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A Sampling of Early Childhood Math and Science Websites

Mostly Books

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Are you familiar with The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss or Freight Train by Donald Crews? If these titles don't ring a bell, you might want to go to this New York Public Library list to find out what else you have been missing in the world of children's picture books.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
"This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics."

What is a Cyberguide? Cyberguides are "supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Each Cyberguide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric, based on California Language Arts Content Standards."

Jim Trelease
"This site covers all of Jim Trelease's efforts in helping children make books into friends, not enemies."

The Reading Rainbow
Find out how your students can enter the "Young Writers & Illustrators Contest." Listen to book reviews and descriptions. Read and evaluate the books on LeVar's Booklist or spend time on the games and activities sections.

Mostly Math

The Abacus: The Art of Calculating with Beads
Find out about the history of this ancient calculator. Learn how to use an abacus to perform mathematical operations. Access abacus articles and link to information websites.

This site really is "an amusement park of math" with something for teachers and students. There are games galore where knowledge of math concepts are required to play and knowledge and practice of mathematics enable students to play, and win, various games, brain teasers and mind benders.

Count On
A math magazine, math stories, interactive math games, and math resources can all be found at this website. You can even send friends a math e-card. Book reviews help you see math connections. You can even download templates for manipulatives.

This site not only provides math games for your students it also helps you to find the games that are most appropriate for your class and curriculum. You can even find activities based on McREL standards.

Kindergarten Mathematic Index
Point and click to fill in missing numbers, identify shapes, complete number sentences and identify same or different amounts.

The Math Forum
This math website has specific sections for students, teachers, and parents as well as a research division. There are discussion forums and an Internet newsletter. You can also access math resources by subject. The student forum is grade specific and if you or your students have a math question you can simply Ask Dr. Math!

Picture Books for Math
This list of math picture books is searchable by category. There is a thumbnail for each recommended book and link to Amazon.com's information about the book, including editorial reviews.

PrimaryGames.com-- Math
This website contains interactive games that support math as well as science, language arts, and social studies. There are also puzzles and some tables of curriculum connections to the games. Try some of the, but watch out, they can be addictive!

Mostly Science

American Field Guides
The over 1400 video clips of animals, ecosystems, careers, plants, earth & space (and more) bring the American outdoors into your classroom.

Bug Bios
This website touts its "shameless promotion of insect appreciation" but we would describe it as an ode to insects. Although there is plenty of textual information about the insects, the real strength of this site is its stunning photographs.

Creature Feature
This is the archived section of National Geographic's "Creature Feature". There are photos, videos, facts, audio clips and more about approximately thirty creatures of the wild, such as bats, dolphins, frogs, and horses, to name a few.

Listen to the sounds of more than 550 North American birds. Learn birding basics. Browse the National Audubon Society field guides which include over 4800 North American plants and animals. This is a must-see site that you're certain to bookmark for future visits.

The Exploratorium
Who are the girls of summer? How do you slap a hockey puck 100 miles per hour? How can you improve your memory? How much would you weigh on Mars? Find the answers to these questions and many more at this site. You can search the Digital Library of over 10,000 pages or visit online exhibits such as "The Temple Illusion" or "Depth Spinner."

HowStuffWorks-- Learn How Everything Works!
At this site you can learn how just about everything works, including building implosions, bug zappers, photocopiers, inductors, computer memory, airplanes, cell phones and much, much more.

This site from The National Gardening Association has a "Thematic Explorations Library [that] features scads of classroom stories, curriculum connections, 'how-to' articles, related Web sites and more."

Monarch Watch
If you happen to be studying butterflies, particularly Monarch butterflies, this site shares just about everything that you would need including a multimedia gallery that features gorgeous color photographs, student essays, and classroom websites that highlight their work with Monarchs.

This special NASA site is "dedicated to kids-- kids of all ages!" Categories include "Astronauts Living in Space"-- "Creation Station"-- "Space and Beyond"-- "Rockets and Airplanes"-- "NASA toons" and "Projects & Games."

Science Monster
This site invites visitors to unleash the beast, which we think must refer to the site's title. Regardless, the site has lots to offer visitors. You can take a Star Tour, watch the Movie of the Day, or choose from other science selections.

Sound Safaris
A map allows you to choose particular sections of the world that you are interested in. You can then scroll through several pictures of creatures that make their homes in the endangered habitat area that you selected. For each creature there is a fact box and audio clip.

Professional Resources


National Association for the Education of Young Children
"The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade."

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
"The mission of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is to provide the vision and leadership necessary to ensure a mathematics education of the highest quality for all students."

National Science Foundation
The mission of the National Science Foundation is to "promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense."

National Science Teachers Association
NSTA's mission is "to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all."


Features include sharing boards, an arts & crafts section, a reading center, and selected articles from Earlychildhood NEWS.

Early Childhood Today (Online)
This is the website for the print magazine Early Childhood Today. Online features include featured articles, activities, a professional discussion group, and a literacy focus.

Instructor Magazine (Online)
Archives enable visitors to have access to many of Instructor's feature articles, activities, and web recommendations in past and present issues.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9912078. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.