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Hello to all kids interesting in astronomy. My name is Navjot Sekhon and I am currently a student of Professor Jeff Adkins Astronomy class at Los Medanos College. I love working with and teaching kids interesting things going on. I will be posting some links where the kids will able to go to learn about Astronomy. These links will teach kids everything they need to know about Astronomy and beyond. There will be many fun activities such as games, painting and reading material. Let's learn about Astronomy!
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/
Title: Sky and Telescope
Author: Unknown
Date Read: November 30th 2012
Intended Audience: Kids 10+
Rating: 9
This website is for kids wanting to know all about the sky and how to use telescopes to find out. It will give kids great insight on how the telescope works. It will teach them how to observe things without using any other things.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Window_to_Earth.html
Title: Nasa Kids Club
Author: Jeff Ehnem
Date Read: November 6th 2012
Intended Audience: Kids 3 and up
Rating: 10
This is a great website kids that want to know more about NASA. It has amazing videos for kids to explore about space. It let's kids pick their skill levels and challenge their minds. It lets kids explore by showing pictures of new science discoveries. It also has Asteroid Naming Contests where kids can compete with others. Go and explore kids!
http://osr.org/en-us/articles/astronomy-basics-for-children/
Title: Astronomy Basics for Kids
Author: Unknown
Date Read: November 22 2012
Intended Audience: Kids 6 and Up
Rating: 9
Astronomy Basics for Kids is a great website for kids who want to know what Astronomy is all about. It teaches kids about what Astronomers do. It shoes how the universe began.It also tells kids about Newton and his discoveries and it also talks about the nine planets.
http://www.astronomy.com/News-Observing/Astronomy%20Kids.aspx
Title: Astronomy
Author: Unknown
Date Read: November 22 2012
Intended Audience: Kids
Rating: 10
This is a great website for kids to read magazines about Astronomy. The Website provides great insight on everything in the sky. It teaches about constellations and planets.

http://www.frontiernet.net/~kidpower/astronomy.html
Title: Astronomy for Kids
Author: Unknown
Date Read: November 1 2012
Intended Audience: Kids
Rating: 10
This website is for kids wanting to know more about what the things in space do. It tells its readers the definitions of the the Sun, Asteroids, Moon, etc. It also lets kids put any questions about Astronomy they have.Kids will also be able to post any interesting facts they know about the solar system or anything interesting that is currently happening. At this website kids will find about what our solar system does. Go and explore kids!
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www.kidsknowit.com
Title: Kids Know it Network
Author: The Kids Know it Network
Date Read: November 28, 2011
Intended Audience: Pre-school-kids of any age
Rating: 10

100% FREE!!! 100% KID-FRIENDLY!!!
This is one of the best websites I found geard towards children. The focus is making learning fun using games, movies and even education based music. Learners of all ages from pre-school on up, can learn not only about Astronomy, but also just about every other educational subject in ways that keep it's audience engaged. At this website learners will find an interactive solar system, learn about how lage our solar system is, and can even take a virtual tour to distant planets.


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http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/index.html
Title: Esa kids-Highlights
Author: European Space Agency
Date Read: November 25, 2011
Intended Audience: K-6
Rating: 10

Full of information geared towards young learners of Astronomy, this website is not only fun, but interactive! It contains visually stimulating animation with captions that include vital information that correlates with the subject matter on Astronomy topics such as our universe, life in space, technology and earth. Though geared towards young learners in Europe, the information on this website will enable children from all over to develop their knowlege of space and the Universe in a hands on manner through various lab ideas, fun such as downloadable and printable pages to color and the latest space news communicated in an easy to understand format.

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http://kids.nineplanets.org
Title: The 9...8 Planets
Author:Copyright © Angela Finer; maintenance by Bill Arnett
Date read: November 25, 2011
Intended Audience: Upper elementary
Rating: 9

This website was once called The Nine Planets, but has now changed to The 8 Planets with the number 9 crosserd out (This was done of course because Pluto's status has changed from being a planet to dwarf planet). Although this website is not very large, it is a good starting point for young astronomers to become aquainted with the basics of each of our planets. Here you can learn about characteristics of each planet, dwarf planets and the Asteroid Belt. Children will leave this website with a clear very basic understanding of our solar universe, setting the foundation for higher learning in regards to Astronomy. On the bottom of the page you will find ads by google that will lead you to other relevant resouces just by clicking the subject of interest. This can either be a great way of getting to other websites with relevant material, or an annoyance because it takes you to the search engine, not other sites.

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http://kids.discovery.com/tell-me/space
Title: Discovery Kids: Space
Author: 2011 Discovery Communications, LLC
Date read: November 25, 2011
Intended Audience: K-8
Rating: 9

This website is dedicated to children learners of all types, and is a great resource for young astronomy learners. It offers activities such as games, activities and puzzles and teaches children through fun facts about the lives of Astronauts and space exploration. There are so many fun activities to explore, children will definitely be entertained while learning at the same time. This website is a great tool in helping our visually based learners get the most from their lessons and sparking curiosity. It is inevitable that you will leave this website smarter than when you entered, so consider yourself warned. :)


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www.curiosityintheclassroom.com/parents.cfm
Title: Curiosity in the Classroom
Author: Discovery Education
Date Read: November 27, 2011
Intendended Audience: Teachers and parents of young learners
Rating: 9
Because parents are a staple in developing a young mind and have a responsibility for inspiring curiosity in their children, this website can be a useful tool. Parents and teachers will find resources that have ideas for lesson outlines. There are also free documentaries that can be downloaded on topics ranging from our universe to cavemen in a series titled: Curiosity. The Curiosity programs can also be found on Curiosity on Demand. These TV programs are geared towards a family friendly audience and are created to open an avenue of learning, curiosity and dialouge with the young learner. This site can also be a very useful tool for children who are homeschooled and parents who are looking for resources to create their lessons.

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WWW.Cosmos4kids.com:Exploration
Title: Cosmos4kids: Exploration
Author: Andrew Rader Studios
Date read: November 25, 2011
Intended Audience: Lower elementary-Middle School
Rating: 8
This website can be a useful tool in aiding any young science learner. Subjects range from astronomy to mathematics and are explained in language that is easy to follow and understand . Here children can learn about all types of science based subjects and even recieve homework assistance. Navigation on this website is easy to follow, and the content is good, however, there are too many paid advertisements throughout the site that is irrelevant to the subject matter which I found to be distracting.

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Astro for Kindergarteners
Title: Kindergarten Astronomy Games
Author: Many
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: 2-7 year olds
Rating: 9.75

This website is geared towards very small children ages 2-7. Although not specifically an astromy website, you will find a few songs and 6 games that are astronomy oriented that will give your child his or her first Austronomy experience. The games will help children to learn about the patterns of stars and why they appear to move as well as the different stars that can be seen during different seasons. I really like this website because it is a good resource for very young children. Only drawback, is unrelated advertising, but not as much as some of the other sites I have visited

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Ask an Astronomer for KIDS

Title: Ask an Astronomer for KIDS!
Author: Unknown
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: Upper elementary and on
Rating: 10
This site is a cool way to expand a childs knowledge on Astronomy because it answers many questions you may have thought about concerning our Solar System. It is well organized with just about every topic that relates to astronomy. This is handy because if you are seeking specific information, all you have to do is find the topic you are looking for that appears on the left side of the screen and click on it. This site is a wonderful resource for homework and school projects.

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CoolCosmos
Title: Cosmic Kids
Author: Many Contributors
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: K-UP
Rating: 10
This is one of the better online resources a young astronomer can tap into for information, images, homework help, project ideas and everything else astronomy. Any person interested in developing an understanding of our universe is certain to walk away from this website smarter than when they entered. The effects and creative aspect of the site makes learning about our Solar System engaging and entertaining. It will definitely have your child looking forward to reading and interacting on this highly educational site.

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Kids Astronomy.com
Title: Kid's Astronomy
Author: Many Contributors
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: K-12
Rating: 10

This site has something for every age group. The topics include the Solar System, Deep Space Exploration, Civilian Space Travel, and a demonstration on how big our universe actually is. This site has links to different news headlines and includes a descriptive list of astronomy terms and definitions. A bonus to this site is the mixture of educational games such as puzzles, coloring sheets and an interative "create a planet" section. While exploring through this site, you can choose to listen to educational and entertaining MP3's. This site is aimed toward the elementary to high school aged kids, but is also a great resource for teachers looking to teach astronomy to children ages 7-18. A teacher will find age appropriate downloadable lesson plans to enhance their teaching.


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http://www.astronomy-for-kids-online.com
Title: Astronomy for Kids Online
Author: Rick Morris
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: 6-12
Rating: 9.5

This site is not very visually entertaining and is full of irrelevant advertising, but when it comes to information, it offers a lot. Categories include the planets, star maps, constellations and sky wonders. Some of the sub-categories have information on topics such as eclipses, redshifts and beginner tools. Students who are at a more mature learning level will get what the information that they need. A learner can get classmates or friends to check out the site by sending them a postcard with graphic pictures of space.


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NASA - for Kids
Title: NASA Students K-4
Author: NASA Official: Brian Dunbar
Editor: Shelley Canright
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intendended Audience: K-12
Rating: 10

This site is brought to us by NASA, It uses videos, pictures, news clips and games to make learning about astronomy fun. You will find links on this site that will lead you to other NASA websites.. You can trust that the information on this website is the most current information available on the web. This site is both educational and entertaining for any aspect of Astronomy and space missions.


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Starchild.com
Title: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
Author: The Starchild Team
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: K-6
Rating: 10

This site is one of the best sites for kids to learn the basics of astronomy. The site includes information on the Solar System, Universe, Space Stuff and a Glossary. Here's the cool part: it has a level 1 and 2, if you think the level 1 is too easy, you can switch to level 2. And when that gets too easy, there is a link to a site for ages 14+. Each of the links have a narraration of the topic you choose. This site makes it easy for any aged astonomer to learn new information. The site can be translated into four different languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German. Fun features include questions of the month and links to other fascinating astronomy sites. I would recommend this site for elementary students. Parents, don't be alarmed; Starchild.com has even been awarded with a Safe Site Seal from Wiredkids.org.

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FrontierNet.net
Title: Astronomy for Kids
Author: Ron Kalasinskas for RochesterforKid
Date read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: K-6
Rating: 9

This site is a great kid friendly resource for children to navigate through. You can choose from such topics as the Solar System, Sun,
Meteorites, Stars, Galaxies, Planets, the Moon, Comets, Asteroids, and Space Exploration. This site includes a link for a dictionary and glossary. Each of the links take you to a page full of pictures and short bulleted facts about the category you chose. This site also offers a link to the Hubble Space Telescope's Greatest Photos. There is a cool feature on this site titled "Your Page" where your questions can be answered or information that you might know can be shared.



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http://darkskyinstitute.org
Title: What Would You do to Save the Milky Way?
Author: Jack Troeger
Date Read; December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: 4th grade and up
Rating: 8

This site is helpful for students from upper elementary levels on up. It has basic lessons and work sheets and offers links to other sites. It can be a good resource for educators and for those who homeschool. The site is easy to navigate, uncluttered and the content is easy to understand.The site was created by Jack Troeger, a retired earth science teacher.


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http://www.kidsastronomy.com
Title: Kidsastronomy.com
Author: Kids Know It Network
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: K-5
Rating: 10

This site makes learning fun for young Astronomers. It has many visual effects with children in mind, with the ease of a click a child is on their way to an entertaining learning experience. It has games and an interactive solar system. There is information on the moon and the moons of other planets such as jupiter, saturn and neptune. There is a lot of information for students and it was presented in a fun and inviting way. There are a lot of activities for on-line and at home learning. It is also a useful site for teachers looking for fun ways to teach astronomy in the classroom or parents at home.

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http://www.astronomy.com
Title: Astronomy
Author: Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: Mostly mature learners
Rating: 7

Although this site is centered around Astronomy magazine, high school and college students might find great resorces specifically about Astronomy. There is a small link at the bottom of the page for kids, but this site is definitely geared towards mature learners . Kids can get information about space, how the earth's sun rises and sets and about the different moon phases. The website was to chaoic for a young child to navigate alone and may require the assistance of an older person to get to the Astronomy for Kids link.


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http://library.thinkquest.org/3645/
Title: Astronomy for Kids
Author: Thinkquest Junior
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: Elementary
Rating: 9

This website is pretty informative and has a few cool features including the virtual telescope and frequently asked questions by viewers of the website. The best part of this website is that it was designed by kids for kids. This website is a good starting point for young learners in the subject of Astronomy.


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http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/astronomy.htm
Title: A to Z Homes's Cool Homeschooling
Author: Ann Zeise
Date Read: December 1, 2011
Intended Audience: Grades 3-10
Rating: 9

This website is dedicated to parents and caregivers who choose to homeschool. Astronomy is just one of the many subjects that a parent or caregiver can learn about creating an educational environment that is easy to follow and fun.