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Online research for very young children - suggestions

Online research for very young children - suggestions

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I am a technology teacher for k and 1. I would love to find a good way to give my beginning readers the experience of searching for information on the Internet. Can anyone recommend an online encyclopedia that would be easy for my students, ideally one that would read the articles to them? Would you recommend some other way to fulfill this ISTE standard with my little ones? Thanks!

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Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

I looked at a bunch of sites, and finding something good for emerging readers is harder than you would think. Here are a few links to check out:

http://academickids.com/ Some articles are a little harder to read than others, but it's pretty good.

Fact monster's articles are geared towards older kids and has a lot of advertizing: http://www.factmonster.com/

Encyclopedia Smithsonian has a lot of terrific resources: http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia/Search/Art%20and%20Design

This site has links to great resources for preschoolers- some of which might be helpful: http://www.fontanalib.org/preschool.htm

This is an even better site with links for Elemntary level information services, but many of them require a subscription, which your school may or may not have: http://www.hdsb.ca/library/pages/elementaryinternettools.asp

Brittanica's encylopedia is levelled, but the youngest age is 8-11:
http://kids.britannica.com/

DK has a free online encyclopedia, and their Children's illustrated encyclopedias are quite good (print) It's hit or miss, though. I tried two searches- they had nothing for "hamster" but they had a lot of information, worksheets, and videos for "lion".
http://www.children.dkonline.com/

I'm sort of surprised there aren't more or better curated research tools for younger kids out there, actually. Clearly it's a niche waiting to be filled!

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