Weblinks & Online Activities

Explore these weblinks with your child!  They  support elementary school’s curriculum for Math and Science. and their content is appropriate for elementary school students. There are a lot of links here - with the most general toward the bottom!   Scroll down for more!

Inspired by our  "Birds" event!

  • Check out the NEST Cam at Cornell's BIRD LAB where bird experts called ornithologists are trained. Great interactive site with video and lots of information. This is their "all about birds" website where you can learn to be citizen scientist http://www.allaboutbirds.org

  • Visit a museum or go on a hike. Listing of places in Massachusetts can be found at Museum Institute for Teaching Science http://www.mits.org/partners/
  • Encyclopedia of Life - Documents the 1.8 million different species of life and YOU can help - Wiki style! Become a citizen scientist and check out http://www.eol.org/

  • Birds of Beverly and city trail maps are listed on the City's Open Space Committee website: click here
  • Journey North is a global study of the migration of birds, butterflies and whales. Beautiful photos and lots of information! YOUR FAMILY can participate as a citizen scientists and report your bird sightings too. http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
  • Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries  nearby at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (Topsfield) and Joppa Flats (Newburyport). Mass Audubon is a leader of the bird conservation movement. Join a bird count or participate in a family hike. http://www.massaudubon.org 
  • US Fisheries and Wildlife Refuges Two nearby wildlife refuges are Parker River and Thacher Island in Newburyport. They provide education programs, conservation, and research about birds and other wildlife.  http://www.fws.gov  

    and click on the “kids and educators” tab.

  • Origami for Kids From Japan, this paper folding blends art and math. Great site comes complete with printable instructions. There are also many videos available showing you how all over the web!  http://www.origami-fun.com/

Inspired by our "Build It" event!

  • Design Squad is a public television show designed for kids ages 9 - 12 that wants to inspire the next generation of engineers with cool challenges. It has   a great interactive website with games and challenges to try at home. http://pbskids.org/designsquad/games/fidgit/index.htm
  • DiscoverEngineering - Click on "Cool Stuff" tab for fun engineering activities. Sponsored by National Engineering Week organization. http://www.discoverengineering.org/  
  • Catapult Game Build and test your own catapult (a medieval war machine that's actually a type of lever) online. Uses a cool 3D simulation. Need free FLASH player.  Catapult simulation game
  • Making Paper Airplanes is a fun engineering activity. "Alex's paper airplane site" has instructions and videos with more links to learn more! A Yahoo pick of the week. http://www.paperairplanes.co.uk/ 
  • Do Art & Math have anything in common? Check out the National Gallery of Art's link below to learn how art, architecture, math and science intersect!  National Gallery of Art website

Inspired by our "Backyard Bug" event!                                                 Scroll down for more links!

  • “Ology” the site for kids and families with games, activities, “ask a scientist” link from the American Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Includes channels on biodiversity, marine biology, zoology and much more.  http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/butterflies/cams.php
  • Spiders! Head to Australia to learn more about Spiders. Site includes images of spider webs and various spiders and how they can be both beneficial and dangerous. http://australianmuseum.net.au/Spiders


  • FUN BRAIN Great Math and Games site for all ages, 6 and up. This is a very appealing website to kids that also has rich math content.   http://www.funbrain.com/
  • TryScience - Terrific activities to explore science and technoloy online and offline with a witty interface. Over 400 science centers worldwide invite you to investigate, discover, and try science yourself. http://www.tryscience.org/
  • Exploratorium – From the folks at the renowned science museum in San Francisco. Click on the “Explore” tab at the top for online activities and experiments you can do at home. Ideas are explained in language a kid understands.     http://www.exploratorium.edu/
  • Cool Math, an amusement park of math – This site is designed for elementary school aged kids with games and good math content with ties to our everyday math curriculum.  http://www.coolmath4kids.com/
  • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman website from PBS kids game show that celebrates teamwork, creative thinking, math and science. Games and activities here!  http://pbskids.org/fetch
  • Fractal is a geometric shape that repeats itself in a pattern and is often formed by computers. It can be divided in parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole. This website contains links to activities and images of this new mathematical idea, just for kids.  http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/frac/
  •  Figure This – Math Challenges for Families” – great for older elementary students who like a challenge (site is designed for middle school students)  http://www.figurethis.org/
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives – broken out by grade level and curriculum strand. There are some games here, but also manipulatives your child has used during school, such as geoboards. Try the “Ladybug Maze” under Geometry!   http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html
  • ZOOM Kitchen chemistry – Great hands-on activities to do with common household items. This is a good site for elementary school kids, with the science explained in language we all understand. The entire ZOOM website is terrific.  http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/kitchenchemistry/
  • Chemistry for kids – Great activities for grades 2 – 6 exploring chemistry using readily available materials. Site also includes puzzles and games. From the American Chemical Society.  www.acs.org/education. Click on "Science For Kids".
  • National Geographic for Kids - If you are interested in animals and the physical world around us, this site is for you! It has stories, games and lots of information.  http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/


  • Surfing the Net with Kids is a list of good child-friendly websites organized by topic and links are frequently updated.  http://www.surfnetkids.com/
  • Everyday Mathematics website This is Beverly’s math curriculum website includes Family Letters and help with Homework. Click on the “parents” tab.  http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu
  • If you would like to learn more about Internet Safety and Children’s use of the Internet, check out Children-Online.org at the link below.  http://www.children-online.org/

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