Khan Academy is a virtual tutor. This is a wonderful site that offers math and science lessons through videos. Salman Kahn does an incredible job of breaking down difficult concepts into understandable bites of information. He covers math (3rd grade to calculus) and science (biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and more). This is a must see site!
Educational YouTube Channels
BrainPOP Jr BrainPOP Jr. offers digital educational content for children in kindergarten through third grade. With over 250 topics, it gently encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas.
FactMonster The website is organized by the following topics: World, United States, People, Wordwise (language arts, mythology, Latin and Greek roots, and more), Science, Math & Money, Sports and Homework Center. It also includes a “reference desk” that has links to a dictionary, current year almanac, atlas, encyclopedia, timelines. There is an incredible amount of helpful information on this site, and it will take you time to discover it all.
Starfall For pre-k through 3rd grade, the site has been online since 2002 and works with children from letter recognition to reading plays, nonfiction, and comics.
Steve Spangler Science This site offers an abundance of videos on different science experiments that involve candy, dry ice, flames and explosions! Budding scientists and someone looking for something fun to do on a rainy day will love this site.
Steve Spangler Science Lab This site sells science products, but if you go to the lab there is a large library of experiments and videos (pause on The Lab link on the navigation bar and choose Experiments or Video Library). You have to sign up to gain access to all of them, but it is free.
Kids National Geographic (animals, countries, science and space videos, puzzles and quizzes, and much more)
CIA World Factbook This website is maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and is updated frequently to reflect the changes that happen throughout the world. You can find information for more than 260 countries worldwide, including their history, people, economics, military and area maps.
Biography.com Biographies of the famous and noteworthy, past and present are available. Check out Bio's Best for biographies of all U.S. Presidents as well as women in history.
InfoPlease There is a lot of great information on this site, but you may want to turn off the volume on your computer—video ads run continuously in the upper right corner. There is a wealth of information and the subjects include: World, US, Homework Help, People, History & Government, Science & Health, Calendar & Holidays, Business, and The Fifty States. It also has tools, such as distance calculator, periodic table, place finder, and conversion tool.
A Research Guide for Students - A Research Guide for Students offers writing guides (e.g., How to Write a Research Paper, How to Write a Bibliography, Presentation Tips for Public Speaking).
PaperRater - Developed and maintained by linguistics professionals and graduate students, this free resource provides grammar and spelling check, plagiarism detection, and writing suggestions to help improve reports, essays, book reports, short stories, and more.
International Children's Digital Library - International Children’s Digital Library, which is run by the University of Maryland, and is an established, ongoing, and award winning digital library for children.
Pics4Learning - Free image library for use for educational purposes.
AsapSCIENCE A YouTube channel that is fun and informative! It answers some of the most basic questions in a intriguing way. Some of the topics are: Which came first—the chicken or the egg? What if you stopped sleeping? The science of heartbreak.
SciShow A YouTube channel that answers questions like: Why do we laugh or Why are there righties and lefties? The videos are very informative and you will learn a lot in a short amount of time.