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Check these sites out! They may not fit elsewhere, but they are well worth looking over. Many have games, activities, lesson plans, etc.


4Kids Games  Various good math and language arts games. "4Kids is teaming with Arcademic Skill Builders, who develop online games that offer a fun approach to learning math, language arts, vocabulary and thinking skills. "  We found these to be loud, fast, and good.


40 Best Online Libraries for Counselors "Counselors might work in schools, clinics or in private settings, and they might specialize in specific fields such as student, family or addiction counseling. But, they all look to use resources in their studies and in practice. The following 40 best online libraries for counselors can provide those resources, with free downloads of journal articles and books or tools to help build a counseling library of your choosing." From The Counseling Courier - "Blogging about counseling, therapy, psychology, and coaching". Thanks Lindsey Webster and Madison. is a commercial site with good ed games and activities, as well as fun timewaster games for when you need to do that. Well known and used by kids and teachers for years. - A Primary Website " We are adding more educational resources for teachers and kids (preK-grade 6) every day. Excuse our 'dust' as we move into high gear! Our site includes interactive learning games, quizzes, and worksheet generator tools by subject (creative arts, foreign languages, language arts, math, science, social studies), articles, literacy coloring pages and more."


Arbor Day Foundation Youth Education Learn about trees here! Lesson plans, activities to download, online games for older kids, lots more.


Athropolis  Facts and stories about the Arctic in a very colorful format!  The Arctic Library has hundreds of facts about the Arctic. ICEBERG is a kid text adventure set on an iceberg with people living on it who don't get along. Plenty more on this site, too.


BBC Skillwise "Improve your English and maths with Skillswise. Factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to help improve your skills." From one central location, you can access all the BBC Schools quizzes! Also has a Tutor Center with lesson plans, tracking sheets, and more. Links to a Games page with 50 MORE math(s) and literacy activities. Thank you, BBC.


BrainCake is now CanTEEN


Download Brain Workshop logo Brain Workshop "What if a simple mental exercise could improve your memory and intelligence? A recent study published in PNAS, an important scientific journal, shows that a particular memory task called Dual N-Back may actually improve working memory (short term memory) and fluid intelligence. This finding is important because fluid intelligence was previously thought to be unchangeable. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the dual n-back task also enhances focus and attention and may help improve the symptoms of ADHD/ADD. The game involves remembering a sequence of spoken letters and a sequence of positions of a square at the same time. Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. Easy download, easy install. Another SourceForge discovery.


Buddy bench at Roundtown Elementary to help foster friendships. How a second-grader came up with the idea for his school. "The way the buddy bench works is if students feel lonely on the playground without anything to do, they can go to the buddy bench, and another student will come to the bench and ask if they want to play or talk." Wonderful and inspiring.


New SiteCardKiwi "Create flashcards together with your friends and save a ton of time! Our algorithm increases retention up to 50%" Everyone has made flashcards to study. With CardKiwi you can do it online! Think of the advantages! The principle of Spaced Repetition is the key. "The application is so simple to use, we even have kids in grade 2 using it." Free Technology for Teachers (a great blog, btw) gives more details: “Card Kiwi is a flashcard service whose appeal is its simplicity. Flashcards on Card Kiwi are text only. As you flip through your flashcards you rate your understanding by simply clicking thumbs up, thumbs down, or thumbs sideways. Card Kiwi will show you the cards that you rate with a thumbs down or thumbs sideways more often than the others until you're using the thumbs up on every card in your set.” Wikipedia article excerpt: "Several students can... collaborate on the same set of flashcards in realtime." Thanks, Michael Bollinger, for the timely email about this most impressive site.


CanTEEN Welcome to the Girls' Math & Science Partnership, a program of Carnegie Science Center. Based in Pittsburgh, "BrainCake CanTEEN is an online sisterhood for girls 11 – 17 and stakeholders focused on girls’ inclusion in the areas of math, science, technology, and engineering. CanTEEN features forums, programs, scholarships, virtual mentoring, girl blogs, podcasts, homework help, research and resources in a framework that integrates pop culture, science, and learning."


Chegg Homework Help - free material from this commercial site. "Chegg is one of the leading providers of homework help for college and high school students. Get homework help and answers to your toughest questions in math, calculus, algebra, physics, chemistry, science, accounting, English and more. Master your homework assignments with our step-by-step solutions to more than 3000 textbooks. If we don't support your textbook, don't worry! You can ask a homework question and get an answer in as little as two hours. Our free members can still view 2 step-by-step solutions from any book and in any subject they’d like. Additionally, we have a number of free offerings such as access to our glossary of over 1,000 common tough definitions and a GPA Calculator. As it turns out, 80% of our users stick with the free products and find it suits them well." They offer a free trial period. Answers to questions and help with textbook answers are excellent. There you have it! Thanks to Heather at Chegg Homework Help for her emails.


Chess For Kids - from ThinkQuest. " Chess for Kids is a resource for chess players of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced tournament players. We provide tutorials to improve your strength, as well as chess puzzles to practice on and learn from."

ChessKid Lets kids play chess with kids around the world in a safe environment. Lots of chess info; sections for kids, parents, coaches; tutorials, more.


Children's Compass British Museum online for kids. Not dry at all, the Tours section is especially good, even has a section for primary grades. Art projects, too. Ask an Expert lets kids ask questions of, well, experts in everything.


Computer Lab Favorites from! "Here are all the quick, compelling one-session activities you need to incorporate interactive learning and technology into your curriculum. Each activity requires no prep and can be completed in 15-30 minutes... Use these 50+ activities in the computer lab." The ones we played are good! Tabbed by subject!


Cool School Now an online game! "Part computer game, part educational classroom tool, COOL SCHOOL: Where Peace Rules! is a whimsical interactive game where children, ages five to seven (grades K-2), journey to the fanciful world of Cool School, where everything -- from erasers to desks to books to basketballs -- are alive and full of personality. Here, in a vibrant and fun setting, children are taught invaluable social, communication, and problem-solving skills that promote conflict resolution through negotiation, compromise, cooperation, and reconciliation." Lots more at their web page. We played this and it was great. The download version is not available anymore - if you still have yours, make a backup!


Netherlands flag Cyberkidz "is an educational platform for boys and girls in the age of 4 till 12 years. By playing the educational games, children will practise subjects they learn in elementary school (PK-5)." The games are sorted by year from age 4 to 12, using a sliding bar. There are dozens of fun, playable games in every curriculum category, with new ones being added. This is an excellent site from the Netherlands.


Discovery Education from the Discovery Channel. Featuring Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators, Puzzlemaker for printable crossword puzzles, clip art, Lesson Plan Library, Brain Boosters, Learning Adventures, Science Fair Central, lots more! You need to visit this site if you haven't already.


e-Learning for Kids This is wonderful! "e-Learning for Kids is a global nonprofit foundation dedicated to free and fun online learning for kids of all ages. (math, science, reading, health and life skills and computers, )... Children from 5-12 build and improve basic skills with the best quality e-learning courseware. Parents and educators have a pre-screened source of articles, research, and related links. People in the business of education contribute their expertise." Dozens of online learning games in math, language arts, science, computer, health & life skills (lots), and learning English. Found this at The Bishops School hotlist site.


Echos d’école is a great site from France. It has at least 93 educational games split into ages 3 and over and ages 8 and over. Games cover 11 different curriculum areas and were fun to play. There are games for iPhones and iPads as well. In English, Spanish, and French. Money is in euros which was refreshing - and the arithmetic is the same everywhere. This is our third site from La Belle France, they are all excellent - maybe France is a gold mine of good sites! Thanks to Michel for the email about this site. Merci.


Downloads   Educational Freeware (Online section) Here you will find pages of good educational sites for all grades and ages. Everything from quiz makers and quizzes on all subjects, to chemistry and music. Includes some we already link to, and we'll add some of these, too. Their Download section has some good freeware for you to install.


Encyclopedia Interactica is part of the incredible Poisson Rouge (Red Fish) site. Here are 35 simple, well made activities for younger kids that track life cycles of frogs and butterflies, simple math, Pythagorean theorem, why aircraft wings lift weight, the orbits of planets, sizes of blue whales and 747s, solar panels, teeth, inner ears, warm and cold ocean currents; oh, there's so much - and all interactive!


Download GCompris Our first app from France! Available in over 40 languages (see their main page for a list). "GCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10...Currently GCompris offers in excess of 80 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software, that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere." Computer discovery, color, sounds, memory, experiential, amusement, reading, mathematics, puzzles,telling time, money, and strategy games like macala. Some of these will really make a child think! Another SourceForge find.


Games for Kids in the Stacks from Scholastic lets kids play arcade games related to some of their favorite books! Partial list of books/series with games in this site: 39 Clues, Bone, Deltora, Dinosaur Cove, Goosebumps, Holes, and Captain Underpants.


Games for the Brain. "Play neverending quiz, memory & brain games to train your thinking." Around 40 games, some old, some newer, and the site is available in many languages. Easy to play, good for your mind.


Spinning gold star Hoagies' Gifted Education PageThe "all things gifted" page. This jewel of a site is trying to pull together all sorts of activities, ideas, and resources for gifted kids, parents, and teachers. As we all know, public schools always cut gifted funding first, so a site like this one can help a lot. They've tried to post something for every gifted kid, so there's a huge variety here.


Gold Star Khan Academy"is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere...We are complementing Salman (Khan's) ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World." 1800+ videos cover math from 1 + 1 up through differential equations; Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chem, Cosmology, Astronomy; History; Finance (BIG section!); Test Prep: SAT, GMAT, CAHSEE, IIT JEE. The videos are wonderful! This is amazing and FREE!


KidPort "Kidport is an Internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. It provides a unique, multi-step program to create empowered learners, not simply good students." Kids click on a remote that sends them to Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Creative Arts, and Reference Library. From there they can go to grade appropriate online lessons. This is an excellent resource.


Spinning gold star  Enchanted Learning (the Zoom sites) Stop looking around and go to this site now! Everything your kids will ever want to know about astronomy, birds, butterflies, dinosaurs, whales, sharks, dozens of other topics. This site is crammed with facts, pictures, and activities. Their Little Explorers section alone makes this a world-class learning site. Well worth a visit and a donation/membership.


Fact Monster Those who have never used this big, fact-filled site are in for a treat. Can be used for computer lab sessions or workstations. Sections on world facts, US facts, people (biographical) facts, word facts (grammar, reading, mythology, more), science facts, math facts, sports, "cool stuff," games & quizzes, and a homework center! All sections have activities. Oh, just go there and check it out.


Free Rice  "For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger." Over two BILLION grains donated so far (Nov 15, 2007.)  Improves vocabulary! Have one student with a dictionary while another plays.


FunBrain Neat kid games practice math and grammar! Sections for parents, too. Classic Funbrain lists the games we've grown to love in elementary computer class.


FunSchool Many online educational games at this large site. Click here for an alternate game listing.


Gardening - Classroom Projects from Kids Gardening. Here are 26 gardening projects for school kids, with lesson layouts and notes. Nice for cross-curriculum springtime activities.


Gardening - Thematic Explorations Library from Kids Gardening. Here are 26 thematic units, most with Lessons & Activities and Resources sections. There is a lot of good resources and planning material in here.


Gonfalon di Venezia Downloads Horazio's freeware  Here is a real potpourri of good free download ed games, by a guy from Venice, Italy named Horazio. Among them is TurboFarm, for 5 - 7 year olds, which is an animal names matching game. There are also some excellent interactive map games to help kids learn the names of states or regions. Examples are Liberty Map to teach the names of US states, another for Greater London, one for Italy, etc. There are also games to learn Japanese characters, vector math plotters, calorie counters, and more. Your choice of English, Italian, and Spanish (one game also has Korean.) "Grazie Horazio"


Union Jack Kids Activities from allkids. This is allkids' big listing of kid sites by categories. This page features Early Learning, free colouring pages, Nursery Rhymes, Online Stories, Boredom Busters, Outdoor Activities & Games, Childrens Hobbies & Interests, Childrens Free Fun Sites, TV and Book Characters links, Kids TV show links, Kids Movies links with critiques and schedules (UK). Someone worked long and hard to bring this to fruition.


Kids Domain is a huge kid site, many activities and links.


Kids Gamer section of KidsKnowIt " is the safe place for kids of all ages to play online games. Brought to you by the KidsKnowIt Network, this website is provided in order to offer children a safe way to spend a portion of their free / reward time"


Kids-Space Art, music, and creative writing, all blended together at one site!


Jan Brett Site The legendary childrens' author, Jan Brett, has her own awesome site! Huge menu with activities, games, printable calendars, tons more!


Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators "Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning." Subject access, Teacher Helpers, lists of kids sites, more.


KidsClick! Web Search A great web search engine for kids, from UC Berkeley.


Language Guide Want to learn alphabets and vocabulary words from other languages? " offers free sound integrated resources for learning languages." The site features pictures of various things with written and spoken names in several languages. Words are pronounced by volunteer native speakers. Current languages are English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. Sponsored by Language Guide, a registered non-profit organization, the site is free to use but they do ask for donations. Uses QuickTime.


Launch Pad: "Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! is a new literary & arts magazine devoted to publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews and artwork by children ages 6-12." This looks pretty good. A place where young artists and writers can show off their work!


Learning Games For Kids "Educational games are a great tool for building foundation math and language skills that today's elementary school curriculum requires. These online learning games and songs for kids are fun, teach important skills for preschool and elementary school kids and they're free. Want educational games that help build skills in math, language, science, social studies, and more? You've come to the right place!" Also we love their layout.


Learning Strategies: Maximizing Your Academic Experience from Dartmouth. Evidently to help their new undergrads learn how to study, Timeless techniques well presented here. "The following pages provide a variety of suggestions and resources for maximizing your academic experience. View an on-line video, read about helpful strategies, or download a handout."


Little Animals Activity Centre (BBC) For younger kids. Beginning math and reading activities and read-aloud stories. Very engaging.


Miss O Miss O and Friends "By girls...for girls." Advice, discussions, interviews, activities, music and more for tween and young teen girls. There's a lot in this site, the more you explore, the more you find!  "Free Lesson Plans & Activities for K-12 teachers & students." Includes ready-made lesson plans for Ancient History, Myths and Folktales, Language Arts, PowerPoints on the same subjects, lesson plans for modern history, American Civil War, the Depression, Civil Rights, Great Barrier Reef, Holidays, and free clip art! BIG Ancient History for Kids section including Ancient China and Native American history! We are happy to see Mr. Donn's up and running at their own web address.


Cool! Mrs. Wilkie's Websites "Click on one of the links to the left to access the web sites that you wish to use." Do it! This is a HUGE, HUMONGOUS collection of education sites, indexed by subject. A big vertical list sits on the left side of an otherwise nondescript page. Do not be fooled! This is one of the best! It's also a good introduction to wikis.


National Girls Collaborative Project "The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) maximizes access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls’ participation in science, technology, engineering, and math. One of the valuable NGCP resources is the free, online Program Directory. The Program Directory lists programs and resources that encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. The directory contains: Program descriptions with Web site links and contact information; Program resources available; Program needs; Potential collaboration opportunities.


National Geographic Kids This is Nat Geo Kids site map page. It lists all their goodies for kids: Animals, Games, Stories, Activities, People & Places, Photos, and even Videos! A ton of resources!


Net Smartz Kids teaching children what to watch out for online with fun, interactive games and activities. Fun safe internet links for kids to Learn about Wizzywigs, Webville outlaws, and internet safety rules.


NewzMash "Providing young minds with today's headline news." Kid safe news in an attractive format. "Our site contains global news that is interesting, informative, and is "completely" free of any news that we, as parents or adults, would not be comfortable exposing to our kids...We created this site as a safe haven for our children, and children of other parents who have the same safety concerns as we do. This site allows pre-teens and young adults view current news and information, without parents worrying about their safety on the internet." There has long been a need for a site like this.


Oh, Brother! "We’ve just started an all-new website for kids that has comics, games and activities." From King Features Syndicate. Looks like fun and we really liked the section where kids can post art and photos of their pets!


DownloadsOpen Dyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic and bold-italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input from dyslexic users. There are no restrictions on using OpenDyslexic outside of attribution. Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters. OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening.

openWeb: A free iPhone/iPad web browser that uses OpenDyslexic to override the default fonts on the webpages you read. " openWeb - Dyslexia friendly web browser." The site also has links to other apps and helps for installation. (For Windows: download it, open the folder, click on the Font. Windows should then install it for you.) Thank you, thank you Abelardo Gonzalez, for all the work you've done! Going in anyplace someone who needs it might find it!


Downloads   Owl & Mouse Educational Software Great phonics software that reminds us of the old MECC Apple games of the 1980s. Free software for you to download and install, or play online. Their plug: "Help your child learn with games, software and educational activities from Owl & Mouse Educational Software. Early reading software, phonics software, alphabet games, and Dolch sight words in a fairy tale story. All of it FREE! Free online USA maps, world maps, map of Europe, map puzzles of the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, and many more. You can build your own castle and coat of arms—free downloads."


Panwapa - Where Kids Shape the World. "Panwapa is an imaginary floating island with characters, stories, and global explorations for kids ages 5-9. Panwapa characters introduce kids to concepts of learning about and accepting other cultures. Educators who use Panwapa can create a group on Curriki to extend and comment on the curricular questions which go along with the Panwapa videos, playalong games, and lessons." This site is great! Talking animated characters engage kids and help them choose from a variety of wonderful things to do. You have to check it out, it is great! From the Sesame Street people.


Pete's PowerPoint Station ("FREE Presentations in PowerPoint format & Free Interactive Activities for Kids") looks like a little homemade site for kids but it's HUGE inside! This site is set up with a model railroad theme. Pete's Presentations (Themes and Topics is the page title) lists 838 (yes, eight hundred thirty-eight) education topics, from ABC's to Zoo! Each Topic has links to that subject area, sometimes dozens of links. Not only PowerPoints (lots of them) but games and links to "good sites." Greta's Games has mostly academic games organized by subject. Often a dozen or more links per subject. Hannah's Homework Help Station has PowerPoints about doing research, and links to various research sites. You could spend a week looking in here! Anything you need for K-8, and some for higher schooling as well.


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Flag of IndiaPitara Kids Network Zillions of things for kids to do! This wonderful monster of a site is very similar to the old Yahooligans! Play logic and word games, take quizzes, do crafts, use the reference section, read folktales, poems, and stories, investigate science, do fun mathematics! There is a special section for the very young, too. Some sections are in Hindi, for Hindi-speaking NRI kids who want to remain bilingual. There's something in here for everybody - students, parents, teachers, homeschoolers.



Tricolour Poisson Rouge A delightful hands-on exploration site from France, just one site of many brought to you by Kids Activities from allkids, a fine learning site from the UK. Just all sorts of fun things to click on here. Now a subscription site, due to financial realities. - The Fun Place to Learn! Very good online learning games, especially for K-5.


Quizlet "The world learns on Quizlet. We make simple tools that let you study anything, for free." You can study anything, alone or in groups! Teachers and students can look for existing quizzes that meet their needs, or they can make their own quizzes and add them to Quizlet's library. This section explains it all. Take a quiz, review subjects, spell the vocabulary words, play various games to test knowledge! Works on computers AND on mobile, iOS and Android both! "#7 app in the free Education category of the app store." There's a teachers section, too. You can create accounts (free) and keep quizzes there!


Scavenger Hunts for Kids "Free, printable treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, and fun games for children." These are in Word format (.doc), not pdf. The ones we looked at were nice printable sheets with instructions. These are all downloads, nothing interactive or online.


Seussville! The official Dr. Seuss site! Many activities!


Smart Girls logo Smart Girls at the Party "My name is Kara and I work for the webseries 'Smart Girls at the Party' with Amy Poehler. We have an amazing new series that showcases awesome girls from all around the globe and we think it would be a perfect fit for your website." It is! It's called Girls of the World, and you really ought to go there and watch some of these videos!


But wait, there's more! "The Smart Girls Channel is a place for funny, thoughtful and deceivingly educational programming. The channel celebrates girls, friendships and spontaneous dance parties! Look for new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Amy Poehler." This webseries consists of: Smart Girls, Girls of the World, Meow Meow Music (don't ask - it's FUNNY and cool), Ask Amy (advice), and Boy's Minute (goofy, for boys). Plenty of videos in each section.Wish we had heard of this sooner, it is great. Thank you, Kara, for sending that email. Keep the emails coming, folks! There's plenty of good sites out there and we're mere mortals.


Social Skills for Middle School Students Yes, the site you have dreamed about really exists. With four main sections and several sub-sections, this site offers lesson plans, activities, role playing, whatever it takes to instill social skills through practice! We did up a set of questions to go with "American Table Manners" and had middle-schoolers engaged!  You need to use this site!


Downloads Soup Toys You have got to try this it is amazing! "Just about every child likes to play with toys that make noise, balance, topple, float or otherwise interact with the world. Balls bounce, balloons float into the sky and magnets lift metal objects. All of these interactions teach children something the natural world around them. The beauty of Soup Toys is that it isn't confined to a single Window. When you run it, you have access to a virtual "toybox" where you can pull out the desktop toys that you want to play with. The sides of your computer screen act like walls and the floor. You can build block castles, play with toy cars, or have fun with virtual magnets. The possibilities are limitless." This was from the writeup in Educational Freeware.


Study Guides and Strategies (Tons of them!) We wish we could copy some quotes about these guys so we needn't try to describe this site - there is just SO MUCH going on! How to study, how to listen, how to meet challenges, managing time, how to learn (!), how to think, memorize, manage projects, how to write well, vocabulary, how to take a test, math science, etc! This site has it all! You really must look at it!


Downloads SuperTux All right, already! Due to popular demand we are posting this free game. What's it like? Think Super Mario with a penguin. Good graphics, good musical beat, VERY playable. Seems to develop hand-eye coordination. Just remember to drag the kids off it and make them go out and get their hour of play every day! Free to you under GPL license. "SuperTux is available for Windows, Linux, MacOSX as well as numerous other more exotic systems."


Waterford Games & Activities "Download hundreds of free games, activities, and quizzes from our website! Subject areas include animals, plants, weather, astronomy, geology, and miscellany... Simply copy materials to your desktop and print out as needed. It's that easy!"


Webkinz Town "Welcome to WebkinzTown - It's more than a town, it's a family." Here's a safe and friendly place for Webkinz kids to get together.


new.gifZooniverse "We make citizen science websites so that everyone can be part of real research online." Currently there are 25 active projects where volunteers can help online! "If you're new to the Zooniverse, we suggest picking a project and diving in - the same account will get you into all of our projects, and you can keep track of what you've contributed by watching 'My Zooniverse'." One of their projects is Calbug where volunteers transcribe field notes of insect researchers. Calbug is part of Notes from Nature, which in turn is part of Zooniverse. If transcribing field notes or soldier's diaries is not your thing, you can study the sea floor, look for stars, and many other things. Pick a project, do a short tutorial, and dive in!


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