Kids' Graphing Page This site is one of the pages in the Students' Classroom section of the National Center for Education Statistics site. Examples of 5 different graphs are shown and explained to help students create their own graphs.
National Council of Teachers of Math This site has many links to math problems on various levels. The elementary school and family sections are especially helpful.
Dr. Blythe's Rainforest Education Web Site This family-friendly rainforest site has online games and activities, and includes an easy reading section for early readers.
Rainforest Portal Following a short essay, this portal has links to other websites with information on various aspects of rainforests such as butterflies, plants, and animals native to this environment. It includes several sites about the Amazonian rain forest.
The Exploratorium Web Site This San Francisco Museum site has electronic versions of its hands-on science exhibits.
The Mars Rovers Web Site This site has all kinds of information about Mars and some awesome photos.
Sky This part of the Sea and Sky site explores the sky, with sky news, astronomy resources, space exploration, a sky gallery, other links, and games.
Sea This part of the Sea and Sky site explores the sea, with ocean realms, ocean exploration, a sea gallery, other links, and games.
Monterey Bay Aquarium This extensive site has great information, web cams and interactive games.
Welcome to California This site has information about California's history and culture, environment and natural resources, government, and much more. It's a great place to begin for fourth grade social studies.
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet This extensive, well-organized index lists links to sites that cover every aspect of Native American history, culture, and current events.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids This site has information on U.S. symbols, laws, political processes, buildings, etc. There are even kid-friendly games.
Learning Network Sponsored by The New York Times for students in grades 3-12, this site includes science questions and answers, conversation starters, a word of the day, crossword puzzles, and many other connections to the news for both students and teachers.
CNN Student News This site includes classroom tie-ins to current events.
National Geographic Map Machine This site has road maps, physical maps, satellite maps, weather maps, maps of natural disasters etc. and you can connect via the atlas explorer link with geophysical, geopolitical, and human footprint maps of continents, countries, and even oceans. It's a must see for map lovers.
Reading and Writing
Mosaic of Thought This site gives an overview of the principles used by the authors of the book Mosaic of Thought to develop and enhance students' reading comprehension. Many teachers in the Lafayette School District have been using this nationally-recognized program for several years, following districtwide staff development trainings by one of the authors, Ellin Oliver Keene.
6+1 Trait® Writing This is a general introduction to a way of guided instruction of good writing skills, using specific phrases to identify traits common to strong writing. This program has been a focus in the Lafayette School District this year; all district staff members have received trainings during our staff development days. It was first piloted by Springhill two years ago and is used by our staff, together with Mosaic of Thought techniques, to help our students become better readers and writers.