The following websites provide wonderful homework references, learning materials, and family friendly fun for school age children and their parents / guardians.

Reference Sites

http://www.startspot.com/network/ The StartSpot Network, a division of StartSpot Mediaworks, was founded with the desire to improve people’s ability to quickly and easily find the best topical information on the Web.
http://refdesk.com Family Friendly Reference Material…Since 1995, free and family friendly. Refdesk indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current information-based sites and assists readers in navigating these sites. This site is jam packed with great reference material and the sites to find the information.

Educational Sites

http://www.brainpop.com/ BrainPOP is the leading producer of educational animated movies for K-12. The company creates original animated movies to explain concepts in a voice and visual style that is accessible, educational and entertaining for both children and adults. Through BrainPOP´s online subscription, Teachers use movies to enhance traditional classroom learning and Parents are given a safe and informative resource for their children.

Geography

http://50states.com/
All about our 50 states and their cities..
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/

Math

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
Ask Dr. Math is a question and answer service for math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions
http://www.mathsurf.com/ The MathSURF Family Site contains ideas and activities that will help you and your child work together at home to improve his or her math skills.
http://www.homeworkspot.com/features/realnumbers.htm
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/geometry/
Geometry is the mathematics of shape and space. It’s about the properties of objects (their angles and surfaces, for instance) and the consequences of how these objects are positioned (where their shadows fall, how people must move around them).
https://www.gomathacademy.com/ A great online tutoring service for students in grades K-12. Stop busting your brain and go to GoMath

Sociology

http://www-popexpo.ined.fr/english.html
An exhibit about population and our planet from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. This site offers information about the growth of the earth’s population with a running clock of current populations by the second.

History

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/
Look through current history exhibitions.

Science

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/ Science Odyssey takes you on a journey through the most spectacular 100 years in the history of science and technology. PBS Online offers biographies of scientists and inventors; information about inventions and discoveries; and interactive games about the history of technology and medicine.
http://www.scienceagogo.com/
Science with a sense of humor…”Welcome to Science a GoGo,” where questions are answered and mysteries of the universe explained with lively graphics and even livelier writing. Activate your brain with the latest science news, offbeat research, scientific hot topics, bizarre research findings, cryptic experimental results and the
liveliest science discussion forum on the Internet.
http://www.challenger.org/ Challenger Center uses students’ natural enthusiasm for space to create innovative learning experiences for imaginative young minds. We’re creating a new generation of explorers.

Biology

http://askabiologist.asu.edu/
Arizona State University’s Life Sciences Visualization Group, invites elementary through high school students and teachers to submit questions about biology; games and experiments are also included.

Other Educational Links

http://www.homeworkspot.com/
Yes, you have seen the logo before (super reference sites), but this one is dedicated to homework.
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
An easy guide to learn about government and how it works.
http://www.fen.com/
Family Education Network is the Web’s leading source of educational content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids…Homework helpers and parental advice.
http://www.ipl.org/ The IPL is the first public library of and for the Internet community, an experiment, trying to discover and promote the most effective roles and contributions of librarians to the Internet and vice versa, and a group of highly talented, creative, strong-willed people, working hard. The Internet Public Library is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information.
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/ Part of the Internet Public Library project dedicated to children and having fun while learning.
http://www.wordcentral.com/
Check out all the great stuff at Word Central! Look up words (fast!) in the Student Dictionary! Better still…Build your own dictionary! Stump your friends with today’s Daily Buzzword!
http://www.factmonster.com/
Atlas, Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia…A monstrous number of facts.
http://www.kidinfo.com/
Reference Resource, Homework, Fun Sites, Books, Reading, Games and much, much more.
http://www.infoplease.com/index.html
Combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and several up-to-the minute almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records.
http://www.fool.com/school.htm?source=PRMPIN
The world’s premier multimedia financial education company, The Motley Fool. The company’s mission has remained the same since its inception: to educate, enrich and amuse individual investors around the world.

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