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Maps That Teach
Free interactive maps and map puzzles--a plus for geography learning!
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8
"Free interactive maps to learn continents, countries, states, capitals, borders, physical features and cultural monuments" from Owl and Mouse Educational Software. 01/31/2003

Planet PDF
Free PDF copies of classic books online
Grades: 9-12
Planet PDF is "a popular, independent community site for Adobe Acrobat and PDF users." It offers free PDF eBooks of popular classics. 01/30/2003

Attractive search engine for children is easy to use
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Kids.Net.au is a search engine just for children. 01/29/2003

Arts Workshop: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
A fun, interactive site where kids can create multimedia arts experiences!
Grades: 3-5
The Arts Workshop encourages students' creativity by providing the tools for creating an online multimedia production and activities that can be done at home. 01/28/2003

Charles H. Templeton Sheet Music Collection
A private collection of vintage sheet music online.
Grades: 9-12, Advanced, Professional
Mississippi State University Libraries created this site to showcase the sheet music collection of alumnus and collector Charles H. Templeton. 01/27/2003

Don't Buy It
Media literacy site from PBS to help kids cope with advertising!
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
This interactive site teaches children media literacy by focusing on advertising tricks and techniques in all media. 01/24/2003

On-Line Practice Modules
Tutorials on popular software, aimed at teachers, staff developers, and students!
Grades: 9-12, Professional
This collection of in-depth tutorials offers detailed instructions for using some of the more popular software programs, including the Microsoft Office suite, Inspiration, and HyperStudio, as well as basic computer skills for both PC and Mac. There's also a tutorial for creating a WebQuest. Caution: As the software packages evolve, some details within these tutorials may go out of date; most of the tutorial content, however, seems to be about basic tasks, which remain quite stable over time in major software packages. 01/23/2003

Through the Lens of Time: Images of African Americans
A great supplement to any Black History topic!
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced, Professional
This site contains nearly 300 photographs from the work of the father and son photographic team of George and Huestis Cook. Photographs were selected from the Valentine Richmond History Center's collection of more than 10,000 original negatives. 01/22/2003

Dole 5 a Day
Highly interactive site from Dole Foods encourages kids to eat well.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, Parents
Dole 5 A Day has been around for a while and does an excellent job of encouraging elementary school children to eat their fruits and vegetables every day for good health. It includes facts and lots of interactive fun. 01/21/2003

Teach R Kids Math
Excellent math help site for elementary grades!
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, Parents
This site provides online interactive math practice that covers a range of topics from simple to advanced for elementary school children. 01/20/2003

Project-Based Learning
Project-Based Learning in a highly interactive and informative nutshell!
Grades: Professional
This is a free training/instructional module provided by The George Lucas Educational Foundation to assist teachers, administrators, and professional development trainers. 01/17/2003

Our Solar System in Pictures
3-D delights to help bring the solar system to life!
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
This site contains over 340 pictures and stereo 3D images of the solar system as well as interactive quizzes. 01/16/2003

Draw and Color with Uncle Fred
Delightful drawing activities for early childhood / primary grades!
Grades: Pre-K-2
From the artist/writer of the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith cartoons, Fred Laswell, comes this fun and instructive art site for children grades 1-5. 01/15/2003

Bedtime Stories
Online text (and more!) of classic and more recent children's stories!
Grades: Parents
This site, courtesy of Home Office Mall, provides full, illustrated text of children's stories, some classics as well as stories in several different categories of interest to children. 01/14/2003

Landmarks for Schools
Find the "building blocks" for Web-based student learning on this classic site!
Grades: Professional
This site "provides links to information building blocks: Web sites, pages, and interactive tools that provide information in the form of a raw material." It's a rich resource for teachers to incorporate the Internet into the curriculum in a meaningful way. 01/13/2003

The Global Schoolhouse
Superb site for online projects is still going strong!
Grades: K-12, Professional
This award-winning site from the Global Schoolnet Foundation is a great resource for teachers and students to integrate online collaborative learning into their curriculum. 01/10/2003

Learning in Hand
An excellent, teacher-created web site about handheld computer technology!
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced, Professional
This site was created by fifth grade teacher Tony Vincent of Willowdale Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska. It explores the many uses of handheld technology in the classroom. 01/09/2003

Life in the White House
The authorized place to learn about life in the president's official mansion.
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
This new addition to the Whitehouse.gov site explores the rich history of the White House and the West Wing with video tours and essays. 01/08/2003

Fascinating interactive site where kids discover, discuss, and do design!
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced, Professional
This site engages kids in art and creativity through focus on design product design, graphic design, architecture and fashion. 01/07/2003

Plastic Fork Diaries
Fun focus on food in the form of an online TV serial!
Grades: 6-8
The Plastic Fork Diaries engages and educates kids about issues related to food (origins, preparation, nutrition, and more) through an ongoing tale of lunch and life at a mythical middle school. 01/06/2003

Backyard Jungle
Collaborative learning: Kids share "science maps" of their backyards online!
Grades: 3-5
Backyard Jungle is a science site that encourages kids to create and share representations of their backyards, and record their findings and discoveries. 01/03/2003

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Thorough site on a popular classic author!
Grades: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced, Professional
This site offers biographical information as well as online versions of many of Edgar Allen Poe's poems and stories. 01/02/2003