Sparks: Web-Based Resources
 
A campfire starts with a spark. You need matches to ignite the flame and logs to keep the fire going.
 
What's your teaching area? What do students need to learn? What resources do you already have available? In what areas could you use some additional information, examples, or excitement to build the learning environment?
Start with a few good websites. For your first experience, you may wish to focus on just one website. However, keep in mind that this website could be unavailable when you need it. In addition, students may need varied perspectives or multiple sources to support their point. Some students are more visual learners, while others will gain more from reading the text or listening to an oral reading. Consider the needs and interests of all your students as you select web-based resources.
 
Activity 1: Search Tools
 
Locate resources using two of the following tools that you haven't tried before. Compare the results.
 
Elementary/Middle School Starting Points

Starting Points for Kids

Ask Jeeves

EdView

KidsClick

AOL for Kids

Kid's Search Tools

Yahooligans

InfoSeek

KidFusion MetaEngine

 
Middle/High School/College Starting Points

Tools for Searching

Librarian's Index

MetaCrawler

Google

About.com

Northern light

Yahoo

Study Web

Searchopolis

Dogpile

ThinkQuest Projects

Hotbot

 
Activity 2: Teacher and Student Starting Points
 
Explore student and teacher starting points. Focus on whether they meet your specific, subject area needs.
 
Teacher and Student Starting Points

Kathy Schrock

Filamentality Registry

Cyberbee

Blue Web 'n

Research It

Subject Links

Homework Central

Berit's Best

EBlast

Pinchbeck

Internet Public Library

Surfmonkey

Kid's Engine Starter

Education World

Schoolwork Ugh

Scholastic.Com

NetMom

Let's Find Out

Lesson Plan Links Page

Busy Teacher

Early Childhood Links

California SCORE

Links for Younger Students

Family.com

Cybrary for Middle School

4-5 Grade Starting Points

Online School Yard

Teacher's Desk - Grade 4/5

SchoolCity

Proteacher

Web66

AskERIC

Collaborative Teaching

MCREL

TeachNet.com

Trackstar Lessons

Carol Hurst

Connecting Students

SurfNetKids

 
Subject Area Topic Links

K-3 Topic Links

3-6 Topic Links

7-12 Topic Links

K-3 WebQuest Links

3-6 WebQuest Links

7-12 WebQuest Links

 
Activity 3: Subject Area Links
 
Click on a subject area for some suggested websites. Those links with an asterisk "*" contain information, resources, or links for younger students. As you examine the sample sites, consider the grade level, entry skills, and reading ability of your students. Pick one that you'd like to work with for this activity.
Bookmark (or favorite) this site for easy reference.
 

Agricultural Education

Business & Career Education

Computer Science

English, Language Arts, and Communications

Foreign Language

Family & Consumer Science, Health & Fitness Education

Fine Arts: Art, Music

Math

Science

Social Studies

Technical & Industrial Technology

General Resources

 
Activity 4: 42eXplore Starters
Explore the 42eXplore project for subject area ideas.
 
 
Activity 5: Information Resources
 
Explore information resources that might be used to answer questions or solve problems.

 

Current Events Resources

USA Today

CNN

Newsweek

Local News

Junior Scholastic

Yahooligans News

Time for Kids

New York Times for Kids

Wall Street Journal - School

Associated Press

MSNBC

BBC for Kids

Yak's Corner - Magazine

US News Online

ExploreZone

Current Events Resources - Grades 4-5

Global Access - Middle School News Sources

Arts and Letters Daily

Biography

Amazon

Weather Channel

MapQuest

 
Reference Resource Links Pages

Reference Links - Grade 4-5

Reference Links

Reference Resources

My Virtual Reference Desk

Reference Desk Links

Cybrary

Cyber Reference Desk

Research It

 
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Almanacs

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary

Yahooligan's Almanac

Let's Find Out

Information Please

Information Please for Kids

Science Dictionary

Encarta

Grolier

Smithsonian Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia.com

Instrument Encyclopedia

World Fact Book

Funk and Wagnalls

Word Central

Farmer's Almanac

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Rhyming Dictionary

Dictionary.com

Acronym Finder

Casey's Reverse Dictionary

Merriam Webster Online

Anagrams

Synonym Dictionary

Online Grammars

Semantic Rhyming Dictionary

Visual Thesaurus

Thesaurus

Barlett's Quotations

The Quotations Page

Roget's Thesaurus

Yahoo Quotes

Quoteland

42eXplore Poetry Resources

 
Image Sources

Web Clip Art

Amazing Picture Machine

Yahooligans Downloader

Image Finder

Picture Resources


Developed by Annette Lamb, 4/99, Updated 6/00.