February finds University Park Elementary School caught in the web. You have to love an elementary school that has their own live moose roaming freely on campus. How can this be possible? Well, University Park is located in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the daily school routine takes on a whole new personality.
Read What It's Like Here, a collection of student reflections about life in Alaska, or Tina Maynor's Homepage, an excellent offering from one of University Park's fifth grade teachers. You'll discover just how interesting going to school in Alaska can be.
The students at University Park keep busy, as the work they publish on the web shows. Check the World Wide Web Storybook Library, where you'll find a collection of stories for young readers. A particular favorite is The Elf and the Cave of Diamonds by Zach Joseph. Notice the detail in the elf drawings. Last May, the students in Ms. Aguilera's 3rd grade class put together The Riverboat S.S. Nenana project to document the history and restoration of one of only two wooden-hulled sternwheeled steamboats in the world. Finally, be sure to visit the Writers' Workshop, where you'll find a small but compelling collection of student writing. The Lonely Goldfish, by Helen Graves is just fantastic.
The school also offers a peek at some of the more popular activities in Alaska like Ice Art '95: A Spectacular Ice Carving Exhibition and The North American Open Sprint Dog Races.
University Park's elementary technology specialist, Skip Via, seems to be the master behind their website. Visit his Little Corner of The Web to access his hotlist of webpages for educational technology needs.
One word of caution: if you've ever considered a trip to Alaska, this website will make you want to go. If your checkbook doesn't allow that, settle for a visit to University Park Elementary School, the next best thing.
Who will be "Caught in The Web" next month? Feel free to send us suggestions.
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