http://www.classroom-energy.org/teachers/energy_tour/pg1.html All about petroleum website -- good activities for teachers and students that introduce or review basic concepts.
http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/Class/energy/u5l1a.html This website explains the meaning of work and has an online quiz about work that students can try.
http://www.nsta.org/Energy/find/primer/primer1_1.html Good examples for kids to explore to understand about energy and work, all terms are defined by examples.
http://www.oneworld.org/energy/whatis.html Nice definitions of energy and work.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/whatsenergy.html More kid friendly descriptions of basic terms and concepts on energy.
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/index.html An online book of info --very readable for 8th grade.
http://inventors.about.com/od/famousinventors/ A good general resource site linked to many other sites about inventors and the growth of technology.
http://solar-center.stanford.edu Activity on ultraviolet light
http://www.epa.gov/kids. EPA's website for kids. Good links called "Science Room" and "Ask EPA"
http://www.worldbookonline.com. On-line version of World Book Encyclopedia, complete with atlas, dictionary, and a history section entitled "Back in Time"
http://www.brainpop.com. Information on energy sources, fossil fuels and global warming