Feel free to suggest categories and websites to add to these lists in the comment section below. 


Space Weather: Keep tabs on what is happening in the atmosphere and beyond!

Age on other planets: Find out how old you are on other planets. (Age is based on one year being how long it take the planet to orbit the sun).

Weight on other planets: Find out how much you would weigh on different planets. (Weight is dependent upon gravity. Mass stays the same).

Power of 10:  Take a look at a graphic that shows the size of our universe to the size of a quark.

Astronomy Prints and Activities for Kids


Cell Size and Scale
Very cool site about relative sizes of things..especially cells, viruses, cell organelles, and atoms and molecules

Cells Alive!
A visual tour of cells, how they work, and how they interact.  Includes single celled organisms and cells from multicellular organisms.  Very complete!

Pond Water Organism Identification Site
A very complete, interesting, and easy to use site of loads of organisms found in fresh water.  Very useful for those tiny little microscopic things you see in water from all kinds of sources.

Protists Classification Video

Biointeractive from Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Pond Life Video Microscope Site
Great microscopic videos of lots of different tiny pond organisms...great site

Simple Guide to Pond Water Organisms
Another great site for microscopic organisms

Biology in Motion
A high school biology site with many useful (and quick) interactive games and mini-lessons.

Photosynthesis from Biology4Kids
Simple explanation with diagram.  A bit more information than our text, but certainly not overwhelming

Photosynthesis: Homestead Farm for Kids
Another way to look at photosynthesis and energy: worth looking at

Mitochondria and Cellular Respiration from Biology4Kids
Yet another good explanation from these folks.

Planet Science: Kingdoms of Living Things
Great description of the kingdoms, who is in them, characteristics, and interesting info.  Bacteria are considered one kingdom.

Ecology Website
Don't be fooled by thinking that this website is only for people in Virginia.  It's very well done, interesting, and useful for around here.

Cycles:  Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Water
This is a great overall introduction to these nutrient cycles and will help with your sustainability project!

Earth Cycles:  Includes many earth cycles
Also a good link for cycles of nutrients; a bit less detailed than the site right above

Climate Change

Earth Science
Prentice Hall GEODe Earth Science Presntations


Student Energy Resources:

Geology U.S Geological Survey. One of my personal Favorites. Come here to find out the latest in geological news. Earthquakes, volcanoes . . . need I say more?

Plate Tectonics: See how it works. Check out this applet!

USGS Earthquake Center: Check out when, where, and how big the last event was.


U.S. Metric System Commonly Used Units, Symbols, and prefixes.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Metric System


Valley Fog

USA TODAY Weather: Hows & Whys
An extensive collection of weather graphics, many of them interactive, on topics ranging from how high- and low-pressure areas interact to how tsunamis form.

Windows to the Universe
Includes a section on Earth, with information about weather events, the atmosphere, and much more. Features three reading levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

USA TODAY: Cold Science
News and features about the Antarctic expedition of journalist Jack Williams.

NOVA Online: Stormchasers
"A Day in the Life of a Stormchaser" features events in the life of one tornado chaser. A "Weather Facts and Events" page provides background on monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning, and the weather events associated with these severe storms.

Storm Spotter's Guide
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's guide to severe storms includes basic information, a glossary, rules for safe stormchasing, and links to illustrated brochures.

Tornado Chase Day
Calling itself "an image site for tornado chasers, meteorologists, sky lovers, and dreamers," Tornado Chase Day features photographs of tornadoes, lightning, hail, and more.

This bimonthly magazine offers a scientific (though slightly sensational) look at weather events. Featured topics include tornadoes, flash floods, avalanches, lightning, and the "climythology" of U.S. weather.

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Includes a glossary of snow-related terms, a snow fact sheet, and features on avalanches, glaciers, blizzards, and more. NSIDC is also home to the World Data Center-A for Glaciology.

Electron Microscopy Unit Snow Page
See images of snow crystals under an electron microscope.

The Birth and Death of a Tornado
This interactive site features a slideshow, a survival quiz, and a "grow your own tornado" activity.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory: Weather Room
Educational weather information for kids, parents, and teachers. Includes printable weather coloring books for young children.

The Weather World 2010 Project: Online Guides
Four online guides from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Atmospheric Science provide information and instruction on everything from wind and clouds to weather satellites.

The Hurricane Hunters
Follow the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron as they fly into the eyes of storms.

National Hurricane Center
The Tropical Prediction Center has the latest tropical storm forecasts, as well as historical data, satellite imagery, and storm facts.

The Why Files: Environmental Science
How do massive hurricanes develop? Can we predict tornadoes? Is Antarctic ice melting because of global warming? Select topics for the facts behind the weather news.

The Weather Channel: Weather Glossary
Have you always wondered whether "wind chill" really matters? From absolute humidity to Zulu time, this useful glossary will clear things up.

NOVA Online: Tracking El Niño
Find out how El Niño works—and what the arrival of La Niña means to the world's weather.

El Niño Theme Page
Information about El Niño and La Nina from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Reports to the Nation on Our Changing Planet: El Niño and Climate Prediction
An overview of El Niño's effects on global climate patterns. Includes a discussion of how El Niño was identified and where it got its name.

StormFax Winter Weatherlore and Folklore Forecasts
"For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall in Winter," and other folklore about the weather.

Ozone Depletion Resource Center
A collection of Environmental Protection Agency resources on ozone and its depletion in the atmosphere.

Cloud Catalog
A catalog of cloud types with information about the weather they're usually associated with.
The Old Farmer's Almanac online—with weather lore, long-range predictions, and articles on the history of the Almanac itself.

The Official Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Site
Meet the groundhog in Groundhog Day—Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil—and get the scoop on his "predictions."


Heating and Cooling: Understanding Temperature
 (thanks to the students of Mrs. Bowen's Summer Excellence Program for this link!)