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Teacher Barb Jackson sent the following description of her website: This site contains useful
information for teachers as background knowledge or for lesson preparation. Students can use it
in class for research, to do Webquests, to review for tests, to play games, for tutorial or
reinforcement of science skills. It contains excellent resources for content and learning aids.
There is a teachers' download page full of activities.

Science Activities for the Elementary Classroom\index.html

In this site from the American Chemical Society, WonderNet: Your Science Place in Cyberspace!,
you and your students (grades K-5) will find a treasure trove of science that covers everything
from calcium to friction to the ever-useful category of "stuff that sticks." For each topic, there
are activities and an interactive quiz to test your knowledge. Grown-ups will appreciate knowing
how the science material stacks up against the standards.

The Water Cycle

This Macromedia Flash Player enhanced website, developed by the EPA, The website is divided
into four sections: rain, water storage, vapor, and clouds. In the Rain section, students can
discover the forms of precipitation and why it occurs. Through the short, interactive module,
individuals can learn about the development of aquifers, transpiration, and condensation. This is
a great website for young students to grasp the connections between different forms of water.

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Acid Rain Students' Site

The EPA developed this colorful website to teach students all about acid rain. First, through clear
descriptions and helpful figures users can learn the characteristics of acid rain, its dangers, and
how to control it. The website offers an interactive connect-the-dots, word searches, crossword
puzzles, and other games. A short movie provides an overview of how the use of coal
contributes to acid rain and acid rain's impacts on ecosystems and human health. The website
also offers an introduction to the pH scale and tools to measure the pH.

National Building Museum

National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., has developed Educator Resource Packets, which
it makes available for download free of charge from this website. The three packets available at
the time of this report were: Patterns that Thump, Bump, and Jump; City by Design; and Bridge
Basics. The first packet is intended for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade and
aims to increase students' awareness of patterns, their ability to predict patterns, and
understanding of ways "to examine and interpret patterns that are found in the built
environment." The City by Design packet is intended for kindergarten through sixth-grade
students and aims to increase students' awareness of the communities in which they live,
promote an understanding for how people's use of land and buildings affects the environment,
and to explore the implications of various transportation options. Finally, the packet on Bridge
Basics provides instructional ideas for teaching students in grades four through eight about
bridge construction and the environmental impact of bridges. Each packet offers a review of key
concepts, suggests a few activities and offers some resources for further exploration, along with
information on visiting the National Building Museum. Hard copies of the packets are available
upon request.

The Schoolyard Solar System

"The Schoolyard Solar System was developed to demonstrate the solar system to scale; to show
the relationship between units of thousands, millions, and billions; and to accomplish these goals
with student involvement that will re-enforce the lessons." Students and educators can find
images of the Sun and the nine planets in our solar system. The website presents bulk, orbital,
and observational parameters as well as additional facts for the objects. By printing out the
materials and following the hands-on activity discussed at the website, students can learn about
the scale of the solar system.

EPA: Environmental Kids Club

At this EPA website, kids can explore the environment and learn how they can help protect it.
The website offers fun interactive stories, hands-on experiments, quizzes, and much more. To
explore the activities, users can either select areas of the Clubhouse or pick an environmental
subject. The topics covered include air, water, garbage and recycling, plants and animals, you
and your environment, and science. Artists can find opportunities to create their own pictures
about the environment and submit them to the EPA. Teachers can locate curriculum resources,
educational materials about environmental subjects, and information on scholarships, awards,
and grants.

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Get Wise Challenge

The Resource Action Programs developed this Macromedia Flash Player-enhanced website to
educate the public about conserving energy and water in their home. Through the house tour,
users can learn about the relative amount of energy appliances and household tasks consume.
Individuals can find easy-to-follow tips on how to cut energy consumption in their daily
activities. While one link is for people who have purchased Resource Action Programs kit,
students can play hangman, a puzzle, and other games.

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                                    Secondary Science Links

Chemistry Experiment Simulations

This site contains a number of animated simulations of chemistry concepts. Some of the
animations are designed to be used by chemistry instructors in presentations. Other animations
are designed for students to use on their own or in group-work. Some of the animations and
simulations have guided-inquiry tutorials to accompany them.


Great resources and links to AP Environmental Science, Biology and Physics. Also contains
resources for parents.

Spongy Beginnings to the Story of Life

Next time you pick up that ratty old sponge to mop your kitchen floor, be gentle: You could be
holding a clue to the beginnings of life forms on this planet. That's right, scientists now believe
life on earth descends from these strange ancient creatures. Track the story of life in this eight-
part series The Shape of Life. Here you'll progress through the millennia--from our spongy
beginnings to our brainy present.

The Tree That Provided Shade to Dinosaurs

A conifer, once believed extinct for millions of years, was discovered in 1994 near Sydney,
Australia. Fossils of the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) have been found on the Australian
continent, but no living examples were known until a small grove of pines was found in a remote
park. The exact location of this grove is kept secret, but scientists have been gathering and
cultivating some of the seeds. The tree is a relative of the Norfolk Island pine and the monkey
puzzle tree, with leaves (needles) growing up its branches. The BBC covered the planting of a
specimen at the Royal Botanical Garden in Kew, England (Tree with Jurassic Roots Unveiled, May
10). For more information about the Wollemi pine (including photographs of the tree, its habitat,
and fossil pieces), see the official web site, The Wollemi Pine.

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The Mysteries of Biotechnology Are Examined

At a site developed by the Australian government for its secondary schools, Biotechnology
Australia, you will find teaching resources for grades 9-12 that explore the coiling mysteries of
the DNA molecule, the science of cloning, and the mechanics of gene therapy. Lots to do and

Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS): The World of Water Quality

The United Nations Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS) Program "provides
scientifically-sound data and information on the state and trends of global inland water quality
required as a basis for the sustainable management of the world's freshwater to support global
environmental assessments and decision- making processes." The website offers newsletters
about water quality, downloads of annual reports, links to research projects that utilize the
GEMS' data, and information on education and training. Researchers can search global water
quality data by location at the GEM Stat link.

Paper Plate Education

The Paper Plate Education website, created by Chuck Bueter at DePaul University, offers hands-
on activities covering a range of science topics and education levels. With an abundance of paper
plates and a few other common items, students can learn about the seasonal and latitudinal
changes of the altitude of the noon sun, correct depictions of the phases of the moon, the
interior of planets, and much more. Visitors can view images of a few individuals' paper plate
projects. Because the author is always adding more materials, regular users should visit the
What's New link to easily obtain the latest science activities.

Periodic Table

Using the Macromedia Shockwave Player, this American Chemical Society website offers three
interactive periodic tables. Students can find the basic data on each element including its atomic
radius, stable isotopes, melting point, and density in the first periodic table tab. The website
identifies different elemental groups by color. Users can view the electron configuration by
selecting elements on the periodic table in the second tab. The last tab offers plots of the
elements' electronegativity, ionization energy, and other properties.

Lightning and Atmospheric Electricity Research at the Global Hydrology and Climate
Center (GHCC)

The Global Hydrology and Climate Center (GHCC) educates users about lightning and the
techniques involved in their lightning and atmospheric electricity research at this website. To
begin, users should visit the Lightning Primer, where they can discover the history of lightning
research, the characteristics of storms, and types of lightning discharge, and the many methods
used to study lightning. Students and educators can then explore the attributes of the Optical
Transient Detector, the Lightning Mapper Sensor, the Lightning Imaging Sensor, and additional
space-based sensors. Researchers can locate numerous lightning-related datasets and can learn
about lightning campaigns and ground validation.

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                                      Elementary Math Links

Solving Mathematical Mysteries

For grades 4-12 classrooms, you'll find puzzles and activities on topics as varied as number
theory, geometry, algebra, and logic in The X + Y Files. These X and Y files are wide open and
full of mathematical mysteries for your students to solve.

BEAM Education

BEAM is "a specialist mathematics education publisher, dedicated to promoting the teaching and
learning of mathematics as interesting, challenging and enjoyable." They publish materials aimed
at children ages 3 to 14 and provide training and workshops for teachers in the United Kingdom as
well as consultancy for companies, institutions and government, and teacher education programs.
Although many of their products and services are available for purchase only, they do offer a
number of online resources. In the section called Maths of the Month they post activities and
games, which are organized by age range and topic. Their research reports are also posted online
and address issues such as effective teaching of numeracy and learning about numbers with

Roman Numerals

This website provides an overview of the Principles of Roman numerals as well as a history of
Roman numerals, which dates back to 1st millennium BC when they were used by Romans to
record numbers in stone, art and coins. Some pictures in the gallery highlight the ways in which
Roman Numerals are used today, such as on watch and clock faces. The authors point out that
Roman numerals have a classic style and are less functional than the Arabic (decimal) numbers ( 0
to 9 ) which were introduced into Europe about 900 AD and adopted quickly because of their
convenience and mathematical ease of use. They also provide lists (including one of Roman
Numerals 1 to 2016), tables, and a converter that visitors can use to convert Roman numeral
numbers to decimal numbers. Another section provides resources for teachers on lesson ides for
teaching Roman Numerals.

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                                      Secondary Math Links

Global Grocery List Project

The Global Grocery List Project was designed by The Landmark Project and is supported by the
Global SchoolNet Foundation. Through the Global Grocery List Project students share local
grocery prices to build a growing table of data which is then available to use for computation,
analysis, and conclusion-building within the context of social studies, science, mathematics and
other disciplines. Since 1987, the project has collected grocery prices from classes all over the
world. The website provides information on how to participate and posts the grocery list to use
for students in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world, which are kept separate because of

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the different units of measure and currencies in use. A class can participate at no cost by filling
out an online form that includes their local grocery prices and can also view prices already
posted by using a search form. Teachers can also read about lesson strategies that have been
submitted by teachers using the project and by the project coordinator.

Website Goes Fishing for Math Lesson

Go fish with this selection from NCTM's Illuminations Project--Trout Pond: Using Algebra and
Discrete Mathematics to Investigate Population Changes. This fish population gives math
students (grades 9-12) a reason to look at iteration, recursion, and algebra. The four lessons in
the unit examine various representations of a recursive function, explore the use of technology
to track the rate of change, and generate graphs to represent population fluctuations.
Worksheets and other resources are included.

Ready-to-Use Lessons for Advanced Math

Advanced Functions and Modeling, is packed full of lessons and activities on modeling and
applying functions for grades 8-12. Topics include--but are not limited to--parametric equations,
power functions, univariate data, and logarithmic functions. The online lessons were developed
for North Carolina high schools and typically include a student handout, teacher notes, and
complete solutions; some include java applets and other manipulatives.

Real Math Meets Absurd Math

With Absurd Math: Pre-algebra from Another Dimension, let your students take a break from
real-world math and embark on a challenging adventure game to free an alien mathematical
genius from the evil Powers 2B. In order to rescue this free-thinking alien from his mind-
controlling captors, visitors (grades 5-12) must solve arithmetic problems. This game is packed
with hidden clues, mind monitors (representatives of the evil regime), and tricky problems to
give would-be rescuers a run for their money. For even more adventurous visitors, a Most
Challenging Episode offers more difficult problems in logical reasoning.

Web Interface for Statistics Education

Web Interface for Statistics Education (WISE) is a project out of the School of Behavioral and
Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University, which "aims to develop an on-line
teaching tool to take advantage of the unique hypertextual and presentational benefits of the
World Wide Web (WWW)." The tool is intended to serve as a supplement to traditional teaching
materials and to assist teachers in addressing specific topics. The online tutorials, which
students can use to learn and review concepts at their own pace, address topics such as
Sampling Distributions of the Mean, Central Limit Theorem and Hypothesis Testing. Other
sections of the website provide links to numerous other online resources for learning statistics.
The Glossary section offers links to online glossaries, although not all the links were working at
the time of this report.

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           Elementary & Secondary Math, Science & Technology Links

Take a challenge with Figure This!

This website from the NCTM offers 80 different challenges that can be used in the classroom or taken
home and done as family challenges. The challenges can be viewed individually on the web or
downloaded as colour or black & white pdf files. Figure This! demonstrates challenging middle school
mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. Funding
for the project was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of
Education. Figure This! Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math challenges
that middle-school students can do at home with their families. Each challenge features: a
description of the important math involved; a note on where the math is used in the real world; a
hint to get started; complete solutions; a "Try This" section; additional related problems with
answers; questions to think about; fun facts related to the math; resources for further exploration.

NSTA & Outstanding Science Trade Books

Each year the NSTA and Children's Book Council in the US evaluate K-12 science trade books
published in the previous year and make recommendations for those they believe are
outstanding resources. An annotated bibliography of this year's recommended books are can be
found at Previous years are provided at

National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth

Teaming up with PBS, National Geographic has created an intriguing four-part documentary
series titled "Strange Days on Planet Earth" that is meant to explore a number of events and
processes (such as climatic change and invasive species) and their long- and short-term effects
across the planet. Hosted by actor Edward Norton, the series producer's have also created this
complementary website where interested parties can learn more about these processes. For
example, in the "One Degree Factor" section (which explores global climatic change), users can
read interviews with experts working in this field and also learn about the relevance of this
process to their own lives. The site also contains a nice glossary of terms and a place where
individuals can offer their own comments on the program.

From the Education Bulletins: Journey North Calls for Participants in Global Studies

Journey North invites K-12 teachers and students to take part this fall in a global studies project
about wildlife migration and seasonal change. Funded by a grant from Annenberg/CPB, Journey
North is a free program that gives classrooms the opportunity to track the seasons in real time.
Students can follow the migration patterns of whooping cranes and watch plant growth in their
own gardens and in gardens across the hemisphere. Visit Journey North's web site for more
information about the project and to find standards-based lessons, reading and writing
connections, video clips, migration updates, and interactive maps, among several other teaching

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Enrich Math Learning with NRICH

Explore a variety of mathematical games and problems at NRICH, a site created by the
Cambridge University College of Education in Great Britain for math clubs and teachers. The site
offers resources for students from grades 1 through 12, with extensions for more advanced
students. Features include a monthly periodical with articles and new problems and an
interaction area where teachers and students can participate in either closed or open

More Science Attention-Grabbers

Chances are good that you'll find a number of attention-grabbers in Strange Matter: Discover
the Secrets of Everyday Stuff. At this web site, students in grades 5-8 can have a great time
delving into the study of materials science. Interactive animations let them safely crush stuff,
zoom into soda cans to explore atoms, or turn sand into ingots! In addition, there are suggested
projects for at-home explorations, resources for further study, and profiles of real-life materials

Kinetic City

Developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this website offers an
assortment of science experiments, games, activities, and projects. In the Shape it Up game,
students can learn about land formations and processes. Users can learn the basic interactions
of mixing different chemicals in the Slush Rush link. Educators can find Leader packets and
information on how to start a Kinetic City club. Besides the games educating users about topics
in the physical sciences, the website also offers a variety of biology-related activities. After filling
out the free sign-up form, the website saves individual's power points and results.

Education World: Math Center

Education World offers a wealth of instructional resources for teachers. This section of the
website is devoted to mathematics resources, primarily articles and lesson ideas. Each lesson
idea lists the appropriate grade levels for the activity, the Standards and instructional goals
addressed through the activity, supplies needed, key words to learn, and assessment strategies.
The articles address various topics in teacher professional development and school
administration. Education World also invites educators to submit their original lesson plans for
selection and inclusion in this collection using a simple online form.

Jefferson Lab: Science Education

Jefferson Lab carries out its long-term commitment to science education by providing a host of
teacher resources, games, and science lessons. Students can find a periodic table offering
physical characteristics and information on the history and uses of each element. The Student
Zone contains a virtual lab tour, glossary of scientific terms, and materials on internships.
Teachers can locate pdf downloads of many hands-on activities on many science subjects such
as microscopes, magnets, and measuring. The website introduces educational events and
educational programs for both teachers and students.

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NOAA Weather Education

NOAA offers links to a variety of educational materials on meteorology, hydrology, climatology,
and other weather-related fields for children, teens, and young adults at this website. Students
can find websites where they can learn about hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, and floods through
interactive games. Teachers can find lightning safety presentations, satellite images, lightning
photos, and glossaries. The website offers materials on weather related careers, degree
programs, distance learning courses, and additional opportunities.

Teachers Helping Teachers

This website called Teachers Helping Teachers has been in operation since 1995 and is
maintained by Dr. Scott Mandel, who is also Director of the a musical theater group and an
author. The resources provided here are posted by teachers and available at no cost. During the
school year the website is updated weekly. As of this report, they were soliciting contributions
that relate a teachers favorite lessons from the year or lesson ideas for the end-of-the-year,
Fathers' Day or graduation time. The teacher-created lesson plans are organized by subject
area, such as math, science, social studies, language arts, special education and the arts.
Separate sections discuss classroom management and provide book reviews. Each week a new
lesson topic is highlighted and a teacher's suggested stress reduction strategy is posted. The
Educational Resources Page provides links to a variety of other resources online.

Yes I Can! Science

York University's YES I Can! website was developed "to encourage interest and understanding of
Science in the formal education system, and to foster a culture of scientifically literate, life-long
learners." Teachers and students can search for lesson plans, labs, activities, background
information and much more through the website's easy to use DataEngine. The innumerable
materials cover a variety of science subjects including geology, chemistry, meteorology, and
space science for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Users can also view the featured resource
and can learn about real-time events.

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              Using Information & Communication Technology Links


Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Video Classroom, a searchable online
library, offers more than 200 video and audio examples of classrooms around the country
successfully and creatively integrating technologies into their curriculums. Visitors can search
using specific criteria, such as grade level, content area, technology used, instructional design,
or professional needs. This site is produced by Soundprint Media, a nonprofit public broadcasting

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Curriculum units by Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute from 1978-2004 are
posted here. Guides to the curriculum units prepared each year consist of synopses written by
their authors and contain recommendations of the school courses and grade levels where the
units may best apply. (Note: Although this is not really using information and communication
and technology in the classroom, the resources available to any teacher on this website is
substantial & worthy of inclusion in this collection of links – feel free to share this resource with
any teacher.)

Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) was established in 1985 to promote "computer users' rights
to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs." That is, the organization
promotes the development and use of free software, particularly for the GNU operating system
(GNU/Linux). FSF is the primary sponsor of the GNU Project, which was established to create
new distribution terms that would prevent the project from being turned into proprietary
software. The website provides information on current FSF projects, such as providing
development systems support for GNU software maintainers and raising awareness about the
Free Software license and how to use it. They also maintain the Free Software Directory, which
catalogs "all useful free software that runs under free operating systems" and currently contains
over 3,000 entries. The Directory can be accessed from this website and searched by keyword or
browsed by application area, such as Business and Productivity, Database, Education, Email,
Games, Mathematics, Network Applications, Printing, Science, Security, Software development,
and Web Authoring. The website also provides information on how to add packages to the
Directory and how to donate to the Foundation.

Bermuda Computing Curriculum Project

The Bermuda Computing Curriculum project is "a collaborative effort by the Computer Science
Department and the School of Education at Stanford University to develop a computing curriculum
for Bermuda public schools that uses programming as a central theme." The project emphasis
curriculum development which includes the following components: content definition, pedagogical
design, professional development, and student assessment. The goal is to have all students who
participate achieve a high level of computer and technological fluency and be prepared to use
computers and technology in their jobs or education. The website provides information on the
educational principles and theoretical model used for their curricula as well as a project timeline
and some slightly outdated project updates. They also describe the design principles that guide
their professional development and make available several session reports describing their
programs. Finally, they describe the goals and methods of their approach to assessing the program
and post related conference papers and research reports. The Student Gallery includes examples of
student work in courses such as Intro to Computing and CSI: Intro to Programming.

Regional Technology in Education Consortia

The Regional Technology in Education Consortia (RTEC) program assists states, local educational
agencies, teachers, school library and media personnel, administrators, and other educators to
integrate technologies into kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) classrooms, library media
centers, and other educational settings, including adult literacy centers. The activities, technical

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assistance, and information they provide are intended to promote the effective use of technology in
education in the region they serve, but they also work to foster regional cooperation and resource
sharing. Through this website they offer an impressive collection of course/workshop materials,
website links, videos, tools, publications, and presentations, which are organized by category. The
broad category areas include: Planning & Evaluation, Professional Development, Teaching &
Learning, Integrating Technology, Technology Highlights, and Special Topics such as access and
equity. The materials are also grouped by educational grade level classification such as adult
education, elementary, higher education, K-12, or secondary. Visitors can use a search function to
search the categories and resource type by keyword.

Squeak Programming System

Squeak is a programming system that is offered under an open source license, which makes it free
to download. The website describes Squeak as "an open, highly-portable Smalltalk-80
implementation whose virtual machine is written entirely in Smalltalk, making it easy to debug,
analyze, and change." The programming system can be used to create images, graphics, sound,
games and websites. For example, the drawing function includes the ability to scale and rotate
bitmap images at any color depth, anti-aliased TrueType fonts and vector graphics. The
Documentation section includes several tutorials, bulletin board forums, and other online resources
such as articles and books. In addition, a related website provides newly
redesigned educational projects for students, parents, and teachers.

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