Following is a list of World Wide Web sites that teachers and their students may find helpful.
The Kids Food Cyber Club is an interdisciplinary, interactive program about food, nutrition, and hunger aimed at grades 3-5. Developed by the Connecticut Association for Human Services, an independent advocacy, research, and policy organization, and Kaiser Permanente, a not-for-profit group health maintenance organization, the site features interactive quizzes, opportunities to “shop” for food on-line, and search engines to research nutrition topics. A teacher’s guide includes detailed lesson plans and suggestions for classroom activities. http://www.kidsfood.org.
Activities For Kids.
Bonus.com has more than 700 activities for kids. Here are some of the titles: “Transformation of English Letters to Hieroglyphics,” “Design an Airplane,” “Making the Constitution,” and “The Bee’s Eye.” Most of the activities are designed to supplement classroom instruction. http://www.bonus.com.
Policy.com is a nonpartisan public policy site owned and operated by Chicago-based A2S2 Digital Projects Inc. Students link to policy centers at major universities, participate in debates, represent their state in a “Virtual Congress,” and post messages for their peers and policy experts. The site also offers analysis and briefs on various issues. http://www.policy.com.
The Great Lakes Area Regional Resource Center operates a database of resources available to help curb violence against young children. Among the topics covered are: fostering good parenting skills; discouraging the use of drugs and alcohol by parents and children; encouraging the teaching of conflict resolution; and curbing violence in the media. Additions to the database are welcome. http://www.csnp.ohio-state.edu/glarrc/vpdb.htm.
The Children’s Art Gallery is an experimental, nonprofit project offering free space on the Web for the drawings of children from various cultures and age groups. Artwork is exhibited by children from China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, and many other countries. The site includes instructions for adding artwork to the site. http://redfrog.norconnect.no/~cag .
--Julie Hope Kaufman