Finding ways to make learning fun is always a key for a good teacher. Learning and practicing basic arithmetic operations are keys to success for a math student. On this site students practice those facts by playing a fun game. Students can choose from seven different levels of play. The lowest level focuses simply on subtracting single digit numbers. As the levels progress students can try multi-digit numbers, and subtraction that includes regrouping. For each level students decide if they want the fruit to move slow or fast. After that, splat away!
Sheppard Software: Fruit Splat Subtraction
Sheppard Software: Harlem Renaissance!
Learn all about the Harlem Renaissance by exploring the four categories in this interesting and interactive site. Read a brief history about the time period and focused changes, then click through famous places of the Renaissance including the Apollo Theater, the Savoy Ballroom, and A’Lelia Walker’s Dark Tower. Learn more by reading about musicians Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. Also read about authors Charles W. Chestnutt, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Exciting changes took place during the Harlem Renaissance, and this is a great site to learn about some of the iconic places and people of the time.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids
Enter a world of musical fun and learning for students, parents and teachers. This interactive site offers students resources for learning about composers, their works, the logistics of orchestra seating, the functions of different instruments, and music periods. Look for games, activities, and a library of music clips highlighting composers, instruments, musical notes, and national anthems from selected countries. A teachers' lounge provides interactive lesson plans and links to valuable resources. For parents there are activites to do at home, such as building your own xylophone or making a tin can telephone. This is a great place for elementary school children to learn about classical music!
Fresh From the World: Where Your Food Comes From
"There is nothing to eat!" or "I'm so hungry!" are popular phrases kids and adults use when they are on the hunt for food. It is pretty amazing that food does not just appear on our shelves and in our refrigerators. It is incredible to think that it doesn't just appear in the grocery stores we shop in, either. Our apples, bananas, bread, and potatoes come from many parts of the world. Many of the foods we love do not grow near our town or even our country. Isn't that something? Many of our ancestors traveled with certain foods, crossing oceans, and they introduced them to the places we live in today. Follow this presentation to discover the history of where our food comes from. Discover who provides our food, how certain foods are grown, how others are processed, and finally how the food gets to us.
Intel Education Resources: Plant Transport
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.
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.