Your classroom may not be equipped with satellite access, a roller coaster, or an operating room , but chances are you have interactive whiteboards, iPads and computers. Technology is an essential element in today’s science classroom. However, locating meaningful web-based interactive activities that are scientifically sound can be time consuming. With these interactive resources, your students can experience science unlike any generation before.
e-learning for Kids provides animated mini-courses covering manyscientific disciplines for elementary and middle school students. Students can work their way through each course and take the provided quiz when finished.
Edheads offers a variety of exceptionally well-designed interactives with accompanying teacher guides. Their virtual surgeries are particularly impressive . For example, let your students play brain surgeons with the virtual Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery.
Kids.gov offers a great list of interactive science games, videos, and resources from many government agencies about all branches of science, careers, and science fair projects. Use the tabs along the top of the page to search for content by grade or for teacher resources.
KS2 Bitesize by the BBC brings science alive with their collection of living things, materials, and physical processes interactives. Each topic includes animated activities, background reading, and a quiz.
Learner.org provides dozens of interactives across scientific disciplines and is searchable by grade level. Be sure to try Amusement Park Physics, where students investigate the physics of amusement park rides by constructing animated roller coasters.
NASA Quest brings the expanses of the universe to K-12 classrooms with their innovative collection of interactive resources. Challenge students to design robotic airplanes to explore Mars, solve air traffic problems, or take part in the next NASA Quest Challenge.
PBS LearningMedia offers an extensive collection of interactive STEM resources. Search this collection of videos, audio files, interactives, and images by discipline and grade. The “Background Essays” and “Discussion Questions” offer great starting points for classroom use. Resources are free, but you need to register for an account after viewing three.
Scholastic offers a range of interactive activities geared toward elementary and middle school students. Check out the “Weather Watch” module. Students will enjoy playing Mother Nature with the Weather Maker interactive and solving real-world “weather mysteries” with the Weather Detective Web Quest.
Thinkport virtually transports students from the classroom around the world and through time. This Maryland-based collection of interdisciplinary interactives includes comprehensive teacher guides and is well worth spending time on regardless of where you live. Challenge students to try their eco-detective skills with “EnviroMysteries.”
Wonderville will grab students’ attention with their engaging collection of science-themed activities, comics, games, and videos. After all, what student wouldn’t want to try “Poo Power” in science class?
Looking for more web-based teaching resources? Read Test Designer’s article, “Ten Social Studies Web Resources.”