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Writing Science Health
English - ESL Technology Art
Languages Reference Music
History Research Puzzles and Games
Social Studies Citizenship Inspiration Corner
Google @ CPS Edmodo High School & Careers
  IXL CCOL - Chicago
City of Learning

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Reading Readiness Reading Readiness
Phonics Phonics
More Reading Online More Reading Online
Biographies Biographies
Author Websites Author Websites
Poetry Poetry
Magazines Magazines
Word Work Word Work
Writing Writing


Reading Readiness for English
Starfall.com Letter sounds, colors, and more
Literacy Center How to write letters and more
Letter Match Reading is Fundamental - Leading to Reading
Cat in the Hat Games Freeze Your Knees and other games on PBS Kids


Reading Readiness for Spanish
Centro del alfabetismo  
El alfabeto  


Phonics - English
Starfall - Learn to Read Phonics, stories and games
Starfall - Artists Stories and games about art and artists
Starfall - Music & Musicians Stories and games about music and musicians
Kids Phonics Practice with letters and sounds in words.


More Reading Online - English
Starfall - Poetry Classic poems
Starfall - Tongue Twisters Try to say these tongue twisters!
Starfall - I'm Reading Folk tales, fables, comics and non-fiction
Mighty Book Learn to read with stories, songs, jokes, games, and more.
Leading to Reading- Stories 1  
Reading with Clifford Interactive stories and reading activities
About Animals - Non-fiction  
Leading to Reading - Songs  
Weather Rhymes about weather on Enchanted Learning
Reading Planet - Book Zone  
Highlights for Kids Fiction, non-fiction, and activities
Magic Tree House Stories, games, adventures and more!
Storyline Online Actors read stories to us.
ABCya Stories, word work, and more.
Niles Public Library Kids Corner Online reading activities and more.


Biographies - English

4,000 Years of
Women in Science

This site lists more than 125 names from our scientific and technical past. They are all women!
Biography A&E Page Has a searchable online database containing 15,000 international names, past and present. This is a commercial site for the Biography television show.
First Ladies Information about the First Ladies of the United States.
Gallery of Achievers In the Gallery of Achievers, the focus is on individuals who have shaped the 20th century by their accomplishments.
National Inventor's
Hall of Fame
Learn about famous and not-so-famous inventors.
Presidents of the USA List of internal links to each president of the United States. Includes photographs and links to other Web resources.
Wilson Bently A detailed biography of Wilson "Snowflake" Bently is provided.


Author Websites - English
Meet the Authors Interviews with authors on TeachingBooks.net
Laurie Halse Andersen  
Judy Blume
Sandra Cisñeros
Christopher Paul Curtis
Deborah Ellis
Nikki Grimes
Francisco Jimenez
Pat Mora
Rick Riordan
Shel Silverstein


Poetry - English

Carl Sandburg Video

Great video about Carl Sandburg, narrated by Glenis Redmond. It also has ideas for you to write poetry about your life.


Magazines - English

Highlights for Kids

Articles, stories, projects, hidden pictures, and more.

National Geographic for Kids

Articles on places, animals, science, and more.


Interviews, info on books, and more.


Word Work

Noun and Verb Sort

Click and drag nouns and verbs into bins.

Word Play

Words show their meaning on Between the Lions.

Crystal Castle

Prefix game to practice im- and in-

Fish Tanks

Practice prefixes, root words, and suffixes.

Rooting Out Words

Find root words.

Prefix Memory Game

Match prefixes to their meanings.

Prefix Jigsaw

Match prefixes to their meanings.

Word Meanings

Match prefix and root meanings to word meanings.

Word Dynamo

Prefixes post-, pre-, fore-, and in-

Rocket Words

Practice synonyms (similar meaning), antonyms (opposite meaning) and homophones (sound alikes) to build a rocker launcher.

Word Game Show

Play a game show about synonyms, anytonyms (opposites) and more.


Learn about vocabulary words.


Many activities about ANALAGIES from Internet4Classrooms.com

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Online Content Creation Synonyms
Story Writing Reflection


Online Content Creation


Make “word clouds” from text that you provide.


Create multimedia posters.


Create presentations.


Tell a story in a timeline format.

Voice Thread

Create a multimedia dialog about your content.

Toon Doo

Create cartoons.


Story Writing

Story Starters

Use story starters on Scholastic.com to write and illustrate stories.



Synonyms for Said

Many, many synonyms for the word SAID.


Look up synonyms and antonyms using a THESAURUS.



Future Me

Write an email to be sent in the future.

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ESL - English as a Second Language

Translators Vocabulary Builders
Elements of English  


Word Reference Translate words or idioms.
Google Translate Translate text, a web page, or a document.
Google Translate Web Translate a web page into Spanish, Polish, or other languages.


Vocabulary Builders
Picture Dictionary Word lists with pictures about actions, animals, colors, emotions, and lots more.


Elements of English
Adele's Corner Grammer, listening and vocabulary.
A 4 ESL Activities for English language learners
Many Things For studying English as a second langauge.
Colorin Colorado Bilingual site for families and students. Reading and more.
Inglés Mundial Learn oral language, writing and grammar.

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Spanish World Languages


Spanish Characters Codes to make Spanish characters like ñ, á and ¿


World Languages
Hello How to say HELLO in many languages


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Search Engines Avoiding Plagerism
Online Encyclopedias Citations
Online Ideas & Info Chicago Public Library


Search Engines
Kid Rex Search engine for kids, by Google.com
Google.com Search engine that started a new phrase - "Google it".
Kids Click Search site by librarians, for kids.


Online Encyclopedias
Britanica for School Search or explore topics in English.
Britanica for School - Spanish Search or explore topics in Spanish.


Online Ideas & Info
Ted Talks Videos and more by Ted Talks, an organization for sharing ideas and information.


Chicago Public Library
Chicago Public Library Main website for Chicago Public Libraries.


Avoiding Plagerism
Info Please What plagerism is and is not, and how to avoid it. Published by Pearson Education.


Bib Me Bibliography maker.
Citation Machine Cite your references using the APA or MLA format.

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Dictionaries Translators


Longman Dictionary English dictionary.
Oxford English Dicitonary More than 600,000 English words.
Dictionary.com Word of the day, dictionary, quotes, etc.
Thesaurus.com Synonyms and antonyms.
Technology Dictionary Technology and computer-related terms


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Chicago History Ancient Civilizations
U.S. HIstory Holocaust History
World HIstory This and That


Chicago History


U.S. HIstory
Colonial Williamsburg Visit Colonial Williamsburg and see life in a Virginia colony of 250 years ago. Includes a large educational section on Colonial America.
Lewis and Clark Expedition This Web site expands upon every aspect of the PBS film, providing a wealth of biographical and historical information about the time and the major and minor participants in the trip. In addition, leading historical experts will share their thoughts about the meaning of the expedition, and its relevance to 21st century America. Finally, in an interactive tale, you’ll have an opportunity to play the roles of Lewis and Clark yourself.
The Oregon Trail The story of the trail and those who traveled it. A compendium on the great western journey. Includes great stories in the Fantastic Facts section. Related to the PBS program on the Oregon Trail.
The Underground Railroad You are a slave in the South before the Civil War. Should you risk escape with Harriet Tubman's help through the Underground Railroad to Canada? Now you must choose. Published by National Geographic.

Civil War @ Smithsonian

This site provides information about many aspects of the American Civil War based upon artifacts from the Smithsonian's collections. Clicking on the dotted square icon at the top of each subject area page allows access to images of selected items along with insights into the featured documents, photos, and artifacts of the era.
The American Civil War Learn about American Civil War battles, life stories of important participants, re-enactments, and more.
America's Story From America's Library The Library of Congress puts the story back in history through images of primary source documents, prints, photographs, maps, recordings and other materials from the past. Along with the fascinating information about people, places and things of interest to kids of all ages, there are songs to listen to, a Krazy Kat cartoon to watch, a scavenger hunt and other fun things to do.


World History
Kids Past Explore history with the KidsKnowIt Network.

Ancient Civilizations
LIfe in Ancient Egypt The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has acquired Egyptian artifacts since its founding and now holds about 2,500 ancient Egyptian artifacts.The most significant of these objects, more than 600 of them, are displayed in the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, including daily life and funerary practices with some photographs.
Native American Petroglyphs This site is operated by avocational archaeologist Donald Austin to promote appreciation for prehistoric Native American pictographs and petroglyphs.

Holocaust History
Learning About the Holocaust Produced for the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., this site includes sections on teaching about the holocaust, children and the holocaust, Nazi rule, and the rise and fall of National Socialism in Germany, 1933-1945.


This and That
This Day In History Select a date in history and learn what happened in that day's headlines. Participants can narrow their focus to specific dates in Automotive, Civil War, Cold War, Crime, Entertainment, Literary, Old West, Vietnam War, Wall Street, and WWII history.
The Food Timeline From water and salt to tear-free onions, food has played a big role throughout history.

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Social Studies

Chicago Geography Government
Illinois Geography Economics
U.S. Geograpy Culture
World Geography This and That

Chicago Geography
Avondale Mural See and learn about a mural created on Addison Street.
Chicago Facts Quick facts about Chicago by the U.S. Census Bureau

Illinois Geography
Coming Soon  

U.S. Geography
Stately Knowledge Facts about the United States and the District of Columbia.
Explore the States More information on our states.
Info about States State captials, regions, landscapes, lakes, and more. Includes games to practice information.


World Geography
Country Studies Information on many countries published by the Library of Congress between 1986 and 1998.
World Factbook Facts and info on countries around the world, published by the CIA
Mex Online Guide to Mexican, including geography, environment, economy, culture, etc.
Central America Expressions of Central America - Arts, culture, geopgraphy, history and economy of Central American countries, from Stanford University.
Honduras Information and links about Honduras, including a jigsaw puzzle of Central American countries, by Stanford University.
Nicaragua Geography of Nicaragua, by Stanford University.


US Constitution Official version of the US Constitution from the government archives.
More US Constitution Lots of info on the US Constitution by a journalist named Steve Mount.

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Citizenship Inspiration
School Surveys  

Kids Against Bullying Info and games to stop bullying.
Teens Against Bullying Great info and graphics on how to stop bullying

Quotes Quotes by many people, on many topics, by MoveMeQuotes.com.

School Surveys
My Voice My School 4th-5th Student survey about our school, by the University of Chicago. For 4th and 5th graders.
My Voice My School 6th-8th Student survey about our school, by the University of Chicago. For 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

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Inspiration Corner


Quotes Quotes by many people, on many topics, by MoveMeQuotes.com.


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Earth Science Space and Astronomy
Environments Weather
Animals Chemistry
Health and Nutrition Machines and Robotics
Science Fair Inventors and Inventions
Science News This and That


Earth Science
Rocks for Kids Info and pictures about rocks and minerals.
Rock Hounds More great info and pictures on rocks and minerals.
Savage Earth With stunning visuals and a focus on volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, students learn just how fragile the earth and its crust are.
Earth and Moon Viewer “Presents an earth map—you can see where it is day, or night, right now. You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe.”


Earth Day Quiz Take an Earth Day quiz on Kaboose.com
Ecological Footprint Calculate the impact your resource use has on the Earth. Site: EarthDay.org
CNN Earth Day Quiz Quiz on use of resources and other environmental issues, from CNN.com
Build a Prarie Create a tallgrass or shortgrass prairie.
About Grasslands Great info and pictures of grasslands.
Window to the Earth Pictures from space and information on different environments like deserts, coral reefs, and more. Published by NASA Kids Club.
National Geographic Environment news and more.


Animal Facts Fact sheets of over 50 species.
National Geographic For Kids Information and activities about animals from National Geographic for Kids.
Chicago Wildlife Information on wildlife in our backyards.
Prehistoric Life Information on prehistoric life. Published by the BBC.

Space and Astronomy
Kids Astromony Information about the Solar System, deep space, space exploration, and more.
Moon Olympics Learn science about the moon while playing a Scholastic.com game.
NASA Kids Club Info, stories, pictures and games about rockets, astronauts, space exploration, space shuttles, solar system, and galaxies
NASA Resources for K-4 educators

Dan's Wild Weather Published by Meterologist Dan Satterfield.
All About Snow Published by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. This website provides a wealth of information about snow.
Wilson Bently A detailed biography of Wilson "Snowflake" Bently is provided.
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA Activities Weather information and activities


Periodic Table of the Elements Maintained by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, this site provides basic information about chemical elements and the periodic table.
The Bubblesphere Everything you ever wanted to know about bubbles is presented here. Sections include answers to bubble questions, bubble history, bubble games, and more. Professor Bubbles also shares his adventures around the world. A fun site to explore!


Science Fair
PBS Dragonfly PBS Kids science project guide and ideas.
Bill Nye the Science Guy Home Demos on life science, physical science, and planetary science.
Museum of Science and Industry Science project ideas and online science activities.
Science Buddies Need help coming up with a science experiment? Visit this website to learn how to do a science experiment and to find many ideas for science experiments. All of the science experiments are rated on a scale of 1-10 according to difficulty.
Science Fair Project Resource Guide An excellent resource from Internet Public Library that links kids to all sorts of exceptional resources for their projects.
Chicago Public LIbrary Science experiments and projects. You need a CPL library card and your zip code to see these online books and other resources.
Science Fair Central Science fair resources from Discover Education.
Science Fair Info The ultimate science fair resource. Experiments and projects. Tips for success, writing reports and creating displays.

CPS Science Fair

All about the CPS Student Science Fair. Themes, 2013 handbook, calendar, resources and more.

Science News
Science News for Kids A collection of the latest science news articles from around the globe.
Science Blog Science news by various contributors

Machines and Robotics
Simple Machines Inventor's toolbox - info on simple machines from the Boston Museum of Science.
Simple Machines Game Game about simple machines, from the Museum of Science and Industry.
Machines Fun Activities about simple machines. Published by EdHead.
Design a Robot Design a robot using the Boston Museum of Science web site.
Mega Robotics Robotics lab with lot of information about robotics.

Inventors and Inventions
Games and Trivia Games and trivia about inventions, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).
Inventor's Handbook Information on intellectual property, patents, licensing, business plans, raising captial, and resources for inventors. Published by M.I.T.
National Inventor's
Hall of Fame
Learn about famous and not-so-famous inventors.
Leonardo da Vinci Exploring Leonardo da Vinci. Published by the Museum of Science in Boston.

This and That
Ology Sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History, the Ology website is a playground for children interested in all areas of science. Some of the subjects covered include dinosaurs, marine biology, genetics, astronomy.
CHaOS Science Road Show Information and links by the Chambridge Hands-On Science organization.

4,000 Years of
Women in Science

This site lists more than 125 names from our scientific and technical past. They are all women!

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Health and Nutrition

Nutrition Exercise
Health Info Health Tools and Calculators


Blast Off Game Fuel up you MyPlate spaceship with smart food choices and 60 minutes of physical activity to fly to Planet Power. Published by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Nourish Interactive Learn about healthy foods with games.
Choose My Plate Info on healthy food choices, videos by kids, sample menus, healthy eating on a budget, and more. Published by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Dietary Guidelines Published by the Department of Health & Human Services. The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.


Lorca Healthy Summer Survey Reflect on how you can stay healthy this summer.


Health Info
KidsHealth.org KidsHealth has trainloads of accurate, up-to-date information about growth, food & fitness, childhood infections, immunizations, lab tests, medical and surgical conditions, and the latest treatments. You’ll find health games, How The Body Works animations, the KidsVote health poll, and tons of surprises.


Health Tools and Calculators
Calorie Calculator Calculate your calorie needs, and other info.

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Keyboarding Computer Components
Internet Safety Coding
Digital Citizenship Tutorials


Dance Mat Typing An introduction to typing
Key Tower Game Practice home row keys and more with a fun game. Change levels with the drop-down arrow next to CONTROL KEYS:
Finger Chart Chart for finger placement on keyboard
Typing Lessons Typing tests
Typing Tests Typing lessons, tests, and games
Typing Games Games to practice typing skills
Typing Master More games to practice typing skills


Computer Components
Matching Game Game to match parts of a comptuer
Find the Technology Find hidden technology components.
Computer Tour Learn about the parts of a computer on the website How Stuff Works.
How Computers Work Explanations of how computer components work on the website Explain That Stuff.
How a CPU is made Video by Global Foundries, a company that makes CPUs and microchips.


Scratch Create animations, games, and more with Scratch.
Scratch Wiki Information and tutorials about Scratch.
Code.org Basic concepts about computer programming
w3schools.com How to use HTML code, CSS, JavaScript, etc
Java Coding Introduction and tutorial on programming in Java (a programming language)
Technology Dictionary Technology and computer-related terms


Scratch - Walking How to make a WALKING SPRITE move. A walking sprite has costumes that make it look like it is walking.
w3schools.com How to use HTML code, CSS, JavaScript, etc
Java Coding Introduction and tutorial on programming in Java (a programming language)
Technology Dictionary Technology and computer-related terms



Internet Safety
FBI Stories, videos, games and puzzles about staying safe on the Internet
Net Smartz Kids Information and stories about staying safe on the Internet
Digital Citizenship
Copyright Kids Learn about copyrighting student work.
Digital Footprint Video on your digital footprint from Common Sense Media.

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High School & Careers

High School Careers


High School
Choose Your Future Information on CPS high schools, CTE - Career & Technology Education, college, jobs, and salaries.


What Do You Like? Explore career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Choose Your Future CPS high school site also has information on jobs and salaries.


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Puzzles and Games

Number Puzzles Jigsaw Puzzles
Logic Puzzles Matching Puzzles


Number Puzzles
Sudoku Japanese number box puzzles. Figure out which number goes in each box.
Sudoku for Kids Number box puzzles. 4 boxes in each row.


Jigsaw Puzzles
Jigzone Select pictures and puzzle piece shapes. Lots of choices!
Matching Puzzles
Mahjong Dimensions Match mahjong squares on a cube.



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Art Tools Art Galleries by Kids and Teens
Artists Art Museums


Art Tools on the Internet
ABCya Art ABCya Art
Pattern Blocks Make a picture with pattern blocks.
Leafy Lafoo Make art with leaves on PBS Kids


Art Galleries by Kids and Teens
Artsonia.com Lots and lots of art by kids and teens.


Starfall-Artists Stories and games about art and artists
Diego Rivera Diego Rivera murals, paintings, quotes, biography, and video.


Art Museums
Art Institute Chicago Information about exhibits, art education programs, and more.
National Museum of Mexican Art Information about exhibits, art education programs, and more.


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Starfall - Music & Musicians Stories and games about music and musicians


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Physical Education (Gym)

Sports Magazines  


Sport Magazines
Sports Illustrated for Kids Sports news, photos, and more.

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Numbers and Operations Measurement
Fractions, Decimals and Percents Data and Graphs
Algebra Probability and Statistics
This and That Math Puzzles and Games


Numbers and Operations
Addition Games Lots of games for addition.
Addition Machine Practice addition facts.
Galactic Addition Add to different numbers and find items in the gallaxy.
Free the Whale Drop logs to make 10s or other numbers on ABCya.com.
Drop Sum Practice addition facts.
Math Lines Make 10s from a line of balls with numbers on them.
Subtraction Machine Practice subtraction facts.
IXL Subtraction Subtracting 2 digit numbers with regrouping.
Multiplication Games Lots of games to practice multiplication facts.
Skip Counting Select number to see its multiples.
ABCya Skip Counting Skip counting with number bubbles.
Divison Games Division games on Johnnie's Math Page.
Division Games Many games to practice division facts.
Everyday Math Online Login for math games, practice, and math info. You need a user name and password for this site.


Fractions, Decimals and Percents
Fractions Tutorial What is a fraction, equivalent fractions, reducing fractions, mixed numbers, and adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.
Pizza Game Practice fractions by making pizza.
Comparing 1 Comparing fractions with the same denominator.
Comparing 2 Comparing fractions with different denominators.
Johnnie's Math Page Lots of games for comparing fractions, adding fractions, multiplying fractions, and more.


Algebra vs. the Cockroach Fun game to practice graphing with slope and intercept.


Pattern Blocks 1 Create patterns and designs with geometric shapes on MathPlayGround.com
Pattern Blocks 2 More pattern blocks, on MathToyBox.com
Geometry Games Geometry games on MathPlay.com

Beaver City Cat in the Hat measurement game on PBS Kids.
Measurement Games Measurement Word-O-Rama, Match It, Word Search and more.


Data and Graphs
Create a Graph Create line, bar, area, pie, and coordinate graphs. Kid Zone site by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Probability and Statistics
Vocabulary about Probability Mathcing game to practice vocabulary about probability.


Math Puzzles and Games
Sudoku for Kids Sudoku puzzles with a 4 x 4 grid. On MyPuzzle.org
Kids Math Games Lots of math games.


This and That
ABCya.com Lots of math games.
Everyday Math Online Login for math games, practice, and math info. You need a user name and password for this site.