Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla
Tesla Society: Biography - Article: Tesla biography: The Genius Who Lit The World. Site also includes some information about his most famous inventions.

Biography: Nikola Tesla - Site offers biographical information about Tesla's life: The early years, years as an inventor, his fall from grace, and his death and legacy.

Wikipedia: Nikola Tesla - Page offers quite a bit of biographical information about Tesla's life and accomplishments.

About: Inventors: Nikola Tesla - This pages offers a short written article and a 2:25 minute video.



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Geometric Designs

Cleave Books - A PDF file with geometric designs made from simple shapes.

Dearing Draws - Site offers tutorials, videos, and free downloads of geometric patterns.

Creative Bloq - 23 Glorious Geometric Patterns in Design - See what happens when shapes take center stage.

Design School: 50 Stunningly Beautiful Geometric Patterns In Graphic Design - Geometric patterns that have been used in designs.

Andy Sowards: 60+ Beautiful Examples of Geometric Designs - This site showcases 60 impressive geometry artworks and geometric designs.





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Fractals

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MIQEL: Naturally Occurring Fractals - Includes plants, rivers, galaxies, clouds, weather, population patterns, stocks, video feedback, crystal growth, etc..

WIRED: Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns - Scroll through a gallery of fractals.

Mother Nature Network: 14 Amazing Fractals Found in Nature - Site offers a gallery with a brief description for each one.

Fractal Foundation: Inspiring Interest in Science, Math, & Art - Site offers fractal shows, pictures, videos, a section to explore fractals, and a blog with more information.

Wikipedia: Fractal - Explains what fractals are. Pictures available.

Kids Discover: Family Nature Walk - Patterns in Nature - Fractal Activities.

Creative Star Learning: Outdoor Maths: Fractals in Nature - Explains what fractals are and offers some outdoor activities.

Fractal Music - The research project offers an introduction to fractal music.

Solomons Music: The Fractal Nature of Music - Fractal-like structures that exist in music.

Plus Maths.org: Fractal Music - Listen to Dmitry Kormann's fractal compositions.

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Peanuts

Energy Quest: Peanut Power - Use the energy from a peanut to create fuel.

Kids Activity Blog: Peanut Butter Playdough - Site offers a dairy-free, edible recipe made with three ingredients.

IN.gov: Reclamation: Floating Peanut Experiment - Site offers an experiment. PDF format. 

National Peanut Board: Classroom Lesson Plans - 12 Peanut activities and a downloadable peanut comic book.

Georgia Peanut Commission: Kids Corner - History of peanuts, FAQ, nutrition, interactive games and resources.

Peanut Plant Anatomy: Diagram and info

eHow: Peanut Plant Uses - From the shell to the nut, find out what can be done with every part of a peanut. This site also offers the article: How to Plant Peanuts.

Fran's World of DiscoverySweet & Spicy Nuts - Recipe found on this blog.

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
PBS: Ben Franklin - Find out who Ben Franklin was and what his
accomplishments were. Site also offers a teacher's guide.

Wikipedia: Benjamin Franklin - The life and accomplishments of Ben Franklin.

Franklin Institute: Ben Franklin - Offers historical resources for the armonica, lightning rod, Nini Medallion, and much more. Check here for FAQ about Ben.

Ben's Guide to US Government - Site offers learning adventures and games.


Fran's World of Discovery: Ben Franklin's Armonica - Listen to a glass armonica and play a virtual one.


Ben's Autobiographies

Spark Notes: Franklin Autobiography - Read Chapters 1-14 on line.

US History.org: Autobiography of Ben Franklin - Page 1 of 81 Read on line.

Early America: Autobiography of Ben Franklin - Read it on line, chapter by chapter.

LibriVox: Autobiography of Ben Franklin - Listen to Franklin's autobiography on line or download the MP3.

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Pine Trees

Pine Cones

Birds and Blooms: Make Color-Changing Pine Cones for your fireplace.

Homeschool Ideas: Homeschool Science: Colored Pine Cones

BackyardParent: Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Crafty Morning: Pine Cone Crafts for Kids



Pine Needles

Doodles & Jots: Turn a bunch of pine needles into a paint brush.

Native TechPine Needle Tea

Home Talk: Homemade Pine Needle Facial Toner &  Tartan Pine Needle Sachets

Urban Comfort: Evergreen Imprinted Clay Dishes

Survival Life5 Survival Uses of Pine Resin

Pine Needle VinegarEvergreen Scented Vinegar

Krokotak: FALL STARS from Chestnut Leaf Stalks - Pine needle star craft.



Bark & Twigs

Survival TopicsEdible Pine Bark

eHow: DIY Winter Solstice Lanterns

Trendy Tree: Lighted Pinecone Branch Centerpiece

HowStuff WorksPine Twig Trivet


Mixed Ideas

7 DIY Ways To Make Your House Smell Amazing For The-Holidays


One Acre Farm: 4 Wild Winter Teas & A Chocolate Drink


How Pine Trees Grow

Macmillan McGraw-Hill: Life Cycle Of A Pine Tree - Video and pictures.

Boundless: Life Cycle of a Conifer

Native Plants & Wildlife: Life Cycle of the Long-Leaf Pine Tree



How Lumber Is Made

DIY Sawmills: Turning Logs Into Lumber for Furniture


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Victorian Era Information, Games, Crafts & Foods

Polar of Emlen Physick Estate 1879
Information about the
Victorian Era
1837-1901

BBC: Primary History: Victorian Era - An interactive tour of Victorian Britain.

WikipediaVictorian Era - The history of Queen Victoria's reign.

Victorian Web: Music in the Era of Queen Victoria - Article.

eHow: Children's Games in England - Instructions for 3 games.

Benoit Academy: Victorian Christmas Unit - Mini Unit.

Victorian Era Games


Victorian World: Victorian Games - Information about games played during this era.

Victorian DaysVictorian Pastimes - Indoor and outdoor pastimes, music, songs, dancing and more.


The Victorian Era: Games and Activities for Kids


Victorian EraGames of the Victorian Era


Victorian Crafts

Victoriana MagazineVictorian Crafts - Assorted crafts from the Victorian era, includes these projects: Glass bead pillow, scrapbooking, stencils and more. Check out their section on Victorian Cards & Christmas CardsFree downloads.

Victorian Embroidery and Crafts - Victorian needlework and crafts.

Victorian Crafts - Site contains links to Victorian related activities.

Education.com: Throw A Kids' Victorian Tea Party - Activity suggestions.

Music

Victorian Era.org: Music - Article talks about Victorian Era music and how it changed.

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A World To Discover December Volume 1

A.C. GilbertResource page for A. C. Gilbert, the man who invented the erector set and other activities.

Christmas/Holiday Cards - Family style holiday card making ideas on a budget. Links and videos.

Homemade Pet Treats and ToysTreat and toy ideas for dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils and rabbits.

Silent Night- Resources for the song Silent Night. Includes links and videos.

Charles DickensInformation about Dickens' life and writings, articles and videos.

Christmas TreesHistory of the Christmas Tree, and Christmas Tree activities and crafts. Links and Videos available.


Seasonal Foods

Oranges: General and nutritional information, diseases, educational resources, ideas for orange peels and videos.

Pumpkin - Information about pumpkins and squash, recipe instructions for "Original Pumpkin Pie" aka pumpkin pie cooked right in its own pie shell with a modern twist.


Beans - Bean soup recipe, bean science projects, links to other bean resources.


Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, links to cabbage information.

Apple Research Project - Facts, leading questions, Information, videos, recipes, and links to other resources.

Apple Research Resource - Apple resources including links to lesson plans, history, nutritional info, health info, activities, science experiments, and recipes.

Sweet Potato Resources - Nutrition facts, educational info, and recipes.

More December activities can be found here.

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Homemade Treats & Toys for Pets

Dog Treats & Toys

Martha Stewart: Our Tastiest Homemade Dog Treat Recipes - Scroll through the pictures with the arrow. The recipe names are under each picture.

The Kitchn: Cookies For Canines: 9 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

BIG DIY: 37 Homemade Dog Toys Made by DIY Pet Owners

SPARTADOG BLOG: 44 Really Cool Homemade DIY Dog Toys Your Dog Will Love


Cat Treats & Toys

Pet360: Homemade Cat Treats - Site offers cat treat recipes.

WikiHow: 8 Ways to Make Cat Toys - Site offers pictures and written suggestions for easy to make cat toys.

World's Best Cat Litter: The 10 Best Homemade Cat Toys - Site offers a variety of sites with cat toys you can make yourself. 

Friskies: DIY Homemade Cat Toys - Site offers some ways to make things cats can play in and with. Some are very easy to make, some may be more difficult.

Purina-One:  Make a DIY Scratch Post - Instructions for making a scratching post.


Charlies Paws: 101 DIY Cat Toys That You Can Make At Home - This site offers some easy, fun and unique toys you can make for you cat.


Hamsters & Gerbil

How to Build Hamster Toys out of Household Items - 5 Items you can make from household items.

Healthy Pets: Common Harmful Hamster Treats - Article offers some ideas for healthy pet treats for hamsters.

Pet Health Network: 10 Ways to Keep Your Hamster Healthy

Alberta Rodents: Food list for Gerbils



Rabbit

Rabbit Haven: Feeding Your Bunny - Article offers information and lists of foods rabbits can and should not eat.

House Rabbit Society: More Than Just a Chew Stick - Article gives advice for keeping rabbits from getting bored.

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Silent Night

Silent Night Chapel Photo by Gakuro
SILENT NIGHT: The Song Heard 'Round The World - Article: The history of the song.

Wikipedia: Silent Night - History of the song, hear and read the song in English and German, plus pictures.

The German Way - Stille Nacht - Silent Night - Information and pictures about Silent Night.

Stille Nacht Gesellschaft - Timeline with facts and pictures. Site has a virtual museum as well.



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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens
Celebrate the life of Charles Dickens by learning about him, listening to and/or reading his stories, and living as he would during his time period.

History

Biography: Charles Dickens - Offers a 45 minute video and written information about Dickens.

BBC: Charles Dickens - Information about Dickens' life.

A Christmas Carol & Other Writings

Planet PDF: A Christmas Carol - Printer friendly version.

Librivox:  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens other versions can be found here. His other writings can be heard here.

The Literature NetworkCharles Dickens - Read Dickens' literary works on line or download them.

Charles Dickens.org - Complete works all in one place.

Charles Dickens Coloring Pages, Printables, & More

Activity VillageCharles Dickens - Information about Dickens, printable booklet with lines, coloring pages, notebooking pages, worksheets, writing pages, posters, story starters, how to draw Charles Dickens, and short videos.

Grandma's Graphics: A Christmas Carol Images - Download as a Word or PDF file. These are great for illustrating your own version of A Christmas Carol or for creating your own book.

Charles Dickens Coloring Pages - Printables

Hello Kids: Charles Dickens - Color in a picture of Charles Dickens online or print it.

Fran's World of Discovery:  Victorian Era Games, Crafts & Foods

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Christmas Trees

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History Of The Christmas Tree

History.com: History of Christmas Trees - Videos and written information about the Christmas tree. How it got its start and Christmas trees around the world.


WhyChristmas?.com: The History of The Christmas Tree -  Article gives the history of the Christmas tree. This site has a tree you can decorate on line as well.

Wikipedia: Christmas Tree - History, Customs & Traditions.


National Christmas Tree Association: History of Christmas Trees - Timeline of facts from 1510-Today.

Christmas Tree Activities

Classroom Jr.: Christmas Tree Mad Libs & Christmas Tree Maze 

DLTK: Christmas Tree Crafts & Activities - Crafts, coloring pages, etc..

Teach-nology: Christmas Maze Worksheet

Activity Village: Christmas Tree Colouring Pages - How Many Robins Colouring & Activity Page - Christmas Cards To Make - Christmas Tree Theme (Games, Crafts, Colouring Pages, Printable) - Christmas Tree Crafts

Enchanted Learning: Paper Christmas Tree - Easy to make 3D Christmas Tree.

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A. C. Gilbert

A. C. Gilbert
Gilbert House Children's Museum: About A. C. Gilbert - A brief history about the man who saved Christmas, in 1918. Site offers a short timeline.

Scientific American: A. C. Gilbert - Article about the American toy maker. 

A. C. Gilbert Society - A source for A. C. Gilbert and his products.

Gliders & Gears: A Brief History of A. C. Gilbert Erector - A time line and short history about the erector set.

Eli Whitney Museum & Workshop: The Gilbert Project - Information about Gilbert the man, The Gilbert Exhibitions, and The Gilbert Collections.

Wikipedia: A. C. Gilbert Company - Information about the company Gilbert began. Also, about the man Alfred Carlton Gilbert and the Erector Set

You Tube Video: The Story of The A. C. Gilbert Company and A. C. Gilbert Erector Sets 1960




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