Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lesson Pathways

This used to be a subscription learning service, but now it's free. Apparently made with a lot of input from homeschoolers, it allows you to create a curriculum (or "pathway") for your child on several levels and with different details. This site has great reviews!

This allows you to build a custom curriculum for each child, which is REALLY cool, and is apparently very intuitive and user-friendly.

This is a great tool if you want to do group lessons online. All the lesson materials can be put in one drop, and then you can invite "collaborators" to join and chat real-time with you about what you have. GREAT virtual homeschool classroom tool!

Plagiarism--Understanding it and avoiding it.

This is just an article, but it is one of the most clear explanations of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it that I've ever seen.

Make your own musical instruments

Bouncing Water Droplets

The Brain--a series with Charlie Rose

Intro to linear equations

Press next to skip the series preview and get to the math.

The Electoral College

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Der Mensch als Industriepalast [Man as Industrial Palace] from Henning Lederer on Vimeo.

Lectures from Nobel Scientists

On video, no less.  They call themselves an "Interactive Studio", but there are few, if any, interactives on this site. Mostly video.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Educational Show Alert: Big Green Rabbit

I had heard music from this show before but never watched it. It is fun, music- and dance-oriented, and full of educational science content.  You can watch the show, learn songs and dances, and play games here:

and access parent and teacher materials here:

Episode summaries are here:

What you can't find on their site, you might be able to find on

If you love the show, go back often to the parent site and download episodes and songs free.

New Feature on the Sidebar

I have puzzled about what to do about educational TV shows on this blog. I can't possibly index every single episode, and most of them cover many topics.  These are, however, some of the best friends of homeschoolers (right up there with museums and libraries). The kids get to learn from the show, and then most of the educational TV shows have websites with follow up activities, games, and other educational content. HUGELY valuable, impossible for me to add to the library in any meaningful way.

My solution:

When I am designing specific lessons (like I am for Astronomy and Ancient Egypt right now), I will incorporate appropriate episodes from TV shows and podcasts.

When I run across an educational show, I will put up a post about it that won't appear in the index, but I will also put a link list on the sidebar of the blog listing educational shows (and their websites). That way, if you are creating a lesson on a topic, you can search out materials yourself, just like you can with the Repositories/Libraries list.

So if you don't often visit the blog itself, keep in mind that there are resources available there that might be of help to you when you are designing educational experiences for your kids.

Dino Song

Help in Memorizing

all subjects, or make your own

Random History

This is really fun. And Random!

Typing Tutor Online

I like this one better than most. And it doesn't involve blood spurting from ninjas.

Many ways to learn those multiplication tables

We especially love the interactive games:

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Similar to Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw, but open source (free):

Where Avocados Come From

Mrs. Jones Sings

Music Resources and Language Arts Songs here:

Links to songs from other subjects here:
and here:

Understanding Science

Adventure Puzzles for Fun

Social Studies Lessons with video

K-8 Math Video Lessons

New Feature on the Sidebar

Learning Lynx is not (by far!) the only site that collects educational links for people. There are many many other "web portals" and "repositories" out there.

As a new feature on the blog, I will have links to other repositories and Web Portals on the side bar. So if you never come visit the blog itself, pop in sometime to see where else you can get info when you need it.

AMSER Physics Links

AMSER Microbiology Links

AMSER Chemistry Links

AMSER Botany Links

AMSER Miscellaneous Science Links

AMSER Zoology Links

AMSER General Humanities Links

AMSER Math Links

AMSER Astronomy Links

AMSER Earth Science Links

AMSER Ecology and Environmental Science Links

AMSER Oceanography Links

AMSER Recreation and PE links

AMSER Biology Links

AMSER Geography Links

AMSER Anthropology Links

AMSER Archaeology Links

AMSER Library and Information Science Links

AMSER Architecture Links

AMSER Education Links

AMSER Fine Arts Links

AMSER US History Links

AMSER History Links

AMSER Language and Literature Links

AMSER Law Links

Physiology and Medical Science Links from AMSER

Military Science from AMSER

AMSER Music Links

Naval Engineering and Navigation Links from AMSER

AMSER Psychology Links

AMSER Religion Links

Some of the links in these sections are not really about religion but the cataloger apparently didn't know what to do with them. For example, the "Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry" is here. ?

AMSER Philosophy Links

Political Science AMSER Links

AMSER Communication and Transportation Technology Links

AMSER Social Studies Links

AMSER Arts and Crafts Links

AMSER Foods and Nutrition Links

AMSER Home Ec Links

AMSER Film Links

AMSER Photography Links

AMSER Technology and Transportation Links

AMSER Agriculture Links

Food Atlas

Sometimes, there are maps of more than just cities and physical features of a particular place.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Search for Educational Resources using a dedicated search engine

Almost 900 Foreign Language Links||||foreign%20languages|*

3500 Links on Health||||health|*

7700 Language arts links||||language%20arts|*

Over 4000 math links||||mathematics|*

Hundreds of Philosophy Links||||philosophy|*

Over 1800 PE links||||physical%20education|*

Over 400 links on Religion||||religion|*

11,600 Science Links||||science|*

12,500 Social Studies Links||||social%20studies|*

Over 400 Vocational Ed Links||||vocational%20education|*

Almost 2500 "educational technology" sites

Almost 2500 "educational" sites:||||educational%20technology|*

Over 4000 links on the arts||||arts|*

Freeware educational tools

LEGO Photosynthesis

LEGO Chemistry

Chemistry Videos from MIT

Biology Videos from MIT

Physics Videos from MIT

Engineering Videos From MIT

Math Videos from MIT

Video Course: Physics

Video Course: Linear Algebra

Resources for Teaching Engineering, from MIT

Resources for Teaching Science, from MIT

Resources for Teaching Math, from MIT

Open Courseware

Colleges all over the world are now putting full courses online for anyone to use. This can be a boon to homeschoolers since college courses are really not that much harder than 5th grade courses--they're just a little more detailed. If you work through them a little slower than an adult would, the materials are often still useful--especially for gifted kids.  This is also a good solution for the problem of "early college or not" for homeschooling parents of the profoundly gifted.

Unfortunately, there isn't a central portal that connects you to these courses by subject rather than by institution. So I'm going to build one. It will take a while, but you will find it here:

I am not ambitious enough to index by individual courses (MIT alone offers 1900), but I will connect you to the subjects, and then you'll have to sort through the individual courses at each institution on your own!

Online Physics Texts

Online Math Texts

Online Economics Texts

Online Marketing Textbooks

Computer Science Online Textbooks

Online Oceanography Textbook

Online Business Textbooks

Online Accounting Textbooks

Online Open Courses (all subjects) in various languages

Click on "group by language".

Afghanistan Digital Library

Astronomy Podcasts


Online Math Texts (higher math and math research, mostly)

My favorite title: "Topology without Tears".

Maps and Graphics on VOLCANOS

Making Movies: Script to Screen

At first glance, this is an intro to an offline exhibit, but there is actually a lot of online content you can explore. Scroll down. It's slightly to the right under the words "Script to Screen"

Folklife Unit

Focuses on Iowa, but a good intro to folklife as a discipline in general:

Art of Buddhism Unit

The Art of Islam Unit

Freer and Sackler Gallery Art Online

And teacher guides with activities:

World Music Podcasts

The emphasis here is on Asia and the Middle East.

Railroad History Archive

Click around--there are pictures, stories, etc.

Country Dogs Explore ART

You can watch stories about the art, exploring famous paintings, or use their art exploration tools to make your own art based on the famous works. REALLY fun.

Biology Rap Videos

Water Cycle Rap (5 grade)

How Food Turns into Energy--a rap

This is a more advanced explanation of how ATP is formed.

Online Archive of American Folk Medicine

Language Links--for learning and enjoying non-English languages

This includes such diverse things as lyrics to French songs and using adjectives in Japanese.

All things learning language related. Join free.

Scout Reports of Links for Math, Engineering, and Technology

Scout Report for Physical Sciences

Collections of links compiled and annotated by librarians.

National Science Digital Library Life Science Scout Reports

These are collections of links related to Life Sciences that were collected by librarians. Lots of cool stuff out there!

Virtual Tour of an Art Museum

The Frick Collection:

Maryland Map collection

Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History

Quite Possibly the COOLEST anthropology/archaeology site I've ever seen

World History Resources

World War II Naval Photos

Primary Source Databases for Canada History Study

Naval Aviation Museum Online Exhibits and Resources

Includes a virtual tour.

Cool WWII Lesson Plans

Center for Creative Photography

Collection of Ansel Adams and other influential photographers.

The Greatest Generation

Preserve your family history

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Secrets of Tomb 10A

Now that you know a little about Archaeology, check out this site for how people use archaeology in Egypt to learn about ancient Egyptians.

First this:

English Accents Archive (for actors or linguists)

Search using Carrot2 instead of Google for variety

Brainy Kids Brain and Neurology Resources

History (from How Stuff Works)

When you need a number....

Search engine that emphasizes computational knowledge.

Bram Stoker's Dracula as a blog--very cool

I love Stoker's original Dracula. Here it is in a novel format--as a blog (instead of a novel!). Start back at the earliest date to get it all in order.

Like Clip Art, but Sounds

Fun site. Try "bell" as the search term to get started.  Or "bang."

History of Business/Businesses

Annual Reports from 1850 online. Sounds dull, but it's kinda cool to look at, say, Thomas Edison's business reports (especially since they include pictures of his properties, etc).

Virtual Field Trips all over

This has TONS of virtual field trips and space to submit your own. Making a virtual field trip for other kids would be a GREAT activity for a homeschooling family.

Free Music Notation Software

Learn to compose music!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Local (for us) plants and animals info

Click the links on the left side for more info.

Tumble Books--animated online ebooks for kids

REALLY cool and fun. Read yourself or they'll read to you. It's like the modern version of those book-and-record combos we had when we were kids (you know, "When you hear tinkerbell, turn the page....")

If that gets you to a "free trial" page, click this link:
and then on the Tumblebooks link on the first line.

Math and Science "guest lecturer" Videos

1900 Free Courses (and Competitions) From MIT in all subjects.

This is an awesome resource, especially for families of gifted kids.

If the whole list is too daunting, try this one:

Specially Selected Portal for High Schoolers (including 3 AP courses):
    (includes guitar building and excitatory topics in physics)


Additional resources not linked to a specific course:

MIT Background info (to help you understand course organizations):

AND even more courses in the Archive:

Create your own online courses for your kids


Support Materials (how tos, ideas, etc):

Online French and Foreign Language Learning Courses

Mostly French courses:

Online Science Courses

From intro to chemistry and biology all the way to astrophysics and superconductivity.

Take your pick.

Online Math Courses

Online Humanities and Arts Courses

Online Business Courses

Sociology 101 Course

Intro to Physics Course Support Materials

Intro to Accounting Course

Principles of Marketing Course

English 101 (Composition) Course

Intro to Literature Course

Calculus Course Materials

You probably need a book, but this site is not book-specific (it appears to work with any text):

Math for Liberal Arts Majors

Awesome interactives and games, as well as resources, linked to this course:

Complete US History through 1877 Course

Includes links to interactives and a 6-lesson "historian's toolbox" unit in addition to the 16-module course:

History of Western Civilizations Online Course (complete)

Online Teaching and Learning, by Merlot

Music Interactives (LOTS of them--a whole course worth's)

Foreign Languages Portal, by Merlot

Study of Education, by Merlot

Statistics Portal, by Merlot

Psychology Portal, by Merlot

Coaching Portal, by Merlot

Physics Portal, by Merlot

Music Portal, by Merlot

Math Portal, by Merlot

IT Portal, by Merlot

History Portal, by Merlot

Health and Medicine Portals, by Merlot

Fire Safety Web Portal, by Merlot

English, by Merlot

Engineering, by Merlot

Criminal Justice, by Merlot

Communications, by Merlot

This includes Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Chemistry, by Merlot

Business Links from Merlot

GREAT stuff here:

Biology Materials collected by Merlot

REALLY Great stuff here:

Choose which kind of material you want (like animations or simulations), and it will take you to a list of links for those. Amazing links they are, too!

More great stuff is at the parent site, here:

eSkeletons Project

Compare skeletons.

Carbon Trading from AMSER

Soil Science and Environmental Ed from AMSER

Mathematics of Juggling Lesson from AMSER

This includes some links to great interactives and math sites:

Forensic Science and Malaria Drugs Lesson from AMSER

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A picture launches an exploration on: Agriculture

A picture launches an exploration on: Butterflies

Virtual Chemistry Lab

Merlot: Great Resource

I will be exploring this one more, but I thought I'd post the link so you can explore it, too:;jsessionid=8296fb4b30d69323d564c56f4f14b44eb29385bde30a.e34Oa30TaN4Ke34Kah8Pb3mSaxf0

AMSER Science Reader Monthly

This is an AWESOME resource.  Each month, they produce a "science reader" that links to a publicly available article and summarizes it. Then there are listed six or so links that are intended to help with an educational exploration of the concepts in the article.

These are especially great for students because it is all applied science and math, which are often easier for students to grasp and relate to than theoretical science and math (which always come with the "Who cares?" burden).

Depending on the age of the student, this could be one to 7 days worth of instruction each month.

VERY cool and worthwhile.

Planetarium movies

Projected onto a dome (like the inside of a dome tent ceiling?), these movies give you a planetarium experience.

If anyone experiments with how to use these to make a planetarium at home, let me know how it works out. I'd love to post instructions here.

History Games

US History Textbook Online (online book, not an ebook)

US History STUFF

Fun with Ben Franklin

Do experiments and play games, Franklin-style:

History Flash Movies

The History Time Machine Interactive

This is pretty cool. Can't wait for it to get out of Preview and into full functionality.

Digital History

TONS of great stuff here:

Grammar Girl Grammar Helps

Hubble Space Game

What kind of things can we learn from the Hubble Space Telescope?

Space Exploration Interactives

How the Hubble Gets its Pictures

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Presidents of the USA


and Activities:


Learn How to Write a Letter

Virtual Field Trips (and more free resources)

Valentines Day Resources

Whole lessons on Chocolate, including experiments, games and activities

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Great Backyard Bird Count

Missed it for this year, but there is great stuff here, including some games, and lots of pictures of birds:

Bird Identification Guide

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Astronomy: The Spitzer Space Telescope


Be sure to check out all the awesome video clips under "video and audio".

Astronomy: Hubble and Spitzer Work Together

Necessary Background Info
Before we can really understand why the Hubble Space Telescope would ever need (or want) to work with other telescopes, we have to understand how light works. Go to Amazing Space and do this activity:

The Star Spectrum 
Now that you've finished that, along the bottom of this image are pictures of the same galaxy taken by different telescopes that take pictures of different wavelengths of light.


Talk about the different pictures. Are they all the same? Why do you think they are different?

Each picture was taken of a different part of the light spectrum coming from the stars. Each one gives scientists different kinds of information.

The Hubble Space Telescope: How doe it work?
Now, to look specifically at the Hubble Space Telescope: It doesn't work like a regular camera just taking a snapshot of the sky. That doesn't give scientists enough information. Instead, it takes multiple pictures and scientists combine them to get the most information out of them they can. Choose one of the following sites to learn more about this (you can look at both, but they cross over):  --shows the whole process, written by a scientist who has created Hubble images. --shows how the images are made focusing on just the shape and then on just the colors.

Different pictures--different information--same stars
Now that you know how the images are made,  here is a site that compares the Hubble image of a galaxy to the image taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Watch the movie--notice how it "morphs" the Hubble image to the Spizter image? They are clearly the same place, but the pictures (and the information scientists can get out of them) are different.

What is different between the Hubble and Spitzer images of the same thing? Why are they different?

Maximizing the Possibilities
To get the most information possible, the scientists sometimes combine the images from different telescopes:

Hubble + Spitzer=



Hubble + Chandra=

Hubble + Spizter+ Chandra=,_aglow_with_activity_

And now we'll go back to one of the pictures we looked at before.

The top pictures there is actually a combination of all the little pictures. It is Chandra+ Galen+ 2Mass+ Spitzer+ IRAS+ VLA! (you can read the article this came from and learn more about all of these here:

Engagement Activity
Now, finally, it turns out that YOU can make space images like Hubble's at home! Click this link to learn how.

Let's make a telescope!

Explore Physics--activities and experiments, online and at home

Build your own space mission

So what are some of the tools we use in space?

Look at this coloring page:

Now go play this game:

Notice in the game that it mentions how long it takes messages to travel to earth?

It takes even longer for messages to travel from the stars.  Watch this:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pirate Archaeology

Lesson plan with cool links:

More Archaeology Links and Lesson Plans

Lessons on Social Studies Topics with video

Video help on math topics

Online National Park Fun

Scroll to page 2 for the online stuff:

Crafts for bored kids

Cool Cooking Projects for Kids

Emergency Preparedness Lessons, videos, and tools

Design a Vehicle Virtual Lab

The Puzzlemaker: Make your own puzzles

Links to Interactives on Science

VERY cool stuff here.

Discovery Education Lesson Plans

Science, Technology, and Energy Lessons and Interactives

Archaeology Game: Dig It!

Daily Life in Ancient Civilizations

Archaeological Parks

Lessons on Archaeology Sites of National Interest

History Mysteries

Archaeology Interactives and Games --GAMES!

Virtual Tours of Sites and Museum Exhibits

Archaeology Links for Teachers (various and random); Dozens of lesson plans

Imagine Life in the Past Online Exploration

Over a dozen Complete College Archaeology Courses

As the site states, these were designed for those who teach archaeology, but the  complete materials are accessible by anyone.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Language Arts Video Lessons

Science Sleuths Interactive

I just used my first name as the "login".  No special codes needed.

Environmental Science Interactive

Solar-Powered Cars Interactive

Exploration of Scientific Inquiry

Experiments from Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Click on "Printable One Sheets" from the Kids and Teachers Menu for printable version of the "Demos".

Everyone who EVER does social studies needs this link

A massive collection of social-studies related links:

Or skip to these Indexes:



Ancient Civilizations--

Social Studies and History--

Other and Specialty--

Teacher's Resources and Lesson Plans--

Fun to browse through, too!

Up-to-date Archaeology News

All About Archaeology

Snowflakes Up Close

Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Encyclopedia" of Science Links


9 Multi-media science lessons:

3 on water, 3 chemistry, and 3 on habitats, each with a video, interactive, or exploration component:

Great Science Links

Fun Science Activities and Experiments to do at home

3M Young Scientist Challenge

Agronomy/Botany Virtual Lab

Critters Virtual Science Lab

Science Fair Central

While public school families might only do these kinds of things for the science fair, homeschool families often do them as a regular part of a hands-on curriculum. Consequently, Science Fair Central is a great source of hundreds of great science ideas, a couple of virtual labs, and all kinds of tips for presenting things.


This is a tool for helping you solve math problems. It's fast and decent and shows you the steps to solving your problems, although it can be a little confusing when they skip the "Borrow a 10 and add it to the ones" and instead solves, "3-4=9".

Still, worth knowing about:

Educational/Curriculum-based clip art

You can use these online (without buying) and download them--click on a category.

State Histories: Kansas

History of Nebraska

Current Events Lessons from the NY Times

Whole Extensive Unit on the California Migration

Save Our History

150 Years of Smithsonian Expeditions

Virtual Autopsy of the Ice Maiden, a mummy

Anthropology Online By the Smithsonian Institute

Friday, February 5, 2010

Prehistoric Life in Texas

Virtual Tour of the Vatican

Interactives on Many Topics

An experiment in smelting Iron the old way

The Encyclopedia of Life

""Imagine an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth..." - Edward O. Wilson"

This is a VERY Cool Site.

Ancient Americas

DNA Discovery Center

Leaf Rubbings

Make a Mask

Family Hand Art

Get that Dino Bone! Interactive

Animal Teeth Craft

Become a Stegosaurus

Drums--with an activity and sounds

Explore a Woodland




Inside Natural Disasters

Mythic Creatures



All About Dinosaurs

Machu Picchu

Artifacts from China's Forbidden City

Sounds from the Vaults--cool world music site

Pictures from Africa

Women in Science

Field Museum Anthropology Collections

1893 World's Columbian Exposition Interactive History

The City of Kish

Southwestern Pottery Artifacts

Be sure to read here for more information about how the archaeology was done.

Asian Artifacts

Javanese Masks

Chinese Textiles

Forest Regeneration

Economic Botany

Botany Resources

Cultural Connections: an introduction to Anthropology and Culture

Conservation: Rapid Biological Inventories of Indicator Species

Finding Fossilized Mammals

Fossil Plants Expedition

Aquatic Snakes

Catalogs of Mammals from different countries

Join a Scientist (virtually) on his or her expedition:

Explore Biodiversity with interactives

Water Science

Underground Adventure with Interactives

Project ER (Environmental Rescue)

Conservation Unit with Interactives

Habitat Unit with Interactives

History of Baseball and More

A Whole Unit on Chocolate

For the teacher:

For everyone else: --explore, because this contains some very cool interactives.


Sue, the T-Rex