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General Links

Arcademic Skill Builders Helpful practice with lively math and language games.
AOL Kids General site with information for students.  Lots of great stuff.
Awesome Library General site with coverage of most school topics.
Bing Translator Translation site.  Type in anything, pick a language, and get the translation.
BiteSized Fun site with lots of activities for kids on a variety of topics.  Sponsored by the BBC.
BrainPOP Fun site with major sections on Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Engineering & Tech.
CNN Student News News and current events written for students.
Computer Explorers Online instruction in several different subjects for different grade levels.
Curiosity Stream Educational videos.  Some require monthly fee.
Cyberchase PBS learning site.
Discovery Education Fantastic site from the Discovery Channel.
Earth's Kids Tons of great topics on just about everything kids love.
Encyclopedia Britannica The famous encyclopedia online.
ePals Find classrooms around the world and exchange emails.
Family Education General site with information for parents, educators, and children.  For all ages.
Grolier Site with thousands of nonfiction books for 3rd graders and up.  Content has been reviewed as being appropriate for kids.
HUD List of kid friendly government sites.  Great set of links.
iEARN Collaborative educational projects across schools.
ipl2 Great site setup by the College of Information and Technology.  TONS of great stuff on most topics.
Kid's Wave - Save Surfing Site that review and posts links to kid friendly online content.
Kidport Online education for kids grades K through 8.
Learn A Test Site where students can learn about district wide tests and practice with samples.
Maps & Globes Site with various map and globe information.  Includes a detailed glossary and information on climates, land forms, etc.
Mr Nussbaum Engaging teacher created learning site.
NAEYC National Association For The Education Of Young Children.  Great site with lots of parent and teacher related articles.
National Geographics Kids Fantastic site to learn about animals.  Lots of activities and other fun facts.
NEA National Education Association.  Tons of material for parents and teachers.
PBS Kids PBS site with tons of fun activities and learning tools for kids.
ProQuest Site with lessons and information for educators.
SFS Kids San Francisco Symphony site for kids.  Wonderfully done site.  Great for kids!
StudyJams! Lively math and science site that caters to various learning styles.
Switcheroo Zoo Play games that teach kids about amazing animals!

 

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California Links

General

California Historical Society Great place to learn about exhibitions, collections, publications, and programs.
Netstate - California Everything you would ever want to know about a state.

Animals

Animal Diversity Web University of Michigan Museum of Zoology site.  Tons of great pictures and data.
eNature.com Great site to do a wildlife search.
Wildlife Department Great place to find out about all of the animals in California.  (Formers California Department of Fish and Game.)

Gold Rush

All About The Gold Rush Lots of great info on the Gold Rush.
Gold Rush - Sacramento Bee Neat site put up by the Sacramento Bee.
Land Of Glittering Dreams Letters, essays, and images from the Gold Rush.  Neat personal views.

Missions

California Missions History of the missions.
CMSA California Mission Studies Association - Lots of mission news.

Tall Ships

Balclutha - Maritime National Park Historic sailing ship docked in San Francisco.
Golden Gate Tall Ships Society Lifelong learning through sailing.
Sailing Terms A - Z sailing vocabulary.

 

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Game Links

ABC Ya Practive math and reading skills while playing fun games.
Awesome Library Great game recommendations from various libraries.
BrainBasher Games Massive collection of fun free online games.
Disney Games Site packed with fun games.
Education Place Great place to try various learning games.  Fun brain teasers.
Fun Brain Play games while learning math and reading skills.
Highlights Kids read, play games, and conduct cool science experiments.
Poisson Rouge Fantastic site filled with fun games for Kindergarteners and First Graders.  Beautifully done.
Puzzlemaker Discovery Education site that has puzzles of various types.  Lots of content.
Seussville Read, play, and hang out with Dr Seuss and his friends.

 

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Good Manners Links

Present Day

10 Basic Manners For Kids Basic manners for kids.
13 Basic Table Manners Basic table manners for kids.
Digital Literacy And Citizenship CommonSense.com site with many articles on netiquette.
The Importance Of Manners Manners and why they are important.

Old World

The Gentleman's Page Manners for gentlemen of the 19th century.
George Washington's Colonial Manners Based on lessons from George Washington.

Quizzes

General Manners For Kids & Parents FamilyEducation.com online quiz.
Table Manners For Kids & Parents FamilyEducation.com online quiz.

Presentations

Jennifer's 2003-04 Class Presentation On Manners PowerPoint presentation.
Londa's 2003-04 Class Presentation On Manners PowerPoint presentation.

 

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Math Links

AAA Math Comprehensive set of interactive math lessons.  K through 8 supported.
Cool Math Info and games to boost math's fun factor.
Cool Math For Kids Lots of math games and math related activities.  Colorful fun site.
Figure This Complex math concepts presented as real world examples.
GPA Love Math Comprehensive math resource.  Has customizable rewards.
I've Seen That Shape Before Lesson from Illuminations site related to learning your shapes.
Investigations Site with online number games for students K through 5.
Math Dictionary For Kids Interactive definitions, examples, activities, and calculators for kids.

 

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PowerPoint Presentation Links

Tutorials

Creating A New PowerPoint Presentation Tutorials from Electric Teacher on various presentation applications.
Internet4Classrooms Technology tutorials on various applications.
PowerPoint 2000 In The Classroom PowerPoint instruction for educators.
PowerPoint 2007 In The Classroom PowerPoint instruction for educators.
PowerPoint Tips And Tutorials Basic PowerPoint tutorials and tips.

Instructional Docs (PDF)

Basic PowerPoint Made Easy PowerPoint basics.  Created by TechKNOW Associates.
Great Content Basics of producing a focused presentation.
Peer Review Form Anonymous peer review form for PowerPoint presentations.  By School of Informatics.
PowerPoint Basics Basic PowerPoint information taken from the Microsoft PowerPoint Help.
PowerPoint Slide Planning Page Form that can be used when planning a presentation.
Student Presentation Guidebook Sample of what presentation requirements might look like for students.

Templates

All About You Sample presentation template.
Free PowerPoint Templates Free PowerPoint templates from Sonia Coleman's Digital Studio.

Examples

Jeremy Talks To Dragons Example presentation.
Multimedia Presentations Example presentation.

Clip Art

Discovery Education Clip Art Gallery Discovery Education site that is part of their MotivA+ion Station project.
OpenClipArt.org Site with tons of free clip art.

 

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Reading / Writing / Literature Links

American Library Association Tons of great data about libraries and the resources that they provide.
BookHive Database of children's literature with brief reviews.  Awesome book recommendations.
Bookopolis Kids use reading and writing skills to explore online library.
Children's Literature Web Guide Reviews and resources on literature for kids.
Children's Picture Book Database Abstracts from over 5000 books.  Can be searched then linked.  Neat.
Colorin Colorado Bilingual site for families and educators.  This is a great resource.
Earth's Kids Reading resources for parents, educators, and kids.
Into The Book Reading comprehension videos and games.
Learning Network NY Times blog gives young people fluff free news.
Natural Reader Add features or keeps it simple with this text-to-speech tool.
PBS LearningMedia Thousands of digital resource for kids.  Great site.
Project Gutenberg Massive online resources for free electronic books.
Raz-Kids Site focused on improving reading skills.  Thousands of online books to read!
Reading Rockets Site for teaching kids to read.  Great for educators and parents.  Nice site.
RIF Reading Is Fundamental.  Great site with tons of articles.
Santa Clara City Library Books and resources for Santa Clara.
Santa Clara City Library Online Database Online database page with links to lots of free electronic resources.
Scan And Read Pro Solid text-to-speech tool to support struggling readers.
Scholastic Kids Press Corps Kid reporters (and readers) get schooled in journalism.
Starfall Practice phonics skills with read-aloud books.
Storybook Online Network Site with THOUSANDS of stories for kids.  Some stories are classics and others are brand new.
Storyline Online Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!
Type To Learn 4 Program used by WO to teach typing.  A link from this site leads to a home version that can be purchased.
Wacky Web Tales MadLibs for kids.  Part of Education Place.
WYNN Give kids tools to read, write, and comprehend any text.

 

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Science Links

General

Museum Of Science Site for the Museum Of Science in Boston.  Lots of great online exhibits.
Ology Fantastic American Museum of Natural History site for kids.  Tons of data about various scientific studies.
Science Bob Experiment-packed site with some seriously fun science.
Science Of Everyday Life Accessible family and school-orientated science activities.
Seymour Simon Blog promoting love of science and nature.

Bay Area Science Centers

California Academy Of Sciences Recently refurbished and worth every penny.  Includes the Steinhart Aquarium, the Natural History Museum, and the Nature Next.
Children's Discovery Museum Downtown San Jose museum where everything is "hands on".
Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge Great educational program available.
Exploratorium San Francisco premier hands on museum.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo A San Jose fixture.
Hidden Villa Los Altos gem.  Great learning experience for kids.
Intel Museum Learn about computers from a Silicon Valley expert.
Lawrence Hall Of Science Lots of family activities and learning programs.
Marine Science Institute Redwood City based science center based on exploring our Bay.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Hands down the best aquarium in the country and maybe the world.
Oakland Zoo Major Bay Area zoo.
Palo Alto Junior Museum And Zoo Friendly local museum and zoo that caters to the younger crowd.
San Francisco Zoo Fantastic Bay Area zoo.
Tech Museum Of Innovation The tangerine colored building downtown that always has something cool to see.
Youth Science Institute Lots of outdoor activities and fun.

Electricity

EIA Energy Kids US Energy Information Administration site for kids.  Lots of great information on power generation in the US.
Electricity Safety Dominion site with lots of great information on electrical safety.

Experiments

Chemistry For Kids Chem4Kids is a great place for kids to learn about all things chemical.
Exploratorium Science Snacks Small experiments that students can conduct.  Just like larger ones on display!
Neuroscience For Kids Site about science fair projects and what makes them successful.
Science Fair Central Discovery Education site that focuses on science.  Great parent and kid resources.
Super Science Fair Projects Idea, topics, and experiments.  Includes information for students, parents, and teachers.

Oceans

Global Ocean Legacy PEW Environmental Group site with lots of marine reserve data.
NAOO National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administrator site.  Lots of great information about various programs.
Oceans Alive! Museum of Science site about the ocean and sea life.

Rocks

Geothermal Tech All about the Earth's energy.
Mineralogy 4 Kids Lots of information about minerals and crystals.  Fun site.
USGS Education United States Geological Society site for kids.  Lots of fascinating data on the earth.
Volcano Live Site that talked about volcanos.  Lots of fantastic photographs and data.

Skeletons

KidWings Birds and their skeletons.
Prehistoric Life All about dinosaurs and their skeletons.  Created by the BBC.
Science For Kids - Skeletons Neat site with good information about bones and the body.

Space

COSMOS Official site for the COSMOS TV show.
NASA Official site.  Packed with fantastic data and images.
Nine Planets Solar System Tour Overview of the planets, the moon, and our solar system.
Welcome To The Planets Nicely done site from NASA with lots of information about our solar system.

 

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Social Studies Links

California Indians In Olden Times Teachers site with information on Native Americans.  Includes links to other sites.
Chinese New Years Information about Chinese New Years.
cyberschoolbus United Nations site with news and articles for kids.
Oregon Trail Lots of information about the Oregon Trail.

 

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State Links

General

50States.com Lots of information about the states.
America's Story site with lots of history data on each state.
Enchanted Learning - US States Lots of information about the states.  Maps and flags.
ipl2 For Kids - Stately Knowledge Facts and figures about each state.
NetState.com Lots of state data.
Postcards From America Discover America through postcards.
State Unit Studies About.com home school site.
The US50 Guide to the 50 states.
Tourism Offices Worldwide Guide to official tourism sites.
US Census Bureau - American Fact Finder Statistics from the source.  Lots of detailed data.
US EPA Environmental protection data for each state.
USA.gov - State Government Made Easy Official US government site filled with agency links.
USGS US Geological Society - Great information on various states.
World Almanac For Kids Based on the popular World Almanac book.

State Games

Test #1 - West Quia online game.
Test #2 - Mid-West Quia online game.
Test #3 - South Quia online game.
Test #4 - East Quia online game.
Test #5 - North East Quia online game.
Test #6 - All 50 States Quia online game.

 

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Technology Links

Code.Org Site that addresses programming for teachers and students.  This site is the one that hosts Hour Of Code.  Hour Of Code is a way for students to have fun while learning to program.
ITEEA Information Technology and Engineering Education Association.  Teaches kids about technology.

 

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