Myths" in K-6 Textbooks and Popular Culture
An excellent resource that points out many common mistakes in elementary
textbooks that often result from folklore and other sources. Electricity
is featured prominently.
This resource highlights errors in Earth Science, but also advocates
ways to encourage publishers to change.
the product of the Environmental Literacy Council's look at textbooks
Middle School Science Textboooks: Is North Carolina Failing Its Students?
a policy report from the John Locke Foundation.
from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse includes links to math
and science standards for each state
of books at all levels are just a part of this site.
for the Whole Child" can be a complete school program or a limited
one (on Wednesdays, for example.) Read Mortimer Adlers three
volumes on the program!
group reviews, very critically, books in all areas of the curriculum
on science and society.
Scientific Method Today
An extensive look at what is referred to as "The Scientific Approach"
as opposed to the often misused "The Scientific Method."
Curriculum Decisions for Middle Grades Science
An important new book that reviews high quality middle school science
programs. It's a result of research by the Education Development Center,
Inc., in Boston.
An online middle school technology journal
Dick Heckathorn's Physics Pages
Science Activities from Exploratorium Educators
Simple, inexpensive science activities for middle and high school from Paul Doherty, Don Rathjen and Eric Muller.
The Flying Circus of Physics
text by Jearl Walker has an associated web site with about 2000 links to videos, photos, journal citations and sites of interest to the topics covered in the text. There are also many stories being added each month that can be used in class.
This is an archived Website from Arbor Scientific (a science equipment supplier) that provides valuable information for teaching, Chris Chiaverina and Paul Hewitt (two great demonstrators) are often highlighted. There are now 25 newsletters called Cool Stuff.
also deals with physical science and one can learn a lot simply by wandering through the site.
(Note: I have no connection with either of the above two companies and while I do not normally advertise companies in their entirety, both of these have resources that can be accessed for free that are worthwhile. Their newsletters are free. JLH)
Online science courses for teachers at the University of Kentucky.
I taught with Dr. Tik Liem, whose materials are featured on this Website,
many years ago and strongly recommend these resources.
offers resources in physics, astronomy, and the physical sciences
to the general public.
For a very good introduction to radiation, go to the museum and click
on VRM for some basic information.
This page is maintained by Alistair B. Fraser in an attempt to sensitize
teachers and students to examples of the bad science often taught
in schools, universities, and offered in popular articles and even
An excellent, multimedia
resource for the periodic table.
American Physical Society as one of their Centennial projects produced
a time-line of events of significance in physics from the last 100
years. The posters have been "sold out" but the web site
has them all and much more.
stories are fraught with errors many are corrected here.
what it says. A book and CD are now available.
what it says. The textbook, now in its second edition, is very popular.
it was a picture essay, then a movie (at least two versions), and
now an interactive CD. To appreciate orders of magnitude, exponential
growth, and view a pleasant tour of the Universe, you have to see
Science Resource Center
Simulations for Physics Teaching
Interesting, but more than what one would expect for Middle School
It is important to be cautious of claims of various groups that have
agenda that might not be obvious. It is easy to fool people who are
not willing to look more deeply into claims made by these groups.
for Natural Philosophy
This site, has pictures and comments on over 1400 pieces of scientific
equipment collected by Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr.
Online virtual middle school with some earth science content
Access to Energy
This is an excellent "Pro-Science, Pro-Technology, Pro-Free Enterprise Monthly Newsletter" that strongly supports home schooling. It now falls under the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, http://www.oism.org/ where under "Related Sites" you will find "Access to Energy," "Robinson Curriculum," and "Henty Collection."
Asimov wrote over 500 books during his lifetime covering topics that
appear in every area of the Dewey Decimal System. He probably is most
remembered for his science fiction, but his science fact covers material
for students in elementary school through adult. There are hundreds
of essays and biographies for quick and easy introductions to a wide
variety of topics.
to Isaac Asimov
look at Asimovs complete writings by a fan who isnt afraid
to point out his dislikes of some of Asimovs writing.
Astro Ed. Committee Image Processing page
John Kolenas material.