The Missouri Botanical Garden presents a Web site with information about the different biomes .and ecosystems of the world. This site lets you visit the major biomes of the world. Our students study the biomes in first, second, and sixth grade. It is readable, and has good information.
The site has resources for all academic areas. From the site’s “About Us” section — “BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students…Ideal for both group and one-on-one settings, BrainPOP is used in numerous ways, from introducing a new lesson or topic to illustrating complex subject matter to reviewing before a test…BrainPOP was conceived by Dr. Avraham Kadar, M.D., an immunologist and pediatrician, as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients.” There are some free features to the website, while other aspects require a subscription. Free trial subscriptions are available.
The author of this site is meterologist Crystal Wicker from an ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, ID. Her introduction states, “I designed this website especially for kids to allow them to learn about the fascinating world of weather…” There are 28 pages with links to such subtopics as clouds, tornados, earthquakes, optical illusions, climate, kids questions and local forecasts. There is a nice mixture of photographs and text, which are very kid friendly and accessible. The site even highlights photos sent in by kids. Links to educational websites with teacher resources and parental helpful information for home use and inquiries are also provided.
Animals seem to be a consistent hot topic for report choices and there is always a need for more information. National Geographic is a trusted and respected site and well monitored and updated. This particular section is easy to navigate with topic headings of various animal categories. It also has a general search under alphabetical listings.
This site was created by the Canterbury Environmental Education Centre in Kent County, England. Geared toward primary grades, there are habitat explorations for pond, woods, and grasslands. With very simple but engaging graphics, students can explore each of the habitats. A clear identification key sorts animals by invertebrate and vertebrates, allowing students to click on each to go to a notebook page of information. Older students can click on “Further Information” to go to another notebook page of more advanced information, including a photograph of the animal. Instructions for a simple explorations are presented, as well as an activity booklet to use for exploring in depth. The clear layout, large font size, engaging graphics, and just-right amount of information make this a good site for the youngest students.
eNature.com describes itself as “the web’s premier destination for information about the wild animals and plants of the United States. Over past years, eNature has consistently been one of the Internet’s most-visited sites for nature and wildlife information and has won numerous awards and accolades.” It used to be actively managed by the National Wildlife Federation, and still appears to be affiliated with this prestigious wildlife organization. And central to the site is the comprehensive offering of field guides, covering almost 6,000 individual species, with data based upon the reputable Audubon Field Guides.
This site about everything animal comes from the always popular Dorling Kindersley and Google. Because it’s paired with Google the site acts like a search engine but the sites included are pre-selected. Some of the web pages are from such reputable sources as the San Diego Zoo, Smithsonian, PBS, and BBC among others. The links seem very age appropriate and often link to a multimedia option. Users can search from the recommendations or by typing in their specific topic in the search box. There is also a small picture database, similar to Google Images, but again populated with pre-selected images.
This site tells everything from what a geologist does to occupations in the geology field. You can select any one of the states and see topographical, physical, lake and political maps. You can look up anything from earthquakes to global warming to fossils. It is jam packed with great information. The graphics are appealing. Students from grades 1 – 12 could benefit from this web site.
As noted on the web page, this web site is a joint venture of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium and Vermont Public Radio with support from the Partnership for a Nation of Learners, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Institute of Museum and Library Services leadership initiative. This is a very credible site meeting the standards in accuracy, currency and accessibility for information criteria. In addition to being a great resource it is also local and keeps an eye on our local skies.
This was the link for kids off of the Hayden Planetarium. It is a beautiful site full of info and fun. Well designed, with many flash features and easy to navigate. This site covers: Archeology, Astronomy, Biodiversity, Earth, Genetics, and a page devoted to Einstein (includes Space and Time, Light and Matter, as well as Space Jello). This will surely be a hit with any science minded kid. This site is appropriate for grades 3-8.
Learning Science is a great website for teachers, parents and students. The website offers great tools such as real time collection, simulations, inquiry based lessons, and interactive lessons. A great website that supports making science exciting and engaging for students.
This website states that the ultimate goal of the Atlas project is “to gather and disseminate the data that are needed on the reptiles and amphibians of Vermont in a way that involves and informs Vermont individuals and organizations so that they can become more informed and effective stewards of wildlife habitat.” Essential to the Atlas’s success is the submission of field observations made by Vermonters through-out the state so that species range can be mapped town by town. Included on the website are instructions for submitting a record, an incredible range of resources (including audio clips and CDs for frog identifications), and an accurate listing (including photograph, range, habitat, status)of all reptiles and amphibians found in Vermont.