These Webpages are no longer maintained. We are keeping the pages here to preserve some of the early years of ProjectDragonfly, to honor the students who created the interactives in the early days of the Web, and because many of the activities are fun and people are still using them. For current Project Dragonfly work, go


The ProjectDragonflyteam.

About Dragonfly Awards Help! Links
Dragonfly TV For Boys and Girls Clubs For Teachers
Baseball in Space
Family Ties
People and Plants
Small & Tall
Earth Sounds
Using Tools
Hide & Seek
Webs of Life
Animal Talk
Ice & Snow
Trees & Seeds
Saving the Planet

The Dragonfly Teacher's, Parent's, and Youth Professional's Page

This page is for teachers, parents, and youth professionals who wish to use the Dragonfly Web Pages with their children. It provides annotated links to essays about teaching and learning as well as annotated links to componants of the Dragonfly Web Pages. Teacher's may also be interested in our Dragonfly Teacher Workshops. Project Dragonfly is a collaborative effort of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University and the National Science Teachers Association, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. We seek to bring together research scientists and 4 - 6 grade children in a process of active inquiry.

The goal of the Dragonfly Web Pages is to provide interesting interactive experiences that stimulate scientific exploration and experimentation. All of these materials have been checked for scientific accuracy by a team of scientists and university science students. (Please report any factual discrepancies to us via e-mail at: Dragonfly@MUOhio.Edu

Boys and Girls Clubs Youth Professionals check out these additional resources for Dragonfly Quest Clubs. You may also be interested in some of the essays below.

We also have a Teacher and Parents companion list, To subscribe to DFLYCOMP send an e-mail message to: The only text of this message should be:
SUBSCRIBE DFLYCOMP [firstname] [lastname]
where [firstname] is your first name and [lastname] is your last name.

The Dragonfly Web Pages have a number of features that are described below. Click on the icons and underlines text to explore these aspects of the Dragonfly Web Pages. For more information please send us e-mail at: Dragonfly@MUOhio.Edu Future Issues of Dragonfly can be found by following this link.

Help is available for those having trouble reading these pages.

Submit This page tells your students how to submit their work and perhaps become a published author. Third through sixth grade students are invited to send us their investigations, stories, poems, jokes or art work for publication in the Dragonfly magazine or here on the Dragonfly Web Pages.

Subscribe This page tells you and your students how to subscribe to the Dragonfly magazine and get Dragonfly delivered to your home or school.

E-mail. Dragonfly also has an e-mail list for children. This is a place for students to share questions and observations with experienced researchers and young investigators. Here's where you can find more information and automatically sign-up.

We also have a Teacher and Parents companion list, To subscribe to DFLYCOMP send an e-mail message to: The only text of this message should be:
SUBSCRIBE DFLYCOMP [firstname] [lastname]
where [firstname] is your first name and [lastname] is your last name.

About Project Dragonfly. Here we tell you a little about ourselves, our philosophy, the people who helped, and technical specifications.

Feedback. Forms are provided here for written comments from students, teachers, and parents.

Hot Links Links to Web pages we think children will like.

Essays on Teaching and Learning

The Writer-Scientist by Donald Graves. A thoughtful essay by the "Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts," so recognized by the National Council of the Teacher of English.

Build Your Own Seed Trap This article tells you how to build a seed trap to conduct investigations of seed dispersal.

Science Is Inquiry of the Natural World An essay by Robert E. Yager on science inquiry and education.

The Solitude of Girls An essay by Christie Schneider on teaching science to girls.

The Art and Science of Investigation: Observation and Inference. By Charles R. Barman.

Information Highways and Scenic Drives Reflections by Wendy Saul on reading and taking the long way in the age of the internet.

The Art and Science of Investigation: The Webs We Weave. Reflections on metaphor, mental models, and investigation by Chris Myers.

REACHING ALL STUDENTS: Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Ruminations about measurement, evaluating evidence, quantitative intuition, and the remarkable achievement of the ancient greek investigator Eratosthenes by Dragonfly editors Christopher R. Wolfe and Carolyn Haynes.

Cooperative Learning. The Order of Disorder by Jennifer Halas.

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