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Classroom Resources for Science & Technology

  • The Battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac (Virginia): The battle between the ironclad ships the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimac or Merrimack), took place on March 8 and 9, 1862. This site features illustrations from Harper's Weekly and Leslie's Illustrated News. These ships marked the beginning of a new naval architecture.
     
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That : This site will help you include in your classroom a variety of materials and activities to support children's science learning and inquiry. You can provide the environment and facilitation children need to engage in science exploration and investigation, make scientific observations and discoveries, and build their understanding of science concepts. Science explorations and discussions also provide opportunities to support children's language development, mathematical reasoning, and collaboration—and promote a culture of inquiry in your classroom. For preschoolers.
     
  • Curious George : This website is the online companion to the television series airing daily on PBS Kids. The site targets kids ages four and five, though many of its activities and resources can be used with kids who are younger and older. Like the show, the goal of the website is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them.
     
  • Design Squad : Engage kids in hands-on engineering. Use these activities, animations, video profiles, and episodes in classrooms and afterschool programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home. For ages 8 and up.
     
  • Dinosaur Train : Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology.
     
  • DragonflyTV : Get kids started on their own inquiry investigations. The activities are developed with the National Science Teacher's Association. They're aligned with today's science standards, and they're ideal for the classroom or for after-school programs. For ages 10 to 12.
     
  • EekoWorld : EekoWorld (Environmental Education for Kids Online) features an engaging and interactive format that invites children to explore, experiment, and collaborate as they learn about conservation and the environment. For ages 10 to 12.
     
  • Empire State Oil & Gas Information System : The Empire State Oil and Gas Information System is your complete resource for oil and gas data in the state of New York. In addition to allowing you to query and view data for all of New York's 38,987 wells, the site provides on-line access to maps, published papers, and other information important to New York's oil and gas industry.
     
  • Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman : The Fetch! website lets kids follow the show, play games and learn cool science. They can even register with the site - it's free - to save their scores, win downloadable prizes and travel as a member between one PBS KIDS GO! site and another. For ages 9 to 12.
     
  • The Greens : With this web-only project, we get kids thinking about the world and their place in it. The GREENS project is upbeat and optimistic. We encourage kids to make informed choices and meaningful changes. Through the animated episodic adventures, a blog, kids' mail, and regular updates, we explore green living, sustainability, ecology, environmental care, and social equity. We nudge kids to research, to challenge, to discover, and to take action wherever and whenever they can. For ages 9 to 12.
     
  • Homework Hotline : Students statewide can call in live with their homework questions to be answered by the Rochester Teacher Association's Dial-A-Teacher volunteers. Homework Hotline airs on public television at 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday when school is in session.
     
  • Lifeboat to Mars : The games on this website teach biology and other science topics. Kids are challenged by the games' increasing difficulty, and they have the opportunity to upload their own modified versions of the games. For ages 9 to 12.
     
  • NYS Museum Exhibit Teacher's Guide: Adirondack Wilderness: A teacher's guide to the State Museum's Adirondack Wilderness exhibit, including pre- and post-visit activities. Many of the activities can be effective with or without a visit to the Museum.
     
  • NYS Museum Exhibit Teacher's Guide: New York Metropolis: A teacher's guide to the State Museum's New York Metropolis exhibit, including pre- and post-visit activities. Many of the activities can be effective with or without a visit to the Museum.
     
  • NYS Museum Publications, NYS Library Digital Collection: The New York State Museum can trace its beginning back to 1836 with the appointment of staff for the State’s first official Geological and Natural History Survey. Since that point, Museum research scientists and staff have conducted "systematic investigations into the geology, biology, anthropology and history of New York" and produced a wealth of publications that detail the results of their work. Links to those Museum publications that have been digitized can be found at this website.
     
  • NYS Museum Teacher Professional Development Opportunities: Museum workshops offer access to current research information, interaction with Museum collections and research staff, and behind-the-scenes participation in the research process. The Museum is dedicated to fostering long-term working relationships between teachers and researchers in the fields of geology, biology, anthropology and history.
     
  • NOVELny: Online access to the full text of hundreds of journals, newspapers, and other references.
     
  • PBS LearningMedia New York : This website provides free access to public television program clips, teachers guides, interactive learning objects, instructional strategies, and much more, searchable by curriculum area and grade level.
     
  • PBS Programs A-Z : Access to all the websites for PBS programs and their related educational resources.
     
  • Science Resources Internet Bibliography: A list of internet resources compiled by the NYS Library reference staff.
     
  • SciGirls : Every girl can be a SciGirl with this interactive website that will transform the way tween girls (ages 10 to 12) look at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The site is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with an engaging combination of actual girls exploring real-world science and math alongside successful female mentors in the field. At this website, young viewers can share their own exciting ideas and projects.
     
  • Sesame Street : The PBS Sesame Street Web site will unlock the power of imagination to create an interactive and educational experience for both adults and children. Complete with fun and engaging games, videos, and activities, the site’s educational and developmental curriculum fosters school readiness. For ages 2 to 7.
     
  • Sid the Science Kid : The Sid the Science Kid website is designed to develop children's natural wonder and help caregivers to build a strong foundation for early science exploration. Sid and his school friends greet visitors, prompt them to explore and make the site feel like a personal play date with Sid and his friends. For ages 2 to 5.
     
  • Standards, Specifications, and Technology Internet Bibliography: A list of internet resources compiled by the NYS Library reference staff.
     
  • Summer Reading at New York Libraries : Materials and links to library resources to support a summer reading program in your community.
  • Teacher’s Guides to Ongoing Exhibitions at the NYS Museum: Ongoing exhibitions at the NYS Museum include Adirondack Hall, the Mohawk Iroquois Village, New York Metropolis and others. This site provides teachers' guides to these exhibitions to help you plan for Museum visits.
     
  • Throughout the Ages: A visual educational resource that focuses on using historical records as learning tools in pre-K–grade 6 education. The site offers more than 500 digital images of historical photographs, letters, broadsides, maps, and paintings.
     
  • Toopy and Binoo : Toopy and Binoo invite preschoolers to delve into their fantastic world through short compelling stories. Each story begins in the real world, where Toopy seizes an opportunity to slip into an imaginary universe. Deliberately free of moralizing, these stories encourage young viewers to use their imagination and look at things with a fresh perspective.
     
  • Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core : This website contains a searchable map showing cultural institutions in every county of the state, lesson plans, open educational resources, listings of upcoming events, and more.
     
  • Using Historical Records in the Classroom: Historical Records: what, why, where and how. A brief course on using historical records in the classroom.
     
  • Wild Kratts : This website is an interactive experience where children can learn more about animals, science, and the natural world. Designed and implemented with input from educational advisors, the activities emphasize both age-appropriate science concepts and information about animals and nature. For grades 1 to 3.
     
  • Zoboomafoo : There's no place like Animal Junction, the Zoboomafoo companion website. All animals are welcome, whether you're a full grown African elephant or a baby ant, in Animal Junction you'll find lots of friends. Animal Junction online is a place for you and your child to learn more about animals and how they're similar to you. For kids 2 to 5.
     
  • ZOOM : The ZOOM Web site brings together nearly 75 separate areas that are updated with the latest stuff from kids. With nearly 1/4 of a million weekly web visitors, and an average 32,000 weekly e-mails, the ZOOM Web site has become a top web destination for 6-13 year olds, introducing them to health, science, volunteer and many other opportunities.