Kid's Page

 

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)

All Ages

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.

Ages 2-5

Speakaboos - kids stories, songs, and games.

Ages 5-7

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.

Picture Dictionary - Click on a letter. From Enchantedlearning. Lots of information on all subjects. Quite complete.

Funbrain - practice math and play games.
Base Ten Count - Counting game.

Number Time - Fun games, songs, and movies.

Buzzing With Shapes Game and Music Patterns
First Grade Activities Willie the Watchdog, Hi-Rise Math, Build-A-Saurus, and more

Ages 7-10

Setgame.com - Play daily Set Game and Quiddler.
Dog Ears Game - Turn on the sound! Sound hangman-type game. Part of games inside Fetch.

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.

Huge Virtual Manipulative Site - Including a Telling Time Clock applet.

Facts Practice - practice games.

Flashcard practice

Dositey.com - practice games.

Push Pin Maps - Interactive maps from iknowthat.com.

Primary Games - Use Volume 1 or 2 (scroll down). Try Ghostblasters.

Grid Game - Uses factors, multiples, primes, triangular numbers, etc.

Earth Puzzle - Many other puzzles on USA States, Zoom Dinosaurs, Astonomy, and more. From Enchantedlearning. Lots of information on all subjects.

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.

MysteryNet.com - Mystery Net is the place for online mysteries and mystery games. Every Month the site features See-n-Solve, Solve-it, Twist and Flash mysteries. Every Day: Get-a-Clue mini-mystery, Teasers by Members.

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. Strange Matter

Backyard Jungle - Get your own nickname and backyard. Lots of games to play and places to explore.

Multiplication Mystery, Dr. Gee`s 3-D Lab, and other Third Grade Activities
Fourth Grade Fun

Ages 11-13

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.

Science Fair Projects - Science Fair project ideas.

Brain Cake - for girls age 11 - 17.

Packing Crate Game (like out tip over game)

Math Is Fun - Games, Puzzles, platonic solids, Mathionaire Multiplication Quiz. Has a very nice place for students to practice arithmetic facts called Math Trainer.

Coolmath4Kids.com and Coolmath.com - Lots of stuff. See Math Games (I like Piles of Balls) and Brain Benders.

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.

Tilt Mazes - 2D tilt mazes. Part of Clickmazes.

Games at Math Is Fun - some different strategy games to try.

Cornbelt Running Club - Including Moonlight Chase Results.

Dog Ears Game - Turn on the sound! Sound hangman-type game. Part of games inside Fetch.

Setgame.com - Play daily Set Game and Quiddler.
Optics Workshop - experiment with light, mirrors, and lenses. (Another from iknowthat.com.)
Guys Read - a good site for finding good books for guys.
Underwater Expedition on iknowthat.com (which as other Games and Thinking Games).

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.

Science Fair Projects Ideas
Virtual Geoboard - Rubber bands on a peg board. Can find areas and perimeters.
Colonial House - Interactive history of colonial times. Fun online learning from PBS.

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.
 

Solar System Simulator - View any planet or moon from any planets or moon.

MysteryNet.com - Mystery Net is the place for online mysteries and mystery games. Every Month the site features See-n-Solve, Solve-it, Twist and Flash mysteries. Every Day: Get-a-Clue mini-mystery, Teasers by Members.

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. Strange Matter
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.

Ages 14-15

10/2011Stems, roots, prefixes, & suffixes - Neat site. Also has two games: Rooty, and Meany. See also www.etymonline.com (Etymological Dictionary).

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.

Eight Queens and Piles of Balls - part of Coolmath4Kids.com and Coolmath.com. See also Math Games and Brain Benders.

Learning Science Site - Lots of neat interactive stuff.http://www.coolmath4kids.com/math_puzzles/Logic-eightqueens/index.html

Put the States in the right place

What's Special About This Number?

Parallel Parking Sites
Cornbelt Running Club - Including Moonlight Chase Results.
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
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.
Sudoku Online
Logic Problems Monthly Interactive - matrix logic problems.
Puzzles.com - More puzzles. Featured puzzles are:
Jayisgames.com - Lots of neat games such as Domino Pressure. Atoms, HyperFrame.
Chomp Game - we need to figure out the winning strategy!
Netsmartz for Teens - Learn how to use the Internet safely, in a fun way.

Great Performances from PBS - PBS has excellent multimedia information on musicians, composers, and music.

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.

Renaissance - From Annenberg/CPB Exhibits.

Lewis-Clark.org - Discovering Lewis and Clark Hyperhistory

Ages 16-18Hi Rachel!

11/2012 Awesomestories.com - background, photos, history, and information on awesome stories.

Flags, or Capitals, or Population of Every Country - interactive maps from chartsbin.

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.

AP Calculus questions online. The free-response questions for multiple years are available here.

Chemistry Software - (these are explained at Make-use-of) BKChem, Chemical Calculator, Kalzium. (I have not downloaded these myself, but they look interesting.)

Dynamic Periodic Table

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.

audio booksmp3 audio books - These can be downloaded for play in itunes or on an ipod. Bullet links are to mp3 files.

Seasons of Life - very nice PowerPoint with some nice photos (including Schloss Neuschwanstein in winter) and nice life lessons.

Great Books Online (at bartleby.com) - Site with actual books. Incudes The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, by E. D. Hirsch. Has a reference section (with encyclopedia, dictionary, and more).

Other online book sites:

Google Books - books.google.com - You know this is big (includes the 2007 How to Prepare for the SAT and Gödel, Escher, Bach).

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.

Learning Science Site - Lots of neat interactive stuff. Including virtual knee surgery under life science.

Universcale - From the nanoworld to the universe - the worlds we measure using our infinite yardstick.

Monicello Explorer - virtual tour of Thomas Jefferson's home.

Ages 17-99 Hi Eric & Diane!

10/2011NationMaster.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) Art Project - you have to check this out!!

12/2011Section on Sun, Moon, and Stars

US Interactive Guide - Interactive colored graphs. Very nice data. Interesting - from the Economist (an excellent journal). See also the Daily Chart.

Calculus Video Sites - I googled and reviewed and rated a bunch of sites with videos.

choosemyplate.gov - an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool. Enter your food for a day (and your activities if you want).

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.

General Reference

Refdesk.com - Huge site.

Bartleby Reference - Great books online.

Parent Sites

Netsmartz - an interactive, educational safety resource that teaches kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet.

Go to Jim Olsen's homepage

James R. Olsen, Dad
Page URL: faculty.wiu.edu/JR-Olsen/wiu/kids/doeoro.htm
E-mail: jr-olsen@wiu.edu
updated: February 27, 2015