Suggested Websites for Teaching Kids Science
Excite Students About Science with Interactive Websites
Perhaps you are just a science fanatic. Maybe you have a question about why something happens a certain way. Perhaps you are trying to help your child with his or her science homework (or even that dreaded science fair project). On the other hand, maybe you are a science teacher looking for an innovative way to explain a tricky concept to your classroom full of kids.
Regardless of your specific reason for needing a science resource, I would like to suggest a few of my favorite websites that offer great science-related information. Not only are these science websites graphically appealing, but also they offer great information with relative user friendliness that is so often appreciated.
ScienceBuddies.com features project ideas and guides, blogs, parent and teacher info, blogs, and more. In fact, teachers can sign up for their monthly e-newsletter with tips and ideas for teaching kids about science. People looking for science project ideas are also in luck, because their website offers a great idea directory separated into the different realms of sciences, and gives a simple explanation of the scientific method.
Video from Steve Spangler
SteveSpanglerScience.com — the same guy you’ve seen on television shows such as “Ellen” and the KUSA news station — presents detailed science information, fun application type projects, and offers kits appropriate for the child (or adult) looking to learn in a fun way. Varying from the small indoor experiment to those better performed outdoors, Steve Spangler Science lets you view science projects by category for ease of use on the website.
BillNye.com — from the acclaimed “Bill Nye the Science Guy” television series provides home demos, episode guides, printable, and short videos that explain deep scientific concepts in plain English (plus a plethora of cool sciency-words too).
FREE.ed.gov — (Federal Resources for Education Excellence) has compiled great websites and projects all in one place. Browse their specific list of science topics, then stand back in awe as you go to some of the best places on the net for teaching (and understanding) scientific principles.
EnchantedLearning.com — is geared mainly towards elementary school children, but it provides information and printable crafts and projects for concepts such as anatomy, butterflies, mammals and more. While some of the printables are free materials for everyone, you can also purchase a subscription for a nominal fee to have all-access to the projects.
Never underestimate the resources on various PBS kids shows. Particularly when working with younger children. For example, Zoom offers activities, show clips and an interactive gallery that lets students comment how on the experiments did (or didn’t) work for them.
Books on Teaching Science
Sid The Science Kid not only posts video clips, but the website offers a blog for parents and teachers, as well as printable activities that relate directly to the topic of the show. And while
Fetch with Ruff Ruffman isn’t always geared towards scientific principles, the website for the show offers fun ways to present the information, as well as a list of activities, guides, and resources on how to explain concepts in better detail.
Curious George also offers great information for younger children grappling with subjects such as weather, science and measurement and more. Just like the little monkey on the show, your students will enjoy getting their hands on the projects and learning with their senses.
Teachers and Homeschooling parents alike can also gleen useful information from the PBS Teachers' Lounge, where blogs, teaching ideas and newsletters colide.
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