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  • Simple Machines in Appliances, Gadgets, and Everyday Life: How are skyscrapers built? What makes it easy to chop up vegetables? What makes a propeller on an airplane turn? Simple machines make the things in everyday life work. Scientists define a simple machine as a device that alters either the direction or force of an object. In other words, they magnify, or enlarge, the amount of force that someone can apply to an object so that it takes less work to move it. These simple machines are often used in more complex devices, like airplanes and cranes. There are six primary types of simple machines: pulley, screw, inclined plane, wheel and axle, wedge, and lever. These simple machines are used in more complex devices every day, making tasks much easier.

  • Zelda's Zany Zoo: This site is comprised of an explanation of a science task for 3rd-6th graders, support for teachers, resources, web links and more. Students are faced with the tasks of creating a new habitat for an animal of their choice. The task takes 2-3 weeks to complete. Before attempting this task it is suggested that the "students have an understanding of living things needs, identification of habitats and their characteristics." This task can be adapted for any state framework.
  • Tramline: This site enables the user to select a topic (such as volcanoes) and then go on a virtual trip. Some of the topics indicate grade level, but not all. Once the subject is selected it brings the user to a main page where it states the concepts and terms that can be taught and learned through the use of the tour. There is also a link to teacher's resources such as lesson plans. The tour allows the user to move backwards and forwards within the tour and click on links which provide more information. Essentially, it is like a website, but has a specific format. The site advertises the software that can be used to create a virtual tour.
  • Utah Education Network Virtual Field Trips: This site is comprised of numerous virtual trips on all kinds of subjects. Also, you can learn how to create a field trip yourself. There is also a link to virtual field trips from other websites. They appear to be useful resources for supporting a unit of work.
  • Castles on the Web: There is a wealth of websites for castles around the world. You can choose what country you want to look at a castle from and then it provides you with links to the castles’ websites. The sites vary in professionalism. Some are official sites whereas others have been created by castle enthusiasts. The sites can be used by teacher and/or students.
  • The Underground Railroad: This site explores slavery's Underground Railroad. There is an interactive decision making exercise which asks for the user to respond to decisions that slaves would make in order to escape. Also, there is information on every aspect of slavery, providing lessons and resources for teachers.
  • Expeditions: The site is described as an interactive museum that takes you on geographical journeys. Here you’ll climb a mountain, hover over the Earth, speed across Europe, visit an archeological dig, even order sushi; plus games, see animations, and more! There is a teacher’s guide to support the site. The site can be used with K-12 students and lesson plans are provided for each grade. There is a wealth of information on numerous subjects. Although younger students might need support, it is a good resource.
  • Animated Atlas: This site is for teachers wishing to purchase geography videos. A series of four videos have been produced using the approach seen in "Growth of a Nation. Geographic elements are the actors used to portray history on a large scale while watching, and are thus made memorable.” You can preview the video(s) before purchase. Students can pause and rewind the video. The timeline along the bottom can be clicked on and provides information from the selected time period.
  • Collection of Treasure Hunts: The following is a collection of Web-based treasure hunt sites. Students must use the Internet to find the answers to questions. I have listed the appropriate grade levels. These are great activities for small groups of students. Sites are updated monthly. In addition, there are links to sites on how to use treasure hunts and also how to create them. The sites are very interactive. They require a student to have good Internet and computer knowledge in order to search for information and move between pages and links. Therefore, younger students may require support.
  • Black History: This is a treasure hunt on African Americans. It does not say what grade it is for however; the resources they suggest late elementary thru high school. The site includes instructions for the use of the hunt, the questions that the hunt asks, Internet resources and finally the big question (the final question). Not all the links to external sites worked.
  • Whale Hunt: This is a treasure/scavenger hunt on whales. There is a list of web links with questions under them that the site will address. This is a useful resource for learning about whales.
  • Filamentality: This site is a guide for creating a learning activity: “Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank tool that guides you through picking a topic, searching the web, gathering good Internet links, and turning them into learning activities. In the end, you'll create a web-based activity you can share with others, even if you don't know anything about HTML, Web servers, or all that www-dot stuff.” Created files are stored for at least one year. Free hands-on training is provided for California customers only. Users from other states can find help on the site from the user guides. Plus, there is an online step-by-step guided tour.Blue Web'n“Blue Web'n is an online library of 1800+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hot lists, resources, tutorials, activities, and projects). You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area). Each week 5 new sites are added. You can get a list and description of these additions sent to you by signing up below for free weekly updates!” The site has a wide range of resources for teachers, including links to PBS documentaries.
  • The Webquest: “A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the web. WebQuests is designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.” A WebQuest appears to be similar to a treasure hunt. This site offers an explanation of WebQuests and explains how they can be used.
  • Simple machines are single mechanical devices that help people work faster, easier, and more efficiently. They also help accomplish tasks like moving large heavy objects such as pianos or rolling objects uphill. The six kinds of simple machines are: pulley, screw, inclined plane, wheel and axle, edge, and lever.
  • Readability: This web link contains copies of original manuscripts (some on slavery) which you can read by using the Magic Lens to reveal the text. The site is Memorial Hall Museum online. It provides a view of New England in the past. It is a very user friendly site. It does require Quick Time to view some of the information. The site provides digital images, an online exhibit, classroom activities (lesson plans and more) and online activities.
  • http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist5/jlondon.html: This site is about Jack London and the Great Earthquake and Fire of San Francisco in 1921. It is an eyewitness account by Jack London on his experience of the disaster. The account is very detailed and is an ideal source of information.
  • http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist/pix45.html: This is a picture of “Large refugee camp in Golden Gate Park. The large wooden building along the ridgetop was Affiliated Colleges, now the site of the University of California Medical Center at Parnassus Heights.”
  • http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/educators/workshop/primary/whatsee.html: This is an explanation on how to evaluate primary resources. It provides examples and step-by-step guide. This is very useful for history students who have to evaluate resources.
  • http://memory.loc.gov: “American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.” You can find images by using the collection finder or the search engine. Also, there is the Learning Page where the visitors can find out how to use the site through a guide or the user can look at numerous lesson plans that they can use. There are activities and features. There is also an opportunity for professional development.
  • NETS standards: This site is the National Educational Technology Standards for Students. It provides you with up-to-date news and allows you to look at the standards for the different grades
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