The web is full of websites that are great for teaching science to our elementary student. But where do you start? Which ones should you use? Which websites are worth your students' time? Which sites offer the best science experience for my students? I am glad you asked! Here is a list of 13 great science websites for elementary students.
1. Scientists at the Smithsonian
All of the different scientist at the Smithsonian talk about their jobs. The site has everything from a Dinosaur Hunter to a Moon Measurer. Love the variety!
2. Google Sky
Google Sky is like Google Map except it is a map of the stars. It isn't a live view but is images compiled from tools such as the Hubble Telescope. It has some really cool images and also gives an explanation of what you are seeing.
3. Project Noah
This is a website dedicated to having real people- or citizen scientists- document wild life. Wouldn't it be fun to have students submit some pics? Students can upload digital pictures of wild life and a description of their organism from their own backyard!
4. Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus site has quite a few games and activities relate to science. Students can engage in the Space Chase or get ideas for a science experiment.
5. Everyday Mysteries
Everyday Mysteries is full of fun science facts from the Library of Congress. The site answers questions such as, "Why does pepper make you sneeze?" and, "How does sunscreen work?"
6. San Diego Zoo
The part I like about this website is the Videos and Cams section. Students can watch apes, penguins, tigers and more through live video!
NASA has sooooo much! It has so many different sections all created for learning. I especially like the NASA Knows sections. This section has items such as NASA Knows- Astronauts or NASA Knows- Earth. Perfect for our elementary kiddos.
8. How Everyday Things are Made
This site is maintained by Stanford. It has a great selection of videos on how everyday items are made. Items range from chocolate to motorcycles.
9. Sheppard Software
This is a great collection of games related to science. The games include topics such as food chains, life cycles, and seasons.
10. National Geographic Kids
So much to see on this website! Students can explore videos, stories, bizarre facts, and photos. Very visibly engaging and fun! If you don't check out any other website, make sure to give this one a whirl!
11. Kids Astronomy
This site has all you would need related to astronomy. It has games, photos, and information all related to the universe around us.
12. Science Kids
Science Kids has fun facts, quizzes, games, and experiments. A fun site that has it all!
13. Science Bob
The Science Bob websites has tips for fun experiments and science fair projects. It also has an Experiment Blog where you can see how real kiddos have tried out the experiments. I especially like the videos- they are fun and engaging!
What science websites do you use in your classroom? I am always searching for the best websites for my students. I'd love to read about your finds in the comments
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