of thunder. A Franklin Insitute for Science Site.
Force. How negative and postive
charges cause each other to move. Students can create an electron
(negative) which moves to the proton (positive). Reading
explanation is easy to read and clear. Colorado Physics site.
Strike. When the menu comes up
choose Lets Explore Energy. Choose Lightning Strike from the side
menu. Simulation of the negative and postive electrons. Simple
written explanation of how it works. Also a fountain of other
information about electricity. Reading level high grade 4+. An
Electric Avenue site by First Energy Corp in Ohio.
Excellent diagram of exactly how lightening is formed. Very clear
explaination of conductivity. Reading level Grade 4+
Incredible demo of how lightning is formed as shown in a darken
sky. Shows the negative and positive electrons in the clouds.
Description is complex reading, but the demo alone is fascinating.
Grade 4 demo. Grade 6+ reading.
Me more about Electricity.
Electricity Basics. Good reading review of atoms and electrons.
Includes how electricity is generated and transmitted. Includes a
hidden danger game. A PG&E site. Grade 4+
Guide to Electrical Circuits Five
interactive sections take users through What Makes Circuits Work,
Conductors and Insulators, All About Switches, Changing Circuits,
and Circuit Diagrams. Lots of reading with excellent diagrams.
Activities after reading and a quiz for each section. Reading
level Grade 4+. A BBC site.
Lightning Laboratory. Electrical
safety. Click on the characters to find out what they are doing
wrong. The Atoms Family, Miami Science site. Reading level Grade
Electricity book. Include
lighting a bulb, what is electricity, electricity in action, the
cell and battery, symbols, and series and parallel. Very
intereactive, but not very colorful. Includes demostration of the
electrons moving through the wires and a light bulb. From the
A beginning electricity site. Changing circuits. A virtual
experiment using an on off switch, batteries, various wires, and
light bulbs. Revision bite includes circuits, symbols, switches,
and changing circuits fact sheet. A Bitesize revision BBC schools
site. Quiz included. Grade 4+.
and Magnetism. Good demonstration
of how things work. Lots of reading, but good visuals. Students
will need an introduction to the terminology such as electrons,
protons,neutrons, and nucleus. From the Internet Plasma Physics
Association. Reading level Grade high 4+
How they work. Watered Down
Electricity. Uses water to demonstrate how batteries work. Very
clear explanation. Includes the terminology of electrons. All
Audio. No reading required. Grade 3+ A Southern Company
and Ammeters. Interactive circuit
diagrams. Not colorful. Click on them to explore electrical
circuits, Series and parallel circuits, what happens inside the
wires, using an ammeter, current in a series circuit, and current
in a parallel circuit. A complex site. A BBC site. High grade 4+.
Whats the difference. Interactive. A PBS Site.
Simple virtual experiment. Slide a
book across a virtual table without making the book fall off the
table. Friction and mass can be manipulated. Schlumberger
Excellence in Educational Development SEED site. Grade
Change the surfaces from ice to vinyl to carpet to see how far the
car goes. Be sure to move the surfaces as the written instructions
tell you. Drag the surfaces to the track. Includes a quiz. A BBC
site. Reading level Grade 3+
Drops the Ball.
Simple virtual experiment on air
resistence and friction between objects. Needs some explanation.
Schlumberger SEED site. Grade 3+
a Parachute. Simulation to see
the affects of gravity and air resistance on a parachute. Bring
the man down safely. The wind is a variable. A United Kingdom
Simulation of force and movement by pushing and gravity. Change
the mass and the gradient. Very interactive. Focus is on friction
and gravity. Includes a fact sheet and test. A BBC site. Good
beginning virtual experiment. Reading level Grade 3+
in Action. A BBC site virtual
experiment site. Very interactive. Students can change the weight
and slope to send their truck down the road to see the effects.
Includes an online chart to record distance traveled. Includes a
quiz. Reading level Grade 4+.
by Stretching. Virtual experiment
to find the effects of force (in this case pull) & gravity on
Earth, Jupiter, the Moon and even 0 gravity. Can adjust the
friction level and the stiffness of the spring on spring #3. Has a
moveable ruler to measure affect of different weights. Can show
the energy use on each spring. Has a show help option. Use next
website Kids Eyeview of the Solar System to reinforce the idea of
the affect of gravity. Grade 4+ Physics dept Colorado.
Eye View of the Solar System.
Write your weight and it will tell you how much you would weigh on
a planet. This will tell you which planets have the most and least
gravity. A NASA site.
Motion. Very Simple virtual
experiment. Adjust the angle and the speed with the red arrows to
fire to hit the target. From the physics site of the Kid Zone of
the science spot. No reading. grade 2+
Very interactive. Colorful. Has sound. A complex form of the first
projectile motion listed on this web page. Students can change the
choice of object shot. Angle can be changed by moving the cannon.
Speed & air resistance can be adjusted. Even the target can be
moved. Little reading, but lots of chances to experiment
virtually. A Colorado Edu Physics site. Grade 3+
Simulation. Adjust the velocity,
angles, and mass. Limited reading, but helpful to be able to read
the chart to figure out how to get the greatest height or
distance. Will show a trail in 3 different colors. From Galileo
physics. Grade 4 +
of Baseball. Projectile motion.
Scientific Slugger. Interactive. Follow the parabolic path of the
baseball. Change the ball from knuckleball, curve, or fast ball.
Change results from bunt to home run. Change the angle.Very
colorful. Exploratorium Site. Little Reading. Grade 3+
of Basketball. Spin on the ball,
Receiving a Pass, Bouncing the ball, Starting and Stopping, Hang
Time, Foul Shots, and Layups. One page all reading. Not
interactive. Reading level Grade 4+
Coaster Physics. A virtual
demonstration of a roller coaster. Includes potential energy,
gravity, free fall, projectile motion, kinetic energy, and more.
Allows students to see a visual model of the physics of roller
coasters. Can click on the headings to get detailed information
but the reading level for that is high, grade 8+. Demo is grade
4+. Encyclopedia Britannica site.
a Roller Coaster. Very simple
lesson in gravity, balance, and motion. A Foss website. Not
difficult and fun. Grade 2+
tracks. Virtual roller coaster
built by you. Shows a bar going around the tracks. If not designed
correctly the bar will get stuck and not complete the run.
Students must keep in mind in their design that gravity makes this
roller coaster run. The start has a loop at the beginning that is
not put in by the user. An Australian site. Grade 3+
a Roller Coaster. Amusement Park
Physics. Students build a virtual roller coaster. They design the
height, shape, and slope of the hill. It rates the safety and fun
factor for the conclusion. An Annenberg project. Grade
Your Own Coaster. Build a drag
and drop roller coaster. Can be a complicated design, but doesn't
show how the science of physics really affects the coaster. Just
for fun. Has a Fear-o-Meter. A Travel Channel Site. Grade
Coaster Designer. A one player
game for designing a roller coaster. Each level gets harder. Can't
go to the next level untill you complete the ride and get the
required points for each level. Drag the lines to change the
coaster. High difficulty level. A Brainteaser Australian site.
Roller Coaster. A virtual
experiment interactive tool that simulates the application of
physics for the design of a roller coaster. Tool for setting the
size of the hills, the loop, the speed, the mass, gravity, and
friction. Plus a menu to explain terms. Those who really loved
Design a Roller Coaster will love this. Not much reading,, unless
you do the terms, but lots of thinking and planning. Grade
Lights in the Sky. Beautiful and
colorful online flash book explaining the Aurora Boralis. Has some
moments of slow loading within the story so be patient. Reading
level grade 3+.
and Map. Virtual compass which
can actually be manipulated by students. Online directions for
using and reading a compass and map. Includes an online compass
reading test. Takes some practice but an informative and
educational site. If students miss one and try to print a
certificate a note comes up saying you are cheating. But once
warned students don't fret about it. A Barcelona Field Studies
Centre site located in Spain.
Magnetic Field. Clear Simple
Graphics. Easy Reading. Simplistic description. one page. Not
intereactive. A NASA site. Grade 4+
as a Magnet. Planet Earth as a
great magnet. Not interactive. One page explanation. From the
spaceweathercenter. Reading level grade 5+
and Springs. Virtual experiment
with simulated different sized magnets to pull a variety of
objects. A BBC site. Grades 3+
Field Lines. Simulation of north
and south of a bar magnet and iron filings. Students can turn the
magnet off and on. A Molecular Expressions site. Grade
and Repulsion. Students can
virtually switch the north and south. A Molecular Expressions
site. Grade 4+
in Motion. A fascinating site
showing the magnetic fields of a various magnets in color. Some
can be slow loading. Grade 4+ A Cool Magnet Man site.
Magnetism. Very interactive.
Includes a fact sheet and a test. A BBC Revise Wise site. Grade
Magnets and Electromagnets. Find
all the things that have a magnet in them. Shows the location of
the magnets in various machines, such as a blender. A Foss site.
An introduction to how electromagnets work. From How stuff
An excellent online comic book explaining how Aurora
Borealis are formed. Click on the bottom section to get the
English version. Very colorful. Good explanation of the magnetic
fields around the earth. Also explains solar winds and particles,
A site from Norway.
SYZ's Lab. Click on the magnet on
the refrigerator to go to the magnet game. Before you play the
game click on the CLUES to learn how magnets work. Includes
a quiz also. Many games with a scientific basis. Use the
CLUES to learn what you need to learn to play the games
©2007: Sharon Chambers, MLIS
Last Modified April 2007
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