If you are just getting started with the idea of independent or small group Type III studies, click here for a few sites within selected content areas to help guide your journey. We have selected one or two within each content area, and you can click on the content area to find others.
This website focuses on the unique learning needs of precocious readers. Specifically, the author provides browsers with an extensive list of books that are psychologically and developmentally appropriate for young (7-10), but advanced readers. The author organizes her recommendations into 8 categories: picture books, chapter books, timeless fantasy, classic stories, modern fiction 1, modern fiction 2, epic fantasy, and non-fiction.
Just for Kids
The following list of websites provides all students, including those who are advanced readers and writers, with the opportunity to explore a self-selected topic in depth. Precocious readers may want to pursue an author study about their favorite writer or illustrator. Book Links, a magazine designed for teachers, librarians, and media specialists, publishes author studies, essays linking books on a similar theme, bibliographies, retrospective reviews, and other features for those who educate young people. Several websites feature renowned authors and illustrators and invite browsers to explore books, as well as their authors. Some provide students with the opportunity to communicate directly with selected authors.
Use the following websites to provide resources for bibliotherapy with highly able readers and writers. Bibiotherapy is the use of children’s books to help young people understand and resolve personal issues. It is a particularly effective technique with avid readers because they are capable of seeing the metaphoric implications of the material not only for the characters in the plot, but also for themselves.
Molding the Minds of the Young: The History of Bibliotherapy
Helping Children with Books
The Exploratorium’s website, in four languages, is as interactive and hands-on as the museum in San Francisco! Thus, it’s not surprising that the website has earned a variety of awards. Monthly, the staff presents “10 Cool Science, Art, and Education Sites”. Recently, the sites included Neuroscience for Kids, Calendars through the Ages, Citizen Kurchatov, DNA for Dinner, Project Primary, Understanding Color, Project Full Moon, and The Learning Matters of Chemistry, among others.
Provide mentorships for students with a passion in science. Mentors can be located at local universities/community colleges, online, in the business sector, and among parents of young people. Telementoring projects include:
HP E-mail Mentor Program
for (5th – 12th grade students)
Cool Web Sites for Kids
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) maintains an award-winning website that houses a special link to Cool Web Sites for Kids. Students can access a variety of interactive, hands-on activities and resources about: airplanes, the Earth, planets, space travel, stars, and galaxies. All links are chock-full! Once into the planet site, for example, students have a wide variety of options such as, Make Your Own Scale Model of Galileo, Build Your Own Martian Spacecraft, and Gravity Box, in which students compare Earth’s gravity to gravity on the Moon and Mars.
Kids Identifying and Discovering Sites (KIDS) is a biweekly publication produced by K-12 students as a resource to other K-12 students. It is an on-going cooperative effort of 12 classrooms from around the United States. Since 1996-1997, students amassed an archive of sites in science, mathematics, and history, including, for example: Inventions, the Holocaust, and Natural Disasters. Selection criteria are included for readers and can be used by other students who want to use similar criteria for identifying and selecting Internet sites for their own Web pages.
Kids Identifying and Discovering Sites (KIDS)
The American Memory Historical Collection, a major component of the National Digital Library Program, are multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sounds, moving pictures, and text. There are over 70 collections and some investigate themes such as elections, immigration, inaugurations, presidents, and women pioneers.
Explore the discoveries and inventions that have changed thinking and history. Some examples include: maps, mapmaking and their role in exploration; photography and the printing press and their ability to preserve the past, the railroads and their ability to bridge people and continents; telescopes and their ability to see into the past and future. A suggested website is Teaching About Turning Points in History. The site provides teachers with strategies and resources to encourage students to think critically about turning points in history and to conduct research about historically significant topics that interest them.
This is an award-winning site that contains over 200 pages of information about Fibonacci numbers and the golden section and golden string. Categories of information include: Fibonacci numbers and Golden sections in nature, the puzzling world of Fibonacci numbers, the intriguing mathematical world of Fibonacci and Phi, the Golden string, applications of Fibonacci numbers and Phi, and resources and links.
Mathematics Contests and Competitions
Promote student participation in mathematics contests and competitions, including:
- Continental Math League (grades. 2-9), Richard Kalman or John Lufrano, (516) 584-2016, www.li.net/-majorbar/cml
- Math Olympiads (Division E: grades 4-6; Division M: grade 7), (516) 781-2400, Mathematical Olympiads
- John Hopkins Talent Search (grades 2-8), (410) 516-0278, Center for Talented Youth
Problem of the Day, Problem of the Week
Institute “Problem of the Day” or “Problem of the Week”. Gather problems from past competitions of Continental Math League or Math Olympiad at the following sites:
More contests and competitions can be found in:
- All the Best Contests for Kids, ISBN 0-89815-451-0, and
- The Ultimate Guide to Student Contests, Grades 7-12, ISBN 0-8027-7512-8.
To make the task of facilitating Type III projects easier, you may want to review the following links. They were selected to help students learn more about independent or small group research opportunities. Some are designed for teachers, but many are appropriate for individual student use.
Electronic Resources to Assist Students in Conducting Research
Mystery Tour – www.teachnet.org/MysteryTour/intro.htm
KIDPROJ, a part of KIDLINK – www.kidlink.org:80/KIDPROJ
Kidpub – www.kidpub.com
Poetry Pals – www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/5165
Journey North, A Global Study in Wildlife Migration – journeynorth.org/Sitemap.html
iEARN – www.iearn.org
PROJECTS & PROGRAMS – www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm?section=Programs
Online Projects – www.pitsco.com/p/collab.html
GLOBE – www.globe.gov
Testbed – teaparty.terc.edu/about//about.html
Scientist Network – www.madsci.org
Museums Hotlist – sln.fi.edu:80/tfi/hotlists/museums.html
HP E-mail Mentor Program – mentor.external.hp.com
Department of Education – www.ed.gov/pubs/emath
My Hero myhero.com/home.asp
KidsConnect – www.ala.org/ICONN/kidsconn.html
National Student Research Center – youth.net/nsrc/webs.html
Places to Publish Student Products – www.edbydesign.com
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