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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.

A Hands-on Approach to Environmental Quality Grades 7 to 12 Yale University

By planting, tending, and harvesting an organic garden, students learn about environmental quality and their roles in the problem.

A Water Study Unit Grades 6 to 12

Created by a municipal water company in Australia, this site covers interesting content on the water cycle, aquatic environments, pond life, and water conservation. The illustrations are useful, though there are some rough spots in the user interface over which students may stumble. The approach is different enough that this one’s well worth a visit.

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

Adventures at Dry Creek Grades 6 to 8 U.C. Berkeley

This earth science site virtually engages students in scientific research. Middle school students join “science mentors” to gather data and interpret direct and indirect evidence to propose multiple hypotheses of what life was like in Montana 60–70 million years ago. Created at U.C. Berkeley with support from the National Science Foundation, this is an extremely well-organized site.

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 About El Niño Grades 6 to 12 Canadian Government

Here’s a page from the Canadian government that looks at what El Niño is, what it does, and how often we can expect this global weather phenomenon to affect our climate. Some of the information is Canada-specific, but that shouldn’t detract from the overall usefulness of this very straightforward site.

All Along a River Grades 4 to 12 Thinkquest


Amazon Interactive Grades 6 to 12

This is a multi-part interactive site about the Amazon River ecosystem. Student answer questions and make choices about their exploration as they move around the site. The presentation could be the basis for a number of lesson ideas, or it could serve as a research and report-building source. In any case, there’s plenty of content here.

Amazon River Dolphins Grades 6 to 12 Virtual Explorers

Here’s a chance to participate in a real-time expedition to the Amazon to learn more about the dolphins who live there and how they survive. The project will be ongoing during August, 1999, and there will be information and updates both before and after.

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 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.

Antarctic Exploration Grades 6 to 12 The Exploratorium

Follow a team of scientists visiting Antarctica from December, 2001 to January, 2002. If you miss the live events, there are lots of reports filed on activities conducted during the visit. This site also has background sections on the Antarctic climate, the history of exploration, and the scientific tools and tasks involved in Antarctic science.


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