Topics:

A. Properties of matter
B. Solids, liquids and gases
C. Water, solutions and suspensions
D. Air pollution
E. Water pollution

A. Properties of matter
1 - Mission material
URL: http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/modules/materials/game.cfm?coSiteNavigation_allTopic=1
Teacher's Description: Mission Materials links to the Illustrated Materials Database. Level 2 can be frustrating due to inappropriate binary divides (e.g. shiny/dull).

2 - Why are so many things made of plastic?
URL: http://www.tvo.org/iqm/plastic/plastichome.html
Teacher's Description: A great website about plastics. Instruct students to learn more about the properties of plastics and click on the video link at the top right corner

3 - Recyclezone
URL: http://www.recyclezone.org.uk/
Teacher's Description: A fun website aimed at encouraging recycling. Some UK specific references.

4 - Thermal conductor
URL: http://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/CDA/14-16/chemistry/copch0pg4.html
Teacher's Description: An animated interactive page explaining the thermal properties of copper.

5 - Design a dream bicycle
URL: http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/topics/54i.html
Teacher's Description: A exercise to design a dream bicycle. Click on the site map button to access the

6 - Multi-functional plastics production lab
URL: http://pbskids.org/wayback/future/plastics/mfppl_pop.html
Teacher's Description: A virtual laboratory for manufacturing plastics, pupils choose the plastic and the manufacturing process to see how objects are made.

7 - Paul's polymer lab
URL: http://pslc.ws/macrog/kidsmac/lab.htm
Teacher's Description: A series of fun activities for the lab or home.

8 - Slime anyone?
URL: http://pbskids.org/wayback/future/plastics/slime.html
Teacher's Description: 4 experiments with plastics. Not for the faint-hearted. Adult supervision required

9 - Metals
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_KS3.aspx?ID=592
Teacher's Description: Animated explanation of the properties that characterise metals, linked to the Periodic Table

10 - Non-Metals
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_KS3.aspx?ID=532
Teacher's Description: Animated explanation of the properties that characterise non-metals, linked to the Periodic Table

11 - Plastics resource
URL: http://plastics.americanchemistry.com/Education-Resources
Teacher's Description: A site mentioned in the syllabus. Watch for occasional minor spelling errors (e.g. phosphorous)

12 - Reactions of metals and metal compounds
URL: http://www.docbrown.info/ks3chemistry/9Emc.htm
Teacher's Description: Multi choice quiz on the properties, uses etc of metals and non metals

13 - Plastics recycling information sheet
URL: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21130258/resources/InformationSheets/Plastics.htm
Teacher's Description: A comprehensive information sheet on the uses, types and recycling of plastics. UK specific and rather text-dense.

14 - Hands on plastics
URL: http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_plastics/hands_on_plastics/activities/index.html
Teacher's Description: Animated walk-throughs of several plastics education activities. Direct students to click on the interactive multimedia walk-through of lab. There are lots more activities to try.

15 - Matter
URL: http://ippex.pppl.gov/interactive/matter/density.html
Teacher's Description: An introduction to Density, includes the Density lab.

16 - Cartesian diver
URL: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceExCartesianDiver-WhyFallMO68.htm
Teacher's Description: Activity on how to make a Cartesian diver.

17 - Investigating air - hot and cold
URL: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceExHotAirMoreSpaceThanColdAirMO68.htm
Teacher's Description: Does hot air take up more space than cold air?

18 - Illustrated materials database
URL: http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/modules/materials.cfm
Teacher's Description: Simplistic interactive version of the illustrated materials database that links to a game on the pupils page.

19 - Properties of metals and non-metals
URL: http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry/metals-the-reactivity-series/revise-it/properties-of-metals-and-non-metals
Teacher's Description: Info on the properties and uses of metals and non-metals.You could mention that some metals that are not normally flammable may burn if finely divided. Probably best for more able. UK GCSE focus.

20 - Uses of some elements
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/content/keystage3/chemistry/pc/learningsteps/USELC/LO_Template.swf
Teacher's Description: 10 slides describing the uses of some (metal) elements. A short quiz follows. Introduces some less familiar aspects of metals (e.g. terms of elements, atomic representation in visuals)

21 - Choosing materials
URL: http://www.level.org.nz/material-use/choosing-materials/
Teacher's Description: An interesting page looking at all of the factors that might affect your choice of materials for a task.

22 - The periodic table of the elements, in pictures
URL: http://elements.wlonk.com/Elements_Pics_11x8.5.pdf
Teacher's Description:The best periodic table that I have come across for kids. Back to top

B. Solids, liquids and gases
1 - Materials and their properties
URL: http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/modules/solids-liquids-gases/slg2.cfm
Teacher's Description: A series of cartoons about solids, liquids and gases, including teacher resources and a quiz. Sound can be turned off if you find it annoying. To find the cartoons, select buttons 2-12 from the main menu

2 - Change of state - water
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_KS3.aspx?ID=528
Teacher's Description: A simulation explaining the freezing and boiling of water.

3 - Solid to a liquid to a gas
URL: http://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/ICI/11-14/materials/match1pg2.html
Teacher's Description: A site explaining changes of state. Clearly shows the difference between steam and water droplets.

4 - Properties of solids, liquids and gases
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_ks3.aspx?id=596
Teacher's Description: Attractive basic animated intro to the differences between solids, liquids and gases, with test and revision notes

5 - Melting and boiling
URL: http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/hotplate/index.html
Teacher's Description: An interactive activity looking at temperature / time graphs for melting and boiling. Temperatures have to be entered precisely.

6 - Testing time - aerosols
URL: http://www.catie.org.uk/aerosol_page.html
Teacher's Description: An excellent interactive activity explaining what goes on inside an aerosol can. Note the animation is a bit slow. For more able pupils.

7 - The structure of matter
URL: http://preparatorychemistry.com/Bishop_KMT_frames.htm
Teacher's Description: An animated slideshow explaining the particle theory of matter.

8 - Matter is the stuff around you
URL: http://www.chem4kids.com/files/matter_intro.html
Teacher's Description: An introduction to the five states of matter. Interesting link to Bose-Einstein condensates. Some minor spelling errors (e.g. homogeneous and heterogeneous)

9 - States of matter
URL: http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/matter_states.htm
Teacher's Description: A more detailed page on the states of matter, including a mini quiz. Aimed at more able pupils.

10 - Changing matter
URL: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/science/changing_matter/index.htm
Teacher's Description: An interactive activity showing pupils how particle activity changes on heating.

11 - Particle model of solids, liquids and gases homework - extra tasks
URL: http://www.ailwyn.schoolzone.co.uk/science%20website%20internet/extra7g.htm
Teacher's Description: 3 tasks that could be used for homework.

12 - Making Rain
URL: http://www.upd8.org.uk/activity/128/Making-Rain.html
Teacher's Description: Using the particle model to explain how rain is made and how cloud seeding works. Requires login to download resources, available as word doc or pdf. Rain making activity for 11-14s - will be beyond some kids at this stage

13 - States of matter
URL: http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/states_of_matter/index.html
Teacher's Description: An interactive activity showing the behaviour of the particles in a solid, a liquid and a gas.

14 - Melting and boiling point:
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_KS3.aspx?ID=593
Teacher's Description: Animated explanation of why substances have constant melting and boiling points, using the particle theory. Includes a short quiz. Shows the constant temperature at mpt and bpt

15 - Solids, liquids and gases
URL: http://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/BAMA/14-16/aerosch2pg1.html
Teacher's Description: An interactive animated site about solids, liquids and gases. Moving the cursor over the blue words animated the relevant diagrams.

16 - States of matter
URL: http://www.docbrown.info/page03/3_52states.htm
Teacher's Description:A detailed page revising all aspects of the particle model and changes of state. Back to top

C. Water, solutions and suspensions
1 - Mixtures and solutions
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/materials/changes_materials/read1.shtml
Teacher's Description: An well animated introduction and clear quiz to follow up. Covers the basics of filtration and reversible / non reversible reactions.

2 - Mixtures, solutions and suspensions.
URL: http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry/atomic-structure/revise-it/mixtures
Teacher's Description: Clear diagrams and definitions with some animations later on the effect of temp.

3 - Young science investigators - BP
URL: http://www.bp.com/genericResource.do?categoryId=8042&contentId=7037376
Teacher's Description: A very classy set of 12 experiments in Flash including a clear dissolving experiment. Uses narrative and text. Requires a login to access the website, non UK residents will need to log in manually.

4 - More about dissolving.
URL: http://www.channel4learning.com/apps26/learning/microsites/E/essentials/science/material/moredissolving_bi.jsp
Teacher's Description: Short description and related experiment to try at home. A rich useful site designed for slightly younger children. Pity that the image bank and web links pages are empty! Ask students to also try the quiz.

5 - Water based 3 in a row puzzle.
URL: http://www.shockwave.com/gamelanding/bigkahunareef.jsp#NONE
Teacher's Description: Well animated lateral flash puzzle, set underwater. Also recommended, bubble fish bob from the same site.

6 - Mentos geyser science project
URL: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/mentos-geyser-science-project
Teacher's Description: A great excuse to do this neat demo with Mento mint sweets and some fizzy soda. You can explain why the reaction occurs using the information provided here

7 - Solubility measurement protocol
URL: http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/resource/solubility
Teacher's Description: Set of lesson plans, with introduction activities and then experimental procedure for investigating solubility of sugar in water. 2 extension activities.

8 - Solutions and suspensions.
URL: http://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/BAMA/14-16/aerosch2pg3.html
Teacher's Description: Clear animation of salt dissolving that can be enlarged for projecting onto a white board and descriptive text of the steps.

9 - Mixing in the kitchen.
URL: http://www.floridatechnet.org/GED/LessonPlans/Science/SCI%20Lesson%2041%20Mixing%20in%20the%20Kitchen.pdf
Teacher's Description: A set of lesson plans and experimental protocols for solutions, suspensions and emulsions. Easy to use 'home experimenting'. In PDF format. Includes concepts not taught at this stage so may need to be adapted

10 - Factors affecting dissolving rate.
URL: http://www.thesciencedesk.com/pdffiles/FactorsAffectingDissolving.pdf
Teacher's Description: Teachers guide with some demonstrations outlined. A number of real life, practical examples of applications of solubility.

11 - What dissolves in water
URL: http://www.bioedonline.org/k-5/pdfs/MWW_Dissolve.pdf
Teacher's Description: PDF information page, worksheet and lesson activities

12 - Disappearing cup
URL: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/548513/dissolving_stuff_polymer_experiment/
Teacher's Description: Watch the polystyrene cup dissolve in this short movie

13 - Science in a box.
URL: http://www.scienceinthebox.com/en_UK/main/multimedia_en.html
Teacher's Description: This site contains information about industrial uses of solvents and solutions. Also some good Flash animations, including how the solubility of 'dirt' is increased during washing and links to the environment in water discharge.Cannot exclude bias! But the dirtbuster molecule (Flash movie) is well worth exploring

14 - What's in a Solution?
URL: http://www.btinternet.com/~n.j.f/Y7science/matterweb/whatsolu4.htm
Teacher's Description: Classroom activities and discussion points covering solution and relating solutions to the particle theory.

15 - Solutions and suspensions
URL: http://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/ICI/11-14/materials/match2pg2.html
Teacher's Description: Good notes and drop-down box interactive activities on solutions. The site links the information to solutions and suspensions encountered in everyday life. Explore to page 14.

16 - Solutions and mixtures
URL: http://chem4kids.com/files/matter_solution.html
Teacher's Description: A page explaining the difference between solutions and mixtures.
17 - How a filter press works
URL: http://www.industry-animated.org/filterpress.htm
Teacher's Description:Lovely interactive resource to explain what a filter press does and how it works. Back to top

D. Air pollution
1 - Loads of clean air games.
URL: http://www.clean-air-kids.org.uk/Games/index.html
Teacher's Description: 16 entertaining themed games on clean air and pollution. Simple Java games with good playability. Best played in IExplorer.

2 - Acid rain lake
URL: http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/eco_info/topics/frogs/acid_rain/play_acidlake.cfm
Teacher's Description: Clear animation of the role of industry on the production of acid rain and the effect on lake organisms.

3 - The case of the green feathers
URL: http://www.toxrap.org/k3_kids_game1intro.html
Teacher's Description: A well animated investigation into the effect of tree number and wind direction on pollen count.

4 - Ben & Jerry's global warming game
URL: http://www.lickglobalwarming.org/game.cfm
Teacher's Description: Entertaining, and somewhat useful tool for global warming. Pupils make decisions about transport type and fuel. Well animated Flash game. Sound can be turned off. A fun game and more, but many US references

5 - Childrens' homemade stories
URL: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/story.htm
Teacher's Description: A selection of student made stories about different pollutants in the home. Could inspire your class to write their own, maybe run a competition for the best.

6 - Air pollution
URL: http://www.lbl.gov/Education/ELSI/pollution-main.html
Teacher's Description: Easy to navigate and easy to read site. Fairly wordy and lacks much in the way of graphics. Includes some interesting 'classroom activities'.

7 - Google earth.
URL: http://www.google.com/earth/index.html
Teacher's Description: Download the Google Earth to see satellite images of your chosen location anywhere in the world. Superimpose air quality information over the top. A very large application and a very long download on a slow line

8 - Climate change: What is it?
URL: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html
Teacher's Description: US environmental Protection Agency kids site with loads of links to weather and the Greenhouse effect. Also some quizzes and follow up games. Well created and easy to navigate.

9 - Singapore air pollution.
URL: http://app.nea.gov.sg/cms/htdocs/category_sub.asp?cid=29
Teacher's Description: National Environment Agency (Singapore) web site on Air pollution. Local detail, but not very accessible for most students.

10 - Air pollution - Hong Kong
URL: http://www.cleanair.hk/eng/air_pollution.htm
Teacher's Description: Hong Kong Government web site outlining the major air pollutants and advice on what action to take under different levels of pollution.

11 - Clean air matching game
URL: http://www.cleanair.hk/eng/cardmatching.swf
Teacher's Description: Matching pairs memory Flash game on clean air theme. Good starter activity to follow up with work on why the symbols reduce air quality. Also link to clean air leaflet to download (PDF).

12 - Natural Resources Defense Council
URL: http://www.nrdc.org/air/default.asp
Teacher's Description: Huge website with all aspects of environmental pollution and effects on health. Some hard hitting images in places, but a great resource.

13 - Acid rain
URL: http://www.epa.gov/acidrain/education/site_students/index.html
Teacher's Description: Collection of animations, information, acid rain word searches and games. Links on left hand side with lots of good detail.

14 - Test for acid rain - do it at home
URL: http://www.rcn27.dial.pipex.com/cloudsrus/acidrain.html
Teacher's Description: Simple method of extracting pH indicator from cabbage and analysing pH of rain.

15 - Global warming interactive game
URL: http://www.globalwarminginteractive.com/
Teacher's Description: A huge game where students explore the relationship of global warming to economic, political and science policy decisions. It is a complex game and would be suitable as an extension activity for more able students.

16 - News stories of the bush fires 1997-8
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/78047.stm
Teacher's Description:Collection of news stories from 1997 / 98 when the Indonesia bush fires spread and covered much of Asia in smog. Is part of a much larger site, but there are useful links on the top right to other smog / haze stories. Back to top

E. Water pollution
1 - 10 litres a day games.
URL: http://tenlitres.sec.org.sg/main.htm
Teacher's Description: Lots of games and activities about reducing water usage. Has quite annoying background music. Requires flash.

2 - The water family.
URL: http://www.thewaterfamily.co.uk/index2_content.html
Teacher's Description: Students create a family and then engage in a series of 9 games, each with additional sub games or quizzes. All on water use or water waste minimisation. A huge site that is well animated and not always easy to navigate. Requires flash. Probably best for primary pupils

3 - Water pollution online colouring
URL: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/colauntie.htm
Teacher's Description: A set of different pictures for students to colour on a water pollution theme.

4 - What can happen to water in a human environment?
URL: http://www.bioedonline.org/k-5/pdfs/What_Happen_to_Water_in_Human_Environ.pdf
Teacher's Description: 60-90 minute lesson plans and resources. What Can Happen to Water in a Human Environment?

5 - WWF pollution site.
URL: http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/about_freshwater/importance_value/
Teacher's Description: Excellent WWF website on water and air pollution, with links to many other aspects (not checked)

6 - Photos of water pollution
URL: http://www.ukrivers.net/pollutionpics.html
Teacher's Description: Over 50 photos of water pollution and the effect is has. Photos of schools of dead fish, and aerial photos of pollution.

7 - Oil slick experiment.
URL: http://www.fi.edu/tfi/activity/earth/earth-2.html
Teacher's Description: Protocol for experiment on oil spills and how best to clean it up.

8 - Singapore water pollution
URL: http://app.nea.gov.sg/cms/htdocs/category_sub.asp?cid=38
Teacher's Description: National Environment Agency FAQs on water pollution.

9 - Water pollution
URL: http://www.water-pollution.org.uk/
Teacher's Description: Excellent menus and loads of detail on water pollution. Some of the pages are quite wordy and would be a good extension site.

10 - Groundwater animation
URL: http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/earthguide/diagrams/groundwater/index.html
Teacher's Description: Clear and detailed flash animation showing where our ground water comes from.

11 - Water cycle story made by children
URL: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/waterkmac/water1.htm
Teacher's Description: Story covering the water cycle and basic water care with picture made by other primary children. A good starter activity or to set up a similar project.

12 - NEWater
URL: http://www.pub.gov.sg/water/newater/visitors/Pages/default.aspx
Teacher's Description:Site is mentioned in the syllabus. Gives good background information on Singapore's plans to obtain water by reverse osmosis. The language is a bit technical in places. There is an easy to follow Flash animation of the NEWater process. Back to top