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3rd Grade

Science | Social Studies | Reading

Science

Rocks, Minerals, Soil:
    Mineralogy 4 Kids --An interactive site about minerals and crystals.
    Rocks For Kids --At this site you can take a look at some super pictures of rocks, learn how to identify the rocks you already have and discover neat things you can do with rocks.
    Rock Hounds --Learn how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks are made and find out about collecting rocks at this kid-friendly site.
Chemical Tests:
     Chem4Kids --Look here for information about solids, liquids, gases, solutions, and mixtures. Challenging.
Sound:
    Energy in the Air --A ThinkQuest, Jr. project about music and sound.
 Solar System :
    Star Child: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers --Look here for everything you want to know about the solar system.
   The Nine Planets --At this site you can take a multimedia tour of the solar system.
   Zoom Astronomy --Look here for information about space and astronomy.

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Social Studies

    Native Americans --This site was developed by a 2nd grade class in Indiana. Look here for information about Native Americans of the Plains, Southwest, and the Northwest.
    Missouri Botanical Gardens: Biomes of the World --Look here for information about climate, plants, and animals for each biome.

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Reading

    Patricia Polacco.com --This site includes puzzles, quizzes, videos, chat, postcards, and color-ins. There is also a teacher area.
    FEMA for Kids --Look here for information about disasters at this web site for kids developed by the Federal Emergency Management Organization.
    Scholastic's Author Index --Find your favorite author from this list of dozens from Scholastic's Authors Online. This list includes Jerry Spinelli, Lois Lowry, J.K. Rowling, Mary Pope Osborne and Roald Dahl.
    Pilkey's Web Site O'Fun --The official web page of author/illustrator Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series.
   Tomie dePaola --Look here for a biography, list of books, photos, and frequently asked questions.

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4th Grade

Science | Social Studies | Reading

Science

Earth History:
     Volcanoes and Earthquakes --Helpful articles from Scholastic News and Science World.
    Earthquakes --Look here for information about faults, seismographs, plate tectonics, and more.
Simple Machines:
    Simple Machine --A site sponsored by the Franklin Institute with links to other excellent sites.
    Inventor's Toolbox: The Elements of Machines --This site includes general information about simple machines and a link to the "Gadget Anatomy" page, listing common devices that use simple machines.
Weather:
    Severe Weather: Hurricanes --Look here for general information about hurricanes, including how they are named.
    Bay Kids' Weather Page --A ThinkQuest Junior project which includes weather events, jokes, stories, and myths.
    Weather --Helpful articles from Scholastic News and Science World about storms, floods, fog, clouds, wind, rain and much more.
    Dan's Wild Wild Weather Page --A weather site created especially for students between the ages of 6 and 16.

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Social Studies

    Lewis & Clark --Take a look at the kid-friendly site for basic information. Tricky to navigate.
    Lewis & Clark: Mapping the West --This is a good source for background knowledge.
    Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark --At this site you can pretend to go along with Lewis and Clark on their journey.
    National Geographic Map Machine --An interactive map generating Web site.
    50 States.com --Facts about our fifty states.
    The US50.com --This site includes a fast facts section useful in your state research.
    The Underground Railroad --An excellent site produced by the National Geographic Society.
    The Civil War for Kids --Here you will find a timeline of the war's events, leaders, soldiers, North/South population and more.
    The History Place: A Nation Divided --This site contains a timeline of the major events of the Civil War.
    Chicago Landmarks --Use this site to help you find information about Chicago architecture. Challenging reading.
    Biography.com --Biographies of over 20,000 personalities.

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Reading

    www.BetsyByars.com --The official web site of this popular author.
    Scholastic's Author Index --Find your favorite author from this list of dozens from Scholastic's Authors Online. This list includes Beverly Cleary, Debbie Dadey, J.K. Rowling, Mary Pope Osborne, Marc Brown, and Roald Dahl.
    Pilkey's Web Site O'Fun --The official web page of author/illustrator Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series.

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5th Grade

Science | Social Studies | Reading | LEAP

Science

Oceanography:
    SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Bytes --Look here for information about the animal kingdom, especially sea life.
    Cool Kid's Fishin' --Information about food chains, crustaceans, fish, and shellfish
    Corals and Coral Reefs --Information from Sea World/Busch Gardens.
    Missouri Botanical Gardens: Marine Ecosystems --At this site you will find information about coral reefs, shorelines, and temperate oceans.
Plants/Animals:
    The Animal Kingdom --A fact-filled site about animals and their classification.
    The Great Plant Escape --Learn about the mysteries of plant life here.
    Kratts' Creatures --Look at "Creature World" for facts about a variety of animals arranged by continents.
    Plants and Our Environment --Learn about seeds, photosynthesis, germination, pollination and more at the ThinkQuest Junior site.
 Electricity:
    Electrical Safety World --Learn how electricity works and how you can keep yourself safe.
   The Shocking Truth About Electricity --An easy-to-navigate ThinkQuest Junior project which includes a variety of topics about electricity.
    What is Static Electricity? --Fun projects to do and an easy-to-understand explanation of static electricity.
Human Body:
    Come to Your Senses --A ThinkQuest Junior site introducing the senses. Includes a glossary and activities.
    KidsHealth --Information about various body systems especially for kids.
    Human Anatomy Online --Look here for descriptions, animations, and images of the skeletal system.

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Social Studies

    Lewis & Clark --Take a look at the kid-friendly site for basic information. Tricky to navigate.
    Lewis & Clark: Mapping the West --This is a good source for background knowledge.
    Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark --At this site you can pretend to go along with Lewis and Clark on their journey.
    Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids --This site includes a variety of information about basic aspects of the U.S. and its government.
    Become a Spice Trader --This is an interactive site which allows students to make decisions about a spice trading.
    The Birth of a Nation --A ThinkQuest project that details the people, places, and events of the first days of the Revolutionary War.
    Discoverers Web --Here you can find information about famous explorers and their voyages.
    Pioneer Life in America --A ThinkQuest Junior site where you can learn about life in pioneer days and about famous pioneers. Includes activities and a quiz.
    At Home in the Heartland --Learn about the people, the homes and the history of Illinois and the Heartland.

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Reading

    Create Your Own Comix Strip --Choose a character, fill in your own word balloons, and have fun.
    Anne Frank the Writer --This site includes photos of Anne Frank, her familly and her room. You can view pages of her original diary.
    Redwall: The Brian Jacques Home Page --The official webpage of Brian Jacques, the author of the Redwall series.
    Hank the Cowdog --Look here for information about the "Hank the Cowdog" series and information about the author, John Erickson.
    Gary Paulsen --Learn about this popular author and read summaries of his many books.
    Scholastic's Author Index --Find your favorite author from this list of dozens from Scholastic's Authors Online. This list includes Beverly Cleary, Debbie Dadey, J.K. Rowling, Mary Pope Osborne, Marc Brown, and Roald Dahl.
    Pilkey's Web Site O'Fun --The official web page of author/illustrator Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series.

Science

Oceanography:
    SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Bytes --Look here for information about the animal kingdom, especially sea life.
    Cool Kid's Fishin' --Information about food chains, crustaceans, fish, and shellfish
    Corals and Coral Reefs --Information from Sea World/Busch Gardens.
    Missouri Botanical Gardens: Marine Ecosystems --At this site you will find information about coral reefs, shorelines, and temperate oceans.
Plants/Animals:
    The Animal Kingdom --A fact-filled site about animals and their classification.
    The Great Plant Escape --Learn about the mysteries of plant life here.
    Kratts' Creatures --Look at "Creature World" for facts about a variety of animals arranged by continents.
    Plants and Our Environment --Learn about seeds, photosynthesis, germination, pollination and more at the ThinkQuest Junior site.
 Electricity:
    Electrical Safety World --Learn how electricity works and how you can keep yourself safe.
   The Shocking Truth About Electricity --An easy-to-navigate ThinkQuest Junior project which includes a variety of topics about electricity.
    What is Static Electricity? --Fun projects to do and an easy-to-understand explanation of static electricity.
Human Body:
    Come to Your Senses --A ThinkQuest Junior site introducing the senses. Includes a glossary and activities.
    KidsHealth --Information about various body systems especially for kids.
    Human Anatomy Online --Look here for descriptions, animations, and images of the skeletal system.

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LEAP

    Biography Websites --Links to websites containing biographies.

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