Intermediate Grades Research Sites

Colonial America
Quadricentennial Minutes – The Voyage, Powhatan & Pocahontas, and John Smith videos
Plimoth Plantation – Plymouth and Mayflower Compact research
History Channel – The Lost Colony of Roanoke
The Jamestown Online Adventure – Virtual Jamestown game
ushistory.org – Search for William Penn, Betsy Ross, Thomas Paine, and others.
People of Williamsburg – Search for Martha Washington, Lord Dunmore, Patrick Henry, and others.
Signers of the Declaration of Independence – Short biographies on all 56 signers.
Biographies of the Founding Fathers – From the 1829 book Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by the Reverend Charles A Goodrich
Official White House site – Biographies of US Presidents
American President: A Reference Resource – Biographies of US Presidents from the Miller Center of Public Affairs of the University of Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg Kids – Games and activities
PBS Colonial House – Colonial settlement enactment
Enchanted Learning – 13 Colonies basic information, quiz, and activities
Social Studies for Kids – Basic information about aspects of life in Colonial America
Constitution Society – Huge list of links to primary sources, ordered chronologically
National Museum of American History – Examine artifacts from the colonial Springer family
Caleb Johnson’s Mayflower History – Passenger diaries, inventories, documents, lots of info
Colonial Soap Making: Its History and Techniques – fascinating, detailed information
Archiving Early America – collection of primary sources with articles and activities
Seven Walking Tours – Virtual tours through historic Philadelphia
Facts for Kids: Algonquian Indian Tribes – tons of Amerindian info and illustrations
Keepers of the Creek
General Sites
Oregon Explorer Natural Resources Digital Library – In left sidebar look up amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles
Plants
Native Plant Society of Oregon – Using Native Plants for Gardening
Emerald Chapter of NPSO – In the left column, click on Gardening with Native Plants, Invasive Plants, Rare Plants, and Lane County Plant Checklist.
Amphibians and Reptiles
ODFW Conservation – Frogs and Toads of Oregon
ODFW Resources – Amphibians of Oregon
Amphibians and Reptiles of Oregon – Field Checklists by Dr. Tom Titus at UFO
CalPhotos – Browse Amphibian Common Names
Mammals
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Mammal species guide
Birds
BirdWeb – Birds of Washington, organized by the Seattle Audubon Society
The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology – Online bird guide with lots of photos
Patuxent Bird Idenitifcation InfoCenter – sponsored by United States Geological Survey
National Audubon Society – Information about birds and other wildlife
Other
National Wildlife Federation
Oregon Zoo
National Geographic Animals
National Wildlife Refuge System
US Environmental Protection Agency – Water Topics
OSU Extension Service – 4H Wildlife Stewards
Kid Info – Insects
US Department of Agriculture – Sci4Kids
Environmental Education for Kids – Critter Corner
Botany
Wildflower Identification – Check the characteristics to identify wildflowers
Bioimages – Organized lists of high quality photographs
Soil
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District – Scroll down for soil studies links
Kids DiscoverThe Dirt on Soil
ISRIC – World Soil Information
Stream & Water Science
Izaak Walton League of America – Water conservation programs
US Environmental Protection Agency – Water Data and Tools
MarylandView – An introduction to watersheds examing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Southwest Florida Water Management District – Teacher resources, really cool virtual watershed excursions
EarthEcho International – Water Challenge
For Teachers
Kristin Erickson’s website – Keepers of the Creek Restoration Project
Science NetLinks – Lessons and plenty of resources available online
Native Americans
http://www.ewebtribe.com/NACulture/famous.htm

Native American cultures- famous people.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/

From National Public Broacasting series on the west.

http://www.mce.k12tn.net/indians/famous/famous_native_americans.htm

Ten of the most well known Native Americans. The site is set up by 5th and 6th graders in an elementary school in Tennessee.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aihmbioaz.html

Notable Native Americans from Infoplease.

http://www.nativeamericans.com/

On the left menu choose Famous Native Americans.

http://www.42explore2.com/native3.htm

Long list of individual biographies.

Oregon

http://www.oregon.gov
The official web site for the state of Oregon.
http://www.traveloregon.com/
a web site sponsored by the Oregon Tourism Commission.
http://www.el.com/to/oregon/
A guide to tourism, travel, communities, and general information on Oregon. It is maintained by Essentix, Inc.
http://searchoregon.com/
A site to search for information on Oregon.
http://www.oregon.com/
A comprehensive resource of vacation and tourism information from Oregon Interactive Corporation in McMinnville.
http://www.bluebook.state.or.us/
The official state directory and manual of facts and figures. It covers information on government, education, arts and sciences, economy and natural resources, media directories, history, and more.
http://www.bluebook.state.or.us/cultural/scenic/scenic/counties/countytour.htm
A photo from each county in Oregon.
http://www.gonorthwest.com/Oregon/Oregon.htm
Go Northwest site with information about the eight Oregon’s regions.
http://www.odot.state.or.us/tdmappingpublic/state.htm
Resources for five regions in Oregon from Oregon Department of Transportation.
http://www.oregon.com/cityfinder.cfm
A link to locate the cities in Oregon organized by six regions: Oregon Coast, Metro Portland, Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon, and Eastern Oregon.

http://www.peakware.com/encyclopedia/ranges/cascade.htm
A link to find information about mountain peaks in the Pacific Northwest.

http://studentatlasoforegon.pdx.edu/
An index of easy-to-read state maps.

Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail Simulation
A Day on the Trail
The Wagon

The Pioneers Talk About Their Adventure

OregonPioneers.com
​The Wagon

People Who Made a Difference

National Women’s History Museum
http://www.nwhm.org/students-and-educators/biographies

Women in the American Revolution from California Online Resources for Education.
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/women_american_revolution

Colonial America Sites from Viola Gibson Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
http://gibson.cr.k12.ia.us/Classroom/IMC/Colonial%20America.htm#Colonial

Biographies of Important Figures in American History
ushistory.org

Short biographies on each of the Declaration’s 56 signers
http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/

Biographies of the founding fathers taken from the 1829 book Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by the Reverend Charles A Goodrich.
http://colonialhall.com/biodoi.php

Biographies of the US Presidents from the official Whitehouse website.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents

Biographies of the US Presidents from the Miller Center of Public Affairs of the University of Virginia.
http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident

Over 25,000 biographies found on this site sponsored by Arts and Entertainment.
http://www.biography.com/search

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
http://distinguishedwomen.com

Abe Lincoln

Information about Abe Lincoln from the official White House site.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/abraham-lincoln/
Abe Lincoln- the early years from the National Park Service site.
https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/formyears.htm
Encyclopedia.com article on Abraham Lincoln
http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/history/us-history-biographies/abraham-lincoln

Clara Barton

Short summary of Clara Barton’s career from the National Women’s Hall of Fame web site.
https://www.womenofthehall.org/inductee/clara-barton/

Clara’s Story [from the Clara Barton Museum] http://www.clarabartonmuseum.org/clarasstory/

Jim Hensen 

Wikipedia page on Jim Henson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Henson

A series of links on the Jim Henson Legacy web site, including a biography.
http://www.jimhensonlegacy.org

Jim Henson’s Family Hug
https://www.jimhensonsfamilyhub.com/

Space

General Space Sites
http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/researchstarters/space/
Space research starters from Scholastic Magazine. Lots of good links to space sites. A great place to start.
http://www.kidsites.com/sites-edu/space.htm
This link has many Space links.
http://www.universetoday.com/
This link is for the universe today web site.
http://www.nineplanets.org/
The Eight Planets – the planets in our solar system.
http://www.acrl.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/displaysection.cfm&sec=27
Links to many Space sites from the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the American Library Association (ALA)
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/index.html
NASA for students. Go to homework topics.
http://pmo-sun.uoregon.edu/~pmo/
Friends of Pine Mountain Observatory- Oregon’s Professional Observatory
http://skyandtelescope.com/
Sky & Telescope Magazine – great source of general information
http://www.space.com
Site maintained by Space Holding Corporation.
http://hubblesite.org/
Site related to the Hubble Telescope.
http://stsci.edu/pubinfo
Hubble Space Telescope- Space Telescope Science Institute. Sometimes this site is slow to load.
http://www.nasm.si.edu/
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
http://teacher.scholastic.com/space
Go to Challenging the Space Frontier, click on Your Mission, and follow the directions.
http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space.html
Explore the Science and Space site from National Geographic.

Astronomy

http://www.quietbay.net/Science/astronomy/nightsky/
Learning about the constellation Orion
http://www.hvaastronomy.com/
Heart of-the Valley Astronomers – your local astronomers
http://www.astronomy.com
Astronomy magazine.
http://www.cpac.org.uk/
Castle Point Astronomy Club- Jupiter and solar system simulation
http://www.quietbay.net/Science/astronomy/nightsky
A site to practice identifying constellations
http://www.skycalendar.com –
Sky Calendar – useful way of finding, daily astronomical information.

http://exoplanet.eu/
Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia – discover planets around other stars.
http://www.heavens-above.com/
Spot satellites in orbit.
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Astronomy Picture of the Day- new cosmic pictures every day
http://www.usborne-quicklinks.com
Site from Usborne Discovery Publisher. Links to space books.
http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/WAKI-Chapter.aspx?chapter_id=12#Space_Facts_&_History
World Almanac For Kids. Planets, space terms and people. Now a subscription site- NO ACCESS

NASA Sites

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov
NASA Planet exploration. For the Mars Explorer Rover, go to Missions and Mars Explorer Rover.
http://www.nasa.gov
NASA home page.
http://www.ksc.nasa.gov
Kennedy Space Center in Florida
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html
From NASA- Astronomy picture of the day archive.
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/home/index.html
NASA Space Shuttle Home Page

Active Missions

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini
Cassini-Huygens (Saturn)
http://phoenix.jpl.arizona.edu/
Phoenix (Mars)
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/index.html
Messenger (Mercury)
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/index.php
New Horizons (Pluto)

Scholastic Space Sites

http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/sunvoyage.htm
Web Quest- Cybervoyage to the Sun.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/space/
Challenging the Space Frontier.

US Government and History
http://www.congressforkids.net/
US government for kids
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/national/congress.html
The US Congress from Ben Franklin’s Guide to US Government for kids.
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/national/scourt.html
The Supreme Court from Ben Franklin’s Guide to US Government for kids.
http://www.congressforkids.net/games/signingconstitution/2_signingconstitution.htm
Link to checks and balances in the Constitution from Congress for Kids.
http://www.cvesd.k12.ca.us/finney/paulvm/_welcomepv.html
Midnight Rider- A Paul Revere Virtual Museum
http://www.history.org/history/teaching/revolution/a1.html
“Loyalty or Liberty” http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/game/gameindex.html
Web quest for The Road to Revolution
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Ben Franklin’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids.
http://www.history.org/
Web site for Mrs. Silbernagel’s American Revolution project.
http://www.multied.com/Revolt/battles.html
A web site for the American Revolution battle sites on History Central created by MultiEducator.
http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/Famouspeople.htm
A list of links for the Revolutionary War.
http://www.learning.caliberinc.com/amrev.html
A complete list of US history resources for research projects.
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/
Web site for the Library of Congress.
http://www.biography.com/find/find.html
Web site for biographies.
ushistory.org
Web site for US History
discoveryschool.com
An on line encyclopedia similar to Grolier or Encarta.
http://www.lewis-clark.org/
A great site on the explorers Lewis and Clark.
http://www.imahero.com/index.asp
A site dedicated to heroes maintained by StarRise Creations.  The site includes information on Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, and others.
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/4393/rev_war.html#revlinks
A page of links for the Revolutionary War.
http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/index.htm
Links on biographies from the site From Revolution to Reconstruction…and What Happens Afterward
http://www.paulreverehouse.org/index.html
A web site devoted to information about Paul Revere.
http://footguards.tripod.com/01ABOUT/01_weapons/01_WpBess.htm#pictures

Site with pictures of weapons from the Revolutionary War.

http://www.factmonster.com

Similar to other on line encyclopedias.

http://fen.com/studentactivities/sbgmath/gr5/512p487/512p487_inx1.html

Quilts and American history.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/salem/

An interactive on line trial about the the 1692 Salem Massachusetts witch-hunts.

United States

State Project 2014

State Project Sites 2014

State Project Additional Information

http://www.mrsrenz.net/states/statesresearch.htm

The guide to state reports from Mrs. Renz in Redmond, Oregon 

Come Visit My State

An overview of information about my state.

State Internet Sites You Will Visit

A summary of nearly all the links you will use for state information in one place.

State Flag and Map

Locate and create a flag and a map for your state.

State Geography

What are the most important physical features of your state? What are the major cities?

State Agriculture and Industry

Make a list. How do people earn a living in your state?

State Things to See and Do

Make a list. Why would people want to travel to your state?

State Interesting Information

Make a list of interesting facts and trivia about your state. These should be fun facts that people might be interested to learn.

http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/average-state-temperatures-in-summer.php

Summer and Winter average temperatures by state

http://www.ipl.org/div/stateknow/popchart.html#statesbysize

State population, population per square foot and land area rankings.

http://www.50states.com/

A guide to capitols and other information for all 50 states.

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/es

Follow the link to Explore the States. The site is sponsored by the Library of Congress.

http://www.netstate.com/

Information about the state name, nickname, quarter and other information.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/

This site is sponsored by the enchanted learning.

http://www.sec.state.com

A link to state information including a picture of the state quarter.

http://www.shgresources.com/

A link for timelines. Scroll down to click on your state. In the right menu, click on History timeline.

http://www.nps.gov/

The home page for the National Park Service.Population Data

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004986.html

This link offers population growth for each state.

http://www.census.gov

United States Census Bureau- Find state populations in the Population Finder on the right side of the screen. Click on the down arrow to find the state.

http://recenter.tamu.edu/data/pops/

State population values each year from 1970 to 2009 Maps

http://www.netstate.com/states/index.html

Maps, symbols, geography, government and almanacs for all 50 states.

http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/ustimeln.htm

Timeline, Maps, Symbols, and other information for each state.

http://geography.about.com/library/maps/blusx.htm

Follow the link to your state, click on the Color Landform Atlas and then Shaded relief map.
To get the map legend, stay on the map page for your state and choose Color Landform Map of the United States. In the middle of the next page, click on the orange square next to elevation key.

http://www.netstate.com/state_flag.htm

Link to locate state flags.

http://www.maps.com/

In the search box, type in the name of the state and the words Physical Map.

http://auth.grolier.com/login/go_login_page.html?bffs=N

For a physical map, go to GROLIER MULTIMEDIA ENCYCLOPEDIA, type in the name of your state and click on the political map.