Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bring Maps and the Alphabet Alive with Home Linens


Many blog entries and articles I write for other sites arrive from other research I do or questions or problems others bring to me. I started researching learning mats for a family member and then branched off to look for a different kind of learning mat that I remembered hearing about. Both mats were plastic and designed along the lines of a Twister game. The mats were of a plastic/vinyl style. I had seen different versions of the games put out by various manufacturers. One was based on learning numbers and the alphabet and the other US states. When I started my summer Christmas shopping, I began an Internet search for these products only to find that the ones I remembered had been pulled from the market do to issues with the plastic. I could find rugs with similar game styles but there were two drawbacks, the size and the cost. The rugs were not designed to pack and take with you. The rugs I found were good sized and of significant weight. The other factor was the cost. The rugs while a great addition to any child’s room or play area were not in my budget. So I got to thinking about alternate materials for creating these mats and another article was born.

















Picture Credits:
archibald judefliker.com
woodleywonderworks fliker.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

File Folder Games and Activities

Parents and educators are looking for easy inexpensive ways to promote alternate learning styles. Independent learning is another value and frankly required element of learning. Neither parent nor teacher can be with a child at all times assisting and monitoring. Activities that provide solid educational learning and independent structure are valuable for child and teacher. Computers do provide many with these activities but there still are some old but good strategies out there that work.
As I was researching links for the blog the other day, I came across links for file folder games and activities which I added to the blog under Early Childhood and Math sites. I thought this would be an ideal candidate for article for a content site I write for as well as a chance to encourage people to try the strategy. It really isn’t complicated to do. File folders are cheap methods to make game boards and independent learning activities. You can create your own resources or use the pre-made options advertised here.

Want to find the file folder links on this site?

Early Childhood File Folder Links

Math File Folders

Fall File Folder Links

Halloween File Folder Links

Thanksgiving File Folder Games

Christmas, Hanukkah,and Winter Games

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Money and Learning


Coins are a great manipulative to teach children a variety of math skills. Many kids have a natural love of playing with coins and valuable skills can be acquired playing with them. Practical chores can be accomplished and life skills learned.

Sorting coins
Many families have jugs or coin holders that hold their loose change. Even young children with supervision can be taught to sort coins that are similar. Pennies can be placed in a container with pennies, nickels, with nickels and so forth. Children can start to learn the name of the coins and you can play games trying to match coins in a pile. For instance in a pile of coins have them find pennies, quarters, or dimes.

Counting
Pennies make good counters for children. Family members often have quite a few they are willing to donate to the educational cause. Children can have practice sorting them into piles, setting up stacks up ten to practice place value, and using them to work through a variety of problems.

Skip Counting
Coins are a wonderful way to teach skip counting. Most people start skip counting with 2’s and 3’s and 5’s, and 10’s. Pennies, nickels, and dimes are a great way to demonstrate what they are counting. Pennies give the actual numbers and then nickels and dimes start to represent the skipped numbers.

Practical Applications
Teach your children how to roll coins. Many people have started to use the automatic coin machines to redeem their change. Some of these are free and some have fees. However, a great teaching moment is missed when you allow the machine to do the counting. While it is time consuming, if you commit regular time to rolling your change with your kids you will see benefits. Math skills improve and there is a personal understanding between work and savings. They can see how savings builds.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Educational References to Have At Home


While more references are available on-line and with software, students still do benefit by having their own hard copies of certain items available for study. Whether you are a home schooling parent who will be responsible for choosing your curriculum or a parent who is preparing for the back to school homework schedule, having these items on hand can make life simpler. You will see ads for products on this site but I encourage you to be frugal. I work from home so the ads provide revenue. However, I will suggest alternatives as I am in this article. You are not the first or last group of parents seeking these items which means the second hand market flourishes. You can find many of these items at library books sales, Church sales, used book stores, and yard sales. Also check any of your other favorite second hand shopping places. I have had great luck shopping for the notebook references in odd venues like Christmas Tree Shops and Office Supply Stores. So by all means I will be happy to have you check out the ads but this article is about finding reference sources to have on hand.

A simple one that arises early on is a dictionary. I could never get a school system to provide me with a complete set, but was able to upgrade through used book sales in the fall to complete the sets when I moved. Do to the use a dictionary gets, buying a hard covered children’s dictionary is a good investment. I have experimented with the paper versions and they do not last. There are on-line options, but children can lose quite a bit of time searching. My experience has been that the resources also are not as extensive as one would wish. I know I just recently bought a thesaurus after finding the on-line version limited and time consuming for my own writing.


I could not find the copy of the student thesaurus I used to purchase, on-line. The reviews on the others were questionable so I did not post one. I would suggest reviewing a few before purchasing. There is an American Heritage Student version that I flipped through that is due out this summer that looks more detailed than many of the other current versions available for purchase. One possibility is to get a simple version to teach the child the basics and then buy a more complicated one as the child understands the process. Home schooling parents obviously expect to teach their children these skills. I would suggest that all parents review dictionary and thesaurus skills with their children when they start using them. Valuable time is wasted when children do not understand how both these resources work. While it can seem a burden on limited homework time, making sure the child understands the basics can increase homework productivity for years to come.


These notebook resources are available from a few different publishers. The value is that they present the terms for the subject in clear, easy to understand terms. They define the vocabulary, use diagrams, and demonstrations to key concepts in the subject areas. I used to use the math and the science ones in my classroom and still buy both for family. Even if your school uses different math and science programs with different vocabulary, it gives you a starting point to work from when your child comes home and does not understand. Also, it sometimes presents a new way for your child to see something that is not in the textbook which can be the “light bulb” moment that kids need. I have given these to family members who home school as well. The general reference material is handy to have.



Another item you will want to consider adding to your home reference section is a writer’s guide. I like Write Source products. However, if your school has a preferred product and guideline for writing I suggest you buy it. Students are doing more structured writing at younger ages. Being able to check the guidelines and formats and see examples can be helpful to you and the child. Again for home school parents it is a great resource for both the format of writing and the grammar that supports that skill. Choose one that fits your home school format.



One last note for public school parents, during curriculum night do check to see what topics will be covered in science, math, and social studies during the year. Knowing your child, this may be a time to consider any additional resources you might want to add to your home resource library. You may want to research free resources you can access on-line or through your local library. Do check the curriculum resource links on this blog for help. For instance if this is the year your child needs to learn the states and capitals of the United States and your child struggles with memory, this would be a good time to start thinking about what you could do to help. While it is the job of the teacher to teach and you do not want to step on toes, anticipating problems and having resources you can access is not a bad option.

This also is a chance to integrate local areas of interest that support the curriculum. Many schools are cutting back on field trips do to expenses. However, libraries still are offering free passes to science and history museums that can help kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learners to process and integrate information in unique ways not available in the classroom. You can provide alternative learning strategies that support the curriculum your child needs to learn without busting the household budget

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Visit Place Value With Software

In a previous post I discussed using manipulatives to help students construct a physical understanding of place value. Today I came across a free site on a publisher's website that demonstrates the concept better to parents who may want to try this. You can use the website or still use this concept with physical manipulatives but this gives you a visual representation of what I was discussing in the previous article.

I want to give full credit to the website and publisher Harcourt Publishing. I encourage you to check out their free resources.


Harcourt E Lab Understanding 1,000

The first picture shows the place value chart blank. When making my own I do draw lines.






I start with having the children build to ten to work in the ones column. Using this software you may want to choose problems that help you to reach ten first. (Just a note about the pictures, if you want to get a better look, click on the picture.) Those of you using blocks following this column process works just as well with physical manipulatives as it does on the computer.





Now you move to explaining what happens when you reach ten and all the blocks can no longer remain in the one's column. I suggest not having a problem that stops at ten. It is easier to start by leaving some amount in the one's column.




This program demonstrates that there are too many blocks in the ones column and asks the child to select regrouping. There is a benefit to using actual blocks in the beginning for many children to make the connection. However, this is the best method I have until I dig out my manipulatives and start taking digital photos to demonstrate the process.






The group of ten is now moved into the ten’s column and the one remains in the one’s column. I actually prefer the method of moving ten ones into the ten’s column, not substituting a different symbol for the ten’s and hundred’s as it decreases the connection for the kids. However, this is not my program. When using manipulatives, you can take your stack of ten connected cubes or Lego’s and just move the whole group into the ten’s column. There is no need for a new ten’s symbol.



This now moves us into the hundred’s column. This level was sometimes challenging with this software. I was having trouble getting the software to leave no values in the ten's column after regrouping if there were 0 tens. It worked sometimes and it failed sometimes. This was one area where having more control over your environment is useful. I chose a problem to demonstrate where I avoided the problem.




I did need to regroup more than once while experimenting with problems. If doing this myself, I am not sure I would use different symbols for different place value groups. It is one of the reasons I do not tend to use the traditional place value blocks that come with many math kits. They often do not accomplish what they are marketed to do. That was just the way I was trained and my experience from working with students. Do what works best for your child.






This software is free and available for your use.

Letter People Resources


The Letter People are still available in their new format if you wish to buy them. Abrams Learning Trends has a complete program and various features for parents and teachers. For those looking to the older sets, auction sites are likely your best option. However there are some sites that can help with pictures, lyrics, and other Letter People information. You can find some of those links here. Read more...

Abrams Learning Trends

Bobopolis Letter People

Lyrics to the Letter People Songs

Pictures of the Original Letter People

Resources of the Original Sheets from Smokey Mountain Homeschool

I'd suggest researching this one. I couldn't find anyone who had experience using it.
Teacher CD Resource of Original Letter People



Image copywrited by owner not for reuse

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Links For Letter People Videos

PBS created a puppet series of the Letter People. Some of these have found there way to DVD's that people are offering for sale. Unfortunalty I have not found official new releases of the original music or the videos for sale, although many are offering copies. You can buy the current curriculum and CD's from Abrams Learning Trends. The PBS videos are available for now on YouTube. I am listing the YouTube links I found for those interested in seeing the series, reliving a childhood memory or considering using the series with children.


Miss A Mr. B Mr.C Mr.D Miss E Mr.F Mr.G Mr.H Miss I Mr.J
Mr.K Mr.L Mr.M Mr.N Miss O Mr.P Mr.Q Mr.R Mr.S Mr.T
Miss U Mr.V Mr.W Mr.X Mr.Y Mr.Z

All About Letter People Land

Collection of Letter People Clips

If you do a further search on You Tube you can find additional episodes of the Letter People PBS show that combine the characters. Many of these are mentioned in the All About the Letter People Land Link which is why I included it.

Letter People Still Popular as Phonemic Awareness Program


One way to tell a program was well designed is to watch how people try to hold on and recapture the methods that work. This has been true of the Letter People program. The resale market for both the classroom Alpha 1 program issued by New Dimensions and the World Book-Childcraft Reading Readiness Program Version convinced Abrams & Company Publishers to issue an updated more PC version of the program which is being marketed to schools and parents today. The genders of the consonants and vowels have been balanced and food and other issues that bothered some about the original characters have been removed. For those who liked the series but would prefer a more PC version, checking out Abrams options is something to consider. For those who are seeking the older version, I’ll be including some links on another entry to help you find some additional resources.

The Letter People are still sought after by parents and educators because they work. Combining music, a personal connection to the letters, and activities that build on that connection motivates children to learn basic phonics lessons.

Any phonics alphabet program has a system of when to introduce letters. The Letter People system is not different. I have not reviewed the newer system, I only mention it for those who want to buy new materials or want the updated PC version. The older version of the Letter people is the only one I have ever owned or used. The Parent’s Guide from the Childcraft version suggests the following teaching progression for the letters:

M, T, F, H, N, A, B, E, S, R, P,L,Z,O,D,C,I,G,U,K,V,W,Y,J,Q,X

You do not need to follow this but if you are acquiring the materials or watching some of the videos, you may find the material does build on the knowledge of the sound patterns.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Believe it or Not it is Time to Think about School Supplies





Whether you are home schooling or your children will be returning to the classroom in the fall, it is time to think about school supplies. This year in particular stores are hungry for revenue and back to school supplies are on sale even earlier than usual. For those who like to get bargains and stock up for home, school, and Christmas, now is the time to check your budget and see where you have the money to put towards savings.

For home schooling families this is a great time to consider your home school supplies for the year. While you may not follow the traditional school calendar year, retail stores do. The benefits of planning and storing supplies for future use are many. This is also a time to consider what your needs for Christmas might be as well. Crayola products make great stocking stuffers. I buy the younger family members art supplies as small stocking stuffers each year. The discount school supplies I buy during the back to school season are the same brand named products I want but the prices are significant cheaper than the prices I find at Christmas. Last year I did some comparison shopping to verify my beliefs. The $.99 Crayola markers I bought during my back to school shopping spree where $3.49 at Christmas. I never found any prices at Christmas to compare to the back to school supplies I bought and stored for later use.

This is also time to consider some charitable donations. Teachers are often desperate for classroom supplies. This is why you receive the lists. Consider donating something extra on the list you receive to the classroom. Do check in with the teacher during the year. That one box of tissues sent at the beginning of the school year rarely lasts the fall allergy season. Be fair, if the school system provided tissues and the other supplies, the teacher would not ask for them. You are a taxpayer. If you do not like how the system spends your money, get involved. Do not punish the teacher who is already subsidizing the system buying teaching supplies and many other school supplies at his or her own expense. Your local teachers go a good distance in subsidizing your child’s education. Contributing a box of tissues, some markers, or sticky notes occasionally really is not asking as much as you may think.

There are also local charities that collect school supplies to donate to those in need. This year the requests are higher than ever. If you find some good bargains consider donating to these worthy charities. An extra package of markers or a glue stick does not cost much but combined with other donations, children can go back to school with the required supplies. Check with the local schools, Churches, or local government agencies. Many can point you in the right direction for getting involved. Try doing an on-line search for backpack programs.




Sunday, July 12, 2009

Explore Your City or Town's History This Summer
















This summer make local history sites your classroom. They say people are often most ignorant about the history right in their own backyards. While we drag children to field trips on a yearly basis we miss so much of what our local areas have to offer that will never make it to the pages of a history book. Summer is a time to explore the delights of your local area. Don’t know much about your local history and where to start? This is a great time to find out. Check out your City or Town’s website. Writing some local content articles I came across a detailed web map my home town created for locals and tourists to explore the local historical sites. While your town may not have gone that far yet, many websites do list sites of interest. Check with your local library. Many libraries even often discounted or free tickets to local museums of interest to explore this summer. They are also good sources of sites that are free to explore in your area. Many content sites are hiring writers to write articles on areas of local interest. Open up Google or your favorite search engine and start plugging in key words regarding your local area and see what you can discover about places to see and visit. This is a way to take history off the dusty pages of a book and bring it to life for kids and yourself. You may be surprised what local gems are waiting for you to discover.

I have listed the link to my home town site. Perhaps this would be a fun project to start for a home schooling or scouts group in your area. It is great for students and tourists in the area.

Sudbury MA Trail

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Multi-Age and Subject Elementary Education Links



Art


Art Lessons

Hands on Education Crafts for Kids Outline of Program

Hands on Education Crafts for Kids Activities Free

KinderArt K-12 Art Lessons Also Crafts

Kindersite Games Section for Children 7-12

Assessment Sites:

Mindspring currently free


General Knowledge Sites:

AskKids(Formally Ask Jeeves)

Fact Monster

Kids Click Web Searches Sorted By Librarians

Quia Resources

Yahooligans




Keyboarding:

Keyboarding

Music:

Printable Book to Teach About Musical Instruments TLS Free

Puzzle Makers and Board Games Make Your Own Worksheets:


Board Game Maker

Cloze Sentence Make Your Own

Discovery Education Puzzle Maker

Maze Maker

Make Your Own Word Search

School Express Puzzle Makers, Worksheet Makers

Word Search Maker


Multiple Age and Subject Sites

A-Z Teacher Stuff: lessons and worksheets

Education.com Worksheets and Printables pre-K-5

Etch a Sketch On-line Activities

File Folder Games

First Schools Templates for Coloring or Crafts

FunBrain

Printables4Kids

Softschools

Superkids

TLS Books.com Worksheets

Weekly Reader Games

Homeschool.com’s list

Sites for Parents

Sites for Teachers

Both are listing of sites to visit





Sites with Fees:

ABC Teach
I have heard good things about this site from people who have paid to join.

Beestar

EdHelper
Printable worksheets and materials

Enchanted Learning
Limited access without membership

Time4Learning

IXL
Limited access without membership

Noggin






Massachusetts Education:

Massachusetts Frameworks

Masachusetts MCAS Questions



I've included Ohio's Information because they have made it very user friendly for families who want to get some general information about standards for grade levels and also to access general testing data for grade levels. Obviously it is based on Ohio standards but it is good general information and after using Massachusett's system I was impressed with the technology. The Standards section even gives sample test questions by subject and grade. We could use this in Massachusetts.

Ohio Education

Ohio State Standards by Subject and Grade

Ohio Practice Tests For Students Take a Test Without Logging In

Friday, July 10, 2009

Early Childhood Links



Alphabet Sites

Alphabet Activities from First Schools

Alphabet Coloring Book

Alphabet Matching Game

DLTK Alphabet and Other Resources

Have Fun Teaching Worksheets

KinderArt Resources

Letter People Video Links




Educational Resources

Best Toys to Buy For Preschoolers

Fairy Tales and Traditional Tales

Find the Blog Page Here...

File Folder Games

Color matching

Counting to Ten

Farm Animals Enchanted Learning

File Folder Board Game Templates Homeschool Hut

File Folder Game Templates

File Folder Game Templates Numbers Letters Some Holiday Themes

File Folder Heaven Math, Farm Animals, Rhymes

Number Words

Opposites Enchanted Learning

Rhyming Words Enchanted Learning

Rhyming Words

Shape Matching



Fine Motor Skills

Build a House Cut and Paste Fine Motor Activity

Cut and Past Dinosaurs Fine Motor Skills

Cutting Skills Practice

Fingerplay and Action Poems

Play Dough Recipes




General Preschool Sites Multi-Subject

The Activity Idea Place

Activity Village

Between the Lions

Education.com Kindergarten Worksheets and Printables

Education.com Preschool Worksheets and Printables

Fisher Price Online Resources

Have Fun Teaching Kindergarten Worksheets

Homeschool Helper

Kinderplans

Kindersite

PBS Kids

PreschoolRock

Primary Games

Rhyming Activities

Scholastic Literacy Links

Starfall

Under 5's

Up to Ten




Handwriting

Handwriting Practice

Handwriting Sheets

Handwriting Sheets

Handwriting Readiness

Tracing Practice





Math

Count us In

Kindergarten Math Sheets

Kindergarten Math Sheets Have Fun Teaching

PBS Early Math Resources

See File Folder Section for additional math activities. Also visit the math and holiday curriculum pages for additional math activities.





Music

Children's Music

Children's music and words



Nursery Rhymes:

Nursery Rhymes Now Have Their Own Page Here...

Phonics

ABC Fast Phonics

Clifford's Online Sound Match Game Free from Scholastic

Letter People Video Links

Parent Phonemic Awareness Activities

Phonemic Awareness Assessment

Phonemic Awareness Games and Activities

Phonemic Awareness Games Directions

Phonics drill and games

Phonics Games

Phonics Worksheets Free

Phonics Worksheets Free

Tampa Reads Phonics Activities




Pre Reading/Reading Sites

Beatrix Potter Online Books

Beginning Reading

Children's Online Storybooks

Dolch Games to Print and Make

Dolch List Single Page

Dolch Multiple Word Lists

The First 55 Words

Poems from Education World

Rebus Rhymes

TLS Preschool Resources




Science

Amazing Preschool Activities

Dinosaur Printables

Educational Toy Factory

Kids Dinos

KinderArt Science Nature Themes

Peep and the Big Wide World PBS Early Childhood Science Activities

Preschool Learning and Crafts

Science for Preschoolers

Science Resources for Preschoolers

Silly Putty Recipes and Activities




Writing

Writing Paper Shapes With or Without Lines Free Resource





Do look at the multi-subject/age page and the individual subject pages for additional resources that might be appropriate for your search.

Multi-Age/Subject Sites

Children's Author's Websites

Fairy Tales and Traditional Tales

Language Art Sites

Math sites

Nursery Rhymes

Science sites

Social Studies

Language Arts, English Grammar, Writing, and English Literature Sites See Author Page for Authors’ Official Pages





Language Arts Sites:

Grammar and English

Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms Word Frog

Capital Community College Foundation Guide to Grammar and Writing Practice/Tests Sentences to Papers

Comma Use

Dictionary Practice Skills and Review TLS

Discovery Education English

Grammar Worksheets Have Fun Teaching

Grammar Worksheets and Activities

Houghton Mifflin Grammar Blast Grades 6-8

Nouns on the Farm TLS

Online Practice Grammar Quizes

Proofreading

Shoreline Community College Practice Exercises

Sorting Nouns and Verbs

Spelling Bee Video Style Game

Spelling Focus On Vowels Turtle Dish

Synonyms and Antonyms Furious Frogs Video Style Game

Verb Tenses Verb Viper




Handwriting
Cursive Writing

Cursive Writing

Handwriting Resources

Keyboarding

gpschools

Puzzle and Game Board Makers

Board Game Maker

Create a Cloze Exercise

Cryptograms

Discovery Education Puzzle Maker

Maze Maker

Make Your Own Word Search

School Express Puzzle Makers, Worksheet Makers

Word Search Maker




Check out the Poetry Page for resources.

Reading Comprehension


Behaviors

Change Reading Behaviors in Children

Comprehension Activities

Helping Struggling Readers

Reading Comprehension Activities Grades 1-4 Free

Reading 101 Explanation of Terms and Strategies

Venn Diagram

Elements of Literature

Genre:

Fairy Tales and Traditional Tales

Fairy Tale and Traditional Tale Resources

Tall Tales

Tall Tale Resources

Plot

Plot Worksheet

Fluency

Reader's Theater

Literature Circle

Literature Circle Resources

Reading Logs Free From Activity Village

Textbooks

Textbook Comprehension Skills




Speech Skills

Reader's Theater

Speaker's Theater

Speech Writing

Spelling
AAA Spelling and Vocabulary

Kid Spell Games

Writing

Graphic Organizers

Graphic Orginizers from Houghton Mifflin


Merriam Webster's On-Line Dictionary/Thesaurus

Scott Foresman Online Grammar and Writing Book

Story Maker

Thesaurus Practice TLS

Writing it Right

Write Source Web Resource of Elementary Writing Guide

Includes models and guides for APA and MLA as well as early writing samples


MCAS English Language Arts



Literature Sites:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Online

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

Fables, Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes

Greek Myths Review Sheet

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Laura Ingalls Wilder Quizzes on the Books

Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House Quizzes and Activities from Harper

Myths and Legends

Find The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set at Amazon

The Origin of the Mary Had A Little Lamb Nursery Rhyme

Winnie the Pooh

Wizard of Oz Info

Wizard of Oz Online

Piglet Wizard of Oz Site

Science Sites


Looking for science links to add to your lessons? Try exploring some of these.

General Science:


BBC Science

Discovery Education Science

Dragonfly TV PBS Kids

Foss Science Activities

Fun Science Gallery

Hunkin's Experiments

Innovations Activities

Magic Schoolbus

National Geographic for Kids

PBS Science and Tech Teacher Resources Sorted by Grade Level

Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab

Science Behind Making Toys Activities for Kids

Science Experiments

Science Kids at Home

Science Lessons and Supporting Worksheets Variety of Topics

Science of Sports

Science Resources for Experiments

Science with Me Experiments Free Registration Required

Science Quiz Games

Science Tools Free

Science Worksheets and Printables from Education.com

Smithsonian For Kids

Softschool

Thinking Fountain

Zoom PBS Kids

Vicki Cobb's Page



Animals and Other Creatures

Animal Crafts and Projects

Amphibians Birds Mammal Reptiles Reproducable Activity Book TLS

Dinosaur Printables

Kids Dinos

Land or Sea Habit Activity TLS

Mammal or Reptile Cut, Paste, and Sort Activity

New England Aquarium Activities

New England Aquarium Games

Snakes of Massachusetts

Whale Pop Up Book To Make Free



Biology

Biology4Kids

Kids Biology



Chemistry

Atoms, Compounds, and Mixtures

Chem4Kids

Bubble Resources

Clickable Periodical Table

General Chemistry Online

Links for Chemistry Experiments

Silly Putty Recipes and Activities

Solids, Liquids, and Gasses Free Video



Geology/Rocks and Minerals

Earth

Geology

Geology for Kids Kids Geo

Geology Rocks and Minerals Coloring Sheets

Interactive Rock Cycle

Rockhound

Volcano World

Volcanoes

Volcanoes



Insects

Insect Coloring Sheets

Metamorphosis



Plants

BBC Helping Plants Grow Well

Label Parts of a Flower

Label Part of the Flower Computer BBC

Label Parts of a Plant

Plant Coloring Sheets



Physics

Amusement Park Physics

Matter

Miami Science Museum Atoms Family

Motion Primary TLS

Physics4Kids

Playground Physics Outdoor Activities




Simple Machines

Building Big PBS Series

Lego Lessons

Leonardo's Simple Machines

Simple Machine Activities

Simple Machine Definitions

Simple Machine Definitions

Simple Machine Experiments




Space

Arty the Party Time Astronaut

Cosmos4Kids

Kids Astronomy.com

NASA for Students

Planet Facts

Windows to the Universe



Weather

Cloud Quiz

Cloud Worksheet Color

File Folder Game: Weather

Interactives Weather

Graph the Temperature Line Graph TLS

Reader's Theater Water Cycle

Temperature Conversion

Water States of Water

Water Cycle Diagram Coloring Sheets

Water Cycle

Water Cycle Experiment

Water Cycle Online Game

Water Cycle Free Video

Weather Prediction

Weather Quiz Game

Weather Recording

Weather Word Search



Thursday, July 9, 2009

Check out the Updated Curriculum Links





The holiday was wonderful and I have been working on the curriculum links pages to make them as detailed and functional as possible. Hopefully pretty and decorative will come as I have more time and become more creative using the features of blogger and html. Some of the pages have moved into the archives of June, do check out the curriculum and resource links if you are looking for sites. As a former teacher I was especially pleased to locate so many author sites.

Please feel free to post comments or add any questions that you might like answered as I continue to move forward with this blog. Look for a post on money and math soon.