5th Grade Websites

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Particles and States of Matter

Good animation to show movement of particles in matter (Brownian motion) http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry/atomic-structure/revise-it/particles

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 
matter: plasma.

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 
matter: plasma.  
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: http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/

The Atom

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. http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/phantom/spectroscope.html

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 
Matter� desk.

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 
smallest wavelengths. 
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 

Elements Links to different Periodic Table of the Elements:

Cool! - Interactive Periodic Chart Use this site for your Science Lab Activity!! http://www.chemicool.com/

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.




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Metals and Nonmetals

Find out how fireworks are made, then play a fireworks game. (Click on �Name that Boom�.) http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/0007/fireworks/blast1.html

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 to find out more... Putting DNA to Work

Cells Alive!  This wonderful site has great pictures, diagrams, 
games, and interactive activities.
Cells Alive!

Human Body Systems

Respiratory System Learn about the respiratory system and all its parts Respiratory System

My Body and its Systems
Learn about your body, your body parts, and how it all functions!
A FUN website!
My Body!


Wind Check out "Wind with Miller". Miller is a tour guide that helps explain how wind is created and its usefullness. Windpower -

Why does air circulate and what are the driving forces for this 
Click below to find out why...
Air movement

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.