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ABCMouse is FREE to use while in the library, but there is a paid membership that can be purchased from ABCMouse for home use. This site provides activities for children ages 2—8, covering reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, health, art, and music. It is completely child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites. ABCmouse features 8,500+ interactive learning activities, including books, games, puzzles, songs, art activities, and more.
AR Book Find can be used to identify the AR level of a book, and will also list if a book has an AR quiz and how many points it is worth. The Advanced search feature can be used to find books that are on a certain AR level. Other reading levels, like Lexile and ATOS, are available. This site is managed by Renaissance Learning, the company that runs Accelerated Reader.
Early World of Learning is a World Book Online site for children. It includes access to a child’s encyclopedia, plus fun learning tools. Early World of Learning features: read-aloud stories, lesson plans to accompany many stories, videos, games, and printable activities. The site is available in Spanish and English.
iCivics was founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day o’Connor to promote civics education for future generations. This site includes lesson plans for teachers or home school educators, plus games and learning modules for children in 3rd – 12th grade. The site can be used without an account, but creating a free account will allow your child to vote for “impact projects” proposed by other kids looking to make a social change. The projects, like providing books to students in high poverty areas, or researching alternative energy, get funding from iCivics if they gain the most votes!
Storyline Online is the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website. It streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Wonderopolis is a website that aims to be “a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages.” Every day, they post an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Wonderopolis was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010. Children can explore these Wonders by reading informative articles and watching a related video. Each Wonder also includes activities to continue learning about the topic and cites the sources used to create the daily lesson.
Typing Club is a FREE site with engaging lessons and games to help anyone learn touch typing – meaning typing on a keyboard without looking at the keys. To save progress through the lessons, a free account must be created.
Explora is a basic research tool that offers articles about a variety of topics, including health, history, animals, and more. The articles are reading level appropriate and offered on separate Primary, Middle School, and High School sites.