Schools Online CD-ROM

This CD contains seven of our most popular curricula from our award-winning Schools Online website.

Schools Online is packed full of imaginative curricula and teaching ideas from the professionals at University of Illinois Extension. You and your students will find these programs user-friendly, lots of fun, and a great addition to your classroom.

The Schools Online CD contains the following websites.

Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb has nothing to do with trees. Nope! It’s an interactive guide that teaches children strategies for getting along with others. It is designed to teach youth how to better manage conflicts and challenges they face on a daily basis. Out on a Limb is designed for third graders, but can be used with second and fourth graders as well. Students learn about communication skills, how to listen to others, and how individuals perceive things differently. If you’re looking for an effective prompt to get students talking about feelings and how to handle them, this is it! (Also available in Spanish.)


The Great Plant Escape

Join Detective LePlant, Bud, and Sprout as they look to unlock a green plant’s greatest mysteries at The Great Plant Escape. Students find out what parts of a plant are edible for humans, the life cycle of the plant, and how to grow lettuce indoors. Detective LePlant needs help finding clues, doing experiments and solving problems. Students learn the basics of composting, germination, seeds and soils. And once they figure out the basics, it’ll be time to hunt down the bulb imposter. It’s a great introduction to plant science. For grades 4-5. (Also available in Spanish.)


A Guide to the Business of Babysitting

This site has it all! Information about how to do business, what to expect at various ages and stages, and how to care for kids. Also, it covers what to ask parents and how to ensure the babysitter's safety and the safety of children under their care. It even has a make-your-own advertising flyer. A terrific way to encourage young entrepreneurs. A Guide to the Business of Babysitting is for 14-19 year olds. (Also available in Spanish.)


The Adventures of Herman

Your kids won’t squirm when they visit The Adventures of Herman website. Herman, the cutest worm you’ve ever seen, guides kids as they learn the genealogy of worms, a worm’s eating habits, and discover how annelids manage without noses, eyes, arms or legs! At Worm Facts, kids find out how there can be more than a million earthworms in one acre of land, and other cool tidbits. Students can also slither out to Herman’s Fun Place, where they can write a worm story, explore the underground in Herman’s Tunnel, or get color crazy at Color Me Herman. And if students have a question, they can contact Herman directly. Students in grades 3-5 can dive into Herman’s worm hole now! (Also available in Spanish.)


My First Garden

My First Garden helps students learn how to grow their own food! Designed for grades 3-5, it is easily adaptable to other grades. It connects gardening to science, social studies, and mathematics. Through various activities, students will learn to collect and organize data, measure using non-standard units, and plan and problem-solve using estimation. They maintain journals, nurture their plants and plot growth in the gardens. But the most fun is gardening in unbelievable places like an old shoe or a watering can. (Also available in Spanish.)


Trees Are Terrific

Pierre - a lively acorn - gives kids the low down on trees and why we need them. Young children, 5-8 years old (K-2) learn the parts of a tree, all about leaves and how trees change during the different seasons. It is a wonderful way for young students to learn about trees. (Also available in Spanish.)


Exploring the Secret Life of Trees

Pierre is back with an interactive site for third through fifth grade students that teaches all about roots, the parts of a trunk, and the importance of TLTC – Tender Loving Tree Care. Students will learn to appreciate the trees around them and discover how important trees are. (Also available in Spanish.)


A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods teaches the wonders of nature. Students learn that if they look closely they can discover lichens, acorns and mushrooms. They learn about raccoons, wildflowers and even fireflies. It's an engaging way to teach environmental stewardship to third through fifth graders.


Let's Talk about Insects

C.P. Ant introduces 9-11 year olds to the wonderful world of insects. Students learn about the magic of metamorphosis, what makes an insect an insect, and an insect's basic body parts. Let's Talk about Insects stresses the many benefits insects bring to our environment. Students can also design and name their own insect. (Also available in Spanish.)


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