Category Archives: Resources

Resources to help students and parents improve their school-related skills.

Cells Alive!

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I was sent a link to Cells Alive the other day and found some wonderful animations about many kinds of cells. If you think the head of a pin is small check out this information from their site, then go watch the animation.

“ The head of a pin is about 2mm in diameter. Use this animation to compare the relative sizes of cells and organisms sitting on a pinhead. Nearly invisible without magnification, dust mites dwarf pollen grains and human cells. In turn, bacteria and viruses are even smaller.”

Jim Sullivan has been hosting this collection of cell videos and animations since ’94 and his collection spans 30 years of work. Check out his illustrative examples of Cell biology, Microbiology, Immunology and Microscopy. And even better, be sure to check out the many animations that Jim provides including puzzles and quizzes.

Science News – Magazine of the Society for Science & the Pubic

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I received an email telling me about Science News’ website.  There is a lot of interesting information there. It covers all things science and is even available as an Audible subscription.  The categories at the top make it easy to browse or you can search the site for something specific.  There is also a section called ‘Science News for Kids.’

Current Article Examples:

A fossilized feathered dinosaur dined on bird not long before its own demise.

Sulfur and silicon may be more abundant in the planet’s heart than thought.

The complete genetic instruction book for making monarch butterflies contains information about how the insects manage their long migration to Mexico.

The Cassini spacecraft captured images of massive tempest in planet’s northern hemisphere.

In a Central American jungle, archaeologists and volunteers uncover ruins of the once-powerful civilization.

Caffeine strengthens electrical signals in rats’ hippocampus.

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

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Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page consists of over 1000 pages of information on gifted children and adults, including 550+ pages of Hoagies’ Page collection, plus 500+ pages of ERIC Clearinghouse for Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERICEC).  Enter Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page through your gateway: ParentsEducators, Counselors, Administrators and other Professionals, or Kids & Teens.

Once inside Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page, find pages for every topic you can think of in gifted, from Testing and Assessment to Academic Acceleration, from Gifted Programs to Differentiation of Instruction, from Twice Exceptional to Success Stories.  Visit Hoagies’ Page exclusive or original articles, including Indecent Exposure Does the Media Exploit Highly Gifted Children?Learning & Thinking StyleNavigating College Admission and Optimum IQ: My Experience as a Too Gifted Adult.

Visit Gifted 101: A Guide for First Time Visitors and Gifted 102: The Next Steps to get started, or use our full text search engine, located in the upper right corner of every page… just type in what you’re looking for in gifted, and click “Go.”

All the resources listed on Hoagies’ pages are recommended by parents, teachers, psychologists, and/or gifted kids themselves.  Hoagies’ Page does not accept link exchanges, nor link to pages full of links… there are plenty of those kind of resources on the Internet; we don’t need one more.  And by keeping all the content “original” I can keep all the links “live.”  I hate dead links!

Sweet Search Engine for Students


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From the website:

SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.

It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that our staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content on findingDulcinea. We constantly evaluate our search results and “fine-tune” them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS and university Web sites.

SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. We exclude not only the spam sites that many students could spot, but also the marginal sites that read well and authoritatively, but lack academic or journalistic rigor. As importantly, the very best Web sites that appear on the first page of SweetSearch results are often buried on other search engines.

Power Football

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So, did you win or lose with your team in The Super Bowl? Mine won…or lost…or sorry, I barely know who was playing. I did find a site this afternoon that uses football to get kids to practice their math facts. It can be set from beginning addition through subtraction, multiplication and division. It also gives the option of using “Algebra Form.” You can also adjust the difficulty level from easy to “Super Brain.”

Tell Me About Dyslexia

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I often have parents ask me if I think their child “has Dyslexia.” Tonight, I found a site that does a good job of explaining what Dyslexia is and where it comes from and how to help overcome it. Lots of great information here!

Unfortunately, dyslexia is a term that is loosely applied to explain all reading difficulties. The word is a Greek term “dys” (meaning poor) and “lexia” (meaning words). The term therefore means “difficulty with words”.

The statement, “My child can’t read because he is “dyslexic” is the equivalent of stating, “My child can’t read because he is poor with words!” This statement describes the problem at hand but offers no explanation as to the cause.

Books Should Be Free is Now Loyal Books

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Here is a place to find hundreds of audio books to load onto your computer or MP3 player and they are all free!


Books Should Be Free makes the world’s public domain audio books available for browsing in a visual and entertaining way.


If you don’t know what book you want to listen to next, it can be tedious trolling through hundreds of lines of text results looking for a fun book. Books Should Be Free puts the fun back into browsing for audio books. For those who listen to audio books because reading does not come easily to them, the last thing these people would want to do is read through pages of text to find something to listen to. BooksShouldBeFree provides a primarily visual browsing experience so you don’t have to read tedious amounts to find listening material. The website is also screen reader friendly making its resources accessible to people with vision disabilities.


All audio books on are in the public domain. This means that no one holds a copy right on these books and therefore anyone including is free to distribute them. Enjoy these free audio books and use the share button on to tell your friends about all these great public domain audio books.


Books that have entered the public domain are digitized and recorded by volunteers that coordinate themselves through a variety of websites. The majority of public domain books, however, are digitized by and recorded by Books Should Be Free draws on these public domain sources to deliver free audio books to you in an engaging and fun way. Enjoy the browsing experience on our website and be sure to bookmark us and return when you’re ready for you’re next audio book!

Kinetic City

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The Kinetic City Super Crew needs your kids’ help to save their virtual world of Vearth from the science-distorting compurter virus, Deep Delete!

The kids in your program will work together to perform engaging and educational science activities, and then download their data to the Super Crew (Keisha, Curtis, Megan and Max) to help repair their world. Then, your kids will go on an exciting Mission To Vearth adventure, earning Kinetic City Power Points as they use their knowledge to battle Deep Delete.