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Elementary Theme Resources

  • 29 Mar 10
  • Written by Tom Thorns

In addition to the traditional subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic, today’s students will need to understand both history and the basics of the rapidly changing world around them. All scientific fields continue to make advancements, and the technology of space exploration and earth science has made tremendous progress in the last 40 years. There is more information available about our solar system and the natural disasters created by weather phenomena than ever before, and discussions about greenhouse gasses and the ozone layer naturally lead to studies in the layers of atmosphere and cloud formation; which are a large part of the curriculum for most elementary school students. Students are part of a global community. Knowledge of map skills, geography, and the history of exploration create a better understanding of other countries and cultures. Today’s students live in a communication age with many sources for news. It’s crucial that they are able to develop and use critical thinking skills in evaluating sources of information. Internet resources are available to aid in teaching and learning the broad range of subjects and skills that students will need to master.


  • Astronomy for Kids: This site is a part of the KidsKnowIt Network and is a great resource for teaching and learning about astronomy.

  • NASA Science for Kids: NASA designed this website with students in mind. In addition to a lot of information for different grade levels, there are some great games to play.

  • Amazing Space: Teachers can find pictures, lesson plans, and links to other useful tools.

  • The Hubble Universe: Explore the universe with the Hubble telescope!


  • Web Weather: Learn how to identify different types of clouds.

  • Weather Wiz Kids: This site provides a great explanation on how clouds are formed and contains some lessons and experiments.

  • Clouds and Precipitation: There are some diagrams and photographs to show how clouds form and what type of clouds are in the atmosphere.

  • Make a Cloud in a Jar!: Use moisture and pressure to create your own cloud!


  • Lewis and Clark’s Journey: With this interactive game, students can travel on the journey with Lewis and Clark.

  • Expeditions: This site offers the history of exploration and biographies of individual explorers.

  • Australian Explorers: Enchanted Learning offers mini-biographies for many of the early Australian explorers. Great for young kids!

  • Conquistadors: Learn about the early Spanish conquistadors with this interactive site.

Maps (Map skills)

  • GeoNet: Students are able to practice all aspects of their map skills with this interactive game.

  • Where is That?: This map game has different skill levels to choose from.

  • KidsGeo: A site with world map games and a game that reinforces the concepts of latitude and longitude.

  • MapZone: Use the resources at this site to learn all about map skills and play mapping games.


  • Math Playground: Play games and practice a variety of math skills.

  • AplusMath- This site offers great practice games and resources for elementary children to cultivate their math skills.

  • Cool Math: Enjoy fun math games for any skill level!

  • Lemonade Stand: How much money can your lemonade stand make in 30 days?

Natural Disasters

  • The Disaster Area: Learn about different natural disasters and what you can do to stay safe.

  • ESA Kids: Satellite and aerial pictures will teach students about natural disasters.

  • Natural Disasters & The Environment: Lots of photographs and articles help paint a picture of what natural disasters really look like.

  • Kids Hazards Quiz: Find out if you’re prepared for a natural disaster.


  • Time For Kids: Time offers their magazine on current events for different grade levels.

  • Scholastic News: Recent news stories and interactive polls and games are found at this site.

  • Kids Post: This is the kid-friendly version of the Washington Post Newspaper.

  • Learning with the New York Times: Students will enjoy reading the selected articles and teachers will appreciate the lesson plans that use currents.


  • Science News for Kids: Get caught up on the latest science news stories.

  • Ology: Explore this science website from the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Science Museum of Minnesota: Find science activities that you can do at home or explore the online exhibits.

  • Exploratorium: The San Francisco museum’s online version allows kids to investigate all kinds of science.

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