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Educational Resources Guide, by Grade, for Students and Parents

 

 

Grades: PreK – 12

Category: Website/Curriculum

Kahn Academy

PreK – 12

This site contains over 3300 videos that covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer. All of the site's resources are available to anyone for free.

 

Category: Website/Curriculum

CommonSense Media

Grade band PreK – 12

"Common Sense Media provides age-based media reviews and information so that parents can make informed choices about the media in their kid's lives. We also work to give families a voice – and opportunities to encourage policymakers, media companies, and others to improve the media environment for all kids".

 

Category: Website

History Pin

Grade band PreK - 12

Students can use this site to see modern places mashed up with historical images.

 

Category: Website

Learn NC

Grade band PreK - 12

Digital textbooks for Mandarin Chinese, Arabic and Japanese

 

Category: Website

Open Culture

Grade band PreK - 12

Free online courses, textbooks, ebooks and digital resource repository

 

Grades: K-2

Category: Math Game

Math Missions

Grade Bands K-2

Price $20

In MATH MISSIONS GRADES K-2, Spectacle City is struggling because its store clerks are mathematically challenged, and the game arcade has had to close. Game players rescue Spectacle City by helping the store clerks with math in 12 activities covering counting, adding and subtracting, identifying numbers and numerals, money, time, geometric shapes, weighing and measuring objects, recognizing and comparing sets, sorting and classifying objects, and place value.

 

Category: Math Game

CoolMath

Grade Band K-2

This interactive website is “an amusement part of math and more!” There are lessons and games designed for learning and fun, along with integrated reading, spelling and geography games.

 

Category: Math Game

Adapted Mind

Grade Band K-2

Adapted Mind is a developed system with games, videos, and worksheets that enhance learning math concepts including multiplication tables for all K-8 grades.

 

Category: Game

Five Frame

Grade Band K-2

From NCTM’s Illuminations page. Math counting game.

 

Grades: 3-5

Category: Website
Vocabhead
Grade Band 3-12
Vocabulary Activities for students to advance English Language, Reading and Writing Skills.

Category: Digital Media Game
Piclits
Grade Band 3 – 12
Students can create their own pictures with stories or quotes.

 

Category: Math Game
CoolMath
Grade Band K-12
https://coolmath.com
This interactive website is “an amusement part of math and more!” There are lessons and games designed for learning and fun, along with integrated reading, spelling and geography games.

 

Category: Website, Game
Discovery Kids
Grade Bands 4-8
Discovery Kids inspires kids to explore the awesome world around them and satisfy their curiosity with innovative games, activities, quizzes and articles.

Category: Science Games
Education through Exploration
Grade Band 3-8
Online simulations and games for science. Requires an email address for sign up.

Category: Math Game
Adapted Mind
Grade Band K-8

Adapted Mind is a developed system with games, videos, and worksheets that enhance learning math concepts including multiplication tables for all K-8 grades.

Category: Science Game
Concord Consortium
Grade Band 3-12
Online simulation games for science.

Category: Website
Energy
Grade Band 3-12
Simulator for Energy Conservation

Category: Website
Center for History and New Media
Grade Band 3 – 12
A wide variety of history activities for students to interact with and learn.

Category: Math Game
Adapted Mind
Grade Band K-8
Multiplication.com
Adapted Mind is a developed system with games, videos, and worksheets that enhance learning math concepts including multiplication tables for all K-8 grades.

Category: Website/ Game
Toondo
Grade Band 3 – 12
Online Animation and Comic Creator

Category: Game
Game Classroom
Grade Band 3 – 12
Learning games to help reinforce learning through games (K-6)

Category: Interactive Website
Ekoloko USA
Grade Band 3 – 12
Educational, virtual community where kids discover the world, virtual and real, through fun games and quests, while absorbing the values, knowledge and skills that will help them become more responsible and involved individuals.

 

Grades: 6-8

Category: Game
Game Classroom
Grade Band 3-12
Learning games to help reinforce learning through games (K-6)

Category: Interactive Website
Tikatok
Grade Band 3-12
Barnes and Noble company – create a book, using your own pictures, and get it printed

Category: Interactive Website
Livemocha
Grade Band 3-12
Learn a new language online (free), and interact with others from around the world who are learning your language.  Then teach others how to speak your language.

Category: Website
Vocabhead
Grade Band 3-12
Vocabulary Activities for students to advance English Language, Reading and Writing Skills.

Category: Digital Media Game
Piclits
Grade Band 3 – 12
Students can create their own pictures with stories or quotes.

Category: Math Game
CoolMath
Grade Band K-12
This interactive website is “an amusement part of math and more!” There are lessons and games designed for learning and fun, along with integrated reading, spelling and geography games.

Category: Reading/Writing Website
Storybird
Grade Band 6-12
Storybird is a site that allows users to create their very own personalized stories. The site is committed to sparking user imagination by providing a variety of colorful and vibrant Illustrations that ignite creativity. First, choose which photos you want to include in your book, then incorporate your very own dialogue -- before long words will be pouring onto the page. Although this is a great site for younger children, users must be 13 years of age to become a member. If a child is younger than 13, he/she must provide a parent’s email address, and then the parent is immediately notified that their child has become a storybird.

Category: Math Game
Adapted Mind
Grade Band K-8

Adapted Mind is a developed system with games, videos, and worksheets that enhance learning math concepts including multiplication tables for all K-8 grades.

Category: Science Game
Education through Exploration
Grade Band 3-8
Online simulations and games for science. Requires an email address for sign up.

Category: Science Game
Concord Consortium
Grade Band 3-12
Online simulation games for science.

Category: Website
Energy
Grade Band 3-12
Simulator for Energy Conservation

Category: Website
Center for History and New Media
Grade Band 3 – 12
A wide variety of history activities for students to interact with and learn.

Category: Math Game
Adapted Mind
Grade Band K-8
Multiplication.com

Adapted Mind is a developed system with games, videos, and worksheets that enhance learning math concepts including multiplication tables for all K-8 grades.


Category: Website/ Game
Toondo
Grade Band 3 – 12
www.toondo.com
Online Animation and Comic Creator

 

Grades: 9-12

Category: Website
Vocabhead
Grade Band 3-12
Vocabulary Activities for students to advance English Language, Reading and Writing Skills.

Category: Digital Media Game
Piclits
Grade Band 3 – 12
Students can create their own pictures with stories or quotes.

Category: Math Game
CoolMath
Grade Band K-12
This interactive website is “an amusement part of math and more!” There are lessons and games designed for learning and fun, along with integrated reading, spelling and geography games.

Category: Science Game
Concord Consortium
Grade Band 3-12
Online simulation games for science.

Category: Website
Energy
Grade Band 3-12
Simulator for Energy Conservation

Category: Website
Center for History and New Media
Grade Band 3 – 12
A wide variety of history activities for students to interact with and learn.

Category: Website/ Game
Toondo
Grade Band 3 – 12
Online Animation and Comic Creator

Category: Resource Website
Brightstorm
Grade Band 9-12
Math, Science, ACT and AP Subject area resources for high school students

Category: Website
Biology Online
Grade Band 9-12
Biology tutorials, articles, dictionary, books

Category: Interactive Website
Mathway
Grade Band 9-12
Math problems, solutions and worksheets

Category: Interactive Website
Taking IT Global
Grade Band 9-12
The largest online community of youth interested in global issues and creating positive change.

Category: Interactive Website
Tikatok
Grade Band 9-12
Barnes and Noble company – create a book, using your own pictures, and get it printed.

Category: Interactive Website
Livemocha
Grade Band 9-12
Learn a new language online (free), and interact with others from around the world who are learning your language.  Then teach others how to speak your language.

 

Museums

Field Museum

The Chicago Field Museum has provided three engaging interactive websites for students to learn more about the environment for 4th-12th grade students.

4th-8th grade: Virtual Coral Reef- Interact in an online virtual world, discover the fascinating creatures that live on a coral reef, play fun games that show you who eats who, and learn what you can do to keep coral reefs healthy.

6th-12th grade: Online Home Water Calculator- Find tips and tricks on how to reduce your water footprint as well as information on the water-related research that Field Museum scientists perform. How much water do you use?

6th-12th grade: INVASION!- Learn about the threat of the Asian Carp to the Great Lakes by playing the on-line game Invasion! Become a Carp Czar and see how your actions affect your public approval rating.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry has compiled a series of fun science activities to help get your students thinking like scientists!

Use the following link to search activities by grade level and/or topic area.

 

Chicago History Museum
Grades 3 and 4: Great Chicago Stories “Joseph’s Railroad Dreams” 
This is one of six historical fiction narratives in the Great Chicago Stories series.  In the story, Joseph tells of his dreams of travelling by train to distant destinations, and then describes his train journey to visit relatives in Omaha.  

Ages 6-12: My Chicago
This resource uses the symbols and design of Chicago flag as a basis to investigate and discover the rich history of the city of Chicago.  This website has many features designed to encourage exploration.  
https://www.chicagohistory.org/mychicago/index.html

  • Children enjoy the Interactive games and puzzles as they explore the Chicago Fire, the World’s Fairs, the Chicago River, and the city skyline.

High School Resources
Great Chicago Stories “Angelo’s Saturdays” 
This story is one of six historical fiction narratives in the Great Chicago Stories series.  In the story, a young Italian immigrant, Angelo, describes the challenges of his life on the West Side, and his hope for a better life.  After a visit to Hull House, Angelo sees how he might be able to balance his pride in his homeland with his desire to fit in.    
https://greatchicagostories.com/angelo/

Facing Freedom
The Facing Freedom exhibition at the Chicago History Museum explores how Americans have defined freedom through workers’ rights, armed conflict, public protest, race, and citizenship.

  • Using the website students explore the four main themes of the exhibition, by discovering more about the eight moments from American history that are presented. Students can read more about the theme, people involved, and examine objects from the collection using the zoom and features.

  • Students can also create their own collection using the My Freedom Collection feature. This feature allows students to make a title for their collection, choose objects related to it, and describe their collection. Each student is assigned a unique URL that can be shared with a parent or facilitator.