iSTEM Science Resources

Round 8 (EETT) Competitive Grant

Science Resources - 6th Grade

6th Grade - Teachers, the sites below have been reviewed and annotated. Nevertheless, you should always

                        preview any website before sending your student to do research.

GENERAL SITES Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by our content partners – the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards. - Fun, interactive, research based simulation of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado. - Through the Web site, we spread the word about ideal, interactive learning environments and enable others to adapt these successes locally. contains a deep archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for districtwide change. Allied with a dedicated audience that actively contributes success stories from the field, our mission relies on input and participation from schools and communities. - Trailblazing is a user-friendly, ‘explore-at-your-own-pace’, virtual journey through science. It showcases sixty fascinating and inspiring articles selected from an archive of more than 60,000 published by the Royal Society between 1665 and 2010.

EARTH SCIENCE SITES - Paleo map website with information on both the geologic and climatic history of the earth which includes free, downloadable interactive animations. - General information site including real-time earthquake reporting, earthquake safety, volcanoes, river and stream dynamics, maps, etc. - above site section devoted exclusively to California geologic occurrences. - site dedicated to earthquakes, gives real-time data as well as background information. or    - Ocean Drilling Stratigraphic Network site where maps of plate movements can be generated by fossil distribution maps by species. - Annenberg sponsored site from UC Pomona has general information about volcanoes, a quick-time movie of an eruption, and an activity in which students predict how temperature, pressure and water content of rocks affects their ability to become magma. - home page for the University of California at San Diego Geology Department. From here, one uses Google to search through the department's vast resources. - a geologic timeline with links to illustrations of each time period. - links to a series of somewhat advanced (for middle school) earth science articles. Non-interactive electronic textbook. - Wonderful World of Weather web site offering standards-based Real Time Data Module created for use by students in the elementary grades to allow them to investigate weather phenomena both locally as well as in other places around the world. - virtual courseware for Earth and Environmental Sciences. - a USGS site that is an excellent reference for plate tectonics. - this site is searchable by subject,resource, and grade level, and has links to other sites. Free resources include lesson plans,short downloadable videos, and interactive activities. - site can be used to access several mathematics/science/technology integration lessons. - features virtual field-trips of underwater volcanic activity with explanations and linked to actual QuickTime movies of events. this site contains many activities and examples for the study of rocks and minerals.

TOPOGRAPHIC MAP SITES - lesson plan for using topographic maps with downloadable materials. - great visual lesson for teaching topographic maps with handouts, materials lists. - lesson plan in which students use sliced vegetables to visualize and draw topographic maps. - lesson plan in which students identify watersheds using topographic maps.

ECOLOGY SITES                              - site where students can create their own food chains. Contains templates for ocean, rainforest, desert, and general food chains with short quizzes and student-level information on food chains. Also contains links to simple interactive pages for human body systems. -Activity-based site. Among the student objectives is to show energy flow through a food chain by constructing model food chains and food web with the given drawings of organisms living in the chaparrel of California. -Series oftechnology-based lessons focusing on ecological relationships, photosynthesis, producers as the basis of ecosystems, food webs, energy exchange, and cell respiration. - Students study vocabulary centered on food and energy flow and then create their own 'creature' based on parameters they set. - Contains a description of food chains, food webs, and ecological pyramids. - site explores relationships among living things within the context of the Mammals in Texas data base.   - this site of the Missouri Botanical Gardens is specifically about the water cycle and biomes. - general index of lesson plans for life science and ecology   - access to several lesson plans on biodiversity, habitats, ecosystems, succession, sustainable natural resources.

WEATHER SITES -Set the temperatures and wet bulb temperatures by dragging the points and learn what type of precipitation will fall to the ground. Each time you release the mouse button, the simulation restarts. - Really good applet that lets you learn to determine how far away a thunderstorm is by counting the seconds between seeing the lightning and hearing the thunder. - Interactive applet where viewer draws lines of pressure gradients and practice drawing fronts and Highs/Lows - using Real-Time Data!! - Interactive applet of effects of war water and areas of High Pressure on a hurricane's strength and path. - Interactive applet of infrared satellite map of US showing temperature/latitude/longitude of any selected area. Temperatures are shown near real-time. Temps of cloud covered areas show temps at TOPS of cloud cover. AMS interactive infrared satellite image.

HEALTH SITES                         informative site with large print and numerous images regarding the body systems. - home page of the National Institutes of Health Education division. - website for studying the heart. Resources include a map of the heart, articles about heart facts and careers, and the last link on the page has an interactive heart transplant simulation to be performed by the student. - home page of the National Health Museum, the site for Health and Bioscience teachers and learners. - BIOME provides free access to articles and quality Internet resources for students, lecturers, researchers and practitioners. - Biological Research for Animals and People home page has links to resources on 6 topics, but they are mostly text based. - general index of lesson plans for teaching health (formerly - site can be used to access several mathematics/science/technology integration lessons.