Barrie Public Library - Enriching our Community

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Homework Help

Homework Help

Starting Points

  • Great Websites for Kids - Selected by the American Library Association (ALA). A great directory of sites for children as selected by the Great Web Sites Committee of the ALA
  • KidsClick - Kids Click was created by a group of librarians who wanted to make sure that kids could find valuable and age appropriate sites.
  • Internet Public Library - A guide to Internet resources from the University of Michigan's School of Information. Has sections for both children and teenagers.

Encyclopedias

  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography - Huge database of biographies of Canadians, both famous and lesser known, who died between the years 1000 and 1920. This product, originally in book form from the University of Toronto and Universite Laval, is by the National Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada.

Animals

  • Canadian Museum of Nature - Fascinating facts about more than 250 animal species.
  • Evolving Perspectives on Canadian Wildlife - This website from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society explores North America’s ecozones, conservation and climate and habitat change. Profiles of Canadian wildlife are also included.
  • Hinterland's Who's Who - Great fact sheets, pictures and video clips covering a wide variety of Canadian birds and mammals plus related articles.
  • Kids' Planet - Learn more about endangered species at this site by the Defenders of Wildlife Organization. Click on "Get the Facts" for info on over 50 endangered species.

Arts

  • Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia - Annotation:An easy to use encyclopedia about Canadian contemporary musicians and bands from the 1950s to the present. Includes biographies and discographies.
  • McMichael Gallery - Annotation:This site has great information about the Group of Seven, Inuit and First Nations Art.

Economics

  • Canada and Trade - Need help with Canada's Trading Partners assignments? Learn more about the trade relationship between Canada and individual countries at this Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website. Click on the country, i.e. "Australia" from the alphabetical and then list click on “Fact Sheet” and scroll down to “Trade and Investment”.
  • Ontario Trade Facts Sheets - Provides one-page summaries of Ontario's trade relationships with other countries including the top exports and imports based on data supplied by Industry Canada.

Environment

  • Canada’s Ecozones - Want to find out more about Canada’s ecozones? Check out the “Canadian Biodiversity Website” by the Redpath Museum, McGill University.
  • Evolving Perspectives on Canadian Wildlife - This website from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society explores North America’s ecozones, conservation and climate and habitat change. Profiles of Canadian wildlife are also included.
  • E-Zone - A Government of Ontario web site dedicated to helping the environment that includes information on air quality, climate change, conservation, recycling and more.
  • Ecokids - Designed by Earth Day Canada, this web site offers information about the environment and includes interactive, fun, educational games and activities.
  • Ontario’s Biodiversity: Species at Risk - This site provides information on species of plants and animals at risk in Ontario.
  • Rainforest Action Network: Kids Corner - Information on all aspects of the rainforest from a somewhat anti-corporate point of view.

Geography

  • Atlas of Canada - A bilingual collection of hundreds of maps covering Canada's climate, economy, history, people, environment and health. Includes statistics. Natural Resources Canada
  • The Canadian Biodiversity Web Site - Detailed information on the climate, geography, vegetation and animals that live in each of Canada's ecozones.
  • CIA World Factbook - Contain extensive facts and statistics on geography, people, economy, transportation etc. of countries. Click on World Factbook on the CIA web site.
  • World Biomes - Information about 9 biomes plus a world map highlighting different zones. Prepared by teachers at West Tisbury School, Martha's Vineyard.

Government

  • How Government Works - Bilingual site from the Prime Minister's Office which gives great explanations about our parliamentary system and also information about the Prime Minister. Links to a Kid section with colouring pages and other fun stuff as well.
  • Ontario Government Premier's Kid Zone - Click on "Tour Queen's Park" to find out how provincial government works. Click on "Tour Ontario" for facts about Ontario. Games and other fun stuff as well.
  • City of Barrie - For info on local government, check out the City of Barrie website.

Health

  • Information on Common Drugs of Abuse - This U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse site explains what drugs are, their street names, short and long-term effects and medical complications of abuse.
  • Kids Health - Click on "Enter Kids" or "Enter Teens" for information on the human body and other health topics. Web site maintained by the Nemours Foundation.

History - Canada

  • Aboriginal, Native, First Nations, and Metis in Canada - Learn about the history of First Nations people at this website provided by the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
  • Canada in the Making - This comprehensive site on Canadian history highlights Canada’s constitutional history, early settlement, New France and immigration.
  • Confederation - An Interactive and informative website about Confederation from the McCord Museum.
  • Confederation for Kids - This site from Library and Archive Canada covers all aspects of Confederation including information about the Founding Fathers of Confederation.
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography - Huge database of biographies of Canadians, both famous and lesser known, who died between the years 1000 and 1920. This product, originally in book form from the University of Toronto and Universite Laval, is by the National Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada.
  • Exploration, the Fur Trade and Hudson's Bay Company - This site is prepared by Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada and the National Library of Canada and covers explorers, the fur trade and the history of the Hudson's Bay Company.
  • First Among Equals - This site from Library and Archives Canada offers biographical information on Canada’s Prime Ministers.
  • National Library of Canada - This bilingual site covers Confederation, explorers, wars and other aspects of Canadian history, as well as other subject areas such as music and literature for both adults and children.
  • The Ontario Time Machine - This web site has been developed for students in grades 7 and 8 who are studying history from 1759 to World War I. Learn about Ontario history through the exploration and examination of original books, diaries, and other publications.
  • Pioneer Life in Upper Canada - This bilingual site by the York Region District School Board is aimed at grade 3 students and follows curriculum guidelines for studies on pioneer life.
  • War of 1812 - This site from Archives Ontario offers tons of information on the War of 1812 including key events, timelines and battlegrounds.

History - World

  • Age of Exploration - This site from the Mariner's Museum profiles explorers from the ancient world to James Cook in the 1770s.
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization - Mysteries of Egypt - Click on links to find out more on Tutankhamun, Hatshepsut, and life in Ancient Egypt.
  • Ancient Egypt - British Museum - Extensive site that covers pyramids, trades, religion, mummies etc.
  • Ancient India - British Museum - Information on geography, religion, traditions and writing system of Ancient India.
  • BBC's Ancient Greece - Find out about life in ancient Greece including democracy, the role of women, slaves, and Greek gods.
  • BBC Education - Information on family life, technology, religion etc. in ancient Rome
  • Encyclopedia Mythica - An internet encyclopedia covering mythology, and folklore. Includes information on gods and goddesses from Greek and Roman myths.
  • Odyssey Online - This site from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Georgia has great information on ancient Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Near East (Babylonian/Sumerian etc.) and 19th-20th Century sub-Saharan Africa.

Math

  • A+ Click - Math and logical problems for grades 1 - 12.
  • Ask Dr. Math - This site has an archive of help for all levels of math plus you can also e-mail your questions to Dr. Math. This site is maintained by Drexel University.
  • BBC Numeracy - Check out BBC’s fun interactive math site for ages 4-11.
  • Math Homework Help for Grades 7 to 10 - Free online math help for grades 7 to 10 available through the Government of Ontario.
  • Mathies - Website provided through the Ministry of Education. Designed to help Parents help their children with math Grade K - 12.

Science and Technology

  • Canadian Science - This site has great information about Canadian scientists and also lots of links and science news. The site is produced by the GCS Research Society, a non profit organization based in British Columbia.
  • Canada Science and Technology Museum - Click on "The Collection" and explore Collection profiles to find out information about things like television, sound recording, weights and measures. Bilingual site.
  • Energy Kid’s Page - Introduces the basics of different forms of energy.
  • Engineer Girl - A website dedicated to encouraging girls to learn about Engineering.
  • Minerals and Metals - Lots of great information from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
  • NASA - Fun and information from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Click on "For Students" for homework help. Click on "For Kids" for games, activities and some information
  • NRC Student Science & Tech - Lots of information to help students studying science from the National Research Council.
  • Ontario Science Centre - Click on Family Fun to go to Science Resources which will lead you to lots of useful links and information on many different areas of science.
  • Rocks and Minerals - Find out about rocks and minerals at this site written by students.
  • Volcano World - Click on "Teaching and Learning" for information about types of volcanoes, how to build a volcano etc.. Explore the rest of the site to find out about different volcanoes around the world. This site is by the University of North Dakota.

Sports and Games

  • Olympics Canada - Information on all olympic games from the Canadian Olympic Committee
  • US Scouting Service - This site from teh US Scouting Service offers info and instrcutions on indoor and outdoor games to play with groups of all sizes.