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Cool Antarctica Grades 4 to 12

This Antarctica site includes lots of images, one of the more complete histories of the continent that we’ve found, and a section on the continent’s surprisingly abundant flora and fauna. While some images will be useful for elementary students, other sections will be better suited for secondary grades. The travel information doesn’t really get in the way of the educational content.

Mississippi River Adventure Grades 4 to 8 Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers created this Flash-intensive site about the Mississippi River and its watershed. Suitable for elementary students, those with the patience to endure an overly long introduction will find a really engaging presentation wrapped in a treasure hunt motif. You’ll need a fast connection and enough time for students to work through the entire site in order to make this one effective.

4H Virtual Farm Grades 2 to 6 Virginia Tech

If your students can’t get out to the country, here’s a way to experience farm life – actually six different types of farms. Suitable for elementary students, there are images, simple text, and a few animations and other illustrations of aspects of each type of farm – everything from fish to cattle and chickens. Primary students could use this one with some teacher assistance. Created by Virginia Tech University.

A Butterfly’s Life Grades 2 to 6

Created for an Illinois elementary school, this award-winning site shows young children lots of different aspects of butterflies. There are also lesson ideas, links to science standards, and a number of illustrations. This site is both a good elementary science tool and a great illustration of what creative teachers can do in packaging instructional material for the web.

ABCteach: African Savannah Grades 4 to 12


Acid Rain Grades 4 to 12 US Government

This EPA page offers information on the science behind acid rain, as well as specific information for students. It also includes examples of mitigation activities, a glossary, and related resources

Acid Rain in Your Back Yard? Grades 1 to 4

This page from the Portland Aquarium shows young students how to check for evidence of acid rain in their own back yard. Nice introduction to environmental problems for elementary students.

Air Quality Lesson Plans Grades 1 to 12 Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission

This collection of several dozen lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission includes content for primary through high school students. Most lessons are straightforward, requiring limited use of outside resources.

Air Travelers Grades 4 to 8

Try this elementary science page if your curriculum includes the study of air, air pressure, and the effects of temperature on air, buoyancy, and the like. Much of the content is devoted to hot air and helium balloons, but there’s plenty of science for the younger set here.

Alaska History Toolbox Grades 4 to 12 Kenai Peninsula School District

Created by a school district in Alaska, this page offers lots of links to Alaska resources. Pick the ones that are right for your students.

Alaska Touring with Cumberland Valley Grades 1 to 12 Cumberland Valley School District

Here’s an outstanding student-created site that is being built by a team of high school students who visited Alaska during the week of February 24, 2003. The site includes text, images, and video clips from the trip. The content, segmented by subject, was also mapped to the school district’s curriculum so that 1,200 students in Pennsylvania could take a virtual Alaska field trip. Teachers will want to review this one thoroughly because of its many possible uses. You’ll find everything from tsunami warnings to Native culture to reviews of reindeer sausage.

Alaskan Malamute Grades 4 to 12 American Kennel Club

While not all sled dogs are malamutes, the American Kennel Club’s page about this breed explains whey they are so well suited to life in the Arctic. The information includes both physical descriptions and show standards.

All Along a River Grades 4 to 12 Thinkquest


Americans and the Environment Grades 4 to 12 National Humanities Center

Created by the National Humanities Center, this collection of scholarly essays on Americans’ relationship with the environment may be over the heads of most students. BUT teachers and parents will find the subject matter fits nicely with most American History curricula, and the “guiding discussion” sections provide some new strategies and insights for teaching material that may have become too routine for students. If history (at any level) is your field, this one is worth a visit.

Animal Sounds Quiz Grades 4 to 8

There’s not a lot of presentation to these pages, but each contains a selection of bird or animal sound files. The quiz asks students to name each animal sound, and it’s not as easy as it sounds! The sound files do not require any special browser plug-ins. Turn on your speakers and give this one a listen.

Animals of the Arctic Grades 1 to 6 Thinkquest

Animals of the Arctic, a student-created site from Alaska, teaches elementary students about walruses and other arctic animals. Also included in the site are lesson plans for eight interdisciplinary science activities related to arctic animals: making blubber mittens, investigating owl pellets, and more. Thinkquest Junior Winner: second place, science and math, 1998.

Animals of the Rain Forest Grades 3 to 8

An extensive collection of information on the fauna of the rain forest, with photos, scientific facts, and descriptions for each. A nice reference tool for elementary students, and also a good source for classroom reports and the like.

Animals, Myths, and Legends Grades 1 to 3

A great assortment of legends that could be printed and discussed in the classroom. The “Playroom” link leads to printable coloring book pages and puzzles.

Antarctica – Scientific Journeys Grades 4 to 12 The Exploratorium

This site from San Francisco’s Exploratorium chronicles the journey of a team of scientists from McMurdo sound to the South Pole. The study topics included everything from global warming to continental drift, and there are lots of reports and images to prove it. This would be a nice background site for an Antarctica unit.

Antarctica Webquest Grades 4 to 8

Here’s a webquest designed for younger students that uses several different Antarctica site as resources. This one could be useful as an activity to connect concepts and ideas about Antarctica.


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