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General Science Sites:

Online Periodic Table of Elements:

Wash your hands! Did you hear me? WASH YOUR HANDS! I'm not a broken record, I'm a mom. After learning about these amazing single-cell creatures that sometimes are our friends, and sometimes cause terrible epidemics, I've only two things to say: wash your hands and then come join today's eye-opening microbe adventure.

Infection Detection Protection

"Microbes are the oldest form of life on Earth. Some types have existed for billions of years. These single-cell organisms are invisible to the eye, but they can be seen with microscopes. Microbes live in the water you drink, the food you eat, and the air you breathe. Right now, billions of microbes are swimming in your belly and crawling on your skin. Don't worry, over 95% of microbes are harmless." This entire exhibit (from the American Museum of Natural History) is fabulous, but the best clicks are the Shockwave games with names like Bacteria in the Cafeteria and Infection!

Developed by the American Society for Microbiology, introduces middle school students to microbiology with colorful images and friendly text. They even have a special section on hand washing, where I learned that although 94% of Americans say they wash their hands after using the bathroom, only 68% really do. Ughh! Other excellent clicks are the science experiments for home or classroom, and the career section.

Microbe Zoo

Using a zoo metaphor, Microbe Zoo explores microbe ecology, the study of microbes in their environment. Created for upper-elementary and middle school students, the site is divided into five environments: Animal Pavilion (with instructions on building a dung chamber in Poo Corner) , DirtLand (Who knows what evil lurks in that dirt pile? Microbiologists do.), Snack Bar (hmm . . . yummy yogurt), Space Adventure (microbes on Mars?) and Waterworld.

Greenhouse Effect & Global Warming:


Even though we have it every day, how much we really know about the weather? And what do meteorologists and climatologists really do? To satisfy my curiosity and yours, I went searching. This is what I found.

Climatologist's Toolbox

"How do scientists measure climate or look back in time to see what climate was like long ago? Most importantly, how do they try to forecast what might be in store for the planet?" Explore the Climatologist's Toolbox to find out how scientists are learning from tree rings, ice cores and volcanoes, and how they use this data to become better forecasters. This site for middle and high school students is part of the Why Files created by the National Institute for Science Education.

Dan's Wild Wild Weather Page

Weatherman Dan Satterfield from Huntsville, Alabama explains weather for "kids between 6 and 16 years old and for their parents and teachers, too!" His site covers topics such as Clouds (my favorites are big, puffy cumulus), Wind, Radar, Satellites, Forecasting and Hurricanes. His illustrated explanations are concise, and he has a variety of good science links for teachers. Unfortunately, the game links are all out of date.

Make Your Own Weather Station

Using simple household materials and several purchased thermometers, elementary-age students can build tools that measure wind, air pressure, moisture and temperature. The instructions are explicit and easy to follow. Start by clicking on any of the labeled objects in the picture, or use the text menu below it. This weather station makes an excellent project for your family, scout troop or classroom. continue reading, visit Surfnetkids: Weather

Weather Word Search

Acid Rain Crossword

Earthquake Crossword

Acid Rain Crossword

Wild Wild Weather
Making a Weather Station 
Earthquake Crossword
Climatologist's Toolbox
Weather Wiz Kids
Cloud Match
All about clouds
Weather Coloring Book
BrainPop Hurricanes
Hurricane Unit
BrainPop Humidity
Weather Scavenger Hunt
Cloud Identification Game
Alfy's Weather Game