Virtual Circuit is an online interactive game from Suceeding with Science. It is possibly the best interactive I have seen about electricity and circuits. Not only does it describe what the individual elements of a circuit are and how a circuit works, it gives students lots of opportunities to test theories to answer questions. Most activities like this I have seen give the basics – a simple circuit that either works or it doesn’t. This one goes on to show parallel circuits and demonstrates switches, over powered circuits and plenty more – enough to keep your fast finishers interested too. It would also be great for the interactive whiteboard.
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This great simple machines web resource from Aspire offers fun and educational online games and investigations that would make a great introduction to a Simple Machines unit. The language is simple and the activities are engaging, perfect for individual use or the interactive whiteboard.
A fabulous website by Scholastic, Study Jams offers songs and videos about mathematics and science. The science content covers a wide range of topics including plants, animals, the human body, landforms, matter, sound, electricity and scientific inquiry. The content is very engaging and uses real life examples that students readily engage with. Highly recommended.
Newseum is a fabulous site lets you view the front pages of newspapers from a huge variety of places all around the world. It is ideal for investigating critical literacy and looking for differing viewpoints of world events, or simply seeing what is going on in other parts of the world.
I just read this great article from Science Illustrated magazine about a study which put mice in bullying-type situations and studied both the behavioural and physical changes in them. The researchers found that the effects of bullying were more than just emotional and had significant impacts on the mice’s behaviour in all areas of their lives.
The Yuckiest Site on the Web is a great site made by Discovery Kids and is totally gross, so kids love it! There are 3 main areas of information: Worms, Roaches and Our Bodies. The information is good and kids find it facinating because it’s often stuff they haven’t thought to ask about, like the eye gunk, pus and snot and they are able to report back what they have learned to the class. An I guarantee they’ll have an answer to “what did you do today” when they get home!
Another great resource when teaching electrical circuits is this site which has interactive circuit diagrams designed especially for the interactive whiteboard, although they’d be great for individual students to use as well. In each one you are challenged to use the pieces provided to assemble a complete circuit – if you get it right the light comes on. Kids enjoy it and it helps to reiforce the concept that a circuit must be a circle.
Design Squad’s web page is a fabulous resource for information and inspiration about engineering. You can watch old episodes (cut into chunks which can be a little aggravating) and see how each team approaches the challenges of designing and building a solution to the design challenge they have been given. Each team works with enthusiasm and creativity and as such are fabulous role models.
Not only that but you can play a variety of engineering inspired games called Fidgit. They are a lot of fun and suprisingly addictive as you try to use the tools provided to solve the problem of getting the Fidgits from point a to point b!