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Apps for Grades 5–8

These are fun and educational apps suggested by WPL librarians for grades 5 through 8. The Library has purchased these apps for our iPads, which are available for kids' use in the Youth Department. Follow the links for further information about content and pricing.

Apps for Grades 1–4

These are fun and educational apps suggested by WPL librarians for grades 1 through 4. The Library has purchased these apps for our iPads, which are available for kids' use in the Youth Department. Follow the links for further information about content and pricing.

Websites for Grades 5–8

Arts & Entertainment

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Games
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis recommends these games for middle schoolers.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Learn more about music theory and musicians at the website of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Kerpoof
Create your own cards, movies, and pictures in this electronic art and production studio.

Khan Academy
Watch instructional videos and participate in free educational activities.

Make Beliefs Comix
Create your own comic strips using this virtual studio.

MazeWorks
Solve a series of brain teasers and chess puzzles.

Math & Science

99 Bricks
Use different shaped bricks to build the highest tower.

After School Mathematics
Search games by purpose and topic at this resource for independent or team learning.

Cool Math 4 Kids
The math-themed games on this site challenge all levels of learners.

Conservation Central from the National Zoo
Learn about the temperate forest through these online games and explorations.

Exploratorium
Explore online interactives, hands-on activities, and videos from the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco.

Fantastic Contraption
Try to solve this physics puzzler.

Math Apprentice
Test your real-life math skills as a math intern.

Math Arcade
Practice math skills through this interactive board game.

Math Moves U
Discover math concepts and uncover hidden facts while participating in these explorations.

Math Playground
Math Playground features multiplayer math games as well as online manipulatives and flashcards.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium presents games and interactive activities.

Mr. Nussbaum’s Math Games
This website features links to dozens of math-themed games.

San Diego Zoo Kids
The San Diego Zoo website features animal-themed educational games.

Language Arts & Social Studies

FBI Kids
Learn about the Federal Bureau of Investigation through these games.

FunBrain Reading
Read popular books in electronic format and explore other language arts-themed games.

iCivics
Learn about American Government as you experience these civics games.

Mr. Nussbaum’s Language Arts Games
This is a great collection of language arts games.

Mr. Nussbaum’s Social Studies Games
Browse through tons of social studies games involving geography, economics, and history.

National Geographic Kids
Explore these nature games, puzzles, and quizzes from National Geographic Kids.

Peace Corps
Solve challenges that involve helping others at this website from the Peace Corps.

Social Studies Land
Explore the Titanic, start your own coffee shop, experience historic Jamestown, and more.

Young Zine
This website features games and articles that help young adults learn about the world.

Apps for Preschool–Kindergarten

These are fun and educational apps suggested by WPL librarians for preschoolers and kindergarteners. The Library has purchased these apps for our iPads, which are available for kids' use in the Youth Department. Follow the links for further information about content and pricing.

Online Resources for Teachers

General Resources | Literacy Resources

General Resources

ALA's Great Web Sites for Kids
Recommended web sites, categorized by subject. You can also search by keyword or intended age of audience.

Education World
Tools for teachers including an educational search engine, lesson plans, information on integrating technology in the classroom, and articles by experts.

IllinoisParents.org
Resources for Illinois families and schools, sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Library of Congress Teacher Resources
Focuses on using primary sources in the classroom.

Math Forum: Teacher Exchange
Math activities and lessons for Pre-K to College levels.

National Education Association
Information on the organization and a wide variety of education-related topics.

Science NetLinks
Lesson plans and web resources for K-12 science educators.

Teaching Tolerance Magazine
Lesson plans and a blog focusing on diversity in the classroom.

Literacy Resources

Book Adventure
Free reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Some features require registration.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
Children's book reviews and ideas on how to use children's books in the classrooms.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Informational and educational services for librarians, teachers, child care providers, and researchers.

Guys Read!
Literacy program to connect boys with books they will want to read.

Jim Trelease, Read-Aloud Expert
Learn about the benefits of reading aloud to children of all ages.

Planet Esme
Learn how to help children to love reading with advice from local librarian and author Esme Raji Codell.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Kids
Build literacy skills with these online activities. "Leading to Reading" is for kids aged 0-5, and "Reading Planet" is for kids aged 6-15.

Starfall.com
Online activities that prepare young children for reading and bolster reading skills.


 

 

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