RESOURCES FOR Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Earth & Space, Energy & Environment, Physics, and Misc.



This site gives an insight to the understanding of the structure of cattle and functions they are and what they are useful for. This website would be useful in the understanding of how animals, in relation to how cattle’s body systems operate. This site can be useful for any year level.
This PowerPoint presentation gives a detailed and informative description of an organism’s structure and function. This presentation can be useful for senior students studying agricultural science. Presents exciting pictures and information for students and teachers.

Offers a fantastic range of information in relation to the environment. A great resource to incorporate into the class room to inform students. Suitable for students of middle to senior years.

  • Scirus for scientific information only. (2011). Retrieved August 10, 2011, from This is an interesting search engine that is specifically for scientific information. It has links to journals and scientists' home pages with a very large amount of science content. This would be a great place to go when doing science research.

Teacher Resources

This resource provides the teacher with a number of resources. The site has some lessons and activities that will help the students to develop. This site is suitable for science and ag science teachers. The students that will benefit from these activities are mainly middle school.
Providing an informative recourse for teachers this site provides useful diagrams and information about the adapations and importance of plants to animals, humans and the earth. Suitable for senior school students.
Suitable for middle year’s students. Provides students with a range of teaching resources and lesson plans. PowerPoint presentations are also provided.

Introduces teachers to lesson plans and interactive activities about adapations of animals. The Site provides the teacher with a substantial amount of resources ideal for middle year students. It will provide the teacher and students with better understanding and further knowledge.

This interactive site includes activities for students from middle the senior students. The students can access the site to complete the activities. A great incentive for the teacher. The site has links to many different animals adapations to their environement

  • Science experiments. (2005). Retrieved August 15, 2011, from This site is aimed at young children but it has some very simple pracs that students from any age can do and I think that it would be a very good thing to use to either get some students interested in science or to fill in some gaps and help them understand some things.

National Science Week is on from 13/08/2011 - 21/08/2011. Each year a theme for schools is chosen to assist teachers focus and plan ways to engage students in National Science Week celebrations. This year's theme is 'React To Chemistry'. For more information visit

UV education activities:

National Geographic
National Geographic offers some fantastic resources for innovative teachers looking to keep up to date with the latest in what is happening around the world and beyond. It also offers inspiring information, activities, clips and podcasts for students.
Teaching Resource- A library for space, health, human body, earth and much more.
References: National Geographic Society. (2011). Science. Accessed 8th August, 2011. Retrieved from,

Using wikis in the science classroom
A great resource for teachers to incorporate into the classroom. Engage students desire to learn digitally by using wiki communities to interact and learn beyond the classroom.
How to use wiki in the classroom
References: Schreiner, E. (2011). How to use Wikis in the Science classroom. Accessed, 10th August, 2011. Retrieved from,

Virtual Teachers
Science Teachers Online is a great directory of resources for teachers and students to use on topics relevent to the national and Queensland curriculm documents for science.

Reference: Virtual Teachers. (2010). Sciene teachers online. Accessed on 11th of August, 2011. Retrieved from,

Interactive Human Body
The BBC has released several free 3D interactive virtual tours of the human body specifically looking at organs, tissues, the nervous system and the skeletal structures of the body. You can access the webste by clicking here: The Human Body

References: BBC. (2011). Science: Human Body and Mind.Interactive Body. Accessed 11th of August, 2011. Retrieved from,

Super Size Me Suitable for teachers of middle to senior secondary students, this study guide could serve as a springboard to discussion on fast food, nutrition, food advertising and obesity rates in children. Like google maps for your body

Teaching Resources
12 Events that will Change EVERYTHING
  • TOPICS:Polar Meltdown, Extra Dimensions, Extraterrestial Intelligence, Nuclear Exchange, Creation of Life, Room-Temperature Super Conductors, Machine Self-Awareness, Cloning of a Human, Pacific Earthquake, Fusion Energy, Asteroid Collision and Deadly Pandemic.
  • Completely interactive on each topic and covers the "what ifs" in life.
  • Terrific Scientific display of information and future events.
  • Recommended Age Level for students is 15 to 17.
  • Scientific American. (2010). 12 events that will change everything. Retrieved August 10, 2010, from

Science for Children (Developing a personal approach to teaching)
  • TOPICS: Researching children's ideas, understanding and ways of learning, Planning and assessing, Teaching Approaches, Children's questions and conceptual change, historical perspective in science, Becoming a leader of science, science content.
  • Talks about the change from constructivist approach to the cultural-historical perspective for the framework of teaching and learning.
  • Grounded on new research in teaching science.
  • Recommended for Teacher's teaching Middle School years.
  • Fleer, M., Beverley, J., & Hardy, T. (2007). Science for Children (3rd ed.). French Forest, NSW:Pearson Education.

How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom
  • TOPICS:Scientific inquiry and how people learn, Teaching to promote the development of scientific learning, Guided inquiry in the classroom, Model-based inquiry, The three learning principles.
  • Builds on the discoveries detailed in the best-selling How People Learn and the findings from this are presented in a way that teachers can use immediately.
  • Discusses how to build straightforward science experiments into true understanding of scientific principles.
  • Recommended for all science teachers.
  • Donovan,M.S., & Bransford, J.D. (2005). How students learn: science in the classrooom. Retrieved August 10, 2010, from

A Guide for K-12 Science
  • TOPICS:Relationship of instructional material, National efforts to evaluate instructional material, Guide for evaluating instructional materials, Selecting instructional materials, Resources for training.
  • Selecting instructional materials provides a rigorously field-tested procedure to help education decision-makers evaluate and choose materials for the classroom.
  • This volume includes a guide outlining the entire process for school district facilitators, and provides review instruments for each step.
  • Recommended for science teachers who intend to purchase equipment for the science laboratory.
  • Singer, M., & Tuomi, J. (1999). A guide for K-12 science. Retrieved August 10, 2010, from

Earth Science
:The Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) is designed to help middle school [upper Primary and lower Secondary] teachers make better use of their time teaching Earth Science.

CSIRO teacher resources This government funded scientific research body provides some basic resources for science teachers. The site has some activities and lesson ideas. Teachers can use CSIRO to initiate science programs within the school.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. (2010). Teacher resources. Retrieved August 15, 2010, from
Bender, L. et. al. (Producer) & Guggenheim, D. (Director). (2006). An Inconvenient Truth. USA: Lawrence Bender Productions.
An Inconvenient Truth is possibly the best documentary produced so far on climate change, and is an invaluable resource when examining the science behind climate change. Even though there are minor inaccuracies in the film, with a judge ruling in the case Dimmock v Secretary of State for Education and Skills (2007) that there were 7 to be exact, the film is still highly suitable as a teaching resource and is suitable for secondary students of any year level.
estflow. Natural World. Teaching with pictures Retrieved August 2011, from
This site has many different printable worksheets for use with middle school teaching. Includes not only natural world sheets, but also has many other subject and topic areas. Great for including literacy into lessons.

Junior Science - Earth and Beyond: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and The Theory of Plate Tectonics

Below are a list of resources which may be useful to use in lessons so students can get a better understanding about Earthquakes and Volcanoes along with the theory of how these natural disasters shaped the surface of the earth. This topic ties in with the Science Essential Learnings by the end of Year 9 document, Knowledge and Understaning, topic Earth and Beyond - Geological evidence can be interpreted to provide information about past and present events.

The Early Earth and Plate Tectonics is a short clip from National Geographic explaining the theory of the relationship between the early earth and plate tectonics. A short video which could be incorporated into an introdution lesson for the unit/topic.
Michaelfreudiger. (2007). The Early Earth and Plate Tectonics .Retrieved August11, 2011, from You Tube:

National Geographic’s Forces of Nature is an interactive online activity. It is set up in an easy to follow step form going into detail about: what is a volcano, where do they occur, forms of volcanoes and how they develop, types and how volcanoes erupt. It has the same tools for earthquakes and other natural disasters including interactive figures and tools. This webpage also has a “make your own volcano” and “trigger an earthquake” online activity.
Forces of Nature. (1996). Retrieved August 11, 2011, from National Geographic:

Another webpage with a basic introduction to the plate tectonic theory is from A Science Odyssey. This webpage contains links to information on different boundaries, along with motion diagrams and an online interactive plate tectonics activity (require Shockwave)
A Science Odyssey: You Try It: Plate Tectonics. (1998). Retrieved August 11, 2011, from

CIESE, Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education offer excellent resources for educators, in particular relevant to the above topic have a webpage called Musical Plates ."Musical Plates has four Core Activities that will teach students how to access and interpret Real-Time earthquake and volcano data and how to use the information to solve a real world problem" (CIESE, 2007). It is an internet based project, giving students the opportunity to learn with technology. An easy to navigate webpage with a full list of activities which could be adapted if it is decided not to complete the project.
Stevens Institute of Technology . (2007). Musical Plates: A Study of Plate Tectonics. Retrieved August 11, 2011, from Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education:

The Science Spot webpage Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics is a great page filled with links to other web pages and websites abundant with information and interactive activities aimed for students learning about Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics. The Science Spot is a good little resource for middle school teachers and students.
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics. (1999).Retrieved August 11, 2011, from The Science Spot:

A great little hands on activity which introduces students to the concept of continental movement and plate tectonics is a Plate Tectonic Puzzle from the American Museum of Natural History website. The activity is written so it can be done over two lessons with an easy to follow step by step method and suggested lesson plan. The website also has a Resources for Learning page which has resources for Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Science and Palaeontology.
Plate Tectonic Puzzle. (2007). Retrieved August 11, 2011, from American Museum of Natural History:

TLC: Earthquakes: Make a Quake is an online interactive tool which allows users to create an earthquake. The earthquake is created from the customised options the user chooses then watches the event. After viewing the quake and its damage, a brief detailed report appears on screen filling in users what just happened and why. A great little resource to use in class giving students the opportunity to understand how an earthquake works and what factors impact the intensity and level of destruction.
Discovery Communications. (2011). TLC: Earthquakes: Make a Quake.Retrieved August 11, 2011, from TLC A Discovery Company:

A fun classroom activity How to Build a Baking Soda Volcano retrieved from which is great website full of articles, video's, tutorials and much more for all subjects including a wide variety of sciences. This particular webpage has a recipe and instructions about how to make and erupting volcano. The steps are simple and easy to follow, with links to alternate volcano recipes and tutorials.
Helmenstine, A. (2011). How to Build a Baking Soda Volcano. Retrieved August 11, 2011, from - Chemistry:

Earth & Space
Moonbase Alpha
This online video game from NASA allows participants to step into the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement. The game aims to engage and educate students about agency technologies, job opportunities and the future of space exploration. Such a comprehensive site on all things space. Make sure you click on the Find Materials Link, for it is here that you can search for a range of material. Telescope images of Space and detailed information
Portals to the Universe
By Committee on NASA Astronomy Science Centers, National Research Council

A textbook resource for teachers and senior science classes studying astronomy. The book looks at topics reguarding space, astronomy and the universe. The textbook is avaliable online in PDF format.

Enhance TV: Space Odyssey
Suitable for secondary students, this study guide takes viewers on the ultimate space flight. Five astronauts undertake a six year mission through the solar system, travelling to the strange environments of other planets.

Energy and Environment Energy Force is an online game with a focus on energy. It encourages students to complete a series of missions to discover members of a secret organisation who are polluting the environment

Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Provides some climate change educational resources for teachers. Has worksheets, fact-sheets and activity ideas.
Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. (n.d.). For teachers for students. Retrieved August 15, 2010, from

ABC Green at Work Links and resources for conducting a student-led energy audit of the school or home. Has many different energy calculators.
Australian Broadcasting Commission. (2008). Green at work. Retrieved August 15, 2010, from
teAchnology. Printable Environment Worksheets. The online teaching resource Retrieved August, 2011, from
There are free samples of the many worksheets and resources this site has to offer. It is an online teacher resource that is designed to help busy Kindergarten through High School teachers.

Act4Nature This website intends to teach children how they can help conserve resources and will feature a different classroom action each month that children can take to help protect plants, animals and ecosystems.

Green Lane Diary
The Green Lane Diary is a curriculum linked education program designed by environmental educators to help 8-13 year old children become aware of the stresses our planet confronts and how sustainable living can make a difference

Planet Earth - Seasonal Forests
Suitable for middle secondary students, this study guide examines seasonal forests, the challenges they face; the behaviours they exhibit and the adaptations that enable them to survive.

Rainforest Alliance
This website offers curricula and resources to help students understand how rainforests contribute to our collective well-being.

Virtual Forest Challenge
Virtual forest is an environmental game in which players are a virtual character going through a typical day and are faced with having to make choices between decisions that are ecologically helpful and ones that are not. good site for general science resources. Used it for environmental information and lesson ideas.

International Year of Chemistry Australia: Schools resources
This website focusses on Australian content and consists of an events calendar, educational resources for teachers, and career information for students.
Suitable for senior students, this study guide explores one of the most consistent needs in human history - the search for a longer life. In 2009, Australian scientist Elizabeth Blackburn and two colleagues were awarded a Nobel Prize for their discovery of the ageing mechanism in cells.

Chemistry in it's element: periodic table podcasts
Listen to five-minute podcasts about each element on the periodic table - every episode has a leading scientist or author as a guide to bring the story behind the science
The (in)famous Elements song, sung by Tom Lehrer. This song is a fun, if not slightly annoying, little bit of chemistry comedy that a teacher can use for students in Grades 9-10 who are first being introduced to the periodic table of elements. This version of the video has all the elements animated on the Periodic Table as he goes through the song, which makes it slightly easier to understand and more enjoyable for students to stick with the song. If students find that version uninteresting, there's also a version where Daniel Radcliffe, famous for playing Harry Potter, sings it on a television show here:

Who changed the periodic table? .

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Here's another example to add to the 'Pluto' example (which explains why up-to-date electronic texts are better): the atomic weights in the periodic table have changed. "The standard atomic weights of 10 elements morphed from a single number to a low and a high value, known as an interval. The update is meant to better reflect how these elements vary in natural substances. For instance, the atomic weight of oxygen is slightly greater in air than in seawater." It took an argument and a vote for the change to be made, but it was, which means if you memorized the periodic table, you'll have to go back and make some changes. Note that this is basic science, with no current industrial application. Just saying.

Weisstein, E. (2011). World of chemistry. Retrieved August 10, 2011, from
An informational site that includes content such as chemical reactions, organic and inorganic chemistry with some good information that can be applied in class especially in senior.

Energy. (2011). Retrieved August 15, 2011, from
This can be a good site when teaching about energy because it raises many real-life problems that students will be able to relate with.
This site is used to purchuse physics equiptment, but I also found it quite usefull to get ideas for things to talk about in a science class.
Weston, S. (2009). The Science Source Company, from
Andrew Rader Studios. (2011). Motion Basics. Retrieved from
This site serves as a great introduction to physics concepts for students, as it walks step by step through some of the initial important concepts of different areas of physics such as motion. Along with providing information for students, the site also includes interactive quizzes that students can take, which give feedback after each question is answered so the students knows why he/she was right/wrong. The site is presented in an eye-catching way designed for children to enjoy, and is suitable for students Grades 9-11 who are just starting physics.
Modern Physics
Einstein's Big Idea An excellent resource provided by America's PBS. Has resources about Einstein's most famous equation; E=mc^2. Recommended.
Nova. (n.d.). Einstein's big idea. Retrieved August 15, 2010, from
Optics Wiki for Secondary School. This is a well developed wiki on optics and lenses. Provides a good introduction to the topic as well as links to teacher resources.
LeFever, M. (n.d.). MiddleSchoolPortal/Light, optics, and lenses. Retrieved August 15, 2010, from,_Optics,_and_Lenses.
Practical Physics. A great website giving a range of experiments with safety procedures and teaching notes provided. A good resource for teachers who may not be strong in Physics content.
Nuffield Foundation. (2004). Practical Physics. Retrieved August 17, 2010, from Practical Physics:
Primary Resources is a resource bank with many useful documents, games, worksheets for many different subject areas. This particular link is for Physics. Even though it says "primary" this has been a very helpful tool on practical placements especially for middle school students. This web site is like an online tutor. Full of useful information and lesson ideas. Also has some good physics online calculartors etc.

Let’s go to a party puzzles. (2010). Retrieved August 10, 2011, from
This is a great little website that is all about famous scientists. The aim of the activity is to guess what the scientist came up with and then provides a little information about that person. It would be an activity to either introduce science contributions and advancements made or as a revision tool on why some scientists are famous or their specific theories etc.

Weisstein, E. (2011). World of physics. Retrieved August 10, 2011, from
This website explores some essential physics content with many links to theorems and equations and other important things that can be incorporated into senior lessons.
Science Podcasts

ABC Radio National Science Show Interesting weekly science podcasts for students with MP3 players and internet access.
Australian Broadcasting Commission. (2010). The science show. Retrieved August 15, 2010, from
Scientific American Podcast. This site has many 60-second podcasts covering a wide range of contemporary scientific issues. Could be a useful classroom resource.
Scientific American. (2010). Podcasts. Retrieved August 15, 2010, from
National Food Safety Week begins 8 November. edna's Nutrition theme page provides links to a collection of nutrition and health related resources suitable for use within the classroom.

Dr.Karl , one of Australia's most recognised media scientists presents exciting and informative podcasts on the ABC Radio channel.
Kruszelnicki, K. (2010). Karl podcasts.Accessed 12th August, 2011. Retrieved from,

ABC Splash - Vidoes, games, digibooks, audio and many other resources suitable for junior secondary:

Places To Visit
Science Center Brisbane A great place to visit for teacher and students on a school excersion. The center offers demonstrations, displays and interactive activities.
If you are looking for a great way to explore the Periodic table, then this site from Scientific American can really help. You can literally spend hours exploring through this Interactive Periodic Table. Did you realise, for example, that a Toyota Prius contains over a kilogram of the element Neodymium (Nd).