K-12 Projects On Line
 by
 Gina Otto

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  SOME PROJECTS ON LINE

And Innovative Ways to Teach

AMAZING TRAVEL BUREAU - http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/
Sign in and when you pull something out of the bureau, it is the start of an adventure into the past, present or future. Seven games.

BLACKWELL’S BEST: INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNTS - http://www.vickiblackwell.com/hunts.html
Mini scavenger hunts for kids.

EDUCATION WORLD: INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNTS - http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/scavenger_hunt.shtml
Dozens of suggeted scavenger hunts for every age group

EDUSCAPES:  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!

FLAT STANLEY - http://www.flatstanleybooks.com/
The all Flat Stanley website. Read the book, send Flat Stanley somewhere and interact with kids all over the country.

HOW DO YOU EAT AN OREO? - http://www.angelfire.com/mi/sans38/oreo.html
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!

MONSTER EXCHANGE - http://www.monsterexchange.org/
This interactive project entails cooperation between different classes.  Check this out.

NASA QUEST - http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/
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.

ONLINE PROJECTS FOR THE CLASSROOM - http://www.vickiblackwell.com/projects.html
You will find a listing of Internet projects, one of the easiest and most successful ways to break down the four walls of your classroom. You can participate in Bucket Buddies, read about Cinderella around the world, work on Earth Day Groceries, or one of many other choices.

<>PROJECTS BASED RUBRICS/CHECKLISTS - http://pblchecklist.4teachers.org/
Wow!  Just what the teacher ordered.  A pull down menu for check lists for projects, writing, oral, science and multimedia.  Just takes a minute and you don’t have to do much.  Just decide what you want to grade!!
PROJECTS - FROM SAN DIEGO - http://webquest.sdsu.edu/
Webquests by grade level, or subject matter.-- click on project database and do a search by curriculum, grade level or other criteria.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD (The Witches’ Curse) - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/previous_seasons/case_salem/index.html 
From PBS - the Salem Witch Trials as in interactive experience. Includes a Teacher’s toolbox.

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.

<>TEAMS DISTANT LEARNING - http://teams.lacoe.edu/
This is the Los Angeles County Office of Education site. INCLUDES History/Social Science, Math, Science and Language Arts lessons and units.  Some projects are on-going, some have already been completed, but the directions are there for anyone to follow!
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.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS 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.

INNOVATIVE WAYS TO TEACH and OTHER INTERESTING LESSONS.
 

NALICE IN 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.

AMAZON INTERACTIVE -  http://www.eduweb.com/amazon.html
Learn about the people and geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Try running a community-based ecotourism project.

ANCIENT EGYPT WEBQUEST - http://www.iwebquest.com/egypt/ancientegypt.htm
You must locate the burial mask of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen - on the inside of the mask is written a message that if successfully decoded could solve our earth's environmental crisis; your quest is to decode that message and return to our time

CARTOONISTS' INDEX - http://www.cagle.com/teacher/
The largest collection of newspaper editorial cartoons on the web --updating current cartoons from 54 newspaper editorial cartoonists PLUS lesson plans for using the editorial cartoons as a teaching tool in Social Sciences, Art, Journalism and English at all levels.

EDUSCAPES:  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!

rENCHANTED LEARNING SITE - http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/Home.html
YOU DON'T HAVE TO JOIN FOR On-line activities for the little ones includes Bird Jokes, make a truck, nursery rhymes, dinosaurs, Kindercrafts, connect the dots and info about schools in Japan, Africa, Australia and Others.  You'll love it - K-3.

FBI KIDS PAGE - http://fbi.gov/fun-games/kids/kids
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.

FINDING THE LIGHTHOUSE DIAMOND THIEF - http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/kroc/scimethod/
Using the scientific method, you can discover who stole the diamonds.

THE FRACTORY - http://library.thinkquest.org/3288/fractals.html
This page will help you learn about fractals: what they are and how to design them, but it will also let you discover more on your own; play a part in the interactive fractal creation center, designing and displaying fractals you have invented - too cool!

INTERNET AND MY CLASSROOM CURRICULUM - http://www.cyberbee.com/
How Tos, Treasure Hunts, curriculum ideas, research tools, activities.  This is a great site.

INSIDE ART - http://www.eduweb.com/insideart/
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

LEONARDO'S  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."

aMOZART 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!

rPREHISTORIC ARTIFACT GAME - http://bama.ua.edu/~alaarch/prehistoricartifactgame/part02.htm

SCORE - SCHOOLS OF CALIFORNIA ON-LINE RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us
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 - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/aztecs_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.

SPARKY THE TIME TRAVELER - http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3826/
Click on the keyboard and Sparky takes you to a mystery in history, tells about important facts and interesting people of the era. For elementary students.

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.

TREASURE HUNTS - http://www.cyberbee.com/hunts.html
Math, science, language arts, references, try them all.

TRACKING CREATIVITY - http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/4382/
A 1998 ThinkQuest entry designed by Sixth Graders takes children through originality, fluency, flexibility and elaboration, explaining odes, idioms, and other things.

TRACKING THE TIGER TRADE - http://www.mnzoo.com/education/TICadventures/ta4text/a2.htm
Go undercover to Asia to expose the illegal trade in tiger parts. (Sixth grade to adult)

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!

WEBQUESTS - http://ginaotto.com/webquesttraining.html
Webquest Training how-tos and great Webquest Sites.  

WESTWARD, HO - http://www.cyberbee.com/wwho/
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

<>WHEAT MANIA! - http://www.wheatmania.com/
This site zooms in on real Kansas families and their harvests, like the Stoskopf, Ehmke and Clanton families and their lives as farmers. The sections on Prairie Skyscrapers lets students look inside the mechanics of a grain elevator, and All About Wheat and Flour Power will help your students learn more about the uses of this important agricultural crop. The trivia presented on Kansas, wheat and agriculture in general can be used to create fun learning games in your classroom.

WORLD WEATHER WATCH - http://www.cyberbee.com/weatherwatch/
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.

YELLOW JACKIE - http://www.accessexcellence.org/yjackie/
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

Learn how to use projects on line by going to my new How to Use Internet Field Trips site.

Last Updated November, 2013

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