While nothing can replace actual experience when exploring the natural world, there are a variety of tech tools that can enhance understanding of the environment. With a multitude of engaging web resources available, students can gain background information and general knowledge about nature and its importance to our lives.
Amp up your science instruction with these comprehensive sites:
arkive.org-ARKIVE is a hub for films, photographs, and audio recordings of the world’s species.
Cells Alive-CELLS Alive! represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. Hosted by Jim Sullivan, and continuously updated, this site now exceeds four million visitors a year.
Animal Diversity Web-From the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, the Animal Diversity Web is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification and conservation biology. The Animal Diversity Web is truly a collaborative effort as students can contribute to web content. To do this, teachers must submit a request form.
Catch the Science Bug– Catch the Science Bug increases science literacy and raises environmental awareness by adhering to national standards and guidelines for content and using varied teaching methods for engaging all types of learners.
Science With Me-Kids love hands-on projects. Science With Me is brimming with fun science projects and resources including science movies, songs, coloring sheets, worksheets and stories.
Active Science-Active Science has 15 different scientific modules, including interactive games and activities.
EcoKids– EcoKids is an interactive environmental web site for children, their families, and educators in Canada and around the world. Multimedia activities allow children an enjoyable channel to learn about the environment.
Periodic Table of Elements – With simple videos, The Periodic Table of Elements offers a glimpse into the properties of each element.
The Science Network-The Science Network showcases the world’s leading scientists explaining concepts including viruses and the birth of neurons.
PopTech– Bringing together a global community of innovators, PopTech has videos explaining economics, water, and plant-based fuels.
National Geographic Kids– The gold standard of nature sites, Nat Geo Kids inspires children to become stewards of the environment through a wide gamut of multimedia learning tools.
In the spirit of Earth Day and the ongoing push to foster a love for science and our natural world, these websites are the ideal addition to your science focused unit of study.