District Databases (sites that the district pays for access)
*update - the following sites are accessible through ClassLink only
BrainPop - videos and activities related to educational topics
Newsela - accessible with single-sign on or through ClassLink, great resource for news articles with varying reading levels
TrueFlix - collection of nonfiction books from Scholastic on a range of topics
*update - the following sites are accessible here
Pebble Go! - Database specifically for K-2 students, and beginning readers. Read along audio available!
*a trial of PebbleGo Next is available through Jan 2022
username and password: 123go
World Book Online - encyclopedia articles (with citations)
Early World of Learning by Worldbook Online - Resources for Pre-K to Grade 1
Kid-friendly search engines (from ISTE)
Protecting students from unsafe and inappropriate content is the most important reason for using search engines made specifically for kids. Allowing your students to have the run of the web using a search engine for young students helps you, because information that gets through school filters might be appropriate for sixth graders but not second graders. Educators can explore these sites designed for the youngest internet users.
Safe Search Kids: This is a custom search engine using Google’s Safe Search features with additional filtering to block more potentially harmful material than if you simply use Google. It is fun, colorful and easy for kids to use.
Google Kid Search: This is another safe search engine powered by Google for Grades K-8. However, please be aware there are ads on this site.
Ask Kids: This is a free, filtered search engine for Grades K-6.
Kidtopia: This site was created by librarians for elementary students.
Kiddle: Google created this visual search engine for kids. All results are vetted by editors.
Other tools through local resources
School Library NJ - collection of resources verified by NJ school librarians
Enchanted Learning - resources, games, worksheets, crafts, coloring pages to teach and learn content and skills.
Explora - articles from books, newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedias (Includes citations!)
Almanac for Kids - information or an overview about a wide variety of subjects (with citations)
Exploring Nature - resources and information about science and nature, including citations where appropriate