Local Guide

The World Wide Web is a magnificent tool for education, especially if you know where to look.  Check out these links!

Santa Barbara County Scenes...

California State Report: Ranking of All Schools in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County Education Office

Allan Hancock College

Santa Barbara Business College

Santa Barbara City College

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California’s Extension Program

Westmont College

Providence Hall Preparatory High School

Brooks Institute of Photography

Fielding Graduate Institute

Bishop Garcia Diego High School


Interested in the Law? 


Here is a link to the California State Education Code.


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I've tried to compose a short description for every education link.  However, most of these sites are so extensive that a short description just doesn't do them justice!  So, have fun browsing and discovering the fascinating aspects of each site for yourself.


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Learning about 

Your Community

Judy Buzza, from Oakdale School in Oroville, says this is a fun way to teach your children at home or school about your local area.  Just pick up some local maps of your town (AAA is a great source).  Before you give them to your children, make a list of all the local attractions, land formations, streets, important places that you want your children to be able to locate on their maps.  Then compose a scavenger-hunt- type worksheet of places you want your children to find. (Examples: Locate three parks in Oroville, and give the map coordinates.  Find the city library, and write down the street that it's on.   List two of your favorite fast-food restaurants, and give the map coordinates.   Is the Feather River east or west of _____?)  Get the idea?!  As well as writing the answers, children can highlight the locations with felt tips or crayons.   Then for a reward, you can visit some of the places that they found, and maybe round off the trip with a visit to a favorite fast-food  restaurant for a meal or snack.  What a fun way to learn!  Thanks to Judy Buzza for a super idea!

Artsy Tall Tales...

When Becky Jarvis is teaching about tall tales, it's fun to visit her classroom at Ophir School in Oroville.  Her walls are decorated with colorful tall tale characters that her students have created from adding machine tape and construction paper.  Her students write their tall tales on the long strips of machine tape.  Then they glue on their tall tale character's head at the top and appropriately matching shoes or feet at the bottom.   You can tell that Mrs. Jarvis' 5th-graders really like this activity because many of their tall tale characters are very, very, very tall!  Thanks to Becky Jarvis and her class for sharing this great idea!

Share an Idea!

    If you have a favorite teaching activity/lesson that you would like to share with us, I would enjoy posting it to this site.  More and more teachers and parents are discovering this site, so the more tried-and-true lessons, the better!  Just e-mail your ideas, and I'll post them as soon as possible. 

Thanks, and have fun making more and more discoveries on the World Wide Web!






Ask a Geologist  Scientists from all over the US answer your questions about the earth.  Maintained by US Geological Survey scientists.


Ask Dr. Universe Dr. Universe answers your questions...plus has a web site full of interesting science facts and features.


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations  Do you need the perfect quote for your report?  Click here!


Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation   ~Tigers in Durham! Click here to see all the fantastic big cats at Kirshner's wildlife reserve in Durham, CA.


Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids  Outstanding site for all grades K-12!  Clearly written and definitely worth visiting when you need information about our government.


Cool Math: An Amusement Park of Mathematics  The greatest math web site ever!  Really!  Have fun with basic arithmetic or advanced calculus.  Puzzles, games, fractals, contests, and LOTS more!


Cricket Magazine     Super online magazine for kids!


CyberKids  Games, art, chiller stories, contests, Kidzeen...lots of exciting info!


Dig, Disney's Internet Guide   Dig This! lists top sites recommended by Disney's editors. Check back often for new picks, links, and descriptions. Happy surfing!


Endangered Species Coloring Book  Online coloring book.  Just click on the full page picture, print it out and start coloring!  Bald eagle, black bear, butterfly, mussel, prairie chicken, and many others...


FunBrain.Com  Play games: Math Baseball; Grammar Gorilla: Where Is That, etc.  Test yourself.  Make a quiz. Take a quiz


Homework Help: All Subjects  Use this homework help page for all of your classes...from pilgrims to presidents, grammar to Shakespeare, addition to calculus.  They've got it all!


How Stuff Works! 

 Next time you wonder how something works, this is the place to go!  Fascinating stuff!


Just 4 Kids  Sponsored by the California Dept. of Fish and Game, this site has lots of great links to sites about endangered species, facts about California and its ecology,   a wildlife gallery and much more.



     Lots of links to cool sites for kids who want to learn, learn, learn!  Links to information that is understandable and interesting to schoolkids.


Mad Scientist Network  Ok, Kids, here it is!  Science with a sense of humor!  If you like science, and you have a sense of humor, you're going to love this site!


National Geographic  Amazing Facts; Pen Pal Network, Cartoon Factory!


National Wildlife Federation Kids Page  Mad-libs, riddles, mix and match games...all about wildlife.


National Zoo  Lots of great exhibits about animals at the zoo.  Also, take a look at a live video camera at the zoo!  Fun!


Neuroscience for Kids  Created for all students and teachers who would like to learn more about the nervous system. Enjoy the activities and experiments on your way to learning more about the brain and spinal cord.  These experiences are made possible by the 3 pounds of tissue in your head...your BRAIN!!


No Sweat.Com  Homework Central!  Online help for all ages and subjects.  Great activities for learning basic and advanced math, reading and language skills.


Poetry  Super-cool site!  Click and drag words to make your own poems.     Then you can submit them for publishing online.


Ranger Rick    The #1 nature magazine for kids!


Scholastic  Cool games, activities, and more!  Star Wars: The Ultimate Reading Adventure!


Scientific American: Ask the Experts  Just write in your question about anything in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers, environment, geology, mathematics, medicine,  or physics, and an expert will answer your question!

Sesame Street Alphabet Coloring Page    For tots! Print out a favorite Sesame Street character for  your little brother or sister.  They'll think you're great!

StarChild Fantastic site for young astronomers!  All about the solar system and the universe...from the people who know... at NASA.  Great links to other sites, such as The Best of the Hubble Space Telescope.


Time for Kids  All kinds of great news stories written at different reading levels. Would you believe a 3.7 ton burrito made the news?


U.S. Census Bureau  Want to know the U.S. population?  It's updated every 5 minutes! Also, get the very latest facts for your State Reports here.


US Geological Survey   Learning Web  Explore things on, in, around, and about the Earth, such as plants and animals, land, water, and maps.


Volcano World    All you ever wanted to know about volcanoes!   Fascinating!


Welcome to the Alphabet Superhighway  Learn to be a good searcher!  This is your home for help on searching the Alphabet Superhighway and the entire World Wide Web for information.


Wild Ones  Learn about endangered animals from around the world.

WonderKorner    Don't miss this site!  Lots of games, fun activities as well as links to other great sites.   

Family-Friendly Links...


World-Wide Earthquake Locator




A+ Math  Create and print practice problem sheets for your child or student.   Great for students, too: interactive games, flashcard printouts, and more.

Blue Web'N is a searchable database of outstanding Internet learning sites categorized by subject area, audience, and type (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools).

The Children's Literature Web Guide  Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults

Classroom Connect G.R.A.D.E.S. is our hand-picked selection of quality education-related Internet sites.

Discovery Channel School Online  Lesson Plans, Web Links, School Store...Great search tools available!

Ed's Oasis  To help teachers know where to go on the Internet by providing links to high-quality, curriculum-aligned, standards-supporting, student-centered web sites: The Treasure Zone

Education World: Where educators go to learn... Worldwide School Sites... Cool Schools... Database of 110,000 sites.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)   Need to know the latest information on special education, curriculum development or other education topics? Just AskERIC!

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education    Explore this site for the best selection of K-12 mathematics and science resources on the Internet!

Family Education Network  This site is crammed with uptodate information for parents, teachers and students.  Vote on many current education issues.  Home of  Funbrain.Com and QuizLab: Assessment made easy... Ready-made quizzes; create a new quiz; print quizzes... Super site for parents and teachers!

Franklin Institute   Organized lists of resources on the Internet that science educators, as well as science enthusiasts, may find useful. To make the list, a resource needs to stimulate creative thinking and learning about science.

Helping Your Child Learn History  Lesson plans to help your students/children learn about time and historical relationships.

Helping Your Child Learn To Read  Enjoyment is essential in the process of helping your child become a reader. All of the activities at this site are written with this thought in mind.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators  Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites on the Internet  found to be useful for enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth.  It is updated daily to keep up with the tremendous number of new World Wide Web sites.

LD Online   Interactive guide about learning disabilities... for parents, teachers and students.  Lots of great information and activities!

Library of Congress  A comprehensive record of American history and creativitya universal collection of human knowledge

National Informational Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities  NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

National Parent Information Network  The purpose of NPIN is to provide information to parents and those who work with parents and to foster the exchange of parenting materials.

Net-Mom  See Net-Mom's Nice Sites:  Best of the Web for Kids for 1999...the results of her checking out over 4,500 kid sites.  Super effort and great job!

Parents and Educators Resource Center  Schwab Foundation for Learning offers a wide range of services for parents and educators to provide information, support and resources to improve the lives of students with learning differences.

Parent Soup Education Central  Goal:  "Let's work together to find the key to everything our kids can be!"

Public Broadcasting Service TeacherSource: activities for every subject and grade.  "TV for Teachers!"

S.C.O.R.E ~Schools of California Online Resources for Education: links to quality Internet resources and teacher-developed lessons.

Smithsonian Education on the Web  Step-by-step instructions for interviews, simulations, role plays, and experiments that involve students in active learning.

Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)  A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. This collection exists in order to make on-line Special Education resources more easily and readily available in one location.

Teachers Helping Teachers  Popular site!  Lesson plans in every area of the curriculum.

Tools for Teachers Online  Smart ideas for busy teachers!  Lesson plans, teacher to teacher talk,

Thematic Unit Archive  Contains educational lessons archived for all grade levels and subject areas.

U.S Children's Book Awards  Would you like current lists of  a multitude of honor books, such as Newberry Medal Awards, Caldecott Medal Awards, Coretta Scott King Awards?  This is the site for you!!

WonderKorner  Don't miss this site!  Lots of games, fun activities as well as links to other great sites.  Family-Friendly Links... I liked this site so much that I put it in both columns!




The Official Site of the County of Santa Barbara


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If you haven't checked MapQuest out yet, you're in for a real treat!  Type in any address in the U.S. and get a detailed map of the surrounding area.  Just print out the map and use it for directions to your home, business, or traveling.  Great for parties,  meetings, stationary, etc.

More Ideas...

School Newscast...

Choose a few students to film a newscast for the week's news at school.  Have them pick important events that are taking place that week and work as a news team to present the news on videotape.  Each student should create a short speech about his/her topic (school events, sports, weather...)  One of the reporters can also serve as director, while another student can be the camera-person.  The total newscast should be less than 10 minutes long and can be shown to the class and/or other  classes on Friday. (Five to six students make an ideal news team.  It takes about 20-30 minutes on Monday through Wednesday to write and  practice  their newscast.  Then allow 30 minutes for filming on Thursday.)  As the weeks go by, you will notice a definite evolution in the quality of reports and filming.  Also, the personalities of the different teams really start shining through! (Note: These news teams work exceptionally well with a parent supervisor.  However, some 5th-6th grade teams can do most of the work, practice and newscast on their own.)







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