Reviews of Interactives



Start at Science Education Portaportal for ideas and choose an online interactive to review. Be sure that you are reviewing a single interactive and not a site with multiple resources. Post your review of an online interactive using the following format. See the example for further detail.

Linked Name of Interactive - sponsor - 1-5 * - content area - grade levels - cost/free - 1-2 sentence description. 1-2 sentence evaluation.

//The Periodic Table// - Annenberg Interactives - * - chemistry/physical science - 8-12 - frree - More than just a periodic table, this interactive allows students to learn how the Periodic Table is organized (into groups); the atomic structure of each group; characteristics of isotopes; the scientific notation that is used to define atoms and elements; and how the chemical properties of elements are determined by their atomic composition. As students read the content, there are quizzes and "games" to play. I think it is a great review and practice for students--the questions are tough but aligned with California standards for chemistry.

Now it is your turn:
  • Density and Buoyancy
    • Got Gas?** In this physical science unit, students engage in several investigations related to the density of liquids, solids, and gases. They apply new understanding about density to the design and construction of hot air balloons. They make informed predictions about the variables that may affect the launch of their homemade hot air balloons and test them. The finale is the “Got Gas?” rally where students display their balloons and use multimedia presentations to demonstrate the principles of density used in the construction of their hot air balloons. (Intel Education)
    • Float That Boat!**: This is a upper elementary unit that can be adapted for 8th grade physical science. We B Toys just completed their annual customer satisfaction reviews of their toy boat line. They have learned that customers have complained that their boats tend to sink. They are looking for new toy boats and are offering to purchase $1 million worth of merchandise to the company that produces the best boat. Student teams design new boats that will float and prepare proposals to market their boats. (Intel Education)
    • Hypoxia: The Oxygen Blues: Students create observable layers in water that represents a separation based upon density differences. Students will model density boundaries using differences in temperature and salinity. See additional resources at Enviro-Taklebox. (Louisiana Public Broadcasting)
    • Underwater Dream Machine: Students prepare a diving tank and a submarine and make the submarine neutrally buoyant in the tank. (NOVA)
    • Sinking and Floating Interactive Game (NOVA Online)
    • Water Density Activity and Discussion Posting Students conduct an experiment on density and submit their results to be posted online. ZOOM/PBS Kids)
    • PBS Teachers: Density, 6-8
  • Genetics
    • Designer Genes: One Size Fits All?: In this life science unit, student genetics experts help farmers in a blight-stricken region of Mexico decide whether to use genetically engineered corn. (Intel Education)
    • NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi: Review what takes place during protein synthesis, learn how RNAi was discovered and examine how RNAi silences a gene. Watch the related video online. (NOVA)
    • The Gene Hunters: DNA - A Double Helix Model Explore the building blocks of DNA by constructing a model of the DNA double helix, assembling the nucleotides in the proper order. Review entire set of resources for The Gene Hunters. (Scientific American Frontiers)
    • Flowers and Plants: In this lesson, students will look carefully at flowering plants. They will study basic Mendellian heredity in the light of flowering plants and they will learn how seed savers work to save diversity. Finally, they will compare scenarios in which genetically diverse fields and fields planted with GMOs undergo various natural challenges. (American Field Guide)
    • See additional resources at PBS Teachers: Genetics, 6-8.
    • Gizmos for Genetics (Explore Learning)
    • Dogbreeding Game (Dragonfly TV)
    • DNA: In this Web site, students learn how DNA was discovered and how it functions; how the ability to study whole genomes has revolutionized the study of DNA; and how this information gives scientists the means to manipulate DNA, enabling the discovery and production of new drugs and better food -- and creating new and unexpected controversies over how this technology will shape our lives and our future. (Science Interactives)
  • Nature of Science/Scientific Method