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Particles and States of Matter
Good animation to show movement of particles in matter (Brownian
The Phantom�s Portrait Parlor: Phases of Matter. Students visit an
Interactive Molecule Chamber. Good reinforcement of molecular
movement after students use the Molecule Energizers.
Introduction to the states of matter: Reinforces the information in
text on states of matter, as well as introducing the fourth state of
Websites that discuss the fourth state of matter: plasma
This website is provided for those students who might find
themselves fascinated by the fact that there is a fourth state of
Although some of these sites may seem too advanced, students with
interest will derive some knowledge and understanding from them.
Some of this information will be more meaningful after our study
of the atom.
Mass and Weight
Find out what you would weigh on another planet:
Watching a hydrogen atom:
Even in a simple hydrogen atom, the single electron creates an
electron cloud. Here students watch the animation of the movement of
an electron around the nucleus to create the electron cloud.
Comparing Atomic Structure:
Click on �Atoms�. Move cursor over the atom to hear the names of
subatomic particles. Compare the atomic structure of some common
elements by moving your cursor over the diagram then click on the
toggle next to "Compare the Atoms". Also try the �States of
Chemistry: Structure of Materials
A fun review of the atom with a self-test.
Paper cutting activity
An activity which demonstrates the �smallness� of the atom. This
one can be used with all ability levels.
Can We See Atoms?
This website shows the comparison of size for subatomic
particles, using scientific notation. Although this may be
advanced for some students, the site explains that atomic
particles can not be seen with regular microscopes because the
wavelength of light is too broad for these extremely small
particles. The scanning tunneling microscope uses electrons
(electricity) to help make atoms visible. The pictures on the
website are good examples of the �array� or orderly arrangement
How we see the world: The World�s Meterstick
This website uses an easy to understand graphic that shows the
scientific instruments that we use to view both the extremely
large universe down to the smallest atomic particles. The electron
microscope is shown for viewing an atom. We use particle
accelerators to view the �evidence� of the subatomic particles.
How we see the world: The Particle Adventure:
The problem with using waves of light or particles to detect the
physical world is that the quality of your image is limited by the
wavelength you use. The following series of web sites tells a cute
tale of a bear in a dark cave and how we can determine what the
bear looks like. It makes the point, that we can get a better
�picture� or resolution of an object by using particles with the
Have the students click on each web site in sequence.
Atom builder and famous atomic scientists:
The atom builder activity requires Shockwave to be installed
before proceeding with the activity. However, even without
Shockwave, the students can learn about the work of scientists
that led to our modern theory of atomic structure. Have them
scroll to the bottom for a list of scientists.
CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the
world's largest particle physics center. Here physicists come to
explore what matter is made of and what forces hold it together.
Look behind the scenes at the world�s largest particle
Have students click on the icons along the bottom of the home
Links to different Periodic Table of the Elements:
Cool! - Interactive Periodic Chart Use
this site for your Science Lab Activity!!
Interactive Periodic Chart:
This is a great website for the children to use to research their
element and to become better acquainted with the Periodic Chart.
By clicking the titles on the left side, the students can change
the information that shows on the Periodic Chart, examples: atomic
number, electron configuration, etc. If they click on the square
of any element, they will be given atomic and historical
information about that element, as well as any other web links
that the author has included.
Need the latest version of Adobe Flash.
Metals and Nonmetals
Find out how fireworks are made, then play a fireworks game.
(Click on �Name that Boom�.)
Take a tour of metals and minerals found around the home.
Play the animation, and see how coal was burnt to produce iron, a
pioneering process that accelerated the Industrial Revolution.
Discover fascinating facts about gold. (Scroll down to 'Amazing
facts about gold' and click on "click to view".)
Find out what rust is and how it occurs. (Click on �What is
Corrosion?� at the bottom for information about other types of
Rust Rod Test: Try an experiment to discover if metals rust more
quickly in tap water or salt water.
Different metals found in US coins. (Click on "What are current
circulating coins made from" then scroll down and click on "coins"
to find out how coins are made.)
The recycling of aluminum and steel cans in the USA.
Take an interactive tour and find out how aluminum is recycled.
DNA - Deoxyribonucleic Acid
Interested in DNA and why it is so important. Investigate this site
Putting DNA to Work
Cells Alive! This wonderful site has great pictures, diagrams,
games, and interactive activities.
Human Body Systems
Learn about the respiratory system and all its parts
My Body and its Systems
Learn about your body, your body parts, and how it all functions!
A FUN website!
Check out "Wind with Miller". Miller is a tour guide that helps
explain how wind is created and its usefullness.
Why does air circulate and what are the driving forces for this
Click below to find out why...
What are cold fronts and warm fronts?
Cold fronts and warm fronts
Learn about the characteristics
of High Pressure areas.
High Pressure Areas
Learn about the characteristics
of Low Pressure areas doing this activity.
Low Pressure Area activity
Forms of Energy
Use the Links under page 59.
Science of Roller Coasters
What is Renewable Energy? Check out this site and learn about solar
energy, hydro energy, geothermal energy, and many more...
Alliant Energy Kids - Renewable Energy
FAQ about Renewable Energy
Alliant Energy Kids - Renewable Energy FAQ
General Science Websites
Have loads of fun with this interactive website learning about Life
Science, Physical Process, and Materials.
FUN and Interactive!
BiteSize Science (BBC)
See the best picture of atoms that scientists have...
-click on "Zoom Inside Stuff"
-watch (notice the magnification at the bottom)
-read about the atom
-click on the items in the yellow area and read about each.