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PreK-Kindergarten Resources

100 Best Books for Children.  Here is a list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association as great reading for children and young people. A Rhyme a Week: Nursery Rhymes for Early Literacy.  If "an apple a day will keep the doctor away", then perhaps a-rhyme-a-week will keep school failure at bay. WIL's A-Rhyme-a-Week phonological awareness program features 30 different nursery rhymes.
Alphabet Made Easy with Learning Styles.  Children learn their ABCs using visual, auditory, and/or kinesthetic processes in order to speed up the process. Dinosaurs Field Trip.  Take your child on a virtual tour of a dinosaurs field trip.
The Learning Planet, Preschool and Kindergarten.  Free online activities to teach the alphabet, numbers, and more. Little Animals Activity Center.  Children will love this site's fun approach to addition and subtraction.
Read On Wisconsin:  Preschool.  First Lady Jessica Doyle's statewide book club for everyone who enjoys reading and talking about good books. The Scrub Club:  Learning to Wash Hands.  Students will learn the importance of hand washing as a way to prevent the spread of flu and cold germs and more.
Vitual Goose.  This game helps children develop cognitive and recognition skills by choosing the egg that matches. Worms as RecyclersLearn how to start a "worm farm" and see what worms to to help recycle.
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Kindergarten - 5th Grade

History

 
AKO Titanic Trial Estate of Hans Jensen vs. The White Star Line.  The law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick first created this Titanic mock trial site.  Learn about the U.S. judicial process through this fun, interactive site. Documents and testimony are used to create an intriguing look at the way this historic event effected one survivor. The American Revolution-An Interview with Thomas JeffersonWhat do you think Thomas Jefferson was like as a person? What were his interests and hobbies? Where did he go to school? Imagine yourself as a reporter in 1826, about to interview Mr. Jefferson at Monticello, his home.
Biography.comThis is the official cite of the Art & Entertainment, History, and Biography channels. Go West across America with Lewis & ClarkWild rivers. Rugged mountains. An unknown continent to explore. This great American expedition will face them all. And they need your help on this incredible adventure.
Liberty's KidsThe Liberty's Kids website includes a broad range of entertaining educational activities for kids, plus valuable information for caretakers. From the site's main page, users can access the six main sections of the site. Martha Ballard's Diary OnlineA site that shows you how to piece together
the past from the fragments that have
survived. Our case study: Martha Ballard.
Weaving a Wisconsin TapestryWeaving a Wisconsin Tapestry (WWT), web pages was created by young people to highlight Wisconsin history and culture. Students participating in WWT have the opportunity to conduct historical research and present their findings to a worldwide audience. What Happened at the First Thanksgiving?  Explore what really happened on the first Thanksgiving with this interactive site.
Wisconsin Electronic ReaderA rich collection of stories, essays, letters, and journals offer glimpses into Wisconsin's past with many illustrations.  Wisconsin History Day by DayWisconsin historical tidbits arranged by day. Links to related Web sites, suggested readings, vocabulary, study questions and more.
Wisconsin History for Kids.  Welcome to WisHisforKids, the kids' website of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Here you'll find lots of interesting facts about our state and some fun things to do.  
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Information and Technology Literacy

Copyright Kids!  The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is a nonprofit corporation that was founded in 1953 to foster interest in and advance the study of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art, the theater, motion pictures, and other forms of intellectual property.  This site is "just for kids." Dewey Decimal Classification systemIf you work in a public or K–12 library—or use one—you may need information about the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system rather than from it. These resources can help.
Do We Really Know Dewey?  This is a website about the Dewey Decimal System.  The Dewey Decimal System is a system used to classify books by grouping them in 10 categories.
 
Pics4Learning Copyright-friendly Images for EducationA searchable database of a wide variety of pictures for any number of projects, all organized into helpful categories.
Step Zero: What to Do Before SearchingIn ancient times, searching for information meant dressing up, hitching up the horse, riding to the nearest library and thumbing through drawers of cards carefully typed by generations of librarians. And now, when you can call up Yahoo in your bathrobe at a moment's notice, the time for thoughtfulness has been greatly shortened. Timeline GeneratorThis generator can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice.
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Language Arts

 
English Grammar ConnectionThis site is all about grammar skills and will help you cope with troublesome points of English grammar. Fun Brain.  A wide variety of fun learning resources and games for many subjects, including Language Arts.
Game GooA set of fun games to build Language Art skills, suitable for most k-3rd graders. Literacy CenterLiteracyCenter.Net serves more than a million free literacy lessons a month to children in 141 countries. It provides safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children. All online lessons are free of advertising and free of charge.
Little Explorers Picture DictionaryTo browse through this dictionary, click on a letter in the alphabet at the top of the window and you'll see a page of words that start with that letter. 2,460 illustrated dictionary entries! Each word is used in a meaningful example sentence. Most entries have links to a related web site. Just click on an underlined word (or its accompanying picture), and you'll link to a related page. Read On Wisconsin:  K-2nd Grade.  First Lady Jessica Doyle's statewide book club for everyone who enjoys reading and talking about good books.
Read On Wisconsin:  3-5th Grade.  First Lady Jessica Doyle's statewide book club for everyone who enjoys reading and talking about good books. The Write SourceThe best way to get into writing is simply to write . . . and write . . . and write . . . freely. This practice helps you develop a feel for writing. To get started, you’ll need a topic to write about. Below, you will find lists of ideas to serve as starting points for personal or journal writing. The topics are organized by grade level.
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Math

 
AAA Math A variety of math games and resources are presented to help teach virtually ALL math topics. Archimedes LabLearn geometry visually.  Check out this fun puzzles and interactive activities.
Bounded Fraction PointerThis activity allows the user to visually experiment with the relationship between the value of fractions and areas within a square or a circle. This activity would work well in groups of two to four for about 30 minutes if you use the exploration questions and 15 minutes otherwise. Everyday Mathematics Online GamesChoose a  math skill and this site presents games that will review and reinforce those skills.
FunBrain. -- A great selection of resources for a variety of skills and all grade levels.

 

Jeopardy Board and More.  This site offers Jeopardy style math games by grade level.  You can also create your own Jeopardy game using the downloadable blank board on this site  and PowerPoint. 
Mathemagic TricksHave fun performing these mathemagic tricks for your family and friends! Math Car Racing.  Outdrive FunBrain's math car by getting the highest score.
Choose a math expression from the row (side to side) that is highlighted. FunBrain will choose from the column (up and down) that you selected.
Math Journey.  Travel around the world by answering math problems. The journey begins and ends in London, and has stops in 30 cities along the way. To board the plane to each new city, you must answer a math problem correctly. If you get a problem wrong, you have "missed your flight". Miss three flights and the game is over. MegaPenny Project.   Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it's still hard to grasp just how much a "billion" really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?"
Multimedia Math Glossary.  Choose an appropriate grade level and start learning. National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics.    Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport.  Here are some interactive activites and virtual manipulatives to get "hands on" math experience.
Pour to ScoreHere is a problem-solving game based on measuring out volumes of liquid from 1 quart up to 8 quart containters. The Real Challenge Now more than ever, knowledge of mathematics and science is a gateway to individual opportunity and national prosperity. Our nation's technical talent pool is its most precious economic asset—the key to generating high-wage jobs, addressing domestic social issues and competing internationally.
Visual FractionsSeeing is believing.  This site presents and reviews fractions as well as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing them. Who Wants Pizza: A fun way to learn about fractions Is the best way to the mind through the stomach?  Learn about fractions by using "real-world" examples with pizza.
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Science

 
Amazing InsectsClick on the different insects listed to get some great information and see lots of excellent photographs! You'll see some of the best insect photos on the internet and find great facts for your science reports.
 
An Uplifting Experience.   Children love to fly paper airplanes, sometimes even in the middle of class. On the other end of the scale, a forty-ton airliner's ability to leave the ground is an amazing feat of engineering. With emphasis on "lift" students will use paper airplanes to study the forces that affect the flight of their much heavier counterparts.
Animal Information DatabaseSeaWorld/Busch Gardens ANIMALS exists as the virtual representative of Busch Entertainment Corporation's zoological and educational resources.  We strive to provide an ever evolving kaleidoscope of animal and environmental information. Cool Science for Curious Kids.  The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology.
Critter CornerThe Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' site about animals. Dinosaurs Field TripLet's go on a virtual tour of a dinosaurs field trip.
Gene SceneGreat site about genetics, includes information about genetics related careers, basic information about heredity, a DNA detective game, information about cloning, genetics related ethical issues for thought and discussion, and much more. The Great Plant EscapeHelp detective Laplant and his helpers Bud and Sprout unlock the amazing mysteries of plant life. Both English and Spanish versions.
Innovative LivesThis Smithsonian Institute site looks at American inventors.  It is dedicated to exploring invention in
history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people.
Minibeasts Field TripThe world of insects has always been fascinating, mainly because we can see them, they are a part of our daily lives and we have so much in common with them. As you learn and study through this Internet-based field trip, you will discover that their microscopic size isn't a problem anymore.
NASA KidsThe name says it all -- its about teaching kids about space.  This is a HUGE collection of resources. Planet 10: An Interactive Model. Planet 10 is an interactive virtual model of our Solar System written in Shockwave by Wired Science for Science year.
Starchild.   Wonderful site full of information on planets, comets, asteroids, meteors, the sun, and our moon.  This site is loaded with interactive activities for students. Virtual Knee SurgeryTake on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.
 
Welcome to the Planets!  This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program.
 
Worms as RecyclersLearn how to start a "worm farm" and see what worms to to help recycle.
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Social Studies

 
50states.comThis site is just loaded with all kinds of information about each of the 50 United States. AskAsia For StudentsHere is a fun site to learn about other cultures.
Balancing Three Branches at Once: Our System of Checks and BalancesOne of the complaints the American colonists had about the rule of the British monarchy was the extent of its power.  The framers of the Constitution designed a government that assigned power to three branches, while at the same time guaranteeing that the power of any branch could be checked by another. CBBC NewsroundThe British Broadcasting Company set up this rich site to provide world news, information, and stories of interest to children in grades 3-8.
Go-Globe: Interactive GeographyExplore the world with Geo - Globe's selection of interactive games, and find out about strange and familiar features of the planet! Kids in the HouseThe Clerk is an officer in the United States House of Representatives, and Kids in the House is the Office of the Clerk's official Web site for kids, parents, and teachers. On this site you will explore the role the Office of the Clerk plays in the U.S. House of Representatives and learn about the legislative process and its effect on you.
The Laos WWW Virtual LibraryThis site keeps track of emerging information about Laos and the Lao people around the world. Native American WebquestImagine you have been commissioned by the United States Postal Service to develop a series of postage stamps for the coming year to commemorate Native Americans. This site will guide you through the information you will need about the proud heritage and history of Native Americans.
McGruff Child Safety.  This site offers safety tips for kids in an fun format. PBS Kids Democracy ProjectLearn about our government, take tours, and even be president for a day!
Rainforest Action Network: Kids' CornerLearn about rainforests and ways to protect our habitat. Ranger Rick's Kids Zone.  Where kids of all ages can GROW WILD together.
School Field Trips at Aztalan State ParkTake a virtual tour of this ancient Wisconsin treasure.  This site includes links to "tours" of other Wisconsin parks too. U.S. Capital Virtual TourHere's an interactive, user friendly, comprehensive and integrated multimedia tour of the U.S. Capitol.  It includes panorama views and historical information about the rooms of the U.S. Capitol, as well as, information about the objects found in those rooms.
U.S. Elections Magazines U.S.  This portal provides information with regard to U.S. Elections.  Check back from time to time - this portal is in 'motion', in its beginning. WWW Hmong HomepageThe WWW Hmong Homepage, first made available on the Internet in March, 1994, is a volunteer effort bringing together a collection the Internet-based resources related to Hmong news and current-events, issues, history, publications, and culture.
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Middle School

History

 
AKO Titanic Trial Estate of Hans Jensen vs. The White Star Line.  The law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick first created this Titanic mock trial site.  Learn about the U.S. judicial process through this fun, interactive site. Documents and testimony are used to create an intriguing look at the way this historic event effected one survivor. Biography.comThis is the official cite of the Art & Entertainment, History, and Biography channels.
Dorothy Hodgson-Wisconsin Folks  When Dorothy Hodgson was a little girl, her dad was a farmer during the day and a miner at night. Her mom worked at home as a mother and homemaker. Dorothy’s mom taught her how to cook lots of dishes, including pasties. A bit of history and a great pasty recipe. Go West across America with Lewis & ClarkWild rivers. Rugged mountains. An unknown continent to explore. This great American expedition will face them all. And they need your help on this incredible adventure.
 

NewseumThe world's first interactive museum of news — the Newseum — opened in Arlington, Va., in 1997. Its mission was simple: to help the public and the news media understand one another better.  Includes historical and current news.

Perry-Castañeda Library Historical Map Collection.   Here's a set of historical maps from around the world. Weaving a Wisconsin TapestryWeaving a Wisconsin Tapestry (WWT), web pages was created by young people to highlight Wisconsin history and culture. Students participating in WWT have the opportunity to conduct historical research and present their findings to a worldwide audience.
Wisconsin Electronic ReaderA rich collection of stories, essays, letters, and journals offer glimpses into Wisconsin's past with many illustrations. 

Wisconsin History Day by DayWisconsin historical tidbits arranged by day. Links to related Web sites, suggested readings, vocabulary, study questions and more.

   

Information and Technology Literacy

Ad Dissection 101Do you realize how influential advertising really is? According to David Shenk, author of Data Smog, you'll watch an average of 22,000 hours of television before graduating from high school.  Find out more about advertising.  Copyright Kids!  The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is a nonprofit corporation that was founded in 1953 to foster interest in and advance the study of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art, the theater, motion pictures, and other forms of intellectual property.  This site is "just for kids."
Dewey Decimal Classification systemIf you work in a public or K–12 library—or use one—you may need information about the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system rather than from it. These resources can help. Pics4Learning Copyright-friendly Images for EducationA searchable database of a wide variety of pictures for any number of projects, all organized into helpful categories.
Step Zero: What to Do Before SearchingIn ancient times, searching for information meant dressing up, hitching up the horse, riding to the nearest library and thumbing through drawers of cards carefully typed by generations of librarians. The sheer effort to get to that point meant that you had plenty of time to think carefully about what you were looking for.  And now, when you can call up Yahoo in your bathrobe at a moment's notice, the time for thoughtfulness has been greatly shortened. Timeline GeneratorThis generator can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice.
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Language Arts

 
Literacy CenterLiteracyCenter.Net serves more than a million free literacy lessons a month to children in 141 countries. It provides safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children. All online lessons are free of advertising and free of charge. Mark Twain In His TimesThis site focuses on how "Mark Twain" and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated. The goal is to allow readers, scholars, students and teachers to see what Mark Twain and His Times said about each other, in a way that can speak to us today.
NewseumThe world's first interactive museum of news — the Newseum — opened in Arlington, Va., in 1997. Its mission was simple: to help the public and the news media understand one another better.  Great resource! Magnetic Poetry.  We've found some poems and mixed them up
Their meaning's all undone!
We've got a task for you to do
We hope you'll find it fun.
Read On Wisconsin:  6-8th Grade.  First Lady Jessica Doyle's statewide book club for everyone who enjoys reading and talking about good books. The Write SourceThe best way to get into writing is simply to write . . . and write . . . and write . . . freely. This practice helps you develop a feel for writing. To get started, you’ll need a topic to write about. Below, you will find lists of ideas to serve as starting points for personal or journal writing. The topics are organized by grade level.
   

Math

 
AAA Math A variety of math games and resources are presented to help teach virtually ALL math topics. Absurd MathAbsurd Math is an interactive mathematical problem solving game series. The player proceeds on missions in a strange world where the ultimate power consists of mathematical skill and knowledge.
Archimedes LabLearn geometry visually.  Check out this fun puzzles and interactive activities. Areas of 2-Dimensional shapes.   Learn and review how to calculate the area of almost any geometric shape.
Bounded Fraction PointerThis activity allows the user to visually experiment with the relationship between the value of fractions and areas within a square or a circle. This activity would work well in groups of two to four for about 30 minutes if you use the exploration questions and 15 minutes otherwise. Everyday Mathematics Online GamesChoose a  math skill and this site presents games that will review and reinforce those skills.
FunBrain. -- A great selection of resources for a variety of skills and all grade levels.

 

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles Math games and puzzles that student can play while developing strategies, use patterns, and analysis skills.
Jeopardy Board and More.  This site offers Jeopardy style math games by grade level.  You can also create your own Jeopardy game using the downloadable blank board on this site  and PowerPoint.  Mathemagic TricksHave fun performing these mathemagic tricks for your family and friends!
Math Car Racing.  Outdrive FunBrain's math car by getting the highest score.
Choose a math expression from the row (side to side) that is highlighted. FunBrain will choose from the column (up and down) that you selected.
Math Journey.  Travel around the world by answering math problems. The journey begins and ends in London, and has stops in 30 cities along the way. To board the plane to each new city, you must answer a math problem correctly. If you get a problem wrong, you have "missed your flight". Miss three flights and the game is over.
Math TV Problem Solving VideosA middle school math program.  A "virtual teacher" introduces a problem and then works through the solution, step-by-step. MegaPenny Project.   Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it's still hard to grasp just how much a "billion" really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?"
Multimedia Math Glossary.  Choose an appropriate grade level and start learning. Multiplying and Dividing Signed NumbersPractice keeping track of signs when multiplying and dividing -- and important algebra skill.
Ms. Lindquist : The TutorCheck it out, an automated online tutor for algebra!

 

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics.    Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport.  Here are some interactive activites and virtual manipulatives to get "hands on" math experience.
Polynomial TranslationsLearn how to create translate graphs.

 

Pour to ScoreHere is a problem-solving game based on measuring out volumes of liquid from 1 quart up to 8 quart containters.
Problems of the WeekThe Problem of the Week is an educational web site that originates at the University of Mississippi.  Challenge yourself while you learn math. The Real Challenge Now more than ever, knowledge of mathematics and science is a gateway to individual opportunity and national prosperity. Our nation's technical talent pool is its most precious economic asset—the key to generating high-wage jobs, addressing domestic social issues and competing internationally.
Right Triangle TrigonometryThis site explains sine and cosine right triangle trignometry functions. Slope and Y interceptDiscover how slope and y-intercepts work.  Best viewed with Internet Explorer.  If using another browser and you get an error message, click "OK" and it will probably work.
Spatial Reasoning Using Cubes and Isometric DrawingsIn this interactive geometry investigation, students explore polyhedra using different representations and perspectives for three dimensional block figures. In addition, students will examine area and volume concepts for block figures within this context. Symmetry.  Learn all about symmetry with this fun interactive site.
Thinking Machine 4.  Thinking Machine 4 explores the invisible, elusive nature of thought. Play chess against a transparent intelligence, its evolving thought process visible on the board before you. The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. Visual FractionsSeeing is believing.  This site presents and reviews fractions as well as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing them.
Who Wants Pizza: A fun way to learn about fractions Is the best way to the mind through the stomach?  Learn about fractions by using "real-world" examples with pizza.  
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Science

 
Amazing InsectsClick on the different insects listed to get some great information and see lots of excellent photographs! You'll see some of the best insect photos on the internet and find great facts for your science reports. Animal Information DatabaseSeaWorld/Busch Gardens ANIMALS exists as the virtual representative of Busch Entertainment Corporation's zoological and educational resources.  We strive to provide an ever evolving kaleidoscope of animal and environmental information.
Chem4kids!  This site is about chemistry basics and has information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions and biochemistry. This Web offers and introduction to the science of chemistry. Common Elements Build an AtomEverything around us is made of atoms. Most objects are mixtures or compounds of different types of atoms, but some common items consist of only a single type of atom. Each image here represents a common item that is composed of only one or a few elements.
Cool Science for Curious Kids.  The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology. Create A Graph. Got data?  Create a graph!  Graphs and charts are great because they communicate information visually. For this reason, graphs are often used in newspapers, magazines and businesses around the world.
Electricity and MagnetismAn interesting look at basic concepts involving with electricity and magnetism.  This site  introduce you to static charge, moving charge, voltage, resistance, and current. Magnetism and how it relates to electricity will also be presented. Games & Puzzles for Science.  A wide variety of fun interactive games and puzzles to teach and review different types of science.
Gene SceneGreat site about genetics, includes information about genetics related careers, basic information about heredity, a DNA detective game, information about cloning, genetics related ethical issues for thought and discussion, and much more. Innovative LivesThis Smithsonian Institute site looks at American inventors.  It is dedicated to exploring invention in
history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people.
Inventors and InnovatorsThe study of science as an intellectual and social endeavor—the application of human intelligence in figuring out how the world works—should have a prominent place in any curriculum that has science literacy as one of its aims.  MatterThis Web will introduce you to many of the basic properties of matter including atoms, ions, elements, molecules, and density. You will use real data from plasma physics research to further explore the basic properties of matter.
MicrobeWorldLearn about microbiology and microbes at this site -- includes a weekly digest of microbiology in the new.. Minibeasts Field TripThe world of insects has always been fascinating, mainly because we can see them, they are a part of our daily lives and we have so much in common with them. As you learn and study through this Internet-based field trip, you will discover that their microscopic size isn't a problem anymore.
NASA KidsThe name says it all -- its about teaching kids about space.  This is a HUGE collection of resources. The Nine PlanetsThis website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each planet and the major moons in our solar system. Each page has my text and NASA's images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.
Planet 10: An Interactive Model. Planet 10 is an interactive virtual model of our Solar System written in Shockwave by Wired Science for Science year. Shark AttackThis is the companion Web site to "Shark Attack!," originally broadcast on August 5, 1997. Shot in the waters off California, Hawaii, and Australia, the program investigates the increasingly frequent occurrence of shark attacks.
Starchild.   Wonderful site full of information on planets, comets, asteroids, meteors, the sun, and our moon.  This site is loaded with interactive activities for students. Virtual Knee SurgeryTake on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.
Welcome to the Planets!  This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program. What Is Energy?  It comes in different forms -- heat (thermal), light (radiant), mechanical, electrical, chemical, and nuclear energy.  There are two types of energy -- stored (potential) energy and working (kinetic) energy. Learn more about these different forms of energy.
Women In Science  This is a careers oriented Web that offers profiles of women in a variety of science careers.  
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50states.comThis site is just loaded with all kinds of information about each of the 50 United States. AskAsia For StudentsHere is a fun site to learn about other cultures.
Balancing Three Branches at Once: Our System of Checks and BalancesOne of the complaints the American colonists had about the rule of the British monarchy was the extent of its power.  The framers of the Constitution designed a government that assigned power to three branches, while at the same time guaranteeing that the power of any branch could be checked by another. CBBC NewsroundThe British Broadcasting Company set up this rich site to provide world news, information, and stories of interest to children in grades 3-8.
Go-Globe: Interactive GeographyExplore the world with Geo - Globe's selection of interactive games, and find out about strange and familiar features of the planet!

Kids in the HouseThe Clerk is an officer in the United States House of Representatives, and Kids in the House is the Office of the Clerk's official Web site for kids, parents, and teachers. On this site you will explore the role the Office of the Clerk plays in the U.S. House of Representatives and learn about the legislative process and its effect on you.

The Laos WWW Virtual LibraryThis site keeps track of emerging information about Laos and the Lao people around the world. Native American WebquestImagine you have been commissioned by the United States Postal Service to develop a series of postage stamps for the coming year to commemorate Native Americans. This site will guide you through the information you will need about the proud heritage and history of Native Americans.
McGruff Child Safety.  This site offers safety tips for kids in an fun format. PBS Kids Democracy ProjectLearn about our government, take tours, and even be president for a day!
Rainforest Action Network: Kids' CornerLearn about rainforests and ways to protect our habitat. Ranger Rick's Kids Zone.  Where kids of all ages can GROW WILD together.
School Field Trips at Aztalan State ParkTake a virtual tour of this ancient Wisconsin treasure.  This site includes links to "tours" of other Wisconsin parks too. U.S. Capital Virtual TourHere's an interactive, user friendly, comprehensive and integrated multimedia tour of the U.S. Capitol.  It includes panorama views and historical information about the rooms of the U.S. Capitol, as well as, information about the objects found in those rooms.
U.S. Elections Magazines U.S.  This portal provides information with regard to U.S. Elections.  Check back from time to time - this portal is in 'motion', in its beginning. Women Come to the FrontThe women featured in this exhibit were chosen because of the strength and variety of their collections in the Library of Congress. Like their colleagues, the women followed various paths to their wartime assignments.
WWW Hmong HomepageThe WWW Hmong Homepage, first made available on the Internet in March, 1994, is a volunteer effort bringing together a collection the Internet-based resources related to Hmong news and current-events, issues, history, publications, and culture.  
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History

 
A City Lost and FoundIn this lesson, students hypothesize about the origins of the Incan lost city of Machu Picchu. They then examine archaeological methodologies used by researchers to piece together the history of the site and create an audio tour of the location for visitors to the ruins.
 
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust: Student ActivitiesThe student activities in this guide have been divided into three sections by suggested grade level. Nonetheless, teachers should carefully consider the appropriateness of any activity for their particular classes rather than depending entirely upon the grade level suggestion of the lesson plan author.
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust: Student ActivitiesThe student activities in this guide have been divided into three sections by suggested grade level. Nonetheless, teachers should carefully consider the appropriateness of any activity for their particular classes rather than depending entirely upon the grade level suggestion of the lesson plan author African Studies OutreachIn an effort to assist educators and communities interested in extending knowledge about Africa throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest, the African Studies Program offers a range of outreach services.
 
Age of Exploration.  Learn about explorers from the 12th thru 15th centuries and Maritime discovery from ancient times to 1768. Amendments to the U.S. ConstitutionA multi-media presentation about the our Constitution and its amendments -- be sure to look for the quill pen "back" and "next" icons on the lower right of the screen.
America Dreams...through the decadesThis WebQuest challenges you to investigate the American Dream ...look through the eyes of those who lived before us ...use the American Memory collections, The Library of Congress, to visit America's past ...learn research skills and experience the richness of the library collections ...defend your ideas, create products that show your understanding of others' dreams ...then share your dream for America's future. American History & Government.  Great collection of links about American history.
American History: Chronology.  An assortment of links that document and illustrate history. American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920.  American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920.
America's Story From America's Library.  The Library of Congress presents this interactive collection of resources to look at U.S. history. Beyond Black History Month: The African-American Studies Toolkit. Great collection of resources about African-American History and American History.
Black History.  Large collection of resources and links. Black History Quest African-American History, Culture, and Black Studies Resources.  Many links for African-American History, Culture, and Black Studies Resources.
Biography.comThis is the official cite of the Art & Entertainment, History, and Biography channels. Built to LastLearn about some of the greatest monuments and buildings in the history of architecture. Each student will create a multimedia presentation about a particular structure that includes several different representations of a selected building.
Child labor in AmericaChildren have always worked, often exploited and under less than healthy conditions. Industrialization, the Great Depression and the vast influx of poor immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, made it easy to justify the work of young children. Civil Rights.  Learn more about the civil rights movement.
Civil Rights.  Links about the colonization of America. EyeWitnesstoHistory.com  An award-winning website presenting history through the perspective of those who actually lived it - from the ancient world through the 20th century.
Famous Trials of the 20th Century.  Learn about the famous trials that captivated America's imagination during the 20th century. Great Depression.  Collection of links and resources about the Great Depression of the 1930's.
History Matters.  Designed for high school and college teachers and students,
History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
History of the American West.  Over 30,000 photographs, drawn from the holdings of the Western History and Genealogy Department at Denver Public Library, illuminate many aspects of the history of the American West. Most of the photographs were taken between 1860 and 1920.
Making of America.   Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. NewseumThe world's first interactive museum of news — the Newseum — opened in Arlington, Va., in 1997. Its mission was simple: to help the public and the news media understand one another better.  Includes historical and current news.
Patterns of Our Lives: American History.  With the ever-expanding Internet, the methods and opportunities for communication around the world are growing in vast amounts and the figurative size of the world is becoming smaller. Therefore, what we consider to be American history is linked in with other countries' histories in the world arena. Perry-Castañeda Library Historical Map Collection.   Here's a set of historical maps from around the world.

Public Papers of the Presidents.  The Public Papers of the Presidents, which is compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, began in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission.

United States History.  The main body of this hypertext project, which was started in 1994, comes from a number of USIA-publications: An Outline of American History, An Outline of the American Economy, An Outline of American Government, and An Outline of American Literature.
Weaving a Wisconsin TapestryWeaving a Wisconsin Tapestry (WWT), web pages was created by young people to highlight Wisconsin history and culture. Students participating in WWT have the opportunity to conduct historical research and present their findings to a worldwide audience. Wisconsin Electronic ReaderA rich collection of stories, essays, letters, and journals offer glimpses into Wisconsin's past with many illustrations. 
Wisconsin History Day by DayWisconsin historical tidbits arranged by day. Links to related Web sites, suggested readings, vocabulary, study questions and more.

Women's Suffrage MovementExperience the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony—at home or in the classroom. Track key events in the suffrage movement, delve into historic documents and essays, and take a look at where women are today.

Women's History.  Great set of links about famous women and women's history.  
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Information and Technology Literacy

Ad Dissection 101Do you realize how influential advertising really is? According to David Shenk, author of Data Smog, you'll watch an average of 22,000 hours of television before graduating from high school.  Find out more about advertising.  Copyright Kids!  The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is a nonprofit corporation that was founded in 1953 to foster interest in and advance the study of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art, the theater, motion pictures, and other forms of intellectual property.  This site is "just for kids."
Dewey Decimal Classification systemIf you work in a public or K–12 library—or use one—you may need information about the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system rather than from it. These resources can help. Pics4Learning Copyright-friendly Images for EducationA searchable database of a wide variety of pictures for any number of projects, all organized into helpful categories.
   
Step Zero: What to Do Before SearchingIn ancient times, searching for information meant dressing up, hitching up the horse, riding to the nearest library and thumbing through drawers of cards carefully typed by generations of librarians. The sheer effort to get to that point meant that you had plenty of time to think carefully about what you were looking for.  And now, when you can call up Yahoo in your bathrobe at a moment's notice, the time for thoughtfulness has been greatly shortened. Timeline GeneratorThis generator can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice.
   

Language Arts

 
Authors.  Links and documents
related to writers, easy to find guide of
authors and illustrators, and biographical info and bibliographies of works.
Grammar.  A variety of links about grammar and writing.
Literacy CenterLiteracyCenter.Net serves more than a million free literacy lessons a month to children in 141 countries. It provides safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children. All online lessons are free of advertising and free of charge. Magnetic Poetry.  We've found some poems and mixed them up
Their meaning's all undone!
We've got a task for you to do
We hope you'll find it fun.
Mark Twain In His TimesThis site focuses on how "Mark Twain" and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated. The goal is to allow readers, scholars, students and teachers to see what Mark Twain and His Times said about each other, in a way that can speak to us today. NewseumThe world's first interactive museum of news — the Newseum — opened in Arlington, Va., in 1997. Its mission was simple: to help the public and the news media understand one another better.  Great resource!
Online Citation Styles.  Learn about virtually all the common citation styles.  This is a great collection of links. Read On Wisconsin:  6-8th Grade.  First Lady Jessica Doyle's statewide book club for everyone who enjoys reading and talking about good books.
Research Papers.  Here are a variety of links about creating research papers. Writing Essays.  This site organizes and presents many links about writing essays.
The Write SourceThe best way to get into writing is simply to write . . . and write . . . and write . . . freely. This practice helps you develop a feel for writing. To get started, you’ll need a topic to write about. Below, you will find lists of ideas to serve as starting points for personal or journal writing. The topics are organized by grade level. Writing Quick Tips.  This Webmaster also maintains a site dedicated to a wide variety of writing skills.  Each section of this Web contains numerous links for more information.
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Math

 
AAA Math A variety of math games and resources are presented to help teach virtually ALL math topics. Absurd MathAbsurd Math is an interactive mathematical problem solving game series. The player proceeds on missions in a strange world where the ultimate power consists of mathematical skill and knowledge.
Archimedes LabLearn geometry visually.  Check out this fun puzzles and interactive activities. Areas of 2-Dimensional shapes.   Learn and review how to calculate the area of almost any geometric shape.
BMCC Math Tutorials.  These tutorials are designed to serve as a quick reference and general review source for basic mathematics skills and knowledge. The topics covered within these pages include basic concepts which need to be mastered before further training in mathematics can be undertaken. Bounded Fraction PointerThis activity allows the user to visually experiment with the relationship between the value of fractions and areas within a square or a circle. This activity would work well in groups of two to four for about 30 minutes if you use the exploration questions and 15 minutes otherwise.
Cool Math.  A wide variety of reviews and activities are presented here in a colorful, fun format. Everyday Mathematics Online GamesChoose a  math skill and this site presents games that will review and reinforce those skills.
FunBrain. -- A great selection of resources for a variety of skills and all grade levels. GoMath.  A popular math site that previews and reviews many different math skills.
Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles Math games and puzzles that student can play while developing strategies, use patterns, and analysis skills. Internet4Classroom:  MathMany links, all organized by topic, to support a variety of secondary math courses.
Introduction to Algebra.  An entire intro to algebra class is online.  Great resource. Jeopardy Board and More.  This site offers Jeopardy style math games by grade level.  You can also create your own Jeopardy game using the downloadable blank board on this site  and PowerPoint. 
Mathemagic TricksHave fun performing these mathemagic tricks for your family and friends! Math.com Algebra.  HUGE collection of algebra links.  If you can't find what you need at other algebra sites, be sure to check here.
Math Car Racing.  Outdrive FunBrain's math car by getting the highest score.
Choose a math expression from the row (side to side) that is highlighted. FunBrain will choose from the column (up and down) that you selected.
Math Journey.  Travel around the world by answering math problems. The journey begins and ends in London, and has stops in 30 cities along the way. To board the plane to each new city, you must answer a math problem correctly. If you get a problem wrong, you have "missed your flight". Miss three flights and the game is over.
Math TV Problem Solving VideosA middle school math program.  A "virtual teacher" introduces a problem and then works through the solution, step-by-step. MathMax.  This site is designed to support and aid students using the Eighth Edition of Introductory Algebra. Extended chapter openers, interactive math tutorials, practice exercises,
MegaPenny Project.   Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it's still hard to grasp just how much a "billion" really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?" Mr. B's Algebra Page.  This Web is another project by the School Matters Webmaster.  It supports his Beginning Algebra class at a University of Wisconsin's campus.
Multimedia Math Glossary.  Choose an appropriate grade level and start learning. Multiplying and Dividing Signed NumbersPractice keeping track of signs when multiplying and dividing -- and important algebra skill.
Ms. Lindquist : The TutorCheck it out, an automated online tutor for algebra!

 

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics.    Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport.  Here are some interactive activites and virtual manipulatives to get "hands on" math experience.
Polynomial TranslationsLearn how to create translate graphs.

 

Pour to ScoreHere is a problem-solving game based on measuring out volumes of liquid from 1 quart up to 8 quart containters.
Pre-Algebra and Algebra by free-ed.net.  Free education on the Internet!  Check out these math links. Problems of the WeekThe Problem of the Week is an educational web site that originates at the University of Mississippi.  Challenge yourself while you learn math.
Purplemath.  One of the most popular math sites online.  Virtually any math topic is covered here. The Real Challenge Now more than ever, knowledge of mathematics and science is a gateway to individual opportunity and national prosperity. Our nation's technical talent pool is its most precious economic asset—the key to generating high-wage jobs, addressing domestic social issues and competing internationally.
Right Triangle TrigonometryThis site explains sine and cosine right triangle trignometry functions. Slope and Y interceptDiscover how slope and y-intercepts work.  Best viewed with Internet Explorer.  If using another browser and you get an error message, click "OK" and it will probably work.
Spatial Reasoning Using Cubes and Isometric DrawingsIn this interactive geometry investigation, students explore polyhedra using different representations and perspectives for three dimensional block figures. In addition, students will examine area and volume concepts for block figures within this context. Symmetry.  Learn all about symmetry with this fun interactive site.
Thinking Machine 4.  Thinking Machine 4 explores the invisible, elusive nature of thought. Play chess against a transparent intelligence, its evolving thought process visible on the board before you. The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. Understanding Algebra.  This is a complete algebra textbook online.  Looking for an alternative explanation or more examples, be sure to look here.
Visual FractionsSeeing is believing.  This site presents and reviews fractions as well as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing them. Who Wants Pizza: A fun way to learn about fractions Is the best way to the mind through the stomach?  Learn about fractions by using "real-world" examples with pizza.
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Science

 
Animals Hotlist.  Wide variety of links and resources for vertebrate animals. Amazing InsectsClick on the different insects listed to get some great information and see lots of excellent photographs! You'll see some of the best insect photos on the internet and find great facts for your science reports.
Animal Information DatabaseSeaWorld/Busch Gardens ANIMALS exists as the virtual representative of Busch Entertainment Corporation's zoological and educational resources.  We strive to provide an ever evolving kaleidoscope of animal and environmental information. Astronomy.  Collection of links for resources about astronomy.
BioHub.  Lots of links about virtually any biology topic and level you could study. Biology.  Another assortment of biology links.
Chemistry.  Assortment of links for a wide variety of chemistry topics and levels of study. Chemistry Help Online.  Title says it all -- looking for help with chemistry?  Be sure to check this site out.
Common Elements Build an AtomEverything around us is made of atoms. Most objects are mixtures or compounds of different types of atoms, but some common items consist of only a single type of atom. Each image here represents a common item that is composed of only one or a few elements. Create A Graph. Got data?  Create a graph!  Graphs and charts are great because they communicate information visually. For this reason, graphs are often used in newspapers, magazines and businesses around the world.
Earth Science,  Earth Science links for virtually any scolarly need. Earth Sciences Resources.  Comprehensive set of earth sciences links -- got a question, you will find an answer here.
Electricity and MagnetismAn interesting look at basic concepts involving with electricity and magnetism.  This site  introduce you to static charge, moving charge, voltage, resistance, and current. Magnetism and how it relates to electricity will also be presented. Games & Puzzles for Science.  A wide variety of fun interactive games and puzzles to teach and review different types of science.
Gene SceneGreat site about genetics, includes information about genetics related careers, basic information about heredity, a DNA detective game, information about cloning, genetics related ethical issues for thought and discussion, and much more. Innovative LivesThis Smithsonian Institute site looks at American inventors.  It is dedicated to exploring invention in
history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people.
Inventors and InnovatorsThe study of science as an intellectual and social endeavor—the application of human intelligence in figuring out how the world works—should have a prominent place in any curriculum that has science literacy as one of its aims.  Mad Scientist Library.  A wonderful collection of science links.  If you are looking for science information and are not sure where to start, check out this helpful site.
MatterThis Web will introduce you to many of the basic properties of matter including atoms, ions, elements, molecules, and density. You will use real data from plasma physics research to further explore the basic properties of matter. MicrobeWorldLearn about microbiology and microbes at this site -- includes a weekly digest of microbiology in the new.
The Nine PlanetsThis website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each planet and the major moons in our solar system. Each page has my text and NASA's images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information. Physical Science Hot List.  Comprehensive set of links to most all aspects of physical science.
Physics.  Links for physics -- comprehensive and helpful. Planet 10: An Interactive Model. Planet 10 is an interactive virtual model of our Solar System written in Shockwave by Wired Science for Science year.
Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab.  Your source of free science projects and experiments for parents, teachers, and children of all ages. Kick off your shoes. Pull up a chair. Make yourself comfortable. Space.  A collection of resources and links.  Great place to start your search for information about space.
Space Science Hotlist.  Find out everything you would want to know about space with this comprehensive set of links Virtual Knee SurgeryTake on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.
Welcome to the Planets!  This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program. What Is Energy?  It comes in different forms -- heat (thermal), light (radiant), mechanical, electrical, chemical, and nuclear energy.  There are two types of energy -- stored (potential) energy and working (kinetic) energy. Learn more about these different forms of energy.
Weather.  A wide variety of links about the weather. Weather Science Hotlist.  Like the other "hotlists" that we link to, this is a great collection of weather related links.
Women In Science  This is a careers oriented Web that offers profiles of women in a variety of science careers. Zoology.  A comprehensive set of zoology links.
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Social Studies

50states.comThis site is just loaded with all kinds of information about each of the 50 United States. AskAsia For StudentsHere is a fun site to learn about other cultures.
Balancing Three Branches at Once: Our System of Checks and BalancesOne of the complaints the American colonists had about the rule of the British monarchy was the extent of its power.  The framers of the Constitution designed a government that assigned power to three branches, while at the same time guaranteeing that the power of any branch could be checked by another. CBBC NewsroundThe British Broadcasting Company set up this rich site to provide world news, information, and stories of interest to children in grades 3-8.
Countries Hotlist.  Collection of links about different countries -- a great place to start your research. Current Events.  Links to news sites, keeps you up-to-date on current events.
Flags.  Need to find a countries flag for a project?  Look no farther than this useful collection of links. Geography Hot List.  A great set of links to start your search for geography information.
Go-Globe: Interactive GeographyExplore the world with Geo - Globe's selection of interactive games, and find out about strange and familiar features of the planet! The Laos WWW Virtual LibraryThis site keeps track of emerging information about Laos and the Lao people around the world.
Maps.  Links for maps, maps, and more maps. Native American WebquestImagine you have been commissioned by the United States Postal Service to develop a series of postage stamps for the coming year to commemorate Native Americans. This site will guide you through the information you will need about the proud heritage and history of Native Americans.
Social Studies Resources.  Links for more social studies related topics.  If you did not see what you wanted in the other resources identified here, check out this site. United States.  Helpful collection of links about the U.S.
U.S. Capital Virtual TourHere's an interactive, user friendly, comprehensive and integrated multimedia tour of the U.S. Capitol.  It includes panorama views and historical information about the rooms of the U.S. Capitol, as well as, information about the objects found in those rooms. U.S. Elections Magazines U.S.  This portal provides information with regard to U.S. Elections.  Check back from time to time - this portal is in 'motion', in its beginning.
U.S. Presidents.  Great set of links out the presidents of the United States. Who's Who and What's What.  See what you know about this week's news. Each question and image below relates to an article published on The New York Times on the Web for the current week.
Women Come to the FrontThe women featured in this exhibit were chosen because of the strength and variety of their collections in the Library of Congress. Like their colleagues, the women followed various paths to their wartime assignments. WWW Hmong HomepageThe WWW Hmong Homepage, first made available on the Internet in March, 1994, is a volunteer effort bringing together a collection the Internet-based resources related to Hmong news and current-events, issues, history, publications, and culture.
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Career/College Prep

100 most common SAT words  Practice SAT words. 4Tests.com: Online Games  Boost your test-taking skills with mindbending games.
ACT  Includes preparation and registration information for the ACT, plus much more. AP Classes
Careers Career Exploration
College and University Directory College Board  Includes preparation and registration information for the SAT, plus much more.
College Power Prep   Contains tools for ACT and SAT preparation. Daily SAT Question
Educational Testing Service Explore Colleges
Financial Aid Free ACT/SAT Test Prep
Newton's Window  Useful information regarding preparing for the ACT and SAT. Number2.com  This site offers free SAT prep and a vocabulary builder.
Occupational Outlook Handbook Quia  100 most common SAT words.
Review.com  College and career preparation information Students.gov  Plan your education, pay for it, plan a career, and more.
Test Prep  
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