Learning Together

A selection of websites, printables, project ideas, places to visit and other resources that come in very handy when you're learning together at home.

Marine Life (Sea World & Busch Gardens)


 

Teacher's Guides have been developed at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens to help you teach your students - in an active, hands-on way - about how people interact with the environment and how we can best care for Earth's resources.
Each guide includes goals and objectives, information, vocabulary, a bibliography, and classroom activities. Activities strive to integrate science, mathematics, geography, art, and language.

Different guides cover all age ranges. Topics covered are Animal Behaviour & Training, Arctic Animals, Endangered Species, Marine Animal Husbandry & Training, Ocean Discovery, Penguins, Saving The Wild, Science Activity, Seals Sea-lions & Walruses, Sharks, Splash Of Maths and Whales.

Although aimed at teachers who are taking school parties to Busch Gardens or Sea World there is a lot of content in the packs which make a lot of it suitable for use away from the parks. We actually used the majority of the penguin packs in conjunction with the movie Happy Feet!

The nice thing about these resources (other than the fact they are free) is that they are all in PDF format so you can view them in your browser window before printing them.

Click Here To View The Teachers Guides

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RSPB Kids


 

The kids website from the RSPB has a text interface which then links to various games which can be played online. There is also a make'n'do section plus discover and learn sections.

They also have a section aimed at teenagers which is uncommon

Click Here To Visit The RSPB Kids Site

Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, April 08, 2009 2:48 PM
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Nasa Kids Club


 
NASA Kids' Club has educational games, engaging multimedia and visuals, and educational activities to cover K-4 students' developmental and learning abilities as addressed in national education standards in math, science and technology. The skills levels provide a natural progression through the site that allows users to find games that are best suited to their varying abilities.

Click Here To Blast Off To The NASA Kids' Club

Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, April 08, 2009 2:47 PM
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Neopets - Is Also Educational


 

There is a lot to be said about Neopets. Yes, it's a fun site, some of the games are very arcade like and there are the battledomes, but a lot can be learned on their site too.

Neopets is based in the world of Neopia, where your pet lives (you can choose a house, decorate and furnish it if you wish!). Your pet can explore the various lands, moon and space station, playing games and having fun with other activities if you wish.

You can purchase things for your pet in the Neopian shops using Neopoints. These can be won playing games or by selling things in your own shop.

Each game has a NP ratio, that is how the final score for the game is converted to Neopoints (NP). What I have noticed is that the educational games tend to have a higher ratio so you earn more Neopoints by playing those ones, this makes them more appealing to children who may be reluctant to try them!

We find the Maths Nightmare game particularly good for practising mental arithmetic. You can set the difficulty depending on the ability of the person playing and can opt for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division or a combination of all four.

Other maths skills including tangrams, probabilities, projectiles and even basic counting skills are utilised whilst playing the games. Spelling and typing can also be improved through playing games such as Typing Terror and Spell Or Starve. There are several strategy and card games avavilable too.

Younger users are automatically placed in Neopets Jr, which is easier for youngsters to navigate but still has the games.

The only downside to Neopets is the amount of advertising, this is because it is a free to use site and has to make some money somehow! There is the option to pay for the premium service whichis around £7 per month, this gives you a few extras and removes the advertising.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, April 08, 2009 2:45 PM
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Zoom - PBS Kids Site, By Kids For Kids!


 

Zoom was last produced in 2004, but the shows and the website are still up and running. The Zoom website is broken down into Activities (which can be completed away from the computer) and Games (which can be played on the computer)

There aren't too many computer games but the games that are there are good fun. You can practice your chemistry skills in the virtual kitchen - a lot less messy than doing it for real! - play with a virtual pendulum or keep your brain nimble with a brain trivia game. There are also others, including some to download.

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Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, April 08, 2009 2:35 PM
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Ology - Awesome Kids Learning Website


 

This has to be my kids favourite website of the lot! The Ology website written by the American Museum Of Natural History.

The kids can learn about archaeology, astronomy, biodiversity, earth, einstein, genetics, marine biology, paleontology and water. Each section has various activites which can include songs, printables, quizzes and games.

To encourage the children using the site to explore it there are 304 collectible cards hidden around the site. Once collected these can then be used to create your own online project which can be viewed from your Ology homepage. Even better, this site is free to use!

Click Here To Visit The Ology Website.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, April 08, 2009 2:33 PM
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BrainPOP - Animated Educational Site For Kids


 
Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students. Our award-winning online resources include BrainPOP, for grades 3 and up; BrainPOP Jr., for grades K-3; and BrainPOP EspaƱol. Our newest resource, BrainPOP Educators, features free tips, tools, and best practices by and for our teacher community.

This site is great, even if you're not based in the US! It covers a host of topics divided into the subjects Science, Social Studies, English, Maths, Arts & Music, Health and Technology. Each topic features a movie and related features which can include quiz, activities, experiment, Q&As and timeline. There are free movies available to watch, plus a free trial otherwise you will need to pay to subscribe. Family membership is currently $15 a month for all three sites (BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr and BrainPOP Espanol).

Click Here To Visit BrainPop


There is now a BrainPOP.co.uk too, subscription costs are £4.99 per month or £49 per year, plus VAT.

Click Here To Visit BrainPop.Co.UK

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