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10 Cleaning Skills Your Kids Should Learn from About.com - Housekeeping. We could only find six of them on the page! Six, 10, whatever. "Kids and a clean home don't always seem to go together. But in reality, your children can learn some basic skills that will help keep the house more tidy. Here are some recommended chores that kids should learn." They're talking laundry, dishes, making the bed, sweeping, mopping, and picking up. That's a good start. You can work up to folding clothes, mowing lawns, raking, changing light bulbs, basic & easy plumbing repair, resetting tripped circuit breakers properly, painting, changing tires, etc etc, before they grow up and (hopefully) move out.

 

A Girls World is a venerable (since 1996) online magazine/series of sites for girls! Everything from babysitting certification, celeb interviews, peer advice page, contests, poetry, an info page for pets and animals, pen pals, diaries, more. Set up especially for girls and for their futures. Everybody's happy to post this site here, wondering why it took us so long! We want to thank some Girls Inc. girls who like this site.

 

A Guide to Writing for College by Veritas Prep "Writers can create coherent and incoherent composition... Other people judge an individual’s intellect based on their ability to write. Writing serves as an outlet for people to express themselves as individuals... Writing enables people to organize facts from opinions without getting confused. It also allows the writer to inject personal views to influence the readership." Writing is putting your thoughts on paper. You are writing for Other People, not for yourself. You will be judged by the quality of your writing. It's not just a hoop you must jump through to get that diploma, it's a life skill! Yes, and writing carries ideas down the ages. Anyway, this site will lead you to links to sites about: The Writing Process, Prewriting, how to write a Thesis or Analysis, how to do Revision, brush up on Grammar and Mechanics, write Research Papers, and explore Online Writing Labs for even more help.

 

A Year of Reading the World- The list This is the list of 196 books, one from every country in the world, that Londoner Ann Morgan read in 365 days. An article from the BBC, "Reading the world in 196 books" tells the story of her quest to even find a book from every country. An article from The Atlantic discusses her favorites among the 196 books. Amy Poehler's Smart Girls on FB endorsed this. We endorse it because we feel learning about the people in the other 195 countries is essential to a young person's education.

 

Activity TV  This truly excellent site has at least a couple of hundred good instructional videos on subjects like paper airplanes, science projects, magic, making jewelry, crafts, origami, juggling, cheerleading, cooking (!), and more! It also has Lego action videos and several good games! The videos are really world-class, with adult instruction, printable parts lists, and recipes. Projects on the videos can be accessed by skill levels, categories, most viewed, etc. You need to look at Activity TV!

 

Admongo from the US Federal Trade Commision, teaches advertising literacy to kids. "Welcome to Admongo where advertising is all around you. Online. Outside. On television. Who makes ads? How do they work? What do they want you to do? Here, you will explore, discover, and learn. Can you make it to the top? To get there, you'll answer: Who is responsible for the ad? What is the ad actually saying? What does the ad want me to do?" Thanks to Teri T. for this site.

 

American Rhetoric will teach you all about making speeches! An online database of 5,000 good speeches on every topic, with examples from history, the movies; full text, audio, and video database of the 100 top American political speeches of the 20th century! Hear the Pearl Harbor speech, FDR's Fireside Chats, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X; hear and read Ghandi, Gladiator, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Robert Gould Shaw, Joshua Chamberlain, Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther at Worms, Army-McCarthy Hearings, Maya Angelou, Marc Antony, Marlin Brando, hundreds more! Plus: "200+ short audio and video clips illustrating stylistic figures of speech ranging from alliteration to synecdoche. Clips are taken from speeches, movies, sermons, and sensational media events and delivered by politicians, actors, preachers, athletes, and other notable personalities." See how it's done, learn from the pros!

 

DownloadAmerican Sign Language Learning Aid Link goes to the program page. Download the program here. This is the Windows version, there are others. "A set of programs designed to help the beginner ASL student learn ASL. It is composed of two parts: ASLLA-Dictionary and ASLLA-Fingerspeller. ASLLA-Dict allows the student to look up English->ASL sign. ASLLA-Fspell allows the beginner to practice seeing fingerspelling." Thanks to Andy Uehara, who wrote these programs and is deaf, if that matters to you. Cool. A short manual and other info may be found inside the unzipped program folder. Found it on Sourceforge.

 

Anti-Phishing Phil "Play Anti-Phishing Phil And Learn How To Spot Phishing Attacks." Play a game that will teach you more about phishing. You'll have to catch worms with "good" urls and avoid phishing worms. A teacher fish shows Phil how to tell the difference. From Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to Consumerist for the article that mentioned this game.

 

Download Brain Workshop logoBrain Workshop "What if a simple mental exercise could improve your memory and intelligence? A recent study published in PNAS, an important scientific journal, shows that a particular memory task called Dual N-Back may actually improve working memory (short term memory) and fluid intelligence. This finding is important because fluid intelligence was previously thought to be unchangeable. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the dual n-back task also enhances focus and attention and may help improve the symptoms of ADHD/ADD. The game involves remembering a sequence of spoken letters and a sequence of positions of a square at the same time. Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. Easy download, easy install. Another SourceForge discovery.

 

Bullying from BrainPOP Junior. This is a good free video lesson aimed at K-3 kids. Covers bullying and what they can do about it.

 

BULLYING: THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO from Miss O and Friends is for teens & tweens, with advice from girls of that age. Worth reading.

 

Camp H - Building Camp for Girls. It's an innovative after-school and summer design and build camp for 9- to 12-year-old girls, offering girls practical creative and problem-solving skills. "I want to teach them how to weld, to work on projects that don’t feel artsy and craftsy... to balance the creative and the artistic side... to use hand and power tools, basic electrical equipment and automotive instruments to fix the things that need repair, installation, and maintenance in our everyday lives. Coupled with core-subject math and science concepts, we will tinker, experiment, build, and repair.” Camp H is one of three programs that together make up Project H . Studio H is an in-school design/build class for 8th-11th grade students that sparks community development through real-world, built projects. Workshop H, creative "boot-camp" training customized for teachers, leaders, and organizations, is outside the scope of GSFK. Project H's Toolbox section holds their entire FREE five years of lesson plans, activities, project briefs, and resources used in the Studio H and Camp H programs. Credit to Kristin Hohenadel for her Slate article describing Camp H. Kudos to Emily Pilloton for starting this whole thing!

 

Chess For Kids - from ThinkQuest. " Chess for Kids is a resource for chess players of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced tournament players. We provide tutorials to improve your strength, as well as chess puzzles to practice on and learn from."

 

ChessKid Lets kids play chess with kids around the world in a safe environment. Lots of chess info; sections for kids, parents, coaches; tutorials, more.


Gold StarCODE "Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn to code." So say Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, President Bill Clinton, Senator Marco Rubio (R) - Florida, Senator John Thune (R) - South Dakota, Stephen Hawking, Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President Al Gore, Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Dr. Oz, Arianna Huffington, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Eric Schmidt - Google, Randi Weingarten - AFT, Wendy Kopp - Teach For America, Steve Ballmer - Microsoft, Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Enrique Iglesias, Snoop Dogg, Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn, Dick Costolo & Jack Dorsey - Twitter, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State, Max Levchin - Paypal, Dara Khosrowshahi - Expedia, Gabe Newell - Valve, Yishan Wong - Reddit, Salman Khan, and many others. Read what they have to say.

Code.org is a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education. Our goals include:

(1) Spreading the word that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers, and that it's much easier to learn to program than you think.

(2) Building an authoritative database of all programming schools, whether they are online courses, brick+mortar schools or summer camps.


(3) Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

The Learn section has intros to simple programs like Scratch and Karel the Dog*. The Teach section has tutorials, curriculum you can integrate into classes, options to bring classes to your school, and more programs like Scratch and Alice to try out. * A subset of Karel the Robot? Dating ourselves?

Bottom line: Business, industry, you name it, they're all screaming for people who can write code. Read the Quotes, like these: “Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today.“ "These are some of the highest-paying jobs, but there are not enough graduates to fill these opportunities.“ "... It's important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.“ “support tha american dream n make coding available to EVERYONE!!“ “Computer programming is the single best professional opportunity in the world. We need more Americans in the field. Let’s go!“


 

CoolSchool logoCool School Now an online game! "Part computer game, part educational classroom tool, COOL SCHOOL: Where Peace Rules! is a whimsical interactive game where children, ages five to seven (grades K-2), journey to the fanciful world of Cool School, where everything -- from erasers to desks to books to basketballs -- are alive and full of personality. Here, in a vibrant and fun setting, children are taught invaluable social, communication, and problem-solving skills that promote conflict resolution through negotiation, compromise, cooperation, and reconciliation." Lots more at their web page. We played this and it was great. The download version is not available anymore - if you still have yours, make a backup!

 

Could you pass a US citizenship test? Here is a 96 question test covering what you would need to know in order to pass the citizenship test. OK, American citizens, let's see how you do! Useful for civics and government classes.

 

Critical Thinking Concise Youtube video explains this "critical" concept. Skill at critical thinking is essential to good citizenship in a democracy, to science, to technology, and therefore to civilization! Teachers - please watch this video and think about it.

 

Cyberbullying Free from Brainpop. Good video on this subject with advice for kids.

 

Dance Mat Typing "Learn keyboard familiarity and finger positioning as you work your way through 12 different typing lessons. Animated characters and dances are triggered by your very own ten fingers." Four levels starting with new beginner. Another great BBC site.

 

FSI - Fraud Scene Investigation presents Suitable Investments. Interactive mystery for upper elementary and on up. Get Grandma's life savings back from the scammers of Suitable Investments! "Fighting crime can teach you a lot. No matter how convincing a scam’s sales pitch may sound, there is always something that just doesn’t feel right. Join our hero Kim as she digs out the truth about a million dollar investment scam. Along the way you’ll discover more about companies, stock reports, investments and white collar crime."

 

(The) Fallacy Files This site's goal is to enumerate and explain all the fallacies of logic there are! There are plenty, this site has job security. Besides a taxonomy, there are explanations, examples, a glossary of terms, and "How to Read a Poll."

 

Finance Freak from CoolmathFrom the creators of Coolmath4kids comes Finance Freak. It's for grades 6 - 12 and adults. "Figuring out how to make money is one thing... Knowing how to make the most of what you make is another! People with average (even modest) incomes can learn to be smart, get out of debt and retire rich. The most important thing is to start now... and you're at the right place to do that!" Seven sections teach you about Banking - How Banks Work, the Math of Money, Owing Money, Credit Ratings, Investing, Be Smart & Rich - Spending Wisely, and whole bunch of Financial Calculators. These are all multipage and in depth BUT simply explained. It's your money, so find out how to make it give you all it possibly can!

 

Financial Literacy For Kids and Teens! Here are links to 28 financial education sites for kids, tweens, teens, and teachers! Some have lesson plans, too. Earning, saving, investing, bonds, the stock market, stock portfolios, borrowing and interest, what banks do, checking accounts, the Fed, currency exchange rates, recessions, inflation, the history of money, and more!

 

Financial Literacy Math Quizzes from How to Save Money has over 40 easy to hard quizzes. These cover the four basic operations, with money; adding coins and bills and combinations (with pictures of the coins and bills); calculating tips; and advanced quizzes in mortgages, loans, future value, rate of return, credit cards, etc. Other quizzes cover acronyms such as CPA & ROI, whose face is on what bill, etc. There's something here for elementary through high school.

 

Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge How to build an around the year program to educate kids in nutrition, health and physical education before, during, and after school. Includes ideas, activities, and how to set up challenges for kids. This is from Action for Healthy Kids of Skokie, Illinois, USA. Their mission statement and program layout explains it all in detail. We need this sort of site. Thanks for another one, Shelly.

 

Games for the Brain. "Play neverending quiz, memory & brain games to train your thinking." Around 40 games, some old, some newer, and the site is available in many languages. Easy to play, good for your mind.

 

Gardening - Classroom Projects from Kids Gardening. Here are 26 gardening projects for school kids, with lesson layouts and notes. Nice for cross-curriculum springtime activities.

 

Gardening - Thematic Explorations Library from Kids Gardening. Here are 26 thematic units, most with Lessons & Activities and Resources sections. There is a lot of good resources and planning material in here.

 

H.I.P. Pocket Change is the US Mint's kid site. Very lively, features games, fun online activities, and cartoons, all of which is to teach children about coins and coinage.

 

Hands On Banking presents basic money management in an easy to use format.  Customized for four age groups from 4th & 5th grade, 6th-8th grade, teens, and adults. Also has a special section on entrepreneurship. From Wells Fargo, requires Flash.

 

Happy Healthy Songs from Sesame Street. "Listen to these great songs about eating healthy foods and keeping your body fit." Five songs (with lyrics) to reinforce the idea of eating healthy.

 

Helping With Horsepower™ Bike Rebuild Program "We work individually with each child to help them heal and most importantly, to help them find hope." "A different way of learning", kids build confidence, self-esteem, and teamwork skills that will serve them in life. They do it by rebuilding damaged motorcycles and raffling them off! Many kids need to move and to do things with hands instead of only doing classroom work. Read the article from Oprah: "I used motorcycles to teach them things I couldn't have otherwise," says Klock. "To challenge themselves, to work as a team." Klock's daughters—and her own troubled history—inspired her to start the Bike Rebuild Program. "If kids can learn to repair a damaged motorcycle," says Klock, "maybe they can also repair their lives." Read the article in IronWorks to see a completed motorcycle done by the young ladies of Abbot House. YFS/Girls Incorporated of Rapid City is rebuilding a 2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail. The Rapid City Journal article says: "Girls to develop character by wrenching on a motorcycle...hopes that disadvantaged adolescent girls will learn to be strong, smart and bold, and learn they can overcome obstacles in their personal lives — all simply by wrenching on a motorcycle." Similar articles are in KOTA-TV and KEVN TV.

 

Hillbilly Housewife has weekly menus, inexpensive recipes, planners, and advice for people on a budget. "The focus here is on low-cost, home-cooking from scratch. The recipes are all tested in a real kitchen. The ingredients are affordable and readily available in most areas. " This is timeless advice for people on a budget, and it's free.

 

How an engine works - comprehensive tutorial animation featuring Toyota engine technologies. This YouTube video (8 minutes) is simple and fairly easy to understand. The graphics are well done and easy to follow. It was designed to train new Toyota sales staff who don't know engines. Guess what? It works just fine for explaining auto engines to anybody! The first half is a basic description of modern auto engines. The second half gets more involved, but the technology is actually common to most makes. "If you use technology, you should know something of how it works."

 

How To Balance Your Checkbook In The Era Of The Debit Card from The Simple Dollar (they have lots of good advice). The author describes his personal method for never being overdrawn on his debit card.

 

How To Save Money With Coupons has links to 15 sites, .pdf files, and PowerPoints on the subject. Could be used in FACS ("Home Ec") classes or as a supplement. Also of use to teachers and parents. Thanks to Susan Bowen for the email suggesting this site.

 

How to Teach Your Child to Wash Dishes from WikiHow. "Teaching your child to wash dishes can have many benefits. It can be part of your child's chores when he or she gets older and your child can have these skills for when he or she lives on their own when they are adults. Here is how you can teach your child to wash dishes if you are clueless on how to do so." (emphasis ours) Step-by-step illustrations show you the way. We would add, don't get the water so hot a child can't put their hands in it. Also, the rinsing off is where you use the hottest water if you are not using a dishwasher.

 

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions "Critical thinking just means absorbing important information and using that to form a decision or opinion of your own—rather than just spouting off what you hear others say. This doesn't always come naturally to us, but luckily, it's something you can train yourself to do better." This is a very important life skill that everyone should know and use!

 

inch/mm Conversion Chart from Maryland Metrics. Handy chart compares inch fractions and decimals with their metric equivalents. The site also explains how to convert, and features a fast interactive conversion calculator. This is from an industrial supply firm in Maryland, where people use these tables in a real life business environment.

 

Interactive Bills from US Bureau of Engraving & Printing. "The interactive bills provide an animated tutorial of the security and design features of the new $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills." Interesting. Flash and non-Flash versions.

 

It's My Life from PBS Kids. Practical advice for adolescents. Sections on Friends, Family, School, Friends, Emotions, and Money. Advice, games, voting, videos, too. Kinda like Miss O but for boys, too. Thanks for yet another one, Shelly.

 

Gold StarKhan Academy "is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere...We are complementing Salman (Khan's) ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World." 1800+ videos cover math from 1 + 1 up through differential equations; Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chem, Cosmology, Astronomy; History; Finance (BIG section!); Test Prep: SAT, GMAT, CAHSEE, IIT JEE. The videos are wonderful! This is amazing and FREE! If the Academy keeps expanding, accessing Khan Academy may well end up being a life skill!
(OK, OK, by popular demand.... KHAAAAAAAAAAN!)

 

Kids Bank Kid-friendly site that teaches kids about money (US$), interest, loans, borrowing, checking and savings accounts, even Electronic Funds Transfer.  Quizzes and activities, too. A good online introduction to money and banking for kids. From Sovereign Bank.

 

Kids Memory section of KidsKnowIt.. Here are some activities designed to help train the memory.

 

Gold spinning star  Kid's Place Test Quest Houghton-Mifflin's Eduplace Site teaches kids how to take multiple choice tests! With animated coach and practice problems. Try this as a whole class session with a digital projector.

 

Kids Running "is a site about kids running for kids of all ages. Inspire your kids to embrace fitness, physical activity and exercise...Hello and welcome to KidsRunning.Com. It won't take you more than a few moments of browsing the site, to see that we are building a Web site devoted to promoting the sport of running for kids so that they can enjoy the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle both at school and home. We integrate academics when we can. It seems that both learning and running are more fun for kids when they are combined."  Owned and operated by working teachers. Isn't staying fit a life skill?

 

These only work in the USA, because everyone else uses metric measurements, therefore they don't need any conversion charts. We need an English to metric chart, then it's covered.

New SiteEnglish measure conversions - kitchen

 

Learn an Hour of Code from Code.org "3,662,409 have learned an HOUR of CODE Anybody can learn." This page is being promoted by everyone from "Apple to Zuckerberg". We've seen related pages in different languages, from Chile to Sri Lanka. There are fun tutorials teach anyone to code by making Holiday cards, Build your own Game, the MIT App-Inventor that teaches how to make a working app, and LightBot Any one of which will teach an hour of code, and kids won't even notice they're learning. Some are for any age, others for middle school and up (it says here). If anyone wants more (hope), there is a big section on Javascript, another on Python, even one using pencil and paper! Yes, and teacher guides as well. If you are too late to participate in Hour of Code Week, this site will be around for awhile.

 

LearnEnglish Kids "LearnEnglish Kids is for children who are learning English. Find games, songs, stories and lots of activities - and learn English too." Games, printables, online songs, stories to read, more. There's also a good section for Teachers of English as a Second Language with lesson suggestions using this site.

 

Learning Strategies: Maximizing Your Academic Experience from Dartmouth. Evidently to help their new undergrads learn how to study. Timeless techniques well presented here. "The following pages provide a variety of suggestions and resources for maximizing your academic experience. View an on-line video, read about helpful strategies, or download a handout."

 

animated calculator gif Math Calculators! Here are 30 math calculators, each one calculates something different. bottom. Some are funny, others for serious work, all are accurate. Kitchen measurements, dog years, wind chill, map scales, planting, prime numbers, energy terms, weather, money, savings, time zones, binary, more, more, more!

 

 

McGruff.org Crime prevention for kids, starring McGruff the Crime Dog. Designed to help teach children how to protect themselves from bullies, vandalism, pedophiles, etc. Stories, advice, videos, 35 games like Shrink the Cyberbully and Adults You Can Trust.

 

Miss O and Friends "By girls...for girls."  Advice, discussions, interviews, activities, music, videos, "personality quizzes", and much more for tween and young teen girls. There's a lot in this site, the more you explore, the more you find!

 

DownloadsMoonbase Alpha "A 3-D Immersive NASA Exploration Game. Step into the role of an explorer in a futuristic lunar settlement...Moonbase Alpha is the first of two commercial-quality NASA games developed in partnership with commercial game developers." Looks great!

 

Net Smartz Kids teaching children what to watch out for online with fun, interactive games and activities. Fun safe internet links for kids to Learn about Wizzywigs, Webville outlaws, and internet safety rules.

 

Practical Math Shortcuts For Everyday Life from Lifehacker. Five quick mental math techniques that let you:

 

Rich Kid Smart Kid We like this a lot! Four games that teach financial literacy! The best part is that each game has four levels of complexity, for ages 7 - 18! Also has lesson plans! Each game covers a different idea; from investing, working, profit and loss, even product placement! The game that's part of Pay Yourself first needs a little tweaking to be more playable. Still and all this is a great addition to Good Sites. It's from The Rich Dad Company.

 

Root4Kids "Annie's Homegrown wants you to know about their Root4Kids movement that inspires kids, schools and families to eat more nutritious foods. This program created by Annie’s organic foods aims to encourage and inspire kids and families to get outside, dig into nature and eat healthier by offering recipes, gardening tips and activities." Contains recipes, how to garden advice, sign up for programs, a section for teachers, and a Play section with online and hands-on activities. Annies makes good products and this is a great idea!

 

The Seed Site for Teachers and The Seed Site for Kids are parts of a larger site called (wait for it) The Seed Site. "A website devoted entirely to seeds!", a vast site from the UK with tons of information about seeds and thousands of photos. The teacher section has lots of overhead-friendly pix of flower parts, seed parts, dispersal, germination, kinds of plants, profiles of 200 plants, and info about using copyrighted images. The kid section has kid-friendly sections about starting out, planting, germination, seed saving, and a plant database. We thank the people at The Seed Site for their email!

 

Signing Savvy THE place to go for ASL! "Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada." Watching a video of the signing is way better than looking at a picture with confusing curving arrows. This site will help you learn ASL! Includes search for words and phrases; or browse by letter. Look up fingerspelling, numbers, colors, animals, geography, baby signs, more! Free but limited access for guests. Full membership gives unlimited access to all site resources for $50 a year. Normally Good Sites would not run pay sites, but if you need to learn to sign this is worth it. Thanks Corey and Teri.

 

Smart Girls logoSmart Girls at the Party "My name is Kara and I work for the webseries 'Smart Girls at the Party' with Amy Poehler. We have an amazing new series that showcases awesome girls from all around the globe and we think it would be a perfect fit for your website." It is! It's called Girls of the World, and you really ought to go there and watch some of these videos!

But wait, there's more! "The Smart Girls Channel is a place for funny, thoughtful and deceivingly educational programming. The channel celebrates girls, friendships and spontaneous dance parties! Look for new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Amy Poehler." This webseries consists of: Smart Girls, Girls of the World, Meow Meow Music (don't ask - it's FUNNY and cool), Ask Amy (advice), and Boy's Minute (goofy, for boys). Plenty of videos in each section. Wish we had heard of this sooner, it is great. Thank you, Kara, for sending that email. Keep the emails coming, folks! There's plenty of good sites out there and we're mere mortals.

 

Social Skills for Elementary Students Laura Candler's advice on teaching social skills to elementary kids basically walks you through the steps of teaching these skills. Well worth trying.

 

Social Skills for Middle School Students Yes, the site you have dreamed about really exists. With four main sections and several sub-sections, this site offers lesson plans, activities, role playing, whatever it takes to instill social skills through practice! We did up a set of questions to go with "American Table Manners" and had middle-schoolers engaged!  You need to use this site!

 

Soldering Basics and "The Ten Commandments" For Electronic Soldering These are two sequential pages from the same site. With the Maker phenomenon in full swing, there is a need for helpful tips like these. Kids should not solder without supervision. Adults who have never soldered (and kids) need to know these tips.

 

Stepducks "Sometimes you just need to talk to someone!" This is a site full of resources for step-families. It has practical advice, links to other support sites, activities and references for: Stepfamily Support, Family and Parenting, Marriage Support, Divorce Support, Single Parents, etc. Meet the Stepducks has some typical stepkid characters, what they are like, how they act. "You'll Swear You Know These Kids!!" Good luck, stepfamilies. You are not alone, we are not alone.

 

Stop Bullying Now!(new url) "Welcome to the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign. You can learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it. Take a look around and you’ll find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!" Great material with sections for kids and adults.

 

The Story of Banks explains the different kinds of banks & similar institutions, in an easy to understand comic book form. Three young pretzel makers learn the ins and outs of banking as they grow their business into a food empire! Factual and entertaining for secondary school students. Downloadable pdf from the New York Federal Reserve.

 

Study Guides and Strategies (Tons of them!) We wish we could copy some quotes about these guys so we needn't try to describe this site - there is just SO MUCH going on! How to study, how to listen, how to meet challenges, managing time, how to learn (!), how to think, memorize, manage projects, how to write well, vocabulary, how to take a test, math science, etc! This site has it all! You really must look at it!

 

Study Skills for Students from Education corner® has study skills guides, test taking guides, and study skills resources by subject. There are a lot of them! Thanks Misty Nielson for submitting this.

 

Study Skills Guides for College Students Ms. Misty Nielson sent us an email about this site, and we are glad she did! This looks like a "good site". It's broken out into General Study Skills Guides, Reading and Writing (always a necessary skill in this aliterate age!), Test Taking and Preparation, Time Management (get off Facebook & reddit and hit the books), Memory Techniques (yes!), and Subject Specific Study Skills (28 sections).

 

Syvia's Show logoSylvia's Super Awesome Maker Show! "Sylvia's DIY webshow on everything cool and worth Making." At GSFK we are fond of Do It Yourself and we'll always post a good DIY for kids site, like this one. Young Miss Sylvia hosts an online show that, among other things, has (as of November 2012) 19 great DIY crafty videos. Good instructions, good kid humor, and the whole family helps out. Sweet and awesome at the same time.

 

 

Taxonomy of Logical Fallacies from The Fallacy Files. This page shows the relationships between logical fallacy types in a taxonomy chart! Fallacies are arranged under formal and informal, the groups and subgroups are here. Great learning aid for forensics students and people who are interested in logic.

 

TruePat This site is all about taking care of pets. Any sort of pets - cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, chickens, reptiles, fish - didn't see any others yet but the site is always growing. Basic practical advice, including raising baby animals. Thanks to Jasmine at TruePat for the email!

 

TypingWeb "is an online typing tutor for enhancing typing and keyboarding skills. You can learn to type and practise typing for free on its typing tutor program...Typingweb has lessons for all levels: Beginner Course, Intermediate Course, Advanced Course and Speciality Course. You can also get special exercises to work with your problem keys. Typingweb.com supports several international keyboard layouts." Good practice site.

 

Webwise Computer Tutor from the BBC. " Welcome to Computer Tutor. I'll show you how to use a mouse, keyboard and computer screen." We know an awful lot of elementary age girls who are becoming addicted to this excellent, patient, interactive, kid-friendly site, and we're glad they showed it to us! Kids really do learn a lot about how to work a computer. The BBC does it again.

Wings for Kids "Here is a great website that provides free social & emotional development activities, lessons, and plans to help model, shape and reinforce social skills. Just scroll down the page, and you'll find the activities divided into categories. These would work well with your older students. Check them out…should be a good resource for you!"

 

Youth Topics: Bullying Another good and resource-filled anti-bullying and prevention site.

 

Woof! My life skill is getting some of that ice cream!

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