Useful Links


Google Docs - Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one place. This link will take you to the DCSD Student login page. User name and password are required.
Edmodo - Education 2.0 - Free Private Microblogging in the Classroom.

Search Engines for Kids
Yahooligans - This is probably the best search engine for elementary students.
Safe Search for Kids - A Google powered search engine using SafeSearch filter.
Sweet Search - A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.
Fact Monster - A free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects
Searching on the internet activity - Click here for a quick activity with tips on using the internet as a resource.
Boolify - Provides learners with a manipulative mental model for Boolean Web Search contruction
WolframAlpha - answer questions; do math; instantly get facts, calculators, unit conversions, and real-time quantitative data and statistics; create plots and visualizations; and access vast scientific, technical, chemical, medical, health, business, financial, weather, geographic, dictionary, calendar, reference, and general knowledge—and much more.

Educational Videos, Articles, Images, and Clipart for Students
Pics4Learning - Copyright-friendly images for education
Enchanted Learning - Ask your teacher for the password!
Khan Academy - Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

DCSD Online Library Databases

Online library catalog - Click here to go to the Arrowwood's School library catalog

World Almanac for Kids Online - Offers games, quizzes, contests, homework help, and reference facts on topics such as space, presidents, the environment, animals, geography, and historical facts.
World Book Online Reference Center  -The online edition of the famous encyclopedia. Featuring an atlas, current events, multimedia and many other studentand parent oriented resources. Ask your teacher for the user name and password.
eLibrary Elementary  - This young learner-tested design makes research a blast! Stocked with age-appropriate articles, videos, sounds, pictures, and much more. Ask your teacher for the user name and password. 
Electric Library -
Look up a word or topicand retrieve results from an ever-growing collection of referencesources, including pictures, newspapers, magazines, books,dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, tv/radio transcripts andalmanacs.  Results can be sorted by graphics, reading levels, date andreference type. Ask your teacher for the user name and password.
Teaching Books - is an online collection of K-12 multimedia author and book resources. If you want to use this at home, ask your teacher for the password.
Country Reports -
  Cultural, historical, and statistical information about Countries of the World.


Vocaroo - A shiny new service for sending voice messages across the interwebs



WriteTo Learn - Offers an easy, flexible and valid tool for improving critical reading and writing skills. This is available for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade only. Requires a login and password to access.
Write To Learn Corkboards
Word Central Student Dictionary- Develop vocabulary and spelling skills - Work on word choice and development
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus - Good writing reference
Grammar Gorillas - Great Funbrain game to work on editing and writing skills
Grammar Blast - Answer 10 questions and earn up to 100 game points. For 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
Edit Dan's Copy - Dan needs your help in editing his news report. You can pick Level 1 for capital letters and final punctuation or pick Level 2 for run-on sentences, quotation marks, and apostrophes.
Power Proofreading - Another game to work on proofreading for grammar and conventions. - Make word clouds - Check it out!
Spelling City - Students can study and learn their word lists using vocabulary and spelling.
Contractions Game - Find the correct contraction to build a machine to fling the teacher.
Base Word Baseball - Read base words with suffix endings to help the Chipmunk Chompers with the championship baseball game. 
Make Beliefs Comix - Aneducational comic strip creator from author Bill Zimmerman. Create, print, and email your original comic strips.
Waterford - reading intervention link
Pebblego - Primary non-fiction site for content areas - Dedicated to producing research-based products that help students of all ages become better silent readers and independent learners. Students are selected to participate based on their reading skills. Requires a login and password to access.
Tumblebooks -  An online collection of animated, talking picture books
Scholastic for Kids - Many activities with books to reinforce reading
Funbrain Reading - Reading activities and mad libs!
Kids.MysteryNet - Mysteries to solve, scary stories, and magic tricks. - Great place for kids to find information about their favorite books, series, and authors.
Storyline Online - Streaming video program featuring famous people reading children's books aloud.
Robert Munsch - Robert Munsch is a funny children's author; visit his site to listen to him read his books.
Early Language Arts Games
Kangaroo Confusion - Children learn the upper and lower case alphabets by matching the baby Kangaroos to their parents.
Letterella - Meet the letters of the alphabet! Have fun listening as Letterella sings and pronounces each letter.
Monkey Match - This game is about matching lower and uppercase letters.
Theo's Puzzles - This game is about putting together a puzzle and learning about what individual letters look and sound like.
Reggie Loves to Rhyme - Go on a reading adventure with Reggie, the rhino who loves to rhyme. Reggoe helps children pick out words that sound alike
In the Nick of Rhyme - Join Super Grover on a mission to find the right rhyme in the nick of time.
Starfall - Motivates children to read with phonics.
TumbleBooks- An online collection of animated, talking picture books.
Seussville - The offical home of Dr. Seuss on the web. It is a place to play and learn with Dr. Seuss's books and characters.
Arthur's Story Scramble - Help Binky put the scramble story back together so that the story makes sense!

Everyday Math Games- Games from the Everyday Mathematics program that have been adapted and customized so that they can be played on any computer. The games provide the frequent practice that is necessary for students to attain strong mental math skills and reflexes. Contact your teacher for a login and password.
Xtramath - online math program.  Basic facts and skills
IXL - The Web's most comprehensive math practice site. Popular among educators and families, IXL provides unlimited questions in more than 2000 topics. Contact your teacher for a login and password.
NCTM Illuminations Web Resources - Select current grade and play the games listed.
AAA Math - Select grade level and concept to be reinforced.
Harcourt Math Vocabulary- Great visual site for vocabulary sorted by grade level.
E-Labs Click on a grade level, choose a concept, print out the record page and complete! - practice math!
Funbrain Math Arcade - Games making math fun!
Math Mayhem - Great resource for reinforcing math facts.
Cool Math Games - Wide variety of games  that use math and logic.
Math Playground - Site for elementary and middle school students to practie math skills and play logic games.
Count On Games - Maths games and activites for schoolchildren, resources for teachers and general maths investigations.
Aplusmath - Students can test their math skills through games and flashcards.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids - A great dictionary of math terms with examples
Math Magician Games - Has math games for training addition, multiplication, division, and subtraction at different levels.
Sheppard Software Math Games - Free online kids math games make learning fun. Topics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, money, algebra, and place
Tangrams - Choose a puzzle, then click and drag virtual tangram pieces to solve it.
ABCya! Tangram Puzzles - Complete the puzzle by moving and rotating the seven shapes. A fun way to work with shapes.

Early Math Games (K-2)
Addition Basic Facts - Students practice their basic addition facts, creating equations based on pictures.
Shape Shoot Math Game -Learn basic flat and solid shapes with this fun math game.
Fruit Shoot Coins Math Game - Learn how to count nickels, dimes, and pennies with this fun math game.
Order Number 1-100 - Learn how to put numbers in order from lowest to highest
Name That Number - Learn counting with this fun arcade style math game.
Balloon Pop Skip Counting - Learn how to skip count with this fun balloon pop math game.


In General

FossWeb - FOSSWeb is the official site for the inquiry-based FOSS (FULL OPTION SCIENCE SYSTEM) science curriculum - AWE Science curriculum.
Journey North for Kids - A sampling of stories, pictures and video clips from nature just for kids!
National Wildlife Federation/Activities with Ranger Rick - Wildlife and environment
Kids National Geographic - animals and pets, videos (animals, space and science), games, countries, communities


Astronomy Picture of the Day - Awesome sights of our universe
 Kid's Earth and Sky - Specific activities for kids
Starchild, A Learning Center for Young Astronomers - Created by NASA about space
 StarDate - Moon phase and night sky
KidsAstronomy - Current observation information and games to play
Windows to the Universe - Games to play and scientiic information


Missouri Botanical Garden - Provides information about the biomes and ecosystems of the world
World Biomes - Plants, animals, climate, and facts on the biomes of the world
Earth Floor: Biomes - Biome information put together by the Center for Educational Technologies
Enchanted Learning: Biomes - Information about the different Earth biomes

Geology and Earth Sciences

Earth Floor: Plate Tectonics - Plate tectonic information put together by the Center for Educational Technologies
Earth Floor: Spheres - Earth layer information put together by the Center for Education Technologies
Geology For Kids - An indepth geology information written for kids
Earth - Earth information from the National Earth Science Teachers Association
Earthquakes for Kids - Earthquake information put together by the U.S. Geological Survey
Enchanted Learning: The Earth - Information from Enchanted Learning on different Earth topics
Chemistry and Matter
Chem4Kids - Basic chemistry information on matter, atoms, elements, reactions, and biochemistry
Science Fair Project Ideas

All Science Fair Projects - Over 500 Science Fair Project Ideas broken down by categories.  Select Sort by Difficultyafter selecting the category to find those that are designed for elementary school students.
Science Buddies - Science Fair Project Ideas -
Hundreds of detailed science fair project ideas for all grade levels in a wide range of topics from Aerodynamics to Zoology. Includes a wizard to help find a project that meets your interests.
Science Fair Adventure -
Science fair projects, science fair ideas, and science experiments at Science Fair Adventure, where we make science fun!
DragonFly TV Science Fair - Try the Super Science Spinner to find a project idea, or scroll down to the list of projects. You’ll see each project described, with a few suggestions on how you can turn this idea into a brand new project that’s all your own. Science Fair Projects - Offers many science fair project ideas involving the solar system, weather, agriculture, and mathematics. Projects can be selected by grade level.


Health and Safety

Games and Activities for Kids and Teens - Safety, health, and nutrition games from the Children's Health Education Center
BAM! Body and Mind - Web site of the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC)
Kids Health for Kids -
Doctor approved health info for kids. Games, activities, and advice
Smokey the Bear -
Interactive site for outdoor fun and safety (Smokey the Bear)

Geography, History and Current Events
Scholastic News for Kids - America's leading news source for kids online!
U.S. Symbols Movie - Brain Pop Jr.
History for Kids - Europe, Asia and Africa beore 1500 AD
U. S. History for Kids - PBS station history for kids.
White House 101 -Information about the White House for all ages
US Geography Games - Over 38 fun map games teach capitals, state locations, names and landscapes.
National Geographic for Kids - All about geography and places around the world!
Orrin's Website - American Indian facts for kids.
Voyage of Exploration: Discovering New Horizons - Follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest explorers on this cool ThinkQuest site. You can even learn about early explorers and the navigational systems they used.
All About Explorers - Everything you've ever wanted to know about every explorer who ever lived...and more!



Brain Boosters - Challenge your mind in many areas
Funbrain - Activities in several content areas


Dance Mat Typing - Fun and helpful from the BBC!
Keyboarding Practice - This can only help!
Keyboarding - Many activities to practice this important skill
Keyboarding Resource - Many activities used by a middle school
Typing Pal - Ask your teacher for your login and password!
Keyboarding Games - Learning typing is the focus of these keyboarding games. These free typing games are a great way to build typing skills.



20 Things I Learned -Things you always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask. Learn about the web & browsers in this interactive experience created by Google Chrome.
Learn the Net -
The top rated guide to the Internet and World Wide Web.

Internet Safety

Internet Safety Game for Kids - Site designed to teach elementary school children about safety and security while surfing the Web. Used for 3-5 grades.
Bad Guy Patrol - Site for primary elementary school children to reinforce internet safety.  Used for K-2 grades.


Money - Economics

  • Biz Kids - Check out this site to play games, make a budget and learn about how to spend money wisely.
  • Money FlashcardsPractice figuring total amounts of money shown in bills and coins.
  • Planet Orange - Animated characer guide an exploration of money on Planet Orange, stressing earning, spending, saving, and investing.
  • Making Sense of Money - Comprehensive, student-generated site covering money history and trivia, banks, vocabulary, and a scavenger hunt/quiz.
  • Birth of a Coin - Check out the United States Mint cite to find out about the history of money, play games, and learn about money in other countries.

SchoolCenter Picture The First Thanksgiving - They spent two months at sea to reach a strange new world, and barely survived once they got here.  Learn how the Pilgrims reached America and lived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving.
SchoolCenter Picture  Celebrate Winter Holidays - Includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa




SFSKids - San Francisco Symphony site that helps students learn about music
NYPKids - New York Philharmonic Kidzone allows students to explore different components about music.


World Lanugages

The Lingo Show - Join Lingo and his bug family and learn words in different languages by helping them prepare for the Big Bug Show. Languages include French, Spanish, Mandarin, Welsh, Polish, Somali, Urdu, and Punjabi.


Color Games - Games include matching and concentration
Vocabulary Games - Includes letters, numbers, colors, and shapes
BBC Primary Languages -
Resources for children to learn to speak Spanish: words, phrases, sounds, vocabulary activities and games.
Spanish for Kids - Games and Vocabulary designed for Children
Digital Dialect -
Games to learn Spanish phrases, greetings, vocabulary, numbers and grammar. Suitable for beginner to lower-intermediate levels of Spanish language.


Vocabulary Games - Includes letters, numbers, colors, and shapes
BBC Primary Languages -
Resources for children to learn to speak French: words, phrases, sounds, vocabulary activities and games.
Digital Dialect -
Games to learn French phrases, greetings, vocabulary, numbers and grammar. Suitable for beginner to lower-intermediate levels of French language.

Mandarin Chinese

Digital Dialect - Games to learn French phrases, greetings, vocabulary, numbers and grammar. Suitable for beginner to lower-intermediate levels of French language.
BBC Primary Languages - Resources for children to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese: words, phrases, sounds, vocabulary activities and games.


hour of code - teaches students about programming through various programming activities (logins)

Tynker - another way to teach students about programming

Floorplanner- architecture and planning. 

Tinkercad - used to plan out 3-D shapes and is used for 3-D printers.  It is a limitless tool.  If you can think it, you can probably build it. It links to Minecraft too.