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APRIL 2005



Illinois Early Learning Project: Tip Sheets
Land of Lincoln Logs – Illinois project for early childhood, applicable everywhere.
Grade Level: Parents, Teachers
This Web site was developed by the state of Illinois as part of the Illinois Early Learning Project to provide a “a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children.” Although written for residents of Illinois, the site is relevant to any parent or teacher of young children.


Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase
Gawain, Gawain, Gone! Modern performances of snippets of medieval narrative.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
This site features a database of video clips of contemporary performance of medieval narrative. Its purpose is “to see how medieval stories can be brought to life in performance for modern audiences, and how performance can be used to teach medieval literature in the classroom.”


Draw On!
Fun online drawing tool that can be used collaboratively.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5
This interactive Web based tool, presented by the General Electric Corporation, allows users to create a drawing, save it, send it to a friend, or invite the friend to collaborate on the drawing.


Kanji Alive
An interactive guide to kanji, Japanese character writing.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Kanji Alive, created at the University of Chicago, is an interactive tool for learning to read and write Kanji (a Japanese system of writing that utilizes characters borrowed or adapted from Chinese writing).


Apply Lessons: Applications of Mathematics
Shows math being used in "the real world."
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
This site, developed by the Ministry of Education of the Government of British Columbia, helps students to see the usefulness of taking math courses by linking the lessons to specific occupations that use the skills that students are learning.


Energy Fast
Energy conservation and its potential for helping the environment.
Grade Level: 9-12
Earth Day Energy Fast seeks to create a “greater public awareness of the consequences to nature from energy use by asking all persons everywhere to participate in an energy-conservation activity each Earth Day.”


FAO: Food and Nutrition
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s site on global nutrition.
Grade Level: 9-12
This site was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is a rich resource of information on food safety and quality and human nutrition around the world.


Center for the History of Physics
This site has rich visual archives and lots of info on famous scientists.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
The Center for History of Physics, a site maintained by the American Institute of Physics (ADP), provides exhibits, sample syllabi, booklists, and other resources for physics history and its allied fields.


Marine Navigation in the Age of Exploration
The four basic tools the great explorers used to find their way.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The Seattle Art Museum presents this interactive site that illustrates the use of four ancient nautical instruments that were used by Spanish explorers to observe the position of the sun and stars and fix their position on the open seas.


Journey Through Japan
Discover Japan and its history online.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Journey through Japan provides resources and materials for K-12 educators including background readings, lesson plans, maps, an interactive timeline, and a photo gallery.


Woodland Park Zoo: Multimedia
Don’t try to feed the animals through your computer screen!
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This multimedia area of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington offers students and teachers videos, Web cams, quizzes, and other interactive features to help students learn about animals.


Visual Fractions
Making fractions come to life with Web technology.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8
Visual Fractions is a collection of activities that use pie charts, number lines, and other graphics to illustrate fraction operations.


Earth's Birthday Project
Good hands-on approach to celebrating Earth Day year-round!
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Earth’s Birthday Project provides teachers with effective Earth Day related learning resources that are fun, free, or inexpensive and easy to implement in the classroom.