Literacy Websites for
Students in Grades 7 - 8

Popular Websites for Students
  • American Memory includes original documents, maps, photographs, sound recordings and more from American history. Features a collection finder, search engine, learning activities that build on information literacy skills and "today in history".
  • Bonus.com Kids' supersite that offers a protected "playground" of internet content, featuring hundreds of games, puzzles and other activities. Play interactive games and imaginative activities, use online coloring books and explore worlds of information.
  • Biography.com enables students to learn about over 25,000 ofthe greatest lives, past and present, play Who Am I?. Teachers can access classroom study guides.
  • Country Reports is an excellent and comprehensive online reference website that provides lots of content area text organized within a database.
  • DiscoverySchool has wonderful educational resources for students, teachers and parents, all in one place.
  • Enchanted Learning is very kid friendly and always updated with new information, this has an awesome online dictionary/encyclopedia, incredible thematic "Zoom Units" and great diagrams for kids of all ages. Great for struggling readers. This is a must see. Can also access through Zoom School.
  • Fake Out vocabulary game by Education Place
  • Focusing on Words and building vocabulary with Latin and Greek roots
  • FunBrain.com Internet Learning Games is an award winning website for students in grades K-8.
  • Geography World Games includes, among many more, National Geographic Geo Bee Challenge and Discovery Channel Geo Game as well as a link back to the Geography World homepage of related resources.
  • Global Grocery List Project Students from around the world share local grocery prices to build a growing table of data to be used in social studies, science, health, mathematics, and other disciplines. http://landmark-project.com/ggl/
  • Headbone ZoneThese Internet research contests are packed with puzzles your class will solve by finding information online! Your students learn Internet research skills while investigating topics such as technology, history, and more.
  • Homework Helper by 14 year old B.J. Pinchbeck helps students access resources to help enrich their own learning.
  • Poetry for Kids is a resource page for children's poetry sites on the web. Children can read different forms of poetry and write their own poetry for submission as well.
  • KIDS: Kids Identifying and Discovering Sites encourages students to articipate in this ongoing, cooperative effort of classrooms in which students, under the supervision of teachers, discover, evaluate, and review useful curricular-related Internet resources. Students develop their research and evaluation skills and help produce an authentic, important project for other students and their teachers.
  • Kid's Domain Links to explore from around the world.
  • Learn How to Write a Speech walks you through the process with great tips organized in a readable fashion.
  • Monster Exchange Project involves a child trying to communicate an original monster image into another child's mind.
  • MythWeb introduces readers to the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology.
  • New York Times Learning Network Designed for Grades 3 and up, it includes news summaries, a daily quiz, science questions, student letters to the editor, a crossword puzzle, ask a reporter and lesson plan archive. Articles contain links to vocabulary and geography "knowledge tools" to build background while reading.
  • Search Engines for Young Students was written by Julie Coiro to help guide learners and their teachers through the maze of child-friendly search engines. Two other excellent educational indexes for students to browse are
    • Information Please Kids Almanac: Learning Network's Fact Monster includes an almanac, atlas, dictionary and encylopedia
    • LycosZone: Easy to use reference materials for children including a kids almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, animal locater, and kid's online library plus lots of categories of regular school topics
  • Scholastic News Zone, Weekly Reader and Time for Kids are wonderful reading materials for students reading in the content areas.
  • Solve an online Mystery at the popular The case.com.
  • StarChild Learning Center for Young Astronomers is a popular interactive website with information about the solar system organized into appropriate reading levels for elementary students. May help with struggling readers.
  • The ABC's of Using the Internet with Students in Grades 4-6 created by Julie Coiro includes an alphabetical list of popular educational websites for students. Many are also useful for students in 7th and 8th grade.
  • The Student Zone at North Carolina's Wise Owl website is a well organized list of featured sites and archived links related to their curriculum. Also features a similar "zone" for teachers, parents, reference, and media/technology.
  • 700+ Great Websites from American Library Association (ALA) described as "amazing, spectacular, colorful web sites for kids and the adults who care about them".
  • Wacky Web Tales interactive writing and publishing from Education Place

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This page last updated February, 2005.

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