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Best Websites

Best Websites

Useful Websites for Research, Projects and Homework Help:
 
In order to begin building a foundation of reliable web based resources, students will be given a “Website of the Week” during the course of the semester. They will focus on a variety of topics from science and history to art and pop culture.Check back frequently to see new additions.

The Library of Congress site for Kids and Families has links for topics ranging from history to dance and music to places in the news. An excellent source for projects or just for fun.
http://www.loc.gov/families/
 
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) provides a CIA World Factbook online with everything you want to know about the history, people, government, economy, geography, and military of over 250 countries around the world. It also includes information on flags, maps and time zones.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
 
Read some of literature's best - for free.  Works from authors including Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe and Charlotte Bronte are available online at no cost.
http://www.literature.org/authors/
 
Refdesk.com will provide you with a wealth of reference material that includes breaking news, "of the day" picks like word or quote of the day, puzzles, weather, political polls, dictionaries and so much more.
http://refdesk.com/
 
The Picture Collection from the New York Public Library is a fascinating database filled with images that would enhance any school project and add to student learning.  The collection is vast and historical NYC postcards like this view of the skyline circa 1901 are the latest addition.
NYPLPictureCollection
 
Infoplease.com was the hands down favorite among our 8th grade students as they explored a variety of online reference sources.  It is easy to navigate and has many interesting and helpful features.
infoplease.com
 
The Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS), that includes the Harrington Park Public Library, has a wide array of available material that would benefit any student.  With a library card, students can access databases, newspapers, magazines, and a large selection of ebooks with ease.  If you do not have a library card, please stop in to the HP Library to get one or apply through the website! (This is also important for using the NVOT High School Library).
BCCLS
 
BJ Pinchbeck started this Homework Help site with his father when he was just 9 years old.  He is now a college graduate but he still maintains the site which will link you to resources for every school subject. The Math section is especially helpful.  If you are stuck on a homework question, this is a great place to look for help.
bjpinchbeck
 
The Internet Public Library is another great place to search for information on a wide range of subjects. There is a section designed especially for students to make searching easier. There is also a feature called "Ask A Librarian" where you can fill out and submit a simple form and a librarian will research your question and get back to you with appropriate sources via email. Who better to help you with research than a librarian!
InternetPublicLibrary
 
The American Memory Collection from the Library of Congress provides an amazing array of information for any student. You can browse by topic or use the search bar for a specific topic. There is also an Ask A Librarian feature as well as an option to chat live with a librarian during certain hours. As always, the Library of Congress is a first choice among researchers of all ages.
AmericanMemoryCollection
 
Using A Google A Day will help students develop better, more accurate search skills. This activity gives a question of the day and hints to performing the best Google search to find the answer. A great way to see and practice the process of an internet search.
AGoogleADay
 
Want to know more about Thanksgiving? Try USA.gov for the history of the holiday as well as travel tips and steps to a delicious and safe roast turkey!  It is also a great source of information on all aspects of the U.S. government. Federal, State and Local statistics, voting info, consumer protection issues, health and nutrition are just a few of the topics covered in this comprehensive site.
USA.gov
 
We are in the season of giving and with Freerice.com you can give and learn at the same time. The site is sponsered by the United Nations World Food Programe.  For every question you answer correctly, Freerice will donate grains of rice to those living in severe poverty. All those grains add up and you get to strengthen vocabulary, history and science knowledge. Give it a try!
Freerice.com
 
Are you ever frustrated by not being able to access all of your documents from any computer?  You can solve this issue by downloading Dropbox onto your home computer and setting up an account.  Save your work to Dropbox and you will be able to view, edit and print your work from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Let this cloud computing site help you manage documents with ease.
Dropbox
 
Looking for answers to some of life's most interesting questions? Why do we wrap presents? Why do hermit crabs live in borrowed homes? Subscribe to Wonderopolis for the wonder of the day sent directly to your email.
Wonderopolis
 
 This is a wonderful website for all things science related. Take time to explore or use the search options to look for a specific topic. There is also an Ask A Scientist feature.
CoolScience
 
Khan Academy is reshaping how students will learn Math concepts. The site provides thousands of short tutorial videos on an array of Math and Science topics from basic to complex. You can also practice the concepts with sample problems.  This is a wonderful site for any math student.
KhanAcademy
 
Anyone who loves to travel will love this website. Book a trip anywhere in the world and learn about that country and their culture. You can keep a travel journal to track countries that you have "visited".  Fun but also a great site for history, geography and world culture.
Globaltrek
 
This site is a great place to explore all things science related. It will help with learning concepts for school or projects but will also satisfy curiosity on a large variety of topics. Exploratorium is a perfect for a rainy day!
Exploratorium
 
Follow the path of this colorful website to a great research paper. Each of these steps will get you to a well organized and well written final product.
http://www.kyvl.org/kids/homebase.html
 
Go Social Studies is a great site for all things Social Studies.  Narrow your search by topic and have access to information via text, images, charts and video.
http://www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/
 
Check out Shakespeare Online for everything you want to know about William Shakespeare. The site also has free editions of many of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.
http://www.shakespeare-online.com
 
For the most curious students, try How Stuff Works. This site answers thousands of questions on how and why things work the way they do.  Easy to search and navigate.
http://www.howstuffworks.com
 
There is no place better to learn about the Milky Way and beyond than NASA. This amazing site is great for students.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html
 
Another great site for free electronic books
http://www.bibliomania.com
 
Use the Oxford Dictionary online to make the most of your paper. It has all of the features of the print Oxford Dictionary and more. The thesaurus feature will only enhance the final product.
http://oxforddictionaries.com
 
Use this site to practice Spanish for class or learn an entirely new language through great instructional video. As always, the BBC provides excellent educational opportunities.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages
 
This is another incredible website from Google. The Google Art Project lets the user explore museums from around the world using the same basic technology that powers Google Earth or Google Maps. You can virtually walk through museums and study the artwork, giving you access to the most beautiful and influential art in the world from the comfort of home.
http://www.googleartproject.com
 
The Smithsonian is known around the world as one of the best institutions of learning. Their website can provide students with an enormous amount of information on a wide array of topics. Check out this Smithsonian Encyclopedia site to start exploring this resource.
http://si.edu/encyclopedia
 
Kidsclick is a website made by Media Specialist and is a wealth of information organized in the Dewey Decimal.
http://kidsclick.org/
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