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10 Science Online Game Collections Kids Can Play in Their Free Time

10 Science Online Game Collections Kids Can Play in Their Free Time


10 Science Online Game Collections Kids Can Play in Their Free Time

Science in particular has a great many subjects which benefit from visual models and animated examples.  Furthermore, kids of nearly all ages naturally gravitate to things that resemble games since they understand and respect their mechanics and rules.  Take advantage of this match made in heaven and look over these curated collections of web-based science games that kids can play at school and at home to reinforce what they are learning in class.  Since science often gets less time in the limelight than subjects such as language arts and math, these games are also a great way to get in some extra practice that you may not have freedom to devote direct teaching time to.


Use the grade level categories below as a loose guide, as many of the collections also include games for adjacent grade levels!


Primary Science Websites

Turtle Diary 

Over eighty games, the vast majority of which are for students pre-k through grade 2, on a surprisingly wide variety of science topics appropriate to the age group.


PBS Kids 

Character themed science games about weather, gardening, ecosystems, basic physics and more.


Middle Elementary

Science Kids 

Almost thirty games subdivided into three sections: living things, physical processes & solids, liquids and gases.  


Sheppard Software 

Twelve chemical element games, six nutrition games and fifteen more science games on various subjects.


Upper Elementary

Mr. Nussbaum 

Over thirty different science-themed games, along with instructional activities and/or videos for each one.


Middle School

NASA's Space Place 

Space, weather and tech themed games, with some videos and craft ideas in the educator section.


Legends of Learning 

Earth and space science, life science and physical science games. Legends of Learning games align to national Common Core and NGSS standards for Math and Science, with thousands of games and assessment items for middle and elementary school.  


Game On Learning - Middle School Science 

Energy management, microbiology, physics and more can be explored in seven games and links to three more websites that host multiple games.


Early High School

Game On Learning - High School Science 

Chemistry, biology, physics, ecology, and more feature in this list of nine games.


Late High School

Science Game Center

Botany, biology, ecology, meteorology and more!  The game mechanics also offer enough complexity to engage older students.  Some of these games have to actually be downloaded onto your computer, so be sure to check the “Available on” part of the game profile if you only want to use web-based games.


If you’re having trouble finding what you need to support your teaching on one of these lists, try opening up Google and typing in “[[subject] or [standard]] game for [grade level]“ to find something aligned more closely to your unit. 


10 Science Online Game Collections Kids Can Play in Their Free Time


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iTECH Model Lessons for Innovative Project Based Technology Lessons

iTECH Model Lessons for Innovative Project Based Technology Lessons


Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.

Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom. 


What is iTECH and why should I be interested?


iTECH is an acornym for a 5 part model (much like the design process for STEM teachers or the 5E method for science) that walks through learning and using any new technology tool in a way that enhances learning for students and takes the responsibility off of the teacher to explicitly teach.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.

This model is research-based and classroom-tested by media specialists, technology teachers, technology facilitators, and classroom teachers at the elementary level. We all saw remarkable results and came to the same conclusions- students using the iTECH model are engaged and creating amazing final products with little to no formal technology instruction. You won't find this information anywhere else because it is brand new. 
To learn more about the WHY of iTECH, including the research study that I completed with this model, click here. 

Overview of an iTECH Model Lesson

In the following 12 pictures, I'm going to show you a peek into an iTECH lesson for science. 
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
I Can Statements, Standards, and the Rubric
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.

Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
The end goal

Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
The first introduction to the tool
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Make a plan
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Now it is time to work
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Share and get feedback
Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.
Make another something with the tool
As you can see, the lesson walks students through the steps in iTECH while learning both content area and technology skills. It is engaging and real to them because they are exploring and learning at the same time. This will change the way you teach!

I have 2 full units prepared for you to try with your students. The best part is, these lessons are totally editable, so with the templates provided in these units, you could make more of your own!




Thanks for reading. Do you have any units you'd like to request? Let me know in the comments.

Are you interested in teaching in innovative ways? Do you have the right mindset to revolutionize the way technology tools are used in the classroom? Then you are the perfect fit to learn and use the iTECH Model in your classroom.

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Science 5E Units- Particles of Matter Models

Science 5E Units- Particles of Matter Models


Do you teach your students how to make particle models for the different states of matter? Then this paperless digital unit is perfect for your classroom!


5E Science Units- Physical Science Unit 1


Do you teach your students how to make particle models for the different states of matter? Then this paperless digital unit is perfect for your classroom! 


Using the 5E Science model, this unit includes:


Engagement: Objective and engagment activities
You are going to love the I Can statement and engagement activities that come in this unit. Your students can choose to do one or both of the activities.  If you have time, the children's book Solving Dissolving is a fantastic beginners activity. 
Exploration: Virtual lab with guided notes
The lab component of any science unit is so important. This virtual lab exploration and guided notes will demystify the concepts.
Explanation: Notes, vocabulary, digital interactive notebook template, and diagrams
I did all of the work here to make your life easier. Students move through at their own pace. 
Elaboration: 4 choices for creating a visual representation of knowledge
Who doesn't love options? Students choose 2 of the 4 activities to complete at their own pace. 
Evaluation: Multiple choice questions
This particular unit includes 8 multiple choice questions to check for understanding. View the video below to see the unit. 


After you watch the video, check out this exclusive reader freebie- click to download a vocabulary poster to go along with this unit:

5E Science Model- Particle Models in Matter Vocabulary Poster



Do you teach your students how to make particle models for the different states of matter? Then this paperless digital unit is perfect for your classroom!


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Engaging 5th Grade Science Review That Will Save you Time

Engaging 5th Grade Science Review That Will Save you Time


As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test.

As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test. A good chunk of my students joined after the beginning of the school year so I have no real way of knowing what they learned prior to coming to me. This, to me, means that I need to review everything in a substantial way. It needs to be an engaging review of each unit and should include just enough information to not overwhelm them... see the dilemma?

So I sat down and started writing out the most important things in each unit. This is what I came up with:
As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test.
I cross compared my list to the percentage breakdown given by the state and I was pleased. If I can make sure my students have a good handle on the things on my list, they will be successful on the test.

Of course we need more than just vocabulary. I want them to take notes, I want them to watch videos. I want to reach as many types of learners as I can and go at their pace (the constant struggle of a teacher, I know).

I am a paperless classroom with 1:1 technology, so my method would certainly involve tech. This is the first activity I made, for Ecosystems.
As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test.

It is a little hard to see in the picture so I will explain how I included everything. I started with a box of "most important things." I color coded the vocabulary words. Then, to help them understand the topic thoroughly, I linked to 6 online interactive videos, games, activities, etc. Students can move through these interactives at their own pace. I expect my students to take notes and add to their "most important things." Then, the big vocabulary. I stopped myself at 6 terms per unit. It was difficult to choose 6 because there are dozens and of course they are all important. These are click and drag, so the students match up the term to the definition. Finally, an essential question to answer. Students type the response right on the screen. One unit done.

I continued like this for all 4 of the major North Carolina Science units for the year, but made sure to include information from all of the categories on the NC Science EOG.

My hope is that students will be engaged and interested in these activities (and learn without even realizing it). Would you link to use this resource, too? Click here to download it.

I've also started working on vocabulary pages, like this one:
I plan to use these for homework next school year. Each "week" has 3 vocabulary words, which means 4 nights of homework. We might do the definitions in class on Monday and then they only have 3 nights, but I'm not sure yet. What terms would you include in this?

Thanks for reading!

As the school year is winding down, test prep is winding up! I've been racking my brain thinking of the most efficient way to get my 5th grade students ready for their science state test.



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