One of the best methods to learn about science is to explore, examine and investigate. Charts, posters, diagrams help make the science information easier to understand and assimilate. These help students to investigate and explore things that they cannot normally access and touch. Here are some websites which offer free science materials to print and use in your classroom and homeschool. You’ll find colorful posters, diagrams, charts, maps, graphic organizers, webs, activities, calendars, crafts worksheets, puzzles, fill-ins, crosswords, lessons, flashcards and more.
Subjects include food chains and food webs, insects, metamorphosis, frog life cycle, leaves, trees, plants, animal classification, etc. You’ll find games, activites, contests, Even if your children are not home-schooled it is helpful to print these homework helpers and post them or make them available for students to use as references for their science homework.
Ecokids comes to us from Canada and is an ecology website for kids, students, parents and teachers. This site is bright easy to vnavigate and has cute sound effects. It features online ecology mystery games that students can read and solve. They must pay close attention and put their knowledge of the ecosystem into practice. This is a very user-friendly site.
KidsKonnect has a huge database of activities all organized around a multitude of content and subjects. I like this site because it has beautiful full color photos. KIdsKonnect draws upon world events and has a daily message about news from the world. The science activities are based around environments world wide. KidsKonnect is about the most multi-cultural acitivity site that I’ve found. Students can read about droughts in Africa, water clean-up in the Katrina area, etc. KidsKonnect has done a great job of compiling the bst information straight from the source. It links you to the EPA, NASA, Sierra Club, NOAA, USDA and other national and international sites. KidsKonnect appeals to students as fellow scientists and citizens of the world. Clean layout
The Pinkster comes to us from the UK with math and science printables and worksheets galore. They are all complimentary. There are some really nice chemistry, math and physics lessons and activities as well as the life sciences. These upper grades activities and worksheets correlate with current curricululm.
LearningPage Here is a site with printables that have many color & cut and color, cut and assemble projects. The artwork is very attractive and realistically drawn. I have linked this to the ocean unit, but there are other life science units available as well. They are generally focused on animals, but each unit contains about 20 lesson pages. This site requires registration, but it is free and only requires an email address, first and last name and zip code. You will open these materials as pdfs and will need Adobe Acrobat reader 4 or higher to access.
Visit tlsbooks if you’d like your free printables organized by grades. A neat tidy homepage features a left column of links by grades. Each grade page offers lessons and printables for each subject. This site is free but they do ask that a donation of a few dollars per year will help keep it free.
I think these lessons and printables will not only be time and sanity savers, but they also offer pertinent materials.