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Plants

Weather

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Leaf Invaders -See if you can identify the leaf before it hits the ground.  The more that you play this game, the better you will be at identifying leaves!  Good Luck!

The Planting Game -This activity will test your skills at matching each tree to the place in the forest where they will grow best. The lower the score that you get in the game, the better. HINT: If you're not sure where a tree would best be suited, place your mouse over the different areas of the forest to learn more about each of the different growing conditions. See if you can get a score of 5. Good Luck!

Planning a Forest -This activity explores three important components of planning and making use of a forest: recreation, harvesting, and reforestation. Be sure to click on the different pictures in the forests to learn more.

Dissect a Flower -In this activity, see if you can correctly dissect a flower by placing each part of a flower into the correct box.  Be sure to click on the magnifying lens to learn more about the function of each flower part.

Build a Flower -After dissecting the flower in the activity above, see if you can put it all back together in this activity.  HINT: If you're not sure about how certain parts of the flower fit together, be sure to go back and play the activity Dissect a Flower.  This will help you learn the different parts of the flower and their specific functions.

The World of Vascular Plants -How do plants get the water and nutrients that they need?  This activity explores the inner workings of vascular plants.  Be sure to click on the numbers on the bottom of the screen to learn more.

The Root Factory -Did you know that some of the foods that we eat are actually the roots of plants?  In this activity, learn about the differences between fibrous and tap roots.  You'll also discover what kinds of roots are edible and which ones are not.

How are Seeds Dispersed? -We all know that seeds are very important for plants to survive and reproduce, but did you know that there are all sorts of different strategies that plants use in order to get their seeds located to other places?  Play this activity to learn more.

Plant Life Cycles Activities -This activity is actually 3 activities in one!  See if you can match up the correct labels & descriptions with each part of the plant life cycle diagram.  How good are you with knowing the parts of a flower?  See if you can correctly match each label to the correct part of a flower diagram.  Last, but certainly not least, be sure to check out the seed dispersal sorting activity.

Leaf Sorting Game -One of the most effective ways to identify most plants is by the type of leaf that they produce.  In this activity, learn about the basic leaf shapes and see if you can determine which basic leaf shape various leaves are.

The Virtual Plants Tour of Camp Mason! -It won't be long before we'll be spending 3 glorious days and two nights at one of my favorite places in all of the world!  That's right!  I'm talking about going on our 5th grade camping trip!  We did an awesome job last fall discovering the types of plants that live in Edgar Woods.  Now it's time to learn about the plants that live up at camp!  I put together this activity to help you learn about some of the amazing plants that await you at camp.

Build a Tree-Ring Timeline -Did you know that scientists can accurately tell us what kind of weather we had thousands of years ago?  They can even tell us what the weather was like for a particular year!  You know....was it rainy?  Was it dry?  How can they do this?  By looking at the growth rings of trees from all over the world.  This activity lets you assemble your own tree ring timeline.  You'll start with a tree-ring sample from a living tree and, using other samples, piece together a pattern of rings that stretches back through time.

The Garden Pizza Place -What kinds of resources does it take to grow a garden? Find out by playing this activity! Have Chef Norm help you experiment with different amounts of water, light, and fertilizer to grow wheat and tomatoes for your pizza.

I've Got my Leaf- Lets get started! -This tree identification page was put together by the folks at Virginia Tech.  Packed with great pictures, it's one of the best of its type that I've seen!

Identifying Forest Types -Being able to identify trees helps scientists monitor and help protect the species growing in a particular forest.  In this activity, see if you can correctly identify each tree in this particular forest and then determine its forest type.

Exploring the Layers of a Forest -In our exploration of Edgar Woods, we discovered that there are several layers to our forest.  Discover the various animals and insects that live in the different layers of a typical forest.

Seasonal Changes in a Forest -As the seasons change, so do our forests!  A temperate forest, such as what we have in Edgar Woods is a very dynamic place.  Click on the various seasons and discover how plants and animals adapt to survive the different seasonal conditions.

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Be a Weather Intern! -Learning how to report and predict weather has never been any more fun than by playing this brand new Edheads game!  Follow along with the Weather-Tron 3030 as you learn how to help report the weather.  As you move toward the harder levels, you'll gain a better understanding for how the symbols are used on a weather map.  Once you've completed all three levels for reporting the weather, be sure to play the activity which lets you predict the weather!

The Lightning Protection Game -Did you know that lightning hits the earth an estimated 100 times/second or 8.6 million times a day?  If you've ever been caught in a lightning storm, you know how scary it can be!  Play the lightning protection game to learn about the best ways that you can protect yourself from getting struck by lightning.

The Adventures of Weatherlizard -Learn about the exciting world of tornadoes, thunderstorms & blizzards in this weather extravaganza!

Interactive Weather -Discover for yourself what kinds of weather you can create in this activity by changing three important factors: Equatorward Temperature, Poleward Temperature, and Relative Humidity.

Weather Fronts -As we learned in class, when we have masses of cold air meeting warm air, we get the most dramatic weather.  In this activity, explore what happens in four different types of weather fronts: cold front, warm front, stationary front, and the more unusual occluded front!

The Evaporation Station -As we learned in science lab, water is one of the most important ingredients that affect weather.  Play the evaporation game to see what weather conditions and container shape causes water to evaporate the fastest over time.  Be PATIENT! This activity may take a little bit longer to load!

Comparing Warm & Cold Fronts -This animation does an excellent job comparing these two types of fronts.  Pay careful attention to the types of clouds that each front will commonly produce.

Cloud Catcher -How good are you at identifying the basic types of clouds?  This activity is a fun way to test your cloud identifying skills.

Observe a Hurricane -This site provides excellent satellite footage showing the formation of hurricane Dennis which approached the coast of Florida on August 28, 1999.

Are you a Water Expert? -We learned in class that water is one of the most important ingredients that make up weather.  Test your knowledge about one of Earth's most precious resources in this game.

Global Winds & Travel -Imagine if you were the captain of a modern sailboat.  Do you think that you know enough about global winds to plot an efficient course that will get you to your destination in a timely manner?  Play this activity to see how good a sailboat captain you would make!

The Water Cycle -This activity helps to explain and remember one of the earth's most important cycles.

Interactive Water Cycle -What's cool about this activity, is that each part of the water cycle has different ways in which you can interact with it.  For example, be sure to use the magnifying lens to carefully examine how water evaporates in many different ways on the earth.  You also can create different types of precipitation in this interactive model as well. 

Why do hot air balloons float? - Join Nova for an online adventure exploring why hot air balloons float.   At first, you might not think that hot air balloons have anything to do with weather..... Think again!

States of Matter - In class, we learned that the molecules of  matter need more space when they are heated up.  We saw this with our homemade thermometers.  Here's a good model demonstrating the movement of the molecules as matter changes from a solid, to a liquid, and ultimately to a gas!

Min/Max Thermometer -see if you can figure out how to read one of these cool thermometers!

Other Great Websites about Weather
 

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How Energy Efficient are You? -From what color we paint the walls in our house to not running water while we brush our teeth- there are some really simple things that we all can do to save energy.  Most of these activities really don't change our quality of life at all.  Play this game to find out more.

The Energy Resource Game -Which energy resources are renewable?  Which energy resources are nonrenewable?  Which energy resources are inexhaustible?  Play the energy resource game to find out!  First, identify the resources, then click and drag the item to one of the 3 black holes.  If you identify the resource correctly, it will disappear!

atomsmall2.gif (3751 bytes) The Mummy's Tomb- Help build a better pyramid by adding layers of insulation to keep the pyramid cool from the hot desert sun!

The Dumptown Game -By recycling, we save energy. You are Dumptown's new City Manager! When you start to play, you'll see Dumptown at its worst it's littered, polluted, and nothing is being recycled or reused. There are many trash cans and dumpsters, but no recycling bins. That means all of the trash is going right into the landfill just outside town, where it isn't doing anyone any good. In your new position, you can start programs that encourage Dumptown's citizens and businesses to recycle and reduce waste.

Power House -How much money do you spend each day using different appliances found around the house?  Click on any item that uses electricity in the house.   This activity will automatically calculate how much money you will spend to power it with electricity.  Just select how long you will be running the appliance.

Demonstration of Heat Transfer -What are the differences between convection, conduction, & radiation?  Click on each picture to learn more.  Be sure to check out the animations of each type of heat transfer.

Race for Energy -In class, we learned about kinetic and potential energy using a ball and ramp.  This activity lets you compare the speed of a ball traveling down a ramp at different angles.  Be sure to check out the graph that this activity makes of the data that you collect.

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