Selected Resources

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RESOURCES GALORE

Kids After School Clubhouse:  http://www.eduplace.com/kids  and http://www.eduplace.com.  The people at the Houghton Mifflin Company know how to put together a content rich, easy to follow website.  It is actually two websites in one.  The education place link is a great place for parents and teachers to find great sources of math, language arts, and social studies activities, projects and other links.  The after school clubhouse site has great educational games, book reviews, brain teasers, word finds and scavenger hunts, which also gives kids the chance to win prizes.  There are a lot of contests, good emphasis on authors and books and a great geography game called GeoNet that lets you compete with other kids on the Internet.

Ask Jeeves for Kids: http://www.ajkids.com This is a quick, easy and fun way to search for answers online.  Just type in a question in plain English like “who’s the Prime Minister of Canada”.  Ask Jeeves for Kids will confirm your question then take you to only one website that answers your question.  That’s all there is to it.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government:  http://bensguide.gpo.gov  Divided by grade level, this is an excellent overview of the U.S. government, its branches, its people, its historical documents, and how it all works.

Club Girl Tech: http://www.tech-girls.org This site is a great site the empowerment of girls.  It is about nurturing their interest in STEM. Here you will find activities that will nurture their interest in technology and engage their curiosity.  This site wants to convert technology users to technology creators and activists.

Cyberkids/Cyberteens:  http://www.cyberkids.com and http://www.cyberteens.com/ctmain.html Are you a budding composer, writer or artist looking for a place to publish your masterpiece?  This site, created by Mountain Lake Software, Inc.  offers kids and teens the opportunity to submit their work online and also the chance to enter writing and art contests and chat with other teens.

Fact Monster Almanac:  http://www.factmonster.com  This reference tool is great for all children to find information about the world, U.S., sports, people, life and science.  You can also find the latest news facts and what happened in history today.  A homework center is available.

Funbrain.com: http://www.funbrain.com Give your brain a fun workout.  Use your math skills to score runs in math baseball or field goals in power football.  Need to fine tune your spelling?  Then check out the Spellaroo and the Spell Check games.  Think you know your way around the world?  “Where is that?” will test those brain cells.  These games and more will give your brain the workout it needs.

iCivics.org:  https://www.icivics.org/  iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.  In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, she realized, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance.  Check it out and have a little fun while you are at it!

50 States and Capitals: http://www.50states.com  Encyclopedia-style entries for each of the 50 U.S. states.  Look no further for state songs, flowers and trees, birds, maps (including outline maps), parks, licenses plates, motto and nicknames.  Entries also include climate, bordering states, county profiles, population and state representatives.

FirstGov for Kids: http://www.kids.gov/  This is an inter-agency website that provides kids a gateway to U.S. government information.  It provides links to Federal kids’ sites along with kids’ sites from other organizations all grouped by subject.

Science Fair Project Guide:  http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/  This site provides information about how to do a project, sample science fail projects and ideas for science fair projects.  Each site indicates appropriate grade levels.  This is a fairly comprehensive list of science fair project web sites.

How Stuff Works:  http://www.howstuffworks.com  Millions of people have described HowStuffWorks content as reliable, accurate and entertaining.  Originally founded as a Web site for curious people, the award-winning company now offers clear and fascinating content through various media channels to millions of readers every month.  Recognized internationally as the leading provider of information on how things work, HowStuffWorks content explains the world from the inside out!”.

HomeworkSpot.Com:  http://www.homeworkspot.com/ Divided by grade level, this directory organizes and links to useful and reliable websites to help with homework topics, common assignments and projects.

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit website that supplies a free online collection of more than 4,700 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube. They teach mathematics, math, science, economics and finance, and humanities. Step-by-step exercises are available to improve your skills and you can use the instant data about your performance to track your progress.