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Menageries, zoos, and botanical gardens have been around for a very long time. The first records of such parks where exotic animals and plants were kept date from more than 4,000 years ago, in the Egyptian and Mesopotamian empires.  The rulers of these ancient lands were proud of their gardens and zoos. They set out on extended expeditions to distant lands to bring back animals and plants, and they hired and trained expert keepers to make sure the exotic life forms were kept healthy and able to breed.  Some of the modern world's most useful animals and plants were first collected and grown by ancient zoo-keepers. The first four chickens in Egypt were the proud possessions of Pharaoh Tuthmosis III.
Today, the purpose and mission of zoos is changing in important ways:
Should animals be kept in zoos? The Born Free Foundation says no:

The pioneering space station concepts of the mid-1950's don't look much like the erector-set habitat in orbit today.  Read about Werner von Braun's early designs for an outpost in space and how he advocated his ideas to the public 50 years ago. FULL STORY at:

The latest images of Io from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveal a bizarre world of hot volcanoes, sulfurous snowfields, and slip-sliding mountains.

Sue at the Field Museum:
in mid-May 2000, the world's most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton was unveiled at Chicago's
Field Museum. Take a virtual field trip to meet Sue, who was named after her finder. Get Sue's vital
statistics, learn how she was discovered, see how the scientists and engineers prepared and mounted her frame, and take a good, close look at her amazing skull.  Students will also enjoy the downloadable word puzzles and flip books.

Science Daily:
Do you use current events to demonstrate the relevance of science in daily life? Science Daily brings you all of the day's major science headlines so you don't have to do the research yourself. On the front page, you'll find today's highlighted stories. Or, select a topic -- such as health and medicine, earth and climate, or fossils and ruins -- to get more specific news. There's also an image gallery and discussion boards.

Personality: What Makes Us Who We Are?:
This online exhibit from the Annenberg/CPB Exhibit Collection peels back the layers of one's personality to examine reputation, behavior, thoughts and feelings, and the unconscious.  The exhibit also considers genetic and environmental causes of behavioral traits. Be sure to stop at the special activities, which allow students to take personality and inkblot tests.

Arty the Part-Time Astronaut:
This site uses Flash animation and sounds to add a colorful, interactive dynamic to your
space-science curriculum. After the introduction, follow the "Travel" link to visit each planet in the solar system, explore a comet, or learn about the Hubble Space Telescope. Then check out the "Activities" and "Games" sections for terrific ways to drill what your students just learned.

Here's a unique opportunity to study the flora and fauna of the African continent. The folks at AfriCam have installed more than a dozen Webcams around Africa to capture the sights and sounds of a safari. Visit a particular location, or follow black eagles, hyenas, leopards, and other animals. There's even an offshore wreckage cam! A variety of field guides help you interpret what you're seeing, and news highlights fill you in on what's happening environmentally around the world.

In April 2000, scientists were predicting that current La Niņa conditions would persist, but in May 2000 data from Earth-orbiting satellites show that it may be on the decline. Is it too soon to revise the 2000 hurricane forecast?

Lately, sky watchers have been seeing some unusual sights -- red, green, yellow and purple lights in the sky that usually arrive about two days after a big solar storm. What's going on? They're the Northern Lights.  Lessons and activities include Aurora Art, the Northern Lights Mystery, and a Soda-bottle Magnetometer.    For more information, please visit Thursdays Classroom Archive.
Students can learn more about the Moon and the famous illusion that makes the Moon appear larger when it's near the horizon by making an edible Moon Munchie spyglass, calculating Loony Basketball Math, and reciting "Full Moon Wherewolf" homonym poetry. For more information, please visit Thursdays Classroom Archive.

This site is stuffed with cool information about frogs.  Learn weird but true frog facts, try pronouncing "frog" in different languages, or check out the "Teachers' Corner" for activities and projects.

NASA's Athena: provides instructional information and activities related to space, weather, earth, oceans, and astronomy. There's a searchable database and a host of links.  

On the Biology4Kids site, students can get a solid explanation of key concepts and terms related to cells, chemistry, ecology, and the techniques of scientific study. For each of these sections, Biology4Kids posts corresponding quizzes.

Be sure to check out Plantspot:, a virtual garden that contains photos of plants from around the world.   There are samples of plantlife from across the planet with some pictures and one or two plant factoids.  On each page you will learn the plant's common name, scientific name, where you can find it and a few little facts about its background. Some of them you see every day and some you may never see again.  Walk through the gardens with the Section Tour or use one of the locators and browse through the plants.

Astronomy for Kids:
Students will have a great time studying astronomy on this crisp, clean site. In addition to basic information about planets, astronomy-related puzzles, and fun facts, this site includes monthly sky maps that can help students recognize constellations and stars in the spring sky.

Chem 4 Kids:
Does chemistry seem a little advanced for third graders?  Not necessarily. This terrific site explains key
chemistry principles in elementary terms. Though the information may be too dense for kids to comprehend all at once, you can easily break the material into sections according to the site's well-organized units.

Take your kids on an online trip to Everglades National Park. Visit their Web site at: to learn about the ecosystem, fire management, endangered species, and conservation efforts underway in Florida's Everglades.

Windows to the Universe:
An excellent presentation from the University of Michigan.  Let students explore the solar system with games, images, fun facts, myths, and news about the sun, the planets, asteroids, and comets. Select from Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of difficulty.

The Why Files:
Current events meet science on the Why Files Web site.  Check the Why Files for weekly explanations of the science and technology behind the news. Or search the archive to understand last month's headlines.

Glacier is an inquiry-based project that can be integratated into a typical middle school earth, ocean, and space science curriculum. Educators and researchers from Rice University and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Initiative describe their expeditions to Antarctica and provide breathtaking photos of this chilly continent.  Terrific content can help you teach your students how Antarctica affects the world's weather, geology, and oceanography.

Extinct isn't always forever. Not if a species isn't really gone.    Before 1938 you would have learned in paleo-history classes that the Coelacanth was an early fish, living hundreds of millions of years ago. But then in 1938 a fisher in South Africa pulled one up from the ocean. More have been found since.  This site tracks that history and current efforts to keep the Coel from actually disappearing.

Explore the mysteries that lie underground with Geo-Mysteries. Hosted by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, this site includes a geological timeline complete with fossils, fast facts about rocks and fossils, tips for field trips, and a set of three mysteries students can solve with the help of Rex, the Dino Detective.

The Discovery Kids Adventure List:
The Discovery Adventures list page is packed with 61 mini-learning adventures for students. Some science-related suggestions include learning the bones of the body and paper making. There are also a number of non science-specific activities, such as researching a hero or learing to say 'thank you' in different languages.  Some of these adventures could easily be used as
in-class activities, while others would make interesting homework assignments.

Science: Structures Around the World:
Introducing elementary students to the fundamentals of scale and structure is fun with this Exploratorium feature.  The site showcases 10 simple experiments your students can perform in the classroom. Click on an activity to arrive at a description and rationale for the project, detailed instructions, a list of easy-to-find materials, and discussion questions.

3M Collaborative Invention Unit self-directed lessons, great for individual or group work, assignments off-line with links for help
Ask a Geologist ask about volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rocks, maps, ground water, lakes, or rivers, a geologist answers
Beakman's Electric Motor step-by-step how to build an electric motor
Best Ever Compost step-by-step how to make a compost pile
Bill Nye the Science Guy's Nye Labs Online things to do in science, coordinated by show and by subject
Building Stones of the Nations Capitol This site tells aobut the stones used to construct the buildings of Washington, D.C.
Burpee seed catalogue company, recipes, growing tips
Center for Educational Resources (CERES) Project classroom-ready online activities, NASA data search engines, and distance learning courses for K-12 teachers.. Learning activities include inquiries and collaborative "spacequests" and are categorized by NASA themes, grade level, and duration.
Children's Butterfly Site tells life cycle, pictures of butterflies
Cincinnati Zoo has field guide for plants and animals, can send in pictures and pictures are placed on website, has weekly game of identifying plant or animal
CLEARWATER Hudson River Sloop details about cleaning up the Hudson River, how to go on Clearwater
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo pictures, games, puzzles, information on animals
coolicon2.gif (5765 bytes) The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology, on screen and off screen, especially good for younger elementary grade school children
Drew bibliography of Richard Drew, inventor at 3M
Earthquakes causes, history, predicting, measuring
Earthshots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change clickable map with maps and pictures of changes in the environment around the world
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education many varied teacher resources, not only for math and science teachers
Electromagnetic Spectrum NASA site that tells about all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum
Ewe II inquiry-oriented activity "places students in the position to ask great questions, seek out the answers, develop new relationships, and take a stand on a current hot issue: cloning.", Case Study approach to WebQuests, warm-up activites, instructions for teachers, forums, and grading rubrics
Exhibts collection - Garbage learn about waste disposal habits of average Americans and solutions to solve problems related to garbage in the environment, included are an interactive Hazardous Waste quiz, problem-solving exercises, related resources, and much more.
Fabulous Funnels lesson plan with Meteorology, Mathematics, Language Arts and U.S. Geography, grades 9-12
Food Guide Pyramid interactive
Frontiers of the Sea interactive journal with pictures and sound, from National Public Radio gardening tips by month, tours of gardens, tips about different plants
Geologic Story of the Ocoee River rock study in Ocoee River Gorge in  Cherokee National Forest of southeastern Tennessee
THE GIRAFFE - TALLER THAN A HOUSE? facts about giraffes, with printable coloring page
Glacier Field Station US government site, tells about bears, wolves, butterflies, geology, etc. of Glacier National Park
HABITATS Resource List WNET hand picked Web sites and on-air programming with information about the past, present and ever changing places people live (and lived).
How Things Work "Think of this site as a radio call-in program that's being held on the WWW", mainly science oriented
The Hudson River Museum schedule of programs for museum and planetarium
Insectclopedia for students learning about insects and how they fit into various ecosystems, lots of images, lessons (all sorts) and Cuisine (look under Hobbies)
International Dark-Sky Association IDA's goal is to stop the adverse environmental impact of light pollution and space debris
International Wolf Center facts, pictures about wolves
Introduction to the Mesozoic Era especially good for middle school students
Invention of the Week archived, history of invention, related links
KidsHealth answers to commonly asked health questions
Living With Risk: The Human Element of
Natural Disaster
original lesson plan that includes Science and Language Arts for grades 5-10
Look, Learn, and Do science projects to make with household materials, science books to read online, history of some common things
Medical Antiques early medical items: surgical, medical, dental instruments from 1800's to early 1900's. Information about collecting medical and dental antiques presented as educational project
Mount St. Helen's eruptions of Mount St. Helens: past, present, and future, geology, pictures
Museum of Dirt dirt from all kinds of places, indexed
Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida, has exhibits, educational programs to attend
Mystic Aquarium follows 2 released pilot whales, can make own map also, movies available
NASA Human Spaceflight View the International Space Station and much more from this comprehensive Spaceflight site developed by NASA. Included are real-time trackings of the station, status reports and news releases, a video and image scrapbook, and mission recaps. Also, see how your school can participate in NASA's Educational Outreach Programs.
National Data Buoy Center's Science Education Pages answers to basic weather related questions
National Hurricane Center continuously watches tropical cyclones over the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific May 15 through November 30
The National Inventors Hall of Fame bibliographies, easy to use
National Student Research Center links to sites about science projects, science fairs, judging, science fairs on internet
Natural Aggregate-A Primer slide show telling what aggregate is and how it is used
NOAA -- The National Marine Sanctuary Program National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's site devoted to preserving
and maintaining marine sanctuaries, education, and science for grades 7-12
North American Amphibian
Monitoring Program
part of a global effort to study and conserve
amphibians, includes ways for teachers and families to participate
Our Savage Planet in the News original lesson plan that includes Science and
Language Arts for grades 5-10
Puzzling Planet lesson plans, questions with links to help answer questions, wNetSchool site
Science Friday go online, tune in to NPR's Talk of the Nation to explore the week in science with host Ira Flatow, see what is scheduled and learn how to participate
The Science Spot for K-12 educators and students, includes ideas for classroom activities and a place to exchange information.
Steve's Ant Farm cameras on live ants, ant facts, postcard to send, movie, etc
Sunrise Sunset Calendar enter city or latitude and longitude lines and get sunrise and sunset times
TeachWeb Free unit plans for K-3 grades dealing with plants, farm animals,and butterflies
The Tech Museum: Discover; Interactive Exhibits interactive exhibits to learn about science and technology projects such as satellites and DNA
Then and Now: Public Health from 1900
to Today
lesson plan that includes Social Studies and
Language Arts for grades 7-12
Think Space ThinkQuest project about solar systems, stars, galaxies, universe, astronomers
This Dynamic Earth online book of plate tectonics, including how people learned about it, with pictures and drawings
Tobacco Ad Parodies lesson plan and samples of student work
Toledo Zoo Toledo, Ohio zoo with calendar of events, latest happenings and exhibits
An Uplifting Experience lesson plan for science and language arts for grades 4-6.
Vision for Your Future Teacher and student section, lesson plans with worksheets, quizzes, free poster available
Volcanoes Online everything about volcanoes and how the earth is formed, including games, lesson plans, comics
Water Ways Resource List Web sites and on-air programming hand-picked by Channel 13 with information about almost every aspect of water and water use
Where is Mir Space Station? shows current location of Mir
WHY DO YOU WEIGH LESS IN THE WATER? experiment exlaining bouancy, displacement, density for young children
The Yuckiest Site on the Internet bugs, worms, gross body facts

This site began in March 1998 and was created by Janet Luch. It was last updated on January 29, 2013 .
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