Online lessons, worksheets, activities

Links to online and downloadable educational resources: lessons, worksheets, activities and more, for students, teachers and homeschooling families.

Encyclopedias

The Canadian Encyclopedia Online -- Free Canadian content, including a junior version, with student guides, biographies of 100 outstanding Canadians, interactive maps, graphs and games.
www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca

All subjects

Khan Academy

www.khanacademy.org "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere? The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge."

Enchanted Learning

www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html Everything from certificates to maps, diagrams for labeling — including map of Canada, plants etc.

General: the 3 Rs

Kids and Caboodles

Free fun activities for kids, including free downloads of sheets to print, colour, and cut out. The first offering is a Standikin. What's that? Check out the blog post about it to find out!
kidsandcaboodles.com

edHelper.com

Over 3000 free worksheets including algebra, arithmetic, fractions, integers, statistics, spelling, vocabulary, and more. Organized according to grade levels.
www.edHelper.com

General: science

Science Made Simple

Kids learn science the easy, hands-on way with Science Made Simple. Get fun science projects and great experiments using household materials. This site offers fun science projects, answers to common science questions, information on what's happening in the world of science and more!
www.sciencemadesimple.com

Reading, writing, spelling

Guys Read

www.guysread.com A literary initiative for boys from Jon Scieszka, the creator of "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Stinky Cheese Man." This is a great program designed to get boys interested in reading and to connect them with books they will enjoy. You'll find a list of Mr. Scieszka's favorite books, tips and advice on how parents and teachers can help, a place for guys to share what their favorite books are and more.

An Online Library of Literature

www.literature.org This site has complete stories, from Aesop's fables to Mark Twain, the Brontes, Dickens, etc. It's free too!

BookRags

www.bookrags.com Online site for classical guides and free texts ~ comprehensive guides to classical literature, book notes, essay workshops, complete E-books of classical texts, tests, message board ? this site is meant for the high school and university level. English blog dedicated to reading and book lovers

Tutor for English: Improving Your Communication Skills

www.TutorForEnglish.com Offers free instruction on capitalization, punctuation, misused words, parts of speech, sentence structure errors, writing paragraphs, and essays. In addition, the website also has interactive tests that students can take and get immediate feedback.

Math and logic

MasterMath.info Online middle-school math tutoring, plus free video lessons, practice worksheets and self-grading quizzes

Calctutor.ca Online Mathematics Tutoring

CLSO-math offers a free sample of its lesson on Fractions. Unlike some conventional approaches to math instruction, which start with abstract concepts and end with application in the real world, the CLSO (Concepts-Language-Symbols-Operations) approach is to follow the learner's path of least resistance by starting with direct perceptual understanding through the visual (and/or kinesthetic, if using manipulatives rather than the images of the workbooks), and building the math procedures step by step through "scaffolding" that eventually leads to the underlying abstract concepts. The demo on the web site's home page shows a very easy, step-by-step process for learning how to solve algebra problems. The free sample to download, is on fractions.

ThatQuiz.com is a free online resource for math practice and testing. The money section includes Canadian coins. Students can access all of the tests without registration. Immediate feedback is in terms of right or wrong only (the correct answer is not given after a mistake is made). Free registration for teachers allows customization of quizzes and record-keeping of students' scores.

Math Goodies

www.mathgoodies.com A free math help site featuring interactive lessons, homework help, worksheets and forums. Over 400 pages of activities for students, teachers and parents.

Natural Math

www.naturalmath.com This site teaches that learning math is a natural process and gives hints and tips on facilitating math.

Computers and technology

How Stuff Works

www.howstuffworks.com Learn how everything works.

Physics

Fear of Physics

www.FearOfPhysics.com Fear not! Physics. Explained. Finally. Sampling of topics include: Why Things Fall; Sun, Earth, Moon; Speed and Acceleration; Sound; Einstein's Relativity and much more.

Chemistry

www.Chem4Kids.com

www.funbrain.com

Biology

Canadian Sugar Institute's Nutrition Information Service includes online information about nutrition, the history of sugar, sugar science, sugars and health, and free downloadable educational PDF files that form an integrated curriculum resource for grades 4-6. (You can also have them sent for free by postal mail). Through experiments and activities, students learn about food science, food production, the human body, nutrition and physical activity within a series of four Missions.

Earth sciences

Environment Canada

www.ec.gc.ca/water/en/info/pubs/e_teach.htm Free educational materials on Water

Weather Wiz Kids

www.weatherwizkids.com Designed so kids can learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It's also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents that gives them the right tools they need to explain the different types of weather to children.

Resources for Rethinking

www.r4r.ca Resources for Rethinking is a project developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future. It provides teachers access to lesson plans, worksheets and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented. Each R4R resource has been reviewed by an experienced classroom teacher and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all provinces and territories in Canada.

Space

History of Space Exploration

www.solarviews.com/eng/history.htm A wealth of information including space exploration timelines, accounts of manned and robotic space missions, and educator guides.

History

Historica

www.historicacanada.ca Games, projects and research tools for students - all about Canadian history. Lesson plans, resources, ideas and articles for parents and teachers to utilize.

Geography

The National Atlas of Canada

www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography/atlas-canada Maps and information about Canada's geography.

Society and culture

Virtual Museum of Canada

www.virtualmuseum.ca The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is an Internet gateway that provides access to collections housed in over 600 Canadian museums. Its mandate is to stimulate public interest among all age groups in our rich and diverse cultural heritage, and to complement the programs and collections of museums across Canada. Includes links to exhibits, fun and games, teachers' centre, events and more.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians

www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/Women.htm This website offers the biographies of women mathematicians sorted in alphabetical and chronological order. Each biography contains a picture and short text that tells about the mathematician's life and her contributions to mathematics. You will also find a list of women who have won prizes, awards, and honors for their contributions to math. This site contains links to many other resources about math, as well as resources about women's contributions in other fields of study too.

Bible studies

Living Water Bible Games

www.livingwaterbiblegames.com Free games for homeschoolers who are teaching Bible or New Testament Greek. In downloadable PDF format.

Languages

Spanish

www.spanishprograms.com

Vocabulix

www.vocabulix.com Free online practice of vocabulary and conjugation in German, Spanish or English. Be aware that clicking on the "Next" button takes you to a quiz, not to a lesson. To see the vocabulary list and translations before any quiz, click on the "Lesson preview" button. There is an option for creating your own lessons -- you must be logged on to do so.

Resource links pages on other websites

Great Sites For Kids

www.greatsitesforkids.com/gsfk/index.asp A weekly column created to help parents and teachers find fun and educational websites for kids to use at home and in the classroom. Websites are reviewed that feature the following categories: biography/history, geography, language arts, math, music, science/nature and entertainment/amusement.

Sites For Teachers

www.sitesforteachers.com There are 15 pages of websites with free worksheets, printables, resources, unit studies, etc. It is geared to teachers of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, related developmental disabilities, and children with special needs.