Friday, October 20, 2006

Web Sites to Use in the Classroom

I've been looking at some web sites recently that can help us to teach and help our students to learn in our classrooms. Here's a list of sites appropriate for a variety of grade levels and of topics.

Enjoy! :)


Read the headlines from the front pages of 561 newspapers from 52 countries. Play a news trivia game that includes questions about today’s news and some of the historical information in the background of today’s news. View editorial cartoons. Read in-depth stories. Run your mouse over a small image of a newspaper’s front page and a larger image will be displayed.

ARTS ______________________________________________________________________

View the works of American artists—Heade, Lane, Peto, Decker, Homer, Eakins, Church, Bingham, and Kensett—at

View the works of artists Dali, Moses, O'Keefe, Cassatt, Escher, Warhol, Rodin, Picasso, and Wood. A webquest and other resources are also available at

Read the biography of Leonardo da Vinci. View his sketchbooks. Take a virtual tour of his studio. You can do all this and more at

HISTORY ___________________________________________________________________

Read stories from war veterans about their roles in obtaining military intelligence at

Learn about the art, inventions, science, and people of the Renaissance in Europe. Additional resources are also available at

Read about Woodrow Wilson and his presidency. Check out related resources at

Read about Theodore Roosevelt and his presidency. Check out related resources at

Biographies of the US presidents and their wives plus related resources can be accessed at

Go to to study the 1900-1909 decade in America’s history.

Dates That Matter ( is a teacher resource ready to display on a screen for the class to read. The students are given a clue about the date. Hints are provided to help them. When the actual historical event shows, more information is added. Teachers can see an annotated view of the event.

SCIENCE __________________________________________________________________

Read about research being conducted in the Arctic and the Antarctic at

Read about hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes and what the research is discovering about minimizing their effects at

Learn what scientists have discovered about climate at

Watch animations and listen to experts to learn more about cancer. Learn about causes, diagnoses, and treatment at

Read a fifth-grade teacher’s journal of her 56-day cruise into the Antarctic and what the crew members learned about ocean circulation and its role in determining the world’s climate at

Learn about monarch butterflies at

This web site ( for kids explores the brain and nervous system.

ScienCentralNews shares recent developments in life sciences, physical sciences, and technology at

View weather-related simulations at

Resources for food chains and food webs are available at

An overview of our planet’s ecosystems can be found at

Learn about forests at

Learn about wetlands (swamps, marshes, and bogs) at

Resources about producers, consumers, and decomposers with respect to food chains and food webs can be found at

Read about tropical and temperate rainforests in the US, Tasmania, and South America at

Learn about stars and watch a video at

Read about eclipses at

Considering the recent discussions about whether or not Pluto is a planet, the web site about Kuiper belt objects ( should give some timely insights.

LITERATURE _______________________________________________________________

Lesson plans and activities for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson are available at

Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven has become interactive at

GEOGRAPHY and FOREIGN LANGUAGES _______________________________________

Learn about Costa Rica at

MUSIC _____________________________________________________________________

Read—and watch and listen—about some of the modern types of music (e.g., jazz, country, rock and roll) at

ESL _______________________________________________________________________

Learn how to adapt lesson plan activity types to meet your ESL student’s needs at

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