General Activities for Assessment
New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards
Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8
· Step by step instructions for conducting scientific investigations, operating equipment, or following a procedure.
· Record data accurately.
· Research and report on science topics.
· Share observations, explain and analyze outcomes.
· Formulate questions.
· KWL Chart
· Venn Diagram
· Bar Graphs
· Scientific Method
· Safety Procedures
· Periodic Table
· Cross Sections
· Maps, etc.
· Science Fair
· Invention Convention
· Lost in Space
· Weather Reporting
· 3D Models/Puzzles
· Eco Studies
· Fossil Digs
· Chemistry of Bubble Gum
· Simple Machine Challenge
· Element BINGO
· Field Trips/Virtual
· Guest Speakers
* All activities and assessments should emphasize hands-on, student centered, and inquiry-based approach. The relationship between science, our environment, and everyday life should be highlighted.
This site speaks directly to the young scientist. It’s an excellent tutorial for children learning scientific concepts and how math is integrated into science. There are no hands-on activities and the student has to have a genuine interest in topic because it is encyclopedic in its approach.
Discovery Channel School
This site offers multimedia, interactive video options to the classroom. The content is current and linked to the Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel programming, offering opportunities for teachers to tape the programming and use it interactively with TLC Elementary School lesson plans. Also provided for teachers and students on this website are previews of upcoming programs and “Bulletin Board” discussion opportunities regarding lessons/program. For full audio effects, the plug-in Real Audio needs to be downloaded.
The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
Learn all about cockroaches, worms, and your gross and cool body! This website has a great humorous slant to it that makes learning fun! Great graphics and sounds! This website is an excellent resource to use in the classroom to learn about entomology and bodily functions.
Volcano World is an outstanding resource for kids interested in learning about volcanoes. This website contains real-time volcano information including interactive clickable map of active volcanoes worldwide and remote sensing satellite images. Topics covered at Volcano World include how volcanoes work, submarine volcanoes, planetary volcanoes, career information on becoming a volcanologist, volcanic parks and monuments and volcano exploration on the moon, Mars and Venus.
Carolina Coastal Science
This web site contains a Carolina Coastal Photo Journal with QuickTime movies. Students can use this website to explore similarities and differences in the amount of sand, visible waves, and plant cover between the ocean side and marsh side of the same barrier island, and identify similarities and differences among the three regions of the Carolina Coast.
For Kids Only – Earth Science Enterprise
This site has many interesting activities for young students to learn about various earth science concepts. An interactive online coloring book is a unique feature of this website.
In addition to many awesome space pictures, this website contains a variety of interactive games with space themes that will engage young students.
This website has many classroom activities for teachers to use in the classroom for students to learn about whales and their habitat.
MathMol Hypermedia Textbook for Elementary School
This website contains an online textbook for students of grades 3, 4, and 5 to learn about water, matter and energy, and atoms and molecules.
National Geographic Kids
The website is for kids to explore the fascinating world of National Geographic. Interactive games and explorations make this website very engaging for young students.
Nine Planets Tour of the Solar System
Take a virtual tour of our solar system.
This website offers great pictures of galaxies throughout our universe.
Greatest Hits from the Hubble Telescope
Just like the title says, this website offers many unique space photographs!
NASA’s Planetary Photojournal
This website offers a NASA database with over 1,200 space images.
Mars the Red Planet
This is a great website for young students interested in exploring the planet Mars.
Cool Science for Curious Kids
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology at this website. Activities include dust exploration, classifying critters, microscopy, plant parts, and more.
Experience a simulated pond, take a virtual tour of an outdoor classroom, pond math and pond science activities, publish your adopted pond online and chat with other K-6 students interested in pond stuff.
The science behind agriculture is presented as a series of interactive stories based on research projects featured in Agricultural Research. This website also contains photos, graphics, trivia, and classroom connections.
Rock Hounds with Rocky
The website offers science activities to help students explore how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks are made. The site also contains animations and interactive games.
This website introduces students to the basic principles of buoyancy, properties of gases, temperature, and the technology involved in hot air ballooning.