Homework Help

Read to Achieve Tutoring Program

Trained volunteer tutors meet one on one to read to and with Waukegan elementary, middle school and high school students. Volunteers are recruited, trained, and scheduled by Waukegan to College. If you would like to schedule a one on one tutor, please call 847-775-2547 or rcope [at] waukeganpl [dot] info (subject: Read%20to%20Achieve%20tutoring) (email).

ONLINE RESEARCH TOOLS TO USE WITH YOUR LIBRARY CARD

Here are links to some of the database services we offer for students in grades 3 and up. To see other databases featured on our adult site click here . All resources on this page can only be accessed by Waukegan Public Library Cardholders. Please have your card number handy when accessing these databases.

America the Beautiful

3rd Grade and up. Each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the major territories, is covered in depth. There are essays on the history, geography, economics, government, culture,famous people who lived there, and major cities of each state. Also contains an almanac and interactive maps of cities, natural features, routes, the economy, and history of each state.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Grades 6 and up. Covers geography, history, arts, science, recreation, and more. Features current events, research guides, timelines, and “Brain Jam” with articles on special topics.

Lands and Peoples

3rd grade and up. Describes each country’s land, people, economy, history, and government. Includes an 870-map electronic atlas, “Culture Cross” which allows you to compare countries, world news at the “News Desk” and a teacher’s guide.

New Book of Knowledge

4th grade and up. An encyclopedia containing thousands of articles, a current events page, projects and experiments, reader’s advice, homework guides, a teacher’s guide, and other links to related sites.

New Book of Popular Science

5th grade and up. Provides articles on scientific subjects from Animals to Chemistry to Mathematics. Also includes other web links to jump-start further research. Also includes a teacher’s guide.

 

HELPFUL HOMEWORK WEBSITES

General

Science

Social Studies

Language Arts

Biographies

 

 

General homework-related resources

Homework Spot

A homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot.

Fact Monster

2nd grade and up. Online dictionary, encyclopedia, and homework help. Find information for all your school subjects and more at this site.

Homework Helper

3rd grade and up. If you can’t find it here, then you just can’t find it.

Great Websites for Kids

Tons and tons of great websites about lots of different topics

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus

4th grade and up. Why go to an inferior reference source when this one is right here.

Enyclopedia.com

Search 100+ encyclopedias and dictionaries from this one site!

Picture Dictionary

Dictionary for younger kids, with a short definition and picture for each word

 

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Science and Math

Math

Who likes math? Well, not all of us, but we all have to know some of it. Get hints and tips at these sites.

Math League Help Topics

Grades 4-8. Math is tough, but this site can help.

 

Science Fair

Helpful sites for your science fair project here.

All Science Fair Projects

Science Fair Projects with Complete Instructions

Your Science Fair Project Resource Guide

3rd grade and up. Presents information and links for making a great science fair project.

Space

Planets, moons, suns - find out about these things here.

Astronomy for Kids

3rd grade and up. Presents information about all the planets, stars, and other details about the solar system.

Asronomy Magazine for Kids

Information about constellations, the sun, moon, all nine planets, craters, and much much more

NASA Kids Club

Learn about NASA’s expeditions, meet the astronauts, see some cool pictures taken from space and play some fun games.

Human Body

Why do we sneeze? Where is my femur? Answer those questions at these sites.

Come to Your Senses

Everything you’ve wanted to know about your senses and more!

Kids’ Health

Lots of information about your body, staying healthy, going to the doctor, and more!

Dinosuars

Everyone likes dinosaurs, find out about your favorites.

Zoom Dinosaurs

2nd grade and up. Good general information about all dinosaurs, and specific information about a number of dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs for Kids

Games and information to help you learn about each one of the dinosaurs.

Biology (Plants and Animals)

Animals and plants are fascinating, you’ll find out more when you go here.

Animal Diversity Web

4th grade and up. Access classification and specific information about mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, sharks, fish, mollusks, arthropods, and echinoderms.

Animal Classification

6th grade and up. Leads you to specific classification groups of the animal world.

eNature.com

4th grade and up. Find out about animals in that live in the U.S.

 

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Social Studies

Countries and Cultures

Find out about customs and history of countries around the world.

Flags of the World

4th grade and up. Scroll down the country list to find an image, description, and history of world country flags.

The Food Timeline 

Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip…and why?

Fashion-Era 

Contains 270 content rich, illustrated pages of fashion history, history, clothing, fashions and social history.

 

State

There are 50 states and they all are unique, find out more about them here.

Facts, Maps and State Symbols

Provides basic information for each of the 50 states

State Facts for Students

Information about the population of each state and information such as state symbols.

 

US Government

Learn about the three branches of the United States government.

The American Presidency

Information about presidents, the presidency, and presidential political campaigns.

Congress for Kids

Access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you.

Kids in the House

Learn about the legislative process.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Kindergarten through 12th grade. Choose your grade level to view information related to government.

 

History (US and World)

From ancient Egypt to the present, interesting things have happened all over the world, find out more here.

American Journeys

Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement: A Digital Library and Learning Center.

America’s Story from America’s Library

3rd grade and up. Brief information about each state, including its name’s origin.

US Historical Documents

5th grade and up. View the text of important historical documents such as the Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution.

Today in History

4th grade and up. Find out what happened on any day in history from the Library of Congress.

This Day in History

4th grade and up. What happened on the day you were born? What happened thirty years ago today? Find it out here.

 

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Language Arts

Reading

Starfall

Has a variety of fun games to play that will help improve your reading skills.

Book Adventure

Win prizes by taking quizzes about books you’ve read

Reading Planet

A variety of games, activities, and information related to reading

Writing

Vocabulary and Spelling City

Need help studying for your vocabulary or spelling test? Type in your words and you can play games or take quizzes with them.

Time for Kids Writing Help

Offers lots of tips on writing, as well as help specific to book reports, research papers, and other assignments

Writing Fun

Has guides to help you write a variety of different things such as letters, reports, news, articles and much more. You can either use the guides and type on this website or save/print a blank guide.

Kids’ Place: Grades K-5 or Grades 6-8

Lots of different tools to help you improve your writing, including an evaluation station that helps you decide if your written assignment is good or if you could change it to make it better.

Other Languages

From sign language to those spoken around the world, you’ll find links to many sites here.

A Basic Dictionary of American Sign Language Terms

4th grade and up. Provides description and animation of each sign.

Say Hello to the World

Learn to say basic phrases (such as hello and my name is) in more than 30 languages

Foriegn Language Learning for Kids

On this site you can learn English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. You’ll learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, and much much more!

 

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Famous People (Biographies)

Biography.com

4th grade and up. Search over 25,000 biographies of people past and present.

Biographical Dictionary

4th grade and up. Covers notable men and women from ancient times to the present.

Congressional Biographical Directory

4th grade and up. Find out about the congressmen in your area and through out the states.

African-Americans

Martin Luther King Jr.

4th grade and up. Timeline, pictures, speeches, and a wealth of other information about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy

Online Encylopedia of African-Americans

Biographies of hundreds of famous African-Americans; each encylopedia article includes a picture of the person and links to more information.

 

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