Educational Websites



Zearn - https://www.zearn.org/
A K-5 math site; each student has his/her own login and password.  Contact the school for assistance.

This is a great website for practicing ELA and math skills by grade!  Each student has his or her own login in and password.  If your child does not remember his or her login/password, please contact the school.
Parent Roadmaps to Common Core Standards  - http://www.cgcs.org/domain/36
Here you will find great resources, by grade level, that will help you understand the Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards.


Writing help for students:



General Sites on a Variety of Subjects

Starfall
www.starfall.com
Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

Kids Click! Websearch for Kids by Librarians
KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.

Interactive Learning Center
On this site you will find activities from pre-school through 4th grade as well as Advanced Math, Fractions, USA Capitals, and the Solar System. Also here are simple activates for Reading Maps and Reading Graphs.

Scholastic Online Activities
Scroll down to the Activity Index and find activities in Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math. Each category also has "Quick Takes," a daily riddle or question.  

National Geographic Interactive Features
Check out the Kids Magazine. Enjoy such educational games as "Go West with Lewis and Clark," "The Underground Railroad," or "Secrets of the Maya Glyphs." Enjoy Activities and Experiments, Creature Features, or the Cartoon Factory.

Enchanted Learning
Enchanted Learning is a treasury of sites and activities that run the gamut from Anatomy to Zoom Dinosaurs.  

Educational Web Adventures
Here students can explore the world of art, science, and history through adventures such as The Renaissance Connection, PestWorld for Kids, or Shedd Aquarium Educational Adventures. Find adventures in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Natural History, Earth and Space Science, Engineering and Technology, History, People and Cultures, and Economics.  

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams that contain three overlapping circles. Students identify and record concepts that can be placed in one of the three circles or in the overlapping areas, allowing them to organize their information logically.

I Know That
This site has activities for the Arts, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Engineering, The activities encourage self-paced learning about each topic with brief facts, more extensive exploration, and cross-disciplinary knowledge.


Science

BBC Science
These Science Clips are aimed at children aged 5-11 years. For each of the 36 units, there is an interactive experiment and quiz. Each unit also has an associated set of teacher resources, which can be found by clicking on the appropriate age group link above.

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
This site lets children explore Worm World, Gross & Cool Body, Roach World, as well as games and mad science.

How Stuff Works
Students find out how things work in the areas of computers, autos, electronics, science, home, entertainment, health, money, travel, and people.  

Monster Bugs
Students will have fun making their own virtual bug at the Monster Bugs section of The Magic Schoolbus website. Students select from various wings, legs, and heads to create a virtual bug found in nature or they can put together parts from different bugs to create a fantasy creature.

Bayer Periodic Table
Molecule Man introduces students to the Periodic Table of the elements, which features a colorful and intuitive interface. As students interact with the table, they see brief descriptions of the elements. Clicking on the element provides information about the element's history and materials in which it is commonly found.  

Building Big
This site brings bridges, skyscrapers, tunnels, and dams to the Internet for those who want to learn more about man-made giants that fill our communities. It features introductions to the engineering of structures, interactive engineering labs, building designs challenges, a databank of large structures, and interviews with engineers.  

The Space Place
At this award-winning site, a joint effort of NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and others, students can learn amazing facts about space, Earth, and technology, view animations that show how the world works, and participate in activities that teach them more about space.

  Social Studies


A Day in the Life of Colonial Williamsburg

Experience the Life in the 18th Century
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, the definitive living history museum of colonial America, presents this comprehensive resource on daily colonial life. Students will enjoy browsing the Almanack, in which they meet colonists and learn about their lives and their history, and a Day in the Life of Colonial Williamsburg.  

Seven Wonders of the World
The notion of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World can be traced back to the fifth century B.C. These creations rivaled many created by nature in their size, majesty, and beauty. Six of the seven wonders no longer stand, having been destroyed by natural disaster or by humans.  

Digital History Timeline
Move the gold Life Span Bar at the bottom to navigate through social, political and cultural events. from 1590 to the present day. Rollover a circle, triangle or square to get event details. Click on these shapes to find out more. 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition
A detailed synopsis of the expedition by historian Harry Fritz is enhanced by photographs, interactive maps, audio files, and illustrations from the expedition journals.  

Pyramids
Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza. Take a virtual tour through the pyramids.  

Expedition Hall
Welcome to the interactive "museum" that takes you on geography journeys. Here students climb a mountain, hover over the Earth, speed across Europe, visit an archeological dig, and even order sushi—plus, games, animations, and more.  


Financial Literacy

History in Your Pocket
http://www.usmint.gov/kids/flashIndex.cfm The History In Your Pocket (H.I.P.) Pocket Change site showcases the connection between this country's coins and its people. Through games, stories, and other engaging activities, the site brings to life both the extraordinary individuals who appear on U.S. coinage and the generations of citizens who've used this pocket change.


Helpful Websites for Parents of Elementary School Students

Common Core State Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/


Next Generation Science Standards

http://www.nextgenscience.org/


Responsive Classroom

http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/sites/default/files/pdf_files/Info_for_Parents_English.pdf


Information on concussions

http://www.headsupparents.org/


FunBrain for Parents

Educational games are the highlight of this site. The games cover all interest areas and target specific age levels. There are “parent-kid challenges,” “homework relief,” and “books on the run” links. Also linked to this site, there is a family education newsletter that helps with school, life, entertainment, and special needs issues.

http://www.funbrain.com/parents/index.html


KidsReads

This website shares reviews of “cool new books” and authors. The books are categorized by age and by genre. There is a link for podcasts and another for book clubs. The newsletter highlights the newest and best on the site.

http://www.kidsreads.com/index.asp

PBS For Parents

This site contains guides on a variety of topics such as child development, curriculum connections, and technology for kids. It also shares information on hot issues in education. On the lighter side, there are games, stories, and guides to the TV programs offered by PBS. The guide is also available in Spanish. Bienvenidos a PBS Padres!

http://www.pbs.org/parents/


Scholastic for Parents

This site contains age appropriate guides for helping your child learn to love reading. Divided into early childhood and school age children, the site also contains resources for helping your child with math, technology and other subjects. Additionally, there is an array of information about family matters.

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/


Time for Kids Teacher’s Homepage

This site shares diverse resources for parents including virtual tours around the world, kid-appropriate current events stories, homework help, and games.

http://www.timeforkids.com/news



From the U.S. Department of Education 


No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide summarizes the No Child Left Behind Act. It answers common questions about the law, explains what the law does for parents, and tells where to find additional resources.


Questions Parents Ask About Schools provides answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as Getting Ready for School, Monitoring School Work, Helping with Reading, and Working with Schools and Teachers.


Helping Your Child Become a Reader: Other than helping your children to grow up healthy and happy, the most important thing that you can do for them is to help them develop their reading skills. This booklet offers pointers on how to build the language skills of young children, and includes a list of typical language accomplishments for different age groups, suggestions for books, and resources for children with reading problems or learning disabilities.


Helping Your Child With Homework: Homework can help children to develop positive study skills and habits, improve their thinking and memory abilities, and encourage them to use time well, learn independently, and take responsibility for their work. This booklet helps parents of elementary and junior high school students understand why homework is important and makes suggestions for helping children complete assignments successfully.


Helping Your Preschool Child: How well children will learn and develop and how well they will do in school depends on a number of things, including their health and physical well-being, social and emotional preparation, and language skills and general knowledge of the world. This booklet highlights techniques parents can use to encourage their children to develop the skills necessary for success in school and life by focusing on activities that make learning fun.


Helping Your Child Succeed in School: Every child has the power to succeed in school and in life and every parent, family member and caregiver can help. This booklet provides parents with information, tools and activities they can use in the home to help their child develop the skills critical to academic success.


Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence: Learning as much as you can about the world of early adolescents is an important step towards helping your child through the fascinating, confusing and wonderful years from ages 10 through 14. Based on the latest research in adolescent development and learning, this booklet addresses questions, provides suggestions and tackles issues that parents of young teens generally find most challenging.


Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen: Just as children must be taught to read and write, solve math problems, and understand science concepts and events in history, so must they be guided in developing the qualities of character that are valued by their families and by the communities in which they live. This booklet provides information about the values and skills that make up character and good citizenship and what you can do to help your child develop strong character. It suggests activities that you and your school-aged children can do to put those values to work in your daily lives and tips for working with teachers and schools to ensure that you act together to promote the basic values that you want your child to learn and use.


Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics: Our increasingly technological world demands strong skills in mathematics, not only in the workforce but also in everyday life, and these demands will only increase over the lifetimes of our children. The major portion of this booklet is made up of fun activities that parents can use with children from preschool age through grade 5 to strengthen their math skills and build strong positive attitudes toward math.


Helping Your Child Learn Science Every day is filled with opportunities to learn science—without expensive chemistry sets or books. Parents don't need degrees in chemistry or physics to help their children learn science. All that is needed is a willingness to observe and learn with them, and, above all, to make an effort and take the time to nurture their natural curiosity. This booklet provides parents of children ages 3 through 10 with information, tools and activities they can use in the home and community to help their child develop an interest in the sciences and learn about the world around them.


Reading Tips for Parents: Addresses topics such as: How Can I Help My Child Be Ready to Read and Ready to Learn? Includes How Do I Know a Good Early Reading Program When I See One? Simple Strategies for Creating Strong Readers; and The Five Essential Components of Reading.


Homework Tips for Parents: Homework has been a part of students' lives since the beginning of formal schooling in the United States. However, the practice has sometimes been accepted and other times rejected, both by educators and parents. This has happened because homework can have both positive and negative effects on children's learning and attitudes toward school. Contains tips for reading and math homework.


Tips for Parents on Keeping Children Drug Free: Ideas for helping elementary, middle, and high school students to remain drug-free.


Healthy Start, Grow Smart Series (2002): This series was an initiative of Laura Bush as the First Lady of Texas and sponsored by the Texas Department of Health. Individual booklets for each month of the first year of life provide easy-to-understand information on getting baby off to a good start in life and learning. President Bush and Mrs. Bush have asked that this series of booklets be revised and distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.