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Astronomy

Description
This website is set up by NASA’s Planetary Data System. It offers a variety of information in the form of colorful graphics and write-ups on the Planets. It is very easy to navigate. It provides authentic objects and specimens: Students get to see the planets in real life and color. (In addition to the planets, you will be able to find images of small bodies Marina 10, Viking 1 & 2, Voyager 1 & 2, Magellan, Galileo, Hubble and the Space Shuttle.) They will also be able to locate specific information about each planet such as its size and its special characteristics. It has a wealth of information on all aspects of the Planetary System and instruments used to study it. This website certainly promotes scientific literacy and invites the student to participate in the on-going discoveries about the planets. It also has a downloadable CD-ROM.
Appeal and User Friendliness
The site is easy to navigate and everything is literally just a click away. Each picture has a link to information about the picture. There is also a glossary where they can find out the definitions of terms used in the description of different planetary objects.

 
Earth Science

Description
This site developed by the National Gardening Association, supplies many creative ideas for teachers and parents to use while gardening with children. It offers tips on how to plan a classroom garden and ways to stimulate learning in this environment. It is a fee-based site but there are many activities that are free. It is also possible for kids and teachers to connect with other gardeners or teachers and to ask them questions.
Appeal and User Friendliness
This website is interactive and easy to navigate.

 
Environmental Science

Description
This website is set up to facilitate the exploration of basic weather concepts through the gathering and posting of local data, data comparisons and communicating with mentor scientists and peers. Its original inquiry-focused resources facilitate tens of thousands of learners, including teachers, middle school students, and volunteer atmospheric scientists, to collaboratively share their understandings and predictions of atmospheric science events, both past and current. This website is bound to stimulate further investigation on weather data collection and reporting, causes of pollution and ways of preventing it.
Appeal and User Friendliness
This website in set up to accommodate or be of easy access to students of all ages, parents and teachers. From the homepage, users can easily access information on current projects, information on the website and other weather and animal related internet resources that may be useful for further study or investigation.
Sample Problem
The Hurricanes program is a series of projects that give students opportunities to explore science concepts related to weather, communicate with others, and track live storms along with expert Hurricane Scientists. Participating classes gain access to several resources, including, a Hurricanes CD-ROM that contains many pictures, movies and other interactive resources, an electronic Message Board for communication with One Sky, Many Voices students, teachers and scientists, internet addresses to help you and your students search for hurricane related resources on the Internet, resources to help you explore and interpret current data (e.g., satellite imagery, hurricane tracking map, weather map, etc.) related to hurricanes. Students participating in the Hurricanes project will become familiar with the details of hurricane tracking and forecasting as well as the use of computers and the Internet in modern science and communication.
Website
groundhog.sprl.umich.edu (website no longer active)

 
Science Mega Site

Description
This website is supported by the Discovery Channel Network and it offers a lot of options to students, teachers and parents. Students will be able to find lots of links for Homework help in different subjects and teachers and parents will be able to find lesson plans and sample activities to perform both at school and at home. The categories include learning experiences for students in Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12. Featured lesson plans in science include Astronomy/Space, Earth science, Life science and many other topics. The site also includes learning activities games and puzzles that could be done at home or in class.
Appeal and User Friendliness
Even though this is a huge website it is extremely easy to navigate. For example in the For Students section, there are easy links to Science in Action, where you can follow students who have won the Discovery Channel Science Contest and have gone on exciting expeditions all over the world.
Sample Problem
Click on For Students and locate Science Fair Central. This portion of the website provides everything students need to know to create a science fair project. A handbook and project ideas provide excellent guidance.

 
Science Mega Site

Description
Funschool’s mission is to make learning fun. The site offers more than 300 interactive games and activities for preschool through 6th grade that are engaging, easy-to-use, educational activities ranging from matching numbers and shapes for pre-schoolers, to geography, math and history for third through sixth graders. Although activities are designed to be entertaining, they are intended to communicate educational concepts in an effective manner. All the games are geared towards encouraging critical thinking, problem solving and creative skills.
Appeal and User Friendliness
This is a fun site to navigate and children of all ages will find it easy and interactive.
Website
www.funschool.com (website no longer active)