Wonders of the World

1. National Geographic

A good source of information and videos for teachers.  The site has excellent printable
fact sheets on animals, it features stories, games, and a range of videos including,
Habitats,  specific Animals, and even Natural Disasters.  For this particular project, you
can use the informative videos on the Grand Canyon and the Coral Reef of Belize.  To
find these first go to http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/, then click on People &
Places, then Cave, Canyon, Desert.  Grand Canyon will be on your right.  A great visual

2. National Geographic Kids

This site features science experiments, stories, games, and videos.  The specific link I
used was:
This is a quiz on the Grand Canyon.  It is a 12 question multiple choice quiz that I had
students do at the end of the centre after they read information, watched the video, and
made their brochure.  It is fun, and each response is scored as soon as the student
answers it, along with details to go with the correction (whether correct or incorrect). 
This activity would be a behaviorist approach since the quiz would be trying to reinforce
concepts already learned about.

3. My Brochure Maker

This site provides templates for creating brochures or flyers.  Students choose from a
variety of themes, write their text, and add their own photos.  Students can save their
work by emailing it to themselves, therefore, it does not have to be completed in one
sitting,.  They can also print when ready.  The layout of the site is easy for students to
use and provides directions along the way.
I used this as an activity for students to create a brochure on the Grand Canyon.  I
modeled this with a completed brochure from a different wonder of the world, one that
we weren’t using.  This model could be considered a behaviorist technique where
students are provided a sample of what’s expected.  However, it is also constructive
since they are experiencing the task of creating the brochure independently, they are
responsible for finding the information they’re going to use, and they organize this
learning into a brochure.

4.  About.com

Although About.com is a corporate site asking for subscriptions for further information to
some of its links and has many sponsored links to browse through, there are some good
free tutorials on different subjects.  This particular link within About.com was used to
introduce painting with watercolour.  It was used as an introduction to technique, use of
colour, and using a paint brush to achieve a certain look.  Students then applied what
they learned about the Great Barrier Reef to create their own watercolour painting of a
coral reef.  

5. Think Quest

This organization promotes “global collaborative learning through partnerships with
schools, government agencies, other nonprofits and NGOs internationally.”  Students
work in teams to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world and
are posted in their library collection.  The “About this Site” link supports its mission.  This
site is made by students and appealing to elementary-aged students.  Vocabulary and
drawings are easy to understand for kids.  The site includes history of Mount Everest,
facts, a map, climbing information, a word search and a multiple choice quiz.  There are
even cool links of panoramic views of the camps!  The interactive photos, the maps, and
the information provided will help students construct their own interpretations of what
they are learning.  The site was posted in 1999 so it could be updated, especially
the “Tragedies” page, however, the important information (i.e., history) is valid.