Actionbioscience, maintained by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, features articles and links on “what’s hot” in the field of biology. There are sections on a variety of topics, but the ones featured on the main site are very buzzworthy: biodiversity, environment, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, and science policy. Students, teachers, and the general public would benefit from reading the articles found on the site.
Below is a screen shot of the article “Looking for Life on Mars and Beyond”
I really like how the articles on this site have the main text in black with a summary of each paragraph in blue. This would be very helpful for students who struggle with reading comprehension or looking at the “big idea” from an article. I will have to find some articles that align with what I am teaching and use them as reading assignments in future lessons. There is also an educator resources section of the site that offers lesson plans.
Biology Online is a life science reference site that features sections for forums, dictionary, articles, tutorials, and directory of internet sites. I find that the dictionary is the most useful area of the website. Without a textbook to refer to, my students struggle finding scientific definitions to their vocabulary words. I direct them to this site because I know the definitions they find here will be in terms of biology. General dictionary sites give non-scientific meanings to words that can be confusing. I also enjoy exploring the directory of internet sites which has many subcategories and offers content on every aspect of biology.
The companion site to the book “The Sourcebook for Teaching Science” by Norman Herr has a very nice biology area. The book itself is very useful, and the companion site has resources organized by content area (“genetics,” “cytology & histology,” etc) as well as lab and lesson planning information.
From the people who brought us Physics4Kids comes Biology4Kids. Again, simple and easy to understand language good for biology novices and veterans alike. Since my school doesn’t have a textbook, I often use these pages for reading assignments.
I’m a big fan of simplicity, and if information is presented simply enough for children, there’s a good chance I’ll understand it, too. Even though this site’s target audience is younger students, I think Rader’s Physics4Kids is a very valuable site. It presents several difficult concepts in plain, easy to read language. I often refer to this site when I need assistance explaining a tricky idea to a student.
Put on by the American Physics Society, Physics Central is a fun place to explore everything physics. As a physics teacher, it’s important to keep an ear to the current physics news. This site sorts news and currents stories by physics topic. The “Ask & Experiment” section offers some fun activities and interactions.
Physics.org is great starting place on the web. The site has several sections: Explore, Discover, Study, Careers, and Physics News. It’s created by the Institute of Physics, but puts much more user-friendly face on physics information. Content can be searched by age and knowledge level.
I’m a big fan of their “Marvin and Milo” cartoon series (because science should be cute!):