Homework resources

All of these homework sites are portals to hundreds of other sites. Many destinations are listed in multiple portals. However, they differ in how they are organized and in how they accommodate children of different ages.

Favorites

King County Library System may be the best all-around web site with many links organized by subject (e.g., Health & Medicine, Animals, Insects & Birds and How to do Research/Library Skills). If you have a library card, you can use the Live Homework Help and an impressive list of data bases.

The National Education Association: On this site you’ll find answers to questions many parents have about homework such as interaction with teachers and with their children.

The U.S. Department of Education site addresses parents’ role in their child’s academic success. Among its tips: When children haven’t done their best work, point it out — but be constructive. “Instead of telling a sixth-grader, ‘You aren’t going to hand in that mess, are you?’ say, ‘The teacher will understand your ideas better if you use your best handwriting.’ ”

Grades K-12

Kidocracy is a portal for kids with chat rooms; free MP3 downloads, lyrics and more, with over 20,000 links to MP3 music; free games and secret stuff. And, it provides math and other homework help and searches in the school zone.

HomeworkSpot is organized by school level; links to sites that support many schools’ curricula and provides a powerful reference center with free access to many of the world’s best libraries, museums and current-events sources.

Kidsclick provides a thorough homework-help search engine that is developed and maintained by librarians. It allows advanced searches by reading level. No Internet filter, so users must be careful.

Grades K-8

Kidinfo has links organized by typical school subjects including science, foreign languages and music links. It has search engines for kids and, with a bit of digging, you will find subject links specifically for kids

Grades 3-6

FactMonster is sponsored by Information Please Almanac. Encyclopedia Search gives you access to more than 57,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition..

Ask Jeeves Kids is the kid-friendly version of ask.com. It starts with a question, which is a great advantage for most students. The use of drop-down lists for completing questions even eliminates the need to know the exact spelling. You can ask for a spelling check when the lists aren’t enough.

Grades 3-12

Answers uses both a question interface and subject lists. It has a good solution for misspelled words; it simply offers the subjects that have similar spellings. In addition, you can install a piece of software that allows you to alt-click on a word and get your answer.

Oregon’s Multnomah County Library has a list of almost 40 topics from maps to language arts. They expand into many other links. If you have a library card, you can use the impressive list of online data bases and Live Homework help.

Refdesk is organized by grade level (elementary, middle school, high school and college). Most of the links are found in the last two areas. The Ask the Expert list is impressive!

Others

The Figure This! Mathematics Challenges for Families site is maintained by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It provides interesting math challenges for middle school students to do with their families.

Math.com offers homework help, calculators and other tools, online practice quizzes, games, and other interactive explorations of math for all levels. In addition, you’ll find assessment, on-demand modular courses that target key math concepts, 24/7 live online tutoring, and expert answers to math questions.


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