Science - Gr.6 Online Interactives

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The Equinox Isn't What You Think It Is site description for The Equinox Isn't What You Think It Is
This 2-minute animated video explains what the equinox is and explains "the equilux". 
https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/equinox-okay-to-be-smart/
equinox-okay-to-be-smart/#.WcU0HMh97NA

 
NASA: What causes the seasons? site description for NASA: What causes the seasons?
Check out this NASA link that explains why we have seasons. It's all about Earth's tilt. You can also learn why Earth is tilted. 
https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons/en/

 
Why do we have seasons? site description for Why do we have seasons?
Explore what causes seasons on Earth in this interactive adapted from NASA materials. Click on the points on Earth's orbit around the Sun to learn about that time of year. 
http://d3tt741pwxqwm0.cloudfront.net/WGBH/npls13/npls13_int_seasons
/index.html

 
TED: Reasons for the Seasons site description for TED: Reasons for the Seasons
This video explains how the shape of the Earth's orbit around the Sun and the Earth's tilt on its axis affect the amount of sunlight we get in winter and summer. Learn about Kepler's discoveries and how they explain the seasons. 
https://ed.ted.com/lessons/reasons-for-the-seasons-rebecca-kaplan

 
CBC: What does the winter solstice mean in the Cree tradition? site description for CBC: What does the winter solstice mean in the Cree tradition?
In this 1-minute video from CBC, Elder Wilfred Buck explains how the Cree observe the shortest day and the longest night of the year. 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/what-does-the-winter-solstice-mean-in-the-cr
ee-tradition-1.4461274

 
NASA Phases of the Moon site description for NASA Phases of the Moon
This page from NASA has an image showing the current (today's) phase of the moon. Scroll down for several amazing videos about moon phases. 
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4604

 
The Earth and Beyond - Explore the Planets site description for The Earth and Beyond - Explore the Planets
Learn more about the planets in our solar system and test yourself by placing the planets in the correct order from the sun. 
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities
/science/the-earth-and-beyond/planets-ordering-and-mnemonics/

 
Scholastic Study Jams: Inner Planets site description for Scholastic Study Jams: Inner Planets
This study jam is about our solar system, specifically the inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Check out the slide show and then take the quiz to test yourself. 
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system
/solar-system-inner.htm

 
Science Trek: Exoplanets site description for Science Trek: Exoplanets
How do scientists find exoplanets that may support life beyond our solar system? This video describes the search for exoplanets. 
https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/9b6ebb03-8c6c-4615-8e82-f
305ce4d0051/exoplanets-science-trek

 
Crash Course: Exoplanets site description for Crash Course: Exoplanets
This 12-minute video explains how our solar system works, focusing on how astronomers have searched for other stars and planets. Astronomers think there may be many billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy. 
https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/astronomy-exoplanets-cras
hcourse-1027

 
100,000 Stars site description for 100,000 Stars
This is a virtual tour of the closest stars to our own Sun. It's very interactive; you can click, drag and zoom with your mouse. You may want to visit the top left corner and Take a Tour to get started. 
http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/stars/

 
DK: What is a planet? site description for DK: What is a planet?
The DK kids' encyclopedia has a definition of a planet. The blinking red arrows around the planets will link to more information. 
http://www.dkfindout.com/us/space/solar-system/what-is-planet/

 
Scholastic Study Jams: Outer Planets site description for Scholastic Study Jams: Outer Planets
Check out this slide show about the outer planets: Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and the plaetoid Pluto. Take the quiz to test yourself. 
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system
/solar-system-outer.htm

 
To Scale: The Solar System site description for To Scale: The Solar System
This 7 minute film will put the size of the solar system in perspective. They use a marble as a scale representation of Earth, and then spread out over 7 miles of dry Nevada lakebed to fit it all in. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR3Igc3Rhfg

 
Discover! The Earth in Space site description for Discover! The Earth in Space
On which planet is the largest volcano crater in the solar system? In part 2, click each planet to launch a space probe and learn more about that planet. Which one has the largest volcano? 
http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmsc/activities/simulations/gr3/unitd.
html

 
Scholastic Study Jams: The Universe site description for Scholastic Study Jams: The Universe
How big is the universe? What do scientists really know about what is out there in deep space? Here's a video and quiz to help you learn more about the universe, galaxies and solar systems. 
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system
/universe.htm

 
BBC: How Big is Space? site description for BBC: How Big is Space?
BBC shares some perspective about how big our solar system is. Scroll down the screen to move your rocket away from earth. Note the measurement at the bottom of the screen, giving you a pixel to metre or kilometre ratio. 
http://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/20140304-how-big-is-space-interac
tive/

 
Scholastic Study Jams: Seasons site description for Scholastic Study Jams: Seasons
Watch the slide show to refresh your understanding of how the tilt of the Earth on its axis and Earth's rotation affect our seasons. Test yourself with the 7-question quiz. 
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-
climate/seasons.htm

 
Autumn Stars and Planets site description for Autumn Stars and Planets
This is a 5-minute video about why the stars change with the seasons. The hosts illustrate how the stars move across the sky during the year. 
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365086444/

 
The Earth and Beyond - Sun, Earth and Moon Orbits site description for The Earth and Beyond - Sun, Earth and Moon Orbits
Learn about the sun, the earth and the moon - as well as their orbits. 
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities
/science/the-earth-and-beyond/sun-moon-and-earth-orbits/

 
Patterns in the Sky site description for Patterns in the Sky
Watch the Earth move around the sun during the seasons of the year. This interactive uses the examples of Boston and Miami to illustrate how different cities get different amounts of sunlight and heat through the year. 
http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmsc/activities/simulations/gr2/unitd.
html

 
The Earth and Beyond - Length of a Day site description for The Earth and Beyond - Length of a Day
Change the dates to see the length of the days shorten or lengthen during the year. 
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities
/science/the-earth-and-beyond/sunrise-and-sunset-and-day-length/

 
The Earth and Beyond - Phases of the Moon site description for The Earth and Beyond -  Phases of the Moon
Learn about how the positions of the Earth and Sun affect how the moon appears to us.  
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities
/science/the-earth-and-beyond/the-phases-of-the-moon/

 
TED: The first asteroid ever discovered site description for TED: The first asteroid ever discovered
This animated video shares the story of the very first asteroid ever discovered and explains how asteroid hunters search for these celestial bodies. Learn how astronomers find asteroids and how they tell the asteroids apart. 
https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-first-asteroid-ever-discovered-carri
e-nugent

 
Scholastic Study Jams: Gravity and Inertia site description for Scholastic Study Jams: Gravity and Inertia
Do you know how to explain gravity and how it works? Check out this video and then test yourself with the quiz. 
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system
/sgravity-and-inertia.htm

 
TED: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Surviving in Space without a Spacesuit site description for TED: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Surviving in Space without a Spacesuit
Neil deGrasse Tyson takes us on a quick (3 minute) tour of our solar system. Could we live on the other planets in our solar system? 
http://ed.ted.com/featured/aYQ8Bv5a

 
DK: Day to Night site description for DK: Day to Night
This video explains how and why we experience day and night on Earth. 
http://www.dkfindout.com/us/video/space/day-to-night/

 
DK: Solar System Quiz site description for DK: Solar System Quiz
Do you know Mars from a meteorite or stars from satellites? Test your knowledge of the planets and the sun with this quiz. If you have trouble with the quiz, you can explore the encyclopedia to find the answers. 
http://www.dkfindout.com/us/quiz/space/take-solar-system-quiz/

 
DK: Extrasolar Planets site description for DK: Extrasolar Planets
Learn more about planets that are outside of our solar system. Pull the red ball down to read the rest of the article. Click on the little yellow planet to see more. 
http://www.dkfindout.com/us/space/stars-and-galaxies/other-planets/

 
DK: The Solar System for Kids site description for DK: The Solar System for Kids
Pull the red ball down to read the entire article. Click on each planet to learn more about it and see a bigger image. Watch for the blinking black dots - click on them to get more information. 
http://www.dkfindout.com/us/space/solar-system/

 
Scholastic Study Jams: A Day on Earth site description for Scholastic Study Jams: A Day on Earth
Watch this video explaining why the Earth has night and day and how the tilt of the earth gives us our seasons. Take the quiz to test yourself. 
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system
/day-on-earth.htm

 
Scholastic Study Jams: The Moon site description for Scholastic Study Jams: The Moon
This is a slideshow about the moon. Click on the images on the right to move through the slides and learn more about the moon. 
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system
/moon.htm

 
NASA: Eyes on the Solar System site description for NASA: Eyes on the Solar System
This site is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Students can "explore the cosmos" from their computer. "Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time." (NASA description) 
http://eyes.nasa.gov/eyes-on-the-solar-system.html

 
Discover! The Earth in the Universe site description for Discover! The Earth in the Universe
What causes light shows in the sky? In part 2, you can move your cursor over the solar wind and the earth's latitude controls and over different parts of the diagram to learn more about each. Spend some time experimenting with the controls to see which conditions cause the aurora to occur in different... 
http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmsc/activities/simulations/gr6/unitd.
html

 
TED: How big is the biggest star site description for TED: How big is the biggest star
Have you ever looked up at the stars and felt small? Have you ever looked thought that our Earth or the Moon are large? This video gives an interesting perspective on the size of our tiny planet among the known large stars and galaxies. 
http://ed.ted.com/featured/FGwTEih4
Displaying 35 Great Resources