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Viscosity Explorer
- This interactive website allows students to explore viscosity by experimenting with
   different liquids and different temperatures. The two cylinders provide a good
   opportunity to compare and contrast the differences.
- I find that viscosity is often a term that students get mixed up or backwards, this
  website is very clear and helpful!
- http://www.planetseed.com/flash/science/lab/liquids/visco_exp/en/viscosity.htm?width=620&height=500&popup=true%20

Discovery Education
- A website with an endless amount of resources for teachers, students and parents.
- Teachers can access resources on almost any subject!
- www.discoveryeducation.com

Wonderville
- This website provides fun and educational opportunities for students to explore
   science topics. This website includes fun games, videos, information on
   different jobs in science fields and interactive experiment ideas.
- Teacher resources and parent resources are also included.
- User-friendly, engaging, education and very well done!
- http://www.wonderville.ca/

Tested (Mythbusters) 
- Jamie and Adam from Discovery's Mythbusters present their website that,
  in their own words, "...covers anything that's awesome. Tested is the place where
  we’ll explore those topics in depth, asking the hows and the whys about the things
  that excite us the most."
- A great website to assist in providing relevant material for our students!
- http://www.tested.com/ 

National Geographic: Space Shuttle
- This website provides great 360 degree pictures of the space shuttle. As you zoom in
   it also provides detailed information regarding the shuttle and its different components.
- http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/04/120416-nasa-space-shuttle-discovery-smithsonian-360-tour-panorama-science/

Physics LiveBinder
- This Live Binder features comprehensive AP Physics and AP Chemistry unit plans
   that are complete down to the smallest detail.
- Includes notes, videos, assignments, lab schedule breakdowns, rubrics, etc.
- http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=85796#

Build a Body
- An interactive biology website that allows students to build their very own human
  bodies as they make their way through each system.
- Students learn about the parts of the body, the systems and diseases through
  specific case studies.
- You do have to create an account to use this game.
- http://www.spongelab.com/game_pages/BAB.cfm

NOVA
- This PBS website has so many great educational resources for all subjects including
   ancient worlds, the body, physics, planet earth, nature, military, etc.
- There are so many videos, text, images and audio files to chose from, for FREE!
- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

ElectroCITY
-This fun game appoints students as the "mayor" of their own city! Students are
  responsible for generating enough electricity to power their town, managing their
  budget and maintain the environment.
- This website provides a lot of teacher resources as well to accompany the game.
- http://www.electrocity.co.nz/

The Scale of the Universe (2nd Version)
- This website provides an interactive model that allows users to use the
  scroll-bar to move through a list of objects based on their size, from the
  string theory to the observable universe!
- Teachers can use this website in a variety of science and social studies
  contexts and students can click on any one of the hundreds of objects in
  order to learn more.
- http://htwins.net/scale2/

Science Fix
- Operated my a middle school science teacher, Science Fix, is a great
   resource for finding materials for your science lessons. Not only does
   it include actual lesson plans that you can modify but it also provides
   video demonstrations as well as webquests.
- Users can search through the blog posts for resources or use the search
   feature at the top of the page.
- http://www.sciencefix.com/

Science Friday
- Science Friday is a weekly talk radio show that has now been adopted
  as a great website database as well!
- An easy to access topics list on the left hand side allows users to search
  by topics such as the earth, space, the body, math, chemistry and much more!
- In addition to having some great audio and video clips to use in the classroom
   they also have a comprehensive "For Teachers" sections that lists detailed
   lesson plans.
- http://www.sciencefriday.com/

Nature Works Everywhere
- Organized by the Nature Conservancy, this website is an amazingly
   user-friendly website that houses an assortment of nature-based
   lesson plans covering everything from water and clean air to protection
   and food.
- There are videos to add to lesson plans as well as information on the
   scientists behind the website. Their biography videos are perfect for
   students who want to learn more about careers in science!
- http://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/

Darwin, A Naturalist's Voyage Around the World
- This website is an amazing virtual tour of Darwin's voyage on the
   Beagle. The tour showcases diagrams and maps from the voyage
   itself as well as images and readings from Darwin's personal journal.
- This website is great for not only learning about Darwin himself but
   about different plants and animals as well as social issues like slavery.
- http://www.cnrs.fr/cw/dossiers/dosdarwinE/darwin.html

The History of Vaccines
- This comprehensive website, organized by The College of
   Physicians of Philadelphia is the place to go if for information
   on vaccines. This website includes timelines, interactive games
   and activities, articles with comprehension guides and a gallery
   of images.
- This website can be an amazing addition to a science classroom
   if you are teaching about different body systems or the chemistry
   behind the vaccines. It could also be interesting in a social studies
   classroom if you are learning about different epidemics in history
   or in a world issues class discussing how medical resources affect
   different societies.
- What I liked was the game "Illsville" where students can control a
   city, watch how illness affects society, determine the importance
   of vaccines, determine how to allocate resources and help protect
   the population.
- http://www.historyofvaccines.org/

Cell Craft
- This interactive game allows students to learn about cells as they
   are playing a game! It is a little difficult to get the hang of at the
   start but once you get into it the game offers A LOT of information.
- This game would be perfect for review or after a preliminary lesson
   has been taught because students do require some background information
   on the structure of cells before they can begin the game.
- The vocabulary is quite advanced so I would suggest it for a high
   school class as opposed to early years.
- http://www.cellcraftgame.com/Home.html

NASA PlanetQuest
- Teaching about our solar system?? How about the planets outside
  our solar system?! NASA's new website shares it's search for other
  planets through interactive games, images, videos and articles.
- Students can learn about the math and science behind the discovery of
  planets, the history of our knowledge about space and life outside of
  earth. Some of the fun interactives includes creating your own planet,
  searching space in 3D images and discovering organisms that have been
  found on other planets!
- http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/


BioLogica
- This is not just a website about biology, it is an interactive lab that
   your students can work through! As students begin they are asked to
   answer questions including their reasoning behind their answers. This online
   lab can suggest additional resources to further learning and creates online
   profiles of student progress for teachers to monitor!
- This could be a great resource for a flipped classroom.
- http://biologica.concord.org/index.html

Imagine All the Water
- Did you know it takes 13L of water to create 1 piece of paper?
- This great website shows our students exactly what kind of impact daily activities
   can have on our water quality. Students can explore through text, images, videos,
   and activities to learn all about our relationship with water.
- Perfect for Science and Social Studies classrooms!
- http://www.imagineallthewater.eu/EN

Science Niblets: The Science Behind Everyday Topics
- This blog features short easy-to-understand articles about the science
   that influences our everyday lives. With an educational focus in mind this
   blog has some great ideas about how to incorporate science into your
   classroom more often and make it enjoyable for students.
- You can use their short articles as activation strategies or use them as a
   main focus for your lesson! They also have several great links for further
   learning.
- http://www.science-niblets.org/

SciStarter
- SciStarter is a website designed to share science projects, lesson plans,
  field trip projects and collaborative project opportunities. You can search
  ideas based on specific activities (at home, at school, outside, etc) or by
  topics (biology, chemistry, food, etc). There is also an advanced search
  option as well that allows you to narrow it down my cost, age level and
  much more.
- This could be an interesting website to get inspirtation for your classroom,
  look for new and interesting ways to introduce science in your classroom
  or consider having your students explore the site and see what interests
  them!
EcoKids
- EcoKids is an environmental science website that includes teaching
  resources like lesson plans, graphic organizers, ESL/FSL resources,
  colouring sheets, classroom activities and more!
- Students can access homework help, online games, contests,
   articles and more. There is also a "Take Action" section where your
   class can begin a collaborative project to make the environment a
   better place.
- You need to register to access the teaching material (I did and I
   would recommend it) but you can access student material without
   registration.
- Extra points for being Canadian!! 
- http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/index.cfm

Science Bob
- Science Bob is a fun website that houses a lot of neat science
   information including videos, experiments, science fair ides,
   featured science questions and more. This is a great website
   to add to your science resource repertoire!
- I really like that Bob is committed to making science appeal to
  students and parents. He even has a "Random Act of Science"
  initiative which is a great idea!
- http://www.sciencebob.com/index.php

Chem Reference
- This interactive periodic table of elements displays detailed facts about
   the various elements simply by clicking on them. Not only can facts be
   found quickly but students can also look at the structure of elements and
   easily link up to a corresponding Wikipedia article on the element.
- This would be a great reference to share with your students as an easy
   way to access information.

- http://chemreference.com/ 


Manitoba Curriculum Science Resources: U of M CRYSTAL Project
- As part of their research project on "Understanding the Dynamics of Risk and
  Protective Factors in Promoting Success in Science and Mathematics", a team
  lead by Dr. Robinson at the University of Manitoba has put together a great
  list of science resources for teachers.
- This extremely comprehensive list provides detailed resources for EVERY
  CLUSTER of the Manitoba Science Curriculum from Grade 5 through Grade
  10 as well as Grade 11/12 Chemistry and some Physics. If that wasn't enough
  it also has specialty resources for Nunavut.
* So far this is the BEST resource I've found that follows the MB Curriculum,
  thank you to everyone who is involved in this project!

- http://www.umanitoba.ca/outreach/crystal/resources.html 


Tree Planet
- Tree Planet is a cute online game that assists the environment
  while teaching about environmental sustainability. The way it works is
  simple: you play the game and the company does something good for
  the environment (planting trees). Users plant trees, fertilize the soil and
  protect the tree from dangers such as loggers.
- This game could be a neat activity to include when teaching about
  environmental sustainability and/or community activism. It could also
  be used as a model to create a similar project at a school or community
  level!

- http://www.treepla.net/season2/eng/main.php 


Crash Course!
- If you haven't already subscribed to the Crash Course! YouTube Channel
  you should go do so right now! John and Hank Green have created short
  (14 minutes or less, approximately) videos to teach about World History
  (John's specialty) and Biology (Hank's specialty). So far there are 81 videos!
- These videos give a breakdown of all of them important information on a topic
  through easy-to-understand lecture, videos, images, maps, neat graphics, etc.
  I like the fact that these videos explain the how and why and not just "this is
  how it is" explanation that you often find on the internet.
- These videos are definitely something that I am going to use in my class as a
  review tool or even as an activating strategy!

- http://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse?feature=watch 


The Why Files: The Science Behind the News
- This website features different stories each week that explore the science behind
   everyday news stories. In addition to these feature stories, the website also houses
   archives of science interactives and "cool science images" that are the perfect
   accompaniment to science lessons.
- I found that the best thing about this website is its ease of navigation. The archive
  is divided up by subject area and theme so if you would like an article on a specific
  subject it is right there at your fingertips. There is also a Classroom Activities Page
  that includes some interesting resources from a broad range of topics.

- http://whyfiles.org/ 



Science Netlinks
- This website features science lesson plans, tools, resources and news
  updates for every class from K-12. Science Netlinks has a very user-
  friendly search option that allows you to select the grade, subject, type
  or research and put in any keywords you need.
- I really like how much information is included in the resources! Some lesson
  plan search engines can have material uploaded by anyone but the standards
  put in place by the website's teams really shows through in the material they
  have available.

The Physics Front
- Teaching physics or physical science? Then this is the database for you!
   The Physics Front is boasting over 1,500 resources that are easy to find
   as they are categorized by subject, level, author, cost and much more!
   This seems like a really good website to go to if you need lesson plan
   ideas, supplementary material or need something quick for a sub.
- This is definitely something to put in your back pocket in case you end
   up teaching in this area!
http://www.thephysicsfront.org/index.cfm


Periodic Table of Comic Books
- Learning about the Periodic Table of Elements? This is a fun version that
  I'm sure will entertain the comic-book lovers in your class. Two professors
  from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky have put
  together an interactive Periodic Table of Elements that showcases comic book
  characters/events associated with a specific element.
- This could be a neat way to gain student interest and present information in
   a way that is relevant and fun for your students. The great thing is that once
   their interest is peaked, they can not only learn about the comic books, but
   also link to Web Elements to learn more about the element itself!
http://www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/index.html

Mineral E-Learning Module
- This online lab is great for reviewing minerals and would be appropriate for
   most High School earth sciences and/or mineral units. Students can make their
   way through text overviews, vocabulary, and virtual mineral structure labs.
- I wish I would have known about this resource when I was tutoring geology!
http://ees.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/elearning/module09swf.swf

VSauce YouTube Channel
- This YouTube Channel features some great videos that could be used as
   activating strategies in the classroom such as "Is the 5 Second Rule True?"
   and "What if Everyone Jumped At Once?". These videos are very
   engaging and I can see students getting really excited by the off-beat and
   interesting information.
- These types of videos could also be used as examples for teachers and
   students to create their own videos!
* Some videos on this channel would not be appropriate for the classroom
   so make sure you explore fully before you use it in the class
http://www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce

Minute Physics
- This YouTube Channel features some amazing videos that would be perfect
   in a science class. The RSA Animate style of the videos is engaging and the
   information is summarized clearly and quickly!
- If I was teaching physics I would definitely show these videos in class or have
   the links available for students to checkout at home for homework help.
- I have absolutely no background in physics and I found these videos pretty
   helpful!
http://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics

Middle School Chemisty
- This is a great resource for teachers who are teaching science! Here is the
  description from the site, "What happens when solids, liquids, and gases are
  heated and cooled? Why is one substance more or less dense than another?
  What causes certain substances to dissolved in water? What happens when a
  chemical reaction takes place? These questions and many more are explored
  in Middle School Chemistry, a resource of guided, inquiry-based lesson plans
  that covers basic chemistry concepts along with the process of scientific
  investigation."
- In addition to accessing all the lesson plans online, teachers can also download
  the entire 691 page Teacher's Guide book, access multimedia videos and
   demonstrations for each chapter, and get detailed materials lists for organizational
   planning.
- A BIG thanks to Mrs. Brown at The Science Life for letting me know about
  this great resource :)
http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/

Green Power Science YouTube Channel
- This YouTube Channel provides a lot of helpful and engaging film
  clips about "green energy". These can be a perfect addition to classroom
  instruction and/or inspiration for lab ideas.
- This channel features over 300 videos that can easily be searched by
  playlist headings like photovoltaic cells, solar cooking, fresnel lens and
  more. If I was teaching science I would definitely incorporate these videos,
  especially as a visual depiction of how a lab should look.
http://www.youtube.com/user/GREENPOWERSCIENCE

Good Video Sources for ________
- I love to include video clips when I'm teaching. It is a great
  way to differentiate your instructional method and can be really
  engaging for our students who have essentially grown up around
  a television screen.
- Richard Byrne at, Free Technology for Teachers, has been posting
  an awesome series of great video sources by subject area. Each post
  is subject specific and features about ten online resources to check
  out to find educational videos to include in the classroom. The great
  part is that, in the comments section of the post, visitors have also
  been sharing their favourite video sources too!
* If you want to learn more about using video in the classroom,
  check out my previous article, More Than Just Bill Nye... Using
  Video in the Classroom
Social Studies Video Sources
Science Video Sources
Math Video Sources

The Story of Stuff Project
- The "Story of Stuff" is an awesome animated short feature about the
  amount of trash that is created in the world and touches on a lot of
  environmental and consumerism themes.
- This accompanying website features a blog, other movies by the author,
  podcasts, classroom resources, and various downloads. The videos and
  podcasts can easily be used to incorportate a "flipped classroom" lesson
  and the resources and blog has a lot of great project ideas to build on the
  themes brought up in the video.
http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Wonderopolis
- Have you ever wondered.....? This website is a great resource to explore
  all of those random and thought-provoking questions that the innocence of
  childhood brings up. Why do stink bugs, stink? Is the 5 second rule really
  true? Can you tickle yourself?
- Wonderopolis allows users to search through various "wonders" that can
  be narrowed down by subject area and grade level. Each "wonder" includes
  text, videos, and images to help explain the question.
- The website also features a "Wonder of the Day" that could be built into a
  morning routine or used as an activating strategy for science classes. I think
  this website could be really neat for drawing students into science classes and
  encouraging creativity and, well, wonder. 
http://wonderopolis.org/

 PBS: Design Squad Nation
This website, which is part of the PBS website, features some great hands-on
  activities and ideas to get students engaged in engineering. Users can pick from
  a variety of topics such as structures, simple machines, electricity, etc and find
  a plethora of lesson plans, animations, and videos!
- Teachers can use the lesson plan/activity ideas or use the animations and videos
  as supplementary materials for their own lessons. I am definitely going to be using
  this with my students in the upcoming year as components of this are included in
  both our Grade 7 and Grade 8 curriculum.
http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/

Scholastic: Study Jams
One of the fun things I try to include in my classes is a music lesson to meet the
  needs of my musical learners and provide a new, engaging opportunity for my
  students. More often than not, this is provided in the form of various YouTube
  videos put out by other teachers/students, but Study Jams has now provided
  a new platform for this!
- Put out by Scholastic, Study Jams features math and science songs to help
  students learn and understand various vocabulary and concepts. Students
  can watch videos, test their knowledge, and sing along with songs created for
  educational purposes.
- While it states that it is created for elementary students I would use certain
  videos with middle years and it would be a great website for differentiating
  instruction.
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams

BrainStuff You Tube Channel
- The BrainStuff You Tube Channel strives to, "... explore - and explain - 
   the everyday science in the world around us on BrainStuff.". Vidoes
   are really interactive and feature audio explanations, diagrams, and
   demonstrations.
- Video topics include interesting questions like "Where is the best place to
  sit in the theater?" and "Why do we have eyebrows?".
http://www.youtube.com/user/BrainStuffShow

Who Am I?
- This virtual exhibit from The Science Museum allows users to explore
  the subjects of genetics, cells, the brain, and the body in general.
  Students can explore the plethora of information available in the
  exhibit's gallery or click the "Find Out More" link to learn even more.
- A really neat tool I plan on using is the interactive game, Thingdom,
  which explores genetics and how traits are passed down. This is a
  really good opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of
  Punnet Squares.
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/WhoAmI.aspx

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms
- This interactive dictionary not only includes textual explanations
  of terms, audio definitions, illustrations, 3D animations, and quizzes
  to test your understanding.
- This is a great resource for a biology and upper-years science
  classes. I love that it meets the needs of all different types of
   learners!
http://www.genome.gov/Glossary/index.cfm

Ecosystem Labeling
- This interactive, from the University of Alberta, allows students to
  explore a virtual ecosystem and answer questions about biotic &
  abiotic components, mimicry, producers, consumers, parasites,
  mutualism and commensalism.
- This is a really good activity to do on the SMART board for
  students to practice vocabulary and understanding of ecosystems.
http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/facilities/multimedia/uploads/alberta/Ecosystem.html

Cell Size & Scale
- This interesting visual allows students to see the size relationship between
  certain cells and other everyday objects like sesame seeds and grains of
  salt.
- By sliding the bar at the bottom of the screen, users can move between
  large and small objects to see the comparisons. This can be really helpful
  for students to actually visualize just how small cells are.
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/

U of A: Aboriginal Science Education Resources - This page features a lot of awesome resources for teachers who are
  interested in incorporating Aboriginal perspective into their science
  classes.
- By clicking on the Aboriginal Lesson Resources, users can search
  through resources specifically designed for high school biology or
  elementary classes. Even if you are not teaching in one of these specific
  areas, I think this website has a lot of helpful ideas.
http://www.cmaste.ualberta.ca/Outreach/AboriginalScienceEducation/
AboriginalLessonResources/Biology20AboriginalResources.aspx

Periodic Table of Videos - If you are a science teacher then this website is for you! The
  Periodic Table of Videos does exactly what it says, and presents
  a video for each of the elements on the periodic table.
- When you click on an element, students not only get to see the
  atomic number and symbol, but they also get to watch a video
  about the element.
- This is a great option for your visual learners and can even be
  used as a sample if you are interested in creating a similar project.
- http://www.periodicvideos.com/

 List of Interactive Periodic Table of Elements
- Shannon, from Technology Rocks. Seriously, has curated an awesome list of different interactive Periodic Tables.
- Right now, her list includes 25 different periodic tables which leaves you with plenty of options to engage any of your students and build fun, interactive options.
- These resources include videos, games, comics, and much more!
http://www.technologyrocksseriously.com/2015/09/interactive-periodic-tables-games.html#.Vh0yj_lVhBc

Healthline Body Maps
- Illustrates different parts of the body with 3D interactive simulations.
- Includes zoom features to see parts of the body in more detail, male and female representations, written summaries, and real-life and simulated videos.
- Can easily be shown on an interactive whiteboard for easy visualizations 
- Perfect for any unit on the human body (K-12) and can easily be adapted to create higher-level labs for biology classes
http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/


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