K-12 Links for Teachers
The following are links to science, math and miscellaneous web sites around
the world. They have been collected from many sources and are cataloged under
the headings below. Either choose a category or scroll down.
If you would like to suggest a URL to be included here, please use the
Suggestion Box. If you find a broken link, please
Images and description of the decorated cave discovered in December 1994
near the French village of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
Russ's Lair - This site is great for searching for info on dinosaurs
especially if you are seeking an answer to a dinosaur question. It has
a wonderful pictoral index and an exhaustive faq on dinosaurs.
and Earth Science
Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
A revolution in planetary science has been brought about by the use of
interplanetary spacecraft. These pages describe each of the planets and
major moons in our solar system in the light of that knowledge. Each page
has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references
to additional related information.
- The Cassini Mission to
Saturn And Its Moon Titan
The Cassini mission is an international venture involving NASA, the European
Space Agency (ESA), the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and several separate
European academic and industrial partners. The mission is managed for
NASA by JPL. The spacecraft will carry a sophisticated complement of scientific
sensors to support 27 different investigations to probe the mysteries
of the Saturn system.
Course for Middle/High School Students - Here is an extensive
curriculum for middle or high school teachers to use. It is well developed
if a bit lengthy. http://www.cnde.iastate.edu/staff/jtroeger/astronomy.html
KidSat is a set of Earth-viewing cameras and instruments that will eventually
be based on the International Space Station. Early pathfinder missions
are being carried out on the Shuttle, and prototype instruments may be
mounted on Mir as part of the joint US/Russia Space Station program. KidSat
is also a mission control structure that allows many schools around the
country to participate in the operation of the instruments; a data system
that provides images to children across the country in real time over
the Internet; and a coordinated set of curricular materials that lays
the educational foundation, an effective means to disseminate them, and
a teacher training and evaluation program that ensures KidSat's continued
impact on learning.
- Crab Nebula
More astounding pictures continue to come from the Hubble Telescope, this
time showing dynamic motion inside the Crab Nebula, with a series of pictures
taken over just a few months, some only days apart. The Crab Nebula is
the remnant of a supernova observed in 1054 A.D., about 7000 light-years
away, with a neutron-star pulsar at the center rotating 30 times a second.
NASA Home Page
The launch pad for the space agency's sprawling and in-depth World Wide
Web presence. Today@NASA will bring you up to speed on recent events.
It's also worthwhile checking the research activity at the various NASA
centers, or via NASA Information By Subject.
- Mount Wilson
Observatory Online Stargazer Map
Name the time and place, and you can order up a customized PostScript
file (about 200 Kbytes) of the night sky. The StarMap includes planetary,
moon and meteor information, along with optional constellation stick figures.
- The Public Connection:
Earth Views of Space and Space Views of Earth - Some great pictures
- Space Telescope Science
The facility that runs the Hubble Space Telescope lists services focused
on the general public. Here you can download still and moving images from
the spacecraft, and jump to other pages for a behind-the-scenes look at
- Project Athena
- This is an incredible earth and space science site for K12. It has every
concievable Earth & Space Science topic you're studying or teaching
- Tropical Prediction Center / National
Maintained by NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Prediction, this
site is the top authority on hurricane activity in the Western Hemisphere.
- Volcano World
- A current map and listing of errupting volcanoes and everything else
you always wanted to know about volcanoes. http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/index.html
- Hurricane: Storm
Science - Find out all about Hurricanes and even about flying
into one. This site is great for intermediate aged children to do research.
These pages are provided to help you to learn and keep up with current
events at Mount St. Helens. You will also be able to discover what happened
before, during and after the awesome eruption of May 18, 1980.
On Current Volcanic Activity
A service provided by the University of North Dakota's VolcanoWorld. This
site provides on-the-scene descriptions, photos and analysis of recent
Ruapehu page at MTU
This volcano in New Zealand is currently active. Michigan Technological
University has one of the most current volcano Web sites and is maintaining
the most comprehensive up-to-date information on Ruapehu and other active
- Woods Hole Oceanographic
A site maintained by the premier marine-science research facility in the
United States. A good overview of state-of-the-art oceanographic research,
along with a sea of links to other sites.
Weather, ski and ocean conditions on-line, presented in a familiar TV-news
format. Access the latest forecasts, radar and satellite images here.
- The Electronic Zoo
- The purpose of this site is to categorize and organize all animal-related
information on the Internet in a relevant, easy to use format and I think
they've done it! http://netvet.wustl.edu/e-zoo.htm
- Cockroach World
The "Yuckiest site on the Internet" provides entertaining material about
these insects. There are quizzes, multimedia materials, and plenty of
facts about these pests.
- Worm World
From the makers of Cockroach World, this site explores the world of the
earthworm and other simple-celled organisms.
- Gordon's Entomological
Home Page - This is a page dedicated to the most successful lifeform
on the planet, insects. You'll be happy to know that it also includes
information on spiders and other "bugs". http://www.ex.ac.uk/~gjlramel/welcome.html
- Digital Learning
Center for Microbial Ecology - This is a very accessable and comprehensive
site on microbes. http://commtechlab.msu.edu/ctlprojects/dlc-me/
- Cells Alive - Actually,
this includes just about anything that can be seen with a high-powered
microscope. Great graphics and good information too! http://www.cellsalive.com
This home page has been created for elementary and secondary school students
and teachers who would like to learn more about the nervous system. I
hope you enjoy the activities and experiments on your way to learn more
about the brain and spinal cord.
and "Dog Day" Cicadas
The "17-year locust," or cicada, is emerging from its extended nymph state
to take part in a Brigadoonian frenzy of reproduction for the next several
weeks. This fact sheet from the Virginia Tech Entomology Department summarizes
- The Tree
A unique collaborative Web project that organizes biological information
under a phylogenetic scheme.
Species Home Page
An extensive site maintained by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Organized
by region and taxonomic group are lists and profiles of animals and plants
at risk, along with information on law and policy.
Table Of The Elements
The Web breathes new life into the familiar high-school chart, via this
interactive site. Click on an element for a picture and more information.
From the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Molecular Virology, a
gallery of computer images taken from electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography.
- About Temperature
An information-packed resource for any class studying the physical concepts
of temperature. Topics include thermometers, temperature scales, kinetic
theory, and thermal radiation.
Proud home of the world's most powerful particle accelerator, Fermilab
offers a Web site containing intelligible background on high-energy physics.
Center For Polymer Studies
An interdisciplinary group at Boston University devoted to the kind
of physics that ropes in fractal patterns, molecular dynamics, and random
growth. Complex, cutting-edge science leavened with excellent visualizations.
NCSA Numerical Relativity
Supercomputers meet Einstein's theories at this site maintained at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lots of animations featuring
such phenomena as colliding black holes.
WWW Tackles The Monty Hall Problem
A nice index to Web sites that present and discuss the Monty Hall problem.
Look here for links to sites with simulations of the problem and computer/calculator
programs that run simulations of the problem.
Here you can do some online addition, unit conversions, agricultural calculations,
financial and scientific computations. This site has indexed all the online
calculators on one page.
A database of Internet-based mathematics lessons compiled by the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Mathematics Archives
Mathematics Archives provides organized Internet access to a wide variety
of mathematical resources which are used in the teaching of mathematics.
Currently the Archives is particularly strong in its collection of educational
software. Other areas, ranging from laboratory notebooks and problem sets
to lecture notes and reports on innovative methods, are growing. There
is an extensive collection of links to other sites that are of interest
to mathematicians. Resources available through these links include electronic
journals, preprint services, grant information, and publishers of mathematical
software, texts, and journals.
- The Math Forum
This Web site provides valuable mathematical information for teachers
and students. There is a section offering aid to students and one containing
lesson plans and activities for teachers. There are sections for all topics
of mathematics, project ideas, search tools, links, and discussions on
current issues in the mathematics community.
- The Geometry Center
Based at the University of Minnesota, the Center for the Computation and
Visualization of Geometric Structures allows you to explore four-dimensional
space, quasiperiodic tiling and other phenomena. Game-like interactive
programs and stunning graphics.
- The Chaos Group at the University
From one of the hotbeds of nonlinear-systems research, a site with plenty
of background on chaos theory, strangely attractive graphics and links
to other sites.
Museums & Teacher Resources
- Web66: WWW School
From the Hillside Elementary project at University of Minnesota College
of Education, a comprehensive list of K-12 schools with WWW sites.
- AskERIC Virtual Library
From the Educational Resources Information Center, a federally funded
information system for all education levels. AskERIC is an Internet-based
question-answering service for teachers, libraries and administrators
of K-12 education. Of particular interest to science educators are two
features: NASA SIR-C education program, and support materials for the
PBS science series Newton's Apple.
- The Why Files -
This is a University of Wisconssin Site that discusses the science fact
behind the stories that make up the news. http://whyfiles.news.wisc.edu/
- Newton's Apple
The online version of the TV show, here you can find lesson plans and
experiments indexed by subject or episode. Activities range in topic from
chemistry to Arctic survival , from brain mapping to the Internet.
- The Weather Page
on the Cable News Network Web Site - CNN's Weather Page
- Houston Museum of
Take a guided virtual tour of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the
most highly attended Museum--and one of the most highly attended attractions--in
Texas with an annual attendance of over two million visitors. The Museum
is a four-part complex housing the Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly
Center, Wortham IMAX Theatre, and a natural science museum.
- American Museum
of Natural History - The permanent fossil collection is a wonderful
part of this site. The graphics are great. There are also notable past
exhibits and present exhibit pages. http://www.amnh.org/Exhibition/index.html
- The Natural History Museum
- The site map of London's Natural History Museum - Don't miss the Ant
- Seaworld/Busch Gardens
This site includes data and facts about dolphins, gorillas, tortoises
and many more zoo animals. Careers in zoology and marine science are described.
- Exploratorium / ExploraNet
Information about one of the most prominent educational museums in the
area of science, nature, art and technology, located in San Francisco.
Check out the Digital Library.
- The Tech Museum of Innovation
Another master of interactive presentations on advanced technologies,
from San Jose. Presented with whimsy and wonder.
- Franklin Institute Virtual Science Museum
Philadelphia's interactive science museum, with a varied offering including
cutting-edge virtual exhibits specifically designed for interactive online
presentation (Benjamin Franklin, The Heart).
- National Park Service
Here is a new information source about our national parks, with visitor
info, historical background, current projects and activities and an opportunity
to give feedback.
Education & Professional Organizations
- Beyond Bio
"Beyond Bio 101: The Transformation of Undergraduate Biology Education,"
a colorful new report from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in a lively
- Classroom Connect
From the publishers of the popular magazine, this site features articles,
links to educational resources, product information and services for educators.
- Campbell-Kibler Associates
Campbell-Kibler Associates has free for download four pamphlets on gender
and race equity in math, science and technology education.
- The Textbook League
An online bimonthly bulletin by an independent review organization for
textbooks and curriculum materials.
- Texas Computer Education Association
The Texas Computer Education Association is the largest state organization
devoted to the use of technology in education. Founded in 1980, the organization
has been very active throughout Texas supporting instructional technology.
Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the K-12 environment
and providing our members with state-of-the-art information through conferences,
workshops, newsletters, the Internet, and collaborations with higher education
for Science Literacy
Benchmarks is different from a curriculum, a curriculum framework, a curriculum
design, or a plan for a curriculum. It is a tool to be used by educators
in designing a curriculum that makes sense to them and meets the standards
for science literacy recommended in Science for All Americans. Moreover,
Benchmarks does not advocate any particular curriculum design. Far from
pressing for one way of organizing instruction, Project 2061 pursues a
reform strategy that will lead eventually to greater curriculum diversity
than common today.
The purpose of the Texas Education Network, TENET, is to advance and promote
education in Texas by providing a transparent communications infrastructure
which can be used to foster innovation and educational excellence in Texas.
TENET, authorized through the leadership of the 71st Texas Legislature
and developed by the collaborative efforts of the Department of Information
Resources, the Texas Education Agency, and The University of Texas, provides
a nationally recognized equitable, cost-effective information and communication
resource for Texas educators and children.
- National Science Teachers Association
The world's largest organization committed to improvement of science education
from preschool through college. Information, events and communications.
- Access Excellence
A national educational program sponsored by biotechnology company Genentech,
Inc., under the auspices of the National Science Teachers Association
(NSTA), that puts high school biology teachers in touch with their colleagues,
scientists and valuable sources of new scientific information, online.
- Math and Science
From the Cornell Theory Center, the Gateway provides links for high school
students and educators, to resources in areas including astronomy, biology,
chemistry, computing, the environment, health, mathematics, and physics.
Educator info includes curriculums, lesson plans, classroom software,
and school web server setup.
- Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Funded through a contract with the U.S. Department of Education, Office
of Educational Research and Improvement, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
is designed to help educators improve teaching and learning in science
and mathematics education. The Digital Curriculum Lab is just one way
for teachers to use ENC. Check out the Catalog of Curriculum Resources
to find instructional materials for K-12 math and science, or follow hundreds
of links to Internet sites for math and science education.
for Fun and other Miscellaneous Links