Welcome to Western Hills

Have you ever wondered where ice cream cones, can openers, bubble gum, or fly swatters come from?  The world is full of inventions.  How did these things come to be?  Who invented them?  In this elective we will discover as much as we can about some of the things that we use every day, the people who created them, and how they have made our lives better.  We will think cooperatively and creatively about objects around us.  If you like to read and listen to interesting stories, then this elective is the one you want to take!

Day 1:  What is an invention?

Day 2:  Who is an inventor?  Link one 

Day 3:  What inventions did you find?  Use links from yesterday if necessary.

Day 4:  Top 10 inventions. Link one  

Day 5:  Think like an inventor.  If you finish early, here is a site to go to.

Day 6:  Famous inventors

Day 7  More inventors:   African American  Women  Hispanic

Day 8:  Making things better  Link

Day 9:  Advertising

Day 10:  What did I learn?






Meet the Greens A site for kids about looking after the planet.

Biomes Pick a biome and learn about the animals and plants in that biome.

Science Learning Find out more about ecosystems, biomes, and habitats.

NatureWorks An overview of ecosystems.


Recycle City Visit Recycle City and learn how the people of Dumptown turned their city around.  Learn how to recycle, reduce, and reuse.


Rocks & Minerals  Lots of research and informational sites.

Rocks for Kids


Electronic Zoo  A vast amount of resources and links to the study of the animal kingdom as well as the environments in which they live.

Kidwings This site has background information, activities, photographs, bird calls, and poetry about birds.  It also has a virtual owl pellet dissection.

The Adventures of Herman  The autobiography of Squirmin' Herman the Worm.

Worm Songs/Poems Try a few...fun!!!


Star Light, Star Bright   Students can explore the EM spectrum.

Laws of Light Try these activities.

EM Spectrum Learn about the elecromagnetic spectrum.

Light Visit here if you want to read about light.

Insight into Eyesight  This program will help you find out more about how your eyes work and how to care for them.

Your eyes  Find out about your eyes.

Cow's Eye This website shows photos and videos of a cow's eye dissection.



Global Warming  Learn about global warming, the water cycle, and the carbon cycle.

Water  Learn the steps of the water cycle.

Water Cycle  Watch and learn about the water cycle.

 Windows  Learn more about climate, weather, and the carbon cycle.

Data Use this site to collect data on the weather.

Challenging Activities Choose from several activities on weather. 


Dinosaurs and Fossils



Let's Talk About Insects Listen & learn all about insects.

Insects Home page
Read interesting facts about insects.



All About Birds Look here to find out about birds.

Bones & Muscles

This site will teach you more about these important body parts. (Plus links to other topics.)

Site 1


Explore Try these online activities about listening.

Find Sounds  Explore a wide variety of sounds. 

Bubble Gum


Nutrition/ Health

Super Kids Nutrition  Learn about eating the right foods to stay healthy.

Learn More Go to this site for some interactive explorations.


Solar System

Kid's Astronomy  Learn about the sun, planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

Game  Can you put the planets in the correct order?

More Games  Put together puzzles, play a memory game, or play shuttle tac toe.

Windows  Choose from several activities on space.

Our System  Visit links to the Sun, and visit the planets and other bodies in the Solar System.

Switch-a-Roo!  Do you know your planets and moons? Try this!

Space Place Choose from activities to learn.

Science Websites

Facthound  This site helps you find information on several topics.

Study Jams 

EEK! Environmental Education for Kids (Gr 4-8). Lots of activities and info.

NASA for Kids

BB C Science

Bitesize Science This site covers Living Things; Materials; & Physical Processes.

Science Bob Choose from a wide variety of experiments.

Hypermedia Textbooks   This web site contains online textbooks for students of grades 3, 4, & 5 to learn about water, matter and energy, and atoms and molecules.

National Geographic  Interactive games and explorations for kids.

Chem4Kids This is an excellent tutorial on scintific concepts. There are no hands-on activities, so the student has to have a genuine interest in the topic!

Science Book Site This site has more info about what you are studying in class.

Visual Dictionary

Geography4Kids  Learn about ecosystems, food chains, erosion, soil and lots more!

Learning Science Click on the area of science you are interested in, then click on the topic!

Physics4Kids Includes motion, heat, electricity & magnetism, & light.

PBS Kids Reinforces problem solving and science.

Zoom from PBS Kids Try some of these virtual experiments.

ZoomBuild You can try these activities from the show.


Land Use/ Soil

Earth Science

Just for Kids  Soil info for kids.

Dirtmeister's Erosion  Investigate, observe & record, report, or learn about erosion.

Geography for Kids  Several earth topics.

Weathering  Learn more about this natural process.


Powerpoints There are several to choose from to learn about plants.

The Great Plant Escape This site has several activities.


Lots of information on plants.

Biology of Plants  This site contains information like how to start plants, parts, making food, pollination, seeds, and adaptations.

Plants  Information, quizzes, links, and activities.

Vegetables  Find out about what you planted.

Flowers  Find out about the flower you planted.

 Learn2Grow Helping you become a more successful gardener.

National Gardening Assoc.  When you garden, you grow.

Garden Guides  Your guide to everything gardening.

About  Ideas, tips, & advice.

The Flower Expert Find out abut flowers from this online encyclopedia.


The Microscope Learn about the parts and functions of the microscope.

 Micro Angela See pictures taken with a scanning electon microscope (SEM).



  & Basic Facts 

Color Quiz
  Solve simple addition problems correctly to color a picture.

Numbers Knowing simple sums & learning calculations can help you every day! This site covers every operation!!!

Fun4theBrain A fun way to practice your facts.

Crossnumber  Find the sum of 5 digit numbers to complete a crossnumber puzzle.

Number Cruncher  Add, subtract, multiply, and divide your way to the reward screen, but beware of the chicken!

Time Challenge  See how quickly you can use your math facts.

Kidsnumbers This site has a lot of activities to choose from. All oerations are available.


See how quickly you can add, subtract, multiply, or divide mentally.  There are 3 levels of difficulty.

Speed Math  Choose the operation and see how many problems you can answer correctly in three minutes.

Tackle Math Ball  Rumble down the field by answering math facts in a given time.  On defense, you stop the opponent when you click on the math problem that matches the answer.

That Quiz  Choose your operation, the number of problems, and the amount of time you want to use to practice your math.

Fill In the Chart  One way to practice the times tables is to fill in this chart with missing numbers.

Farm Stand  Solve these two step money problems to find your total.

Math Is Fun  Practice your multiplication tables at this site.

Flashcards  Practice all your facts with these flashcards.

Quickflash  Another site to practice your times tables with flash cards.

Division Machine  Choose a level of division facts andtry to get a score of one hundred.

Asteroid Division  Solve the division problems to avoid being destroyed by asteroids.

Addition Attack  You must add single-and-double-digit numbers together while shooting spaceships trying to invade Earth.

Math Magician  See if you can add 20 questions in 1 minute.

Multiplication Applet  Click on two numbers and SEE the product.

Jungle Jim Drums Choose the X fact you want to practice. Hit the drum with the correct answer.

Doubles  Practice your addition double facts.

Goodies This multiplication activity from Harcourt School's Mighty Math Calculating Crew asks you to multiply using regrouping.

I Know That Solve problems with Leon

Word Problems

Mixed Quiz  Solve a variety of story problems.  Answers are multiple choice.

Short Answers  There are many chances to practice solving word problems here!

Math Playground  Great interactive word problem site.  Choose difficulty level and operations.

Thinking Blocks  Use visual models to solve story problems.

Quia  Story problems with mixed practice.

Kids Math Word Problems  Choose a category that uses only one operation or choose a mixture.

Strategies See an example of 7 strategies here

Disaster Math  These word problems are all about natural disasters like earthquakes and tornadoes.

Aunty Math Try these daily challenges.

MathCounts Try this each week...challenging!

Gamequarium Try some of these!

RHL School Some more problems to solve.



Shade  Shade in the correct amount to show the fraction.

Equivalent  Fill in the blanks to make equivalent fractions.

Equivalent 2  Put numbers in the boxes to make equivalent fractions.

Fishy Fractions  Choose from a variety of activities and levels to practice your fraction skills.

Quiz Tree 1  What do you know about improper fractions?  Take the quiz!

Quiz Tree 2 Another chance to try your best on improper fractions.

Quiz Tree 3  Reduce fractions on this quiz!

Quiz Tree 4  What is 2/3 of 8?  Do you know how to do this problem?  Try and see!

Visual Fractions  A tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles.

Inequality  Compare two fractions or decimals in this quiz.

Fraction Quiz  Fill in the blanks to name the shaded area as a fraction.

Fraction Practice 
Choose your operation on this very challenging site.

Decifractator  Convert fractions to decimals.

Cookies This is an interactive site.



Math Mastery Check out these tutorials to sharpen your skills.

Logic/ Strategy Websites

Add 'Em Up  Eliminate tiles on a grid by finding numbers that, when added, result in a target number.

Logic Puzzle site. Click on Kiddlers for student puzzles. Students are also able to create their own puzzles.

Tower 23


Brain Teasers  Use logic to solve these story problems.  Hints and solutions are available.

Shape Sudoku  Fill all of the  empty squares in the grid with a picture.  Each picture may appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 grid.

Place Value 

Place Value Pirates  Fight the pirates by identifying place value.

Place Value Puzzler  Reveal the picture by finding the correct place value

Place Value  Click on the correct answer.

Total Value  Choose the right one!

Toon University  This game will test your understanding of place value to thousands.

Game Create the largest possible numbers from the digits the computer gives you.

Playoff  Choose from four activities about standard form and expanded form.

Zone  Choose from several place value activities.

Scientific Notation

Three sites to help you learn about expressing numbers in this form.




Big Numbers  Use this site to help you read and write really big numbers.

Guess Try and guess the number using clues.

Game Try this place value game.


Time  Match the clock face with the digital.

Just In Time  Lesson plans for teachers.  Activities for students.

Telling Time  Several activities.

Choose Time  Choose the correct time.

Time Clock  Set the hands on the clock.

Bang On Time  Try to stop the hands on the correct time.

Elapsed Time  Given a start time and an end time, find the elapsed time.

Elapsed Time 2  These elapsed time questions are in story problem form. 




Shapes, Space, and Measures Find out about angles, lines, & graphs.

Angle Math  Pick the congruent angles.

Geopictures  Match the geometry term with the correct illustration to reveal a picture.

Math Lab  A tutorial on angles is followed by a chance to practice identifying angles.

Hangman  Play hangman with geometry terms.

Net Hangman  Identify what shape the net would make.

Geometry Gives a visual and a definition of terms.  Quizzes also!

Terms & Illustrations  This site might make all those words easier to understand.

Symmetry Online Practice making and completing symmetrical patterns.

Plane Symmetry Learn about the 4 types of symmetry.

Symmetry Webquest Learn all about symmetry.

Figures & Polygons This site gives definitions & examples.

Using Protractors

Site 1

Site 2

These sites have virtual protractosr to measure angles


Handling Data This site covers Interpreting data; Mode, Median, & Mean; & Probability

Zone Get practice reading a bar graph.

Billy Bug  Graph these number pairs.

Graphs  Create  frequency tables, bar graphs, and pictographs.

Create  Make a graph of your own!  Choose from Bar, Line, Area, Pie, or XY.

Goodies See several line graphs and answer some questions!

Using Data  See examples displaying and using data.

Tables & Graphs  Information on types of tables & graphs. Quizzes!

 More Tables & Graphs Types of as well as graphics & quizzes.

Even More Tables & Graphs Learn about all kiinds of graphs.

Circle Graphs






General Math Websites

Math Mastery This site has tutorials for all areas of Mathematics.

Kids' Math Games  For a variety of activities go to this site.

Math Goodies Interactive math lessons by Mrs. Glosser.

Math online  Pick from several subjects for an extra tutoring session.


Math is Fun  Need I say more?

MathWizz Lessons about a variety of topics.

Math Magician:
Are you a math magician? Answer 50 questions in 2 1/2 minutes.

A Plus Math Get ready to practice your math skills.

Max's Math Adventure: Use your math skills to complete these mathematical adventures!

Math Hunt: Get ready to explore amazing facts and fantastic math.

Absurd Math Use your problem solving skills to complete this adventure.

Elementary Math
Many links to activities.

Maths MagNet

AAA Math

Online Tangram Puzzles

Math Playground

AIMS Puzzle Corner

King's List of On-line Math Activities

Bright Sparks Difficult interactive problem solving/critical thinking games.

Math Slice Interactive math site with fun activities and practice tests.

Interactivate: High level math activities

Interactive Fun Puzzles

Super Thinker

More General Math Sites

Fun to Play Lots of different skills to review

 Helping With Math  Choose from many topics or grade levels. Some interactive.

Math Try these activities that are fun! Fun! Fun!

Math Dictionary for Kids  See animated definitions and examples of math terms.

Rain Forest Maths  Interactive math for K-6.

 Student Web Lessons
Use these videos to learn about a wide variety of concepts.

Number Nut  Choose a topic and let the computer help you practice.  Enough math can make anyone nutty!

Great Practice Site Use this site to improve your skills! Inspired by the author Greg Tang.


Puzzle  Round the number correctly to reveal the puzzle.

AAA Learn about, practice, and play with rounding.

Flashcards  See how you do!

Half Court  Round the number correctly and your character will make the basket!

Quiz  Round ten numbers for a score.

Memory  Match the tiles of the number & the number rounded to the nearest tenth.

Decimal Quiz  Round 10 random numbers to the nearest hundredth.


Mr. Anker's Tests Use this site to count up the dollars and cents and pick your answer.

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Money to Build a Robot Use this to identify coins.
Flashcards  Get practice totalling bills and coins.

Counting $ Try this activity.

Money Learn about money.

$ Try this to practice money.

Change Maker  Get money in your piggy bank by figuring out the correct change.

Drill Games  Choose from Money Math, Money Count, Making Change, Spending Money, or Piggy Bank Breakin.

H.I.P. Pocket Change Choose from several money games.

$ Games  18 Money games.

Skillwise  Eight money games.


Centimeters  Practice measuring in centimenters here.


 4th grade practice for Math CRT 4-07.

# Sequence

# Patterns

Missing #s

Other pattern sites:




Teacher Sites

Free Worksheets





General Sites...all content areas!!!

Sites for Teachers

Power Points


 Student Sites