Resources

Social/Cultural Peace Corps / World Wise Schools www.peacecorps.gov/wws

An incredibly rich source for activities and lesson plans in science, the arts, environmental issues, cross-cultural understanding, and more—all with an internationalist flavor. Age 9+.

National Geographic Kids

www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

A bottomless well of delights. Age 8+.

Free Rice

www.freerice.com

Brilliant concept. Flex your vocabulary and end world hunger at the same time! Age 10+.

Lateral Thinking and Brain Teasers

Perry, Susan K. Playing Smart: The Family Guide to Enriching, Offbeat Learning Activities for Ages 4—14, revised ed. (Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 2001). Now available at the author's website at www.bunnyape.com/other_books .htm. See longer review in Chapter 5 Resources. A simply amazing book.

The Impossible Quiz

A hilariously bizarre online quiz, loaded with opportunities for divergent thinking. Available on many sites. Google "The Impossible Quiz"—then cancel your pressing business for the day. Age 10+.

Fun Brain

www.funbrain.com "The Internet's #1 education site for K-8 kids and teachers."

SmartKit Brain Gym and Puzzle Playground www.smart-kit.com

Terrific variety of puzzles and games, including flash animations. Personal favorite: Mass Attack. Just try to stop playing it. 28

Discover Education's Brain Boosters

www.discoveryeducation.com > School Resources > Brain Boosters

Over 200 puzzles and brain-teasers, including a large section on lateral thinking.

The Final Frontier NASA and Associated Sites NASA www.nasa.gov

NASA Education www.education.nasa.gov Jet Propulsion Laboratory www.jpl.nasa.gov

Your tax dollars beautifully at work! Three different amazing and multifac-eted sites. Articles, games, puzzles, science news, videos, activities, and more. Click the links marked EDUCATION, STUDENTS, and FOR KIDS. See also: NASA's Imagine the Universe http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html > Teacher's Corner Special treat for high schoolers: "What Is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements?" downloadable pdf in the Teacher's Corner.

Evolution and Genetics Charlie's Playhouse

www.charliesplayhouse.com

An exciting new company making clever toys and games that teach kids about evolution, from a 30-foot illustrated timeline of talking life forms to a fascinating and fun board game that illustrates how natural selection works.

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/id/

The brilliant PBS program detailing Kitzmiller v. Dover, the landmark trial that dealt the most serious blow yet to the creation science agenda. View the entire program online, or take advantage of terrific educational resources.

National Geographic Genographic Project www.nationalgeographic.com/genographic

A unique opportunity to be a part of cutting-edge research in human migration patterns. Order a DNA testing kit from the site, use the simple cheek scraper to harvest your cells, then send it in the tubes provided to the Genographic Project

for analysis. By looking for marker mutations in your genome, the lab will trace your deep ancestry, showing the path and timing of your ancestors' exodus from Africa. Well worth the price ($99 per kit at this writing). Check out the website for more detailed information about this incredible project.

Miscellaneous Science Science News for Kids

www.sciencenewsforkids.org

A gold mine of a website. Surf or subscribe.

The Exploratorium

www.exploratorium.edu

Special treats: www.exploratorium.edu/brain_explorer (puzzles, illusions, memory games, and more) and www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/all_bodies .html to put in any size diameter for the sun, and get back the diameters of the other solar system bodies, and the radii of their orbits around the sun, so you can do this activity with a sun of any size and corresponding distances and sizes of other objects.

Philosophy/General The Philosophers Club/Socrates Café www.philosopher.org

Click on the "Philosopher's Club" link for kids' activities.

Calkins, Lucy. Raising Lifelong Learners (New York: Da Capo, 1998). One of the truly great resources for parents wishing to raise children with a ravenous curiosity and the means of feeding it for a lifetime.

Zahler, Kathy. 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read (New York: Arco, 1997). A perfect practical adjunct to the Calkins book. Well worth seeking out.

Galens, Judy and Nancy Pear. The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) (Canton, MI: Visible Ink, 2002). Among the best of the general answer-to-everything references for kids. Well-organized, engaging, and both browsable and useful for specific reference. Everything from empirical science ("What is a black hole?" "Why does a skunk stink?" "How old is the Earth?"—and the right answer) to social science ("What is a homosexual?"—including an ex cellent slap at homophobes) to the big questions ("Where will I go when I die?""Who is God?"). Age 10+.

Additional Resources

See also the following books and videos reviewed in Parenting Beyond Belief:

McNulty, Faith. How Whales Walked into the Sea (New York: Scholastic Press, 1999). Ages 6-12.

McCutcheon, Marc. The Beast in You!-Activities & Questions to Explore Evolution (Charlotte, VT: Williamson, 1999). Ages 8-12.

Lawson, Kristan. Darwin and Evolution for Kids-His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2003). Age 12+.

Peters, Lisa Westerberg. Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story (New York: Har-court Children's, 2003). Ages 4-9.

Gamlin, Linda. Eyewitness: Evolution (New York: DK Children, 2000). Ages 10-14.

Pfeffer, Wendy. A Log's Life (New York: Simon and Schuster Children's, 1997). Ages 4-8.

Couper, Heather, with Nigel Henbest. Big Bang-The Story of the Universe (New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1997). Ages 12-18.

Bailey, Jacqui. The Birth of the Earth from The Cartoon History of the Earth series (Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2001). Ages 9-12.

Walking with Cavemen (London: BBC, 2003). Age 8+.

Walking with Dinosaurs (London: BBC, 1999). Age 10+.

Intimate Universe: The Human Body (London: BBC Warner, 1998). Age 6+.

Evolution, PBS series (Boston: Clear Blue Sky Productions, 2001). Age 12+.

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