Science Resources

CURRICULUM

Glencoe Science Focus on Series, CA Edition
6 - Glencoe Science Focus on Earth Science
7 - Glencoe Science Focus on Life Science
8 - Glencoe Science Focus on Physical Science
CDE Ordering and Pricing

*Meets the CA Standards

Holt California Science
6 - Holt California Earth Science
7 - Holt California Life Science
8 - Holt California Physical Science
CDE Ordering and Pricing

*Meets the CA Standards

Prentice Hall California Science Explorer
6 - Focus on Earth Science
7 - Focus on Life Science
8 - Focus on Physical Science
CDE Ordering and Pricing

*Meets the CA Standards

McDougal Littell California Middle School Science Series
6 - Focus on Earth Sciences
7 - Focus on Life Sciences
8 - Focus on Physical Sciences
CDE Ordering and Pricing

*Meets the CA Standards

CPO Focus on Series, California Edition
6 - Focus on Earth Science
7 - Focus on Life Science
8 - Focus on Physical Science
(Inquiry-based program with hands-on manipulatives. Complete program very expensive, but individual components and kits might be considered).

CDE Ordering and Pricing
*Meets the CA Standards


Grades 9-12

CPO Focus on Series, California Edition
6 - Focus on Earth Science
7 - Focus on Life Science
8 - Focus on Physical Science
(Inquiry-based program with hands-on manipulatives. Complete program very expensive, but individual components and kits might be considered).

CDE Ordering and Pricing
*Meets the CA Standards

Earth Science, Geology, the Environment and the Universe, California
http://www.glencoe.com/

*Meets the CA Standards

Holt California Earth Science
http://www.hrw.com/ca
*Meets the CA Standards

Glencoe California Biology (approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher is HQT in Biology and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home.)
http://www.glencoe.com/
*Meets the CA Standards

Holt Biology California (approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher  is HQT in Biology and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home.)
http://www.hrw.com/ca

*Meets the CA Standards

Prentice Hall Biology (approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher is HQT in Biology and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home.)
http://www.pearsonschool.com/

*Meets the CA Standards

Holt Chemistry California (approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher is HQT in Chemistry and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home. Most students take this course through the Community College.)
http://www.hrw.com/ca
*Meets the CA Standards

Holt Physics California (approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher  is HQT in Physics and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home. Most students take this course through the Community College.)
http://www.hrw.com/ca
*Meets the CA Standards

McDougal Littell (approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher is HQT in Physics and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home. Most students take this course through the Community College.)
http://holtmcdougal.hmhco.com/hm/state/state.htm?state=CA

*Meets the CA Standards


ONLINE CURRICULUM

K12, Inc.
Online courses are a combination of textbook and online activities, grades K-8. Go to the K12 website to read about the K12 philosophy and to read the science course descriptions by grade. Inquire about charter school pricing that is different from their website.
http://www.k12.com/


National University Virtual High School
These courses come with a live back-end teacher who motivates, helps the student with their pacing, and who does all grading. Thus their courses are much more expensive than course and platform only programs. But compared to other back-end teacher courses, they are one of the least expensive and offer great customer service. (Approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher is HQT for that science course and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home. Most students take this course through the Community College.)


Apex CTV
Course content and platform only. Very user-friendly program to manage with minimal grading required of the parent. Courses come with comprehensive answer keys and rubrics. (Approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher is HQT for that science course and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home. Most students take this course through the Community College.)
Students taking these science courses as 'regular' courses, will complete the dry labs and will need to purchase the student lab manual and the teacher lab manual. See Apex materials list.
2011 Course Catalog
Apex Materials List


Apex ALVS
Course content and platform only. Very user-friendly program to manage with minimal grading required of the parent. Courses come with comprehensive answer keys and rubrics. (Approved for a-g, but only if taken with a face-to-face wet labs CP class in your area, or your supervising teacher is HQT for that science course and can do the labs with you. UC will not accept virtual or dry labs or independent study wet labs done in the home. Most students take this course through the Community College.)
Students taking these science courses as 'regular' courses, will complete the dry labs and will need to purchase the student lab manual and the teacher lab manual. See Apex materials list.
Apex Materials List



SCIENCE LAB KITS

Digital Frog
Natural science software that brings learning to life. Dissection, anatomy, and ecosystems on DVD's. A must have supplemental for any life science course.
http://www.digitalfrog.com


Level 2 Science Kits, grades 6-12
Unit study lessons, quizzes, and hands-on activities for Rock Cycle, Volcano, Earth Science, Earthquakes, Space, Oceans.
http://www.sciencekitsforkids.com


Inquiry Investigations
Can purchase individual units within each Module. California standards correlations are available.
http://www.freyscientific.com/

eScience Labs
Science kits aligned to CA standards. Labs support any introductory-level middle and high school science curricula with a comprehensive set of hands-on experiments. These are the same experiments found in a traditional academic lab.
http://www.esciencelabs.com/

Quality Science Labs
Lab kits contain lab manual, most materials, and basic lab equipment (microscope not included).
Middle school Physical Science lab kit. High school lab kit for Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Inquire about charter school pricing.
http://www.qualitysciencelabs.com


Interactive Science Simulations
Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.
http://phet.colorado.edu/

HippoCampus
(A free public website that offers free lessons for high school and college students to aid them in their instruction, studies, and homework).
http://www.hippocampus.org/


Khan Academy
U Tube videos on mostly math, but including physics.
http://www.khanacademy.org/index.html
http://www.khanacademy.org/#cosmology-and-astronomy



SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES

Sally Ride Science
Science and career books.
http://www.sallyridescience.com/


Thinkfinity.org
Free lesson plans and educational resources. State standards search; homework help; games, this day in history; online webinars.
http://www.thinkfinity.org/

Internet4Classrooms
(Web portal for free interactive websites for core subjects and electives).
Science Links for K-12 teachers,
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/science.htm
Grade level links to help students study their grade level science concepts for grades K-8, http://www.internet4classrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm

eNature.com
Participants hear and identify local bird calls.
http://enature.com/challenge/BirdCallChallenge.asp


Discovery Education
Classroom Resources
Includes Puzzlemaker, Lesson Plan Library, and Siemans' STEM Academy, a premier online community designed exclusively to foster achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/

Home Resources/Science
Homework help for the science.
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/homeworkhelp/science/science_homework_help.html


McAllen Public Library - Homework Helper (all subjects)
http://www.mcallenlibrary.net/children/homeworkhelpers.aspx


Exploration Education
Physical science curriculum with all of the materials included for three levels: Grades K - 3: Elementary
Grades 4-6: Standard
Grades 8, High School: Advanced.
Each kit contains the lessons, experiments, and projects. California standards correlations are available from their website.
http://www.explorationeducation.com/

Extreme Science
In coordination with ScienceCastle.com, this site provides videos on the science behind the "extremems" in physical and life science. Categories to explore include Astronomy, Entomology, Geology, Oceanography, Seismology, and Zoology, Earth, Ocean, Animal Kingdom, Space, and Weather. The site has links to great resources such as a science dictionary.
http://www.extremescience.com/


Self-Teaching Guides
The guides provide the fundamental knowledge needed in the various sciences. Can be used as a basic course or as a supplement to any course.
Physical Geography and Astronomy could be combined for a basic Earth Science course with additional supplements.

Astronomy
Basic Physics
Biology
Chemistry
Geology
Physical Geography
Rainbow Resource Center: http://www.rainbowresource.com
A Brighter Child: http://www.abrighterchild.com/

Glencoe Science - Online Activities
Focus on Earth Science, CA Edition, Grade 6: http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078741831/student_view0/unit1/chapter1/
Focus on Life Science, CA Edition, Grade 7: http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/007874184x/student_view0/unit1/chapter1/
Focus on Physical Science, CA Edition, Grade 8: http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078741858/student_view0/unit1/chapter1/
Biology: The Dynamics of Life, CA Edition, 2005: http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078665809/student_view0/unit1/chapter1/
Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe, 2008 (national edition): http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078664233/student_view0/unit1/chapter1/

Glencoe Chemistry: Matter and Change, 2008 (national edition):
http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078664187/student_view0/chapter1/
Glencoe Physics: Principles and Problems, 2009 (national edition): http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078458137/student_view0/chapter1/


Real Science 4 Kids, Level 2
One semester, 10-chapter chemistry course for junior high students lays a foundation for high school chemistry. Students design experiments and use the scientific method to solve real-life science questions.
Level 2 Chemistry Set includes a student text, student lab book, and teacher manual. Components can be purchased individually.
Home Science Tools: http://www.homesciencetools.com
Rainbow Resource Center:http://www.rainbowresource.com
A Brighter Child: http://www.abrighterchild.com/
Gravitas Publications: http://www.gravitaspublications.com


Hands-On Science Series (Walch Publishing)
Hands on Science: Forensics
Hands on Science: Simple Machines
Hands on Science: ABCs of Chemistry
Hands on Science: Electricity & Magnetism
Hands on Science: Atmosphere & Weather
Hands on Science: Rocks & Minerals
Hands on Science: Force & Motion
Hands on Science: Light & Color
Hands on Science: Nutrition, Mind & Body
Hands on Science: Our Solar System
Hands on Science: Plants
Hands on Science: Arthropods
Hands on Science: Water

Walch Education: http://www.walch.com/
Rainbow Resource Center: http://www.rainbowresource.com
A Brighter Child: http://www.abrighterchild.com/

Contemporary Chemistry (Walch Publishing)
Chemistry presented in as a basic course with simpler, clear content including questions and summaries. Includes quizzes and lab experiments. The program also refers to an additional, optional book by the same publisher, Practical Chemistry Labs. This additional lab book requires much expensive lab equipment to implement.
Rainbow Resource Center: http://www.rainbowresource.com
A Brighter Child: http://www.abrighterchild.com/


Usborne Science Encyclopedia
A great science resource that will be used for many years.

A Brighter Child: http://www.abrighterchild.com/

Janice Van Cleave - Hands-on Science Experiment Books
Instructional hands-on books that are user-friendly and a great supplement to any science course. Titles include Astronomy for Every Kid, Biology for Every Kid, Earth Science for Every Kid, Electricity for Every Kid, Chemistry for Every Kid, Geography for Every Kid, Human Body for Every Kid, Insects and Spiders for Every Kid, Math for Every Kid, Oceans for Every Kid, Physics for Every Kid, Rock and Minerals for Every Kid, and many more.
Go to Rainbow Resource Center for an inside look at the book.
Rainbow Resource Center: http://www.rainbowresource.com/
A Brighter Child: http://www.abrighterchild.com/


Brain POP
Brain Pop has animated movies that coordinate with school subjects K-8. Click on your state/subject/grade, select the standard and choose the animated movie clip to view that coordinates with that standard. Use Brain Pop to review individual California grade level standards, introduce a lesson, or make your child's learning more engaging and fun.
http://www.brainpop.com
*Meets the CA Standards

Aim Education / Learn360
Video streaming, video clips, source documents, and more for all core subjects, at an affordable family license price.
http://www.learn360.com

Library Video Company
Schlessinger Media science videos are all very good. The science videos that end in "For Children" and the Bug City series are some favorites. Most videos have a free Teacher Guide linked to the video description.
http://www.libraryvideo.com/


Digital Frog
Natural science software that brings learning to life. Dissection, anatomy, and ecosystems on DVD's. A must have supplemental for any life science course.
http://www.digitalfrog.com


Rader's CHEM4KIDS
Categories include matter, atoms, periodic table, elements 1-36, reactions, biochemistry, et cetera.
http://www.chem4kids.com/index.html

SciNet
The ultimate Science World Wide Web resource. Topics include reactions, elements, electricity, light, plants, and body. Take the SciNet quizzes. Explore the Biographies. Learn vocabulary and concepts using their extensive index linked to website activities..
http://www.nelsonthornes.com/secondary/science/scinet/scinet/

Annenburg Media Learner.org
Free streamed videos in all of the science and subject areas.
http://www.learner.org/

Chemistry:
free video streamed lessons about chemistry concepts.

http://www.learner.org/resources/series61.html?pop=yes&pid=793

Kiwi Web - Chemistry & New Zealand
Explains the major branches of chemistry.
http://www.chemistry.co.nz/what_is_chemistry.htm



Earth Science Website Links
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/savageearth/earthquakes/index.html a really fun site on earthquakes
http://www.geography4kids.com/ This is an earth science site and not really a geography site
http://www.amazingcaves.com/fset_learn_guide.html ok, I loved this site when I found it and spent a couple of hours on it just for fun.
http://www.amazingcaves.com/Caves%20Teachers%20Guide.pdf very nice study guide PDF to go with the amazing caves website
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/ USGS site for kids to learn about earthquakes with a lot of games
http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Kids/  USGS kids site about astronomy also with a lot of games
http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/BrowseTheSolarSystem/ nice little site with facts about each planet in the solar system
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/dynamic.html this is a site on earthquakes and volcanoes
http://education.usgs.gov/primary.html How to Build a Model Illustrating Sea-Floor Spreading
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/17/gip-17.pdf This is a teacher’s guide on rocks and minerals with a ton of fun and easy experiments you can do at home
http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/rxmin/index.html rock and mineral introduction
http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of00-144/of00-144.pdf  a nice poster that shows minerals we use in our everyday lives
http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Photo/volcano_cams.html cameras on active volcanoes around the world


Plant Resources
Great explanation of photosynthesis with diagram:
http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3715/photo3.html?tqskip=1
Photosynthesis defined:
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/glossary/photosynthesis.html
Ms. Frizzle reviews photosynthesis:
http://scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/games/frizfreshfacts/index.htm
BrainPop movie of photosynthesis:
http://www.brainpop.com/science/plantsandanimals/photosynthesis/index.weml?&tried_cookie=true
Animated Photosynthesis:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/methuselah/photosynthesis.html#
Graphic showing movement of energy through the food chain:
http://www.geog.ouc.bc.ca/physgeog/contents/4e.html
Plant parts diagram:
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case1/c1m1app.html
BrainPop movie on seed plants:
http://www.brainpop.com/science/plantsandanimals/seedplants/index.weml
Plant Kingdom:
http://www.hitchams.suffolk.sch.uk/key/plant1.htm
Flower Structure:
http://www.mendelweb.org/MWflower.html
Living Things:
http://www.hitchams.suffolk.sch.uk/key/plantand.htm
BrainPop on Scientific Method:
http://www.brainpop.com/science/scientificinquiry/scientificmethod/index.weml
Plantas (Informacion en Espanol)
http://www.botanical-online.com/lasplantas.htm


Plant Leaf Keys
http://www.drake.edu/artsci/biology/Wacha/leaf_diagrams.html
http://www.cas.psu.edu/docs/CASDEPT/Hort/LeafID/Default.html
http://dallas.tamu.edu/weeds/anat.html
http://www.nps.gov/goga/parklabs/library/plantkey.htm
http://www.bridgingthewatershed.org/dichot1/habitats.html


Plants
Plant classification, plant physiology, plant morphology: http://www.nelsonthornes.com/secondary/science/scinet/scinet/
(click on Plants)
Plants: http://teachers.eusd.k12.ca.us/jleff/Science/Plant%20Life.htm
Plant parts: http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/vegquiz/plantparts.html
Plant parts: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/index.html
Plant structure: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/gpe/case1/c1facts1a.html

Roots: http://www.nelsonthornes.com/secondary/science/scinet/scinet/plants/parts/roots.htm
Roots: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/gpe/case1/c1facts2a.html
Roots: http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3715/root2.html
Stems: http://www.nelsonthornes.com/secondary/science/scinet/scinet/plants/parts/stem.htm
Stems: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case1/c1facts2b.html
Stems: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case1/c1facts1a.html

Seeds: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/nttidb/lessons/cb/plantcb.html
Seeds: http://www.theseedsite.co.uk/seedparts.html
Seeds:  http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3715/seeds4.html
Seeds:  http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3715/seeds.html
Seeds: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case1/c1facts2e.html

Leaves: http://www.nelsonthornes.com/secondary/science/scinet/scinet/plants/parts/leaf.htm
Leaves: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case1/c1facts2c.html
Leaves: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/plants/leaf/label/simpleleaf/
Leaves: http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html

Flowers: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case1/c1facts2d.html
Flowers: http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3715/flower.html
Flowers: http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3715/pollin5.html

Edible Parts: http://www.jmu.edu/biology/k12/garden/parts.htm
Edible Parts: http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/vegquiz/plantparts.html
Edible Parts: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case1/c1f-ans.html

Adaptation: http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/rforest/plants/adapt.htm
Adaptation: http://mbgnet.mobot.org/sets/desert/index.htm (click on Plants of the Desert)

Life Cycle: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/case1/c1facts1b.html
Life Cycle: http://www.arboretum.fullerton.edu/grow/primer/cycle.asp
Life Cycle: http://www.sln.org.uk/science/lifecycle/ (Click on View Flash Movie)


Plant Cells
Learn about cells from BrainPop:
http://www.brainpop.com/health/basicsandcells/cells/
Onion cells:
http://www.biology.arizona.edu/cell_bio/activities/cell_cycle/cell_cycle.html
Onion cells:
http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/b-online/e04/04a.htm
Plant cell anatomy:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/plants/cell/
http://www.cellsalive.com/cells/plntcell.htm
Look inside a virtual plant cell. View an animated diagram of photosynthesis:
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/gnorcross/webquest.htm
See the anatomy of a plant cell, then scroll down to see a magnified view of each organelle:
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/cells/plantcell.html

Trees
Tree Identification:
http://www.sd22.bc.ca/hillview/treeid.htm
Learn about trees:
http://www.units.muohio.edu/dragonfly/trees.htmlx
EcoKids on trees:
http://ecokids.earthday.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/forests/what_is_a_tree.cfm
Parts of a tree labeled:
http://www.ncforestry.org/docs/Trees/PartsOfTree/
Cross section of a tree:
http://www.safetreekids.net/awesome/parts.html








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