White House

This is a great site for students and teachers to explore. It is full of information on the government, presidents and the White House. It even has an interactive forum for online discussions with the White House. There are virtual tours of the White House, and Oval office. This cite is full of photographs, videos, quizzes and games. This site is super kid friendly and tons of fun.

EPA

This site from the Environmental Protection Agency has many different areas to explore. There is http://www.epa.gov/kids/ which is a site geared towards K-4 students, http://www.epa.gov/students/ geared towards middle school students and http://www.epa.gov/highschool/for high school students. Each different site has links to information on health, the environment, conservation and pollution. Each site is appropriately created for its target audience…not too complex or too simple but each appropriately different. The information contained covers a lot of areas of environmental topics. The two younger sites include an initial picture to help navigate. It was easy to move from page to page and exit disclaimers are included when you go to a new site.


Presidential Elections

The site bills itself as non-biased. They state that “Our commitment to the public is to remain 100% non-partisan and not to swing in one direction or another.” They have all kind of wonderful tabs that you can choose and explore: political parties, write congress, U.S. labor stats, register to vote, candidates, follow the money, latest news; and many more various subjects. They have a section called “Student Center” that is geared toward Jr. high age kids and up. They have presidential State of The Union transcripts since 1996. The graphics are eye-catching and the text is written in an informative and easy to read manner.


Energy at the EIA

This site is the kids version of the Energy Information Administration, which is the statistics agency for the U.S. Dept. or Energy. The kids site has a great look at renewable and non-renewable energy sources, promotes energy efficiancy, and offers up classroom explorations for all grade levels. Naturally there is a link to the main EIA page that has raw data and facts for those students who are looking for the latest information on prices, imports, and consumption. These stats are helpful for current events and state by state breakdown, but might need an adult to help “interpret” the numbers.

Government for Kids

As with any good site that provides information to a wide age range, the user is allowed to select an appropriate age level for materials, K-2/3-5/6-8/ and 9-12.  In addition, there is a link for Parents and Teachers.  Subject headings included:  Your Neighborhood and Beyond / Our Nation / Historical Documents / Branches of Government / How Laws Are Made / National versus State Government / Election Process / Citizenship / Symbols of U.S. Government / Games and Activities / Glossary and U.S. Government Web Sites for Kids.


VT Government

This is a great resource, as anyone who has visited this site knows.  This particular article offers as much information as anyone would need for the creation of a bill in the state of Vermont.  Beyond that, there are graphics, definitions and many links.  Yes, there is a lot of information, but it’s well organized and easy to access.  Kids Pages has many more resources that deal with government and civil rights.  This site contains accurate, accessible, and authentic information.
Cyber Safety & Netiquette

This is  a good website for a variety of ages that deal with cyber safety and etiquette.

Immigration

The site includes information about U.S. immigrants from the 19th century to the early 21st.  Interviews with immigrants are included, along with vocabulary activities and lesson plans for teachers.  There is also a great collection of multicultural recipes.

Brother Grimm: Fairy Tales

This site has wonder graphics and tells twelve of Grimm’s best fairy tales.  The website’s presentation brings you 12 unvarnished tales, based on a 1914 translation.  Some have audio and a written version.  The site lets you build your tale from what is familiar and then you read the original.  Very cool and dramatic.

Money

“Coins are history in your pocket” is the mantra of this website.  There is a time machine that students can enter, even dressing the “dummy” in the clothes of the time period they are travelling to.  There are loads of games, some of them helping students to recognize the different values in coins, another designing a coin, and several related to the various commemorative coins that have been minted.  There is a page for numismatics (i.e. coin collectors!), and a page with animated cartoons about the making of a coin and about coins of the world.  This is a fascinating look at the world of coins!
CIA

This site is  great due to its currency and quick facts.  A good starting point for research.

Immigration
This attractive, easy to use site also has pages of immigration timelines, a plethora of photographs, the history of Ellis Island, a geneology learning center, and the stories of six immigrants.
This site offers an opportunity to reconnect with your own immigrant heritage by running a “passenger” search.  A user name is required in order to search the archives of immigrants.  There is no charge for signing up and viewing passenger records is free.  This could be a powerful learning tool for students.

Etiquette

The Emily Post Institute is a trusted source on etiquette, and the Institute’s web site presents a wealth of information on etiquette uniquely geared to different age levels… grouped for toddlers, ages 4-7, ages 8-12, and teens (as well as advice to parents on how to teach manners to their children). The grouping of information at different age levels enhances access to information pertinent to students at different stages of development.

Recycling

A fun ‘play style’ website about recycling.

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