Monday, January 31, 2011

Return of the Daily Science Link

If you've been wondering where your daily science links have gone, wonder no longer.  They are back. To make up for my absence last week (unexpected travels that kept me off the net) I'm going to give you a double dose every day this week!

It's Ground hog Day -- or at least it will be in a couple of days.  Check out this link for some cute ideas and some history.

-- Valentine's Day is coming so check out this site for some great info and a video.  Here's the first of many to come the Science of Chocolate

Monday, January 24, 2011

Soil - Today's daily favorite

I'm getting ready to start a new unit with my 3rd graders and had to be away from class for the very beginning lesson.  While I was in search of something I could leave for a substitute to do with them, I found this fabulous menagerie of ideas at Soil-Net

Check it out.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Germs - Today's Science Link

So, I'm not feeling very well.  My sinuses are acting up and I've got that achy feeling.  You know the one.
I thought about skipping today's daily science favorite and then realized it was the perfect opportunity to search for a fun interactive game about .... GERMS!

So here you have it... hope you can keep the germs contained on screen and not catch them for real.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

tchr2tchr -- Brand New Blog!

If you haven't heard, there is an awesome collaboration project going on with teachers that sell items on TeachersPayTeachers.
Some of them have gotten together to create a blog with helpful info. in bi-weekly articles and special deals. The Thursday Roundup is going to launch tomorrow.
I for one plan to check it out.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Secrets at Sea -- Today's Daily Science Favorite

This interactive website guides students on a discovery to learn the Secrets at Sea.  Begin by finding out what is causing the whales to leave their pods. 
"Ace on the Case: Secrets @ Sea is a curriculum-based adventure story for grade 4-7 students on the World Wide Web. This engaging website game complements ocean-theme units of study in the classroom and enhances studentsÌ learning experiences using the Internet. Students play the starring role of "Ace", assistant investigator to Paula Pacific, who is assigned to examine unusual behaviours noticed in killer whale populations in the Alanamorris Strait. As Ace progresses through the story, s/he must successfully complete a number of ocean-related learning activities. The knowledge gained from completing these activities leads the student to the solution of the case. "

Monday, January 17, 2011

"How Stuff Works" -Daily Favorite

Watch a video every day that shows "How Stuff Works"

My students love seeing how stuff works.  This website is fabulous for doing just that!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Double Dose

My goodness, the day just slipped away from me and I completely forgot to post a favorite link so I guess I'll make up for it with a double dose of two favorites.

I was recently reminded of the Monster Project.  This is great for encouraging young scientists to be clear when communicating with others.  In this project, students create their own monster and then write directions for someone else to follow as they try to recreate the monster as an exact match if possible.  What is even more exciting about this project is that students get to collaborate with others around the globe! This is especially fun near Halloween but the current project is still open for registration until Sat.

If you're into project based learning and inquiry based learning then you probably use rubrics for assessment.
You'll want this tool!  RCampus.  This is my 1st stop when developing a rubric.  It is really so much more.  My favorite part is that any rubric I create can be saved and if I make it live then I can attach it to a class roster online and click my way to completing my assessments.  It's a super cool time saving tool!  As a matter of fact, my interview is one of the featured case studies on the site.

So there you have my double dose for the day.  Hope you can find something useful here to make up for my forgetfulness.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Bonus Point Band and Podcasts - My Daily Favorite Science Link

This is a fabulous group!  I first noticed their work on
Check out their redesigned website, download some freebies, and watch their videos.
They really know their stuff!  My students love their songs and they remember what they sing about.

Sample Podcast from the BonusPoint Band

Monday, January 10, 2011

5 E's - Electricity It's Elementary Unit Plan

As promised, I have completed my most recent unit and placed it for sale on
This 16 page unit includes a teacher guide, simple solutions for classrooms with little or no science equipment, a cover page for student journals, and much more.

I'm looking for more followers on my blog.  The next 10 followers will get my unit completely FREE!  That's a savings of $6.00

Take a look at the unit HERE and then Follow Me to get it FOR FREE!

The Nature of Science - Today's Science Favorite

As websites go, this one may seem quite "Plain Jane" at first glance.  Take time to dig a little deeper and you will walk away with 24 lessons that employ the strategy of problem based inquiry science.  These are intended for students in high school, but with some modification I can see how upper elementary students and middle school students could be successful in grappling with some of the core concepts found within the structure of these problems.  Find out more by visiting "The Nature of Science".

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

edheads -- Today's Favorite Link

I've done pretty good this week and posted a favorite science website every day.  I'm thinking that the Friday post will carry through the weekend.  Look for daily science favorite websites to be posted on weekdays only.
With that said... my favorite site to share today is EDHEADS.  This is a fabulous site where students can build Rube Goldberg machines, predict the weather, and even perform a virtual hip replacement.  You simply must check this out if you have a SMARTboard in your classroom.  My students just love using this website with our SMARTboard.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Today's Link is a Real Treat

Students love assemblies and programs.  Funding is scarce.  Here's a solution!  Bring the largest in-school touring theatre company in the world to your classroom.... FOR FREE!  Check it out here The National Theatre for Children.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday's daily science link

Today's favorite link is for the Wooly School Garden.  This is a great option for urban schools.  All you need is a fence or sunny wall, someone to organize the project, and $1,000 or patience while this organization raises the money for you.  I give this website a rating of

Monday, January 3, 2011

Daily Favorite Science Link

In reality this probably won't be a daily activity, but I'm going to do my best.
There are so many great sites available for educators but we don't often have time to spend searching for them.  This is one educators attempt to share an outstanding science website every day.  If this is something you are interested in, then you should definitely follow my blog and invite others to join you.

Today's link:  Landforms - Face of the Earth

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Winter Weather Tracking

Winter is a great time for tracking weather data with your students.  Check out my updated weather tracking spreadsheet that automatically generates bar graphs from your custom data.  This can be used as a whole class activity or by individual students. You can get a preview version to try before you buy if you follow this link... Weather Tracking in Excel
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