Monday, November 30, 2009

Updating to a new Web format

With the progress of web 2.0 tools and in an attempt to make Village School's Library Online Resources even more accessible, I've developed a Netvibes Online Resources site that now supersedes this website.

You can visit our new site and access resources at:


This site remains as is -- there are many useful links still available but please be aware that no updating will occur

Thank you for visiting!
Catherine Hainstock
Teacher Librarian
Village School Primary
Croydon North, Vic

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Term 3 of 2009

Tanya's Class and Edith's Class
The focus of Term 3 at Village School is whole school performance and two of the classes have chosen to inquire into the theme of the play -- Greek Gods and Myths. They will, of course, be looking at life in ancient Greece as well.

Ancient Greece
This BBC Schools site includes time-lines, stories, information and things to explore.

Ancient Greece - The British Museum

Ancient History - The Greeks

This is another BBC website, this one explores issues and events such as the ancient Olympics, democracy, the Elgin Stones and the lost city of Atlantis.

Calliope: Muse of Eloquence
This site has stories showing how some words we use in English came from Greek myths. There are worksheets to go with the stories or just click on any one of the stories from the lists.

Cupid and Psyche
An audio podcast from Chatterbox Theater with a full cast and music! Runs about 30 minutes.

Encyclopedia Mythica
This is the search page for this encyclopaedia. Make sure you also check out the Image Galleries and the Genealogy Tables on the side bar.

This site has entertaining animation as well as very helpful information. It includes an encyclopaedia of Greek mythology. Click on the words to the right of the gods.

Greek and Roman Experience
This website has been developed by a school (including students) in Springfield IL. So while it is very readable for students just be aware it has not been developed by authors, you will need to check the information here against other sources.

Mary's Class
This group chose to look further into sustainability and learning about some of the environmental issues we now face.

Climate Change Kids' Site
This site was set up by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It makes it easier to understand big ideas like how humans are changing the climate and why it's such a big deal.

Scribbly Gum
This site is from the ABC Science division. It has month-by-month and state-by-state stories on seasonal events in the natural world (like have you noticed how many millipedes there are around right now?). There are also interesting stories about how climate change is affecting Australian environment.

Change the World in 5 Minutes - Everyday at School

Check out this class challenge! Maybe you can make your own challenge videos!

Laura's Class
This term Laura's group will celebrate International Year of Astronomy by exploring Space and the Stars.

The Earth and Beyond
An interactive site from the Children's University of Manchester. Click on the links at the left side of the page to take you to the activities.

We Choose the Moon

A very exciting site that will re-enact the Apollo 11 moon mission in 'real' time. You can follow the astronauts and Kennedy Space Centre on Twitter, look at lots of great pictures and once the mission launches, follow the events as they unfold (again!).

Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground
This site is for Laura, it's from Harvard and is a book full of inquiry-based activities developed especially for young children. Lots of good ideas to investigate.

This NASA site is perfect for younger children. There is audio support for the pages that need reading and a link down at the very bottom of the pages for activities related to each section of information.

Living in Space

Another NASA page that tells all about how astronauts eat, drink, sleep and all that (you know!) other stuff when they're in space.

The space playground website from the ABC. Lots of games

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Term 2 of 2009

After some initial activities on similarities, differences and harmony the groups will be moving off into different themes.

Diverse Australia Program sponsors Harmony Day each year. But Harmony Day doesn't have to be only one day in March. Check out some of the ideas and activities under the 'Schools' tab.

Tanya's Room
and Mary's Room
The classes are delving into the workings of the human body.

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
Honest! You're going to love this - everything from arm pits to ear wax. What is all this stuff and why do we have it? Find out here.

How the Body Works
is a website by Kids Health. It has info, videos, quizzes and much more to help you learn all about the human body.

Anatomy Arcade
is a site full of videos, games and interactives about the body's systems made just for kids. Lots to do, lots to learn.

BrainPOP: The hiccups
Let Tim and Moby explain the what, why and how of one of the mysteries of life.

BrainPOP: The Heart
Another great video from BrainPop. This time all about how your heart works. Once you've watched the cartoon, take the quiz.

BrainPOP: Asthma
And another, this one all about asthma.

The Body and Medicine
This site is from the Children's University of Manchester and has excellent information on the human body, illnesses and the use of medicine. Lots of things to do here.

FOSS Human Body

This site is from the University of California, Berkeley and is a simple bones jigsaw puzzle. You can learn the names of the parts of your skeleton from this.

Edith's Room
Students will be learning more about the big wide world as they follow their flat people on adventures abroad.

Fact Monster: Countries of the world
Choose the country from this list and read all about it. Fact Monster is part of the Family Education Network.

National Geographic Kids: People and Places
Lots of countries featured here. Some facts, some videos, some interactive activities. You can click to browse all the countries that are included.

Laura's Room
Laura's group will be discovering all the wonder and magic of fairy tales.

Storynory Fairy Tales
Listen to podcasts of all the famous fairy tales told by Natasha.

Penrith PS Library/School Fables

This is for Laura and the students to enjoy. The kinder class in Mr. McLean's school made their own fables and posted them on the wiki along with their drawings. Awesome!

BBC Stories and Rhymes

Lots of fairy tales to watch and read along to on these three pages. Not traditionally told but fun.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Term 1 of 2009

Welcome back to Village School!
The teachers have chosen many exciting themes for the first term. They range from holidays and the beach to early days and convicts. Here are some resources to get each of the groups started on their journey. Please check back over the next week as more resources will be added to the Projects Hotspot.

Tanya's Group
Starting off with an exploration of life as an early settler, each student has been assigned a persona. Studies will venture forward through immigration and then to the gold rush. These sites may help you learn more about what it was like back then.

Why Melbourne? is a website all about the settlement of the Melbourne area. This section of the site deals with early European settlers to the area.

City of Melbourne - History and Heritage This is a site published by the City of Melbourne local government. It is easy to read and tells all the early history of the settlers to this area.

Women's Work is one of the pages of the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame's website. It describes some of the chores that were traditionally done by women and has a few photo's of what women used to do them in the early part of the 20th Century.

Picture Australia
is the Australiana collection of the National Library of Australia. Do a search with keywords such as 'convict', 'gold rush' etc. It will bring up photos, paintings and more. These photos are public domain photos which means you can copy them without breaking copyright laws. Try out one of their picture trails too.

National Library of Australia
also has a general picture collection that is worth searching. Again use keywords. If a thumbnail picture does not come up it is because the picture must be ordered from the NLA. the ones with thumbnails are available online. The online pictures are all public domain.

This website was created by SBS and has lots of information on all the Australian gold rushes including life on the fields, laws, entertainment, bush rangers, maps, and much much more.

Gold Rush
This is an interactive for 8-12 year olds from the National Museum of Australia. Head for the gold fields but make sure you have everything you'll need! This is fun.

The Enterprise
is another interactive from the National Museum of Australia. This one lets you explore the PS Enterprise, a paddle steamer on the Murray-Darling rivers.

History of Our Nation is put together by the State Library of New South Wales and has many 'discover collections' to choose from. Try clicking on "Exploration - trailblazing the Australian interior" then exploring using the links on the left side of the page. There's also a discover collection for the gold rush.

Mary's Group
Many of the site above may also be of use to Mary's group as they study Australia's early history beginning with Convicts.

Convict Creations
I've marked the history section out for you. There are various links on the page worth exploring. You may need someone to help you read some of the words. Lots of good information about what it was like to be a convict including women convicts.

You've got Buckley's ...
This site by the Australian Museums Online has the story and history of John Buckley, a convict who escaped and lived with aboriginal people near Geelong. He later helped John Batman as he established Melbourne.

Convicts to Australia
This site was created by and for people who are tracing their family tree, geneologists (DPS). It is very easy to read and has lots to explore including what it was like on the convict ships, in the factories and more.

Edith's Group
The class will be exploring and discovering all about shapes and solids, both in the traditional mathematical sense but also expanding to include a creative and non-traditional sense of shapes.

Flat Stanley
This is the official site of the Flat Stanley Project. An email/pen-friend journal activity. Giving students the chance to make contact with students in other countries and learn about the international community.

Building Big 3D Shapes
This PBS website helps you to understand how the shape of something affects how strong it is.

Flickr Group - Life in the Round

Explore one of the many flickr photography groups. These guys are mad about circles and find them everywhere. You may like to join or set up a group or challenge of your own and post to flickr. I wonder if there are groups for some of the other shapes?

The ultimate shape game! You have to make the pieces fit together to fill up the rows to get points. Maybe keep track of your scores, see if you improve over time.

Wendy's Class
Preps is a year of settling in and learning how to go to school. Term One is a settling in time and what better way to get to know each other than to share the excitement of holidays and the beach (where many of us enjoy our holidays).

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Term 4 of 2008

Ancient and Past Societies

Mary and Tanya's Groups
Both groups are looking back in time, with different emphases in their themes. Mary's group will be focussing on ancient societies and Tanya's group will investigate Timelines in History. The resource list has been combined for these two groups.

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga: Viking Voyage
- there are videos, podcasts and lots of information here from the Smithsonian Museum

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga: Resources
--some other resources including the Runic alphabet, an old Norse board game you can make and some other things.

The Viking Network
--this site is straight from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and has lots to read about the real life of Vikings.

NOVA Online - The Vikings
--from the PBS network, this site has interactive sections such as write your name in runes and how archaelogists can tell how old Viking ships are. Lots more here too, make sure you click around.

Ancient Druids of Wales
--this site is from the National Museum of Wales.

--this site is from the Digital Library Project of the Chicago Public Schools / University of Chicago. There is some very good information about druids and life during the times of the druids.

--this site was built by two American history teachers and they update it often. There is a lot of ancient history here. And especially there is some information on druids. Also check out their daily life in ancient civilizations pages.

Ancient Civilizations
-- This British Museum site offers a look at a variety of ancient civilizations through themes such as trade, monument/buildings, religion, technology etc.

--This site was made and is maintained by an American geography teacher so be aware that there may be some biases in the way information is presented. But there is also lots of good maps and history here to. It's been written for elementary students.

Minnesota State Museum -- The EMuseum
The EMuseum has lots of information about all sorts of things-- you can search by floor or go to the information desk or use the search box on the top of the page. I found some great information about Catherine the Great on this site (Hint: try the 2nd floor or use the search function).

Historical Timelines

Channel 4 Biographies
--set up by British TV 4, this site has very readable biographies for heaps of people throughout history. Set out in alphabetical order. Many of the names Tanya's group are looking for.
Also of interest it their time line browse buttons on the left-hand side of the screen and the time traveller's guides on the right-hand side.

The Web Chronology Project

Flying the Flag
This interactive game from the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland) takes you through either WW1 or WW2. Learn all about who, what when where and why.

ANZAC Day Education

Also by the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee. This resource page covers many areas including myths and lore, medals, maps and classroom activities.

Edith's Group

will continue their sea theme until camp week. Resources for their projects can be found in the previous term's entry.

Wendy's Group

will investigate three shorter themes.

Space, Olden days (knights), and Animals.

Rocket and space ships
History of Space Stations -- not exactly about space ships, this is where to stay when in outer space. The author of this website is an award-winning book author on the same subject.

Astronomy for Kids: Space Exploration
-- this is a site that is part of the Kids Know It network (a site created and managed by American teachers). This section is all about space exploration so will include stuff you want and other stuff that doesn't suit. Check out the button on the side that says "Space Shuttle".

Starchild -- this is a website for kids by NASA. Primary school kids will want to look at the information marked Level 1. Try clicking on the button marked "Space Stuff". This site will even read the text for you and has a glossary of terms (tells you what some of the words mean).

Solar system
Astonomy for Kids: The Solar System -- This section is all about the planets, their moons, and comets and asteroids. You need to click on the buttons on the side.

Starchild -- see the link above but try clicking on the button marked "Solar System". There is also a button on the top left corner that will start the audio -- so the site will read the page to you.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

TERM 3 of 2008

This term the whole school has gone nautical in preparation for the whole school performance of "HMS Pinafore".

Tanya's Group
Science on the High Seas

Tanya's group will be exploring the science of the ocean. Experimentations will include: floating, sinking, waves, boat shapes, currents and the many other aspects of water with which a good officer should acquaint himself.

The tying of knots in their various forms and uses will be undertaken.

Projects of relevance to the nautical theme will also be negotiated and undertaken. Some of these sites have been chosen to generate inspiration for these projects and will be added to as the specific topics are agreed upon.

Nautical Terms
A list of terms to do with boats and sailing from Phrontistery - a site of the most extraordinary word lists.

Knot Gallery -- a site from the Tollesbury Yacht Club with animated knot demonstrations.

Bureau of Meteorology
Scroll right to the bottom of the page for downloadable experiments to do with air pressure, wind speed, clouds, the colour of the sky and much more.

Oceans in Motion
This Oceans Alive site has an excellent explanation and experiment about waves. Experiments on currents and tides are also available with an opportunity to collect data on tides and to predict using that information.

National Geographic: Volvo Ocean Race
Lots to explore on this site that makes use of a real boat race (formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race) to explore science of the ocean. Check out the wave and sailing simulators, learn about the doldrums, navigation, how they rescue people at sea and much more. Access this by clicking on the green bars' drop down menus (try clicking on other stuff as well, you can always use the back button to find your way back).

A Stowaway's Guide to the Pacific

Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Columbus Navigation

EducScapes pathfinder pages -- Explorers

Life at Sea
Maritime Museum's section on Exploration through the ages. The Life at Sea part includes what it was like to be sailing in the time of Captain Cook.

Joseph Banks Papers Online

For Collaborative Work in Tanya's group
Arthurian Myth
Retelling of the Sword in the Stone
History for Kids
- King Arthur's Britain (sorry lots of ads)
Early British Kingdoms for Kids

Mary's Group
Free Choice
Mary's group will again be pursuing topics of their own choice. Links will be added as specific topics are negotiated.

Rocket and space ships
History of Space Stations -- not exactly about space ships, this is where to stay when in outer space. The author of this website is an award-winning book author on the same subject.

Astronomy for Kids: Space Exploration
-- this is a site that is part of the Kids Know It network (a site created and managed by American teachers). This section is all about space exploration so will include stuff you want and other stuff that doesn't suit. Check out the button on the side that says "Space Shuttle".

Starchild -- this is a website for kids by NASA. Primary school kids will want to look at the information marked Level 1. Try clicking on the button marked "Space Stuff". This site will even read the text for you and has a glossary of terms (tells you what some of the words mean).

Solar system
Astonomy for Kids: The Solar System -- This section is all about the planets, their moons, and comets and asteroids. You need to click on the buttons on the side.

Starchild -- see the link above but try clicking on the button marked "Solar System". There is also a button on the top left corner that will start the audio -- so the site will read the page to you.

Global warming
Climate Change Kids Site -- this site was made especially for kids by the American Environmental Protection Association (EPA). There is a lot of good info and some activities to explore.

Video and electronic games
Dolphin Research Project -- this organisation has a page for kids doing school projects. Check it out.
Wild Animal Watch: Dolphins -- this site by Scholastic is great, but be mindful that it is an American site so may have different species of dolphins from Australia.
Introduction to Fungi -- This site by Berkeley University has a good introduction page and scroll down for other good sites. Some of the info on this site is tricky to read. You may need a bit of help.

Fun Facts about Fungi
-- this site from the Utah State University has some activities you may want to try including how to grow your own mushrooms.
Mediaeval torture
Scientific experiments for kids
Organic foods
Stick insects
Bugwise - this site set up by Australian Museums is all about studying insects. Make your way to All about Invertebrates then find the Invertebrate guides -- there's all kinds of info on all kinds of insects (and lots about what you can do to get involved with insect research).

Marine life

Edith's Group

Wendy's Group
Pirates Sail to the Olympics

Olympics for Kids
This First Steps site has lesson plans and activities that tie in with the Olympic games. This site is for Wendy.

Classroom Olympics

More ideas for Wendy

Official Site of the Australian Olympic Team 2008
Look at the venues, find out about the atheletes and the sports they will compete in.

Olympic Education Resources
Primary education resources from the official site. Lots to look through here Wendy.

Monday, March 24, 2008

TERM 2 of 2008

Tanya's Class -- Countries of the World and World Geography
Geonet -- a challenging world geography game

National Geographic

This site is from the United Nations website and has information about every nation in the world.

Discovery Atlas
from the discovery channel. There are some videos about featured countries of the world. They are: China, Japan, France, Brazil and Australia.

The European Map Game
The Sheppard Software Company's game that lets you choose the level of play and tests your knowledge of countries and capitals. Explore around the rest of the site too.

Greatest Places

This site was created to supplement a film about seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on Earth. This site is rich with personal stories, videos, activities, and experiments as well as information on Greenland, the Amazon, Tibet, Namibia, Madagascar, the Okavango Delta and Iquazu Falls region in Brazil.

The CIA World Factbook
By the American Central Intelligence Agency this site has geographical information for every country. You need to choose the name of the country in the drop-down box to see a map and info about that country.

FactMonster World Atlas and Map Library
Printable maps, latitude longitude finder, country profiles, distance calculator, crossword puzzles. A real treasure trove! Sorry, ads on the side.

Geography World
a huge collection of links all to do with geography including GPS, maps, climates, population etc. You need to scroll down for the links headings, the ones at the top don't appear to work.

Classroom Resources on Countries around the World
Although this site is created for US schools, the information about the different countries can be used by primary school students anywhere.

Round Earth, Flat Maps
The issues that come with representing a 3D globe on 2D paper.

Global Sounds Live -- from the Smithsonian
Music videos and short explanations about the significance of the songs from every continent on the globe. You may need to give the videos a minute or two to stream.

World Newspapers
This is the Internet Public Library's site of newpapers from around the world. You will need to look for English versions for some countries.

Mary's Class -- Animal Families and Animal Functions

Kid's corner -- All about Animals
a collection of links to all kinds of sites - endangered animals, invasive animals, beneficial and harmful animals, types of animals -- you name it it's here!

Classifying Critters

from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Cool Science Site. Learn about the special system that scientists have for keeping track of plants and animals. Take the challenge!

Animal Diversity Web
This site is set up by the University of Michigan and can tell you about each of the phylums of the animal kingdom.

Goat Domestication -- this site is especially for Jack's project. You'll need someone to help you read it but it is very interesting.

Domestic Goats and Neolithic Revolution -- another very informative site for Jack. You will need some help reading this but the information is fascinating!

Creature Features
Done by National Geographic this has information about different animals but also includes habitat information. Lots of videos to watch.

Wild Kids
This site is from the Australian Museum Online. There's great Australian information about habitats and the animals in them. If you click on the explore tab at the top it will take you to a directory with other good stuff to explore.

National Geographic - All about Cats

This site covers the anatomy and physiology (how their bodies work) of cats and tells how they have adapted from the first sabre-toothed tiger.

Melissa Kaplan - animal-related careers

This is just a person's personal site but has an interesting list of animal-related careers, explore down the bottom of her page for a list of links too.
Trivia question - do you know what a herpetologist is?

Animals in Work, Sport, Recreation and On Display
This website is by the Gov't of South Australia, Animal Welfare Branch. It covers topics such as Service animals, racing, hunting, zoos, circuses, and rodeos.

BEEP: Animal ethics

This British site was set up for secondary schools so you may need a little help. It looks at the relationships that humans have with animals. This site asks lots of questions about what you think is the right thing in our use of animals. Lots to thinks about and discuss.

The Food Chain Game
find out what eats what!

All about Animal Homes
Pages put together by Eduscapes. This site has many links to explore about all kinds of habitats.

Dirtmeister: Animal adaptations

Use this website to help write about a particular animal and the ways that it has adapted to its environment.

This is a site from the Sacramento Zoo (a really famous zoo). Its all about the different ways animals can use camouflage to protect themselves from other animals. Includes a link that explains mimicry.

Names of Animals, Babies and Groups
Here's a great chart put out by Enchanted Learning that tells the names of baby animals (eg. Pigs and piglets, Bears and cubs) and also tells what a group of that animal is called (eg. did you know a group of pigs is called a 'herd' or a 'sounder'?) Fascinating stuff!

Edith's Group -- Pets

Some of the sites listed for Mary's group might be useful for you too.

BBC -- CBBC Wild -- Pets
This is a BBC site for children and the pets corner has lots of information including: stuff about animal breeds, a check list to find out if you are a good pet owner and how to care for pets.

World Almanac Online
This is an almanac for kids (American publication) and has a chapter all about animals - both domestic and wild. Click on the animal chapter then choose your beast!

Care for Pets
This site comes from the American Veterinary Medical Association and cover aspects of animal care like animal first aid, breed choice, pet safety and pet loss. Also a kids corner.

5 Min Pets
This website offers 5 minute pet care videos like: how to train your dog not to jump on guests, how to build a bird house, how to give your cat medicine. Excellent viewing but you'll probably find only one computer can run them at a time or they will slow down. It's our bandwidth.

Wendy's Group -- Toys

Moving Toy Mechanisms

Help Ergo build a better mousetrap! Learn about cams, gears, levers and other stuff that make toys move. Interactive but the kids will need help with the reading. Might spark some ideas for building.

History of Toys
Videos, timelines, inventors, and try playing the toy shop game - find all the pieces to complete the toy before the cuckoo clock chimes.