Cool sites in the news
A collection of links for students and teachers. Listings appear in these subject areas:
Note: Pages will open in a new browser window. Updated April 3, 2003.
Similar to the Fish and Wildlife site (below). Lists books and organizations and includes links to photos of endangered animals.
- Endangered Species Program , The
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Find out what species are endangered in each state, read the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and learn which animals are coming back.
- Sea World/Busch Gardens
Learn about whales and other sea creatures.
- BLS Career Information
Jobs for kids who like_______. Fill in the blank with your favorite subject area and find out about job possibilities that use these subject interests. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Monster Career Advice
Take a closer look at hundreds of jobs from Monster, the job search site. Listings include information about education required, typical workday, major employers, salary ranges, and even what publications the site's managers read to keep informed.
- US Presidential Election Maps: 1860-1996
This site is a continuing project and will contain the results from all presidential elections. It includes maps showing the results of each election by state in both the popular returns and electoral returns.
English and Language Arts
Great Books Online and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.
- Guide to Grammar & Writing
Guide to specific grammar questions, principles of composition, and interactive quizzes.
Lots of fun interactive vocabulary activities for grades 4-12.
Celebrate Earth Day Vocabulary
This site focuses on vocabulary. There are six different interactive activities using 12 to 22 thematic words. There are word puzzles, a word find, a crossword, a "fill-in-the-blanks" activity, true/false sentences and "contextual stories." Correct answers are given.
The Earthforce program helps youth monitor water quality and solve enviornmental problems in their communities. Click on "hands-on center" for a list of specific environmental info on scientific processes: phosphates, biochemical oxygen demand and others. A site for older students.
Curriculum guides and environmental information and activities that use the newspaper.
Environmental Education for Kids
Includes teacher pages with environmental activities and education resources. Learn about the environment and environmental issues.
Environmental Education Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Center. This is a great site. Five stars. The site offers curriculum resources and activities on a variety of environmental topics, community service projects, games and activities for kids and much more.
National Library for the Enviroment
From the National Council for Science and the Enviroment. Lists environmental education programs and resources for environmental study.
REEF Environmental Education Foundation
An active organization of divers committed to the preservation of the marine environment.
Minnesota's interactive directory on environmental education resources.
- Foreign Language Berkeley Language Center
A resource list to get you started on mining the World Wide Web for foreign language and culture-specific resources. Quality sites.
- Kickapoo Linguistics Page
Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri, has put together a list of fun and interesting links for foreign language classes. Links are arranged by language.
- North Atlantic Treaty Association
Find out what NATO is, who are members and what they are doing. This site includes recent updates on Kosovo involvement.
- Office of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Official site of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau.
- United Nations
Official site of the United Nations.
- White House
Informaton on the president's and vice president's families, an interactive citizens handbook, a tour of the White House, "White House for Kids" (to help young people become more informed citizens), and more.
- Abraham Lincoln Online
Learn more about Abraham Lincoln. This site includes his speeches, a Lincoln quiz, Lincoln quotes, and other Lincoln resources and links.
- Mayo Clinic Tradition
Facts and history of Mayo Clinic.
- Titanic Project
A collection of Titanic links, put together by students at Wilson Middle School in Moline, Illinois.
Just For Fun
- Surfing the Net with Kids
Many web links for kids. Everything from arts and crafts to words. Sites are rated from "great" to "spectacular".
- Flashcards for Kids
This is a real working flashcard application on the net. The page is set up to help kids learn basic math skills in K-12.
- Newspaper Links
A comprehensive gateway to all U.S. daily newspapers on the web. This service is a feature of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), a nonprofit organization representing newspapers.
- Post-Bulletin Online
Use the site to find out lots about Rochester, places to go, things to see and do. Get the latest wire service news, look into "Teen Beat," and lots more!
- George W. Bush
President of the United States
- Mark Dayton
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
- Norm Coleman
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Research and Study
- Homework Help
It's due tomorrow? Your local library can probably help. Or try the Boston Public Library's Live Homework Help Program. In Spanish too!
Online almanacs, encyclopedia, and dictionary. A great resource!
Your one-stop reference desk: more than 15 quick reference tools all rolled into one easy-to-use site.
- American Lung Association
This official stie has information about asthma, tobacco, air quality, and diseases of the respiratory system.
- California State Science Fair
"Getting Started with Your Project." Here's a great collection of web sites that answer science fair project questions, tell how to get started, provide resources for project background, and suggest project ideas.
- Centers for Disease Control
The world famous Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site provides information about a myriad of diseases.
- Earth & Moon Viewer
See maps of the earth showing day and night regions at this moment or view the earth from the sun, the moon, the night side of the earth, or above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude from a satellite in earth's orbit or above various cities around the globe. There are also various photos of the moon available for viewing as well.
- Earth From Space
An astronaut's views of the home planet. A database of over 250,000 images of Earth.
- Edible Insects
Eatbug is a number one resource for recipes and tutorials on edible insects.
- Net Frog
Interactive Frog Dissection. Use this site as preparation for dissection, or in place of actual dissection. (This site is relies heavily on graphics and requires lots of computer memory.)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Follow the current Space Shuttle mission and learn about previous space missions.
- From Sideshow to Genocide
Stories of the Cambodian Holocaust.
A community site from the Post-Bulletinthat features current information about local services, organizations, events, and businesses.
Asia Society's AskAsia site is an exciting, informative on-line source for K-12 Asian and Asian American studies. AskAsia offers easy, 24-hour access to high-quality, classroom-tested resources and cultural information, engaging games and activities, and links to relevant people, places, and institutions.
The Educational Resources Information Center is a federally funded national information system for education that includes journal articles, abstracts of documents, lesson plans, and more.
Insects for Food?! This site gives lesson plans for discussion, information and ideas about using insects as food. From the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology.
- Currency Converter
Spending the holidays museum-hopping in Paris? Find out what the Franc - or one of 48 other world currencies - is worth with this currency converter.
- Earth & Sky Radio Series
Get the latest news in astronomical discoveries, plus teacher plans and ways to integrate these materials in your classroom. This site also answers some of the most frequently asked questions about our sky.
- Education World
A great site with lots of teacher-made lesson plans for many subject areas and grade levels, plus other resources, news articles, financial planning and curriculum tools. Be sure to check out "Fourteen Great Activities for the First Days of School!" and "Fourteen MORE Activities for the First Days of School!"
- Math Magic
K-12 telecommunications project that provides strong motivation for students to use computer technology while increasing problem-solving strategies and communications skills. Math Magic posts challenges in each of 4 categories (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) to trigger each registered team to pair up with another team and engage in problem solving dialog. You need to subscribe to this to participate, but the challenge problems can be printed out without subscribing so you can do these on your own with your students.
Scottish History Magazine
This online history magazine provides detailed information on medieval history and beyond of Scotland. Articles on the kilt, various clans, famous battles and so on.
- Teaching with Historic Places
TwHP uses buildings and property, listed in the National Park Service's National Registry of Historic Places, to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities (including ready-to-use lesson plans) that guide teachers through this process..
- Online Tornado Museum
Photos and descripitons of actual tornadoes.
- Going Around in Circles
The science behind the news about tornadoes. From the Why Files at the University of Wisconsin.