There are schools in my board that lack a library and even a municipal library with lots of recent resources for kids. From these schools, I often get requests for webliographies on a variety of topics. This request is getting increasingly more difficult to respond to because so many websites, even websites that are supposedly for children, are chock full of ads. In doing my research for websites on the 3 R’s of the environment, one website had ads IN BETWEEN the paragraphs. How is a child supposed to read that? For that matter, how’s an adult supposed to read that?
This is why it is so important to take a good look at every website that we recommend to children to be sure that it is accessible and appropriate. That includes films on Youtube. I once was trying to explain to a class what a didgeridoo was. I was hooked up to a smartboard, I had sound, and I proceeded to do what the Internet is good for. Only the film showed a variety of drawings, one of which was a naked woman. The kids hid their eyes and yelled, “EWWW!” The lesson of the day for this librarian was never show a film on YouTube unless you’ve previewed it.
To find good websites, I sometimes check out the compilations for librarians that are out there but, the links are often dead…as the links below may well be by the time you read this. It’s painstaking, but my next step is to use Squirrelnet (Google’s safe search engine for children) as well as Google itself. Finally, I often use millionshort, a relatively new Canadian search engine that has the ability to separate out the million most popular sites and search the rest, the ones that receive many less search hits. This knocks out Wikipedia right away, providing access to websites that you would not be able to find with Google.
So after you see the photo of me with my new glasses that definitely need to be refitted (you’re always supposed to throw in a photo of something), you will find the webliography of sites that are appropriate for Grades 5 and 6 on reducing, reusing and recycling (starred items were ones that I found to be really useful):
The webliography is below this happy photograph.
EarthCARE Waste & Recycling Related FAQs http://www.earthcarecanada.com/FAQs/Waste_Recycling_FAQ.asp
Environmental Protection Agency (USA) Reduce Reuse Recycle http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/rrr/reduce.htm
*Fact Monster: The Three R’s of the Environment http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0775891.html
(Go to the bottom of the page and there are links to articles on recycling fact, a look at the recycling process and use of recycled materials)
Greater Sudbury: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink! http://www.greatersudbury.ca/cms/index.cfm?app=div_wastemanagement&currID=7544&lang=en
Kids Be Green: http://www.kidsbegreen.org/
*National Geographic: How to Reduce, reuse & recycle for kids http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/reduce-reuse-recycle-kids-3166.html
*National GeographicWhat is Reduce, reuse & recycle for kids http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/reduce-reuse-recycle-3167.html(Also has links to related articles)
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/explore/reduce/
*The Smashing Story of Recycling Glass: (British video, but it’s interesting): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R8YObQbE88&feature=related
Reduce, reuse, recycle just a start http://www.torontosun.com/life/greenplanet/2010/10/14/15693371.html
(Has interesting statistics at the bottom)