Collegiate Lower School

Grains of Sand Blog

Animals (Classes)

Animal Facts Find general information about various animals here.


Amazing Americans Discover inventors, politicians, performers, activists and other everyday people who made this country what it is today.
Biographies for Kids
(Garden of Praise)
Famous Leaders for Young Readers


customized search engine
All About Birds Learn what makes a bird different from other animals.
Audubon WatchList 2002 This site dentifies U.S. bird species, gives information about them and also lists those that need our help so they do not become extinct.
Bird Photography Pictures of many, many kinds of birds
Kid Wings Site was created with the hope that it will help children better understand and appreciate the birds around us.
The Owl Pages Learn about these mysterious creatures here.
Zoom Birds A good place to begin when studying birds.


Wise Pockets World " A Great Place for Kids, Parents, and Teachers to Learn about Managing Money!"

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales Home Page A great place to read a good selection of stories online
Fractured Fairy Tales Explore Fractured Fairy Tales with Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! Then you can write your own fractured fairy tale and publish it online.
Grimm Fairy Tales Read and hear interactive, narrated, animated stories.
Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales "The Real Princess" was also created by "Entechnevison, Inc."


CIA World Fact Book

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

CultureGrams for Kids

Select a country from the menu or explore your way to a country using the map!

Land Forms Learn more about land forms including continents, volcanos, mountains, plains and plateaus, islands, and more.
Continent Quiz How much do you know about continents?
Mental Mapper Check out how the child and adult differ in how they perceive maps.
National Geographic Kids There are so many wonderful things here!
People and Places, Stories, Atlas Puzzles, Countries
Orientometer Play this game with your teacher! Try to win "Cardinal Points."

The States of the USA Quiz
Capitals of the USA
Canadian Provinces
North American Countries
Sightseeing the USA

Can you name all the states?
Do you know your capitals?
How many Canadian provinces do you know?
This one is a real challenge!
Learn about places you might want to visit here!

USA Games All sorts of geography games at various levels. Even includes tutorials to help you learn the states and capitals.

Language Arts

Acrostic Poem Create your own acrostic poem here!
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before!
Practice spelling words Look, cover, type, check!
Puzzlemaker Choose a type of puzzle from the list below and make your own puzzle online for classroom or home use.
Spy Codes Try your hand at encoding and decoding messages using the many secret codes at this website.
Tagxedo Taxedo turns words (famous speeches, news articles, letters, or your own paragraphs) into word clouds individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequesncy of occurrence within the body of text.
Vocabulary Games A great place to have fun learning about words!
Wordle Have fun with word clouds!


Everyday Math Online Play the popular games from the Everyday Mathematics Program.
ABC-Ya! for 2nd Grade Look here for some great education games!
A Plus Math Find lots of fun ways to improve your math skills here!
Aunty Math Math challenges for K-5 learners
Charts to Go Great free graphing tool! Excellent!
Coin Box Learn how to count, collect, exchnge, and make change.
Cool Math For Kids An amusement park of math and more--especially designed for fun, fun, FUN!
Create a Graph

Another good graphing site but check out other good links related to statistics. For example:
Roll the Dice.

Fun Brain Kids Center Online math games for grades 1-8 with varying levels of difficulty."Easy" level will be appropriate for most LS students
IXL So much math, so little time!
A Maths Dictionary for Kids An animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explians over 600 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language.
NumberNut Enough math will make anyone nutty ;-)
Illuminations: Ten Frame The four games that can be played with this applet help to develop counting and addition skills.
Learning Box Base 10 Base 10 practice!
Line Jumper | Math Car Racing | Place Value Puzzler | Measure It
Mrs. Jacoby's Website with math ideas Math andother curruicular links here.
McGraw Hill Mathematics Fact Dash and other fun math acticities can be found here.
Toon University Place Value This game will test your understanding of place value to the thousands position.

Marine Science

Biomes of the World


Animal Info Books

Ocean Link Treasures at Sea
Whale Times Sea Bed Virginia Aquarium

Mysteries (Stories, Math, Codes)

Mystery Math Trick A number game that allows you to guess another person's number
Mystery Net's Kids Mysteries Mysteries to solve, scary stories, and magic tricks
Mystery Vocabulary Find the meanings here!
Spy Codes Want to learn how some spy codes?
The Case of Grandpa's Painting Can you solve this art history mystery?


Animals of the Rainforest
People of the Rainforest
The rainforest is home to more than half of the world's animals. Colorful and unusual animals dwell in all four layers of the forest. All types of creatures are represented, from tiny insects to large mammals.
Frogs of Australian Rainforests Great pictures and much information here!

How Rainy is the Rainforest?

Visit this link at the Amazon Interactive site to compare precipitation of the rain forest with precipitation in the different parts of the United States.
Make Your Own Rain Stick Listen to the sound of rain storm anytime you want after you make your own rain stick. You will really appreciate the sounds of the rain forest now!
Journey to Amazonia Brought to you by PBS. "Journey into Amazonia" features the swollen rivers, flooded forests and dense canopy of the vast rain forest recognized as one of Earth's natural wonders".
Learning about Rainforests What, Where, Plants, Animals, People, Preserving Rainforests Videos and Movies

It may take some time to load each video. Close each video window before clicking on another video.
Rainforest Animals Very visual, simple to use, very readable.
Rainforest Australia Find many wonderful photos here!
Rainforest Elements You will also find information about rainforest threats and shorebirds of the rainforest at this site..
Rainforest Alliance This site provides a lot of information for both students and teachers. Look here to learn about more rainforest facts too.
Rainforest Maths Interactive math activities for K - 6 students!
Rainforest Quiz Take this interactive quiz to see how much you know about rainforests.
Rainforest Rescue Game Help the monkeys protect the rainforest by launching oranges at the loggers. But do it quickly, before they destroy everything!
Rainforest Topics Great site! Be sure to check out tropical rainforests, rainforest plants or rainforest animals.
Strata: Layers of the Rainforest Click on the (eyes) in each layer to see who lives there! Fun!

Layers 1(thinkquest)
Layers 2 (caltech)
Layers 3 (enchanted learning)
Layers 4 (wikipedia)
Layers 5 (mbgnet)
Layers 6 (tigerhomes)
Rainforest Biomes (blueplanet)
Layers of Life (Sumatra)

You will find lots of good information about layers here including some images.
Tropical Rainforest Information for Kids The Mongabay Kids site ( aims to help children learn about rainforests and the environment. (Web editor's note: This is an awesome site done in a Q & A format. KH)


Mrs. Clore's Science and Garden Website Lots to see and learn about here! Check out today's forecast here :-)

United States

Kid-Friendly Research Sites
CultureGrams: United States
National Geographic: United States
We used these 2 sites for our Canada research, too, but these will help you learn about the good 'ole U.S. of A.
Class Brain's State Reports Choose your state from the map and start gathering information and images for your report. Be sure to cite your source! Find information about state symbols, flags, seals, people, geography, products (marketplace) and even quizzes
Place the State Drag each state to its correct location but be careful. If you are just a little bit off, it will be counted as wrong!
Postcards from America A 50 state travel adventure!
Stately Knowledge Choose a state. Basic facts about any state in the Union, including Washington, D.C. / also many comparison charts. Facts, facts, facts...a good place to go to learn about any of the states!
U.S.Census Bureau: Fact Finders Kid's Corner Learn about the U.S. Census, get facts about your state, and have fun with quizs questions.
USA Games All sorts of geography games at various levels. Even includes tutorials to help you learn the states and capitals.

Zoo Research

Enchanted Learning Login: wattlibrary with password: cougar
Grolier Multi Media Encyclopedia Choose the Elementary School tab.
Pebble Go Select: PebbleGo Animals
African Wildlife Foundation This gives you a list of  animal topics to select.
San Diego Zoo This gives you a list of  animal topics to select.
Kid Rex Use this search engine if you haven't yet found what you are looking for.

Second Grade Bookmarks