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Adding Real Numbers
Explore how real numbers can be added together using a number line.


Creating Box and Whisker Plots
Explore displaying data with box-and-whisker plots, using median and quartiles to form the box and the minimum and maximum values for the whiskers.


Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids
This individually-hosted Web site invites users to "make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles." Instructions for dozens of toys are
available, and what’s more, these instructions are accompanied by clear and accessible explanations of the scientific concepts associated with each project. The Web site is organized into eight chapters: Magnetism, Electromagnetism, Electrochemistry, Radio, Thermodynamics, Aerodynamics, Light and Optics, and Biology. Each chapter provides recommended reading titles for further learning. (Source: Scout Report)

Key questions that are addressed:
What causes volcanoes to erupt?
Where did volcanoes get their name?
Why do so many volcanoes exist in a pattern lining the Pacific Rim, the so-called "Ring of Fire"?
What are hot-water holes in the seabed?
How similar are Earth's volcanoes to those found elsewhere in the Universe?

Use of technology is integrated into the lesson plan.


The Atoms Family
Using ghoulish characters to create a table of contents, this excellent site provides many interactive opportunities on energy and energy-related topics. For example, students can "build a better pyramid" by adding layers of insultation to a virtual pyramid and observing what happens to the temperature inside the pyramid with each additional layer. Or they can use the instructions on "cooling the mummy's tomb" to conduct a simple experiment on the relationship between insulation and temperature. Created by the Miami Museum of Science Learning Network.


Galapagos Undersea Volcanoes
Learn how scientist map undersea valcanoes and study the chemistry of lava flows by participating in Expeditions to the Seafloor.

Read about the research expedition to explore the undersea valcanoes of the Galapagos.

Learn about each day's scientific findings in near realtime, including a slide show, interviews with scientists and crew, and hot topics for indepth learning.

Find out why scientists are curious about these remote underwater locations, their cruise objectives, the tools they'll use, and who's who on the ship.

E-mail questions to shipboard scientists and read the questions and answers posted by other students and teachers.

Use interactive learning modules, slide shows, videos, quizzes, activities, and other resources.

To receive a free educator's packet, contact Trevor Walsh at: walsh@cositoledo.org or by phone 419-244-2674 x116 or Stephanie Murphy at: samurphy@whoi.edu or by phone 508-289-2271. Visit the website at http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu

Nuclear Chemistry Resource
This is a link to a section in the October 2000 ChemMatters magazine, Teacher's Guide, published by the American Chemical Society that has numerous resources that will assist a teacher with addressing the concept of Nuclear Chemistry in the classroom.

This resource is available on-line at: http://www.acs.org/education/curriculum/chemmatters/elements_1000.html

Math Forum - Probability and Statistics

Math Forum - Geometry

Math Forum - Discrete Math

Math Forum - Calculus

Math Forum - Algebra

Science NetLinks
Science NetLinks allows teachers to search a library of reviewed websites and lessons by selecting a science Benchmark topic and grade level.

NASA Explores
Designed to deliver innovative lessons to teachers, this site features two articles with supporting lesson plans each week in versions adapted for three levels of learning: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. The materials, which are prepared by certified teachers, incorporate national educational standards in math, science, geography and technology. The project was initiated by Marshall Space Fight Center and is supported by NASA departments.

Tour of Fractions
An extensive collection of lesson plans, FAQs and software related to fractions for K-2 elementary school teachers. http://mathforum.org/paths/fractions/e.fraclessons.html

Healthy Teeth
Students in grades 3-6 can learn about teeth and gums, prevention, cavities, and braces.www.healthyteeth.org/

Hands-on Experiments to Test for Acid Mine Drainage
These activities invite students to learn about the effects of acid mine drainage on our groundwater & environment through experimentation & observation. The web site explains how to make litmus paper, study aquatic organisms, examine the weatherization process, & more. http://pubs.usgs.gov/openfile/of00-369/

Science Education Site
Lesson and unit plans for all areas of science. http://www.pitt.edu/~sosmos/science_resources/

The Biology Project
Provides detailed problem sets and tutorials. http://www.biology.arizona.edu/

Sports Science
Exploratorium site with sports science activities and content. http://www.exploratorium.edu/sports/index.html

Critical Thinking Skills with Math Stories
Mathstories: Students,(K-8th), are involved in problem solving strategies. Emphasis on number computations with literature integration. http://www.mathstories.com/

Science Activities for Curious Kids
Curious kids can explore a miniature world of plants and
animals without a microscope. Invite kids to explore life
science on screen, off screen, and in between. http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/

Science Content Learning Segments
This web site includes learning segments for students
to read on line which include wonderful photographs and
quizzes for each content topic. Most importantly, the
author of this site has taken the time to make sure that
the written material is grade level appropriate. This site
would make a great literature connection for most of the
science content addressed in the National Standards. http://www.surweb.org

Science and Math Initiative for Learning Enhancement
Lesson plans for science and math using a phenomenological approach. http://www.iit.edu/~smile/index.html

Problem Solving
Lesson Plans, Puzzles, and Other Activities. http://www.mathgoodies.com

PEAnut Geometry Activities
This series of mathematics activities are based on the freeware program, Wingeom, one of the programs that are a part of the PEAnut Geometry package available on the Philips Exeter Academy web site. Must download all Win... programs for it to run. http://math.exeter.edu/rparris/
Get Adobe Acrobat Reader Note: The activities require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Weather with the TI-82
This lesson plan provides all the details necessary to plan an integrated mathematics/science lesson on weather. It does require that the students have knowledge of sine functions, i.e., Algebra II or Pre-Calculus students.

Insects in the classroom - Termite Trails
Students use the scientific method to observe the behavior of termites in a series of experiments and draw conclusions. http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/ythfacts/resourc/tcherpln/termtrails.htm

Insects in the classroom - Choose an Insect
Students use printed and electronic resources to study an insect of their choice, then write a short report and present their findings to the class. http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/ythfacts/resourc/tcherpln/reasch.htm

Insects in the classroom - Flour Beetles
Students make observations of the behavior and life stages, and investigate food preferences, of flour beetles. http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/ythfacts/resourc/tcherpln/flbeetl.htm

TeacherVision Science Page
Contains many links to Science and technology web sites. http://teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-5818.html

TeacherVision, Math Page
Contains many links to math lesson plan sites. http://teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-5779.html

Tetra Aquademics™ Aquarium Lessons (Math)
Hands-on aquarium-based units on the ocean, vertebrates, ecosystems, underwater environments, and marine life. Units are endorsed and approved by leading aquariums. Most of the projects can be completed in one hour or less. http://www.tetra-fish.com/aquademics/math.html

Tetra Aquademics™ Aquarium Lessons (Science)
Hands-on aquarium-based units on the ocean, vertebrates, ecosystems, underwater environments, and marine life. Units are endorsed and approved by leading aquariums. Most of the projects can be completed in one hour or less. http://www.tetra-fish.com/aquademics/science.html

Math, Science & Technology Lessons
This site provides math lessons, forms, lesson plans, and activities. http://www.lessonstop.org/index.html

Space Day Design Challenges
Space Day Design Challenges beginning in February for grades 4-6. Created by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the challenges are intended to engage students in real-world problems and solutions. Student solutions will be presented during a live webcast on Space Day, Thursday, May 4. For information, see http://www.spaceday.com (Taken from February, 2000, Science Scope.)

Earth Day
Scheduled for April 22, 2000. Listing of events, activities, and materials which can be used for that day. See http://www.earthday.net/

Weather and The Weather Classroom
A special education site from The Weather Channel http://www.weather.com/education/ that provides lesson plans dealing with the weather and a separate link to The Weather Classroom a> that provides many weather activities through use of the television.
Airs every Monday from 4 - 4:30 AM Eastern Standard Time with a repeat on Thursdays at the same time. Tape for use in your classroom.

Mathematics of Cartography
Cartography, the art of map making, is a rarely covered subject in elementary school mathematics. Visit http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/pres/map/ to find some far-out maps that will tap your students' visual learning styles and curiosity. Use this web site with students to investigate distances, use equations to solve problems, and create your own maps to scale. It is an excellent introduction to the field of cartography for students in grades 2 through 8.

Lesson Plans for Teaching Fractions
A lesson plan using pattern blocks to explore fractions.

Math Forum Lesson Plan Collection for Elementary School
This page offers good places to begin looking for collections of
elementary-level lesson plans. For more sites, see their page of individual
elementary-level lesson plans, or you can browse all lesson plans, or search in the
Forum's Internet Mathematics Library.

Math Forum Lesson Plan Collection for High School
This list offers good places to begin looking for high school lesson plan
collections or materials on which to base them. For more sites, see their page of
individual high school lesson plans, or browse or search in the Forum's Internet
Mathematics Library.

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
For all of you math people who really want to put some "historical perspective" in your instruction. http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/ Check out the site. Probably of more use at the middle/high school level, although reading through some of the information would provide an historical perspective various mathematical concepts.

Mega Mathematics
This web-site is sponsored and developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/index.html
The site contains various activities that make mathematics "not boring."

Math Forum Lesson Plan Collection for Middle School
A list of web sites for middle school mathematics lesson plans.

Webquest is a site that gives examples and templates of how to use the WWW when teaching. Comes from NASA Connect. http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/matrix.html

Math Never Dies
"You have infiltrated the secure site of the Hex Agency. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to track down international criminals using your Math skills". This game covers algebra, geometry and trigonometry.http://library.thinkquest.org/17932

Rock Hounds with Rocky
K-6 activity developed by students and staff at Loogootee Community Schools and the Franklin Institute of Science. Teachers will find literature connections, ideas for Internet collaborations, and science activities to help students explore how rocks are made. Be sure to see the West Elementary Internet Projects page. http://www.fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/index2.html

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