10 Terrific Websites for Science

November 15, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

From biology to chemistry to physics, these science-oriented websites will help your students learn more about the world around them. They'll make observations, notice patterns, and get important info about plants, animals, and people.

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National Geographic Kids
By building on National Geographic's reputation for breathtaking photography and in-depth reportage about the world's cultures and exotic wildlife, this kids' site provides an overwhelming amount of high-quality visual learning tools. Profiles of animals and countries include videos, photos, maps, sounds, and brief fact sheets. Read the full review.

PBS KIDS PLAY! is a virtual world in which kids play educational games with well-known PBS KIDS characters. Games and videos address a wide variety of skills from math, literacy, social studies, and science to healthy development, foreign languages, and creativity. Read the full review.

Discover Science
The Discover Science site brings the resources and experience of San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences museum into the classroom. Visitors can access multimedia collections, lectures, and Academy research. Read the full review.

Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science
Scientific experimentation and investigation are the focus of Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science, the kids' section of a science site created by the University of California, Berkeley. All activities illustrate basic principles of chemistry, astronomy, and other scientific fields. Read the full review.

ARKive is a digital library that contains more than 100,000 high-quality videos and photographs of the world's animals, plants, and fungi. Gripping videos, photographs, and information catalog 15,000 of the world's endangered species. Read the full review.

Coaster Crafter
Coaster Crafter starts with a fun narrative about the owner of an amusement park and his daughter, who need help designing better roller coasters. They watch demonstrations of the simulator, which shows design flaws in several coasters. Coaster Crafter is a great tool for teaching students about force and motion. Read the full review.

Journey North
Journey North is a free website that helps kids record and share observations about seasonal change. These observations vary from the length of a day to a flower blooming or the presence of a butterfly. Resources are available to help kids figure out their longitude and latitude so they can include it with their observations. Read the full review.

Project Noah
Project Noah is a vehicle for kids to share their nature explorations. It can be used by anyone from elementary school students to seasoned scientists to collect data about species diversity. Users share images and the locations of organisms they've spotted. Read the full review.

Smithsonian Education Students
Smithsonian Education Students poses important art, science, and history questions and then gives kids the tools to explore them. If the solar system is the size of a fried egg, how big is our galaxy? Read the full review.


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