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Science and Mathematics Internet Lesson Plans

Elementary Mathematics

  • RHL School: This site provides math worksheets for elementary children. Included are two and three digit addition; two and three digit subtraction; one, two, and three digit times two and three digit multiplication; two, three, four, and five digit divided by one and digit division; and rounding numbers. The answers are provided at the bottom of each page of the worksheet.
  • Hot Chalks: Coin values are placed to the tune of the well-known classic "The Farmer in the Dell" to help children remember the values of each coin.
  • Math Teaching Concepts for elementary, middle, and high school.: An excellent site for explanations of basic math concepts and suggestions on how to teach them.
  • Hot Chalk - Easter Egg Hunt Math Lesson Plan: Introduces a game in which each team must find plastic Easter eggs and work the problem before putting it in the team basket.
  • Math - Elementary: Mini-lessons use fun and everyday items for mathematical lessons. This page has 32 different lessons to choose from, some more advanced than others, but all targeted for grades K-8.
  • Instructors Web: Gives teachers very short lessons on very basic math skills to teach children. Each lessons also contains a printable worksheet.
  • Cynthia Lanius' Fractals Unit: Gives fun and practical ways of explaining fractals to students. This was created to be an online site; however, there are corresponding handouts for distribution in the classroom.
  • My Schoolhouse: Suggests ways of teaching simple mathematical facts to children. This is a membership site, and there are many more lessons available to those who subscribe, but the free lessons are numerous and worthy of note as well.
  • edHelper Runaway Math Puzzles: Runaway math problems look like a twisted sudoku and will most likely catch the interest of children. EdHelper can help create custom puzzles, or there are a multitude of pre-made puzzles available with different criteria available.
  • Dr. Mike's Math Games for Kids: Gives many different games for kids that teach counting and math. They range in appropriateness from first to seventh grades.
  • Learn-With-Math-Games: There are games you can play with materials around the house; and there are games to simply get kids excited about math. Games are categorized by grade level or by skill.

Secondary Mathematics

Algebra

  • SCORE Mathematics Lessons: These lessons deal with real-world issues and apply algebra to these problems.
  • John Handley Mathematics Department: Provides a multitude of worksheets dealing with logarithms, polynomials, and quadratic equations, along with many others. Answers are given at the bottoms of the pages.
  • Lesson Tutor: Advises teachers and tutors how to direct students to translate word sentences into mathematical equations. There are a few assignments with answers at the end of the lesson.
  • MathBits: Is an algebraic printable crossword puzzle to pass out to class.
  • Finding Your Way Around: Is a website dedicated to helping the student use a graphing calculator in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The site was created by Texas Instruments, so the information relates to their particular calculator, but it is useful information and applies to most any graphing calculator.

Interactive Algebra

  • Interactive Algebra Review: This is an interactive online review of real numbers and algebraic equations. If a teacher has the Internet available in the classroom, this kind of website can be used as a distance learning tool to test the knowledge of the students and find weaknesses and areas that need reviewing.
  • Interactive Algebra: This interactive site is divided into three sections: equations and inequalities, factoring, and graphing. There are several lessons under each heading as well, which makes this an excellent interactive tool.

Geometry

  • Teach-nology: Offers real-world lesson plans for geometry. There are activities associated with the lessons and handouts as well.
  • Geometry Activities: Suggests various hands-on activities for geometry to allow real-world measurements and graphing.
  • Print Free Graph Paper: Allows you to choose the size, measuring units, and type of graph paper you need, and the site will print it for you. This is a fantastic tool for the teacher or student who does not have graph paper readily available.
  • Ask Dr. Math: Answers typical questions about geometry. The page is divided by category and is easily navigated.
  • BlueBonkers Math Sheets: These are geometry worksheets that can be handed out to class. They start easy and get harder, and they have the questions and answers on different sheets.
  • Geometer's Sketchpad: This site will explain how to use the sketchpad and its many advantages. There are prepared "explorations" listed on the page, and the user can click on these to learn to use the Geometer's Sketchpad properly.

Elementary Science

  • Reach Out Michigan: Based on early elementary science, these lessons focus on biology, chemistry, earth science, and physical science, with even a few lessons on technology and astronomy. Most of the lessons involve hands-on from each of the children and most begin with questions to ask the children that are answered throughout the lesson.
  • Franklin Institute: Uses lessons that children in grades K-8 will enjoy and understand. Each lesson or experiment does have some grade recommendations, but many are broad. This site does have some fun with energy and static electricity and oceanography, a taste of something different than other sites.
  • Volcano World: What interests the young scientists more than explosions and fire and ash? Find information about volcano activity and current events. Farther in this site, there are lesson plans for teaching science classes about volcanoes.
  • Emancipation Electrons: An elementary science activity to illustrate the concept of protons and electrons through the use of static electricity and balloons. Also, students are given a chance to identify conductors of electricity by placing objects between two batteries.
  • Elementary Science Fair Projects - Growing Crystals: An elementary science fair project to grow crystals in a gelatin solution. It is explained how and why the crystals formed in the gelatin. This project requires the use of a stove.
  • Biology Lessons: Biology lesson plans for teachers in K-8 classrooms covering molecules, atoms, cells, and the periodic table.

Secondary Science

  • Science Fair Project Ideas for Middle and High School - The Five Types of Science Fair Projects: Outlines the types of science fair projects used by teenagers and is a helpful tool when introducing the students to the idea of a science fair
  • SOL Practice Tests: Some of this site is interactive and could not be used in the classroom unless there were a computer available for each child. However, there are "tutorial sites" available in biology and earth science that cover a wealth of information for any subject the teacher may want to teach or any subject a student may be struggling with.

Physics

  • Smile Program Physics Index: Is a collection of nearly 200 physics lessons. The lessons contain diagrams and reference material as well as questions at the end of each. The lessons are divided into six categories: matter; mechanics; fluids; electricity and magnetism; waves, sound, and optics; and miscellaneous. They explore such subjects as gravity, weightlessness, air pressure, magnetism, color, thermal energy, and probability.
  • Physics Lesson Plan Menu: This item on the physics lesson plan menu involves verifying the relationship between wavelength and the frequency of light. Students in grades 9 -12 would be most easily able to grasp this lesson.
  • An Educator's Reference Desk Lesson Plan: "The Notion of Motion" is a lesson plan developed for students in grades 7 - 12 and is divided into ten sessions. The lessons are designed to give students an understanding of power and energy. They will learn of the various types of energy and power and how to generate them.
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum: This site provides tables and graphs for the electromagnetic spectrum including the spectrum of visible light.

Biology

  • Frog Dissection Guide - Carolina Biological Supply Company: Very good guide to frog dissection. Rather than the how-to's of dissection, it identifies what students should be looking at and for as they study the anatomy of the frog.
  • The Biology Lesson Plan Menu: What is on this menu? Liver! Students learn how to extract a DNA molecule from beef liver cells. The procedure is explained, and there are questions at the end of the lesson to correspond to what students should have found.
  • Biology at pppst.com: Provides free Power Point presentations for use in the biology classroom. Some of the topics for these power points include ecology, genetics, marine life, nutrition, and the human body.

Geology

  • Exploring Planets in the Classroom: Introduces more than 25 hands-on activities for science teachers when exploring Earth, geology, and the solar system. This site was developed by the University of Hawaii and contains online printable pages for the classroom.
  • Earthquake Hazards Progam: Science fair project ideas for earthquake examination. For the most part, the site suggests ideas only and leaves it up to the student to determine the course of his or her project. There are, however, a few more specific projects complete with instructions and designs.
  • USGS: Provides on this page an introduction to geomagnetism and the spatial form of the geomagnetic field. It tells of the earth's magnetosphere and the phenomenon of magnetic storms. This is a resource for teachers to better under the concept of geomagnetism before teaching it to their students.
  • Mineral Identification: Is an earth science lab to help identify minerals and the physical properties of each. The definitions of each property is given, and then each mineral is given with their respective properties.

Published: 2010-01-20