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Homework Help Websites

Westlake Library's Homework Help Center (a.k.a., the H2C) is open for business. Hours are Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 until April 21. Help is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We also have some textbooks from Westlake City Schools. They are for in-library use only. Ask at the Youth Services Desk.


Award-Winning Books

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNERS
Awarded by the American Library Association, this medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

CALDECOTT AWARD WINNERS
Awarded by the American Library Association, this medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Encyclopedias, Search Engines, and other Homework Helpers

BRAINPOP
A subscription Web site that includes some free resources. Its content spans 6 main subjects

CITATION MACHINE
An interactive tool to easily create online or print citations by filling out a simple Web form; the citation is generated in two standard formats from which to choose.

FACT MONSTER
Find information about almost everything, using this online almanac/dictionary/encyclopedia combination

KIDS CLICK!
A web search engine for kids created by librarians

DICTIONARY.COM
Dictionary website that also includes tabs for: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia and All Reference categories.

WORLD BOOK ONLINE
Access one of the most authoritative and easy-to-use information sources available on the Web. Also available in Spanish.

YAHOO! KIDS
The kid friendly version of the popular search index, Yahoo!

Current Events and General Information

CNN STUDENT NEWS
Explore major news events

THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
The online version of the world’s best-selling book

Famous People

BIOGRAPHY.COM
Particularly strong on contemporary personalities and entertainers

WOMEN WHO CHANGED HISTORY
Discover women who have made a difference

PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Background information, election results, cabinet members, and notable events on each of the Presidents

History and Geography

MY WONDERFUL WORLD

National Geographic-sponsored geography website.

AMERICA'S STORY
An excellent introduction to the collections of the Library of Congress

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Links to essays on most of the key events of the American Revolution.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FOR KIDS
An interactive magazine covering animals, entertainment, science, technology, current events, and cultures from around the world

NATIVE AMERICANS
Information about dozens of American Indian tribes and their native languages

Science

ANIMAL PLANET
Your online reference to the world of animals

SCIENCE BUDDIES
Science Fair help and more

BIOLOGY FOR KIDS
Provides a detailed look at the biology of living things, starting with the cell and its structure

BIOMES AND HABITATS
Provides information on biomes around the world

KIDSHEALTH
A comprehensive overview of the body

SCIENCE PROJECT RESOURCE GUIDE
The Internet Public Library will lead you through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment

SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION
A NASA Web site with lots of information about our solar system, what we are learning about it, and how we are making new discoveries.

Math

MATH.COM
A comprehensive math-only site for all levels with games, problem solving, and a dozen different online calculators.

A+ MATH HOMEWORK HELPER
Solve your math problems with step-by-step explanations. Over 100 math topics covered

ALL MATH
Practice your arithmetic with flashcards or try and complete the magic square.

The United States of America and its Government

FIFTY STATES
Easy to use list of state facts, including state songs (words only.) There are also links to state and city Web pages

Kids.Gov
An easy-to-navigate site providing an array of information on the U.S. government

THE WHITE HOUSE
A special wing of the White House Web site is designed especially for kids. Meet the first family and take a tour of this famous residence

English, Reading and Grammar

2BEE OR NOTTOOBEE
A verb game where students test their knowledge of verb tenses.

THE GRAMMAR GORILLAS
Help the Grammar Gorillas identify different parts of speech

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DIGITAL LIBRARY
Welcome to the ICDL — a public library for the world's children. Read 904 free children's books written in 34 different languages!

SPELL CHECK
Test your spelling ability!

Music and Art

CARNEGIE HALL LISTENING ADVENTURES

Learn about the history of Carnegie Hall, go on an instrument safari and more on this interactive site.

CLASSICS FOR KIDS

Listen to archived radio programs and download high quality audio files.

JAZZ: PBS KIDS

Bringing jazz music to life for younger listeners!

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
Celebrate the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of American culture

 

H2C

H2C is a great way to help kids in your area. The schedule works out for kids and for the tutors. And the best way to learn something - is to teach it!