It’s time for another installment of my year-end lists.

The criteria for a site to make it on this list is the same as it has been in previous years. They have to be:

* Free

* Engaging and accessible to English Language Learners

* Provide English-language development opportunities as wells as science content

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Here are my choices for The Best Science Websites — 2010 (ranked in preference from tenth to first):

Number 10: “Timeline Of Environmental Milestones” is an interactive from MSNBC.

Number 9: “100 Places To Remember Before They All Disappear” is a series of slideshows from Newsweek highlighting places threatened by climate change. It’s pretty impressive.

Number 8: Two amazing infographics were created by the same organization — Our Amazing Planet: Top To Bottom and Infographic: Earth’s Atmosphere Top to Bottom.

Number 7: 12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive is quite an impressive production from Scientific American. It has a multimedia interactive presentation on…12 events that they think will change everything.

Number 6: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History unveiled its “Ocean Portal.” You can find just about anything about our oceans there, including slideshows, videos, interactive timelines, etc.

Number 5: Climate Change: The Threat to Life and A New Energy Future is a virtual (and real-life) exhibition from The American Museum of Natural History. It has an incredible amount of resources for educators and others, including a kids section.

Number 4: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of National History just unveiled a website from their Human Origins program called “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” It’s an amazing multimedia site on human evolution.

Number 3: Universcale compares various microscopic entities. That description does not do justice to the site — you need to go there to check it out. It can be a bit confusing, and much of the language will not be accessible to English Language Learners. However, the images can be used effectively by teachers of all students.

Number 2: The BBC Earth Explorer is a great source of images and videos about Planet Earth. It has a cool interface, too.  I’m a little confused about the difference between this site and my number one ranked site — they may share some content.  But the next site on the list has an interface that is even a bit cooler than this one.

Number 1: “Life Is” is just a wonderful site from the BBC. It’s part of television series on “the extraordinary things animals and plants do.”

Comments and additional suggestions are welcome.

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