Worthwhile Websites
for
Primary Teachers

Teacher Resources

Language Arts Lesson Plans listservs
Local Resources Search Engines Technology

Student Sites
Environment Fine Arts French Sites
Language Arts Math Media
Personal Planning Projects Science
Social Studies Network Nuggets Blue Web'n Update

 
 
 

Language Arts
 

Children's Literature Databases  http://www.dawcl.com

Librarian Lisa Bartle of California State University site indexing books that have won an award for children's literature.

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Creekside Publishing    http://members.shaw.ca/CreeksidePublishing

Candice McMahon site featuring information about her spelling program, Spelling by Patterns,and workshops on spelling and technology.

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Lesson Plans

AllCrafts    http://www.allcrafts.net/

Directions to creating crafts for special holidays.

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BCTF Lesson Aids    http://www.bctf.bc.ca/LessonAids/LessonAids.html

British Columbia Teachers' Federation site features classroom materials prepared by teacher for teachers.

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Canada's SchoolNet    http://www.schoolnet.ca/home/e/

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CyberSmart! Lesson Plans    http://www.cybersmartcurriculum.org/lesson_plans

CyberSmart site offers lesson plans by grade level for effective computer and internet use.

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DiscoverySchool.com Lesson Plans   http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans

Hundreds of original lesson plans, written by teachers for teachers.

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Education World    http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson243.shtml

Designed to help educators integrate the Internet into the classroom. Includes lesson plans.
All age levels represented.

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Gateway to Educational Materials   http://www.thegateway.org

U.S. Department of Education site containing thousands of educational materials.

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Illuminations    http://illuminations.nctm.org/index2.html

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics site with lesson plans and interactive math activities.

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K-6 Arts Lesson Plans    http://www.csuchico.edu/educ/cguenter/229Barts.html

California State University site of fine arts lesson plans created by student teachers.

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M.I. Smart!     http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/curriculum/MISmart/mi_smart.htm

Site regarding multiple intelligences, and sciences units tailor-made to highlight all the intelligences into your classroom.

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Teacher Created Materials: Free Stuff http://www.teachercreated.com/free
Free teacher lesson plans and activities. New ones each month.

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The Teachers' Corner    http://www.theteacherscorner.net/seasonal/backtoschool/index.htm

Lesson plans and activities sorted by grade level.
All age levels represented.

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Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms for Early Lessons in Life  http://insected.arl.arizona.edu/uli.htm

Constructivist teaching approach with lesson plans in science and math.

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listservs (They search & e-mail hot sites to you for free. Really.)

Blue Web'n    http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn

Network Nuggets http://www.cln.org/lists/nuggets/nug_index.html

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Local Resources (Vernon, B.C.)
 

Allan Brooks Nature Centre    http://www.abnc.ca

Site is home page for the centre which offers unique fieldtrips for students.

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Okanagan Science Centre    http://www.okscience.ca

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School District No. 22 Home Page   http://www.sd22.bc.ca/

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Virtual Vernon Maps    http://www.virtualvernon.com/vernon-maps/index.htm

Print your own map for any area in Vernon.

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VTA Website    http://www.members.shaw.ca/VTA/

Vernon Teachers' Association site featuring contact page and meeting dates. Includes Voices, the local newsletter, in pdf format.

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Search Engines

Alta Vista    http://www.altavista.com

Ask Eric    http://ericir.syr.edu

Ask Jeeves    http://www.ask.com

Google    http://www.google.ca

National Library of Canada Search Tool http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/10/4/a4-110-e.html

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Technology

Redgie's Reliable Resources    http://www.redgie.ca

Website built to help teachers  integrate technology into their curriculum.

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The Wayback Machine    http://www.archive.org

Internet Archive site takes old broken links, and displays the Web site as it used to look before being removed from the Web.
Fixes broken links.

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Student Sites


Environment
 

Build-A-Prairie    http://www.bellmuseum.org/mnideals/prairie/build/index.html

Bell LIVE! site about the North American prairie. Interactive discovery of the plants and animals that occupy this ecosystem.

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Earth's Birthday Project   http://www.earthsbirthday.org

Site features ideas to celebrate April 22nd.

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Kids Planet    http://www.kidsplanet.org/

Defenders of Wildlife site, perfect for animal studies or Earth Day activities.

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Listen to Whales    http://whalesong.net

Sites features live whale sounds from humpback whales in the calving grounds off the coast of Maui.

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Ranger Rick's Kid Zone    http://www.nwf.org/kids/

National Wildlife Federation site for learning about the environment.

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Space for species     http://www.spaceforspecies.ca

Monitoring migratory animals from beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

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Wanted! Kicking or Non-Kicking    http://www.denniskunkel.com/PublicHtml/Education05.asp

Site humorously shows which bugs are wanted by the FBIA (Federal Bug Intelligence Agency). "Zoom In" allows students to  study the anatomy of insects using images from a Scanning Electron Microscope.

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Fine Arts
 

Arts Alive    http://www.artsalive.ca/en/mus/index.cfm

The National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa online tour of the instruments of the orchestra and some people who play them for a living.
Offered in both French & English languages. http://www.artsalive.ca/fr/mus/index.cfm

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Musictheory.net    http://www.musictheory.net/index.html

Ricci Adams interactive site about music theory.

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SFS Kids    http://www.sfskids.org/templates/home.asp?pageid=1

San Francisco Symphony Kids' interactive site featuring instruments of the orchestra and their sounds, as well as a music lab demonstrating musical terms and ideas.

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The Song book Music List    http://pages.map.com/~freek/booklist.html

Site to help you find those needed lyrics.

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Songs for Teaching    http://songsforteaching.homestead.com/index.html

Site features lyrics to songs and clips for use by teachers in their classrooms.
Offered in both French & English languages. http://songsforteaching.homestead.com/French.html

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French Sites

Children's Butterfly Site    http://www.mesc.usgs.gov/resources/education/butterfly/bfly_start.asp

A site  for learning about butterflies. Offered in both French & English languages.

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Collectionneurs en herbe     http://www.mint.ca/wheat/french/index.html

Célébration du 100e anniversaire de la découverte du blé marquis.

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First Among Equals for Kids    http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/primeministers/kids/index-e.html

Canadian Government site about the Prime Ministers of Canada.
Offered in both French & English languages. http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/premiersministres/jeunesse/index-f.html

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Kidspace (Canadian Space Agency)  http://www.space.gc.ca/

Features space playground, careers and studies in space, educator resources, and special projects.
Offered in both French & English languages.

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Internet Picture Dictionary    http://www.pdictionary.com

Site is an on-line, multilingual picture dictionary.
Offered in both French & English languages.

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Miscositas.com     http://www.miscositas.com

A collection of on-line storybooks in French and English and curriculum suggestions.

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Songs for Teaching    http://songsforteaching.homestead.com/index.html

Site features lyrics to songs and clips for use by teachers in their classrooms.
Offered in both French & English languages. http://songsforteaching.homestead.com/French.html

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Language Arts
 

Between the Lions    http://pbskids.org/lions

PBS television site featuring on-line storybooks. Use in the classroom or share site URL with parents.

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Chateau MeddyBumps    http://www.meddybemps.com

Authors, Susan & Jerry Jindrich, site featuring on-line storybooks and teachers' guide.

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Internet Picture Dictionary    http://www.pdictionary.com

Site is an on-line, multilingual picture dictionary.
Offered in both French & English languages.

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Miscositas.com     http://www.miscositas.com

A collection of on-line storybooks in French and English and curriculum suggestions.

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Starfall    http://www.starfall.com

A Boulder Interactive Learning Group site designed to help teach emergent readers. The site features on-line storybooks that phonetically sound out unfamiliar words for the user.

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Math
 

Coolmath.com    http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

Interactive math site features activities, games, and lessons in a variety of Math areas.

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Fun and Interactive Math Websites    http://www.telecompricer.com/article/fun-and-interactive-math-websites.html

A great variety of free math games.

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FunBrain.com    http://www.funbrain.com/

Family Education Network site with math games for young students.

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Multiflyer    http://www.gdbdp.com/multiflyer

Online game for practising multiplication and learning about the planets.
Suitable for grade three and beyond.

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PBS Kids Cyberchase    http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/

Public Broadcasting System site featuring new math related games each day.

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Media
 

BBC Learning    http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
British Broadcasting Channel site. Click on "Schools" to access age-appropriate curricular lessons and links.

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CBC4Kids    http://www.cbc.ca/kids

Media site for children.

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Don't Buy It - Get Media Smart!  http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit

PBS Kids site aimed at helping students become aware of advertising tricks on the Web, radio, and television.

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National Geographic Kids    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/index.html

National Geographic interactive site called an e-zine (electronic magazine).

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Personal Planning
 

Care For Animals    http://www.avma.org/careforanimals/default.asp

American Veterinary Medical Association site that helps young children learn about caring for pets.

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Firefighter Protective Clothing Tour http://www.ci.davis.ca.us/fire/pct

Interactive visuals displaying each piece of standard firefighter gear from from to back.

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My Health My World    http://www.myhealthmyworld.org/

Baylor College of Medicine site exploring the relationships between the environment and health.

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Practical Money Skills for Life    http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/index.php

Visa site offers practical on-line lessons about spending money wisely.

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USFA Kid's Place    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/kids/index.htm

United States Fire Administration (USFA) site for teaching children how to keep safe from fire.

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Zoothland    http://www.zooth.com/

Zooth site concentrating on dental hygiene.

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Projects
 

Internet Projects Registry (Global Schoolhouse) http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/pr/_cfm/index.cfm

The Internet Projects Registry co-ordinates collaborative education projects conducted by teachers world-wide.

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The New Zoo    http://www.bcpl.net/~sullivan/modules/zoo/index.html

Site contains an animal research activity for students.

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WebQuests    http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/projects/featured/featured.html

San Diego City Schools Triton Project site featuring curriculum based Web projects by grade level.

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Woodland Network    http://www.skolweb.vaxjo.se/biowindows/default.htm

Sweden project gathering data from around the world about local trees.

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Science
 

Amazing Space    http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/

Web based activities designed for primary classrooms about light, stars, Solar System, Hubble telescope, and more.

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Astro-Venture    http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/projects/astrobiology/astroventure/avhome.html

NASA site where students search for and design a habitable planet.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy   http://nyelabs.com/core.html?flashtarget=core.html&noflashtarget=noflash.html

Bill Nye home page.

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A Chick Hatches    http://msichicago.org/exhibit/chick/chick.html
 

Site features a 15 second condensed movie of a hatching chick.

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Children's Butterfly Site    http://www.mesc.usgs.gov/resources/education/butterfly/bfly_start.asp

A site  for learning about butterflies. Offered in both French & English languages.

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Children's' Discovery Museum of San Jose  http://www.cdm.org

This site focuses on the areas of science, mathematics, and literacy.

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DragonFly TV    http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/

PBS science site for kids with simple experiments.

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Edheads    http://www.edheads.org/activities/simple-machines

Edheads science Interactive site on simple machines promoting critical thinking skills.

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Explorations Through Time    http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explotime.html

Museum of Palaeontology at the University of California, Berkeley kid friendly site about the different aspects of palaeontology.

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Fundy Geological Museum Project  http://museum.gov.ns.ca/fgm/lab/lab.html

Information on the progress of  researchers working on a 200 million year old skeleton of a dinosaur. Q & A section for students.

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Jurassic Park Institute     http://www.jpinstitute.com/index.jsp

A science based and educationally focused program providing a resource for dinosaur learning and fun.

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Just For Kids    http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/kids/index.html

University of Illinois Extension site containing Trees Are Terrific and Let's Talk About Insects.

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Kidspace (Canadian Space Agency)  http://www.space.gc.ca/

Features space playground, careers and studies in space, educator resources, and special projects.
Offered in both English & French languages.

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Light: A Learning Unit   http://www.gelighting.com/na/home/gela/students/index.htm

General Electric hands-on site on light and electricity.

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Living Things    http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/units/life

Science Learning Network site about individual organism life, families, neighbourhoods, and the circle of life.

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The Little Shop of Physics: Online Physics Experiments http://littleshop.physics.colostate.edu/Experiments.html

Colorado State University's Hands-On Science Outreach Program site offers interesting experiments using common household items.

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Michigan 4-H Garden Tour    http://4hgarden.msu.edu/kidstour/tour.html

Michigan State University & Michigan 4-H Children's Garden site allows students to virtually tour their garden.

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Mrs. McMahon's Home Page   http://members.shaw.ca/Mrs.McMahon

Candice McMahon site featuring space, life cycles, and the human body science curriculum with information, activities, and links for young students.

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NASA KIDS    http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/

Explores space and beyond, rocket and airplanes, our Earth, and astronauts living in space.  Includes projects and games.

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NASA KIDS - Sites    http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/Sites/

A variety of space sites, linking everything NASA has to offer for kids.

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National Geographic Creature Feature Archive http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/creature_feature/archive

Alphabetical listing of numerous  animals, offering photos, video, audio, postcards, fun facts, and links.

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Ology    http://ology.amnh.org

American Museum of Natural History site about dinosaurs, space, genetics, biodiversity, and Einstein.

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Ridley Sea turtle    http://www.bioc.rice.edu/precollege/galbay/galbay99/teachers/turtlife/Intro1.html

Site features the life cycle of a sea turtle.

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See Learning in a Whole New Light   http://edspace.nasa.gov/home.html

NASA site about space.

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SIRTF FOR KIDS!    http://sirtf.caltech.edu/Education/Kidszone/beginning.html

The Kid Zone for SIRTF (Space InfraRed Telescope Facility).

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Sound Island    http://kbears.com/borrico/soundisland.html

Students click on animated animals and hear the sound the animal makes.

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The Space Place    http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/spacepl.htm

Instructions for making, doing, and watching spacey stuff, and for finding facts for elementary students.  Scroll to the bottom of homepage for Goodies for Teachers which include printable images of Earth and space, plus space related classroom activity articles.

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Spring 2003  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/spring2003/species/index.html

Site tracks spring's journey across the northern hemisphere.

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Star Child    http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html

A learning centre for young astronomers.  Explore the Solar System, universe, and space stuff offered at two different levels - primary and intermediate.

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Switcheroo Zoo    http://www.switcheroozoo.com/default.htm

Interactive site allows students to substitute different animal body parts to create new ones. Language arts and science lesson plans.

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Tiny Planets      http://www.tinyplanets.com

Pepper's Ghost Productions interactive site full of activities focused on technology, nature, light, and colour.

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TryScience     http://www.TryScience.org

Adventure, experiments, and interactive field trips.

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USGS Earthquake Hazards Program   http://earthquake.usgs.gov/4kids

USA government site for kids.

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Walking with Prehistoric Beasts  http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/beasts/beasts.html

Discovery Channel site depicting evolution post dinosaurs.

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WhaleNet    http://whale.wheelock.edu/Welcome.html

Interactive site focusing on whales and marine research.

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Wonderville    http://www.wonderville.ca

Science Alberta Foundation interactive science site about water, wetlands, & levers.

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Social Studies
 

Canadian Colouring pages    http://www.proudcanadiankids.ca/k_to_2.htm

Sites containing downloadable pages of Canadian symbols, etc. for colouring.

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Compare Your Country    http://www.your-nation.com

Site allows geographical comparisons between countries (chosen by the student) and creates a bar graph displays.

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Diamond Ranch    http://www.cowboyhalloffame.org/diamondr/index.html

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum site featuring cowboy songs, artifacts, paintings, and moral codes.

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ePals Classroom exchange   http://www.epals.com/

A tried and true site which provides student-safe e-mail around the world.
Offered in both French & English languages.

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First Among Equals for Kids    http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/primeministers/kids/index-e.html

Canadian Government site about the Prime Ministers of Canada.
Offered in both French & English languages. http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/premiersministres/jeunesse/index-f.html

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The First Thanksgiving    http://teacher.scholastic.com/thanksgiving/

Scholastic site on the events that led up to the harvest feast.

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Growing Collectors    http://www.mint.ca/wheat

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Marquis Wheat. Student activities and teachers' guide.
 

Collectionneurs en herbe     http://www.mint.ca/wheat/french/index.html

Célébration du 100e anniversaire de la découverte du blé marquis.

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The Jamestown Online Adventure    http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown

HistoryGlobe.com simulation site of landing in the New World.

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KidsWorld    http://now2000.com/kids/cities.shtml

Geography kids sites from around the world.

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A Sunken Ship's Tale    http://www.pacmuseum.qc.ca/quebec1690/jeu/english/intro.htm

Site contains a game where the student works as an archaeologist to collect and identify the artifacts from a sunken ship.

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Your Nation    http://www.your-nation.com/

Site allows comparisons to be made between countries. results displayed in simple bar graph format.

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Network Nuggets (currently down & awaiting a host supporter, and should be returning soon. New subscriptions are still accepted, but no information will be coming for a bit.)

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Blue Web'n Update sends announcements weekly to their subscribers, to inform them of additions to SBC's Blue Web'n Library. This site is composed by teachers and librarians for educational purposes.

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