Gifted Web Sites
Publishers of Gifted Materials
Contests / Awards / Scholarships
College Decisions and Information
- 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.
- Compare colleges across dining hall, diversity, health and safety, housing, and more.
- 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:
- Young Writers Program:
- Acrostic poems:
- Teacher Tap:
- More Words:
- 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.
Nebraska Author Web Sites
Books Available Online
Science and Science Fairs
- Physics 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? Read 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.
- Science Buddies – The world’s best site for anyone who wants to do a 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.
- Chem For Kids – Need to understand how the periodic table works? This site may help you!
- 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.
- Try Science – This science education resource for parents, children, 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.
Good for Kids
- 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.
- How to Trade Stocks: This page explains the stock market game and the basics of investing.
- Mr. Young’s Bouncy “A” – Lots of interactive activities reinforce school lessons, including phonics, vocabulary, science, and much, much more.
- My First Garden – Learn all about gardening–but don’t miss the gallery of gardens around the world. How does yours compare to one in Australia?
- National Geographic My Wonderful World: Maps – Tools for Adventure – Welcome to the world of maps . . . and more.
- Professor Garfield – Thinking fun for students; try Professor Garfield’s trivia game against an opponent. Concentration games fights aliens who deprive human of sleep.
- The Mint – This site offers advice about saving and investing money.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Federal Reserve Today: What is monetary policy? What is Ben Bernanke’s job as chairman of the Federal Reserve? 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. Classroom guides, as well as an informational video entitled, “The Fed Today,” are available here.
- 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.
- A Different Place: This web site offers Sudoku puzzles and a wealth of activities for gifted students, including explorations of the Titanic, Leonardo da Vinci, and Greek mythology. Note that there are also sections for teachers and parents of gifted students.
- 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.