Physical Science Website Resources

If you type “physical science” into your favorite search engine, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of hits listed. Many sites include adult as well as student information, lesson plans, and activities that can be used to enhance your science instruction. This list represents a few excellent sites out of the thousands available.

Topics, in alphabetical order, include: atoms (elements) on earth, electricity, energy, magnetism, and metals

Websites were selected by Ellen Deehan, M.S.

Atoms (Elements) on Earth

Tom Lehrer Chemistry Element Song
Youtube video and slide show of a song by a Harvard professor about
every kind atom on the planet.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYW50F42ss8

Chem4Kids
A great chemistry site for kids.
Elements on Earth: www.chem4kids.com/files/elem_intro.html
Periodic Table of the Elements: www.chem4kids.com/files/elem_pertable.html

US Energy Information Administration
Interactive website for studentsdescribes each element in the periodic table.
www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=periodic_table

National Research Council of Canada
Periodic Table: www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/education
Information on all elements on Earth:
www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/education/elements
www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/education/elements/arrangement.html

The Origin of the Periodic Table
University of Colorado at Boulder website for physics students.
www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/periodic_table

PeriodicTable
Commercial website that sells “Elements” placemats and posters:
Free information about various elements; really nice photographs!
www.periodictable.com

Web Elements
British website of the periodic table.
You can click on each element to see more information!
www.webelements.com

Electricity

Physics4Kids
A great physics website for kids.
What energy is:
www.physics4kids.com/files/motion_energy.html
Electrical energy:
www.physics4kids.com/files/elec_intro.html
Static electricity:
www.physics4kids.com/files/elec_charge.html
Direct Current:
www.physics4kids.com/files/elec_dc.html
Alternating Current:
/www.physics4kids.com/files/elec_ac.html

Academic Kids Encyclopedia
An encyclopedia website for kids.
Electricity:
www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Electricity
Simple vs. parallel circuits:
academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Series_and_parallel_circuits

American Chemical Society
Electricity activities for kids:
http://portal.acs.org:80/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=
PP_SUPERARTICLE&node_id=1960&use_sec=false&sec_url_var=
region1&__uuid=4d1b569e-aadd-4024-8cef-1c3887b44148

Miami Science Museum
Frankenstein's Lightning Laboratory for kids.
Static electricity:
www.miamisci.org/af/sln/frankenstein/static.html
Fruit battery:
http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/frankenstein/fruity.html

The NASA Science Files
Science website for kids. Simple vs parallel circuits:
http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/text/kids/Problem_Board/problems/ electricity/circuits2.html

Energy

NASA Earth Lights
A NASA website of satellite images of Earth. This image shows what parts of the world use the most electricity; very dramatic!
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0011/earthlights_dmsp_big.jpg

National Academies of Science
What You Need to Know About Energy:
www.needtoknow.nas.edu/energy
Energy sources:
www.needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/energy-sources
Renewable energy sources:
www.needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/energy-sources/renewable-sources

Geography4Kids
Energy sources:
www.geography4kids.com/files/land_energyresource.html

US Energy Information Administration's Energy Kids
Interactive website for students.
Definition of energy:
www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=about_home-basics
Sources of energy:
www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=about_sources_of_energy-basics
Renewable and nonrenewable energy sources:
www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=2

Wisconsin KEEP
K-12 Energy Education Program for students and teachers.
Renewable energy information for teachers:
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/keep/Renewable_Energy_Education

Magnetism

American Chemical Society
Magnets and metals activities for kids:
http://portal.acs.org:80/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=
PP_SUPERARTICLE&node_id=1952&use_sec=false&sec_url_var=region1&
__uuid=36544801-eceb-4a39-a775-99946c964720

Physics4Kids
A great physics website for kids.
Magnetic fields:
/www.physics4kids.com/files/elec_magneticfield.html
Electromagnets:
www.physics4kids.com/files/elec_magnets.html

Academic Kids Encyclopedia
An encyclopedia website for kids.
Magnet:
http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Magnet
Electromagnets:
http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Electromagnet
Compass:
http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Compass
www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/
Compass#Construction_of_a_simple_compass

Metals

Chem4Kids
A great chemistry site for kids.
Metals in the periodic table of the elements:
www.chem4kids.com/files/elem_metal.html
www.chem4kids.com/files/elem_transmetal.html
Alloys of metals:
www.chem4kids.com/files/matter_mixture2.html

About.com Chemistry
A basic website about Chemistry.
Properties of metals:
http://chemistry.about.com/od/elementgroups/a/metals.htm
Photographs of alkalai metals:
http://chemistry.about.com/od/elementgroups/ig/Alkali-Metals-Photo-Gallery

Academic Kids Encyclopedia
An encyclopedia website for kids.
Alloys:
www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Alloy
Example of an alloy:
www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Pewter
Chemical salts:
www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Salt