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DKfindout! is an interactive encyclopedia created by Dorling Kindersley publishing. The site has over 3,000 articles which include animations, videos, quizzes, and over 9,000 stunning photographs and covers a wide range of topics including animals, space, math, history, and the human body.
Encyclopedia Britannica has been in publication for two and a half centuries, and is the most expansive encyclopedia out there – with a website to match.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!
Practice tests and tutorial course series to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic, basic skills or licensing tests. Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and analysis of your results. Grade school through adult learners. Registration required.
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PebbleGo is the award winning PreK-3 database for reading and research. The PebbleGo databases make learning and improving reading and research skills fun, building on children's interest.
Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, Inc., a division of Scholastic Inc. It includes seven encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia America, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, and The New Book of Popular Science. Click here for comprehensive information on the many features available from within each of these encyclopedia databases.
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.
The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.
An easy-to-use online dictionary with simple, straightforward definitions.
Access this collection of free eBooks for Illinois residents. Titles are always available, and there are no limits on checkouts. With Biblioboard there's no waiting, just reading! Also available as a mobile app. NO LIBRARY CARD NEEDED!
These children's fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts. With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFlix® is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers.
Sometimes it can be hard for boys to find just the right book for their interests. Led by author Jon Scieszka, this site is all about the best books to turn young fellows into lifelong readers.
Book summaries and reviews, articles, and author interviews for kids.
If your school uses the Lexile system, this site will tell you the approximate difficulty of any book you want to read. Otherwise, if you need a suggestion, it can list all the books around your Lexile level.
NoveList K-8 Plus
A "what do I read next" resource for fiction readers in grades K-8. Search by plot or browse genre and award lists. Teacher resources including book talk examples and reading lexiles.
ABC Fast Phonics
Cartoons, sounds, and clickable words help to teach phonics.
Learn the parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) and practice identifying them in sentences.
Houghton-Mifflin Kids' Place
This site is full of writing ideas, grammar exercises, and tips for proofreading your own work.
Interactives – Elements of a Story
Using Cinderella as an example, this site teaches the elements (plot, setting, conflict, etc.) that make up a story.
This website contains lessons for a wide variety of mathematical subjects (listed along the left side of the page), along with practice problems and exercises for all grade levels.
This online tool can operate as a standard or scientific calculator.
Practice making change - adjust the difficulty and even the currency.
Create a Graph
A tool for creating a graph with data you input.
A series of games to test your math skills, suitable for children in grades 1-8.
Information about every nation in the world. Each country profile provides facts and data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, and economy.
Presidents of the United States
These profiles contain basic facts about each of the Presidents of the United States, and links to find further information about each one.
Articles about current events and interesting subjects, written for young people.
Today in History
What happened on today's date in years past? This site has articles for all the important events that happened today in history.
How Products are Made
Hundreds of interesting articles about how everyday objects are made.
National Geographic for Kids
National Geographic is a long-running magazine about nature and science featuring plenty of beautiful photos of both.
Sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History, this website has facts, games, experiments, and projects on a wide variety of scientific subjects.
Information and ideas for doing your own research and science experiments.
Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.
Artes del Idioma
Jugar y Aprender
Juegos para niños, para aprender letras y palabras.
The Space Place
El sitio de NASA, este sitio tiene hechos, actividades, y proyectos sobre el espacio.
La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
Una funciona de Grolier Online, este es una enciclopedia en español.
Los Presidentes de los Estados Unidos
Una lista en orden de los presidentes, con una pequeña biografía sobre cada.
Para convertir unidades de medida como peso, longitud, temperatura, y otros.
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