This page focuses on web sites that may be of interest to students. For information more allied to parent interests, please see the Parent Informational Archives page.
Contests / Awards / Scholarships
- Jack Kent Cook Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000 to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.
- Nicholas Green Awards: This award was originally created to honor a child’s memory; while the original funding source has been depleted states may contribute to it. Nebraska contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-880-9103.
- Leta Hollingworth Student Award: This award, available to students in grades 7-12, consists of a cash award in the amount of $1000 and a copy of A Forgotten Voice, A Biography of Leta Stetter Hollingworth. One award will be given each year to a graduating senior. The recipient must have distinguished him or herself through outstanding achievement, accomplishment, or unusual ability. The award winner will be announced May 1.
- US Math Contest: This mathematics competition is open to all United States middle and high school students and provides a month in which to solve the problems.
College Decisions and Information
- Education Quest: Headquartered in Lincoln, EducationQuest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska. Services include free college planning services, outreach services, need-based scholarship programs, and college access grants.
- College reality check: This site helps parents and students calculate the likelihood that a particular institution will graduate students within four years, the net cost of attending a given school, and whether the degree program is likely to pay off financially.
- College Board’s site enables comparisons of tuition, size, selectivity level, and typical ACT/SAT scores used.
- American Student Assistance provides information about student loans, calculating payments, and more.
Writing and Publishing
- National Novel Writing Month: With November comes the opportunity to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. This nonprofit helps the process by providing pep talks and “a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach” to creative writing.
- Teacher Tap: If you’re looking for a place to self-publish on the web, this may be your answer.
- National Novel Writing Month: If you’re writing a novel, this site will help; see the pep talks from professional writers (Fun Stuff), and get advice on a variety of topics (Forums)
- Young Writer’s Workshop: Story starters, including an illustration and text help students get started with story writing. Students can submit their work for online publication.
- Poets.Org: This site offers a variety of ideas for getting students enthusiastic about poetry. In particular, note the various poetry implementations done by schools around the country. Be sure to give students choices.
- Writing with Writers: Poetry: Study the genre of poetry with three famous writers: Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo. The Poetry Idea Engine allows students to create a variety of poems online.
- Bookwink: Bookwink’s mission is to inspire kids to read. Through podcasting and web video, the site connects students in with books that will make them excited about reading.
- Guys Read: This web site focuses its attention on encouraging boys to read; it provides a variety of blogs, articles, and other news of interest.
- International Digital Children’s Library -This site’s goal goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.
- Project Gutenberg Online Books: A pioneer in the field, Project Gutenberghas
Also see the Differentiated Literature Connections page, which includes author web sites and more.
- Math Playground: It’s a busy site, but children who like math will find something to like here.
- A Plus Math: This site includes math games and a homework helper.
- Math Forum: Problems of the week and Ask Dr. Math provide interest. The site is undergoing changes, so more may be heading your way.
- Math Slice: Math topics or a game of chess? It’s all here.
- Measurement Conversions – Want to convert from English system to metric? This site makes it possible to convert (easily) from one system to the other, whether the purpose is for mass, weight, volume, etc.
- Kahn Academy: This site houses a variety of short videos on a host of topics in the math and science fields. Whether it’s acids and bases or vectors, this site may have a video that explains the concept in a way you can understand. The hitch is that you’ll need to know what the concept is called.
- Crickweb: This math site will help the summer days pass more quickly. You’ll find games and math resources.
- Mathsframe Interactive: Math games and resources help children visualize the numbers and relationships.
- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: Sponsored by Utah State University, this site supports math by showing manipulatives that work online.
- OCSD Interactive: If your child is finding it difficult to remember math facts, this is a good resource; learning the facts leads to winning the games.
- Math and Science Resources: This site supports students’ understanding of crucial concepts in math and science, such as compound interest or logarithms.
- Math And Money: From counting money to identifying coins, this web site provides a primer on money.
- Economic Resources for Kids: This site includes games and definitions that students will understand and enjoy. It also contains resources for parents and teachers.
- For more advanced math students, these sample Past Problems from International Collegiate Programming Contest will provide some excitement: How can we translate real-world problems into mathematic equations:
Science and Science Fairs
- Science Buddies – The world’s best site for anyone who wants to do a science fair project. In particular, find the STUDENTS tab and choose SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT HELP. That will generate a series of questions to help your child find a project that is meaningful, timely, and affordable.
- Science of the Winter Olympics – Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, this site intertwines students’ interest in the Olympic competitions with the science behind them. How does one become swifter, higher, stronger? Watch the 16-part video series to find out more!
- Marc’s Observatory – For students who are interested in astronomy, this site provides information about the moon, the stars, and the galaxy.
- Science Bob – If you have a developing scientist in your home, this site provides information about experiments; try some yourself, watch videos of others, and think about your next science fair project.
- InformEd: This site presents a step-by-step walk-through for those interested in pursuing a science fair project.
- The Bubblesphere – Everything you ever wanted to know about bubbles.
- Chem4Kids – Need to understand how the periodic table works? This site may help you!
- Try Science – This science education resource for parents, and teachers features information on science museums, science fair projects, and more.
- Google Earth – Google offers maps and satellite images for complex or pinpointed regional searches. Try looking for your own home on street view.
- Eco Kids: This environmental education site was designed for students and teachers in Canada to celebrate Earth Day. There are blogging opportunities, interactive games and activies, contests, homework help,printables, and information on topics like wildlife, climate change, energy and geography.
- Science News for Kids – Intermediate to middle-school students can learn about climate changes, animals on the verge of extinction, Earth-bound asteroids, and more. Additional resources are included, including hands-on resources and puzzles.
Good for Growing Minds
- Building Big – Bridges, domes, tunnels, skyscrapers―how are they built? How dothey stay up? Interactive labs show how forces affect structures. Learn the tools you’d need to tunnel through a mountain.
- Bradshaw Foundation – Focusing on archaeology, anthropology and genetic research, the Bradshaw Foundation’s primary objective is to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world, and promote the study of early mankind’s artistic achievements.
- Mr. Young’s Bouncy “A” – Lots of interactive activities reinforce school lessons, including phonics, vocabulary, science, and much, much more. Among the offerings are some audio books (e.g., Hans Christian Andersen).
- Professor Garfield – Thinking fun for students; try Professor Garfield’s trivia game against an opponent. Concentration games fights aliens who deprive human of sleep.
- TVO Kids: TVOkids.com is Ontario’s most popular site among kids ages three through eight years old, providing fun and engaging activities and games.
- The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra: When you attend a classical music concert, usually you see strings, winds, brass, and percussion instruments, but imagine listening to and seeing an orchestra whose musicians use only vegetables as instruments! Fresh produce is drilled and shaped into a variety of instruments; a bell pepper becomes a trumpet, while an eggplant becomes a clap. The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra plays all over the world and serves vegetable soup after its concerts.
- Keyboarding speed test: Take a one-sentence test of your typing speed. Or, sign in and race other people on line.
- Help with keyboarding: This site helps students practice their keyboarding skills.
- Sudoku Dragon shows variations of the basic Sudoku pattern.
- Quizlet: Make your own flashcards, or use flashcards already made by others.
- America’s Story: Discover the inventors, politicians, performers, activists and other everyday people who made this country what it is today. One of this web site’s offerings enables students to jump back in time to see what was happening on their birthdays or other dates in history.
- National Geographic My Wonderful World: Maps – Tools for Adventure – Welcome to the world of maps . . . and more.
- Sheppard Software: This company creates educational software. The web site provides games, paint opportunities for children, and other software pertaining to maps and more. Be sure to look at the SAT word quizzes and flash cards for older students.
- How to Trade Stocks: This page explains the stock market game and the basics of investing.
- The Mint – This site offers advice about saving and investing money.
- The Federal Reserve Today: What is monetary policy? What does the chairman of the Federal Reserve do? This Web site explores the history and structure of the Federal Reserve, as well as monetary policy, banking supervision, and financial services dealing with the Federal Reserve. Find out more about the life of a check or dollar bill.