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Cool & Fun Educational Web Links for Students

Homework & Test Prep


Bartleby.com – The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference, and verse providing students, researchers, and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

CPS Student Zone – Access to homework help on the CPS Student Zone.

Encyclopedia Britannica – A free online basic encyclopedia.

Homeworkspot.com – HomeworkSpot.com is a free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot.

Test Prep

ISAT Practice Tests – Practice tests in the tested subjects.

Interactive ISAT Reading Practice Tests – Excellent resource for independent practice.

Interactive ISAT Math Practice Tests – Excellent resource for independent practice.

Study Island – Site to assist students with preparing for the ISAT test.

Reading & Writing


Aesop’s Fables – Over 600 Aesop Fables with their morals on this website.

CPS Recommended Reading Lists – From K-12, the books students should read by grade. 25 books read per year is required in CPS.

Greek Mythology.com – Complete information on Greek Mythology. Perfect for research papers, etc.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Complete listing of every Grimm Fairy Tale ever written.

Novel Guide Literary Analysis – Novelguide.com is the premier free source for literary analysis on the web.
We provide an educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary Literature Profiles, Metaphor Analysis, Theme Analyses, and Author Biographies.

Starfall.com – Where children have fun learning to read! For primary grades.


Guide to Grammar & Writing – Get down to the nitty gritty of good writing in an easy-to-understand format.

Math & Science


AAA Math – Hundreds of pages of basic math skills; Interactive practice on every page; An explanation of the math topic on each page; Several challenge games on each page; Math problems are randomly created. A WONDERFUL site!

A+ Math – Many math games in the form of Bingo, as well as interactive flashcards. Try them out!

A Math Dictionary for Kids – An animated, interactive dictionary for students which explains over 500 common mathematical terms in simple language.

Change Maker – Get as much money in your piggy bank as possible, by figuring out the correct change. This is a really cool game to practice your money skills.

Kids Bank.com – A fun place for kids to learn about money & banking. Includes interactive quizzes after each section.

Math.com – The world of math online. Another great resource.

Money Instructor – Learn how to write a check, make checking account deposits and withdrawals, manage and balance your checkbook, and checkbook reconciliation with your monthly bank checking account statement. Worksheets, lessons, and exercises are appropriate for both students involved in learning the basics about check writing, checking and the check register, as well as those looking for a curriculum to practice basic math (addition and subtraction) and problem solving skills.

Periodic Table of the Elements – A fantastic resource for learning the elements.

Sense & Dollars – Think you know about math and budgeting? Let’s find out!

That Quiz – Interactive Math site for multiple grades.


ABCya! – A new and exciting way for elementary students to learn on the web. All educational games and activities were created by teachers for kids! Learn computer skills.

Dinosauria Online – All about dinosaurs.

How Stuff Works – How do computers work? How does your heart work? How does a toilet work? Nearly anything you’ve ever wondered about is listed at this site.

Insecta – Site devoted to insects.

Kratt’s Creatures– Enrichment activities for independent learning about science and geography.

Liquid Measurement Chart – Liquid Measure Conversion chart.

NASA Home Page – The official site of NASA. Learn what it takes to be an astronaut!

Science Fair Project on the Web – Science Fair project ideas.

The Nine Planets – Multimedia Tours of the planets.

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet – The best place for Science Entertainment. Everything you wanted to know about Roaches (or didn’t want to know) is here!

Social Studies

6th Graders Check out the Channel One Website to do the daily quizzes/contests!

Ancient Egypt – Learn how to prepare a mummy for burial in a fun interactive activity!

Atlapedia – Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary life. An Electrifying Mind – He was one of the most extraordinary human beings the world has ever known.

Channel One Program – For 6-8th graders who watch Channel One daily in their classroom, this interactive site is a great complement to the program. Quizzes, polls, and contests are available daily.

Constitution of the USA – The entire Constitution is available on this website.

Do you know your states? – Try this cool interactive game where you have to place the state on it’s correct location on a map.

How the President is Elected – Follow presidential candidates as they go from initial announcements to the White House in this easy-to-understand, illustrated article. Includes discussions of speeches, caucuses, primaries, ads, conventions, and the election itself, including the Electoral College.

Social Studies for Kids.com – Great site of Social Studies materials organized by subject. Very complete.

The 50 States.com – Info on all 50 states.

The White House Official Site – Learn about our Executive Branch at the official White House site.

Around the City

Art Institute of Chicago – Main site of the world famous downtown art gallery.

Chicago Historical Society – Main site for the museum of Chicago history.

Chicago Public Library: Thurgood Marshall Branch – Joplin’s local library branch.

Chicago Park District – Main site of the whole Park District.

City of Chicago Official Site – Official site of the city government and all city services.

Dusable Museum – Local Museum of African American History.

Field Museum – Main site of our city’s Natural History Museum.

Museum of Science and Industry – Main site of the South Side Museum.

Shedd Aquarium – Main site of our city’s Aquarium.

Fun & Games

Brainpop.com – Interactive movies with accompanying activities and quizzes.

Funology.com – The science of having fun!

FunBrain.com – A super fun site full of educational games.

Learning Vocabulary can be fun! – Site with some good, interactive vocabulary games. Grade Level: K-2, 3-5

Math Mystery.com – Play Interactive Math games on this site.

Mystery Net Kid’s Mysteries – Online Mysteries. Can you solve them?

Online Math Fact Games – More than a dozen great online games for friendly competition and take home practice.

Primary Games – An interactive site for kids in the primary grades.

Yahooligans! – Kid’s news, science, reference, games, and much more!


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