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Technology and Science

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Technology and Science


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Background Ideas and Information

Aiming for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)

Bloom\'s Taxonomy Blooms Digitally.pdf


21st Century Skills Roadmap





KQED Quest- lessons and videos tied to Northern California science



Teachers' Domain- you'll need to create an account, but there are many well organized resources here.



National Geographic for Kids



Bill Nye's Site



Untamed Science- Focused on biodiversity; includes video podcasts.



USGS Resources

Elementary- http://education.usgs.gov/common/primary.htm

Middle- http://education.usgs.gov/common/secondary.htm


Science Interactives for Elementary



Yucky, Cool Gross Body Site



Mr. Hand's Science Site- This is a site with student projects. Just let your mind take in all of the amazing projects here...



PORTS- California State Parks Units



Life Science

Centre of the Cell- http://www.centreofthecell.org/centre/?page_id=1&ks=3

Virtual Cell- http://www.ibiblio.org/virtualcell/tour/cell/cell.htm

Biology4kids- http://www.biology4kids.com/index.html

Biomes- http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/biomes.html

Adaptation- http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/adapt.html

More Biomes- http://www.mbgnet.net/sets/


Earth Science

Cosmos4Kids- http://www.cosmos4kids.com/

Geography4Kids- (really earth science)- http://www.geography4kids.com/

Dinosaur Floor- All aspects of dino life- http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/dinosaur.html

Plate Tectonics- http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/plates1.html

NASA for Educators- http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html


Physical Science

Chem4Kids- http://chem4kids.com/

Physics4Kids- http://www.physics4kids.com/



  • Search for video clips, images, and articles in Discovery Streaming and Learn 360
  • Teacher Cadre Projects
  • Pokeman Learning League has videos and activities for many science topics
  • Education City has games tied to science standards
  • Textbooks Tab has links to the adopted textbooks and their online resources



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6th Grade Science Blog- Scroll down to the experiements and the Element of the Day







Genetic Disorders Wiki- 7th grade students researched genetic disorders and developed wiki pages about them. The content may be advanced for your students, but think about the core idea, and how it can be used to differentiate instruction and make it engaging for students who can choose their own topic.


Code Blue Medical Wiki- a 6th grade wiki devoted to researching medical problems. Students used images and information to create. Again, think about the core idea, if not the specific content.


Village Wiki- a wiki for a K-6 school that includes student projects. Think about how you could step up the collaboration aspects


More wiki ideas- from Teachers First


Using wikis in Science- short article with ideas for using wikis with science classes






How to use iPods for Flashcards- Instructions for using PowerPoint and an iPod to make digital flashcards.




Science on the Wild Side- Facts and news about science, with a song every time! Definitely for elementary.


Also available on iTunes

Rick Quarles - Science On The Wild Side Podcast - Science On The Wild Side Podcast


The Dolphin Podcast- all about dolphins.  Some are young student-friendly, others are a little more complex.



Science Friday Video Podcast- Short videos on a range of science topics, showing science at work in the real world.



Middle School

USGS CoreCast- USGS podcast about geology in the news.  A great way to show the relevance of geology and begin a discussion.



USGS CoreFacts- One minute answers to science (mostly geology) questions.  Could work with 4th and 5th grade as well.



Bytesize Science- 2-3 minute attention grabbing science updates.  It says it's for younger students, but it is probably best for 5th grade and up.



Space.com Starry Night Podcast and Videocasts- shows what's in the sky right now.



Discovery Files- From the National Science Foundation, under 2 minute blurbs about science in the news.



Scientific American 60 Second Science




Digital Storytelling


Here are some examples of digital storytelling tied to Science.


Island Movies- These movies were part of a contest for students in Hawaii. Many are tied to science standards. You will need to right click on the movie title and choose "Save Target As" in order to view them. There is an environmental theme in many of the movies.


Should You Be Afraid of Snakes?- An 8 year old shares his knowledge.

  • Have students create movies that dispel myths about animals. Or students can create movies that dispel myths about any science topic, like the moon being made of cheese, or thunder and lightning being created by mythical gods.


Granny Smith- A third grader brings to life the world of an apple, with a thick southern accent.

  • Try this approach as a final project for many topics, life bringing to life the life cycle of a butterfly or frog. Take a trip through the various systems of the body. Fly to a planet and take a tour. Dig through the layers of the earth. To be successful, students will need a thorough understanding of the material, and will be applying it in a creative manner.


Sanford Middle School Student Projects- Click on the teacher's name to get to the student projects. These were tied to a partnership with the zoo. You will need to Right Click and choose Save Target As to download and view the movies. Also, you may not be able to view them on a Mac because they are in Windows Media Player format.

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