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Land of the Lost URL! Part 3

Great websites for kids that you probably never heard about. 

Interesting science and education websites that were suggested by Islip Public Library patrons.

Recently, a few of our local patrons let me know about a few sites that their children use, or they themselves visit. These cover a variety of subjects, and are well conceived and useful.

PREHISTORIC WILDLIFE

http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/index.html

This entertaining site has lots of animal profiles and information. It has almost every dinosaur and beast I could come up with! Sometimes the site tends to sensationalize the attributes of the animals a bit much, but it is child safe.

WILDKRATTS

http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/

This website is related to the popular PBS nature show for kids, Wildkratts. There are educational games, animal profiles and the ability to visit different habitats to find out about the different characteristics of animals.

MR. NUSSBAUM

http://mrnussbaum.com/

Featuring over 3,500 content pages, MrNussbaum.com is a great web site that has activities, games, information, videos and interactive learning arranged by grade. It is good for kids, teachers and parents. Beware, there is some advertising popping up on the page and it advertises for a membership as well, but the free content is very good.

TOY THEATER

http://www.toytheater.com/

This is a very exciting website that has many learning activities for children. Some of the best are designing a house, making spirals and the simple animation tool.

ABCYA

http://www.abcya.com/

What a terrific website with hundreds a charming learning games, organized by grade.

Here are two websites that were suggested to me by elementary school teachers. They have a plethora of activities and useful advice.

KINDERCRAZE

http://kindercraze.com/

KELLY’S KINDERGARTEN

http://kellyskindergarten.com/

AAAMATH

http://aaamath.com/

This website has practice exams for math learning and an exhaustive library of helping aids for students. It has a more thoughtful approach to math learning than most math websites.

DESERT USA

http://www.desertusa.com/

This site focuses on the habitat, ecology and biology of deserts in the United States. It has a wealth of information.

MINERALS

http://www.minerals.net/

An online guide to minerals, gemstones and geology, this is an enjoyable site for amateur geologists. Identify the rocks in your backyard!

ONE GEOLOGY

http://www.onegeology.org/extra/kids/home.html

This is a child friendly and enlightening site dealing with geology, paleontology and earth processes. I love this site because it uses child friendly cartoon characters to make hard to understand topics exciting.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OCEAN LIFE

http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/ocean-life/

If you love sea-life and the ocean, this website has an abundance of high quality photos, videos and articles about new research being conducted about the ocean. The site is easy to navigate and has a very sophisticated look. To be expected, of course, this is National Geographic.

SIERRA CLUB

https://sierraclub.org/topics/children

The Sierra club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations, founded by the conservationist John Muir in 1892. This children’s site has articles dealing with conservation, the nations’ parks and parks system and other timely subjects.

Stay tuned for part four, where I will cover a few great museum websites from around the US.



Erik Schmid

Erik Schmid

Erik Schmid is a Children’s Librarian. Libraries have always been an important part of his life. His background is in film and television. Erik loves discovering, reading, and recommending books of all kinds but especially science fiction and adventure. Some of his other interests include Star Wars, Star Trek, and anything to do with science. Click here to subscribe to Erik Schmid's blog posts!

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