Riding the Reading Roller Coaster:
Expand a Subject Area Interest
 
Expand an interest in the outdoors, sports, romance, friends, adventure, or drawing. Then, connect this interest to a specific subject-area proficiency.
 
There are many nonfiction books that serve as wonderful resources to introduce students to a particular area of interest. Use these, then help students find good Internet resources that provide additional information or explanations.
 
For example, combine an interest in music with books and Internet resources. Explore some of the following book-music-Internet ideas:
 
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Linnea in Monet's Garden

Bev Doolittle's The Forest has Eyes contains wonderful illustrations for this famous artist. The book of Linnea in Monet's Garden explores the world of Monet and his painting. Use the Internet for links to artist and illustrator websites.

Artists

Illustrators

Drawing


Visual learners love to learn about artists and illustrators. Design an activity that uses information about artists and illustrators.
 
Or, design an activity that focuses on a particular subject area link. Try the following good starting points for teachers and students:
 
Elementary/Middle School Starting Points

Starting Points for Kids

Ask Jeeves

EdView

KidsClick

AOL for Kids

Kid's Search Tools

Yahooligans

InfoSeek

KidFusion MetaEngine

Pinchbeck

Education Index

Kid's Engine Starter

 
Middle School/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

Teacher and Student Starting Points

Kathy Schrock

SurfNetKids

Cyberbee

Blue Web 'n

Berit's Best

Subject Links

Homework Central

Internet Public Library

EBlast

Schoolwork Ugh

Education World

Surfmonkey


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