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FEBRUARY 2006

NASA: Satellite Tracking
Your classroom computer becomes mission control!
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This NASA site offers visitors the tools to track satellites, the Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the Space Shuttle during missions.

Florida Center for Instructional Technology
Sunshine State resources, also of interest to non-peninsula dwellers.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This site from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology is a collection of resources specifically for the benefit of Florida teachers and much of the content relates to the Sunshine State Standards. But any teacher would benefit from the majority of these materials including lesson plans, Web features, reading practice for students, educational Web sites and materials for making the most of technology resources in the classroom, and more.

Forensics in the Classroom (FIC)
Pupils as Perry Mason. CSI: Classroom Science Investigation!
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Court TV has teamed up with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to present these free curriculum units on forensic science for middle and high school students. "By incorporating key scientific concepts and lab experiments into creative, forensic-based mysteries and activities, FIC provides a way to engage and teach students about the expanding and fascinating world of forensic science."

BEN: BiosciEdNet
Biological sciences topics in depth and easily located.
Grades: 9-12
BEN: BiosciEdNet is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and contains over 4,100 reviewed resources covering 76 biological sciences topics. Registration is required but is free.

Slavery in New York
NY Historical Society's exhibit on the years before NY abolition in 1827.
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
The New York Historical Society created this online exhibition that explores the period from the 1600s to 1827, when slavery was legally abolished in New York State, through the use of interactive galleries and multimedia presentations.

Strange Matter
What the Bleep - fun science about everyday stuff from Ontario Science Centre.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
This educational and fun site helps students learn the secrets of everyday stuff as they explore the field of materials science. The site was developed by the Ontario Science Centre in conjunction with the Materials Research Society and the National Science Foundation.

Education Atlas
Great collection of well organized links to education resources.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8,9-12, Parents, Professional
The Education Atlas is a comprehensive guide to education sites on the Web. It includes over 8,000 indexed websites.

Beyond the Fire
Stories of 15 teenagers who came to the U.S. from war zones.
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
This interactive site allows users to explore the stories of fifteen teenagers, now living in the United States, who have survived war in seven war zones. The site is hosted by Independent Television Service (ITVS) a nonprofit organization that funds independently produced programming for public television and the Web.

Letter P.A.L.S. (Personalized Adventure Letter Series)
Helping kids love reading... one letter at a time!
Grades: Pre-K-2
Letter P.A.L.S. is a kindergarten-2nd grade school to home reading program to get teachers, students, and parents reading together weekly, and motivate children to become strong readers.

Einstein Light: A Brief Illumination of Relativity
E equals an extremely fun and informative site with very cool illustrations.
Grades: 9-12
This educational and engaging site offers a brief overview of the principles of Einstein's theory of relativity and its relationship to the work done by Galileo and Newton using quick Flash animations. Also available are links for more in depth exploration.

Predicting Seasonal Weather
Cool with a chance of learning: advances in weather prediction.
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Predicting Seasonal Weather, presented by the National Science Foundation, is an interactive exploration of the research that has led to "a new understanding of the relationship between fall snow cover and winter climate variability," a new way of predicting seasonal weather.

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