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Middle/High School

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Solar System

  • Resources on Astronomy for kids.

  • Solar System sites abound on the internet. Click on this link for a Word document with links and descriptors for some of the best sites.

  • Celestia:  Explore the universe in 3-D at this site.  This resource is more powerful than typical planetarium resources and it is available on the internet for free. There are also links to instructional resources to use with the tools available.



  • Weather Watch from Scholastic.Com provides a variety of meteorological investigations and projects for students in grades 3-6.  You can even print graphic organizers at this site to support student work on each project. 

  • Weatherbug's Classroom Connections: This site offers real world  instructional resources for current weather events. 

  • The Weather World 2010 Project from the University of Illinois teaches students to read current, real-world weather maps and provides online projects and resources to help students learn the science of meteorology and understand global climate changes.

  • The Wonderful World of Weather (sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education) is an online project for 3rd to 6th grade students to investigate weather conditions in their local regions as well as around the world.  The project includes real-time data investigations and a variety of hands-on projects.



Real World

  • Peregrine Falcons, Tower City/Cleveland, Ohio.  The Ohio Division of Wildlife and have teamed up to present one of the most exciting real world science projects online.  Students have a rare opportunity to develop literacy skills as they read posts, complete research projects, and record observations of the mating, nesting, hatching, and parenting behaviors of peregrine falcons. Students practice their observation and scientific research skills by watching and journaling about the behavior of falcons on a web cam and later analyzing those recorded observations. As the students compare their personal observations and inferences with those made by professional biologists, they will naturally be challenged to learn new scientific concepts.

  • Raptors in the City provides excellent additional resources to make this project an outstanding real world learning experience. We also have a district site, Falcon Quest that you'll want to visit for additional research sites and tools to complement this study.

  • Students in Lynne Harvey's 4/5 class at Rolling Hills elementary have maintained a website of their studies related to the FalconCam for several years. Visit their amazing falcon observation logs at their Falcon Watch website.

  • For fascinating animations created by NASA scientists in an effort to visualize collected data, visit their Holo-Globe of Cumulative Earthquake activity.  For an index of all of the animations currently available on their site, visit this link: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Center Index of the Animation Series.  (Choose this link to search by keyword.)

  • BrainPop has great video and Flash animations that help students explore many fields of study. They have an especially rich section of science videos.

  • Scholastic and the American Museum of Natural History have teamed up to create six standards-based Science Explorations this year. Each unit will include live chats with real scientists. Take time to check their schedule.

  • The National Wildlife Foundation sponsors a kids' site that provides hours of learning fun.

  • The National Zoo sponsors an entire page of fascinating web cams so students can study animal behaviors and habitats virtually.

  • The American Museum of Natural History has an entire website, "Ology" dedicated to the great "ologies" such as paleontology, astronomy, marine biology, and more.

  • Barbara Feldman has an excellent site titled Surfing the Net with Kids that has collections of the best web sites for kids sorted topically. Her science links are outstanding.


Linda Foote
Instructional Technology Specialist
Poway Unified School District



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