Internet resources for homelearners

Links to online and downloadable educational resources: lessons, worksheets, activities and more, for students, teachers and homeschooling families.

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Encyclopedias

The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
Free Canadian content, including a junior version, with student guides, biographies of 100 outstanding Canadians, interactive maps, graphs and games.
www.canadianencyclopedia.ca

All subjects

Khan Academy
A free world-class education for anyone anywhere �The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.�
www.khanacademy.org

The Voyage Institute
They provide free Interactive English, Mathematics & Science Quizzes

Facebook Website (Math, English & Science quizzes) www.biovoyage.org
Kids’ Funlab (Educational games) thevoyageinstitute.com/Funlab
Twitter thevoyageinstitute.com


General: the 3 Rs

Kids and Caboodles
Free fun activities for kids, including free downloads of sheets to print, colour, and cut out. Set up as an interactive community (social network) with free membership that gives you access to the "Caboodles" (Groups). The first offering is a Standikin. What's that? Check out the blog post about it to find out!
kidsandcaboodles.com

edHelper.com
Over 3000 free worksheets including algebra, arithmetic, fractions, integers, statistics, spelling, vocabulary, and more. Organized according to grade levels.
www.edHelper.com

Creative Kids
games, brain teasers, stories, jokes, activities and more
www.creativekids.ca

General: science

Science Made Simple
Kids learn science the easy, hands-on way with Science Made Simple. Get fun science projects and great experiments using household materials. This site offers fun science projects, answers to common science questions, information on what's happening in the world of science and more!
www.sciencemadesimple.com/

General: nature

 

Reading, writing, spelling

Classic English Language Arts
Robert Einarsson is an English Instructor in Edmonton, Alberta. His website would be appropriate for high school students especially in the areas of grammar and poetry, and contains text documents as well as audio recordings of a number of his first-year university lectures.
www.classiclanguagearts.net
Free resources on the website include Traditional English Sentence Style, a self-guided workbook on the sentence style of classic English writers.
www.classiclanguagearts.net/resources/TESS.pdf

Guys Read
A literary initiative for boys from Jon Scieszka, the creator of "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Stinky Cheese Man." This is a great program designed to get boys interested in reading and to connect them with books they will enjoy. You'll find a list of Mr. Scieszka's favorite books, tips and advice on how parents and teachers can help, a place for guys to share what their favorite books are and more.
www.guysread.com

An Online Library of Literature
This site has complete stories, from Aesop's fables to Mark Twain, the Brontes, Dickens, etc. It's free too!
www.literature.org

BookRags
Online site for classical guides and free texts ~ comprehensive guides to classical literature, book notes, essay workshops, complete E-books of classical texts, tests, message board � this site is meant for the high school and university level
www.bookrags.com

English blog dedicated to reading and book lovers

Tutor for English: Improving Your Communication Skills
Offers free instruction on capitalization, punctuation, misused words, parts of speech, sentence structure errors, writing paragraphs, and essays. In addition, the website also has interactive tests that students can take and get immediate feedback.
www.TutorForEnglish.com

Math and logic

MasterMath.info Online middle-school math tutoring, plus free video lessons, practice worksheets and self-grading quizzes

Calctutor.ca Online Mathematics Tutoring

CLSO-math offers a free sample of its lesson on Fractions. Unlike some conventional approaches to math instruction, which start with abstract concepts and end with application in the real world, the CLSO (Concepts-Language-Symbols-Operations) approach is to follow the learner's path of least resistance by starting with direct perceptual understanding through the visual (and/or kinesthetic, if using manipulatives rather than the images of the workbooks), and building the math procedures step by step through "scaffolding" that eventually leads to the underlying abstract concepts. The demo on the web site's home page shows a very easy, step-by-step process for learning how to solve algebra problems. The free sample to download, is on fractions.

ThatQuiz.com is a free online resource for math practice and testing. The money section includes Canadian coins. Students can access all of the tests without registration. Immediate feedback is in terms of right or wrong only (the correct answer is not given after a mistake is made). Free registration for teachers allows customization of quizzes and record-keeping of students' scores.

Math Goodies
A free math help site featuring interactive lessons, homework help, worksheets and forums. Over 400 pages of activities for students, teachers and parents.
www.mathgoodies.com/

Natural Math
This site teaches that learning math is a natural process and gives hints and tips on facilitating math.
www.naturalmath.com

Computers and technology

How Stuff Works
Learn how everything works.
www.howstuffworks.com

How Stuff Works Express
Information on science, technology, math and language arts for the elementary and high school levels.
www.express.howstuffworks.com

Physics

Fear of Physics
Fear not! Physics. Explained. Finally. Sampling of topics include: Why Things Fall; Sun, Earth, Moon; Speed and Acceleration; Sound; Einstein's Relativity and much more.
www.FearOfPhysics.com

Chemistry

www.Chem4Kids.com

chem.answers.com

www.funbrain.com

Biology

Canadian Sugar Institute's Nutrition Information Service includes online information about nutrition, the history of sugar, sugar science, sugars and health, and free downloadable educational PDF files that form an integrated curriculum resource for grades 4-6. (You can also have them sent for free by postal mail). Through experiments and activities, students learn about food science, food production, the human body, nutrition and physical activity within a series of four Missions.

Botany

www.kyatu.co.uk/Article/all-about-plants
This article includes a list of links to sites with resources under the following headings: Plant Identification Characteristics, Plant Classifications, Plant Fact Sheets, Plant Reference Guides, Invasive and Noxious Plants, Poisonous Plants, Threatened and Endangered Plants, State Flowers (U.S.), Plant Lessons Plans.

Earth sciences

Environment Canada
Free educational materials on Water
www.ec.gc.ca/water/en/info/pubs/e_teach.htm

Weather Wiz Kids
Designed so kids can learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It's also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents that gives them the right tools they need to explain the different types of weather to children.
www.weatherwizkids.com

Space

History of Space Exploration
A wealth of information including space exploration timelines, accounts of manned and robotic space missions, and educator guides.
www.solarviews.com/eng/history.htm

History

Historica
Games, projects and research tools for students - all about Canadian history. Lesson plans, resources, ideas and articles for parents and teachers to utilize.
www.histori.ca

Geography

The National Atlas of Canada
Maps and information about Canada's geography.
www.atlas.gc.ca

Society and culture

Virtual Museum of Canada
The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is an Internet gateway that provides access to collections housed in over 600 Canadian museums. Its mandate is to stimulate public interest among all age groups in our rich and diverse cultural heritage, and to complement the programs and collections of museums across Canada. Includes links to exhibits, fun and games, teachers' centre, events and more.
www.virtualmuseum.ca

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
This website offers the biographies of women mathematicians sorted in alphabetical and chronological order. Each biography contains a picture and short text that tells about the mathematician's life and her contributions to mathematics. You will also find a list of women who have won prizes, awards, and honors for their contributions to math. This site contains links to many other resources about math, as well as resources about women's contributions in other fields of study too.
www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/Women.htm

Bible studies

Living Water Bible Games
www.livingwaterbiblegames.com
Free games for homeschoolers who are teaching Bible or New Testament Greek. In downloadable PDF format.

Languages

Learn Spanish Today/ Spanish Program
Quite a few free sample audio-visual Spanish lessons on-line, plus a newsletter you can subscribe to for more tips on the Spanish language and its usage. They also sell Complete Visual Link Spanish Program CD-ROM.
www.learnspanishtoday.com
www.spanishprograms.com

Vocabulix
www.vocabulix.com
Free online practice of vocabulary and conjugation in German, Spanish or English. Be aware that clicking on the "Next" button takes you to a quiz, not to a lesson. To see the vocabulary list and translations before any quiz, click on the "Lesson preview" button. There is an option for creating your own lessons -- you must be logged on to do so.

Visual arts

 

Music

 

Resource links pages on other websites

Great Sites For Kids
A weekly column created to help parents and teachers find fun and educational websites for kids to use at home and in the classroom. Websites are reviewed that feature the following categories: biography/history, geography, language arts, math, music, science/nature and entertainment/amusement.
www.greatsitesforkids.com/gsfk/index.asp

Sites For Teachers
There are 15 pages of websites with free worksheets, printables, resources, unit studies, etc. It is geared to teachers of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, related developmental disabilities, and children with special needs.
www.sitesforteachers.com

Enchanted Learning
Everything from certificates to maps, diagrams for labeling — including map of Canada, plants etc.
www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

Resources for Rethinking
Resources for Rethinking is a project developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future. It provides teachers access to lesson plans, worksheets and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented. Each R4R resource has been reviewed by an experienced classroom teacher and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all provinces and territories in Canada.
www.r4r.ca

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