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Books and Reading
- Books, Reading
and Authors - a page
of sites selected by Duluth Public Library staff.
- Minnesota Storytime - a collection of online reading guides for children's
picture books, featuring Minnesota authors, illustrators and/or
- Read Kiddo Read
- Author James Patterson began this website, which is dedicated
to making kids readers for life. He says, "...you've decided
to take your kid's reading future into your own hands. Something
told you the only way to get kids to read was to give them great
books, cool books, books they would absolutely positively love.
I believe we've gathered the creme de la creme of the reading
right here. These are very, very special books that kids will
gobble up and ask for more. If your kids get a few of these books
under their belts, they'll be well on their way to becoming readers
for life. I promise you." Books and reading tips for kids
from birth to age 10 and up.
- BornLearning.org - A public campaign to help parents and caregivers
explore ways to turn everyday activities into fun learning opportunities
for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
- Crayola Educator's Page - Lesson plans, art techniques, and
Printables and Resources for Homeschooling and Classrooms - Covers basic school subjects such
as handwriting, art, and science. The printables are available
in Adobe Acrobat and Rich Text formats.
- Education Programs - Minnesota Department
of Education - The latest
and most accurate information on academic standards, testing,
No Child Left Behind, early childhood programs, adult education,
and special education.
- Education World: Students Learn Respect
- Thanks to Good Manners
- Web resources for teaching respect and good manners through
stories, poems, songs, games, biographies, lesson plans, and
- Education World PowerPoint Tutorial - A PowerPoint presentation that teaches
PowerPoint to beginners. Also useful for PowerPoint instructors
or homeschooling parents who don't have time to create their
Reference Desk - Education
information for teachers, parents and others interested in education.
- Internet4Classrooms: Microsoft PowerPoint - Geared for teachers, this site offers
a wealth of information on creating PowerPoint presentations.
Also includes PowerPoint slide shows available to download for
classroom use by teachers.
- Kathy Schrock's Guide
for Educators - List
of sites for enhancing curriculum and professional growth.
Voting USA - Official
site for the organization that provides kids with the opportunity
to vote at official polls on Election Day. Includes online activities
and links to other sites.
- Minnesota Department of Education - Information on programs that focus
on education, community services, prevention, and the preparation
of young people for the world of work.
- National First Ladies Library - Biographies and other interesting information
about America's First Ladies. The site also includes a timeline
option that gives you information on topics such sports, popular
culture, daily life, science, technology, and the arts. Curriculum
materials for teachers are included in the site's online resources.
- National Student Parent Mock Election - Election information
and press releases, an opportunity to vote on National Student/Parent
Mock Election Day, and free curriculum resources.
- New York Times Learning Network - Learning activities
based on current events. For grade levels 3-12.
- PBS NewsHour Extra
- A special NewsHour with Jim Lehrer for students. Includes domestic
and international headlines with interactive reports, editorials
written by readers and discussion boards for hot topics. Also
includes lesson plans for educators. Recommended for Gr 6 and
- PBS TeacherSource - 3000+ lesson plans and activities for preschool
through grade 12. Browse by subject or search by academic level
Modern America 1880-1920: Historical Thinking Exercises for Middle
and High School Students
- Sharpen your observation skills as you decipher clues in photographs
that help you interpret history and learn more about the United
Project Calculator -
offers students a simple and comprehensive 5-step model for navigating
the research process. The skills involved in this process will
prepare students not only to conduct academic research, but to
make life decisionswhether defending a thesis related to
the causes of civil war or selecting a new car. The Teacher
Guide will assist teachers with creating research projects
that require learners to analyze information in order to draw
conclusions or make recommendations and provide teachers with
direction in guiding students through the five-step process.
Includes pdfs and MS Word versions of handouts about doing research.
Teacher Guide: http://rpc.elm4you.org/step1.php?teacher=yes#about
- A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust - An overview of the people and events
of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music,
movies, and literature.
of Minnesota - Programs for Pre-K - 12 Students and Educators - Find out about the exciting and innovative
learning experiences at the U of M, designed for children, youth,
families and educators! There is a world of options, including
professional development or classroom resources for teachers,
a math or music opportunity for youth, summer camps, or a fun
visit to a U of M campus for families.
- The Vikings - A great website that's easy to read and includes
cartoon illustrations, photos, maps, a timeline, and fun activities.
Try taking the journey through a Viking town, play the printable
board game, or quiz yourself with Thorkel's challenge. Also includes
lists of places to visit online and in person, and a special
Parent-Teacher section with lesson plans. Recommended for grades
2-6. From the BBC.
- Wee Teach
- This site includes teaching ideas, resources, and articles
for those who work with younger children.
- World Wildlife Fund
- Activity Village - Welcome to Activity Village, where you will
find over 2000 free pages of fun for kids! We aim to provide
parents and teachers of the under-10s with ideas, inspiration,
and all sorts of kids activities--many printable--as well as
advice and help with all aspects of looking after children. Includes
Sudoku puzzles, learning games, kids' crafts, word searches,
jigsaw puzzles, jokes for kids, family recipes, coloring pages,
home school resources, and much more!
- A. Pintura: Art Detective - An online game where you are a detective
trying to solve the mystery of a missing painting. A fun way
to learn about art composition, famous artists and their paintings.
Grades 4 and up.
- America's Story - From the Library of Congress. Find
out what the first swimsuits were made of, what Lincoln had in
his pockets the night he was assassinated, and much more. This
a site full of fun and interesting stories about our country
and its past.
Academy - Interactive
chess lessons, quizzes, games and puzzles for kids. Also offers
a resource center for parents and teachers, including a scholastic
chess download pack to enable any school to run a chess club.
- Great Websites for Kids: Sites for Parents,
Caregivers, Teachers and Others
- Website recommendations from the American Library Association
(ALA)and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).
- Hot Topics: Coloring Books! - Learn about the world around you while
coloring! This fun Hot Topics page features coloring books published
by government agencies on weather, the environment, agriculture,
wildflowers, animals, forestry, farmers' markets, space, marine
life, health, tornado safety, endangered species, Earth Day,
salmon, and much more.
Idea Box - Early childhood
activities, games, and songs.
- Incredible Internet
- A recommended website that offers a wealth of information on
using the Internet safely. Click on "Online Safety"
for information on social networks, instant messaging, parental
controls, and more. Click on "Online Certification"
and explore the lessons on topics like understanding social networks,
common Internet terms, and chat acronyms. Try the parent-safety
net test to gain a quick assessment of your family's Internet
practices with tools to improve them. Also includes a list of
"Incredible Web Sites."
- Kaboose Olympic Games, Crafts, and Activities
- Kids Running: Running Games - "devoted to promoting the sport
of running for kids so that they can enjoy the benefits of a
fit and healthy lifestyle both at school and home." Running
and academics are combined on this site to make fun games that
help kids learn while they get physically fit. Discover the fractions
game "Jog, Tempo, Sprint" and the spelling game "Ready,
Set, Spell." Get training advice from professional coaches.
Learn what kids should eat and drink for their best health and
Pyramid.gov - Explore
the official new food pyramid from the United States Department
of Agriculture to learn about the food groups and to see how
much physical activity you should be getting. Take an animated
tour of the new pyramid. Discover a wealth of ideas that can
help you get started toward a healthy diet. There are tips for
each food group, physical activity, eating out, a sample menu,
Wonderful World - Geography
is more than places on a map. It's global connections and incredible
creatures. It's people and cultures, economics and politics.
And it's essential to understanding our interconnected world.
My Wonderful World is a National Geographic-led campaign to expand
geographic learning in school, at home, and in the community.
- PolarHusky.com: GoNorth! - "GoNorth! uses the allure of exciting Arctic
dogsled expeditions and Arctic research as the vehicle through
which K-12 teachers and students gain an understanding of science,
social sciences, technology, and the cultures of the Arctic."
- Stop Bullying Now! What Adults Can Do - Tips, information, and resources for
adults helping children cope with bullying. From the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services.
- What is Happening to the World? Talking
to Children about Terror
- A valuable website for those working with children. Includes
age-specific suggestions for answering children's questions about
war and terrorism.
- A to Z Home's Cool
- About.com Homeschooling
Page - Information on
getting started, free materials, curriculum sources, methods,
- Classical Christian Homeschooling - This site offers an explanation of
classical education, ideas for the application of classical education
to homeschooling, a curriculum guide and online catalog for grades
K-12, comprehensive links to Internet resources for classical
education, and more.
- EarthDay.gov - Includes Earth Day activities for
home and classrooms, information on volunteer opportunities,
games for kids, and links to other resources.
- Home Education Magazine
- Homeschool Central
- Homeschool Resource Guide
- Homeschool World - Official site of Practical Homeschooling magazine.
Includes articles, events and reviews.
- Jon's Homeschool Resource
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators - Provides support for homeschooling
families and local support groups in Minnesota. Provides statewide
and national information, including calendars and legislative
- Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance - Includes a list of events and a discussion
- Minnesota Homeschooling Resources - Support and legal information from
Eclectic Homeschool Online (EHO).
C.O.R.E "Communication Opportunities and Resources for home
Educators" - A clearinghouse
of information for home educators in the Duluth/Superior area.
Includes a list of special events, a kids' page, information
on area resources, and more.
- Supported by Home Education Magazine. Resources, message board
Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802