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Ask Jeeves for Kids: www.ajkids.com

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Go Kids: kids.go.com

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Puzzles & Games:

FunBrain: www.funbrain.com Schools should take a lesson from this clever, colorful site from PM Publishing, which focuses on skills from map reading  to piano playing.  Lively games like "Grammar Gorillas" encourage kids to find their own words to write wacky tales or to create customized word-search puzzles.  This site teaches children how to use the most important too of all -- their brains. EW's rating: A

The ePLAY Learning Center: www.eplay.com This is a great site for fun and learning.  Kids and parents are detectives trying to stop eBUGS from causing a virus in the computer.

http://kjmcci.kct.ne.jp/~fuji/java/puzzle/crosssum/index-eng.html: This site has cross sum puzzles.  These are like cross word puzzles but with numbers.  They are fun.  Start with the easier ones first then move on when you have learned how...

http://dir.yahoo.com/Science/Mathematics/Games/Puzzles/: This is a page full of other puzzles that you can try.  Some are good for older children, some are good for middle schoolers, some are good for adults... check it out!

http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/index.html: You'll find our Brain Teasers both entertaining and mentally challenging. Each Wednesday evening we will provide you with one new Brain Teaser at each of three grade ranges. Solutions will be posted on the following Wednesday.

The Museum of UnilatuTal Mystely (www unmuseum.muipa.us/unmuseum.htm) A "bone Mafia" allegedly swipes dm0 fossils from a Russian paleontological museum. Robot bugs may someday march over Mars in the name of science. And that famous Loch Ness monster photo is a hoax-or so reports webmaster Lee Krystek, who created the Museum as an online outpost for the bizarre side of science. Krystelc not only offers monthly odd-science-related news but also gives the full history on such topics as pirates, flying saucers, and dinosaurs. And in his mad scientist's laboratory, you can learn bow to make crystals and balloon rockets. Hey, maybe the astronauts started this way too. EW's rating: B+

The Case: www.thecase.com Solve brief whodunits, catch up on the latest thriller and mystery books, and create brainteasers on this site from the Online Mystery Network. Junior sleuths will find mini-mysteries, magic tricks, and "chiller" stories, but the site is also home to Nancy Drew online, and fans of the young detective can play Shockwave games or check out the heroine's latest adventures. EW's rating: A

Coolmath.com:   www.coolmath.com This site is great for many things math. So check it out.

Mr. Becker's Mathescientist Page   This is an excellent page for things to do for math and science.


Homework & Help:

Math Abundance (grades 9 -12): www.ping.be/~ping1339/hp.htm This witty site offers tutorials on topics from pre-Algebra through Calculus. The designers sum up their site this way: "As we worked our way through various math classes throughout the years, we often became confused or lost.  At first we decided it might have been all the sleeping and talking we did during class, but we knew it couldn't be that simple... So here's a site for people like us... easy ways to learn concepts. 

MathFlash (grades 2 - 8): www.edu4kids.com/math  Here is a good example of computers doing what computers do best.  Straight foward computation flash cards are generated by this site.

DAU Math Refresher (grades 3 - 12): www.cne.gmu.edu/modules/dau/math/index.html Designed as a tool to review basic arithmetic through calculus, this site is charmingly designed with the organizational metaphor of a subway systemthat students travel through as they complete each topic.  The students will have to have pencil and paper ready to work out the problems.

Mission: Critical (grades 7 - 12): www.sjsu.edu/depts/itl/  This project of The Institute of Teaching and Learning offers a large set of tutorials on logic and thinkning skills. 

Web Math (grades 3 - 12): www.webmath.com/index.html This impressive math site is set up to provide computerized step-by-step tutorials on most individual problems in almost any math topic.

www.softseek.com/Education_and_Science/Math/index.html: This site has good programs to learn math. Includes grades 1 through college math... check it out for good practice or learning.

http://www.zen.org/~brendan/kids.html: This is an on-going list of sites that offer information for and about kids. Among other things, it includes a lot of stuff for them to play with, information for adults, and info about schools and education.

http://www.deakin.edu.au/~adag/: This page is a treasure chest of links into some of the best Mathematics resources for Education on the Internet. You will find a wealth of information for teachers and students in Primary Schools. There is also a General Interest Page which links you to other great sites.

The ArithmAttack: www.dep.anl.gov/aatack.htm  How many computer-generated arithmetic problems can you answer in 6o seconds?" That's the challenge posed to visitors at this visually simple, math-driven website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.  Kids (and parents!) can choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problems or ask the computer to offer a random selection.  More effective and much more fun than flash cards.EW's rating: B+

FunBrain: www.funbrain.com Schools should take a lesson from this clever, colorful site from PM Publishing, which focuses on skills from map reading  to piano playing.  Lively games like "Grammar Gorillas" encourage kids to find their own words to write wacky tales or to create customized word-search puzzles.  This site teaches children how to use the most important too of all -- their brains. EW's rating: A


Other Fun Places To Visit

NASA Observatorium: observe.ivv.nasa.gov/nasa/fun/fun_index.shtm l one giant leap for edutainment, this spacey site is a game lover's paradise.  Java supported crosswords, word searches, and memory games take on space related themes. EW rating A

Neuroscience for Kids: weber.u.washington.edu/~chudler/neurok.htm See how your brain works and how it controls the body.

How Stuff Works: www.howstuffworks.com It's exactly what it says.  If want to know just go looking here to find our how.   Question example:  "Dad, why is the sky blue?"  Dad, if you don't know go here to find out together.  The gentleman who runs the sit is named Marshall Brain.  His real name...very cool

Too Cool for Grownups (www.tcfg.com) Don't worry, parents, you'll not be dissed here. With each issue of this well-designed Ezine out of Chapel Hill, N.C., preteens and teenagers alike are taken on a guided Web tour through worlds such as those of endangered species, undersea life, and the rain forest. In addition to the entertaining links (Professor Bubbles? The Froggy Page?), TCFG teaches kids how to utilize the Web to, say, chase hurricanes. After all, hurricanes are cool. EW's rating: B

FreeZone: www.freezone.com Kids too old for Elmo and too young for keys to the family minivan will click away at this Seattle-based site, pafl of the Curio-city family of publications for kids. They can read about No Doubt or Weird Al Yankovic in Pop Culture, or learn more about rock climbing on the Sports page. But to hang out in the monitored chat rooms or to sign up for an electronic pen pal, surfers need to register (FreeZone promises not to give the info out to a third party). Kids can also try out their investigative abilities as NewzFlash reporters and submit stories to the weekly Curtozine. Baffled parents might even check out the Slang Translator For the record, crunk=coo~and this site is crunk. EW's rating: A

You Be the Historian: www.si.edu/organiza/museums/nmah/notkid/ubh/oointro.htm   At this fascination Smithsonian site, young historians are introduced to the Springers, and 18th century family living in Delaware, and are asked to figure out facts about them by examining everyday objects found in their house.  Trying to recognize betty lamps and candle molds is a hoot, and guessing what future historians will learn about your family from the Nintendos and Nikes in you won home is guaranteed to spark lively discussion.EW's rating: A-

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: www.Ringling.com A three-ring circus of comedic clowns, amazing animals, and acrobat acts, this site lets you play trampoline basketball, find you place in the show with an aptitude test, and visit the Center for Elephant Conservation.  With the greatest of ease, you family can download authentic circus sounds and free screensavers.  If only they could figure out how to get cotton candy through you printer.EW's rating: A+

www.ctw.org: The Children's Family Workshop (from PBS) EW's rating: A+


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