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Each week Mike Francek sends out a list of his best website find to the general science listserve. He does a great job and I am posting his list here to help anyone who might miss them on the listserve
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Thank you, Pamela.
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Thank you so much for posting this. I like how its put in categories with headings. It makes life so much easier and its just one click away. However have you used any of them yet? I tried clicking on the links but they keep bringing me to a Texas website (which i believe is for faculty of their school). It won't let me look at the websites unless I have UHD web mail web access. Is there a way we can still use it. I would love to check out the link on volcanoes. Thanks again though for posting it.
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Here is Mark Francek's favorite websites for this week
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Copy and paste this links. I just tried it and it works.
Here is a list of science Websites for students
Science News for Kids
Includes snapshots and the weekly scoop.
Features weekly news, games, schools on the Web, and more.
Yahoo! Kids News
Featuring top stories, popular news, photos, and weird news.
Simpson Street Free Press
Madison's teen newspaper.
NewsHour Extra: News for Students
Provides students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current events and issues. Includes lesson plans, student comments, video clips, and news stories.
The Current Events: Good News for Kids
Weekly magazine for students that showcases interesting news and current events from around the world. Includes issues for different reading levels, as well as lesson plans and activities.
Featuring news, current events, sports, games, quizzes, and more for kids.
Linda Ellerbee hosts Nick News, a long-running kids' news show. Read the latest news, view videos, and see past shows on this site.
From the New York Times Learning Network.
News for kids from the Washington Post.
This will lead you to various other links for websites with kid appropriate articles and games.
More current events here.
This is a great site for articles, games, and information about science all at a middle school level!
Features many articles on various topics. Make sure you are reading something you can understand and explain!
Features articles for kids on science and other topics
Thank you all for the wonderful links! I recently completed a SciPack on Oceans Effects on Climate and it made me remember a website that has invaluable resources: http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/ds-ocean/home.html
The website provides current data on sea temperatures and salinity as well as links to different websites that can provide one with additional data. The website also provides current satellite images of water vapor and infrared. It takes a bit of navigating to get used to it, but once you familiarize yourself with the site, you will find that it can provide you with lots of cool information!
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Previously I had posted Mike Francek's weekly list of websites. It was called to my attention that the hyperlinks did not always work. I have done a bit of research on how to fix this and have edited previous documents and verified that they work on my end. So Here are corrected files. I will continue to post these are I fix and edit
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Here is another
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I just finished the edit on yet one more
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Thank you for the list of websites. It's always helpful to have a variety of resources to refer to.
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As well as videos there are downloadable worksheets, problem sessions and graphics. For chemistry we also include 3D models using jmol to aid teaching and every video has an associated e-notepad so that you can take notes with each video. The notes will remain with the video for you to review the next time you return to that video. The site has only been active for a few months and the webmaster is looking for contributors and feedback at this stage.
Interesting collection of materials for general chemistry
The Virtual Courseware Project produces interactive, online simulations for the life science laboratory or for earth science field studies. The activities are designed to enhance an existing curriculum and include online assessments. They can be used by students ranging from middle school, high school, or college classrooms.
Click on a project on the right to access the entry point for this fun, exciting, and engaging suite of activities. Pop-up blockers must be disabled to view the activities.
The activities contain Macromedia Flash movies or Java applets (see System Requirements in each project). Click here to see testimonials and recognition for the Virtual Courseware Project.
Here is Mike's list of best website for October 25th
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Thank you so much for posting the links to all these wonderful websites! I am especially loving http://www.dogonews.com/. The website is current and features interesting articles that I'm sure my students would enjoy reading. Not only are the articles current, but they are filled with colorful photographs and are fairly short. It looks like students can even comment in the section below the article. Again, thank you for sharing!
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Here is Mike's List for November 9th
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Here are Mike's picks for November 3rd
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Thanks so much for sharing!
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Thank you for all the postings, Pamela! Great stuff!
So let me tell you about this wonderful TV show that I came upon. Since I don't have cable I am left to very few channels to choose from. As I was about to turn off the TV i stumbled upon a show on PBS. It was called Nova Science Now. Im not sure if many of you have heard of it, but it was amazing. The reason why I loved it so much is because they made science so easy to understand. As I watched the show I thought to myself, "This would be great for my students! It's easy to understand and very entertaining. " When the show was finished I found out they had a website where you can go back and watch all their videos again and much more. I highly recommend all of you to check it out. I am honestly addicted and they talk about all sorts of subjects to do with science. Let me know what you all think. Here is the website,
Check it out and have fun with it. So far my favorite is the episode on bees and how they do their special dance to show where a new home is :) ENJOY!
Thank you for all the great websites. As a pre- student teacher, I am always looking for good websites for students to go on and use. I always find it hard to decide what websites would be best for students to use when researching, so I think this list will help me a lot. I have recently done an assignment with students, and my cooperating teacher introduced me to sciencespot.net. The students were researching biomes, and found great links to websites into the “kid zone” on this webpage. I hope to look through the websites posted and use them in my future teaching. Thank you
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I have just finished editing Mike Francek's best website for the week.
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Here are Mike Francek's websites for this week
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Here is Mike's List from December 15th
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Thanks for sharing the great links! Not only will these be helpful in class, but I am pleased to have more options for "read alouds," which we are now required to do within each science class to support literacy in the common core.
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Here is the list from last week
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An exercise comparing plates on a globe and flat map
> Plate Tectonics Tennis Ball Globe
> For a Gondwana continental drift puzzle:
> And the larger scale Pangea:
> Complete with downloadable animations:
I just discovered this forum. I had not looked at it before. Wow, thanks for the websites each week that you are forwarding. They are great!!
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Meteorology is an excellent topic to introduce middle and high school students to geoscience, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics. Satellite Meteorology learning modules provide scientists and educators with exciting activities and hands-on tools for investigation, inquiry, analysis and stewardship
Here is a great site from UW-Madison for some online material. Just check out the modules that you want your students to focus on. There are worksheets that you can print out (of course, you can change them any way you want).
Here is Mark's best website list for January 25th
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Mark also maintains this list of resources: http://webs.cmich.edu/resgi/
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Wow I really like these resources, Im glad you posted them.
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This was very helpful. I am interested in finding websites to correlate global warming perspectives for the future! We are doing a futuristic project!
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Here are Mark's List of website for last week.
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The CLEAN Pathway provides a reviewed collection of classroom materials for teaching climate literacy and energy awareness for students in grades 6-16. I have attended several of their professional developments and loved them. I wish they offered more webinars
Here is Mark's list of websites for Feb 8th
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Pamela: Thank you this is a great resource!
Here is Mark's list for this week
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Thank you Pamela! These are great links!
Here is the list for MArch 9
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For those of you who are following this here is March 15
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March 22 list
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Thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful resources. I noticed how there are a few YouTube videos that are educational and easy to understand. Since students are really into watching YouTube, it would be great to show the educational side of YouTube and how we can learn from their videos. I noticed that students are more visual and audio learners now rather than just learning through lecture and from a textbook. Incorporating videos will be a great way to make understanding concepts easier.
I will be exploring as many resources as possible to help my students learn efficiently. Thank you again!
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wow just spotted this posting. Tons of great information. Thanks
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I am a bit behind in reposting Mark's awesome website recommendations. Here is another.
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OK This will get us up to date
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I am aggregating my collection of science websites on delicious. My moniker is @pamela.auburn.5
You can follow me and search this list using associated tags
Here is Mark' latest list
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Thank You for the great websites!
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I just discovered a virtual lab for locating epicenter without using a compass. Here's the link:
The lab is easy to follow and the kids get a better idea of triangulating an epicenter. In addition, there are journal questions that students must answer to get a better idea about epicenters.
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Here are a few more - mostly life science
Images Normal and Abnormal Mammalian Development is a tutorial that uses scanning electron micrographs (SEMs) as the primary resource to teach mammalian embryology. The 3-D like quality of the micrographs coupled with selected line drawings and minimal text allow relatively easy understanding of the complex morphological changes that occur in utero. Because early human embryos are not readily available and because embryogenesis is very similar across mammalian species, the majority of micrographs that are utilized in this tutorial are of mouse embryos. The remainder are human.
What a Year
What A Year! highlights a breakthrough each month and gives some information about the people behind it. You can learn what's going on in your scientific back yard, and to dig a lot deeper if you want.
The Story of HIV
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that leads to AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, has spread across the globe. More than 30 million people have died of AIDS-related diseases, and a similar number of individuals are living with the infection. Nearly 6,000 new people are infected with HIV every day.
The Science of HIV/AIDS contains student activities and essays that help students understand the virus that causes AIDS, how infectious agents multiply in organisms, and the worldwide spread of HIV/AIDS
This interactive website allows students to compare the circulatory patterns and heart structures between 8 vertebrates.
The Eye-Antenna Disc and Eye Morphogenesis
A list and description of Drosophila genes involved in eye and antenna formation, subdivided by pathway, function and cellular location
Nice genetics resources
Embryonic Development: Putting on the finishing touches
A section from a biology text showing the final detailing work of development including homeobox gene expression and other conserved pathways.
Here is another list from Mark
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The Windows to the Universe website, brought to you by the National Earth Science Teachers Association, has extensive content on the Earth and space sciences and related disciplines (9000+ pages of content in English and Spanish at three levels). This freely available web site includes many related classroom activities for educators, and we regularly provide professional development on these resources at NSTA conferences as well as other venues across the country. We provide a free monthly newsletter to educators on the first of the month - sign up for the newsletter online - check out our June 2013 newsletter. The website is used by ~14 million visitors annually from around the world, including many students and educators across the US. Educators can become Educators members and access a version of the site without advertising and with access to special resources and services, and can also enroll their students (classroom, school, and district memberships are available).
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Thank you for sharing this great website Windows to the Universe!! It certainly has a huge number of pictures available.
By the way, your post has no name on it. Will you please post your name so we know who we are addressing?
Thanks for this share.
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This is a great list of web sites. I need to create the same for the sites I use and find. What a great way to track web references.
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I know that the websites were posted in 2012, but they are great. I will use some of them when the school year start.
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