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OK, so you like surfing the Internet for homework help or just for fun. It's pretty easy to click your way to
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Arts & Entertainment

Arts Connected Search over 100,000 resources including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources

Switch with Annie & Nick COOL BBC Radio1 show web site where you can keep up with the hottest bands and tracks that are being talked about in the UK, often before they become popular here in the USA. Interactive and entertaining!

Common Sense Media SUPER guide to movies, TV, music, games and web sites, including reviews and ratings for parents and kids.

Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index HUGE political cartoons web site. Great fun with something for all political persuasions. Minor amount of advertising.

New Arts Program Non-profit organization dedicated to bringing cutting-edge visual, performing and literary artists, plus critics to the Lehigh Valley and Berks County

NGA Kids The National Gallery of Art's FANTASTIC web site for young people! Interactive art history and online art activities that are fun and inspirational.

Philadelphia Museum of Art One of the world's great art museums.

PHOTONHEAD Beginner's Guide to Photography Film or digital camera, the basics of photography stay the same. Good starter guide to cameras, exposure and photographic concepts; has some text ads.

Environment & Ecology

The Appalachian Mountain Club AMC promotes protection, enjoyment, and stewardship of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. Claims to be nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization.

Earth 911 Just about everything you need to know to "go green" at home and at school

EcoFabulous

Eco Fabulous Sustainable materials fashions, home decor and cool products guide

EcoNet Very good introduction to ecological issues, including population impact, biomes, etc.

EverydayActivist Get into the habit of making eco-friendly choices, everyday. You can become a force of change without even thinking about it!

The Green Squad Take action for greener, healthier and eco-friendly schools

Lighter Footstep E-zine dedicated to sustainable living

National Wildlife Federation Inspiring Americans
to protect wildlife for our children's future.

OurEarth.org College campus based grassroots environmental action organization committed to "a simple idea to make it easier for the public to find environmental information."

Recycle City Totally COOL interactive recycling info site that includes a great SimCity-like online game.

Treehugger This Discovery Company web site is "helping the masses get hooked on sustainability." Informative, "cool" and entertaining, although bordering on overly commercial.

Fitness, Health & Sports

All-American Soap Box Derby "The Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World" for boys and girls, 8-17 years old. A youth initiative of Nascar.

BAM! Body & Mind Cool and colorful web site that answers kid's questions about fitness, nutrition, safety, disease, peer pressure and more!

Kidnetic A cool site for kids who like to play hard and have fun. Kidnetic.com lets you tap into your own energy so you can feel great all day long.

NIDA for Teens Science-based facts about how drugs, including steroids, affect the brain and body. Get the truth and make healthy decisions.

Sports Illustrated for Kids Very COOL e-zine version of the legendary sports publication.

StayTEEN.org Teen pregnancy prevention information and videos filmed by teens, for teens.

Teens Health web site

TeensHealth TeensHealth offers teens "honest, accurate information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up".From the Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.

General Teen Interest

Girls Go Tech Fun, informative web site for teen girls interested in science, math, cool games or looking ahead into tech careers. Developed by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America

Smart Girl Providing girls with a safe, entertaining and educational online community

Teen Ink Teen Ink magazine offers some of the most thoughtful and creative work on a variety of subjects, generated by teens for teens.

TruthOrFiction.com "Get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails." Check out eRumors, viruses, Internet hoaxes and more.

Homework Help & Reference

America's Story "America's Story from America's Library" wants you to have fun with history while learning at the same time. AWESOME web site!

Bartleby Web publisher of freely accessible literature, reference and verse. Includes Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body, Harvard Classics & Shelf of Fiction, Bartlett's Quotations, King James Bible and many more.

Cool Math "An amusement park of math designed for fun!" Excellent and helpful site, but with some advertisements.

Cool Science for Curious Kids Invites curious kids to explore biology, on screen, off screen and in between. Science can be great fun!

The Internet Public Library Huge categorized web guide to online information on just about everything!

Merriam-Webster Online Free online dictionary, but OVERLOADED with advertising.

Mythbusters

Mythbusters Did you know that if you dropped a penny from the Empire State Building, it would penetrate someone's skull? Or that a daddy long-legs spider is the most venomous arachnid, but its fangs aren't large enough to pierce human skin? Or that if you swallowed Pop Rocks candy with soda, your stomach would explode? Get to the bottom of it all on this entertaining and VERY COOL site (although heavily peppered with advertising) from the Discovery Channel.

National Geographic SUPER web site with great articles, photos, videos, games, activities and much, much more. Don't miss it!

Science a GoGo TOTALLY entertaining and informative online science resource. A must!

The Why File Science, math & technology behind the news! The Why Files produces new stories each week, alternating longer features with shorties. Includes series of interactive science animations, “Cool Science Images,” and a series of Teacher Activity Pages linked to the national science teaching standards.

Literacy, Books & Authors

All Grade-Level Reading Lists for Students
Reading lists from the Bethlehem Area School District Office of Academic Standards.

ALSC Children's Notable Books
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) list for the "best of the best" in children's books.

PA Young Readers' Choice Awards Winners
Promoting reading of quality books.

Readergirlz Award-winning, online book community where members read, reflect, and reach out! Run by teens, for teens.

Reading Rants web site

Reading Rants
Book reviews and recommendations for teens by very hip NYC Greenwich Village school librarian. Includes interactive space for teens to comment or write their own reviews.

Roaring Brook YA Mystery & Suspense Books (MacMillan) Publisher's collection of weird, spooky, strange and suspenseful YA fiction. Other cool category links include Action & Adventure plus Fantasy, Magic & Time Travel, among others.

TeenReads.com Extensive teen guide to authors, books, and book clubs. Includes an "Ultimate Teen Reading List" with more than 300 titles, reviews and a newsletter, but also has some advertising.

YALSA Booklists & Book Awards Lists of the "best" YA books, films, graphic novels, audiobooks and more.

Web Safety

GetNetWise Guide for parents and kids on how to use the Internet safely.

NetSmartz Thorough, super-informative and very entertaining internet safety site, for parents and kids, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Also see Cool Web Sites for Kids

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