Research Links

News for Kids

3_Astronomy

These links can be used for additional research and information. 

BrainPop
http://www.brainpop.com

 

NASA Picture Dictionary 
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/dictionary/index.html#.U_kfxUtPyG4

 

**Star Child: The Solar System
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level1/solar_system.html

Listen and Learn with NASA.  This site was created for elementary students.  For more detailed information select Level 2.

 

Welcome to the Planets
http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/

Great images of the planets.  Includes RealAudio or MP3 Audio of text.

 

 

Fun Activities

 

NASA Kids Club
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html
Have a little fun playing games as you learn about the Solar System.

 

NASA Space Place
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/
Learn about astronomy as you play games or make craft projects.

 

Starchild: Where, Oh Where Does That Little Object Go?
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level1/activity/planet_go.html
Identify the planets rotating  around the Sun.

 

NASA Images
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/

3_Chicago History

Burnham Plan

https://school.eb.com/levels/middle/article/Daniel-Hudson-Burnham/318297

 

http://www.architecture.org/learn/resources/architecture-dictionary/entry/1909-plan-of-chicago/

 

Chicago Elevated 

https://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/elevated-transit-line/32370

 

https://loopchicago.com/in-the-loop/then-and-now-a-brief-history-of-the-chicago-l/

 

http://www.architecture.org/learn/resources/buildings-of-chicago/building/the-chicago-l/

 

Chicago Fire

https://school.eb.com/levels/middle/article/Chicago/273631

https://school.eb.com/levels/elementary/article/Chicago-fire-of-1871/623609

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/recon/jb_recon_chicago_1.html

Map - http://www.shoppbs.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/chicago/maps/pop_fire_body.html

 

Chicago River - Transportation

https://school.eb.com/levels/elementary/article/Chicago-River/631728

 

Chicago River - Reversing the River

https://interactive.wttw.com/chicago-river-tour/how-chicago-reversed-river-animated

 

Eastland Disaster

https://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/Eastland-disaster/443806

 

Ferris Wheel

http://www.architecture.org/news/evolving-chicago/chicagos-ferris-wheel-story/

http://www.hydeparkhistory.org/2015/04/27/ferris-wheel-in-the-1893-chicago-worlds-fair/

 

Fort Dearborn

Britannica

https://school.eb.com/levels/middle/article/Chicago/273631

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdF186yiwaY

 

Illinois and Michigan Canal - Transportation

 

http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/626.html

 

Jane Addams / Hull House 

https://school.eb.com/levels/elementary/article/Jane-Addams/352705

 

Discovery Education Video

https://google.discoveryeducation.com/learn/player/085d0283-7287-49a4-97d7-136cc80830d9

 

Lake Michigan

https://school.eb.com/levels/elementary/article/Lake-Michigan/346175

 

Neighborhoods Three- Hard

 

 

Sears Mail Order Houses

http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/index.htm

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/20/657770791/sears-is-fading-but-memories-of-its-mail-order-homes-endure

 

Transportation Hub - Change over Time - Hard

http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1269.html

 

https://www.chicagodetours.com/history-of-chicago-transportation-as-a-world-hub/

 

World’s Fair 1893 - Columbian Exposition

https://school.eb.com/levels/elementary/article/Chicago-worlds-fairs/631726

https://school.eb.com/levels/middle/article/Worlds-Columbian-Exposition/77502

 

Discovery Education Video

https://google.discoveryeducation.com/learn/player/edd8d067-2e0b-4c9b-b776-ed01ac766f87

 

World’s Fair – 1893 – Products Introduced

https://chicagoworldsfair1893.weebly.com/new-products-and-technologies.html

 

World’s Fair 1933 -

https://school.eb.com/levels/elementary/article/Chicago-worlds-fairs/631726

 

http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/225.html

 

https://youtu.be/QGfRgU4cPrY

 

Great images from the fair

https://dcc.newberry.org/collections/picturing-a-century-of-progress-the-1933-34-chicago-world's-fair


 

World’s Fair 1933 – Products Introduced

http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/225.html

 

http://scalar.usc.edu/works/setting-the-stage-of-modernity/the-1933-chicago-century-of-progress-world-fair

 

Chicago Fire

Experience how the fire spreads through the city

http://www.shoppbs.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/chicago/maps/pop_fire_body.html

Chicago in the 19th Century

http://chicagowebdocent.org/modules/chicagohistory/index.html

 

 

The Great Chicago Fire - Media Enhanced Book

Click here to enjoy the online version of this book

http://av2books.com/

Check with Mrs. Talbot for the code.

3_Natural Resources

4_Biomes

Explore Biomes of the world

Earth Observatory: Biomes

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Experiments/Biome/

Brief summary of the land biomes.  Site published by NASA.

Missouri Botanical Gardens

http://www.mbgnet.net/sets/

Explains the biomes. Describes the different animals and plants that live there.

Plant Adaptations

http://www.mbgnet.net/bioplants/adapt.html

Plant adaptations.  Segment detailing how plants adapt to the conditions in each biome.

The World's Biomes

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/

Overview of the major biomes on Earth.  Few pictures.

 

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/midewin/home

Tour the restored ecosystem south of Chicago in Wilmington, Illinois.

Prairies in the Prairie State

http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/midewin/index.html

Technical review of the Illinois prairie. Great photographs of Illinois’s natural areas.  Includes database of native prairie flowers.

4_Changing Earth

4_Endangered Animals

4_State Resources

Online Databases

Culture Grams - States Edition
http://online.culturegrams.com/states/state_sub_category.php?sid=13&sn=Illinois&StateHistoryID=78

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
http://www.school.eb.com/elementary

Free Websites

America’s Story from America’s Library - Illinois
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/

FactMonster – Illinois
http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0108209.html

IPL – Kidspace: Stately Knowledge – Illinois
http://www.ipl.org/div/stateknow/il1.html

 

5_Body Systems

Body System Resources

BrainPop

http://www.brainpop.com/

Encyclopedia Britannica

http://www.school.eb.com/

KidsHealth

http://kidshealth.org/kid/

Remember to cite your resources.

Easy Bib

http://easybib.com/

5_Explorers

Encyclopedia Brittanica

http://www.school.eb.com/elementary

Start your research by reading up on your topic in an encyclopedia. Contact your librarian for home login information.

Grolier Encyclopedia
http://go.grolier.com:80/
Your first place for information. Contact your librarian for home login information.

Age of Exploration - The Mariner's Museum
http://www.marinersmuseum.org/education/age-exploration
Brief biography of many explorers. 


Specific Explorers

Vasco de Balboa

The Explorers: Spanish Exploration
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/25992-the-explorers-spanish-exploration-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing the relationship of early Spanish explorers.

Jacques Cartier

Empire of the Bay: Jacques Cartier
http://www.pbs.org/empireofthebay/profiles/cartier.html
Explorers and businessmen of the Hudson Bay Company

Online Exhibit of the Virtual Museum of New France: Canadian Museum of Civilization
http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/explore/virtual-museum-of-new-france/the-explorers/jacques-cartier2
Paintings and maps depicting Cartier’s exploration of Canada.

Christopher Columbus

Did the Chinese Beat Christopher Columbus to America?
http://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/chinese-beat-columbus.htm
What do you think? Who reached America first? Great picture file.

Video Clips of Columbus’ Voyages

Age of Exploration: Voyages of Columbus
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5740-age-of-exploration-voyages-of-columbus-video.htm

Age of Exploration: Columbus's First Voyage
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/6286-age-of-exploration-columbuss-first-voyage-video.htm

Age of Exploration: Columbus's Later Voyages
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5741-age-of-exploration-columbuss-later-voyages-video.htm

Christopher Columbus Video Clip
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/kids/history-kids/christopher-columbus-kids.html

Summary of Columbus’s expedition to search for spices.

Francisco Coronado

Coronado National Memorial
http://www.nps.gov/coro/historyculture/parkmission.htm
National park commemorating Coronado’s explorations

Francisco Vasquez De Coronado
http://history.howstuffworks.com/north-american-history/francisco-vasquez-de-coronado.htm
Brief summary and map of Coronado’s exploration in the United States.

PBS: The West - Francisco Coronado
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/a_c/coronado.htm
Information from a PBS Documentary that contrasted the gain versus the human price of discovery and exploration.

Hernado Cortez(s)

The Conquistidors: Hernando Cortes
http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/cortes/cortes_flat.html
The quest for gold and land that created the modern world.

Hernando Cortez
http://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/hernando-cortez.htm
Brief summary of Cortez’s colonization of the New World.

Bartolomeu Dias

Age of Exploration: World in 1400
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5733-age-of-exploration-world-in-1400-video.htm
Brief video clip of geography and the early explorers

http://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/bartholomeu-dias.htm
Summary of Dias’s findings.

Vasco da Gama

Exploring the World: Vasco da Gama
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5665-exploring-the-world-vasco-de-gama-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing da Gama’s voyage to Asia.

http://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/vasco-da-gama.htm
Summary of da Gama’s voyage to Asia.

Henry Hudson

Empire of the Bay: Henry Hudson
http://www.pbs.org/empireofthebay/profiles/hudson.html
Explorers and businessmen of the Hudson Bay Company

Henry Hudson
http://history.howstuffworks.com/north-american-history/henry-hudson.htm#
Brief summary of Hudson’s exploration of North America.

The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson
http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/
Extensive biography of Henry Hudson.

Ferdinand Magellan

Age of Exploration: Voyage around the World
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5743-age-of-exploration-voyage-around-world-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing Magellan’s voyage around the world.

Ferdinand Magellan: The First to Go around the World?
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/magellan
Q’s and A’s about Magellan’s travels.

Francisco Pizarro

The Conquistidors: Francisco Pizarro
http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/pizarro/pizarro_flat.html
The quest for gold and land that created the modern gold.

The Explorers: Conquest of the Incas
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/25993-the-explorers-conquest-of-the-inca-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing Pizarro and the Conquistadors conquest of the Incas.

Pizarro and the Incas
http://history.howstuffworks.com/south-american-history/conquistador-incan-empire3.htm
Brief overview of the demise of the Inca civilization.

Juan Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon
http://history.howstuffworks.com/north-american-history/juan-ponce-de-leon.htm
Brief summary of exploration.

Ponce de Leon: Florida’s First Spanish Explorer
http://fcit.usf.edu/Florida/lessons/de_leon/de_leon1.htm
Brief biography written for students.

Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto
http://history.howstuffworks.com/north-american-history/hernando-de-soto.htm
Brief summary of de Soto’s exploration of the United States.

Hernando de Soto Arrives and Explores Florida
http://fcit.usf.edu/Florida/lessons/de_soto/de_soto1.htm
Brief summary written for kids.

Hernando de Soto Trails Through North America
http://s64624.gridserver.com/currentsite/de_soto.htm
Extensive research on the travels of de Soto in the southern United States. Includes many illustrations and maps.

Amerigo Vespucci

The Age of Discovery: The New World
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/27313-the-age-of-discovery-the-new-world-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing the exploration of the New World.

Animals

Discover the Animals of the Smithsonian

http://siwild.si.edu/animal-index.cfm