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Getting Involved in Your child's Education

When parents are involved in their children's education, kids do better in school.1. Want to learn how to help your child achieve and succeed? Read on! You'll learn why involvement is so important and suggestions for how to get involved.



Looking at the processes and actions embedded within various team and individual sports is a great way to get exposed to concepts and ideas from physics, engineering, and any other number of basic and applied sciences.




Find out about plants with Zip the bee

This interactive activity provides information about the different parts of a plant, the plant life cycle and pollination.












Angela Maiers puzzle lesson

Angela Maiers demonstrates to 1st grade students how piecing together a puzzle is similar to being a great reader






Share the World

Share the World is an educational programme designed to help students better understand and appreciate the animal kingdom. The site provides worksheets and assembly ideas.

Indian in the Cupboard Study Guide


Omri receives several conventional gifts for his ninth birthday, including  longed-for skateboard. However, two gifts you would expect to be of least interest to a young boy prove to be magical and exciting. Suitable for primary aged students this study guide has learning outcomes in key learning areas such as English, Art and Society and Environment.



Quizlet is similar in concept to flashcards, but much more interactive. You can create short quizzes then choose from a range of activities to perform the quiz, share it with others or a select group or class.



Backyard Buddies are the native animals that share our built-up areas, waterways,  backyards and parks. Backyard buddies are also the people who value native animals  and plants, and want to protect and help them.





Where in the world have Australians served?



Explore this interactive map to work out where in the world Australian
servicemen and service women have served in both peace and war. It is part of the ANZAC Adventures Series of Interactives produced by Ryebuck Media.




With the camera at Anzac

An online photographic album of the Australian soldiers at Gallipoli is freely available on the National Archive of Australia's website. This album contains 41 views of Anzac Beach and the surrounding hills and gullies taken in 1915. The photographs capture Gallipoli through the eyes of the digger.




 Video - The Road to Meaning




The process of reading is very like that of driving a car. As readers, it is our charge to "navigate" our way to meaning as we enter nonfiction texts and tasks. For students the, road to meaning in informational text is one paved with challenge and complexity.  This presentation explores what great "drivers" need to do before, during, and after reading to successfully arrive at their final destination...UNDERSTANDING THE BIG IDEA!




This Science Experiment looks at what happens when Food Coloring is mixed with Oil and Water

Solar System jigsaw

An interactive resource to teach about the solar system. The activity is divided into three levels: planet, moon and hardware.


Welcome to Cool Cosmos
An engaging, student-friendly website about the universe and the world of infrared light. It features innovative use of technology including interactive activities (Ask an astronomer), videos, games, stories and images.


Runaway stars

This is a segment from Science News for Kids and includes an article and a word search

Down to Earth Astronomy [pdf]

Created by the Space Telescope Science Institute, this website provides access to fun and engaging learning activities about astronomy, all of which live up to the website's name. The Institute also happens to oversee the grant administration, planning, scheduling, and public outreach activities for the Hubble Space Telescope, so it makes sense that they would have some rather nice materials. While the site has a number of useful areas, perhaps the strongest element of the site is the "Amazing Space" section. Here, visitors can learn about the inner workings of telescopes, read their in-house publication "The Star Witness", and take in sights of black holes, comets, galaxies, and gravity at work. Educators should not overlook the "Teaching Tools" area of the site, as they will want to look through their classroom activities, graphic organizers, and reading guides.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.


Planets - acrostic poem

research project on the planets with second graders ... .  The end product was an acrostic poem on one of the planets...  a webquest format for their research ... it's here online:


'Google Sky' turns computers into telescopes

The heavens are only a few mouse clicks away with Google's latest free tool: A new feature in Google Earth, the company's satellite imagery-based mapping software, allows users to view the sky from their computers.

The Universe in the Classroom [pdf]

From dark matter to the transit of Venus, "The University in the Classroom" has all the astronomical bases covered for educators. This electronic educational newsletter is published by The Astronomical Society of the Pacific and has been published since 1984. Each issue is designed to help teachers learn more about astronomy themselves, and then they can bring this new knowledge into their classroom. On the newsletter's homepage, visitors can read the current issue, subscribe to receive updates, and also browse through the archives, which stretch back to late 1984. Within each issue, visitors can read an in-depth exploration of a certain astronomical subject, complete with classroom activities and links to other related resources.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.


Genesis: Search for Origins
   Background information about the NASA mission to collect "samples
   of the solar wind, material flowing outward from the Sun.
   Comparing them with known compositions of the planets will help in
   the effort to understand our cosmic origins." Features images,
   video clips, classroom activities, and fact sheets. Includes news
   about the sample return capsule, which crashed to Earth before its
   expected return in September 2004.

Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system covering the Earth and Space sciences for use by the general public. Windows to the Universe has been in development since 1995. Our goal is to build an internet site that includes a rich array of documents, including images, movies, animations, and data sets, that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience. Our site is appropriate for use in libraries, museums, schools, homes, and the workplace. Students and teachers may find the site especially helpful in their studying (and teaching!) Earth and Space sciences. Because we have users of all ages, the site is written in three reading levels approximating elementary, middle school and high school reading levels. These levels may be chosen by using the upper button bar of each page of the main site.

From the project FAQ:
"Stellarium is an open source desktop planetarium for Linux/Unix,
Windows and MacOSX. It renders the skies in realtime using OpenGL,
which means the skies will look exactly like what you see with your
eyes, binoculars, or a small telescope. Stellarium is very simple to
use, which is one of its biggest advantages: it can easily be used by

Interactive Solar System games

 Kid Space
 Interactive games and fun space activities.

 Surfing the Solar System
 In this game, players are given clues in words and pictures to worlds or
 features in the solar system.

Other sites of interest and some for the teachers!

 Solar System Jigsaw
 Build the Solar System, from planets to space probes.
What's a Blue Moon?
   An article tracing a popular but erroneous explanation of this
   lunar phenomenon. From Sky & Telescope.

 Build A Solar System
 Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of

 Planet Earth and Beyond
 Interactive space activities.

 Solar System Game
 Click on a rocket to use this interactive animated tutorial to learn facts
 about the space and the planets.

Information, news, and images of northern lights.

 Space Vocabulary Memory Game
 Match a talking vocabulary picture with its talking word card.

Astronomy with a Stick
Elementary school astronomy activities that can be done with only a stick.

Gravity Tractor as Asteroid Mover
A huge spacecraft could use its gravity to keep an asteroid from hitting Earth.
Read more

 Satellite Orbits
 In this lesson, students refine and expand their understandings of
 gravity, forces, and motion in the context of satellite orbits.

Space in the Spotlight
 Learn about different forces and how they affect us on Earth and in space.

Moon Tennis

Humans are heading back to the Moon. Tennis, anyone?

Andy Roddick, the Rocket man of tennis looks at what it would be like to play tennis on the moon




   Information about the four Skylab space missions in 1973 and 1974,
   which had the goals of proving "that humans could live and work in
   space for extended periods, and ... expand[ing] our knowledge of
   solar astronomy well beyond Earth-based observations." The Skylab
   station fell to earth on July 11, 1979. Includes flight and
   operations summaries, statistics, and links to related images and
   information. From NASA and the Kennedy Space Center.


 Deep Impact
Images from the successful probe of a comet, a detailed explanation of the
mission, and lots more.


Amazing space
"provides educators and developers access to all the teaching materials available at Amazing Space.

 This index includes an 'Overview' with each resource."


Apollo 13

   Information about the Apollo 13 spaceship, which was launched on April 11, 1970, and returned to earth on April 17, 1970, after a
   forced cancellation of its lunar mission. The site features a mission summary, details and a chronology of the Apollo 13
   accident, and information about other Apollo lunar missions. Also includes links to related sites. From the National Space Science Data Center.


NASA's Cosmicopia site explains cosmic rays, the Sun, space weather,
Earth's magnetosphere and related matters.


NASA's EdSpace 

Using a mixture of animation, text and video, students are taken into the everyday world of the astronaut. Detailed sections deal with The Earth Crew, 

Astronaut School, Living in Space and Meet the Astronauts.   

  Astronomy Picture of the Day
 Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is
featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional
astronomer. has some cute animated shorts. You can see two a day without paying anything.

 Try the links from our astronomy site, especially the 9 planet tour:

 The last site, links to the homepage of a high school astronomy class, which has a new URL:
 Haven't checked them lately, but should be good links.









Hubble Space Telescope Space
Discover videos of astronauts repairing the Hubble telescope, find a 3D model of the space shuttle and view photos of deep space.

Inquirer's Guide To The Universe
including space science fact, space science fiction, imaginary planet gallery, space story studios and a space story portfolio.

Exploring The Universe
A space site for grade 3 to 5, easy to read, topics include space exploration, stars, planets, sun, comets, asteroids, space fun, good space links to use for internet lessons.

International Space Station Spacesuit Space
Click on various parts of this space suit to learn about the life support system.

Space 360 Vault
Wander through the International Space Station, tour Mission Control and the space shuttle, and look at rockets.

ZOOM ASTRONOMY - Enchanted Learning Software

Zoom Astronomy is all about Astronomy, the planets, the sun, the moon, the stars, galaxies, asteroids, etc.

 Meteoroids: Zoom Astronomy


Astronomy in the Classroom - Enchanted Learning Software


Astronomy web links.
  Yuri Gagarin (Cloze Activity Answers) -

  Astronomy Label Me! Printouts -

Astronomy Label Me! Elementary-level Printouts. Read the definitions then label the diagrams.




The Earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system.

  Astronomy Questions and Answers (August 2001)-


Astronomy Questions and Answers (August 2001) - Enchanted Learning Software.

  Zoom Astronomy Glossary: S

Astronomy glossary explains basic astronomical terms, S.


  Astronomy - Enchanted Learning Software




  Solar System Tutor - Zoom Astronomy
Solar System Tutor - an Internet astronomy Tutorial.

  Greenhouse Effect - Zoom Astronomy

The greenhouse effect is an increase in the temperature of a planet as heat energy from sunlight is trapped by the gaseous atmosphere. Excess carbon dioxide and water vapor increase this warming effect..


The Earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system


. Meteor Quiz

Introduction to Astronomy Research on the Internet - Meteors, Meteorites, and Meteoroids

  Astronomy Questions and Answers (October 2001)-

Astronomy Questions and Answers (October 2001) - Enchanted Learning Software.

  WHY DO STARS TWINKLE? - Enchanted Learning Software

WHY DO STARS TWINKLE? The scientific name for the twinkling of stars is stellar scintillation. Stars twinkle when we see them from the Earth's surface because we are viewing them through thick layers of turbulent air in the Eathr's atmosphere.
  The Sun - Zoom Astronomy

The Sun is the center of our Solar System. It is a huge, spinning ball of hot gas and nuclear reactions that lights up the Earth and provides up with heat.


BLACK HOLES. A black hole is a massive object (or region) in space that is so dense that within a certain radius (the Schwarzschild radius, which determines the event horizon), its gravitational field does not let anything escape from it, not even light.

  Moon Web Links - Zoom Astronomy

The moon, lunar phases, tides, lunar exploration.



  Inside the Moon - Zoom Astronomy

The moon, lunar phases, tides, lunar exploration.



Space (Grades Pre-K - 12)
Theme Page. Explore the curriculum that TeacherVision has to help your students discover space and all it has to offer.

Space Challenge Activity Sheet (Grades 3 - 8)
Students will demonstrate their knowledge on 

space by creating a quiz game

Space Pictures (Grades K - 5)
Lesson Plan. Instructions for making illustrations

 of space using crayons and black wash paint. 

Excerpt from Art Today and Every Day.


A Day in Space Sub Kit - Grades 5-6 (Grades 3 - 8)
This substitute teacher kit for grades 5-6 helps

 students learn about outer space.


Mission: New Earth (Grades 4 - 8)
Printable. During this interdisciplinary unit on environmental and space travel, students plan their fictional departure from Earth. Provided by the National Science Teachers Association.


Our Solar System (Grades 1 - 2)
Quiz. Space is the topic tested in this multiple-choice quiz.


Solar System Trading Cards (Grades 4 - 9)
Printable. This activity allows students to creatively demonstrate knowledge about objects in the solar system.


Backyard Astronomy (Grades K - 5)
Printable. Parents and children can learn about the sky from their own backyard. Provided by the National Science Teachers Association.


Storytelling and Astronomy (Grades K - 5)
Printable. Using storytelling as a teaching tool for astronomy. Provided by the National Science Teachers Association.

Radio Astronomers for a Day (Grades 3 - 8)
Printable. Students take an overnight visit to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and perform research using a 40-ft. radio telescope. Provided by the National Science Teachers Association.

Teaching Astronomy with Multicultural Mythology (Grades 3 - 8)
Printable. Students create imaginative stories with the flavor of cultural mythology. Provided by the National Science Teachers Association.

Understanding the Moon Illusion – Reading 14 (Grades 5 - 10)
Printable. Use this reading reference with the lesson It's Only a Paper Moon. Excerpted from Project Earth Science: Astronomy.

Reason for the Seasons – Reading 12 (Grades 5 - 10)
Printable. Use this reading reference with the lesson Reason for the Seasons. Excerpted from
Project Earth Science: Astronomy

  Moon Observation Chart (Grades 3 - 8)
Printable. Using this Moon Observation Chart, students observe the phases of the moon as they complete the Harvest Moon Lesson. Excerpted from Elementary Sciences Activitie

Star Magnitude Graphing (Grades 3 - 8)
Lesson Plan. Students use information on star magnitude to create spreadsheets and graphs.

sci04.txt      mini-lesson for elementary astronomy

sci05.txt      mini-lesson for elem. astronomy/ constellations


sci20.txt      mini-lesson on the big bang theory
sci113.txt     Astronomy; learning constellations (3)

sci178.txt     Studying the Solar System (5-6)

·  Cratering in Your Classroom

·  Luna and Io: A Comparison Study

·  Make a Comet Nucleus

·  Moon Phases

·  Spotting Sunspots

·  What Makes the World Turn Around?

These are webquests

The best of the solar system lesson

How satellites see yrs 3-8

Space the last frontier


Star Solar System Shuffle

Use the clues to sort the deck of solar system cards!

Star Pair Me Up, Scottie

Match pictures of objects found in our solar system.

Very useful list of reference and activity pages at Stage 2 level .......

links to solar system worksheets

Huge list of sites - one day I'll go through them.  Maybe, if you have time, you might find something relevant

thinky the reluctant robot in "Thinky's Mars probe"

Magic School Bus Lost in Space - An AskERIC Lesson Plan
The way the solar system is structured in the sky can be very confusing to a child. This lesson will help the students ...

Mystery Constellation - An AskERIC Lesson Plan
This activity will provide a method in which the teacher can extend the astronomy curriculum by introducing at least twelve ...


StarFest 2003, May 2nd - 10th

An activity book has been created and is available online to support the activities of StarFest 2003. It is intended to be useful to both primary and secondary teachers and includes lots of 'hands-on activities' and assumes little prior astronomical knowledge

Astronomy Webquests

Here is the EdNA search

*Clive Cass, The Moon - Science for Lower Primary Students
*Sue Biffin, Space

 Earth and Sky [RealPlayer]

Astronomy page, where among other things you can learn about planets, observatories, nebulae, space stations, and space shuttles (including the final report on the space shuttle Columbia):

Space Environment Center
   This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
   site, "the official source of space weather alerts,
   warnings, and forecasts," provides current information on
   geomagnetic storms, solar winds, solar flares, and aurora activity. The education page features a glossary of
   solar-terrestrial terms, a primer on space weather (in
   English and Spanish), short essays on related topics, and
   classroom materials. Information is also grouped by users: navigation, radio operators, utilities, satellite operators, and news media. Searchable.

 Atmospheric Optics
  "Light playing on water drops, dust or ice crystals in the
  atmosphere produces a host of visual spectacles - rainbows, halos,   glories, coronas and many more. ... Find out where to see them and how they form." The site includes images and information about light rays and shadows, optical effects created by water droplets,  ice halos, and high atmosphere phenomena. From a retired physicist and expert in atmospheric optics.


Planets & Comets

  • The Nine Planets - A multimedia tour of the solar system. The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional, related information.
  • Astronomy for kids - This website has a lot of interesting information including sky maps, planets and constellations.
  • NASA - Exploring the universe - The main feature of this part of the NASA site include the solar system, stars and galaxies, watching the skies, new worlds and robotic explorers.
  • Space- The solar system. - Take a fly by of the planets in the virtual spaceship at this site, or visit these topics : The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Asteroids, Comets, Meteors.
  • Windows to the universe - This site has a wealth of information on comets, solar system, planets, and much more. They have activities for you to do too!
  • Mercury - Looking for information on Mercury? Then it’s all here!
  • An Overview of the Solar System - This overview gives all the basic information youwill need about the solar system.
  • Views of the solar system - Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos. Views of the Solar System offers enhanced exploration and educational enjoyment of the solar system and beyond.
  • Stars and constellations - This site explains what constellations are, lists the constellations, and much more.

Viewing the Solar System

  • Earth and Moon Viewer - This fantastic website lets you view a map of the earth at different times of the day. See where it is night time now! This site is great!
  • The Earth View ECLIPSE Network - A comprehensive source of educational information about the history, science, and observation of all types of eclipses.
  • The Hubble Telescope - This site explains briefly the hubble telescope.

Latest News

  • Astronomy Now - The home of Astronomy Now, this website offers an online astronomy magazine from the United Kingdom. It has up to date articles connected with astronomy.
  • Amazing Spce - The Star Witness News. - Extra, extra! Read all about it! Get the hottest space news, straight from the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Science Daily - Links to the latest research news.


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‘Red Rubber Ball’ Bounces in

What is it that excites you, makes you smile and fuels your dreams?

Click on the picture for more about this inspirational book for children.



For children, sight word recognition is an important step to being able to efficiently learn to read. If they don’t have to stop and consider what each word is, they will have the freedom to comprehend the meaning and context of sentences and paragraphs.
Consequently, it’s critical for parents, babysitters, guardians, grandparents and educators to help beginning readers




How good is your knowledge of sports?

Play Sports Hangman







Kids in the Kitchen


Scarlett’s Yummy Fairy Cakes





Mapping our world
Discover a unique perspective on the world with this interactive whiteboard resource for ages 8-14.




Teaching Outside the Box:


How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains


by LouAnne Johnson


This book is a must for beginning teachers and for pros who need new ideas. It combines street smart practicality with the creative thinking we need to reach kids today.




Islam for Kids

 Many non-Muslim children (and their parents) know very little about how Muslims practice their faith. This great site will answer the most common questions that kids and adults have about Islam, including what the month of Ramadan and the celebration Eid ul-Fitr are.




Catch the Fly
Mr. Frog needs you to give him the x, y coordinates for a fly so he can dine. Type in the correct coordinates of where the fly lands to feed the frog.




Open Source Mind Mapping Programs EdDraw,  MindMeister, FreeMind




The Courage to Teach:  Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life


by Parker J. Palmer

“Though not an easy book to read, as a teacher of some thirty years I find this book to be challenging, inspiring and definitely thought-provoking. Mr. Palmer is challenging us to reexamine not only our teaching styles but ourselves as teachers..”


















Teaching notes for "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series" by Michael Scott





Websafe Crackerz
WebSafe Crackerz is a spoof world, online game, built around Internet Safety. Users find genuine safety information throughout all the sites, but it is surrounded by a fictional story about gladhanders, liars, stalkers, bullies, security bouncers, detectives, fake spam and mobile phone companies and a big boss (the Baron), who runs the whole show.













You Can't Say You Can't Play

by Vivian Gussin Paley


I think this book and others you can find like it are worthwhile as people search for ways to make schools more humane and functional for all students, not just the favored.

Its relevance goes far beyond the kindergarten classroom, which is the setting of Paley's story.



Water conservation online game

Mission H2o, a water conservation game that teaches players how to optimise water usage in the home.




Carbon Smart

Calculate a household's greenhouse gas emissions online by answering questions about the use of transport, home appliances, and wastes. Also find
out what can be done to reduce a carbon footprint.


Video -

Microsoft's learning Essentials










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