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Animals Two by Two - Kindergarten

  1. Foss web site on Animals 
  2. All About Snails 
    Learn about the snail, coloring activities, worksheets, clip art, stories and Internet-based lesson.
  3. Cool Science 
    This is a wonderful follow-up to the FOSS Animals Two by Two matching game. By matching animals by their similar structures, students play a game that teaches early classification of species.
  4. ENature
    This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
  5. Journey North
    Join classroom teams around the world in entering data on the signs of spring, such as the first sightings of hummingbirds, earthworms, robins, or butterflies
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  6. Kiddy House 
    Stories, crafts, and information on frogs, farms, and snails are just a few of the offerings at this site for parents, kids, and teachers. The All About Snails site includes information about land and pond snails, activities, and worksheets
  7. United Poultry Concerns, Inc 
    United Poultry Concerns encourages schools to use alternatives such as picture books, modles, videos, and classroom drawing activites to replace chick hatching projects. Their free guide booklet, "Hatching Good Lessons, " suggests classroom activities and resources for teachers.

Wood and Paper - Kindergarten

  1. Gilmer Wood Company 
    Check out their astounding collection of unusual wood samples from around the world at Wood Sample Images.
  2. How Paper Is Made
    Find out how paper is made from wood pulp and recycled material. View a short video that shows how tissue paper is made.
  3. Oriland 
    Choose from several origami projects, from very simple to elaborate.
  4. The Wisconsin Paper Council
    Take a tour of the paper-making process from trees to paper, learn paper facts, play games. And learn how to make your own paper.
      

Fabric - Kindergarten 

  1. Making Silk in Lam Dong 
    Find out how silk is made in Vietnam. This site includes pictures of the process.

Trees - Kindergarten

  1. ENature
    This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
  2. Enchanted Learning
    Make pinecone bird feeders, make twig picture frames, find tree-anatomy coloring pages, read the story of Johnny Appleseed, and discover many Arbor Day activities appropriate for K–3.
  3. Fall Colors
    The U.S. Forest Service site provides information on fall foliage hotspots, state color reports, and live web-cam sites from around the country. Also provided are many non–Forest Service website links for family activities, crafts, games, and science activities.
  4. Kidsgardening
    The National Gardening Association provides parents and educators with ideas, resources, and information. Check here for grants for school garden projects.
  5. What Tree Is That?
    A very simple guide to common trees of eastern, central, and western United States, created by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

 

  

  

Insects - 1st Grade

  1. Foss web site on Insects
  2. Bug Club
    The website for young entomologists. The Bug Club offers an on-line newsletter, information on the care of bugs, a simple bug classification guide, "ask-a-scientist," and the opportunity to have Bug Club pen pals with students in England.
  3. Bug Fun
    Includes collecting and caring for insects, insect crafts and projects, games, and insect jokes. Brought to you by the University of Kentucky.
  4. Bug Identification
    Step-by-step key to identify insects.
  5. Bugscope
    The Bugscope project is an exciting opportunity for classrooms to remotely operate a scanning electron microscope to view their chosen specimens! The microscope is remotely controlled in real time from your classroom computer over the Internet using a web browser. Check out their photo archive for some fascinating images of insect structures up close. The Bugscope project is an educational outreach program for K–12 classrooms.
  6. Cambodian Handicrafts Silk Cultivation
    This site tells the story of silk production–from the mulberry harvest, to the spinning and weaving of thread. It is well illustrated with photographs.
  7. Center for Insect Science
    The Center of Insect Science at the University of Arizona provides extensive resources for using insects in the elementary classroom.
  8. ENature
    This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
  9. Insectlorepedia
    Find out more information about a variety of insects. Each entry in the Insectlorepedia features a close-up image of the insect.
  10. Journey North
    Join classroom teams around the world in entering data on the signs of spring, such as the first sightings of hummingbirds, earthworms, robins, or butterflies.
  11. Making Silk in Lam Dong
    Find out how silk is made in Vietnam. This site includes pictures of the process.
  12. USDA's Insect Site for Kids
    Among the USDA's many offerings, you can find out why bugs are so important in so many ways.

Pebbles, Sand and Silt - 1st Grade 

 

  1. Foss web site on Pebbles, Sand and Silt
  2. Ask a Geologist
    USGS earth scientists provide a limited service in which you may ask scientific questions about geology, geophysics, and geochemistry. You can e-mail any questions you have about earth science to geologists at this site, and you can browse through their frequently asked questions.
     
  3. J. C. Duff Sand & Gravel Limited
    An exciting virtual tour of a gravel pit, from the comfort of your computer desktop.
  4. Natural Gemstones
    This pamphlet from the U.S. Geological Survey includes useful information and terms concerning natural gemstones. For example, a natural gemstone is a mineral, stone, or organic matter that can be cut and polished or otherwise treated for use as jewelry or other ornament. A precious gemstone has beauty, durability, and rarity, whereas a semiprecious gemstone has only one or two of these qualities. A gem is a gemstone that has been cut and polished.
  5. Sand Castle Central
    Check out their tips and tricks to building great sand castles, and see the incredible photos of sand-sculpture competitions.
  6. The Learning Web
    Explore things on, in, around, and about Earth, such as plants and animals, land, water, and maps. Shows how biology, geology, hydrology, and geography help us understand our changing world.

 

 Solids and Liquids - 1st Grade

 

  1. Foss web site on Solids and Liquids
  2. Archkidecture: About Structures
    A website for students who want to learn more about architecture, including projects you can build yourself.
  3. Building Big
    Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG™, Web site from WGBH Boston. Explore these structures: bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels.
  4. Exploratorium Snacks
    Create a giant sorter for separating solids, simply using screens and a clear plastic tennis-ball tube.
  5. How Fire Works
    Find out where fire comes from and see why it behaves the way it does at this How Stuff Works website.

 Balance and Motion - 2nd Grade 
  1. Foss web site on Balance and Motion
  2. How Rollercoasters Work
    Examine the principles that keep coaster cars flying around their tracks and look at the hardware that keeps everything running, as well as the forces that make the ride so much fun.
  3. How Stuff Works: Water Slides
    Illustrations and photographs show the construction of an intricate water slide, which looks like a fantastic classroom runway construction.
  4. The Yo-Yo Guy
    The official Yo-Yo Guy tells how to set up your yo-yo and do tricks.

New Plants - 2nd Grade 

  1. Foss web site on New Plants
  2. ENature
    This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
    Enchanted Learning
    Enchanted Learning offers a wonderful collection of nursery rhymes, crafts, coloring pages, and science background about plants, appropriate for K–3 plant scientists.
  3. Journey North
    Join classroom teams around the world in entering data on the signs of spring, such as the first sightings of hummingbirds, earthworms, robins, or butterflies.
  4. Kidsgardening
    The National Gardening Association provides parents and educators with ideas, resources, and information. Check here for grants for school garden projects.
  5. Wheat Page
    Kansas State University agronomist Jim Shroyer picked a spot in a wheat field north of Manhattan, Kansas, to show the cycle of wheat from field preparation in August to bread the following July. The photos are great! Go to Wheat Watch in the Kids Corner to click dates of photos you want students to view. At the primary level, the text is informational for the teacher, but students love the photos. Submitted by Cindy Garwick, Bluemont Elementary, Manhattan, KS.

Air and Weather - 2nd Grade

  1. Foss web site on Air and Weather
  2. Cool Science
    Find out what solid particles are in the air you breathe.
  3. How Do Rainbows Form?
    Find out how rainbows form on this colorful website from NOAA.
  4. Journey North
    Join classroom teams around the world in entering data on the signs of spring, such as the first sightings of hummingbirds, earthworms, robins, or butterflies.
  5. Mount Washington Observatory/Weather
    View the conditions at the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, one of the windiest places on Earth.
  6. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Find out about the programs administered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on this website, which includes everything from hurricanes to weather satellites.
  7. National Severe Storms Laboratory
    The National Severe Storms Laboratory is one of NOAA’s internationally known research laboratories, leading the way in investigations of all aspects of severe weather. Headquartered in Norman OK, the people of NSSL, in partnership with the National Weather Service, are dedicated to improving severe weather warnings and forecasts in order to save lives and reduce property damage.
  8. National Weather Service Homepage
    The home page for the National Weather Service.
  9. National Weather Service: Lightning Safety
    Check this site for handouts, indoor and outdoor safety tips, medical facts, history, survivor stories, photos, teacher tools and more.
  10. NOVA Online: Storm Chasers
    This site provides extensions to the NOVA program, Stormchasers.
  11. Parachute History
    Although the Historical Review page is written for adult readers, it includes a variety of parachute designs that fascinate young students, from the earliest attempts to cutting-edge parachute designs.
  12. Wind Mapping with Bubbles
    This activity from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History describes how to use bubbles to map your local winds. This activity is part of the Tryscience.org collection from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).

 



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