Elementary School Related Websites

 

   
    The following websites could be useful to our elementary classroom teachers.  The hope is that at some point in the future the sites will be divided by subject.  There might be information that can be used in the elementary classroom in the specific content area sites listed on the introductory webpage at this site.  
     
    If you have any websites that you would recommend to be added to this page, please do not hesitate to send the site and a brief description to ballardm@citrus.k12.fl.us or, conversely, if you feel there is a site listed below that should not be included, please contact the preceding email address.  
     
 
A+ Math This site has math games and the ability to make your own math flashcards.
AAA Math AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level.
Acrostic poem site Build an acrostic poem online and print it off!
Athropolis Six months of daylight. Six months of nightfall. Temperatures below zero. That's the life at Athropolis, an iceberg in the Artic, which is home to Throps and Squallhoots. Surely you've heard about them? The Throps live in the ice castle on the top of Athropolis. The Squallhoots inhabit the caves that run deep in the ice. Unfortunately, the two groups don't get along...and the iceberg is melting! Come here to read about their history, the big fight and find out what's in store for them next. Mixed in with this tale are frosty games, an artic library, fact of the day, and artic weather reports.
BAM! Body and Mind Boldly-colored BAM! Body and Mind is designed for kids nine to thirteen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With quizzes and games, BAM! encourages pre-teens to make healthy lifestyle choices, and also serves teachers with classroom activities linked to national science education standards. Highlights of the Physical Activity section are a quiz to determine which fitness activities best suit your style, and an interactive activity calendar to help plan your fitness week.
BBC: Revisewise Maths: Fractions This introductory Fractions lesson from the BBC is divided into four parts: a multimedia activity, a fact sheet, a printable worksheet, and an online test. When you are done, there are other number lessons to explore, including Percentages, Multiplication, Division and Using a Calculator. After you have mastered all the concepts in the Numbers chapter, stop by the Gamezone (link is in the left-hand column) to play a fun math game. "Your mission is to see how far you can navigate your submarine on a fuel of scallops." Sounds odd, I know, but it includes oodles of math problems to solve.
Bonus.com: Spelling Bee Pick from falling letters to spell the word on your screen. As you progress from easy mode to normal, the letters start moving faster. In hard mode, there are no starter letters, and you need to spell the entire word that matches your picture. With each correct word, you are rewarded with a little animation, and your word moves over to the finished work space. Spelling words are at elementary grade level and include "lion," "robot" and "zebra."
Braille site The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) created the Braille Bug web site to teach sighted children about Braille, and to encourage literacy among all children. This site has jokes written in Braille and students can type in their answers.  They can type in their name and have it printed in Braille.
Build a Medieval Castle Build a castle or play a game where you take on the role of the young son of a lord. Your knowledge of heraldry will aid you in your quest.
Catch the Spelling Interesting Things for ESL Students has a huge collection of spelling games, which are also pretty interesting for those studying English as a first language. These games also feature falling letters, but this time you catch them with a paddle, much like the popular arcade game Breakout. Select from word categories (birds, kitchen, body parts), difficulty, level of hints provided, or grade level (such as Dolch site words for kindergarten through third grade.)
Citation Maker: Elementary   An easy-to-use citation maker for younger students based on the MLA standards which also includes a citation worksheet to print out
Civil War for Kids During the 1999-2000 school year, the students in Mrs. Huber's class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York studied the Civil War, and created a fabulous website summarizing everything they learned. The best clicks for elementary-age students are the illustrated Timeline, The Emancipation Proclamation, Uniforms, the Biographies of Civil War Leaders, and Children of the Civil War.
Constitution Center: Save the Bill of Rights Game "Help restore the Bill of Rights. The Official National Computer has crashed. Your mission ... rebuild the document by finding the missing rights and freedoms in Freeville." With key phrases missing from the Bill of Rights, mouse around town until you find the activities protected by the lost words. This game is my pick of the day for middle-school students. Other great clicks are the Interactive Constitution and the Centuries of Citizenship timeline.
Count Us In This site provides a collection of small Flash counting games on last summer.  You can play them online or download them to your computer.  Be sure you have a decompression utility like WinZip (PC) or Stuffit Expander
Cynthia Lanius' Lessons: Fraction Shapes These colorful geometric puzzles and exercises for elementary and middle school students are just plain fun. Oh, and did I mention they were educational too? My favorite is the interactive Pattern Blocks (you'll find at the "online" link in item two on the front page.) Don't miss it! Author Cynthia Lanius of Rice University explains it this way "These activities are designed to cause students to think; they are not algorithmic. They do not say, ‘To add fractions, do step one, step two, step three.' Students will explore geometric models of fractions and discover relations among them."
Dino Dictionary With profiles of over 300 known dinosaurs, immerse yourself in a wealth of knowledge about the giants that roamed the earth so long ago!
Dino Russ’s Lair Dinosaur fans of all ages will love Dino Russ's Lair, a wonderful site dedicated to all things related to dinosauria.
Discovery Channel :: Dino Viewer Interactive Interactively explore 20 dinosaurs and see how their bodies worked, see how their size compares to yours, and watch them come to life!
Dositey: Telling Time Telling Time is a collection of twenty-one free printable worksheets organized into learning hours, half-hours, minutes, quarter to, and quarter after. Dositey also sells a Telling Time mini-course, and offers the first unit (Hours) as a free demo. Be sure to turn on your speakers, as Robbie the Rabbit shows you how to read and set time on the hour.
Dr. Arbor Younger students can learn the basics of tree anatomy, life cycle, and identification – and even see a simplified version of photosynthesis.
Education Resources "CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to 2 types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme."
EEK! A Tree's True Color Environmental Educaton for Kids (EEK!) is published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for kids in grades four through eight. With simple illustrations, this fall color page answers six questions. Why do leaves change color? Where do leaf colors come from? How do leaves change color? Do leaves change color because of weather? Can you tell a tree from its colors? Why do leaves fall? Follow the embedded hyperlinks to related topics such as earthworms and evergreen trees.
Enchanted Learning: Earth's Seasons For elementary students, Enchanted Learning defines the terms solstice and equinox, and explains why we have four seasons. To complete the topic, there are variety of printable worksheets including an Earth's Seasons Quiz, a Seasons Word Pieces Puzzle, and a Label Me! Four Seasons Printout. Related topics, such as the Seasons Theme Pages (chock full of craft ideas) and The Planets, are just a click away.
Fall Color "Nature's annual autumn color festival is certainly one of the greatest shows on earth. Each fall, millions of trees in the eastern deciduous forests respond to the shorter days and cooler nights by beginning preparations for their dormant winter period. It is just business as usual for the trees, but for us, it is a spectacular display of the beauty and diversity of nature." This fabulous site from North Carolina includes a visual guide to fall leaves, a detailed scientific explanation of fall colors, and tidbits of fall folklore ("A warm November is the sign of a bad winter.")
Fitness Fun Times Five Features lessons that combine fitness fun with other subjects, including sponge relay, baseball Frisbee, bowling math, and more!
Franklin Institute: A Matter of Time With lesson plans, printable worksheets, and interactive quizzes, Franklin Institute's A Matter of Time has something for everyone. My favorite clicks are the quizzes and printables. The quizzes cover both reading a clock face and "Telling Time in Different Ways," such as "35 minutes to 12." The printable pages include clocks (with and without numbers), activities ("Draw the hand on the clock") and flash cards (called concentration cards) to practice with.
Full Color National Geographic Posters This National Geographic Society site is of  full-color posters.  Just pick a poster and download it. Then print, assemble and watch your walls go wild!
FunBrain: Spell Check Choose the one word in each set of four that is spelled incorrectly, and then spell it correctly. If you get 100% on all twenty problem sets, you can add your name to the Leader Board. Easy lEvel is for elementary grades with words such as "table" and "chair." Hard level is for middle school kids with words such as "mischief" and "shepherd."
Funology: The Laboratory Funology organizes "The Science of Having Fun" into Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Weather experiments. All of these are easy experiments suitable for elementary and middle-school kids. If you have a favorite experiment of your own, Funology invites you to submit it (look for the Share It With Us button.) After perusing the experiments, be sure to venture onto the rest of the site, where you'll find magic tricks, recipes, crafts and games, all with a science theme.
Geography As agents for the fictional Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation (FFFBI), students ages 8-13 are invited to undertake a series of imaginative online missions designed to enhance their geographical knowledge and increase their understanding of foreign cultures. From Tokyo to India's Bollywood and the Australian outback, students will use their newfound geographic skills to hunt down the FFFBI's most wanted animal fugitives. With names like the Cyber-Toothed Tigers and the Axis of Weasels, each adventure promises to hold a new twist for the young student detectives. In 2002, National Geographic published a survey stating that 83 percent of students could not find Afghanistan on a world map and 86 percent could not locate Israel on a map of the Middle East and Asia. National Geographic and the public television station WGBH in Boston partnered to create this award-winning web site as a means to bolster the quality of U.S. geography instruction in the nation's schools, helping put U.S. students on par with their foreign counterparts by encouraging a better understanding of the world in which they live.  
It's My Life . Money | PBS Kids GO! Includes topics such as Spending Smarts, Making Money, and Managing Money.
Johnnie's Math Page This website contains a collection of K-8 interactive math activities gathered by an elementary math teacher; great for individual practice or whole-group interactive whiteboard use.
Jungle Walk Are you interested in nature and wildlife? You have come to the right place! We have a web site for you animal lovers that will give you quick access to animal information available in the web. We have a large compilation of links to animal movie and animal sound clips, categorized and arranged for easy reference. Learn about many different animals, big and small. Watch movies of protozoan animal cells and cheetahs hunting, explore bird sounds, and hear blue whale songs, right here at JungleWalk - your virtual Animal Encyclopedia.
Kathi Mitchell: Types of Poems for Kids Kathi Mitchell, a language arts teacher from New Hampshire, shares a list of nineteen poetic forms for elementary students. Each form includes a fun sample, and many also include links to more examples. In addition to the usual forms, such as limericks and haiku, Mitchell describes Monster Poems ("Describe an imaginary monster. Try to have a theme ...") and Third Eye Poems ("The Third Eye poem tells about things that might go unnoticed and are improbable or impossible to see with regular eyesight. The Third Eye knows what is really happening.")
Kidnetic An educational program of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), Kidnetic.com is built for kids nine to twelve and their parents. The site is divided into four sections. Move is the one that focuses on physical activity or what they call "wet head games," the kind that require you to leave your computer chair and actually run around and sweat. Kore is a game center (games such as timed jumping jacks and Chinese jump rope) and Betchacant is an email challenge to dare friends to beat you at an activity such as hopping on one foot.
Kids Image Search Tools This site has links to different image databases.  Categories include art, astronomy/space, history/society, and animals.
Kids Newsroom This site is great. It's sections are loaded with stories of weekly news, around the world, science and technology news, this week in history, sports news, music and entertainment news, comics, and reports from the U.S. Government. For even more fun you can take a current events quiz.
Kids Records For the entire 2005 year, Basic Hip Digital Oddio will be featuring weekly stories and songs from the golden age of children's records, a period which ran from the mid 1940s into the early 1950s. This era produced a wealth of classics, headed by Capitol's Record-Readers and the RCA Victor Little Nipper series. Each one of these recordings has been carefully transferred from the original 78s (plus a few 45s) and encoded to MP3 format for you to download and enjoy.
Mama Lisa's House of Nursery Rhymes Mama Lisa's House of Nursery Rhymes is easy to navigate, with six dozen rhymes listed alphabetically down the left side. Some have illustrations and funny hidden sounds, the rest are simply text. Other worthwhile clicks are the poems of Eugene Field (such as "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" and "The Duel") and Mama Lisa's collection of international folk children songs. "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night / Sailed off in a wooden shoe / Sailed on a river of crystal light / Into a sea of dew."
Math Frog This math site was developed by the University of Waterloo, specificallly to address the Ontario
Mathcurriculum [gd 4-6], but of course, there is something for all math teachers there too!
 
My Food Pyramid Learn about the new food guide pyramid. Get a customized food guide, find tips on how to make your diet healthier, and use a tool to assess your diet and fitness for a year.
National Weather Service The National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States. Television weathercasters and private meteorology companies prepare their forecasts using this information. The NWS is the sole United States official voice for issuing warnings during life-threatening weather situations.
Number Time  A great site for some online math games,­ especially for young children.
Nursery Rhymes, Lyrics, Origins For those fascinated with literary history, this British site provides insight into what many nursery rhyme lyrics actually mean. "Two examples of these types of nursery rhymes origins are 'Ring a Ring o Rosies' which refers to the Bubonic plague and 'Remember Remember' nursery rhymes which allude to Guy Fawkes' foiled attempt to blow up the English Houses of Parliament!" In addition to lyrics and history, the site offers a fifteen-question Nursery Rhyme Quiz.
Online math generator worksheet.  "This web site will allow you to create and print math worksheets for children learning simple arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)...
PBS Kids: ZoomSci From the PBS television series Zoom, these science experiments include feedback from kids around the world who have already tried them. That's pretty cool! Even cooler is being able to submit your own comments after performing the experiments. The ZoomSci activites are categorized into Chemistry, Engineering, The Five Senses, Forces, Life Science, Patterns, Sound, Structures, Water, with a special icon marking those activities that help the environment.
PE Central: Log It Log It is designed to motivate kids to become physically active, Log It records up to 25,000 physical activity steps per day, the equivalent of twelve and a half miles. "In addition to recording their steps or miles, they can participate in a virtual hike across the USA with their class, be involved in class competitions vs. other classes, set daily goals, view their own personal step log, and compare their steps with other kids of the same age and gender."
Ponce de León: Florida's First Spanish Explorer This one page Ponce de León biography is my pick-of-the-day because if you print it out, the black-and-white illustrations are perfect for coloring. So get out your crayons, and learn about the discovery of Florida, the Calusa Indians, and the mythical Fountain of Youth. For teacher notes, a student worksheet, and a PDF version of the reading passage (with even larger coloring pictures), click on "A Short History of Florida" at either the top or bottom of the page.
Primary Ideas This website is not only concerned with math, but also literacy, science, humanities, assessment ideas, etc. - all that can be downloaded!
Punctuation Made Simple Some people write well but allow themselves to be disabled by a fear of punctuation and grammar. They know how to prewrite, organize, and revise, but proofreading for punctuation and grammar causes them difficulties. There's no need to fear these conventions of standard written English. In fact, these conventions can help you become a more effective communicator.  This sites discusses several of the most useful punctuation marks that you will use as a communicator. Instead of listing many rules, as a grammar book does, the site examines these various marks in general so that you can get a sense of how to use them in your own prose.
Rain Forest Maths Jenny Eather, the author of A Maths Dictionary for Kids has done it again!  There are over 800 interactive mathematics activities for Kindergarten to Year 6  covering the math strands of Number, Number Systems, Operations & Calculations.
Rare Species Conservatory Foundation: Just for Kids Browse around and discover fascinating facts about wildlife, wild places, and wild creatures. There are cool games to play, fun projects and crafts, as well as great photos of animals from around the world!
ReadWriteThink: Student Materials This is a great collection of Flash-based, interactive activities target literacy skills for all grades; you can supplement your own lessons with the tool or use one of the included ideas
Schoolbell.com. You’ll find thematic resources and units as well as a Dolch word list...
Skill sets A great site full of interactive skill set activities.  Covering language and math concepts from K-8, there is something for everyone here.
Smithsonian Education This site offers educational content for students, families, and educators. Find teaching materials, links to hundreds of online resources, and access to the world's largest museum complex: The Smithsonian Institution.
Spelling Time Joe Marcionette runs this free, online spelling tutorial for elementary school children and their teachers.  They just received the Editor's Choice Award in the January 2007 issue of Children's Technology Review and Joe invites us to visit spellingtime.com.  There is a teacher section and it appears to be applicable to several grade levels, even high school!
Sue at The Field Museum Learn all about the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Teacher Coloring Pages This site has a collection of coloring pages.   You can print them or download them.
The MegaPenny Project  "I'm taking a cab because that restaurant is a million miles from here," "His house is so big you could fit a zillion people in it." We all throw hyperbole like this around but have you ever considered what a "trillion" of something really amounts to? That's where the MegaPenny Project comes in handy. Here you can visualize--in pennies--what a "million" (and other amounts up to a quintillion) looks like. You'd need 1,818,624,000,000 pennies to fill up the Empire State Building. Better start saving!
The Science Explorer Another great science site for kids! Here you can find tons of experiments and projects to build great things like static electricity experiments where you can make a soda can race across the floor and a roto-copter which is a simple pater toy that spins through the air, just to name a few. This site is pure educational fun.
The Third Grade Geography Test. Ok Class, It's time for our US Geography Test! You must drag and drop all 48 states in the time allotted to be promoted to the 4th grade.  Click the webpage below...........Ready.......Begin!
TheNovel" Study Questions It has reading novel studies on over 20 books! Questions, vocabulary, activities for every chapter, on line things, in all the books! 
Time Magazine for Kids This popular weekly news magazine is presented to many classrooms in the U.S. and their Web site has much more information. This site offers the top news headlines with easy to understand background material, plus information that kids want to know about like interviews with authors, homework help and games that test your knowledge.
Why Are There Seasons? "The Earth spins on a tilted axis about once every 24 hours to create what we know as day and night. This axis is an invisible line through the center of the Earth. The northern point is the North Pole and the southern point is the South Pole." Best clicks at the Kids Science News Network (KSNN) site for grades K-2, are the activities page (two classroom projects about seasons) and an animated video about why the weather changes from one season to the next.