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Characteristics of Living Things
1 - Plants and animals in the local environment
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/activities/plants_animals.swf
Teacher's Description: Flash activity on identifying living things in their environment.

2 - Is it living?
URL: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/anaheim/uncovering/Is_It_Living.pdf
Teacher's Description: Worksheet on living and non-living things. Useful to be printed out as a starter activity for lessons.

3 - Living vs. non-living
URL: http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.colt.lp_living/
Teacher's Description: An excellent collection of resources including videos which can be used in lessons. Suggested lesson plans and resources can be downloaded. It is possible to access the materials without registering (click on test-drive) but registration is free.

4 - The Living Field
URL: http://www.scri.ac.uk/files/lf/web/index.html
Teacher's Description: An excellent series of Flash animations and activities covering living things and their classification. Some animations are large and is slow to load over the web but the whole package (160 mb) can be download free from: http://www.scri.ac.uk/livingfield/TheLivingFieldCD.htm and installed on the schools computers.

5 - Ourselves
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/ourselves.shtml
Teacher's Description: Flash activity on living and non-living things. Pupils can identify living things and inanimate objects. Pupils can also label the organisms in the diagrams. Too basic for some.

6 - Alien safari
URL: http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/AlienSafari/AlienSafari.html
Teacher's Description: Click the image below to discover some of the most extreme organisms on our planet, and find out what they are telling astrobiologists about the search for life beyond Earth.

7 - Schoolyard and urban ecosystems
URL: http://techalive.mtu.edu/meec/module10/title.htm
Teacher's Description: A short quiz on living and non-lving things followed by some good information on ecosystems including an excellent animation of the water cycle.

8 - Mrs Nerg's living animal quiz.
URL: http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/animals/life/quiz/index.htm
Teacher's Description: Page has a simple quiz on life processes. The homepage has well-presented information on the 7 life processes.

9 - Life processes
URL: http://www.icteachers.co.uk/resources/science/lifeprocesses.ppt
Teacher's Description: A good introductory PowerPoint presentation on the seven life processes.

10 - Sort
URL: http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/online/sorting.swf
Teacher's Description: A flash based sorting activity where pupils are asked to group numbers or objects. This is probably best suited to very low ability pupils.

11 - The needs of living things
URL: http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.colt.lp_stayalive/
Teacher's Description: Excellent lesson plan and resources on the needs of living things. Includes videos with discussion questions and a printable worksheet. (site works best if you register but materials can be accessed by taking a 'test-drive')

12 - Bucket buddies
URL: http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/bucketproj/
Teacher's Description: International project on the environment that could be run at the school. Students from different countries will participate to answer a question. Watch out for deadlines as the projects have limited life spans

13 - What am I?
URL: http://www.teachingandlearningresources.co.uk/whatami.ppt
Teacher's Description: A well-made powerpoint quiz on classifying vertebrates. Needs to be saved.

14 - Classification quiz
URL: http://www.saburchill.com/questions/class01.html
Teacher's Description: A quiz in which pupils use a key to identify 20 different animals.

15 - The five kingdoms of living things.
URL: http://www.zephyrus.co.uk/plantsoranimals.html
Teacher's Description: The resource contains a printable worksheet which pupils can fill in when accessing the pages on each kingdom. There are also links to short quizzes and puzzles. Watch out for occasional typos and mention that yeast is a fungi not a bacteria!

Classification of Plants & Animals
1 - Variation
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/variation.shtml
Teacher's Description: Flash activity to see if pupils can identify insects, plants, mammals and birds. Pupils drag organisms into correct boxes. There is also a 10 question quiz to try.

2 - A Touch of Class
URL: http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/class.html
Teacher's Description: Fun (and sometimes quite difficult) classification flash game on grouping organisms according to their type/features.

3 - The Animal Kingdom
URL: http://www.kidport.com/RefLib/Science/Animals/Animals.htm
Teacher's Description: A good site on classification of animals. All of the main classes are covered with good images. The site also contains some good links to other sites be some are broken.

4 - Micro-organisms - What and Where are Micro-organisms?
URL: http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/microorganisms/whatandwhere.asp
Teacher's Description: An excellent series of animations on classification of microbes with interactive games and quizes.

5 - Bitesize revision: variation
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/living_things/variation/read1.shtml
Teacher's Description: A good, simple, revision site on grouping living things. There is also a short revision quiz.

6 - Sorting Games
URL: http://www.mape.org.uk/activities/sorting_games/index.htm
Teacher's Description: A range of different sorting games which will help pupils learn about how 'keys' work. Pupils can try several of the games to see how they work. They can then try to make their own sorting games by writing their own questions.

7 - Variation in Living Things
URL: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2science.html#variation2c
Teacher's Description: Three flash-based activities on sorting living things. Initially pupils sort organisms into plants or animals. They can then use their own criteria to sort animals into different groups.

8 - Animal classification
URL: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/science.html#animalclassification
Teacher's Description: A series of interactive games on the classification of animals.

9 - Diversity of Living Things
URL: http://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/Divisions/kindergarten_g12/curriculum/CS_Career%20Development/Gr%206%20Living_Things.swf
Teacher's Description: Worksheets that can be printed on classifying living things. The worksheet on classifying birds is probably the most useful. North Canadian focus

10 - Minibeasts
URL: http://www.mylearning.org/jpage.asp?journeyid=77&jpageid=208
Teacher's Description: A good introduction to 'minibeasts' (in particular insects and spiders). There is some good background material and a 10 question quiz included. Pupils will particularly enjoy designing their own minibeast in the interactive game.

11 - Wild about nature.
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/wildaboutnature/explorer.shtml?Garden
Teacher's Description: This resource provides a good overview of animals and plants and lots of interactive content such as games and quizzes. The things to do section contains lots of activities for the classroom or at home. UK focus.

12 - What's that bug?
URL: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/
Teacher's Description: Lots of information on 'bugs'. Pupils can send in their own photos and get them identified. There is lots of useful background information on different types of invertebrate. Can be a bit difficult to follow but the pictures are lovely.

13 - Animal groups
URL: http://www.schooltrain.info/science/animals/groups/group_menu2.htm
Teacher's Description: Descriptions of the vertebrate groups and insects. Simple, clear text supported with images.

14 - Vertebrates: Animals with backbones.
URL: http://www.kidport.com/RefLib/Science/Animals/AnimalIndexV.htm
Teacher's Description: Set of links on different vertebrates. Each links to page with photos and short / medium amount of text. Also further links to websites with more info.

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Properties and uses of materials
1 - Characteristics of materials
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/characteristics_materials.shtml
Teacher's Description: A simple interactive activity to introduce the properties and uses of some common materials.

2 - Grouping materials
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/grouping_materials.shtml
Teacher's Description: This is a very simple interactive grouping activity, good starter or for younger ages / lower abilities

3 - Materials
URL: http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/material/quiz.htm
Teacher's Description: A specialized site about how different materials are used throughout historic buildings. Detailed info given on the source/properties/conservation of the material. Some pictures are not clear and you may want to increase the font size.

4 - Grouping and describing changes in materials
URL: http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1science.html#materials2d
Teacher's Description: 4 basic activities linked to sorting and describing changes in materials. Suitable as a starter or for lower ability pupils.

5 - Characteristics of materials
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/materials/characteristic_materials/play.shtml
Teacher's Description: Activity from BBC to test different materials for various properties then take a quiz

6 - Magnetic liquid
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZsY-U4Qe6A
Teacher's Description: A video showing a magnetic liquid.

7 - Stretchy tights spreadsheet
URL: http://www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/science/ks1-2/resources/examples/physicalprocesses/stretchy_tights.xls
Teacher's Description: This is a pre-prepared spreadsheet for analysing the data from an experiment to test the stretchiness of tights. It enables pupils to be shown the usefulness of Excel in analysing data.

8 - Materials and their properties
URL: http://www.schooltrain.info/powerpoint/materials_properties.ppt
Teacher's Description: A very basic powerpoint introducing what materials objects are made from and why. Suitable as a starter or for use with lower ability groups.

9 - The pencil pages
URL: http://www.pencils.com/
Teacher's Description: An interesting site devoted to pencils, includes how they are made.

10 - Make your own paper
URL: http://www.wipapercouncil.org/makepaper.htm
Teacher's Description: Instructions on how to make your own paper..Fun activity, with facts and games on the same site. US focus and difficult-to-read type the only minor problems.

11 - Liquid armour
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EShC8tBdXbw&feature=related
Teacher's Description: A video about a new treatment for material - liquid armour. Be aware of political / cultural context.

12 - Materials detectives
URL: http://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/SeeK/detect.htm
Teacher's Description: Investigates the properties of different materials.

13 - Scientists hail “frozen smoke” as material that will change world
URL: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/article2284349.ece
Teacher's Description: Times newspaper article on Aerogel.

14 - Space shuttle thermal tile test
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJN0U-QBoyc
Teacher's Description: A You Tube video showing a Space Shuttle thermal tile being tested, 2 mins.

15 - Material matters
URL: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/science/material_matters/index.htm
Teacher's Description: Nice uncluttered site for pupils to research eight different materials, their properties and origins. Info could be used to make posters or presentations.The experiments would obviously require supervision.

16 - Wood and paper
URL: http://www.fossweb.com/modulesK-2/WoodandPaper/index.html
Teacher's Description: A website with lots of information about wood and paper. Includes links to a nice interactive exercise, ask a scientist and even a song. Could be too basic for some learners.

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