Helpful FREE Learning Websites:

Science

  • ScienceBuddies.org
    Non-profit that empowers students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. Whether your goal is to find a fun science activity for your kids or win the international science fair, sciencebuddies.org puts comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips and techniques at your fingertips. | For grades K-12
  • Ology
    A science website for kids created by the American Museum of Natural History.  Learn through games, stories, activities and videos. | For grades K-12

Technology

  • Code.org
    Non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth. Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science. | For grades K-12
  • KidzType.com
    A website that provides games and exercises to teach children fast, correct and efficient typing. | For grades K-5

Math

  • TumbleMath
    A comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes. | For
  • Zearn.org
    Non-profit on a mission to ensure every child learns and loves math.  Zearn Math, a groundbreaking math curriculum that combines personalized digital lessons with daily small group instruction. | For grades K-5
  • ProdigyGame.com
    Mission is to have the most engaging and effective educational game possible in order to improve educational standards worldwide! Math classes complete with placement tests, progress reports and report cards. Adult account must be created. | For grades 1-8

History/Social Studies

  • iCivics.org
    Award-winning website for students to learn about government/civics. They work to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship. | For middle school students
  • Digital Dialects: Geography Games
    Geography games, which include physical and human geography quizzes. Interactive maps for studying countries and regions. | For grades K-12

Literature/Reading/Writing

  • ReadingRockets.org
    National multimedia project that looks at how young children learn to read, why so many struggle and what caring adults can do to help them. This award-winning resources for helping children with reading and writing. | For grades K-3
  • KidLit TV
    An American Library Association BEST Website for Kids! Explore the world of children's books with videos for kids and their grown-ups! Read-alouds and writing and drawing tutorials. | For grades K-6
  • Storyline Online
    Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. | For grades K-2
  • See our eBooks & Digital Downloads page for more resources.

Interdisciplinary

  • Fun & Educational Sites from OCPL
    From virtual field trips and live animal cams to doodling classes and read-alouds form your favorite authors, check out this list of activities to enjoy as a family.
  • Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators: Remote Learning Resources
    So many creators of children’s books have risen to the call for help from teachers and parents during the COVID-19 crisis by creating online materials that will entertain, instruct, and inspire children and young people. Some are reading their books and discussing them. Some have created mini-lessons on art or history or craft projects. Some are doing the equivalent of a school visit with a presentation and slide show. | For grades K-12
  • PBSKids.org
    PBS KIDS is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment. Games to teach many different subjects. | For grades K-5
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab
    The Smithsonian’s collection of learning resources that span across different genre. | For grades K-12
  • National Geographic Kids
    National Geographic Kids' homework help resource page.  Learn through games, videos and more. | For grades K-5
  • DK Find Out
    DK’s resource full of fun facts for kids. | For grades K-8
  • FunBrain.com
    Games, reading, videos and math practice. | For grades K-8

Need to research a topic? Start here:

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Britannica School

Thousands of up-to-date, curated and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites and 3 separate databases for elementary, middle or high school students. There is Read-aloud, a font size adjuster, and built-in translation tools support students with special needs and ELLs.

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Kids InfoBits

Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.

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NewsBank America’s News & Access World News

This comprehensive news collection is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Include access to print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

For middle and high school grades. Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.

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Research in Context

Resource for students in grades 6 to 8.  Offers magazines, newspapers, primary sources, over 12,000 videos and more on a variety of topics.  Supports national and state curriculum standards in language arts, social studies and science.

Ask a librarian for help:

  • Learn how to look up a topic using a database.
  • Learn how to cite a resource.
  • Find a book on a specific topic.

Stop by the 2nd floor information desk or email info@oflibrary.org.

College & Career Collection:

Check out our College and Career prep materials for teens. The collection features study guides for ACTs and SATs to help you ace your exams, college prep books to help you find and get accepted to the right college and scholarship handbooks to help you pay for it! Career guides and resume writing workbooks will help you land your first job.