Online Resources for Students

Homework Help

 Search Tools

  • Ask for Kids – easy, kid-friendly way to find relevant and appropriate answers to questions on the web.
  • CyberSleuth Kids – directory of web sites for K-12 students, created by a teacher and maintained by volunteers. All sites are reviewed and organized into logical categories.
  • KidsClick – a web search created for students by librarians.

Wild About Reading

  • Between the Lions - games, stories, video clips aimed at reinforcing literacy and introducing kids to a variety of storytelling methods and subjects.
  • Book Adventure - Free reading motivation program for children in grades K-8, sponsored by Sylvan Learning. Make your own reading lists, take quizzes after reading the books offline.
  • Comic Creator - create your own comic strips.
  • Guys Read - lists of recommended books by children's author Jon Sczieska.
  • International Children's Digital Library - University of Maryland research project funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research to create the world's most comprehensive multicultural digital library of outstanding children's books.
  • KidsReads - kids can find information about their favorite books, series, authors. Includes trivia games, word scrambles, and contests.
  • Storyplace - interactive children's digital library from Charlotte Mecklenburg Co. Public Library, NC  

Online Magazines and NewspapersNewspaper

  • National Geographic Kids – Interactive multi-topic magazine covering animals, entertainment, science, technology, current events, and cultures from around the world for ages 8-14.
  • Owl Kids – Discovery magazine for kids interested in nature, science, and the world around them.
  • Ranger Rick – Nature magazine for kids featuring amazing stories, fantastic photos and great games.
  • Sports Illustrated For Kids – Sports news, games, trivia, and more.
  • Time For Kids – News, information, and exploration for kids plus Homework Helper link, created by Time magazine. 

Current Events:

  • Newsela - When finding articles narrow your choices by grade level.

Dragon Tales Junior

Dragon Tales Junior is a student run newspaper that is written solely by the students, for the students, of Olney Elementary, grades K-5. The purpose of this newspaper is to provide students with an opportunity to share their creativity and writing skills with the rest of the school community. Submissions can be short stories, poems, drawings, jokes, or factual reports on field trips, vacations, school events, etc.

The guidelines for submitting an article to Dragon Tales Junior include:

  1. Must be short so that we can fit several articles on one page. (Note: Dragon Tales Junior is only one page.)
  2. Must be appropriate (decided by student & adult editors)
  3. Must include student's name & grade level
  4. Must include written approval by parent/guardian since it is posted on the OES web site. Parent/guardian can choose: no name, first name only, or student's full name.
  5. Must be typed & e-mailed to  
  6. Special exceptions will be made for those students who do not have access to a computer. Drawings can be submitted in the mailbox or scanned into the computer & e-mailed.

We need submissions. The editors work very hard editing and then deciding on the layout using Microsoft Publisher.

Help us make this newspaper a success!

Submit to Dragon Tales Junior


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