• Haiku - 01/09/2013

    Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry consisting of seventeen syllables in three lines. The first line contains five syllables, the second has seven, and the third returns to five syllables. Traditionally, they also have some reference to the seasons and nature, but many times this requirement is...

  • Riddles - 12/27/2012

    What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? What can you catch but not throw? What goes around the world but stays in a corner? No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?* If you enjoy a challenge, then today's mind-bending riddle sites are for you.

  • Christmas Crafts - 12/19/2012

    "'Tis the season to be jolly." And Christmas crafts certainly add to the season's jolliness, don't you think? This week's website picks showcase Christmas craft projects for kids of all ages.

  • Samurai - 12/12/2012

    Japanese samurai warriors lived in medieval castle towns, and were paid by their local lords or governors as both military men and administrators. They were an important part of society, and at times accounted for about ten percent of the population.

  • Consonant-Vowel-Consonant - 12/05/2012

    Consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words such as "kid", "hat" and "car" are frequently taught in kindergarten and first grade. Today's website picks include printable activity sheets, online games, and classroom activities that reinforce sight reading of these three-letter words, and learning short...

  • Singapore - 11/28/2012

    Singapore is a city-state that gained independence on August 9, 1965, located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, just eighty-five miles north of the equator. Despite having few natural resources, and a population of just five million, Singapore boasts the third highest per-capita income...

  • Dinosaurs - 11/21/2012

    Named from two Greek words meaning "terrible lizard," dinosaurs first appeared about 220 million years ago, and then disappeared rather suddenly 63 million years ago. Dinosaurs capture our imagination in many different ways. Their tremendous size, their fearsome looks, and the mystery of their...

  • The Garden Coloring Page - 11/20/2012

    Do you love to color? How about doing it virtually? Use your mouse to move your paint brush to the color you want. Left click to get paint on your brush. Then move to the place in the scene where you want that color to go and click again to color. Will your skies be blue, your house red and your grass...

  • King Tut - 11/14/2012

    Tutankhamun, popularly known as King Tut, was a little-known Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 1332 BC to 1323 BC. After centuries of obscurity, he became a popular pop culture icon when British archeologist, Howard Carter, discovered his well-preserved tomb in 1922. In recent years, artifacts from...

  • Veterans Day - 11/07/2012

    In 1918, at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, fighting ceased in World War I. Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day (November 11) is a day to honor veterans living and dead who have given so much to protect our country. And, in case you were wondering, Veterans...

  • Bullying - 10/31/2012

    According to the National Association of School Psychologists, bullying is the most common form of violence in our society. In a national survey of students in grades six through ten, 13% reported bullying others, 11% reported being a victim of bullies, and another 6% said that they both bullied...

  • Halloween Recipes - 10/24/2012

    Fun Halloween food is just one of many ways to enjoy the spooky holiday with friends and family. Whether you are looking for ideas for a healthy family dinner before trick-or-treating, or an entire buffet to entertain costumed friends, the following illustrated recipe sites will surely satisfy your...

  • Election 2012 - 10/17/2012

    With the presidential election just weeks away, the campaigns are heating up. In addition to the official sites for candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, here are some online resources for students to learn about the election process and keep up with the candidates.

  • Halloween Writing Prompts - 10/09/2012

    Looking for some writing ideas for kids this month? Look no further than everyone's favorite holiday, Halloween. The following sites have dozens of ideas on how to derive writing inspiration from the Halloween season.

  • World Population - 10/03/2012

    Although the experts disagree about when world population reached seven billion, they all agree we have now passed that milestone. And even though population growth rate is declining, the projections show continual growth ahead. What does this mean for our future? What should we do about it? Learn...

  • Banned Books - 09/26/2012

    Banned Books Week is celebrated each autumn, promoting our freedom to choose, and the importance of the availability of books on all topics and about all viewpoints for those that want to read them.

  • Genetics - 09/19/2012

    Genetics is the study of inherited characteristics. It was pioneered by Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882), the father of evolutionary biology, and Gregor Mendel (1822 - 1884), whose experiments with inherited characteristics in peas are reproduced in classrooms to this day.

  • Vocabulary Activities - 09/12/2012

    Education experts agree that vocabulary is a vital part of school success, and that reading is the best way to develop one's vocabulary. But online games and quizzes are one way of shaking it up, and it never hurts to have a little variety in one's learning toolbox. Here are my vocab picks for...

  • Farm Animals - 09/05/2012

    "With a cluck, cluck here, and a cluck, cluck there, Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!" It was hard not to sing this well-known nursery song as I was discovering the joy of farm animals for this week's website picks. I hope you enjoy them as I did.

  • Back-to-School Clipart - 08/29/2012

    To kick off this back-to-school season, I present these free clipart sites. But first a couple of ground rules. One, please respect common clipart etiquette and do not hot link directly to these images. Instead, always download images to your computer and then upload them to your own web server or...