How does a plant absorb and transport water and minerals? Explore how water is absorbed through tiny root hairs on a root. Then watch a detailed example of how minerals are trasported through a plant. Click the Next button to continue watching and exploring a healthy plant versus a deficient plant and what went wrong. This activity gives picutres and diagrams to show all the processes and uses audio to communicate about the processes.
Intel Education Resources: Plant Transport
Kids Think Design
Kids Think Design shows students that design is all around them, from gardens and transportation to computers and statues. Students can explore design in fashion, graphics, books, building interiors, everyday products, and lots more. In each field, they meet well-known designers, find out how they think, try activities, and discover design projects they can do. A toolbox gives suggestions for what they need to undertake a project. There are links to design contests, and the ‘learn more’ section suggests great websites and age-leveled books. Lists of recommended books for each category of design are also provided in the store section of the website.
Shakespeare's Globe: Discovery Space
Learn all about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre with this site full of pictures and interesting facts. Follow these links to downloadable PDF’s that provide information, pictures, and primary resources on each of eleven Shakespearean topics. The first will tell you about William Shakespeare, a family man, author, and actor. The next tells about London during Shakespeare’s life. Other links give information on special effects used in Shakespearean plays, The Globe, the third Globe, a typical playhouse, what audiences were like, indoor theatres, the process of writing plays, typical actors of the time, and costumes and cosmetics that would have been used on a Shakespearean stage. So much information about William Shakespeare, his life, and his times all in one place!
PBS: A Space Odyssey
Then and Now! A Science Odyssey gives us a fascinating look at 100 years of science and technology. This interactive website takes us on a journey of discovery in which we can explore some of the most spectacular scientific advancements from 1900 to the present. Choose from topics including Medicine and Health, Physics and Astronomy, Human Behavior, Technology, and Earth and Life Sciences to see how our current understanding has evolved. Just click on a topic to find a chronological order of events with links to activities, discoveries in the field, and information about the people who made them. You are guaranteed to learn something new and gain a sense of the scientific process as innovations and theories unfold.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, is one of the foremost world leaders in bird studies. One of its most important goals is to involve as many people as possible in the study, conservation, and appreciation of birds. To that end, they have some fascinating resources available on their website, including their Bird Guide and the popular Bird Cams.
Vision Direct: The Human Eye
Take this interactive tour of the eye to discover how it works. Begin by hovering over each part of the eye to learn its name and function. Next, investigate how changing the level of brightness affects the size of the pupil, and how the cornea bends the light rays as they enter the eye. Follow that by playing with a focus tool to see the lens adjust its shape, and the inverted image appear at the back of the eye.
U. S. Army: D-Day, June 6, 1944
June 6 is D-Day, commemorating the day in 1944 on which more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in what became the final assault on Nazi Germany. This multimedia site includes General Dwight Eisenhower's invasion order, photographs of the landing, and the Continental Edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper from one month later, July 4, which shows how successful the invasion turned out to be. For students to whom World War II is ancient history, this site brings the realities of the combat into focus.
National Archives: Victorian Britain: Industrial Nation
What were children doing during the mid-1800’s in England? Were their lives similar to children’s lives today? How can primary sources help us know? Help guide your students to answer these questions as they investigate several primary sources from the United Kingdom’s National Archives. Through six modules of primary sources, students will have the opportunity to learn different views of the use of child labor in some of United Kingdom’s coal mines back in 1842. Students will read newspaper clippings, observe illustrations, and read first-person accounts from children who worked inside of some of Great Britain’s coal mines. Death records, accident reports, and letters from workers and investigators are also part of the multi-tiered study. Teaches can use this site alone with students or as a way to find parallels to the overuse of child labor in early 1900’s America.
Annenberg Classroom: That's Your Right!
Guide your students to understand the true assurances provided by our country’s forefathers. Link the art of argument to the Bill of Rights in this interactive card game sponsored by The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics. Students may play with another classmate or against the computer during a quest to attain the goal of freedom before the opposing person does. Each player will receive different scenarios of violations of their rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Students must match the correct amendment number of each personal right that was violated. For each correct answer, the student will earn a bonus card that features one of the country’s founders who will help with the gaining of freedom. Students can match the amendments to their own cards and to their opponents’ cards during each round, thus reinforcing the understanding of real-life assurances from the Bill of Rights. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves by playing different levels of difficulty and with as many rights violation scenarios as possible.
Scholastic: Myths, Folktales & Fairy Tales
Use this interactive site to learn to write myths, folktales, and fairy tales with famous authors, and publish them. Pick a genre: myths, folktales, or fairy tales; learn more about them, and write your own. Read myths and fairy tales from around the world. The myths section provides you the opportunity to write a myth with Jane Yolen, to read myths from countries around the world, and to use the Myth Brainstorming Machine to create your own myth.