This page is designed for Diane, Eric, and Rachel, but anyone who wants
to have fun learning on the Internet can use it.
I hope to add more to this page regularly.
Age Levels (click an age-level)
Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature - Find a good book to match your tastes. Searchable database.German - Learn a few key phrases:
Text To Speech - Type a word (any language) and here it spoken. Words are spoken properly in the language (by various voices) or incorrectly.
American History Timeline - 1780 - present
Stories and Fairy Tales - large collection of bedtime stories and fairy tales from around the world.
Top 10 Magic Trick Tutorial Videos - Cool card tricks explained. You will have to practice.
Speakaboos - kids stories, songs, and games.
iknowthat.com - Practice Games and Thinking Games.Primary Games - Use Volume 1 or 2 (scroll down). You might start with Splat Squares and Give the Dog a Bone.Exact Change Please (with Abe!) - Count Change.Quia.com - Practice games.
Funbrain - practice math and play games.Base Ten Count - Counting game.
Number Time - Fun games, songs, and movies.
iknowthat.com - Practice Games and Thinking Games.
NetsmartzKids.org - Learn how to use the Internet safely, in a fun way.
Multiplication.com - lots of games. Many of which you can pick the number facts to work on.
Facts Practice - practice games.
Dositey.com - practice games.
Primary Games - Use Volume 1 or 2 (scroll down). Try Ghostblasters.Grid Game - Uses factors, multiples, primes, triangular numbers, etc.
Circuits Gizmo - Make circuits with lights, switches, and resistors (ala gizmos and gadgets).Funbrain - practice math and play games.Smithsonian Kids - from the Smithsonian Institute (which is the group of museums in Washington, D.C.). All subject areas covered.LEGO Mindstorms Robotics - Games, ideas, and more.
Kid's Mysteries - Mysteries to solve, scary stories, and magic tricks.Connect Palindromes - This is a two-player game (or play the computer) like Connect 4, but you are trying to get palindromes!Strange Matter - Fun science info about STUFF, like pop cans, pizza, and skate boards.
Backyard Jungle - Get your own nickname and backyard. Lots of games to play and places to explore.
FactMonster.com - lots of interesting stuff.
A Few Fun Paper-Folding Projects - Christmas boxes, unit origami, and PHiZZ units. (I created this page.)
Hoodamath.com - lots a great thinking games.
Brain Cake - for girls age 11 - 17.
Packing Crate Game (like out tip over game)
Number Gossip - Enter a number and I'll tell you everything you wanted to know about it but were afraid to ask - including if it is a weird number.
Zoo of Numbers - page similar to the last, but it includes decimals such as pi, e, square root of 2.
My Wonderful World - Lots of geography information and games.Optics Workshop - experiment with light, mirrors, and lenses. (Another from iknowthat.com.)Guys Read - a good site for finding good books for guys.
Chomp Game - we need to figure out the winning strategy!
Math Dictionary - Interactive.Citation Maker for Elementary - "works cited" from Edisons homepage. Makes bibliography for you.Videos about NASA - Learn about astronauts and space travel. From National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
24 Game Online - Use all four numbers (each once) to get 24.
NetsmartzKids.org - Learn how to use the Internet safely, in a fun way.
GasGames - Gravity and other games. The rules are not given! You have to figure out how to play! Many are good for improving spatial visualization.Virtual Geoboard - Rubber bands on a peg board. Can find areas and perimeters.
The Toymaker - Marilyn Scott-Waters believes tshat folks should spend more time making things with their kids (I agree). To that end, she’s put together a glorious web site will all kinds of toys and playthings one can make from paper. For example, try the Easterbox.Smithsonian Kids - from the Smithsonian Institute (which is the group of museums in Washington, D.C.). All subject areas covered.
Connect Palindromes - This is a two-player game (or play the computer) like Connect 4, but you are trying to get palindromes!Backyard Jungle - Get your own nickname and backyard. Lots of games to play and places to explore.Strange Matter - Fun science info about STUFF, like pop cans, pizza, and skate boards.Millennium Math Express Page - Various activities and games.World Wide Webs - Jacob's Ladder, Cat's Cradle, and many other examples of string-around-the-fingers fun.
Digital History - Learn american history visually and interactively.
Cultural Literacy Tests - online quizzes. Very good. Good prep too for Scholastic Bowl. About 29 quizzes with 20-25 questions each. Click at the bottom to select a quiz.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy by E. D. Hirsch - just that, a Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.
Learning Science Site - Lots of neat interactive stuff.http://www.coolmath4kids.com/math_puzzles/Logic-eightqueens/index.htmlParallel Parking Sites
- The Contour Tangram - Transparent (see-through) tangram puzzles.Jigsaw Puzzles - at jigzone.com. Tons of choices of piece shapes, number of pieces, and picture.Optical Illusion Sites
- 61 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena - by by Michael Bach.
- Gallery at Planet Perplex - lots of optical Illusions.
- Sandlot Science - Use the menu tree on the left.
- Eyetricks.com - Well, eye tricks.
- Decorative Wall Art: Optical Illusions - various links.Math Investigations and Games ("Maths Stuff") - by Duncan Keith (a math teacher in England). Mostly for high school and middle school. Pretty nice site. I especially like the Broken Calculator Game , Rush Hour, Function Machines, Ball-Dropping applet.Logic Problems Monthly Interactive - matrix logic problems.
Puzzles.com - More puzzles. Featured puzzles are:
- Jigsaw Cells - This can actually be solved logically. If done logically, there is only a little guess and check at the end.
- Cutting a Cake - Cut five pieces of the same volume (but they may not be congruent).
- The Mutilated Chessboard - If two opposite corners of an (8x8) chessboard are removed, is it possible to cover entirely this new board (now consisting of just 62 squares) with the 31 dominoes?
Chomp Game - we need to figure out the winning strategy!Netsmartz for Teens - Learn how to use the Internet safely, in a fun way.
Conflict Map - In the course of the 20th century, mankind experienced some of the most devastating wars of all times. Where did these wars take place? Interactive map with sliders on the timeline. Great if you are studying Geography of History.Lewis-Clark.org - Discovering Lewis and Clark Hyperhistory
Awesomestories.com - background, photos, history, and information on awesome stories.
Space Math @ NASA - introduces students to the use of mathematics in todays scientific discoveries. Real applied problems categorized by grade level from 3rd grade through calculus (e.g., Algebra I, Geometry, Calculus). Problems are in nice PDF format, with answers. Very nicely organized by topic. You can even search for problems by "moon" or "black holes," etc. Other features include multimedia. Active site with 396 problems as of 1/20/2010.
Words of the World - Interesting videos about words. From Nazi to Chocolate, words play a vital role in our lives. And each word has its own story. But where do they come from? What do they mean? How do they change?
Brain Rules - 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. By Dr. John J. Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, who studies human brain development. Lots of interesting information and videos to help us, well, at work, home, and school.
Periodic Videos - videos about the chemical elements of the Periodic Table.
Consumer Jungle - Designed to help people be informed consumers. 50 Common Financial Mistakes and much more.
mp3 audio books - These can be downloaded for play in itunes or on an ipod. Bullet links are to mp3 files.
- The Gift of the Magi - short story (probably a classic) by O. Henry (1862-1910) . As story of oa poor young couple at Christmastime.
Seasons of Life - very nice PowerPoint with some nice photos (including Schloss Neuschwanstein in winter) and nice life lessons.
Other online book sites:
The Online Books Page - onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu
Stellarium - a free open-source planetarium for your computer. Really Cool!! Can be set up for anywhere in the world!
List of Physics games - games are reviewed and rated.
Universcale - From the nanoworld to the universe - the worlds we measure using our infinite yardstick.Monicello Explorer - virtual tour of Thomas Jefferson's home.
NationMaster.com - "[A] massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease."
Art Project- This is an amazing Internet project! "A unique collaboration with some of the world's most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail." Click Learn More and view the Visitor Guide (2:55) video and you'll find the site--and museums-- are easy to navigate. Shown at the right is a detail of Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt at the The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. (no surprise, Powered by Google)
Section on Sun, Moon, and Stars
- Basic Patterns and Motions of the Sky
- PowerPoint on Physics and Astronomy - Q&A format. Well done.
- Motion of Our Star the Sun - including animations of the sun movement (at various times of year and from various places on earth)
- Free Program: Stellarium
- Planets (free) by Q Continuum
Calculus Video Sites - I googled and reviewed and rated a bunch of sites with videos.
Novelguide.com - Yep, like the Cliff Notes, guide to novels. Tons of ads, but there's a lot of content here too.
TED - "Ideas Worth Spreading." TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Videos of influential (& perhaps famous) people.
Refdesk.com - Huge site.
Bartleby Reference - Great books online.