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Plants, Flowers and Trees
Category: Science
Tags: parts of plants parts of flowers identifying trees

Free resources to supplement your study of plants, flowers, and trees, including interactives, free readers, and virtual forests and trips. 

Start with The Science of Soil which offers free lesson plans and interactives on the properties of soil. There are also hands-on activities, like measuring basic soil chemistry in your backyard, and videos on how different produce is grown.

To study plant processes, check out this interactive doc on photosynthesis and cellular respiration: 

The Great Plant EscapePresents information in six "case files" so that kids can solve the mysteries of plant life. Covers: parts of plants, life cycle of plants, soil, seeds, and plant reproduction. Each case file has several hands-on activities or experiments that can be done.

                                

 Photosynthesis: An interactive that     explains the process.

 Photonsynthesis Videos: From NeoK12; also has links to quiz games and puzzles   

Life of a Tree: Interactive 

Flower Parts: An interactive describing the parts of a flower and how flowers reproduce. Here's another one that mentions pollination.                       

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plant Reproduction: from Glencoe Life Science; 32 pages

MicroorganismsText and interactives that teach about fungi and algae

Free BrainPop MoviesThese cover: how flowering plants produce seeds; photosynthesis and respiration; gymnosperms and angiosperms

 

 

Dr. Arbor Talks Trees: Animated lessons about tree anatomy and identification. Includes teachers guide.

Take a walk in the forest and ID trees using this dichotomous key.

 

Water, Water Everywhere
Category: Science
Tags: water water cycle ecosystems desalination

Here are some free resources to learn all about water, starting with this activity that demonstrates desalination.

More Resources:

Water Use and ConservationActivities and videos.

 Estimation and Graphing Activity:

Free Notebooking Activity:

Water Activity Book: Grades K-3

Water In Our Daily Lives: Lessons, worksheets, and animation describing where water comes from, and how it moves and is affected by different factors, like runoff. The learning material uses New York City as an example, but suggests how to adapt it to any city or town.

Interactive Water Cycle Diagram and Quiz

Salt in Ecosystems: (accompanying worksheet)

Science Concepts Learned From Water: (Read the full article)



10 Free Resources for Learning Chemistry
Category: Science
Tags: chemistry for kids chemistry of matter chemistry experiments science experiments for kids

Explore chemistry concepts using a variety of free resources, including video lessons and demos, labs and activities, worksheets and games: 

1. American Chemical Society has lesson units and activities for elementary, middle school, and high school chemistry that can be downloaded for free:

  • Inquiry in Action: Elementary through middle school students learn key concepts through a series of activities. 
  • Middle School Chemistry:  Six chapters of lesson plans can be downloaded covering matter, changes of state, density, the periodic table and bonding, the water molecule, and chemical change. Each chapter includes animations and activities.

2. GPB EducationGeorgia Public Broadcasting provides free fundamentals of chemistry and physics courses for high school students. The content is delivered through 30-minute video lessons, and accompanying note-taking guides and worksheets.

3. Creative Chemistry: This site provides PDF worksheets and guides, and PowerPoints on a number of chemistry topics. There’s a molecules section that allows you to view and manipulate molecular models, and a section with chemistry games and puzzles.

4. Chemistry Now: A weekly, online video series that explores the science of the everyday. The short (5-minute) programs explain the chemistry behind ordinary objects and occurrences, such as cheeseburgers and chocolate, changing leaves and the fear response. The series also takes a look at chance discoveries in chemistry (like Kevlar) , and the work of today’s top scientists.

 

5. Heating PlasticsLearn more about plastics with this interactive game. 

6.   Periodic Table of Videos: As its name implies, this site is a modern version of the Periodic Table of Elements, with short videos explaining each element’s significance and how they’re used. 

7. goREACT: From the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, this site lets you create virtual chemical reactions by dragging elements from the periodic table to a “reaction area." 

8. Chemical Symbols Game: This game is designed to help players identify the first 92 elements by their symbols. Players must combine the correct elements in the "reactor" to make various compounds. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more links on chemical equations and the periodic table.

9. AP Chemistry Videos: This comprehensive collection is found at Curriki.

10. Chemistry GamesInstructions and patterns for making and playing several card and board games to teach chemistry topics. 

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