Bugscope is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and students to work live with scientists using an electron microscope to view critters of all kinds. Teachers apply for a session with the scientists who will show insects that the class sends to them or insects that they have on hand. Teachers and students can even control the microscope remotely. Due to the popularity, teachers should probably apply for a session at least 6 weeks in advance. For more information, check out the web site and visit the archives for transcripts of sessions from all over the world.

learningscience.org is a great collection of the best interactive science web sites on the internet. The websites are listed by science strand and grade level (K-4, 5-8, and 9-12). As always, please preview web sites that you want your students to visit.

edheads.pngEdHeads is an award winning interactive site that offers science simulations like virtual hip replacement, virtual knee surgery, simple machines, and weather forecasting. Students find it engaging as well as instructional.


Houghton Mifflin Science Discover! Simulations - 6 short mini-simulations for each grade level K-6 let students explore the natural world. Students can explore on their own or teachers can include these in a lesson at the Promethean or other interactive white board.

exploratorium_logo.gifExploratorium is an incredible site for science teachers and students. Choose the Educate tab for the a Spotlight site (currently on cows eyes), a digital library of images, activities, videos and more, and links to cool science web sites. Choose the Explore tab to explore topics from fault lines to sport science to frogs and more. All explorations are engaging for students and relevant to the curriculum.

interatives_dynamic_earth.pngDynamic Earth is an interactive Web site where students can learn about the structure of the earth, the movements of its tectonic plates, as well as the forces that create mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Though it is designed for grades 7-9, intermediate students and very bright upper elementary students can benefit from this activity.