Resources for Students
General Study, Homework Help, and Reference Resources
Awesome Library organizes the Web with 33,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education. The website provides lesson plans for many subjects, as well online resources (periodicals, projects, etc.) suitable for all ages, kids through college age and educators.
Federal Student Aid Gateway
Federal Student Aid Gateway is a resource for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid.
www.4Kids.org is a weekly feature published in newspapers all over North America. It is designed for kids (and their parents) to find fun, educational, and safe spots to visit on the World Wide Web. Every issue carries a review of 2 or 3 kid-friendly Web sites with pictures, Ask Amy's Q&A column, the Kid Quest Adventure and a Speak Out! question that you can comment about. In addition, each week there is a rotating feature about a school, teacher or kid who is doing something fantastic with tecKNOWLEDGEy on the Web.
High School ACE
High School ACE: the academic homepage for high school students. This site contains a variety of resources including homework help and career guidance.
HomeworkSpot.com is a free homework information portal that features a wide variety of K-12 homework related sites and other resources in English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, and more.
KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians to guide students to valuable and age appropriate web sites. There are over 600 sites listed in a searchable, topic organized reference base.
Kidspace @ The Internet Public Library
Lots of fun and educational stuff to see and do. Kidspace features reference material and Web site recommendations for grade-schoolers and a form for asking questions.
infoplease.com has a host of almanacs, atlas. encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference resources.
Providence Public Library
The Providence Public Library is a private, nonprofit corporation providing public library services to the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island. It provides access to information and opportunities for learning to the community at-large and other libraries by offering materials, staff support, and centers for meeting.
FAIR (Fair and Accuracy in Reporting)
FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. This watchdog site offers critiques on the media and journalistic practices. RSS and podcasts are also available at this site.
PBS: PBS Kids GO!
PBS Kids GO! has fun activities and information, some of which are linked to specific PBS programs for kids. The PBS Kids GO! site is funded in part by a Ready To Learn cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies - Smithsonian Education
Want to know what it's like to walk on the Moon? Or need some tips on starting your own rock, stamp, or coin collection? Then check out Smithsonian IdeaLabs, where you can explore these subjects and more! If you're interested in art and design, science and nature, or history and faraway places, browse the information and linked sites available here.
TeenSpace in the Internet Public Library (IPL)
TeenSpace in the IPL has put together information to help you with life, school, friends, and work. You'll find articles written especially to help you solve problems, links to web sites you can use for homework, and a place to ask questions. There's lots more, too. Explore!
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College Planning Resources
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. This site features many helpful resources for students such as registering for PSAT, SAT, and NMSQT tests, planning for college, a college locator, and help in applying and paying for college.
My College QuickStart™
If you took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2006, you have access to My College QuickStart, a free personalized planning kit based on your test results. My College QuickStart features an online PSAT/NMSQT score report, including projected SAT score ranges, state percentiles, and the power to sort answer explanations by difficulty and question type, a customized SAT study plan, and personalized lists of colleges, majors, and careers. NOTE: You will need the access code printed on the upper right corner of your PSAT/NMSQT score report.
Rhode Island Board of Governors of Higher Education
This Web site is meant to be a resource for students, families, and educators to help make the most of the 6th through 12th grade years and beyond. It will help answer questions and provide the tools needed to understand and to take advantage of available opportunities in higher education.
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Reading, Literacy, and Language Arts Resources
New! Interesting Things for ESL Students
This web site provides practice activities for ELL students including: word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises, slang, proverbs to practice vocabulary, sentence construction, grammar, listening and pronunciation. All the exercises are self-scoring and students receive immediate feedback.
New! International Children's Digital Library
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) is a research project funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research to create a digital library of outstanding children's books from all over the world. The materials in the collection, all presented in the original languages in which they were published, reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world. Currently the ICDL collection includes over 2,198 books in 40 languages.
Literacy Matters is a place where you can improve your skills in reading for meaning and writing to express your ideas. Literacy Matters invites you to try out three interactive online activities!
Reading is Fundamental (RIF): RIF Reading Planet
RIF Reading Planet includes interactive reading games, writing activities, book reviews, author interviews, coloring pages, and more. It was developed by Reading is Fundamental, Inc., a children's literacy nonprofit organization.
New! Spaghetti Book Club
The Spaghetti Book Club web site is a place for kids who love to read and talk about books! It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids for kids. This site offers curriculum, training, and web publishing services to schools, after-school programs and libraries. Its curriculum is focused on students reading books and then writing and publishing reviews of those books they have read.
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Association for Women in Mathematics
This site of the Association for Women in Mathematics is designed to encourage woman and girls to study and have active careers in mathematical sciences and to promote equal opportunities and the equal treatment of woman and girls in the mathematical science. The site includes information on relevant fellowships, grants, research, programs, contests, and workshops. There are also links to resources for students, parents, and teachers related to instruction, careers, biographies and the history of mathematics.
At Home With Math
Ten Math Activities for Parents and Kids – The ten everyday math activities in this kit build math into the things most families already do—ordinary routines such as figuring out ways to save money, to share fairly, or to get somewhere on time. With these activities, children practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and using other important math skills while doing tasks that are a regular part of life. Geared to children ages 7-11, this site is also available in Spanish.
Aunty Math, Math Challenges for K-5 Learners
Aunty Math is an interactive site that is appropriate for children from kindergarten through 5th grade. Aunty Math posts weekly math challenges for students to try. Students can also send in how they solved the challenge. Teachers and parents can access the page to gain more information about the mathematics involved in the challenge also.
Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
This site is for teachers, parents and students who seek engaging mathematics. Many of the topics are accompanied by Java illustrations. There are nearly 800 Java applets.
Math and Reading Help for Kids: Just for Kids
The Just for Kids section of Math and Reading Help for Kids contains dozens of articles written for a younger audience.
The Math Forum at Drexel: Ask Dr. Math
Ask Dr. Math is a question and answer service for math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions, the Dr. Math FAQ.
New! The National Center for Educational Statistics
An outstanding, very user-friendly site sponsored by The National Center for Educational Statistic. Allows the user to design different types of graphs. The site also has interesting graphs available for classroom use.
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Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. Our site now contains over 18 thousand award winning Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics. We currently serve 20 million visitors a year.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Cool Science for Curious Kids
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology... on screen, off screen, and in between.
IEEE Virtual Museum
Imagine life without telephones, TVs, computers, x-rays, lasers, and the Internet. Hard to do? As diverse as they may seem, all these technologies, and many others, have one thing in common - they all use electricity and magnetism. At this site you will explore the history of these technologies, find out how they work, and learn about some of the people who invented them.
Immersion Presents is a fun and powerful after school science education program for kids in grades 5 to 8. Famed oceanographers and explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard, founded Immersion Presents in 2002 and since then he’s brought hundreds of thousands of kids and their families on amazing scientific explorations around the world. One of the activities on this site enables you to make your own Titanic movie!
The JASON Project
The JASON Project, founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization headquartered in Ashburn, VA. Its mission is to inspire in students a life-long passion for learning in science, math, and technology through hands-on, real-world scientific discovery.
KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are literally thousands of in-depth features, articles, animations, games, and resources - all original and all developed by experts in the health of children and teens.
NASA: NASA for Kids
NASA provides a wealth of resources that are safe, fun, and educational for kids. There is reliable information on space-related topics, as well as games, Web quests, and even chats with NASA experts.
NASA Quest is a rich resource for educators, kids and space enthusiasts who are interested in meeting and learning about NASA people and the national space program. NASA Quest includes a full suite of online resources, including live interactions with NASA experts, lesson plans and student activities, and audio/video programs over the Internet.
National Institutes of Environmental Health Services (NIEHS): NIEHS Kids' Pages
The NIEHS Kids' Pages include a wide variety of fun activities for children where they can learn about the impact of the environment on human health, the NIEHS mission, and possible careers in health, medicine, science, mathematics, and the environment. The NIEHS Kids' Pages is a government (non-profit) educational website.
Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair
The Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair is one of Rhode Island’s premier student research showcases. The goal of the fair is to promote science education and investigation by Rhode Island students. Over 90 local schools register approximately 500 students from all over the state. This site contains information about the fair and how to get involved!
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is an ever-expanding resource center for anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and medicine. Almost everything on this site is also downloadable in PDF and PowerPoint formats. Explore degree fields, comprehensive education, networking, job hunting, career planning resources, and personal interviews with hundreds of people who offer candid insight into their own diverse careers.
The Tree of Life Project (High School)
The Tree of Life Web Project is a digital library of biodiversity information compiled collaboratively by hundreds of specialist and amateur contributors. Its goal is to contain a page with pictures, text, and other information for every species and for each group of organisms, living or extinct. Connections between Tree of Life web pages follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms, so users can browse the hierarchy of life and learn about phylogeny and evolution as well as the characteristics of individual groups.
Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body
This web site by the National Institutes of Health, is about the history of forensic medicine. Over the centuries, physicians, surgeons, and other professionals have struggled to develop scientific methods that translate views of bodies and body parts into 'visible proofs' that can persuade judges, juries, and the public. Three online activities and three lesson plans introduce forensic medicine, anthropology, technology, and history. Designed specifically for students and educators, the lesson plans provide educators with ready-made resources for the classroom and the online activities promote active learning for students.
Wildlife Conservation Society
This site is here to help YOU protect this amazing planet we call home. Surf these pages for incredible facts about the natural world, for the latest environmental news, and to discover how 14- to 17- year-olds can and do make a difference!
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Social Studies and Government Resources
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers and is sponsored by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.
FirstGov for Kids
FirstGov for Kids is a gateway to other information resources. That means that when you click on our list of links, you will be leaving our site. FirstGov for Kids provides links to Federal kids' sites along with some of the best kids' sites from other organizations, some of which may be selling services or products. Explore, learn, have fun!
FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)
This site is sponsored by the United State Department of Education. The site lists more than 1500 federally supported teaching and learning resources for students of all ages on topics from A to Z!
New! Independence Hall Association
The Independence Hall Association (IHA) in Philadelphia has released a free digital American history textbook for middle- and high-school students, which will evolve to include interactive displays, video streaming, simulations or dynamic versions of the text, and opportunities for collaboration by students and teachers.
Kidlink's free educational programs are for children and youth in all countries through the age of 15, and students at school through secondary school. Most users are between 10 - 15 years of age. Kidlink helps children understand themselves, identify and define goals for life, and collaborate with peers around the globe, individually or through school.
New! National Archives: Education
The Digital Classroom is the National Archives– gateway for resources about primary sources, activities, and training for educators and students.
National Geographic: National Geographic Kids
Play the coolest games, watch amazing animal videos, and find the best jokes and fun facts from National Geographic Kids.
New! National Geographic: My Wonderful World
MyWonderfulWorld.org is the heartbeat of a National Geographic–led campaign backed by a coalition of national business and non-profit organizations whose goal is to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in communities. This site offers online resources (materials, games, activities, quizzes) for parents, teachers, and kids.
New! National Geographic: Xpeditions
Xpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards — and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life.
NationMaster World Statistics
NationMaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
New! Our Courts
Our Courts is the vision of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Our Courts is a free, interactive, web-based program designed to teach and engage students in civics. We are currently developing fun and educational games, in-class activities, lesson plans, educational resources, and features which will enable teachers to build individualized and comprehensive civics curricula for their classrooms.
New! Smithsonian National Museum of American History: Kids
Exploring the past isn't just something you do at a Museum! Visit the website of the Smithsonian National Museum of American history for many fun activities to turn your computer into the Museum's newest interactive exhibit. Students can access Smithsonian resources, online exhibits and collections, as well as view fun facts about objects in the collections.
United States Mint: Teacher Resources
H.I.P. Pocket Change, a web site by the U.S. Mint, is a fun educational tool containing online resources, activities, projects, and cartoons to help students "make heads and tails of coins." H.I.P. Pocket Change contains interactive features that focus on coins, the United States Mint, and U.S. history.
World Citizens Guide
In Tanzania, mothers are referred to as "Mama" followed by the name of their eldest son. Instead of crossing their fingers for luck, Germans squeeze their thumbs. These are just two of the fascinating facts available at the "Flags of the World" segment of this site, an excellent place for social studies and language arts classes. To get a very sobering perspective on our global village, go to the "100 People" segment.
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This is the official website of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), a publicly supported nonprofit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. The website offers students and teachers links for competitions and awards/scholarships students can apply for in the arts (either on their own or with the recommendation of a teacher/administrator).
ArtsConnectEd is the product of a partnership between The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center. Using the power of the Internet to stimulate new approaches to learning, the goal of ArtsConnectEd is to make arts education timely, engaging, interactive, and pertinent for both teachers and students of all ages.
ARTSEDGE — the National Arts and Education Network — supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. ARTSEDGE empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing the tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects.
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Rhode Island Resources
Ocean State Libraries: Connecting Rhode Island
If you have a CLAN library card, you can use a large selection of research databases for free. Full text articles from the Providence Journal are available through ProQuest. A variety of national newspapers and magazines, many with full text, are available through EBSCOhost.
New! Rhode Island Library Information Network for Kids (RILINK)
RILINK is a cooperative effort by Rhode Island school libraries to share their resources through an interactive, web-based catalog of library materials - over 800,000 books and audiovisual items and more than 30,000 subject-based web-links that are K-12 appropriate. Students and teachers at RILINK member schools can use their library catalogs to look for, and request, books or other items at member libraries. Items requested are delivered to each school through the statewide library network. Through RICAT, the library’s catalog is available in the library, in classrooms, and at home – wherever there is a connection to the World Wide Web.
Gilbert Stuart's Birthplace
The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace is a multifaceted attraction that takes one on a journey back in time. Not only is it a showplace for reproductions of the works of one of America’s foremost portrait painters, it is an authentically restored and furnished workingman’s home and the site of the first snuff mill in America. The lovely wooded homestead on the banks of the Mattatuxet Brook also features a partially restored grist mill and a fascinating fish ladder.
Office of Marine Programs at URI
The Office of Marine Programs (OMP) is the education and outreach arm of the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at the University of Rhode Island (URI). OMP efforts reach audiences in Rhode Island, throughout the United States, and around the world. OMP's team of dedicated marine scientists, professional educators, project managers, designers, and communicators collaborate with scientists and graduate students from GSO and marine and environmental academic and research programs from around the globe.
Providence Children's Museum
Rhode Island’s only museum especially for children and their families. Providence Children’s Museum is a hands–on place where kids, ages 1–11, and grown–ups play and learn together. Come and explore the swirling, whirling ways of water, discover the bones beneath your muscles and learn how much fun learning can be!
Rhode Island Audubon Society
At Audubon Society of Rhode Island, an independent state environmental organization, you can
walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski on a beautiful
borrow a book, video or DVD,
arrange a classroom program,
learn about bird feeding, how animals survive the winter, vernal pools and more,
have a birthday party,
buy a nature related gift,
participate in a summer day camp,
or participate in a wide menu of programs.
Rhode Island Facts and History
Looking for some fast facts about Rhode Island and its history? Look no further! This page contains general information, history, demographics, Rhode Island trivia, and much more.
Rhode Island Judiciary
The home page of the judicial system in Rhode Island. Access to the various levels and courts, as well as general information and educational resources.
Rhode Island General Assembly
The Rhode Island General Assembly Web Site provides links to legislative information (bill text, bill status, the general laws, daily calendars), as well as news and links to various legislative offices.
Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board
The mission of the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board is to serve the people of the state by advocating, developing and supporting programs that defend and provide access to its documentary heritage. This site contains links to various organizations relating to historical documents, as well as information on grants, board members, meetings, and their minutes.
Rhode Island State Archives
This directory was created as a result of the Historical Records Repository Survey conducted by the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board. Each directory entry links to a description of the repository and its holdings.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
The Roger Williams Park Zoo's education department offers many exciting programs for people of all ages. The Zoomobile travels to schools, community centers, and retirement homes spreading the important message of conservation of our natural world. On-grounds programs include Zoocamps, Preschool and After-School Adventures, Overnights, Scouts and Family Programs.
Save The Bay
The mission of Save The Bay is to ensure that the environmental quality of Narragansett Bay and its watershed is restored and protected from the harmful effects of human activity. Save The Bay seeks carefully planned use of the Bay and its watershed to allow the natural system to function normally and healthfully, both now and for the future.
Slater Mill is committed to offering school programs that are enriching, enjoyable and tied directly to the curriculum requirements of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Subject areas include industrial history, American history (early 19th century), economics, textile industry, manufacturing, technology, labor history and others. Programs are offered on our centrally located site (just off Interstate 95 in Pawtucket, RI) or at your school. Slater Mill educational programs are appropriate for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students in colleges and universities.
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Museums and Libraries
American Museum of Natural History
This is the official website of the American Museum of Natural History. It provides information about the museum – from visiting hours and directions to online descriptions of exhibits and upcoming attractions and online exhibit archives.
The Archaeology Channel
The Archaeology Channel is the website of the Archaeological Legacy Institute, an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt (501[c]), research and education corporation registered in Oregon in 1999. ALI’s mission is to develop ways to make archaeology more effective both in gathering important information about past human lifeways and in delivering that information to the public and the profession.
Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide
This page contains links to public museums located throughout the world that have a strong emphasis on interactive science education. It also provides other science-related links for more online resources.
Librarians' Internet Index
Librarians' Internet Index (LII) is a publicly-funded website and free weekly newsletter, New This Week, which features dozens of high-quality websites carefully selected, described, and organized by our team of librarians. Newsletter topics include current events and issues, holidays and seasons, helpful tools for information users, human interest, and more. The website itself is searchable and contains over 20,000 entries organized into 14 main topics and nearly 300 related topics.
The Library of Congress
This is the official site of the Library of Congress. It provides links to the library catalogs (containing print, multimedia and online resources), online collections of historic articles/documents, current exhibitions, multilingual resources on world culture, and THOMAS (database for current and historical legislative information), as well a guide to visiting the LOC.
The National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. This is NASM’s official site, providing information about visiting NASM’s locations as well as online resources for research and education.
The National Archives
The official website of the National Archives, this site provides information about visiting the national archives, news concerning events and exhibits, and online resources for exploring the National Archives and researching documents in the Archival Research Catalog.
The National Gallery of Art
The official website of the National Gallery of Art, this site provides information about the Gallery itself, as well as online exhibits, tours, resources for teachers and students, and links to opportunities to get involved with the Gallery.
This is the official website of the Smithsonian Institute and its museums and galleries. As well as visiting information for its various locations, it provides online educational resources for students, families, and teachers.
A website hosted by the Smithsonian geared exclusively for students, Smithsonian Kids contains links to fun and interesting material about world and American history.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The official website of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum which provides links to museum information and exhibits, as well as online resources for teachers, students, and researchers seeking to learn more about the Holocaust and its relation to both history and current events.
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