their functions while building a cell. Learn about ATP and how a cell needs it for energy. Learn the function of the nucleus. Find out what a single celled organism needs to move around.
Birmingham Grid for Learning
- The resources on this site are too numerous to mention, so I provided a link to everything. You'll find resources for every level and nearly every subject. All of these items are interactive and provide a drag and drop or "click to learn" feature. Check out the link for your subject area, find something you like. There's something for everyone.
- Edheads is a great site for science teachers. All of the flash games on this site are free. Games range in topic from designing a
surgery. There's even a game for
. There is something for every science teacher, whether is physical science or life science. This site was listed on
Teachers Love SmartBoards
, another site that is chock full of resources.
Oil Refining at ScienceNetLinks
Have you ever wanted a detailed look at Oil Refining? This site, part video part interactive, takes a look at oil from "Fossil Fuels" to the gas tank. This resource was found using
. If you haven't used Thinkfinity before, you need to try it as well.
- This set of online games investigates the different "bugs" that are found in and around us. Join your host Andybiotic as you explore good bacteria. Take a look at bad bacteria and ways to combat them. Fun game for middle school and elementary.
Laboratory Instruments Game
- Interactive game that quizzes students on lab equipment and use.
Interactive Water Cycle
- This Interactive Flash game from the Environmental Protection Agency is instructive and interactive. Kids can click on the parts of the water cycle to learn and see what's going on behind the scenes.
Water Cycle Game
- this quick flash game reviews the basic concepts of the water cycle. Kids can match terms with the processes or drag clouds around to make it rain.... Submitted by
National Geographic Solar System
- This site from National Geographic provides fully interactive content about each of the planets in our solar system. View the inner and outer planets, then click on any planet to learn more about it. Rich full color graphics and detail to each planet. And if you want to learn more, there are full text articles with each planet.
Astronomy for Kids -
- Explore the Astronomy for Kids website and find an interactive solar system. Click on the sun or any planet and learn the origin of the planet's name and facts & stats about size, orbit, etc....
Hidden Use of Water
- Website showing the hidden use of water. How much water does it take to produce 1 cow or 1 pound of wheat? Find out here. Great for discussing impact on the environment.
Science Games @ Sheppard Software
- This site contains flash based games on topics such the seasons, life cycles, and cells. Six games in all. Some games have tutorials that teach you about the topic prior to completing the game.
- This interactive game takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and has a "SimCity" look and feel to it. Students are put to the challenge of stopping a disaster such as a tsunami, earthquake, flood, wildfire, or hurricane. Once you enter the game, you are given a budget to work with and you have just minutes to build or implement measures to lessen the impact of the impending disaster. Fund game and helps kids think more critically of what needs to be done to avert disaster. Sorry, no oil spills:) - Found on the
A Walk in the Forest
- Found on the Smithsonian National Zoological Park website, this series of interactive games allows students to get their hands dirty, so to speak. Activities range from "
", an activity in which kids test different soil types, to "
ID a Tree Walk
", an activity putting kids to the test in identifying of trees. There are 6 activities in all, and each one provides a narrated and non-narrated version.
- Do you know what a
is? Its a series of complex machines used to complete a simple task...remember the game
? This activity gives students tasks to complete and a series of machines to complete them. Assemble the machines in the right order, and you'll meet with success. Great for getting students to think outside of the box.
- This site contains flash games on a variety of environmental topics including energy, water, climate change and waste. Each topic area contains tons of games and activities. Great for all levels.
BBC Science Clips
- this site boasts a wealth of interactive activities for students ages 5 - 11. Each science topic contains tutorials, games, quizzes and printable materials - all in one activity. Some activities can be embedded on a webpage. Try the activity on food chains below:
Crayon Physics Deluxe
- Many of you may have seen or heard of Crayon Physics before. This updated version of Crayon Physics offers many levels of game play. If you've never seen it, click on the link and download the demo. The demo by itself is a great tool and fun for all ages. The full version of the software is $19.95.
- Science website for ages 6 - 12+. This site offers tutorials, games, activities, and printable worksheets. The tutorials and games work great with the SMARTBoard. You'll also love the links to youtube science career videos....
- use this virtual activity to learn the parts of a microscope. - submitted by Karen Davis
Virtual DNA Extraction Lab
- Click on this link perform a perform a cheek swab and extract virtual DNA from human cells! - Submitted by Karen Davis.
Scholastic Interactive Whiteboard Activities
- Scholastic's site dedicated to Interactive Whiteboards has links to several activities for Science & Math, along with Whiteboard Tips.
Blood Typing Simulator
- You work in the ER. Three patients involved in an accident enter the ER. You must determine their blood type and then administer the correct blood transfusion to them. Cool little flash game.
- Long link, huh! I've seen several flash based programs on the internet that mimic the Physics Simulator, but this can be a great application to use in Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics. This comes from the guys at TeqSmart. Watch the video explaining how the simulator works, then click on a link to download (FOR FREE) a Windows or Mac version of the software.
- Collection of Math and Science software - all FREE from NASA. Track weather patterns, use a virtual electron microscope, tap into graphing software - this site is wonderful!
Environmental Footprint Quiz
- Great site for explaining the ecological footprint concept on a more personal level. Take the quiz. How much of Earth's resources do you consume? What is your impact on the planet? Have your students take the quiz at the SMARTBoard.
Explore Learning Gizmos!
- This site provides Math and Science inquiry activities via fully interactive simulations. Sign up for the 30-day free trial. Simulations are available for grades 3-12.
- Click on this site and choose your subject area - Physical Science, Earth Science, Earth & Space - and link into a wonderful collection of interactive web lessons on a wide array of topics.
- This science page from Apples 4 the Teacher contains a small sample of free interactive science activities for the elementary teacher.
- An all encompassing collection of interactive animations and lessons on several science topics.
Anatomy and Physiology
- Great collection of animations. High School and Higher Ed teachers will love this resource.
- Breathing Earth provides real-time estimates for CO2 Emissions, Birth Rate, and Death Rate for the Globe.
- Now, I'm all about free stuff, but this site is great. Learning.com has filled their supplemental science curriculum site with tons of games and activities that are rich in content. The modules are great for reviewing key concepts and keeping kids attention. If you can afford to add this to your budget, it is worth it. Try their
modules to see if Aha! Science fits your needs.
JASON / National Geographic
Jason.org is a site sponsored by National Geographic. The site is free to use, but you must create a free user account. Once your in, you'll find learning modules that teach students about a variety of environmental topics that include energy, the atmosphere, and storms. You can create a classroom and keep a journal of your activities. There are a handful of interactive activities that make this site especially worthwhile. Once you join, go to the Tools and browse the Games and Interactives. They are great learning tools to use with the SMARTBoard.
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