National Geographic for Kids
Invention at Play from the Smithsonian Institute
Shape It Up is one of many good educational games and activities on Kinetic City. Shape It Up is an activity that would be good for use in an elementary school Earth Science lesson. The activity presents students with “before” and “after” images of a piece of Earth. Students then have to select the force nature and the span of time it took to create the “after” picture. If students choose incorrectly, Shape It Up will tell the student and they can choose again.
The National Center for Education Statistics hosts a collection of games and tools for students. Dare to Compare is a quiz section of Kids’ Zone where students can test their knowledge of civics, economics, history, geography, mathematics, and science. After taking each quiz the students are shown the correct answers. Dare to Compare also allows students to see the national and international average rate of correct answers.
The Discovery Channel website lets you test your trivia knowledge while playing the same quizzes the contestants on Cash Cab play. Play the Cash Cab quiz game and earn fictitious money for every question you answer correctly. Answer three questions incorrectly and the game is over.
Rice University has partnered with CBS, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the National Science Foundation to produce web adventures based on the CSI television series. The web adventures are designed to teach students the process of forensic investigation and problem solving. There are three cases or levels to the CSI web adventures. Unlike a lot of educational games, the CSI Web Adventures are created with the highest quality graphics and navigational features.
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has a great collection of interactive learning activities. The activities are categorized according to grade level and vary in format. Some of the interactive activities are like video games (Squish the Fish for 1st graders) while others are more like virtual scavenger hunts (Conservation Investigation). The games and virtual scavenger hunts could easily take students an hour or longer to complete and the students would learn something new throughout the activity. In addition to the interactive activities, Shedd Aquarium provides a host of great Marine Science lesson plans for grades K-12.
American Museum of Natural History: Learn about the “ologies.” Resource includes interactive games, interviews with scientists, solving mysteries, and much more.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: This site provides several interactive games focused on ocean and air, including saving the beach, humpback whales, recycling and more. Good for learning centers and filler options.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour: Explore the entire Smithsonian Museum of Natural History from your classroom!! The panorama views have hotspots with even more detail available.
The Why Files: This site is for upper elementary and beyond. It tries to answer the “why” questions relating to science. There are interactive options included, as well as “Cool Science Images” link for great digital images.
4-H Virtual Farm: On a virtual visit to a horse, beef, dairy, poultry, fish, or wheat farm, you have a choice of movies, animation, learning activities, and options for students to learn the science behind the farming.
National Geographic Animals: National Geographic provides great photos and short informational pieces about a variety of animals, as well as a fast facts blurb and a map showing where in the world the animal lives, as well as multimedia options.
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bear: Many thematic unites based on penguins and polar bears.
Our Wild Neighbors: Animated sites introduce learners to animals found in Alaska. This specific page talks about animal camouflage.
Pest World for Kids: “Think of them as animals out of place.” Out in nature, they’re just doing their jobs. But when they move into our homes and yards then
KnowItAll.org: ETV’s educational Web portal, a collection of fun, interactive websites for K-12 students, teachers and parents.
Atlanta Zoo: Webcam of Pandas.
San Diego Zoo: Webcams for pandas, polar bears, elephants, and ape habitats can be found here. You can also access a number of other videos and podcasts here. NOTE: These videos stream live, so may be slow for individual searches.
Cool Cosmos: Video podcasts from NASA scientists on topics ranging from the movement of stars to the status of Pluto to black holes.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Explore the capsule of the Freedom 7 Mercury flight, Gemini VII, the mobile quarantine facility of the Apollo 11 astronauts and more through these QuickTime Virtual Reality movies.
Chem4Kids: The text and graphics explain the basic concepts of chemistry, with segments on matter states of matter, solids, liquids, and gases are available, along with an online quiz for each section.
Global Climate Change from EPA: Students can learn a great deal about climate change using this site. Includes both current climate change as well as the history of climate change through the ages.
Earthquakes for Kids: From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), students can find information on the latest quakes, see animations, view earthquake pictures, and much more.
NASA: Wild Weather Adventure –This educational game, found under the “Earth” tab, has students pilot a blimp around the world while answering a number of science questions, in easy/medium/hard levels. Other topics include (from top menu): Space, Sun, Earth, Solar Systems, People & Technology, plus a link for Parents and Educators.
Yellowstone National Park: The Old Faithful Webcam – watch a number of geysers erupt at Yellowstone National Park. Check out the Q&A section for great reference info.
Weather Wiz Kids: Developed by a meteorologist in IN, this site provides straightforward information for a number of weather and natural events, from hurricanes to earthquakes. It also includes weather jokes and folklore.
Missouri Botanical Gardens: Biomes of the world, from Rainforest to Grasslands, as well as freshwater and marine ecosystems, are explored. This site contains easy-to-read text screens, which include a number of maps and images to illustrate the area for students.