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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)



Free Genetics Resources
Category: Science
Tags: genetics dna what is a gene dna structure dna models

The University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center offers two sites for learning the basics of DNA:

LearnGenetics: Here, you’ll be presented with an animated tour of DNA, videos that explain how genetic traits are passed from one generation to the next, and a look inside of a cell. You can see how cells compare in size to molecules, atoms, and other objects, and build a DNA molecule.

TeachGenetics: The companion website to the one above, here, you’ll find ready-to-use “print-and-go” activities with instructions, worksheets, visuals, and answer keys. For example, you can download Have Your DNA and Eat It Too which includes instructions for making edible DNA with Twizzlers and mini marshmallows.

More Readings, Videos and Activities: 

Glencoe textbook chapters on: Mendel and Meiosis; DNA and Genes; Patterns of Heredity; Genetic Technology.

Punnett Squares Virtual Lab

Make a Monster Traits Activity and Instructions

Howard Hughes Medical InstituteLearn about DNA, stem cells, and genomics and chemical genetics, among other topics. Most topics feature videos, animations, interactives, and articles. In the “Classroom” section of the site, you will find activities and teachers guides.

DNA From the BeginningReadings, animations and videos covering topics in Genetics.

BrainPop on Heredity

Snow Days
Category: Science
Tags: snow activities science of snow

Free Snowflake Bentley Graphic Organizer: for main idea and summarizing

Free Books: 

Free Snow Stuff: 

Snow Brainteaser: Try to solve a snow-themed "One Minute Mystery." 

How to make 6-sided paper snowflakes

Create snowflakes online

Why Are No Two Snowflakes the Same?

Snowflake Symmetry: Explore lines of symmetry with this free download.

Types of Snowflakes: Printable guide to the different types of snowflakes.

SnowCrystals: snowflakes gallery and snow and ice activities

Downloads: 

  • Snowmen Activity Sets: Four sets of snowmen related activities: colors, numbers, counting and adding, size. 21 pps.

  • Winter Wonderland Math Packet: This is a three activity winter bundle. It includes an adding and subtracting fraction activity, an all operation decimal activity, and an expanded form activity.
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