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- Weekly Brain Teasers- Choose your grade level for weekly challenges; solutions are posted the following week, with archives of past puzzles. Students can submit answers directly.
- Elementary Math Problem of the Week- Printable problems for elementary math classes; you can submit your class answers online or wait for the solutions.
- Math Magic Challenges- Archives of Math Magic Challenges by grade level.
- Interactive Math Website- Impressive content and features are well organized and useful for both teachers and students.
- FunBrain Games-Test your skills at different levels. A great mind exercise.
- Mathematics Lessons that are Fun! Fun! Fun!- Advanced activities for Grades 3 -5.
Reading is Fun!
- Little Explorers Alphabet Learn the alphabet by exploring the web.
- Enchanted Learning- Picture Dictionary with Links
- Online Children's Stories-Stories available on the Internet to read.
Solar Energy: Children investigate sunlight as a heat source. During the unit the children build model houses, monitor temperature, and explore techniques for improving the efficiency of solar collectors. Solar Energy was developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science as part of their Full Option Science System (FOSS) with support of a National Science Foundation grant. The unit is published by Encyclopaedia Britannica and has been enhanced by the Department of Academic Programs.
- The Solar Cooking ArchiveFANTASTIC site! Be sure to vist "Construction Plans" and "Narrated Slide Show". This site is always adding new and up to date information; visit it often.
Magnets and Motors
Magnets and Motors: Children investigate the phenomena of magnetism, electricity, and electromagnetism. They use magnets and compasses to build a working device and explore the characteristics of switches, circuits, and electromagnets. They explore how electric motors are built and learn how electricty is produced. Magnets and Motors was developed by the National Science Resources Center with support from the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution.
- Arkidecture- describes and pictures various kinds of building types
- Structures @ The Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Thinking FountainThis web site presents some very good ideas for making airplane structures from straws.
Body Systems - The Bones Inside Us
- How Stuff Works
- www.kidshealth.org/site map
- bones w/o shockwave
- www.vilenski.com/site map
- Neuroscience for Kids
- the skull.com
- Health & Safety
- Human Anatomy & Body Systems
- Human Anatomy Online
Unit I: Opening a New World
Exploration Sites that explore the voyages to the Americas.
- 1492: An Ongoing Voyage
- Christopher Columbus: His Gastronomic Persona
- The Columbus Doors
- Columbus Navigation Homepage
- European Voyages of Exploration
- Pathfinder: Explorers of the New World
- Lesson Plan: Recreating Trade Routes of European Explorers
- First Americans, The Site designed by middle school teachers with facts, pictures, and links about the cultures of the North American Indian tribes.
- Index of Native American Resources Lots of links to sites about Native American culture, history and arts.
- National Museum of the American Indian This site documents the life, languages, history, stories and art of Native Americans.
- Ellis Island:Through America's Gateway Audio clips, pictures, recipies and personal accounts of entering America through Ellis Island.
- Plimoth Plantation Take a virtual tour of the first permanent English settlement in America.
Unit II: Thirteen Colonies Become a Nation
Colonial America Web Sites (via Ms. Carper):
- Colonial Life at KidInfo
- Middle Colonies at KidInfo
- New England Colonies at KidInfo
- Southern Colonies at KidInfo
- Colonial Kids
- Colonial Currency
- Henry Ford Museum- Use this site to find out what life was like for a Colonial family.
Additional Web Sites:
- American History ResourcesStarting point!
- Archiving Early America Historic documents from 18th century America. Original newspapers, maps, and writings as they appeared more than 200 years ago, along with background info.
- Colonial Maps Rare maps from the University of Georgia showing some of the first colonies and divisions.
- Colonial Williamsburg The restored 18th-century capital of Virginia.
- Trades in Colonial Wiliamsburg What jobs did people have in colonial times?
- Jamestown Rediscovery This site talks about the history of the first English settlement in North America, as well as the archeological project which is excavating the original site.
- Lost Colony of Roanoke: A Mystery in History Learn about the mystery behind the disappearance of this first English settlement in the New World in 1587
- Colonial Soap Making Learn about the history of soap and how it was made in the colonies.
- Old Sturbridge Village This living museum recrestes daily life in 19th century New England.
- Benjamin Franklin Everything having to do with Ben Franklin from his inventions to his personality.
Unit III: Westward Movement
- Pathfinder - Oregon Trail: Yesterday and Today(Westward Movement)
- America's West-Development and History A kid-friendly site that has a huge amount of information about America's expansion west.
- New Perspectives on the West An incredibly detailed site created by PBS as a companion to Ken Burns' documentary, "THE WEST."
- Exploring the West from Monticello A great site that chronicles the events leading up to Lewis and Clark's expedition.
Inventors and Explorers
- The Multicultural Holiday Calendar KidLink site organizes holidays by months, country, and name.
- Hispanic-American History Month Websites
- Discovering the Americas, Hispanic Heritage Month Activities
- MCPS Thanksgiving Websites
- MCPS Winter Holiday Websites
- Martin Luther King Holiday/Black History Month Websites
- President's Day Websites
- Earth Day Bookmarks