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K-12 (and others) Paleontology
This will, we hope, especially interest K-12 earth science teachers and
students out there (paleontology included, of course).
Please take a look at the Toronto Public Library's K-12 resource library,
called "Science Net" <sciencenet.tpl.toronto.on.ca>. We are more than half way
through the building stage and there is a great deal now available for use.
Science Net uses the familiar Dewey classification (modified) to organize a
very large collection (the average is about 600 links per subject) of science
links. These are cross-classified by target audience: teachers, K-6, and 7-12.
There are lesson plans, programmed learning sites, and subject-specific
So far we have completed: Physics, Chemistry, Geology and EARTH SCIENCES, and
Biology. PALEONTOLOGY is nearly complete, and Botany, Zoology, and Astronomy
are still being built. (There are sites already to be found at the first two.)
We hope to have the entire site complete by the Spring.
Here, in more detail, is what you'll find.
The first screen gives you a choice of interface language: English or French.
Then, from the English screen, you are asked whether you'd like to search via
subject or through the A-Z menu.
In order to get acquainted with the site's organization, I suggest you choose
the first. This will give you a screen where the different subjects are
graphically represented. If you choose, say, Chemistry, you are taken to the
first, most general level of the subject. The default grouping is for grades
7-12. You can point here to "Teachers" and "K-6", in order to view those
Click any site on our "shelf" and it opens up in a window. There is also a
pull-down menu that gives access to more specific sub-divisions of Chemistry:
Organic Chemistry, Crystals, Applied Chemistry, and so forth. Just highlight
the one you want and hit "refine" to be taken to the appropriate shelf. You can
go back by pointing to the term "Chemistry" (in blue letters), or by using your
The first level also has an "advanced" grouping. Here you will find links to
the Chemistry departments of Canadian universities, for those wishing to
continue their studies beyond the secondary level.
There are help screens available, plus an e-mail form to give is feedback and
suggestions for sites we may have missed.
By the way, if you're wondering where mineralogy is, Dewey classifies it under
Chemistry. Just go to that subject and use the pull-down menu to find "Minerals"
Science Net Project Coordinator
Virtual Reference Library Project -- 3rd Floor
North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street
Canada M2N 5N9
tel.: (416) 395-5659
fax: (416) 395-5429