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August 1998

Internet Resources for K-8 Students

Blythe A. Bennett

Although there are many content-rich resource sites for elementary and middle school students on the World Wide Web, finding such sites can often be difficult. This Digest describes K-8 curriculum related Web sites that will be of interest to students, teachers, parents and librarians.

Collections of Sites

Berits Best Sites for Children

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators-Home Page

Kid Info/School Subjects

KidsConnect Favorite Sites

KidsConnect Frequently Asked Questions

  • Collections of questions that are frequently asked of KidsConnect and in school and public libraries around the world. Includes science fair re- sources and animal web sites.
  • http://www.ala.org/ICONN/kcfaq.html

700+ Great Sites from ALA

Science Related Sources


How Things Work

MAD Scientist Network

  • Great "library" collections. Search the archives for previously asked questions. Try the labs!
  • http://www.madsci.org/


  • Visit this site when you have a question or research topic about space. Link to pages about Mars, the space shuttle, and the MIR space station. Search NASA's hot topics.
  • http://www.nasa.gov/

Neuroscience for Kids

  • Resources about the brain and spinal cord. Written with kids in mind.
  • http://weber.u.washington.edu/~chudler/neurok.html

Nine Planets: Multimedia Tour of the Solar System

Partnership for A Drug-Free America

Smithsonian Institution Frequently Asked Questions

Science Fair Project Guide

Sea World/Busch Gardens Animal Resources

United States Geological Survey


  • The best resource for volcano information on the Web. Images, answers to questions, and factual data from real volcanologists. Written for students and teachers.
  • http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/


Math Forum

  • The best collection of math-related materials online. Check for math re- sources by subject for your special interest. Search the archives to see if your question has already been answered. Special sections for students and for teachers.
  • http://forum.swarthmore.edu/

History/Social Studies

American Civil War Homepage

American Memory from the Library of Congress

  • Browse or search for events, people, places, or time periods in American history. Includes rich visual resources.
  • http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/

Ancient World Web

  • Collection of links to sites about ancient civilizations including Aztec and Egyptian. Search by geographical area or subject.
  • http://www.julen.net/aw/

CIA World Factbook

  • This site, updated once a year, is one of the most authoritative sites on countries of the world.
  • http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/nsolo/wfb-all.htm

Encyclopedia Mythica

  • Mythology and folklore collection. Contains over 4,000 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings, and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world.
  • http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/


  • The Internet Public Library's collection of information about United States presidents. Includes election results, cabinet members, and other presidential facts.
  • http://www.ipl.org/ref/POTUS/


White House

  • Link to the White House for Kids. See biographies of U.S. presidents and first families, press releases, and hot topics.
  • http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html

50 States of the United States

Current Events

CNN Interactive

  • Read the latest news. Search the archives for information about past events. Choose links to top stories, hot topics, sports, weather, and more.
  • http://cnn.com/index.html


Children's Literature Web Guide

Learning About the Author and Illustrator Pages

  • One stop shopping for information about authors and illustrators.
  • http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/special/kay/author.html

Reference Materials Online

AskA+ Locator

Atlapedia Online


  • Search a database of biographies of over 20,000 notable people. Uses the Cambridge Encyclopedia Database and the Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography.
  • http://www.biography.com/find/find.html

Britannica Online

Encarta Online

Information Please Home Page

  • Ready reference combination. Includes Information Please Almanac, Co- lumbia Encyclopedia, and Random House Webster's College Dictionary.
  • http://www.infoplease.com/

Research and Web Citations from Nueva School

Search Directories for Kids

Yahooligans! The Web Guide for Kids

Web Sources for Information on New Sites for Kids

Classroom Connect "World Wide Web Gallery" and "Kids Corner"

Multimedia Schools "CyberBee" by Linda Joseph

Online-Offline Themes and Resources

  • http://www.rockhillpress.com/onoff/onoffint.htm

School Library Journal "Surf For: A Thematic Guide to Internet Sites"

  • by Gail Junion-Metz
  • http://www.bookwire.com/slj/articles.html

Technology Connection "Cool Stuff on the Net" by Sharron McElmeel

  • http://linworth.com/frame.htm

Listservs for Information on New Sites for Kids


Kids Report

Books Useful for Finding More K-8 Internet Sites

Polly, J.A. (1997). Internet kids & family yellow pages. Berkeley, CA: Osborne McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0-07-882340-4

Miller, E.B., (1997). The Internet resource directory for K-12 teachers and librarians. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. ISBN: 1-56308-617-4 (ED 413 882)

This ERIC Digest was prepared by Blythe Bennett, blythe@ericir.syr.edu KidsConnect Coordinator.
ERIC Digests are in the public domain and may be freely reproduced and disseminated.

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This publication was prepared with funding from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education under contract no. RR93002009. The opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the positions of OERI or ED.