At Learn Out Loud, students can watch and listen to podcasts of favorite authors and illustrators. Interviews include Brian Selznick, Chris Van Allsburg, Marc Brown and Betsy Lewin.
Click on Storytime Online and choose from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, Harlem by Walter Dean Meyers, and Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen.
At The Stacks, students can post book reviews, get reading recommendations, play games based on the latest series, watch "Meet the Author" videos, and more.
This site is home to NASA's catalog of images and animations of EArth from outer space. Students can see photographs of city lights around the world, smoke trails from California fires, flooding in the Midwest, the haze of pollution over Beijing and more.
At Edison Invents! kids can play an interactive matching game to learn more about Edison's life and inventions. Then they'll learn how to make their own light bulb, watch one of the first on-screen kisses, and listen to a recreation of Edison's first recording on the phonograph.
Given at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, this speech remains one of the most famous in American history. Students can watch this 16 minute video podcast for free. Also available: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, George Washington's First Inaugural Address, and Patrick Henry's Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech among others. Click on "Free Stuff".
At the Democracy Project, kids learn about the U.S. government in a fun, interactive way. The site is set up like a "choose your own adventure", where kids pick what they'd like to do during their day as President. Once they've made their choice, facts and photos of real Presidents appear on the screen showing an example of a similar event. Other sections allow kids to vote and print out official Future Voter's Cards.
At Writing With Writers, students can create myths with the guidance of Jane Yolen, compose a mystery step by step with Joan Lowery Nixon, learn about descriptive writing with Virginia Hamilton, write poetry with Jack Prelutsky, and workshop with Scholastic News editors about writing articles.
At RhymeZone, all kids have to do is fill in the box with the word they're trying to rhyme and click Go Get It! This rhyming dictionary pulls up hundreds of possibilities. The choices are broken down by the number of syllables. It will also find synonyms, antonyms, definitions, related words, and more.
Includes a short explanation about what an acrostic poem is. Then students choose and fill in their topic word. The next page asks kids to brainstorm words about their topic that begin with corresponding letters. Then it's time to write! The student's topic word shows up on vertical tiles that are easy to fill in. They even give word suggestions. When finished, print and share.
Kids' Space is an award-winning site that focuses on multicultural sharing in a commercial-free environment. Students can upload their stories and read other students' work from around the world. One of the neatest features is Beanstalk, where kids can write an original story to go with a picture in the gallery.