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Fun Learning Sites For Kids

Michelle Wise

There are many great websites for children to learn from. Websites that incorporate videos, age appropriate text, apps, and activities, make learning fun and accessible. In this blog post, there are many websites that children can use to facilitate learning in fun and unique ways. There are also a few websites for educators, parents, and librarians. Some are even made by or use the help of librarians and other educators.

Great Websites For Kids from http://gws.ala.org/ is a website sponsored and evaluated by members of the Association for Library Service to Children. The database is reviewed twice a year and added to three times a year.

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This website has a nice layout with many categories to choose from. You can choose to look at any topic, with Animals through Social Sciences as the easiest to find topics. There is also the option to look at other websites, with a screenshot, that are appropriate for elementary or middle school aged youth. The link to the Middle School aged youth can be accessed here: http://gws.ala.org/level/appropriate-middle-school-aged-youth. This site is good for anything from looking up animal facts, to news, to the Women of NASA.

Highlights Kids from https://www.highlightskids.com/ is aimed at children ages 0-12, with Highlights aimed at ages 6-12. This website has fun activities for kids, as well as a magazine that anyone can subscribe to. There are animated stories, crafts, games, hidden puzzles, and jokes.They also sell books and more. This is more on the fun side with light learning.

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Ink Think Tank from http://inkthinktank.com/ has two significant resources. One is the Nonfiction Minute, which is a blog on a variety of topics. The catch phrase for this is

“Two minutes can change how you think!” These blogs discuss various topics such as Ancient Egypt, Inventions, and  writing. These posts have a relatively short text, and often include images and a short video. These are to make kids think and reflect, while giving them some information. The other great resource is under Resources. It has lists of articles, research, and books.

ipl2 from http://www.ipl.org/ is a website that has a nice feature- “Ask an ipl2 Librarian.” This service has students and volunteer library and information science professionals that will answer reference questions. The image below shows the categories that children and students can use to look up information. The Teen page has homework help, interesting things like great books, and technology resources.

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Kids Discover from http://www.kidsdiscover.com/, which is mentioned in the blog post Making Non-Fiction More “APP”ealing, has fun and free infographics, activities and ideas, and lesson plans. There are also iPad apps which are $3.99, unless you choose Galaxies, which is free. The goal of this website is to create lifelong learners out of children.

Newsela from https://newsela.com/ is a website full of news articles. Each article has five different reading levels and is common core-aligned. Children can take quizzes and get daily “articles of the day” in their email. If a teacher wants to subscribe to the pro version, there are even more options. All of this with no advertisements! General topics shown in image below.

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National Geographic Children’s Books from http://www.ngchildrensbooks.org/ has a “Library Base Camp” for kids. You can browse by Dewey Decimal Number, Series, authors, subjects, and reading levels. There is also a “Common Core Tool Kit” for educators. Plenty of information on these books for purchase (or to look up and head to your public library to get)!

After that, feel free to look under the NGS Resources and head over to another fun, fact-filled National Geographic webpage. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/ is full of “weird but true” facts, just like in their books! Must make a free account to view the links with the key icon on them.

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PBS Kids from http://pbskids.org/martha/stories/truestories/parents.html is a great resource for those starting to read nonfiction. The contents are all applicable to any age, but “Martha’s True Stories Chart” is for the little ones. “The “Truth” about Nonfiction” is a nice guide when you are discovering what topics your child might want to read about. “How to “Read” Nonfiction” has good tips for reading nonfiction. The most important tip being that you don’t have to read every page.

Resource Area For Teaching from http://www.raftbayarea.org/educator-resources has resources for educators of all types. There are some free idea sheets and some activity kits for purchase. At over 700 idea sheets, there should be plenty to choose from after browsing subjects and grades.

Reading Rockets from http://www.readingrockets.org/books/nonfiction-for-kids is a good site for parents, teachers, and other people that deal with kids. The image below shows some of the many categories of web pages available at this website. There are Reading Adventure Packs. Themes with recommended books, activities, educational websites, and interactive apps are available. The tip sheets are for patents to help raise strong readers.

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Time For Kids from http://www.timeforkids.com/ is another fun, yet educational, website with a magazine. This magazine is available to purchase a subscription, with a high chance that your school or public library will have either the adult and/or kids version available to read or check out. There are articles on movies in entertainment and rockets in science. There are plenty of articles available on their website if you just want to see what they’ve got!

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Kids will read more nonfiction materials if it is made for them! Using fun activities, videos, apps, and their language, you can help children make the right choices to be more informed in life. Parents, teachers, and librarians can help round out children’s educations by making learning fun and easy.

References:

(2015). Great Websites For Kids. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://gws.ala.org/

(2015). Highlights Kids. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from https://www.highlightskids.com/

(2015). Ink Think Tank. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://inkthinktank.com/

(2015). ipl2. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://www.ipl.org/

(2014). Kids Discover. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://www.kidsdiscover.com/

(2015). Newsela. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from https://newsela.com/

(2015). National Geographic Children’s Books. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://www.ngchildrensbooks.org/

(2015). PBS Kids. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://pbskids.org/martha/stories/truestories/parents.html

(2015). Resource Area For Teaching. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://www.raftbayarea.org/educator-resources

(2015). Reading Rockets. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://www.readingrockets.org/books/nonfiction-for-kids

(2015). Time For Kids. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://www.timeforkids.com/

One Comment

  1. Anita / Apr 20 2015

    Thanks for sharing these great resources

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