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EDUCATION WORLD: INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNTS
Dozens of suggeted scavenger hunts for every age group
HOW DO YOU
If you're new to online projects and would like to test the waters with a fun, non-threatening task, this may be the project for you! Students of all ages are invited to provide cookies and milk to subjects and record how they eat their Oreos: biting, nibbling, breaking, dunking, whole, or some other newfangled way) and then submit the data to the project to identify patterns of behavior. The emphasis here is on working with numbers and graphing, but the tie-ins to other areas of your curriculum are as numerous as your imagination!
NASA Quest Challenges are FREE Web-based, interactive explorations designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes. The solutions relate to issues encountered daily by NASA personnel. Last fall was LCROSS Wayfinder (checking Polonesian navigation), and LIMA Quest Challenge (Antarctica). Check out this year's.
SOLAR SYSTEM SIMULATOR - http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/
A spyglass on the Cosmos. You can have the simulator create a color image of your favorite planet or satellite
.VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS - http://surfaquarium.com/IT/vft.htm
Collections and individual Virtual Field Trips from Surfaquarium's Innovative Teaching. An online field trip does not have to be just a visit to a physical location. Virtual field trips can take us inside a plant cell, along a body system, across constellations and through time. Once preconceived assumptions are set aside, virtual field trips redefine the limits of our physical classroom and our traditional concepts of teaching and learning.
PAGE - http://www.field-trips.org/trips.htm
This is the jumping off point to the field trips of your choice. Everything from beaches to volcanoes. To take any field trip, just click its name. If you have ideas for a trip you don't see listed, let them know!
THE VIRTUAL WALL - http://www.thevirtualwall.org/
This is a digital, interactive legacy, memorializing the 58,220 men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam. Visitors can upload text, audio or photo remembrances, participate in chat sessions with noted historians and journalists, and post information about upcoming reunions.
WIND TUNNEL - http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/events/collaborative/wind_tunnel.html
Students will work online to duplicate the Wright Brother's research on aerodynamics and glider design done nearly 100 years ago; involves children in research, brain-storming, problem solving, design activities, collaboration with other participating classrooms and online experts, and learn the art of data collection, sharing the information with other collaborators.
WAYS TO TEACH and OTHER INTERESTING LESSONS.
WONDERLAND, AN INTERACTIVE
ADVENTURE - http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/wonderland/
A wonderful world of Lewis Carroll. So many different activities, like Alice's Guessing Game (hangman type), Help Distract the Puppy (a draw/color activity) - for all ages.
AMAZING TRAVEL BUREAU - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/bureau/
National Geographic site for kids. When they click into the bureau they will begin an adventure into the past, present or future.
Learn about the people and geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Try running a community-based ecotourism project.
A SITE FOR LIFE-LONG LEARNERS - http://eduscapes.com
Collaborative learning/distance learning? Each week they explore a different topic in 42eXplore. There is an index for past topics and activities for the first timers. Internet sources are included. Check this out and explore!
FBI KIDS PAGE
Two different sites for kids. The first site is for grades K-5 and is set up in a Field trip format. Pretty extensive overview of fingerprinting, DNA, jobs at the FBI considering the audience. Ends with a cross word puzzle review. The second site, for 6-12 students, follows various cases from through a variety of scenarios. Special Agent Challenge requires answering factual questions about the FBI. Working dogs describes jobs dogs play in bomb sniffing, etc. Games too.
CLASSROOM CURRICULUM -
How Tos, Treasure Hunts, curriculum ideas, research tools, activities. This is a great site.
Participants get sucked into a Van Gogh painting and then must learn all about art in order to get out; terrific online simulation with tie-ins across the curriculum.
KID'S TECHKNOW - http://pbskids.org/games.html
PBS site made for kids to become Internet savvy - excellent production and lots of substance
MYSTERIOUS MACHINERY - http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/LeosMysteriousmachinery.html
Click on one of eight buttons to view a mysterious machine and figure out which best describes each one.
LINGUISTIC FUN PAGE - http://www.ojohaven.com/fun/
"Looking for a new twist to many of the English topics we attempt to impart to our students? Lots of off-beat approaches."
MOZART WEBQUEST - http://teacherweb.com/IN/ChelichAcademy(Homeschool)/MozartWebQuest/index.html
Travel through time. Your mission is to gather information about the famous composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Click on the time machine to board.
NATIONAL ZOO - http://nationalzoo.si.edu/default.cfm
A virtual tour including the famed live webcams, a clickable map and enhanced photo library; it's the next best thing to being there!
ONLINE EXHIBITS AT THE EXPLORATORIUM - http://www.exploratorium.edu/exhibits/f_exhibits.html
Amazing simulations and illusions which allow the viewer to experience and understand sophisticated scientific principles; many require Shockwave but it's worth every second of download time!
SCORE - SCHOOLS OF CALIFORNIA ON-LINE RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
Project based learning lessons in Social Studies, Language Arts, Math and Science based on State of California Standards. Click on the appropriate subject matter, and search by grade level. Also excellent resources, checked for availability.
SCORE - AZTECS MEET THE SPANISH -
and The Fall of Constantinople, "Let's Sue Them All" - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/lets_sue/
Links not updated but the basic idea is great! You can find replacements for the dead links.
STAR CHILD - http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html
This is a learning center for young atronomers written by NASA - kid-friendly with a searchable database for curious teachers
<>THE THIRTY SECOND CANDIDATE - http://www.pbs.org/30secondcandidate/tricks_of_the_trade/
An offshoot of the PBS Democracy project, this interactive site looks at political advertising in the U.S.
Math, science, language arts, references, try them all.
VIRTUAL BLACK HOLES - http://apod.nasa.gov/htmltest/rjn_bht.html
Ever wonder what it would look like to travel to a black hole? A neutron star? Descriptions and MPEG movies of black holes that are scientifically accurate and visually amazing!
Webquest Training how-tos and great Webquest Sites.
Westward Ho is now taking registrations. The LAST wagon train left in January 2005, and headed to Independence, MO, the starting point for the journey. Watch for a 2006 start. If you want your class to participate in this trip, which will be filled with thrills, register at http://www.cyberbee.com/wwho/wwho_reg2.html
WORLD WEATHER WATCH -
An Interactive Weather Project. This project is designed to pair classes located in different climatic zones who will then exchange specific weather information on a weekly basis. At the same time, weather information from all participating classes will be posted on the World Weather Watch Automated Results page so teachers and students can do more global comparisons if they desire.
You hired on as crew to help sail a yacht across half the Pacific. Now, two weeks later, in the aftermath of a gale 500 miles from land, You find something new added to yourjob description: Detective. Read the interactive mystery -- unravel the science-based clues -- enter your answer. From A & E.
ALSO SEE INDIVIDUAL CONTENT AREAS AND WEBQUEST ARCHIVES
Last Updated October, 2015
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