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BiodiversityBlack History
For a green, healthy planet
Global WarmingGlobal Warming Project
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How can I minimize global warming?
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Excellent Interactive Site.
BBC - Schools - what is weather


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learningscience.org is an organization dedicated to sharing the newer and emerging "learning tools" of science education. Tools such as real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry based lessons, interactive web lessons, micro-worlds, and imaging,  among others, can help make teaching science an exciting and engaging endeavor. These tools can help connect students with science, in ways that were impossible just a few years ago. Take a look at a few different types of "learning tools" at this link, Tool Examples. At this point in our project we are highlighting some of the best web resources for science concepts. Although our main emphasis is on students, teachers, and parents, really anyone interested in science education will find the site useful and informative. 


Centre of the Cell

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The teachers area and what you can do here

This area of the website has been specifically created for teachers. You can use this area of the website to help your students get the most out of their visit.

When you register with the website you will be able to:

  • Allow your students to access key stage specific information.
  • Distribute quizzes and other educational materials amongst your students and communicate with them about their learning experiences through their own personal pages.

Centre of the Cell
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TeachersFirst Instructional Units

Over the years, TeachersFirst has created a number of lessons and instructional units that have proven popular with our users. While these are all listed in the various TeachersFirst subject pages, we have also listed them here. We hope this list will simplify searching for those of you who have used these resources in the past, and that they will provide new users with a quick introduction to some of the material available on our site.

TeachersFirst Instructional Units
BrainBashers : Puzzles and Brain Teasers Welcome to BrainBashers™, an exciting collection of brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, games and optical illusions. With thousands of brain teasers and puzzles, over one hundred awards, BrainBashers is updated with optical illusions and games regularly and has 5 new puzzles added every other week.
Blog Basics for the Classroom is designed to provide guidance to teachers creating classroom blogs for the first time. This guide starts with an explanation of what a blog is, provides many suggestions for using a classroom blog, and concludes with step-by-step explanations for setting up a blog.
TeachersFirst: Gated Blogs for the Classroom

The Parade of Games

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The Parade of Games web site was created to provide educators and trainers with easy-to- assemble educational games in a technology- enhanced environment to support key learning points. The site demonstrates the creative use of popular game shows and other familiar games to reinforce learning.

The Science and Technology of World War II is an interactive website provided by The National World War II Museum with funding support from General Electric. The Science and Technology of WWII provides students and teachers with lesson plans, timelines, essays, images, and learning activities about the scientific and technological developments that took place during WWII.
Science and Technology of WWII
Kids Numbers is a basic mathematics program featured on the Kids Know It Network. Kids Numbers contains a twelve week program for learning addition and subtraction. As a part of the program there are twenty-one games designed for practicing and reinforcing addition and subtraction skills.
Math For Kids - By KidsNumbers.com

Kids Around the World | Home

Kids Around The World is a project sponsored by the National Peace Corps Association. The purpose of Kids Around The World is for elementary school age students to learn about life as a child in another country. Students can learn about the lives of their global peers in nineteen countries spread across four continents. Students visiting Kids Around The World can read interviews with a child from each country, view pictures and maps, and learn about the history and geography of each country. In case of some countries featured on Kids Around The World there are educational games to be played.
Kids Around the World | Home

The MY HERO Project Homepage


My Hero is a site where students can write about people they view as...heroes. You can register and create a multimedia webpage about your choices, but, even better (at least, in my view), you can go to the Guestbook area and write a short piece that appears immediately (there are automatic filters to screen content, plus it's manually screened later).

The MY HERO Project Homepage

MIT Visualizing Cultures

Visualizing Cultures was launched at MIT in 2002 to explore the potential of the Web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. The VC mission is to use new technology and hitherto largely inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world (or imagined it to be).

Topical units to date focus on Japan in the modern world. Units in development extend to early-modern and modern China. The thrust of these explorations extends beyond Asia per se, however, to address "culture" in much broader ways--cultures of modernization, war and peace, consumerism, images of "Self" and "Others," and so on.

Images of every sort are introduced and examined here--in partnership with contributing institutions and collections, and with the collaboration of experts devoted to transcending the printed word and hard-bound text.

MIT Visualizing Cultures
The CareerForward course is a self-contained online learning course that may be used in companion with a variety of online career planning tools to provide students with the opportunity to assess their career interests, explore career options and create an educational development plan."
MVU CareerForward - Take the Challenge

LabWrite for Students


"Welcome to LabWrite! LabWrite guides you through the entire laboratory experience, from before you walk into the lab to after you get back your graded report."

LabWrite for Students

Excel for Teachers

Designed for those who are unfamiliar with spreadsheet programs, this class covers basic Excel functionality, including simple math formulas, formatting and the chart wizard. We focus on classroom projects and applications, especially activities your students can do with Excel. The course aims to provide a sufficient foundation in Excel, so that participants feel comfortable showing students how to use it, and assigning projects that use Excel as a tool to help students develop critical thinking skills and enhance their learning of curriculum standards.

Excel for Teachers


Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.
scratchworkshop » home

General Money Links:


Money Instructor.com


Help you and your children explore some of the fundamentals of banking.


Kid's Making Money

Students can find ideas for making money and suggest their own.


Articles on spending money wisely

That's My Piggy!

Students share their favorite piggy banks.

The U.S. Mint for KIDS

Games and information for kids

The U.S. Treasury

The U.S. Treasury for Kids

Weaving and Carding Information (for A New Coat for Anna)

Online Games

Money Factory

Quiz game for kids with information on real vs. fake money.


Teachers can set up different games for students to play.

Fleet Kids' Business Game

Game for students to try starting a business and watching money grow.

Spend Well

My Savings Quest

Counting Money Game

Math at the Mall

Making Sense: Hip Pocket Game

FunBrain Change Maker

Sense and Dollars Money Games

Business Links

Virtual Factory Tour

Virtually tour hundreds of factories to see how they work

Lemonade Stand Game

Disney's Starting a Business Interactive Game

Rags to Riches: Concert Tour Organizing Game

Welcome to Math Playground


Stop Disasters

Stop Disasters is a game designed for students to learn about natural disasters, disaster prevention, and city design. There are five game scenarios that students can play. Students can plan to prepare for hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and tsunamis. The scenarios are set in geographically accurate contexts of Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean.

For teachers Stop Disasters provides fact sheets to distribute to students about each type of natural disaster. Stop Disasters also provides teachers with teaching guides, lesson plan ideas, and links to additional reference materials.

Stop Disasters

Confusing Words

Confusing Words is a handy little website for any student writer. Confusing Words is an index of 3210 words that are commonly confused or misused. If you're not sure if you should use the word "affect" or "effect" type either word into the Confusing Words search box and find your answer.
Confusing Words



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