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DOE Online K-12 Instructional Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy is committed to helping educate our nation's next generation of scientists. The following resources help teachers integrate the Internet into K-12 classroom instruction.

DOE Labs
Instructional Units
Online Resources
Lesson Plans

General References

DOE Laboratory and Facility Education Home Pages
(www-ed.fnal.gov/doe/doe_labs.html) Direct links for 27 education Websites at DOE national laboratories and facilities.

Online Catalog
(www-ed.fnal.gov/trc/library) Fermilab's Teacher Resource Center collection of 10,000+ PreK-12 instructional materials in science, mathematics and technology. Materials include tradebooks, curriculum materials, educational software and journals and newsletters. Search by title, author or subject.


DOE Labs
Instructional Units
Online Resources
Lesson Plans

Instructional Units

In these units the Internet is "an appropriate vehicle for promoting meaningful engaged learning. It allows students: Technologies can be used to promote the development of higher-level thinking skills and allow opportunities for teachers to act as faciliatators or guides and often as co-learner with the students." (NCREL Monograph)

K-12 Classroom Projects
(www-ed.fnal.gov/trc/projects/project_index.html) Teacher-developed projects designed to demonstrate principles of engaged learning and effective use of technology. Some are ready to use; others are appropriate to adapt for your classroom or may give you ideas for a project you want to develop. You may assess their merit using the rubric provided.

THE NTEP Collection - K-8 Classroom Projects
Classroom projects from the National Teacher Enhancement Project. Projects are based on teaching/learning models that are analogous to the way scientists discover knowledge and solve problems. These models involve the use of immersion experiences called research scenarios. We disseminate some of them as online classroom projects for K-8 classrooms. Where appropriate, the projects incorporate student access to lab data and an opportunity to telecollaborate with other students.

LInC Online
(www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/) An online course educators took to develop the preceeding engaged learning classroom projects that make best use of the Internet. Online tutorials are available for anyone who wants to learn more about engaged learning and how to develop Websites.

Midlevel Units

(www-ed.fnal.gov/projects/labyrinth/games/) Students play games that help develop an understanding of the operations and experiments that take place in Fermilab accelerator and detector halls and the scientific ideas they explore. Fermilabyrinth is an online version of the Quarks to Quasars exhibits at the Leon M. Lederman Science Education Center.

High School Units

Hands-On Universe
(www.handsonuniverse.org/) An astronomy program enables students all over the world to request observations from an automated telescope, download images from a large image data archive, display the images using image-processing software, and learn math, physics and astronomy using a comprehensive set of well-tested curriculum activities.

Using Particle Physics Data to Teach High School Physics

DOE Labs
Instructional Units
Online Resources
Lesson Plans

Online Resources

General Resources

All About Atoms
(www.jlab.org/services/pced/atomtour/) A very basic overview of atomic structure. Students can click on particles to learn more about them and even discover some fun facts about atoms!

Algebra Through Problem Solving
(www.thiel.edu/mathproject/atps/default.htm) An interactive book of topics fthat are essential for success in college-level mathematics.

An Amphibians Eye View of Wetlands
(www.parcplace.org/WetlandsFlier.pdf) A PDF file for a colorful four-page brochure on wetlands.

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal
(www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/) A record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the moon from 1969 through 1972.

The ArithmAttack
(www.dep.anl.gov/aattack.htm) A game to see how many computer-generated arithmetic problems you can answer in 60 seconds. Teachers can download the game free of charge.

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Education
Education site for the ARM Program which is studying the natural phenomena that occur in clouds, and how those cloud conditions affect the sun's incoming and outgoing energy and, in the longer term, our climate.

Booklets and Brochures
(www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/6-booklets.htm) A selection of resources educators can download from the Bonneville Power Authority.

Carnivorous Plants and Their Habitats
(www.uga.edu/srel/Graphics/carnivorous_plants.pdf) A PDF file for a colorful four-page brochure on wetlands. EERE Kids
(www.eere.energy.gov/kids/) Resources for kids from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network

EnergySmart Schools
(http://www.energysmartschools.gov/sectors/ess/index.asp) A variety of suggestions to use energy wisely and reap rewards that last for generations. Check out the lesson plans for grades 4-6.

Glen Seaborg
(isswprod.lbl.gov/Seaborg/ His life and contributions.

Herpetology Lab
(www.uga.edu/srelherp/) Databases of snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators, frogs and toads and salamanders found at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Links to a weekly environmental column, Ecoviews, and more technical publications.

JLab Resources
(education.jlab.org/indexpages/teachers.html) A variety of resources, hands-on activities, workseets, puzzles and games.

(http://www.bnl.gov/weather/) Information from the Brookhaven National Laboratory Meteorology Services.

Newton BBS
(www.newton.dep.anl.gov/) A bulletin board for science that provides a variety of discussion areas, conferencing (chat) environments for teachers and scientists, Internet service for teachers and the Ask A Scientist program that has fielded over 10,000 questions from students and teachers.

Partnership for Arid Lands Stewardship
(science-ed.pnl.gov/pals/resource/cards) The PALS Resource Cards provide information on the abiotic (e.g. climate, geology, etc.) characteristics, the vegetation and the terrestrial and aquatic wildlife of arid lands of the Columbia Basin.

Prairie Data
(www-ed.fnal.gov/data/life_science.html) Fermilab bird, butterfly, frogs, insect and plant databases and more.

(www.fnal.gov/pub/pulse) An online exhibit about accelerator science in medicine

Questions and Answers
(education.jlab.org/qa) Students can submit science-related questions to Jefferson Lab scientists. The more related your question is to the work done at Jefferson Lab, the more likely it is that we will be able to provide an answer.

The Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
(www-itg.lbl.gov/ITG.hm.pg.docs/dissect/info.html) An award-winning interactive program, part of the Whole Frog Project. Interactively dissect a (digitized) frog named Fluffy, make movies and play the Virtual Frog Builder Game.

Washington State LASER
Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) is a partnership program that started in 1999 with the National Science Resources Center , the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Battelle, Pacific Science Center and Educational Service Districts and lead school districts from across Washington State.

Wetland Wonders Teacher Guide
(www.parcplace.org/education_materials.html) Illustrated story and classroom projects and activities

Elementary Resources

A Turtle Tale
(www.parcplace.org/education_materials.html) A PDF file for an iIllustrated poster story of turtles and their habitats for grades K-4. Download Teachers Guide.

Internet Science Adventures
(www.sandia.gov/ciim/ISA/index.html) A fifth grade electronic textbook with three content areas: life science, Earth and space science and physical science.

For Kids of All Ages
(www.bpa.gov/Power/pl/columbia/page5cov.htm) Links to online story books, an interactive coloring book and more.

Midlevel Resources

Quark Quest
(www-ed.fnal.gov/qquest/qquest.html) A newspaper for midlevel students about the science and technology of Fermilab.

High School Resources

The ABC's of Nuclear Science
(www.lbl.gov/abc/) A brief introduction to nuclear science. Learn about antimatter, Beta rays, cosmic connections, radioactivity and more. The site includes simple experiments that can be used in a chemistry or physics course.

Exploring the Table of Isotopes
(ie.lbl.gov/education/isotopes.htm) Choose an element on the Periodic table of the Isotopes to learn more about its isotopes.

Fermilab's Chain of Accelerators
(www-bd.fnal.gov/public/)Introduction to the five accelerators at Fermilab.

(www.interactions.org/) A communication resource from the world's particle physcis laboratories. Includes an image bank, particle physics in the news and links to education resources.

(ippex.pppl.gov) Interactive pages on matter, electricity, magnetism, energy and fusion. There is a virtual fusion reactor and a virtual stability module. Students can analyze actual data from past and current fusion experiments and ask a scientist questions via e-mail.

It's Elemental
(www.jlab.org/services/pced/itselemental/index.html) An interactive Periodic Table of Elements including a bingo game, a word search puzzle and element flashcards. Flashcards help students learn the names and symbols of the elements by presenting them with a random element that is missing either it's chemical name or symbol. Flashcards can be customized to ask for just chemical names or just chemical symbols. Questions can also be limited to the naturally occurring elements. Answers are recorded and can be reviewed at any time.

Jefferson Lab Virtual Tour
(www.jlab.org/services/pced/sitetour/ A virtual tour of Jefferson Lab.

Measuring Half-Lives
(ie.lbl.gov/radioactivedecay/) Look at real nuclear science data and follow procedures to extract half-lives of radioactive isotopes.

The Particle Adventure
(ParticleAdventure.org) An award-winning site introducing the theory of fundamental particles and forces, called the Standard Model. Explore the experimental evidence and the reasons physicists want to go beyond this theory.

Particle Physics Made Painless
(www-ed.fnal.gov/painless/htmls/index.html) A FermiNews series explaining the terms and ideas of particle physics in everyday language.

The Power Game
(www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/nwpower/power_game.htm) A board game that allows students to discuss and debate power generation scenarios. PDF files to download alll materials your class will need for this game.

Questions and Answers
(education.jlab.org/qa/) Answers to some of the most common questions that visitors to the JLab site have asked.

Searching the Building Blocks of Matter
(www-ed.fnal.gov/projects/exhibits/searching/) A virtual exhibit on the how and why physicists study the funadmental constituents of matter--particles and forces.

STAR: The Quest for Quark-Gluon Plasma
(www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/star/) An online story of the STAR project

Virtual Visitor Center for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
(www2.slac.stanford.edu/vvc/Default.htm) An introduction to the SLAC linear accelerator, applications in medicine, biological and industrial use, SLAC detectors and experiments, a brief history of SLAC including work that resulted in Nobel prizes, the SSRL and the theory behind particle physics.

X-Ray Spectrum of Elements on the Periodic Chart
(ie.lbl.gov/xray/) Project to help students understand atomic processes.


DOE Labs
Instructional Units
Online Resources
Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

General Lesson Plans

Project YOTO Drifters
(drifters.doe.gov/) Data from ocean drifting buoys for integrating ocean science into science and math instruction. Enhance your lessons with educational activities and curriculum materials developed and tested by teachers or use only the data, background information and reference images.

Elementary Lesson Plans

Kids in the Creek Curriculum
(www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/kidsinthecreek/curriculum.htm) Hands-on activities that teach students to determine the health of a stream. Lessons cover water testing procedures for temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH as well as studies of aquatic insect populations.

Midlevel Lesson Plans

BEAMS (Becoming Enthusiastic About Math and Science)
(www.jlab.org/services/pced/beamsactivity/beamsactivityhome.html) A program in which classes of middle school students are exposed to the scientific environment of Jefferson Lab. Most of the activities conducted at the Lab, including teacher instructions and how the activities relate to Virginia's Standards of Learning, may be downloaded.

High School Lesson Plans

Materials Science and Technology
(science-ed.pnl.gov/msthandbook.stm) Resources for teachers who are currently teaching materials science or are interested in finding out more about the subject. A sample of the MST Teacher Handbook is online as well as database with links to:

Superconductivity Activities

Topics in Modern Physics
(www-ed.fnal.gov/samplers/hsphys/tmp_rev.html) Three-day and five-day lesson plans. Particle physics addresses the question, "How does the universe work--what are the basic particles and what are the basic forces?" The TMP Teacher Resource Book includes background information and classroom activities that may be "sprinkled" into a regular high school physics program. Also download four classroom activities or learn how to order the book and use the excitement of today's "frontier" developments as the stimulus for student learning of other areas of physics.