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AUGUST 2004
 

Wonderful World of Weather
Whither the Web weather-wise!
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
The Wonderful World of Weather is a standards-based Real Time Data Module developed by the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE). It allows elementary students to investigate weather phenomena locally as well as in other places around the world. 08/30/04

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement
Organization site with lots of early-learning research.
Grades: Professional
The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) offers a wealth of research-based information and resources to people who impact children's early reading achievement: teachers, teacher educators, parents, policymakers, and others. 08/27/04

American Centuries Views from New England
Virtually visit a great museum on New England history.
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
American Centuries presents an extensive library of primary resources, curricula, and interactive age appropriate student activities. These resources are provided by the Memorial Hall Museum Online. 08/25/04

Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life. An Electric Mind
A rich resource from PBS on this American legend.
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This site is part of the larger PBS site and was published as a companion site to the program that aired on PBS in 2002. The content, however, is still very relevant for anyone wanting to learn more about one of the "most remarkable and multi-talented human beings the world has ever known." It includes background information, quizzes, a teacher's guide, and animations. 08/23/04

SMILE: Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement
Pleasant collection of teacher-created lessons in science and math.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced, Professional
The SMILE website is hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a rich resource of lesson plans for biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. 08/20/04

Project Interactivate
A gold mine of interactive math activities.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Project Interactivate is presented by the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., whose goal is the "creation, collection, evaluation, and dissemination of interactive java-based courseware for exploration in science and mathematics." It includes activities, lesson and discussions as well as other support materials for teaching and learning important math and science concepts. 08/18/04

Teach Pottery.net
Friendly, impressive teacher-created site on ceramics and pottery.
Grades: 9-12, Advanced
As the name implies, this site offers resources and materials for art teachers who are involved with teaching the many facets of pottery making. It was developed by a high school art teacher, Kerry Marquis, and contains galleries of student work as well as lesson plans and other instructional materials. 08/16/04

Rendezvous with History: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt State Historical Site
A virtual trip to Hyde Park, New York, home of the Roosevelts.
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Rendezvous with History is presented by the Poughkeepsie Journal. It offers information and other resources about the grounds and buildings of Hyde Park, New York, the family estate of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. 08/13/04

National Student/Parent Mock Election
Young people and parents participate in the election process online.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This site sponsors a Mock Election Day, October 28, 2004, to help students learn about the election process. The site claims to be the "nations largest voter education project". The registration is free and open to individuals, schools, and school districts. 08/11/04

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Strong site from PBS on late-1800s America.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Reconstruction: The Second Civil War offers teachers and students information and resources for learning about such topics in American history as the Civil War, slavery, abolition, nation building after war, the cotton economy, sharecropping, federal government intervention in the states, and much more. It was produced by PBS and includes video of the entire show of the same name. 08/09/04

Children's Literature
Great site for finding appropriate literature for young people.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8
This site provides a Children's Literature Comprehensive Database that is subscription based but there are enough free resources here to warrant a visit. Free resources include themed book reviews, teacher guides, and information on authors and illustrators. 08/06/04

The Museum Collections at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Sophisticated, attractive site about Western Native American culture.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The Museum Collections at Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a wonderful site for presenting a glimpse of the culture of the Native Americans that inhabited the Chaco plateau of the Colorado Plateau for more than 10,000 years. This virtual exhibit of artifacts includes pottery, ceramics, jewelry, petroglyphs, and tools. 08/04/04

The Great American Landmark Adventure
Tour national historic landmarks online.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The Great American Landmarks Adventure gives students the opportunity to learn more about forty-three national historic landmarks through the drawings of Roxie Munro. 08/02/04