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Your lesson is already half-way done. You've identified your students' needs, listed specific outcomes, and generated a list of useful resources. Now it's time to create an exciting learning environment. Provide meaningful, information-rich experiences that will activate your students. Ask yourself:

  • Are my students motivated and interested in learning?
  • Does the activity make good use of the Internet information?
  • Are students actively engaged in learning?

Springboard & Motivation

Collaboration & Communication

Internet Enhanced Lesson Plans

Information Exploration

Culminating Projects & Closure

Unit Development

Active Involvement

Learning Online

Springboards & Motivation

Identify Internet resources that will be motivating and interesting for students. How can you grab the attention of your children?

Grandpa Tucker: start your unit with a silly poem

Origami Page: begin your Japan unit with an art project

Bats: dispel myths before studying creatures of the night

SpaceDay: kick off a science project on a special day

Information Exploration

There are many information-rich sites that can go beyond the traditional classroom resources. The key to effective integration is guidance. Students need a specific problem to solve, question to answer, or mission to complete. Rather than providing an entire site, bookmark a particular page at the site.

Time for Kids: write an article

Human Anatomy Online: explore the function of the heart

Government Information Sharing Project: create a graph

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary: compare types of whales

Documenting the American South: write a story

Douglass: Archives of American Public Address: critique a speech

New Deal Network: take action

Plants: identify a plant in your class garden

Voices from the Dust Bowl: compare with the book

First Ladies: nominate a first lady for a special award

Judy Blume: create your own list of writing tips

Active Involvement

Engage your students in meaningful activities. Remember that not all activities require students to be online. You may be able to download the project, print the resources, or simply replicate the project off-line. Be realistic when it comes to classroom management.

Jan Brett: send an electronic post card

EPatrol: try the energy conservation games

FDA for Kids: explore food issues

Shape Up American: create a meal and check out your body fat

Weather Eye: conduct investigations and experiments

Planet Earth: try an ecology activity

Puzzlemaker: create a puzzle

Mark Twain: send an electronic post card

Fun Brain: try the money game

Collaboration & Communication

Get students actively involved with learning by reaching outside your classroom and working with other teachers, students, community members, and experts.


Pitsco's Ask an Expert

Science Whatzit?

Africa Online Keypals

Classroom Xchange

World Writers

Monster Project

Stuffed animals, books, science equipment and other materials can be shared among schools.

Woodsy Woodchuck

Malcolm the Bear

Patty Reed's Doll

Culminating Projects & Closure

End the lesson on a high note. Ask students to transfer what they've learned to a new situation. Review the new skills students have learned.

Cartoon Corner: create a political cartoon for a particular time period.

Webquests are an excellent culminating project at the end of the unit. They bring everything together in a single project. They can also be used to kick off a new unit.

Nuclear Power


Learning Online

Some websites put all the elements of a lesson together and provide a rich environment for learning from start to finish.

Online Learning Experiences

Air Travelers

The ph Factor

Chemistry 4 Kids

Globe Program

Living Things

At Home in the Heartland

Amazing Space

The Great Plant Escape

Online Textbooks and Tutorials


IMO: Mathematics Site

The Physics Classroom

Computer Art

Internet Enhanced Lesson Plans

You'll find many lesson plans on the Internet. Many of these lessons are rich with Internet resources.

Julius Caesar

Just Say No


Something Fishy

Unit Development

The key to an effective unit is matching outcomes with activities and assessments. Start building your unit by bringing together all of your resources and selecting those sites that will fit best at particular points in your unit.

Underground Railroad

The North Star

Aboard the Underground Railroad

American Memories: African Americans

Student Slide Show Project

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt


Kid's Web Japan

Tailing the Samurai's Tale

Japanese Online