Earth Science:  Pebbles, Sand and Silt


U.S. Department of Agriculture:     

To get in the know about natural resources, you've got to get smart about the soil. How is this going to happen? By worming your way through the following questions!

Is soil made through magic?  Does soil have parents?  What does the weather do to soil?

What's on, and in, the horizon?  How does soil help me keep my cool?

Do soils come in different colors?  How does water stay in the soil?

How does air get into the soil?   Why do plants like soil?   Do roots just help plants?

Does soil care about time?  Can we keep the soil from washing and blowing away?

What is soil conservation?


The Yuckiest Site on the Internet:
This World Wide Web (WWW) site was created by Liberty Science Center and New Jersey Online.  Everyone at the Yuckiest Site on the Internet loves worms.  Get all the dirt on worms, right here, from Wendell, the Ace Reporter (who just happens to be a worm).


Get the Latest Dirt on……Soils!

Thinkquest activity page includes:

What is Soil?, Soil Formation, Soil Composition, Soil Profile, Soil Types, Soil Conservation, Activities, and Favorite Links


Underground Adventure:

Discover the rich world of soil and the tiny creatures who call it home. Check out all the videos, photos, and experiments. There's a virtual terrarium too! In English or Spanish.


Environmental Protection Agency:

What on Earth is Soil?  - A list of quick facts about soil and what it is used for.


Soil Science Education Page:

Check out some cool info on soil. Includes soil songs, science fair ideas, and much more!







Life Science:        Life Cycle of Butterflies



University of Illinois Extension:

Let’s Talk About Insects – What are they and what do we know about them?

What makes an insect an insect?


Exploring Butterflies in Kindergarten:

Kindergarten and up. What a site! The Shrewsbury Public Schools in Massachusetts have produced a colorful and engaging composite of information on butterflies. The site is geared toward kindergarten, but is adaptable for use with other grades. Sample pages illustrate butterfly life cycles, describe and label butterfly body parts, and show the difference between moths and butterflies. The pages are wonderfully illustrated, and part of the site features photographs taken at the Beal School's own butterfly greenhouse.


Wings, Stings, and Leggy Things:

This site is from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, but the links are useful regardless of where you live. Learn how insects develop (or undergo metamorphosis), discover ways that insects benefit humans, and uncover the differences between spiders and insects. Other links provide information on common insects such as fireflies, ladybugs, and grasshoppers. You can also learn how to estimate air temperature by counting cricket chirps.


Most Wanted Bugs:

Grades 4-12. Turn your students loose to explore these wanted posters--of bugs! Students will soon learn that these insects and other arthropods are wanted for a variety of reasons, some for their valuable services (think honeybees and ladybugs) and others for their irritating, destructive characteristics (think termites and dog fleas). Each of the rap sheets features a colorized, three-dimensional scanning electron photomicrograph of the culprit, along with an alias ("Sneezy" for the dust mite). You will also find a general description of each creature, information on its diet and habitat, reason for listing as a most-wanted bug, and last known location.


Insecta Inspecta World:
This World Wide Web (WWW) site, developed by selected seventh grade students involved in an interdisciplinary program, provides biological and cultural information about insects and spiders. The site is the culmination of a year long research activity that the students conducted under the review of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.




Physical Science:  Balancing and Weighing


NatureShift!: Linking learning to life:
This web site, produced by the North Dakota Science Center, contains hands-on, problem-based activities, which are aligned with the NSES and National Social Studies Standards. The site helps children learn about concepts within science and technology, as well as about North Dakota history and geography.

This World Wide Web (WWW) site, maintained for grades K to 12, contains interactive, multimedia activities and experiments, and provides links to hands-on science centers and museums worldwide. The mission of is to have students experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide.

Science Court Hands-on activities:
This World Wide Web (WWW) site, maintained for grades K to 8, is an online version of the same titled CD-ROM series, SCIENCE COURT, that uses animated courtroom drama, hands-on science activities, and humor to teach students fundamental science concepts and model scientific practice. Each program in the series involves students in an animated courtroom drama that focuses on a basic science concept such as the water cycle, gravity, and sound.