Teen - Homework

Arts & Music
ArtCyclopedia
This site lets you navigate through art resources that are searchable by subject, artist, medium, and more.


English & Language Arts
Guide to Grammar and Writing
This site is great if you're looking for some in-depth instruction or assistance. It's has some online quizzes and a really great section on writing, and the writing process. If you have an essay assignment, this site is the place to start.

GrammarBook.com
Who vs. Whom? Whoever vs. Whomever? That vs. Which? If you don't know when to use what, check out this site.

Purdue Online Writing Lab
Follow the link for Grades 7-12 Instructors and Students. There are some great tips to help you with research papers or essays. There is even a section on how to conquer "writer's block". You know - the inability to concentrate, focus and get things down on paper, and it's the night before the assignment is due...


Literature
Shakespeare for Kids
While working puzzles, answering quizzes, and learning new words, you'll learn about Shakespeare, his plays, and Elizabethan England.

Poet's Corner
This is a great poetry resource. Here's how they describe it on the site's home page..."The collection covers roughly 7,000 works by about 800 poets - including some of the best known works in the English language - and many obscure and forgotten works that are well worth reading ."

Poetry 180
This isn't your standard poetry - there's something for everyone. Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the introduction says, "Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed."

Library of Congress
This site covers poetry webcasts, poetry news and events, columns from the Poet Laureate, and more. It also has links to many other poetry-related sites, including an archive of recorded poetry and literature.


Math

Algebra Equation Calculator
This is a comprehensive site with a really cool automated equation calculator. The website says that the current release of this Equation Calculator has solved over six million equations!

www.algebra.com
This is one of the best sites created by people who really love algebra (who ARE these people??). Don't click on any advertising links - just stick to the center area, find the type of problem you're working on, and you'll be able to see lessons, example problems, and more.

WebMATH
This site lets you type in a math problem that you're working on, and then it gives you a step-by-step guide on how to solve it.
It covers general math, algebra, geometry, calculus, and other math related stuff.

math.com
Another comprehensive site - there is help with basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and more. Again, though, be careful to follow links that are part of the site, and not other ads. Stay to the "Select Subject" menu on the left.

math2.org
This is a good site with some basic math reference tables. One really cool feature is a math message board where you can post your specific math question, and get answers from other students and from experts.

Science - Biology
Southern California Orthopedic Institute
This site related to an orthopedic medical center. There is a section called the "Patient Education Center", and it has a great summary with graphics of some of the major skeletal body parts such as the knee, hip, hand, spine, ankle, elbow and shoulder.

www.innerbody.com
This site separates out each of the systems in the human body (skeletal, digestive, muscular, etc) and gives some great illustrations and realistic animations.
There is one drawback to this great resource, there is quite a bit of advertising, and some of it is mixed in pretty tightly with the content - so just be sure to click on the content links and not ads. If you can weed through, it's really a very informative site.

Whole Frog Project
OK, this is pretty cool - you can dissect a frog online. Well, obviously not REALLY....but pretty close! Just jump to the "Virtual Frog Dissection Kit", and then don't forget to click on the "Help" file - it will give you some tips for how to move the frog around.

Cells Alive!
There are great graphics on this site, including animations of cells. Also included are some puzzles and they are really addicting.


Science - Geology
Volcanoes Online
The great thing about this site is that there are lots of pictures and graphics. This really makes things easier to understand. The site explains plate tectonics and volcanoes. There are a couple of games, too - and links to other volcano-related sites.
 
About.com: Geology
This link will take you to it's "Basics of Geology" page, with links to hundreds of pages and images.

Science - Physics, Chemistry & Science Projects
Amusement Park Physics
How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? In this exhibit, you'll have a chance to find out by designing your own roller coaster. Plan it carefully--it has to pass a safety inspection.You can also experiment with bumper car collisions.
 
The Science of Baseball
If you didn't think there was any science involved in baseball, think again! Check your reaction time to see if you could hit a baseball thrown at 95 miles per hour. There is also other fun stuff including activities and experiments.
 
Science Buddies
This site is great if you need to find a good science project in a hurry. Click on the "Project Ideas" link, and you'll see a whole bunch of different topics to choose from. You can choose projects that match your grade level - anywhere from first grade to senior in high school.
 
Science Fair Project Ideas
This site provides all sorts of science fair ideas, sorted by topic and by grade level.
 

Top Halloween Chemistry Projects
Check this site out for instructions for making fake blood, a glow-in-the-dark pumpkin, dry ice fog - even fake ectoplasm! Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll find links to ideas for costumes, food, even a "mad scientist party"!


Science & Space
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for Students
This is a very comprehensive site as only NASA could do. Separate sections for Grades 9-12, 5-8, K-4.
 
Space Race
This site is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It has great background on the history of the "Space Race" between the United States and the Soviet Union. It also has great images with clear and simple explanations.
Sky & Telescope Magazine
This is an online magazine with really great information available for free. Basic resources about astronomy, covering topics such as: "Words Ya Gotta Know", "How to Start Right in Astronomy", "Names of the Stars", and more are included.

Social Studies
The World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and it includes transnational issues for 266 world entities.
 
50states.com
This site covers pretty much everything you would ever want to know about each of the 50 United States; state bird, state nickname, weather, population, highest point, government. You get the idea. It's got everything.
 
Official Website of the White House
This is the official website of the White House, the home of the President of the United States
 
Presidents of the United States
This page is part of the Internet Public Library. It displays links to biographies of every U.S. President, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Lots of information, too, like family backgrounds, cabinet members, votes received in elections, etc.
 
Library of Congress - Thomas
OK, why is it called Thomas? According to the website, it's "in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson". This is the place to go if you want to get details about legislation going through Congress.
 

BBC News Country Profiles
Full profiles offered in this site provide an instant guide to history, politics, economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives. 


Databases Available for Homework Help!
Did you know the library has online resources to help complete research projects and homework?  Check it out.  Can't find what your looking for ask a librarian!
Study Guides
Study Guide Zone
Homework Spot

Learning Express
Regents Examinations
Regents Prep
SAT College Board
H.H. Research Site: Everything All In One!
BJ Pinchbeck'sHomework Helper
This website was started by Pinchbeck when he was 9 years old. He has incorporated almost all the sites I have listed and more! It is a great tool if you are looking for more help by category. Check it out!

Are You a Teacher or Educator?
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