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Non-fiction & Informational Text ResourcesTop of Page

TweenTribune daily news sites for kids, tweens and teens – where you'll find the most compelling, relevant and interesing news for 55 million kids in K-12 and their 3.5 million teachers.Stories are selected by professional journalists working closely with teens, tweens and teachers. Teens and tweens can post comments, with all comments moderated by their teachers before they are published. We allow teens and tweens to produce 99 percent of our content as a means of engaging them. More than 100,000 teachers have registered so far.
 
Newsela - a new website that provides students with unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common-Core aligned quizzes, with new articles everyday (summary from their website).  Teachers can create classes and then assign current event articles for their students to read.  Some Newsela articles also have quizzes that students can take and then are automatically graded.  The best thing is the student can change the Lexile level of the article (reading level starts at grade 4) http://www.newsela.com/
 
WONDEROPOLIS - A site for daily high-interest nonfiction http://wonderopolis.org/
 
ZooBorns - A nonfiction blog about zoo babies around the world http://www.zooborns.com/

Improve your typing/keyboarding skillsTop of Page

Need to improve your typing skills? Check out any of these web sites:

http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/ -  Free online touch typing programs.

http://www.powertyping.com/ -  Free typing tutor online.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ - From the British Broadcasting Company - Dance Mat Typing - an introduction to touch typing with a very British accent!

http://www.typingclub.com/? This online program will assist you with learning and improving your typing speed! Practice each lesson over and over to at least get all three stars. It really doesn't take much to learn, a few minutes a day for one to two week and you will be a pro!

Science SitesTop of Page

Science Games PBS KIDS http://pbskids.org/games/science/

Science Kids - The aim of Science Kids is to provide educational resources for teachers and parents that help make science fun and engaging for kids, taking important concepts and putting them into a form that kids can not only understand but also enjoy. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

Selected Science Web Sites for Primary School Students from North Carolina State University http://www.ncsu.edu/imse/4/elementaryEd.htm

FOSSweb is the official website of the active-learning science program, FOSS. Explore resources for educators and engaging activities for students and families. ... Grade 7, Grade 8, Elementary Grades, Middle School Grades, All Grades ... K-8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley http://www.fossweb.com/ 

Explore the Exploratorium - games, videos, and more... http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore 

From the Association for Library Service to Children, Great Science Websites for Kids
http://gws.ala.org/category/sciences

Animal Sites from the Association for Library Service to Children http://gws.ala.org/category/animals