FOUR STAR SITES
After looking at many educational sites and challenging them against our
criteria, we have come up with a top list of sites.
Don't get us wrong, this list is nowhere near complete. It is just a working
list of what we have found so far.
- Athena is full of lesson plans and teaching materials for grades K-12 on space, Earth,
oceans, and weather. Also contains wonderful teacher information on using
the Web and incorporating it into the classroom.
- Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is stocked with daily experiments and teaching materials.
This site focuses on various topics in life, physical and planetary sciences.
Also, past aired shows are indexed based on science area covered.
- The Discovery Channel School has seasonal themes, which offer a variety of teaching
resources for many subject areas. Each theme comes equipped with an overview,
list of programs, complete classroom activities, online links, discussion
forum, and related catalog products. http://school.discovery.com
- K8 covers several areas of aeronautics for classroom use. There are links
for the textbook, curriculum bridges, lesson plans, activities, and many
other helpful outlets. The textbook is offered in Spanish and for varying reading
- The Franklin Institute Science Museum offers a very comprehensive unit on Living
Things. Starting with the individual, this site works its way up through families,
neighborhoods, and the circle of life. Each level explores its subject, giving
background information and hands on activities.
- The Gateway to Educational Materials is a consortium effort to provide educators
with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on
various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet
sites. Educators, parents, administrators can search or browse The Gateway
and find thousands of high quality educational materials, including lesson
plans, activities, and projects.
- The Science Education Gateway provides teachers with teaching materials dealing
with Earth, space, the sun, weather, light, cycles, or the Solar System. A
very exciting site that offers online lesson plans and classroom activities
for immediate use.
- USGS has put together a very interesting site looking closely at global change,
maps, and Earth science. Different grade levels are offered different activities
and information. Teachers can even access their own online guide.
- Volcano World is a NASA sponsored site that spans every facet of volcanoes
imaginable. This site is set up for immediate use in the classroom.
- WhaleNet focuses on whales and marine research. It is sponsored by Wheelock
College in Boston Massachusetts with support from the National Science Foundation.
This site offers information for students, teachers, and the public. It is
also available in different languages,