Websites for Students
(added on 12-26-10) http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/brain_teasers.htm - A collection of links from Hoagie's Gifted.
(added on 12-26-10) http://www.mathgym.com.au/htdocs/logarc.htm - This site has a variety of games for all ages.
(added on 12-26-10) http://www.theproblemsite.com/ - You can solve a variety of problems here.
(added on 12-26-10) - For ages 1-9 - tests short term memory. http://www.kidspsych.org/space.html
(added on 12-26-10) - http://www.enchantedmind.com/puzzles/pentamino/pentamino.html This is an excellent exercise in visual spatial relationships and memory. Once you have accomplished it with the black squares in one place, then move the black square around and try again. This puzzle exercises the right brain very effectively.
(added on 12-26-10) - For ages 1-9- http://www.kidspsych.org/rotate.html
http://www.mrnussbaum.com/ - This site is filled with games that will give you practice in skills you're learning at school. They're fun, too!!
http://www.schooltimegames.com/ - SchoolTimeGames.com offers fun learning activities for students, ages 9 and up. There are a variety of engaging games, puzzles, and activities that are connected to major subject areas in today's school curriculum.
http://www.funbrain.com/ - A potpourri of educational games, etc. Try it - it's fun!
http://www.setgame.com/ - This is one of my all time favorite games - and it's for all ages. You can purchase it at Barnes and Noble. There are other games on this website that you'll enjoy.
(added 1/2/13) The following link has LOTS of different types of calculators. Many thanks to A. Finley for sending me this link.
(added 1-23-11) K-5 Great site for students and teachers - http://edte.ch/blog/maths-maps/. When it comes to creative uses of Google tools, Tom Barrett is certainly a leader that we can all learn from. A great example of this can be found in Tom's Math Maps. Math Maps are Google Maps on which Tom and others have created placemarks which when clicked reveal mathematics questions for students to answer based on the maps. There are questions available for every elementary school grade level. The placemarks are color-coded to indicate the level of the questions. Blue = Kindergarten, Red = 1st grade, Green = 2nd grade, Light Blue = 3rd grade, Yellow = 4th grade, Purple = 5th grade. Visit Tom Barrett's Math Maps page to view the existing Math Maps and read about how to contribute to the existing Math Maps.
(added 1-23-11) Math Open Reference is a free online reference for geometry teachers and students. Math Open Reference features animated and interactive drawings to demonstrate geometry terms and concepts. The table of contents on Math Open Reference is divided into four basic categories; plane geometry, coordinate geometry, solid geometry, and function explorer tools. Click on any subject in the first three categories to find definitions, examples, and interactive drawings. In the function explorer category users can select linear functions, quadratic functions, or cubic functions to explore how changes in variables affect the graphed output.
(added 1-23-11) http://www.learnyourtables.co.uk/ Learn Your Tablesis a neat little site for students to use to learn and develop multiplication skills. The site offers two basic games on two different levels. The most basic game is a simple drag and drop activity in which students match equations to their correct answers. The more "advanced" game has students enter the correct answer to a multiplication question. The easier of the two levels only contains problems from one multiplication table while the more difficult level contains problems from multiple multiplication tables.
(added 1-23-11) http://www.brainnook.com/ - Brain Nook is a virtual world in which students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Brain Nookprovides students with a series of scenarios that they have to resolve by answering mathematics and language arts questions. Brain Nook presents students with questions based on their skill levels which is determined by a quick pre-assessment and adjusted as they progress through Brain Nook's virtual worlds. The site is free, but there is a required login. The child is required to provide a parent's email. Once the parent confirms, the student can proceed with the game.
(added 1-20-11) http://www.algebrahelp.com/ - If you need an algebraic concept explained, you might just find some answers here.
http://www.coolmath4kids.com/ - Cool math 4 kids is an amusement park of math and more - especially designed for fun, fun, fun!!
http://www.mathplayground.com/ - an action-packed site for elementary and middle school students. Practice your math skills, play a logic game and have some fun!
http://www.coolmath.com/ - For prealgebra and up (ages 13-100)
Investing for Kids - http://efinancedirectory.com/article_directory/Investing_for_Kids.html
What are Exchange Traded Funds? What is the difference between a spread and a bid? What do banks do with the money that you deposit and what does the FDIC have to do with it? How is coin and paper money really made? What is the difference between CDs and bonds? Features on this Web site include kid-friendly tips on avoiding identity theft, the basics of investing, how to create a budget, and how the stock market works.
http://www.aaamath.com/ AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level. Try the lesson pages by clicking on one of the grades at the top or a topic area on the left side of the page.
Knoword is a fun and challenging game that tests your ability to match definitions to words. Knowordis played like this; you're presented with the first letter of a word, its part of speech, and the definition. You then have to fill in the correct spelling of the word. If you enter the correct word, you earn points. If you don't get it right, you lose points.
You don't have to register to play Knoword, but you can register if you want. Registering for Knoword gives you the option to keep track of your game statistics. Registered users can also earn badges based on their performances. Knoword is probably best suited to use by students in middle school and high school although upper elementary students with a very high vocabulary may find it beneficial.
(1-23-11) Brain Nook is a virtual world in which students can practice their mathematics and English skills. Brain Nook provides students with a series of scenarios that they have to resolve by answering mathematics and language arts questions. Brain Nook presents students with questions based on their skill levels which is determined by a quick pre-assessment and adjusted as they progress through Brain Nook's virtual worlds. There is a free registration and a confirmation is needed from a parent's email.
http://www.gigglepoetry.com/ - A fun site dealing with poetry.
http://www.kristinegeorge.com/ - (elementary and middle school students) This site promotes poetry and activities involving poetry for children along with information about the books of Kristine George.
http://www.shelsilverstein.com/ - (Elementary) Listen to Shel Silverstein's poems, play games, and download puzzles.
http://gardenofsong.com/kidzpage/ (elementary/middle) Poetry from Ogden Nash and other famous poets along with contributions from young readers.
http://www.pilkey.com/ - (elementary students) A site created by author and illustrator Dav Pilkey who wrote The Paperboy, Kat Kong, and Dogzilla.
http://www.janbrett.com/ - (primary and elementary students)Lots of activities for primary and elementary students from the author, Jan Brett.
http://lauranumeroff.com/ - a site for primary students from Laura Numeroff who wrote If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
http://www.audreywood.com/mac_site/clubhouse/clubhouse_page/clubhouse.htm (primary/elementary) Site has inofrmation about Audrey and Don Wood, activities, and Q & A.
http://www.robertmunsch.com/ (elementary) You can find unpublished works here along with audios of some of Robert Munsch's stories.
http://www.europeoftales.net/ (elementary) This is a web site of European myths and legends for children. The site is available in eight different languages, including English and French.
http://www.bartleby.com/index.html (middle/high) A growing collection of full text reference works including dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, and style manuals in addition to works of poetry, folk and fairy tales, essays, and classic fiction. Look on the right side bar for the drop down box to select the work.
http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/janeinfo.html (middle/high) Lots of inofrmation about Jane Austen and her works.
http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/ (elementary/middle/high) A site focusing on how Mark Twain and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated.
http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=588 (elementary/middle) Students learn about Shakespeare while working puzzles, answering quizzes, and learning new words.
http://lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/Dickens.html (middle/high) A very complete site from Japan on Charles Dickens, including links to a large number of additional resources.
http://www.timelesshemingway.com/ (middle/high) This site offers photos, FAQ's, a family tree, trivia, and links related to the famous American author, Ernest Heminway.
http://library.thinkquest.org/12111/ (middle/high) A useful site for the study of the novel and film, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Created by students for a ThinkQuest Project.
http://www.americanfolklore.net/ (middle/elementary)This folklore site contains retellings of American folktales, Native American myths and legends, tall tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from all 50 states in the USA. Includes famous characters like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Daniel Boone, and many more.
http://www.berenstainbears.com/ (primary) This official Berenstain Bears site includes activities and lists of books.
http://www.peterrabbit.com/home.asp The official and definitive site on the world of Beatrix Potter. Potter's favorite characters and other aspects of her work can be viewed at a wide selection of art exhibitions, theatrical performances, displays and local events.
Classics for Kids - http://www.classicsforkids.com
Do you know students who are interested in composing their own music? Who want to know more about the different instrument families? Who need to get those musical periods down once and for all? If so, then this Web site is for them. Students can search composers by musical period, by country, or browse for a particular composer on a timeline. One link allows visitors to listen to entire movements of famous pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and more. A musical dictionary might come in handy for those cryptic musical terms. There also are games to play, including Compose Your Own Music and Rockin' Rhythm Master.
Sites for Girls:
http://www.americangirl.com/fun.html (elementary/middle) An American Girl website with games and activities from the stories told through the eyes of girls living in different time periods.
Sites with articles for children:
http://www.maryjorhodes.com/ - (elementary/middle) A website from author Mary Jo Rhodes. The website includes books, websites and activities on undersea animals.
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/ Need help coming up with a science experiment? Visit this website to learn how to do a science experiment and to find many ideas for science experiments. All of the science experiments are rated on a scale of 1-10 according to difficulty. Free science fair project ideas, answers and tools for serious students
Music and Musicians Database - http://www.laphil.com/philpedia/musicians-database.cfm
Brought to you by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this site allows people to browse music by title or composer. One can search for biographies of composers, conductors, musical artists, or even Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians. When conducting a search by composer, it displays upcoming performance dates at Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring that person's pieces. Also included are audio samples of various musical works.
Willard Wigan Micro Sculptures - http://www.willard-wigan.com/default.aspx
Read about this artist who creates sculptures of such small proportions that you need a microscope to see them. Each piece typically sits within the eye of a needle or on a pinhead. As a creative outlet to deal with dyslexia at school, Willard started making minute pieces of art from the age of 5. This site features a gallery of his work, including replicas of the Statue of Liberty, Tutankhamen, and Marilyn Monroe.
SAT Question of the Day - http://apps.collegeboard.com/qotd/question.do
It's not too early to start practicing for the SAT! This page is provided by the College Board and features a daily practice question to help students prepare for the test. There is a link to a hint for those who are stumped. Students can see how well they stacked up against everyone else who tried this item. In addition, students can sign in to track their own statistics and may print practice questions.
The Smithsonian for Students - http://smithsonianeducation.org/students
If the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian whetted your appetite to learn more about the Smithsonian Museum collection, then this site will get you even more excited about the museum's 142 million objects, including everything from fossils to tapestries. On this site you will find profiles of our nation's presidents, a "Walking on the Moon" Apollo 11 mission page, and some of the Smithsonian's collections as well as tips for starting your own collection. The Secrets of the Smithsonian features behind-the-scenes secrets such as the history of the Hope Diamond and even spiders in space!
http://aalbc.com/books/related.htm Coretta Scott King Awards - presented annually by the American Library Association to honor African-American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for children and young adults.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.