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LITTLE EXPLORERS PICTURE DICTIONARY:
This is a great site to get young children interested in and adept at using the internet for educational activities. Most entries are connected to relevant web-sites. You can click on a word or a picture. enchantedlearning.com/Dictionary.html

http://bestkidswebsites.com/

 

From http://karenogen.blogspot.com/2010_10_01_archive.html:

FREE CLIPART FROM SUGGESTIONS from cyber-kap.blogspot.com

1.     Pics4Learning - Very popular site to find free, safe-to-use images for teachers and students.

2.     Cyclo.ps - Search engine that searches the most popular free image engines around and provides one-stop shopping.

3.     School Clip Art - Great site for free school clip art.

4.     Ookaboo - Creative commons (free) site for finding great images for class work.

5.     Picsearch - Excellent image search engine, if used with a district's filtering solution.

6.     Veezzle - Wonderful free stock photo search engine.

8.     Free Photo Bank - Easy way to find creative common images.

9.     Open Clip Art - Great way to find free clip art.

10.   Find Icons -  Nice site for free icons.

http://www.teacherfiles.com/clip_art.htm

List from http://www.onlineenglishdegree.com/ thanks to Brooke
 

 

 

  Songs

Fun Songs To Sing In The Car (suggested by Ms. Kim's class)
http://oldjunkcar.com/fun-songs-sing-car/

Ernie's EFL Song Activities
funsongs.co.uk/

niehs.nih.gov/kids/music.htm#index

mothergooserocks.com/

Barney songs can be found here:
ilovewavs.com/TV/ChilShow/Barney/Barney.htm

Sesame Street songs too!
ilovewavs.com/TV/ChilShow/Sesame/Sesame.htm

This site which has cute songs that could be taught using a projector. The Internet site, which has animations, could be projected on a screen to allow students to see the cartoons and the words. You can also print out the lyrics!
britishcouncil.org/kids-songs.htm

Great songs like "When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears".
britishcouncil.org/kids-songs-goldilocks.htm

More animated songs!
uptoten.com/kids/boowakwala-navigation-songs-songs.html

"The Wheels on the Bus"? ... with a firetruck.
storyplace.org/preschool/activities/timetofightafire.asp

 

 Projects

 

Written Texts
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cricketmag.com/kids_home.asp

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lil-fingers.com/  Read a Storybook · Play a Game · Coloring Printables

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Resources and links from eduscapes.com

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Berenstain Bear Country
berenstainbears.com
Learn about these famous bears

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Clifford's Interactive Storybooks from Scholastic
teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/
Resources for children and teachers

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Dr. Seuss's Seussville
seussville.com/seussville/
Lots of fun activities for children

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Find a Grave
findagrave.com/
Locate the grave of a famous person

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Giggle Poetry
gigglepoetry.com
Fun poetry examples, contests, and projects

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Information Please Almanac: Biography
infoplease.com/people.html
Basic information about people

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Language Arts Games for K-8 from FunBrain
funbrain.com/teachers/subj_lang.html
A wide range of online games for practice and thinking

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Little Critter by Mercer Mayer
littlecritter.com/

Explore materials and activities to go with the Mercer Mayer characters

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PBS Kids from PBS
pbskids.org/

Explore adventures in learning and reading with the following programs and others.

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Stories to Grow By
storiestogrowby.com/
Online stories on a variety of topics

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Story Hour
ipl.org/youth/StoryHour/
Stories for young children

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Children's Literature Web Guide (CLWG) by D.K. Brown
acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/
Attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults.

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Word Central
wordcentral.com/
Information, resources, and ideas for words and vocabulary

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Find a Grave
findagrave.com/
Locate the grave of a famous person

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Information Please Almanac: Biography
infoplease.com/people.html
Basic information about people

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Academy of American Poets
poets.org/

>> TV and media personalities/characters

 


http://www.treehousetv.com/

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: Visit the activity lab to find activities for teachers, coloring books, and games. scholastic.com/MagicSchoolBus/

SESAME STREET/CTW: Activity time, play and learn, puzzles, etc.
ctw.org/

MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD: Fun facts, traffic light game, interactive tour of the house. (e.g. click on the fridge in the kitchen and you'll find a recipe and instructions to make a milkshake. pbs.org/rogers/R_house/

ARTHUR ONLINE:Visit all the characters online, send Arthur postcards, visit D.W.'s art studio, or the Brain's Brain Game!  You'll also find a teacher's corner and a teacher's guide. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/arthur/

NICKELODEON: Activities with Blues Clues, Franklin, Little Bear, Kipper, Maisy, and on Gullah Gullah Island! nickjr.com/

STORYTIME: Visit Kino, find Book Lists, coloring pages, and matching games pbs.org/kcet/storytime/

Enchanted Learning   enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

>> Writing Opportunities

Garfield's Comic Creator - You can create and print your very own Garfield comic strips

nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/starslp/missionz/comic.htm

 

>> Kids literature


Tumble Book Library: an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which  teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created  by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in  order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to  you.

Dr. Seuss, Junie B, Magic Tree House, Richard Scarry, Dora, Thomas, Berenstein Bears, Sesame, etc from this Random House sponsored site.  randomhouse.com/kids/index.pperl

Welcome to AntBee. Short illustrated texts for young children. antbee.com/

Poetry 4 kids - Funny children's poems and poetry books, games, lessons, plus a rhyming dictionary, and more. 

Folklore and Mythology- Electronic Texts   pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html

The Online Books Page - Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web digital.library.upenn.edu/books/

Children's Books Online (the Rosetta Project) is a large collection of illustrated children's books, mostly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The books are reproduced as single-page, full-color image files, resulting in accurate and appealing replicas of the originals.  childrensbooksonline.org/index.htm

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Andersen Fairy Tales

Animated Tall Tales, featuring Paul Bunyan.

Grimm Fairy Tales

Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales, for grades 1->>, sponsored by Scholastic, Inc.

Internet Public Library: Story Hour, from the University of Michigan.

Children’s Story books online - Illustrated children's stories for kids of all ages magickeys.com/books/

Story Palace: Children's Stories  http://www.storyplace.org/

 

>> Topics


Animals

Animal babies  enchantedlearning.com/subjects/animals/Animalbabies.shtml

ZOOBOOMAFOO! Check out the animal helper, the mystery animal, and the coloring pages! pbs.org/zoboo/

All About Nature: Animal Printouts at Zoom School  enchantedlearning.com/coloring/list.shtml


 

Environment – recycling - epa.gov/kids/

NASA Kids Club - This site has cool games - including exploring and learning about space, building and launching rockets, exploring Mars, keeping airplanes on schedule and helping a comet travel through the solar system. nasa.gov/kidsclub/

Portrait for Kids - Follow the clues and help solve a make-believe mystery! Using your noggin and a special spyglass tool, you’ll uncover hidden layers of the painting and learn fascinating facts about the portrait along the way, from the National Gallery of Art. Let the sleuthing begin! georgewashington.si.edu/kids/portrait.html

ART Games - interactive flash site from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York albrightknox.org/artgames/

KINDERART LITTLEs LESSONS & ACTIVITIES: Lots of activities and material can be found here.  E.g. a paper quilt, silly shapes, homemade clay, spaghetti art, ice cube painting... a very extensive list and resource  kinderart.com/littles.htm

Zoom School:  an on-line elementary school classroom with lessons in geography, biology, language arts, and early childhood activities. enchantedlearning.com/school/index.shtml

 

Recipes & Food 


EASY RECIPES FOR KIDS: Soft pretzels or ice cream anyone? These recipes are all geared to young hands--no ice cream machine required. cp.duluth.mn.us/%7Esarah/rdr020.html

RECIPES FOR KIDS: Everyone can have fun creating your special class picnic. The children can make Ants on a Log, or Banana Dogs, or Cupcake Ice Cream Cones...a great variety of simple, wholesome recipes at this site, all done up child-style! theideabox.com/ideas.nsf/recipe

POTLUCK PYRAMID: Before going on your outing, have your students plan their
picnic on a food pyramid, seeing if what they originally suggest to take along fits in well with their food pyramid. What can they add to balance all categories? What might they be willing to discard? This way, your students plan their own HEALTHY picnic! cgi.pbs.org/wgbh/arthur/teachers/activities/web/potluck_pyramid.html

CRAFT RECIPES: This site's great for finding a recipe for Salt Clay or my favorite, Soap Sud Paint!   members.aol.com/MISSolgita/recipies.html


2006 River Valley Student Video and Photography Festival - looking for schools from all over the world to submit student produced Photography and/or Films. no cost to enter this festival and we are sponsored by video-editing giant Pinnacle Systems, a division of Avid. The prizes range from Video-editing equipment and software, glass trophies, International exposure, etc. 
     rvms.nbed.nb.ca/rvsvf/

Download PowerPoint game templates and modify them to suit your needs. (Jeopardy, Who wants to be a millionaire, etc.) 
jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/

 

 

Links for Active Learning Projects from Owl & Mouse educational software::

Make a Town - Kids Learning Activity
K - 4th Grade
Make Town has houses and stores to be cut out of paper and made into three-dimensional buildings. As they arrange the building into a town, kids plan yards, streets, parks and a downtown. Kids learn to think of what a town needs to work and why they are built in certain ways.

Odyssey Online
4th - 12th grades
There are quizzes and games, with pictures of genuine objects from museums, on the uses of the objects in ancient life. Well designed and fun it has information on Greece, Rome, Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Near East.

Pirates!
4 - 10th grade
Adventurous and romantic--this history of pirates includes a high seas adventure and the biographies of several pirates.

Letter Sounds
Pre-schoolers learn letter sound relationships playing a free educational alphabet game using the modalities--sight, sound, kinaesthetics--that a computer makes possible. A pre-reading activity for young children to learn beginning phonics. Free software.

Seeds of Change Garden
Grades 3 - >>
Discusses both botanic and cultural aspects of food, with emphasis on the differences between New World and Old World plants. The site contains gardening information for kids, and recipes. The recipes include some that originated in either the New World or the Old World before contact, and so contain only foods known in that area at the time.

Make a Village - Kids Learning Activity
3 - 6th Grade
Make a Village has a church, an apartment house and several houses to make into a village or town. After cutting them out and assembling the structures, they can be arranged into a village. Students learn how town can be planned in advance, or how some just grow; how traffic patterns flow; how city services are delivered; and how transportation an zoning affect towns and cities.

The Incredible Art Department
Grade 3 - >>
Pictures to inspire students, and specific activities for students to make their own art using a variety of techniques.


Islamic Art/Eraser Prints
A geometric design is made on an art gum eraser, then it is printed and rotated 1/4 turn (4 times) to make a larger design, often unexpectedly interesting.

At Home in the Heartland
A source on immigrants and others in Chicago, it gives brief biographies and outlines choices individuals had to make, an intersection of personal goals and the times in which they lived--the Depression, the aftermath of W.W.II, etc. The stories were apparently gathered from their descendents, so you get to make the same choices, and compare to the ones made by the real people. Somewhat slow, but visually rich. The personal interwoven with the historical makes it worthwhile.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Only the quiz is interactive, but still an interesting and important site.

"Cave Painting"
Earth-tone pastels to draw animals on rocks, in the style of cave paintings.
See a real cave filled with prehistoric drawings

The Secret of the Maya Glyphs (National Geographic)
Find and read Mayan glyphs in this adventure story.  A little slow to load.

Tour Egypt
This is the official internet site of The Ministry of Tourism, Egypt. It is the recipes that make it interactive, but the rest is interesting too.

Sciences

Make a Farm - Kids Learning Activity
K - 4th Grade
Make a Farm has a barn, silo, chicken coop, fences and other pieces to put together to make a farm. Kids plan what animals to raise and what crops are needed to feed both people and animals. A way for kids to learn about where food comes from.

2nd Grade Nutrition Lesson Plans
(We don’t know why it was labeled this--did the teacher get a grant for nutrition study?? It DOES involve oranges, though.)
Earth Science 2nd grade
Learn about Planetary Rotation, Latitudes and Seasons. Draw the continents on oranges with magic markers, put a skewer through them to show the earth’s axis, shine flashlights on them to demonstrate the way the angle of the sun causes the seasons.

GeoNet Game
3rd grade up
An interactive question and answer game played on the net. You can choose either easy or hard questions (which will challenge an adult) in any of six categories. The questions are clever and well-chosen.

Leonardo's Home Page
4th grade up
Leonardo’s Home Page describes the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci, however, the majority of the site involves looking at simple machine (as Leonardo did), and seeing how more complex machines are made from them.

The Heart: An Internet Exploration
Grades 3 - >>
If you have a sound card in a PC, listen to hearts beating at different rates. You can see the different stages of an unborn baby’s heart as it grows, and a picture of a beating heart.

MathMol
Grades 6 - >>
This site is a starting place for molecular modeling. Rather dry and "textbooky", but it covers some interesting material. Includes quizzes and models.

Make Your Own Weather Station Science
Instructions on how to make your own weather station instruments from materials found around the house. Not only are they cheaper, but by making your own, you can see how they work.

Build Your Own Mars Pathfinder Spacecraft Model Science
Download a pattern to make your own model of Mars Pathfinder

Bernoulli Cans Science
Illustration of the effects of air pressure

Iron in Cereal
Using a magnet. pick up small pieces of iron in wheat flakes

Solar System Trading Cards
Great pictures on virtual cards that you collect by correctly identifying pieces of the solar system. More fun than it sounds.

Geobee Challenge
Only five questions on Geography

Bats: Projects and Activities
Build your own bat house--and why you would want to.  Fascinating information on the only mammal that flies. (Anything that eats mosquitoes is on my side.)

How Far Is It?
Give the computer the names of two cities, and it will calculate miles, and show you both cities on a world map (your choice of projections)
For a FREE program that prints maps from one page to almost six feet across on a PC printer check out Mega Maps.

Cyber Tiger National Geographic
"Build a digital habitat for a Siberian tiger" (in a zoo)

Submarine Mountains
Using a model of underwater mountains, students make a representation of the mountains the way they would be seen by sonar.

What Came First?
A highly visual activity for understanding the sequence of evolution.

Model of Sea-Floor Spreading
Use the part entitled "A Model of Sea-Floor Spreading" about half way down the page.
Lots of fascinating material on important subjects; however, the teacher (or parent) will have to figure it out some before presenting it to the student. The first part of the lesson unfortunately uses commercial material not readily available, but the second part gives a good model of vital information.

Tracking Global Climate Change: Microfossil Record of the Planetary Heat Pump
Some excellent information and activities to illustrate how the planetary heat pump works. Unfortunately, to do any hands-on with the foraminifera you need both foraminifera and a binocular microscope, not readily available. But the first part of the site really explains the distribution of the sun’s energy on the earth and some of its effects.

Interpreting Paleoenvironments with Microfossils
The more complicated parts of this lesson are simply too technical, even for most high school students. It does, however, give some more information on how students may be able to collect foraminifera (protozoans about the size of a grain of sand) fossils.

Social studies

Dino-Facts A Unit on Dinosaur Behavior
Good information about dinosaur fossils, and how scientists interpret fossils to theorize about their meaning.

Correlation and Strata
Students use index fossils to trace specific strata that occur in both France and Montana. Students learn that certain creatures which became fossils existed only at specific times, and in a certain order. Only in a few of these is there a chance of finding fossils.

Findasaurus
Not really interactive, but a fun list of (real and imaginary) dinosaur names

Chicken Mummies
This tells, in detail, how to mummify a chicken. They say theirs has been around for over a year now.

Plant Tricks
Shows how plants can grow from pieces--stem, leaf, etc.--of plants. This activity also explains what a clone is, information that may become increasingly important..

Kitchen Chemistry
Uses the widest range of acid/base indicators that I've ever seen. Red cabbage is especially vivid.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
A very impressive experiment using liquid nitrogen to make something very popular--ice cream.

Earthquakes, Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes and Geological Time
Phone books, paper towels and dinner plates are used to represent the forces that cause earthquakes and mountain ranges. It makes processes that occur on a huge scale, and that seem highly abstract, easily understandable.

Making Polymers
A well-designed program to make polymers, and explain how we use them

The Ant's Picnic
Foraging for food from an ant's perspective. Kids do benign experiments and keep records to see what attracts the notice of the ants, and what they like.

Sundials
Make a sundial and test it out on successive days. This site has a good explanation of how sundials work. This might be good to combine with an art lesson.

Laser Activities
Make an artificial fog, and examine the laser beam through it. Also games to play with your cat or dog--my cat thought this was the best game ever.

Dry Ice Experiments
Sounds fun and a little wild. Do make sure everyone has eye protection, and that no one handles the dry ice with bare hands.

Glide Path
Download a game in which you 'land' an aircraft, referring to controls to help you. Happy landings.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Kids' Section
Make paper airplanes and do experiments on the principles of aerodynamics.

The principles of aeronautics and some experiments to demonstrate them.

 

Lady Washington
Learn how to find positions on a map, from the crew of the Lady Washington, a traditional square-rigger sailing ship.

Escape from Knab
Highly clever salary and budget simulation that contains enough real-world information to make it truly useful. Playing this game may help your kids understand "We can't afford it" even though, to a kid, you obviously have "lots of money" in your wallet--and insurance, utility bills, interest, taxes, etc. The game deals with salary and expenses, including the less-tangible ones, as well as credit cards, interest (in and out), living expenses and writing out checks.

Cash Register
Easy but clever simulation of the change you should get back from purchases of various sizes. It has pictures of real coins, but could use a little "story" or game to make it more fun. US money, of course.

 >> Grammar resources

 

The English Institute - An Elementary English Grammar Book Online book: Word Order, Indefinite Article, Definite Article, Nouns, etc.

Verb tense tutorials and exercises

 

 

 

 

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