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There are many tools available on the Internet that support the science curriculum. Some of these tools are to help reduce your planning time, engage the students, and create products and projects quickly. Let's get surfing!


Science NetLinks

Best Site with so many resources!
At this site, you can finds Internet-based learning activities for your classroom, engaging interactive activities and suggestions for using them in your classroom, reviewed websites to support standards-based teaching and learning, and K-12 science literacy learning goals outlined by AAAS's Project 2061. Also, you will find weekly science updates, highlights, podcasts, and sign up for a newsletter to be sent to you through e-mail!

Google Alert

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The web's leading solution for monitoring your professional interests online. Track the entire web for your topics and receive new results by daily email. Using the free service, Google will send you daily e-mails of up to three topics of your choice. They can be general topics such as earth science or specific topics such as global warming. New information is brought to you rather than you searching the web for hours trying to locate new information. I suggest you create a folder in Outlook named "Google Alert" so that you can save all the e-mails in that one folder for easy reference at a later time.

United Streaming

United Streaming is a site sponsored by Discovery Education where you can engage your students with rich video and online teaching resources that are free. If you haven't already set up your username and password, you will need to e-mail me and let me know what school you are at. I will send you your passcode which will allow you to register at United Streaming. Once you are logged in to United Streaming, you can search for videos by subject or grade. After locating a video play the video segments by selecting the green circle with the white arrow in it to find the segments you want to download. You never want to rely on watching a video segment directly from the Internet because the Internet may be extremely slow at that time or be experiencing technical difficulties. To download a video segment select the blue disk that is to the right of the play button. Download the video to a file in your My Documents folder in another folder that is specific to your topic. For example, you would not want all of your videos going to the My Video folder. This would make it too hard to locate a specific video quickly if you have multiple videos. You would want to create a file for say "Global Warming" and place the video in that folder. Also, this folder could hold your unit plan, worksheets, etc. for teaching Global Warming.

Google Earth - Explore, Search and Discover

Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. You will need to complete a WORF to have Google Earth downloaded. However, this tool is well worth the time and effort! You and your students will be amazed at how close you can zoom into a location. I was even able to clearly see my parent's pool! It is amazing!

PowerPoint

PowerPoint is so much more than bulleted lists of information. There are many templates for review games in PowerPoint format. Explore some of these examples!
Interactive Games
Listed below are templates where you can add your own questions and answers or can use a game that already has questions for your topic.

Power Point Games
Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 20 Questions, Wheel of Fortune, Weakest Link, etc.
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/

Who wants to be a millionaire
Millionaire template - from Cascade Union. Elementary School District.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Student - by Jennifer Wagner
Millionaire Template by MarkDamon
Who wants to be a Millionaire? - from Fayette County Public School
Jeopardy PowerPoint
3rd Grade SOL Review - Jeopardy game prepared by Sherri Miller, T. C. Walker Elementary teacher (.ppt format)
Ag Lesson Plans has a Jeopardy template that is totally blank (except for the game board amounts).
Jeopardy Games for the Classroom - The following games have been created by Hardin County Teachers for use in their classrooms. Each will reflect the curriculum area and the Exit Expectation that the game addresses
Easy Jeopardy Template - Elaine Fitzgerald's template. Easy to adapt
Jeeparty template - 69 slides
Jeopardy Template - 141 slides
Jeopardy Template - 58 slides
Geometry Jeopardy - a Geometry review using a 58 slide PowerPoint show
Jeopardy Games created by teachers
Hollywood Squares
Hillsborough Squares template - by Mark E. Damon
Battleship
Battle Graph - teach your students about graphing on a coordinate plane. A PowerPoint show designed by Sarah Grabowski, University of Georgia, July 9, 2003 with the title “BattleGraph”
Baseball
Baseball Challenge – an extremely creative 5th Grade Social Studies Test Practice written by Mrs. Leigh Daley
Happy Game
Famous African-Americans - some of the hyperlinks don't work right, but this is a very cute game.
Sunken Millions
People in our Past - divers vs surfers
The Way West - divers vs surfers
Other Games
Classroom Ideas and Game Templates - Use with caution, there are some dead links there.
Templates for Homemade PowerPoint Games - It's better because it's homemade!
PowerPoint Activities - The following links include templates and examples of Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Hollywood Squares games and other lesson ideas that were created using PowerPoint. Posted by Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington , Kentucky
From a New Nation to a Divided Nation by Sherry Woods, Caywood Elementary School Lexington, TN – interesting technique used in this show to eliminate wrong answers