The Study of Matter for Kids – Science Resource Sites
Particle Adventure from Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory – What holds the universe together? What are Protons and Neutrons? What other questions do you have about matter? This site has animated images and explanatory content. Explore all aspects of particles and matter for kids. For visual learners, this site can be the difference between reading simple facts and understanding.
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Chemistry Division’s Periodic Table of Elements – An interactive table with information on each element’s individual characteristics, downloadable/printable element charts, explanations of terminology, etc. This site is a great resource site for exploring the elements.
Corrosion Source’s Periodic Table of Elements – Much like the National Laboratory’s table, this table is interactive. It contains information on each of the different element. There is additional information on the structure of atoms and molecules as well as photos of some of the metals. Together, these two sites are great for studying matter for kids.
Visionlearning Library – Supported by the National Science Foundation, this site contains learning units with visual components. Diagrams, photos, and animated images aid understanding of matter for kids. This site is geared towards high school age or upper middle school. It has an interactive periodic table of elements and really neat animations of the first 11 elements.
Chemistry & Materials Classroom Resources – National Science Foundation’s site with several chemistry options to explore. While I love the content, the navigation is poor.. Once you select a topic, you MUST use your “Back” button to go back to the list of questions otherwise, you end up somewhere else in the NSF site. It does have good matter for kids content though.
Elementary Elements and Molecules on the Move – A lesson plan to provide an understanding of elements, atoms, molecules, and energy potential contained in atoms in the study of matter for kids. Hands-on learning experiment helps students understand the concept. The lesson content can also be used for Written Expression – creative writing; Grammar – usage and expression; and Mathematics – measuring.
Be sure to check out our MAIN Science Page for a list of many additional science topics for kids. Each topic page has links to interactive, audio-visual websites and optional resources to help you with your homeschool science.