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Homework Helpers

United States w/ Capitals
State Birds & State Flowers

lots to look at
lots to do !

Some stuff
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One of the things we've learned about the Internet is this. It's a Great Place to get help with your homework!

Problem is... if you just use a search engine, half of your study time is spent sifting through about a million sites that won't help, to find the one that will.

Here's a list of web sites that'll improve your study skills instead of your surfing skills.

Fact Monster

This sooper site includes an Atlas, Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia; and a bunch more cool stuff

Library Spot

a free virtual library resource center

The 50 States

click on each State for Capital, area, population and stuff

Hyper History

3,000 years of World History - over 2,000 files on People, Events, Maps and more

A+ Math

Here's help with ALL your Math problems


An online resource for anyone who is looking for help with math. All ages are welcome, and all types of problems are covered and discussed.

This math trick

will determine your birthday. Just follow the steps with a calculator and press equal after each step.

  • Add 18 to your birth month. Multiply by 25. Subtract 333. Multiply by 8. Subtract 554. Divide by 2. Add your birth date. Multiply by 5. Add 692. Multiply by 20. Add only the last two digits of your birth year. Subtract 32940 to get your birthday.

The answer's format is: month/day/year. For example, an answer of 123199 means that you were born on December 31, 1999. If the answer is not right, you followed the directions incorrectly or lied about your birthday.



Talk about Cool! This site even offers suggestions for your Science Fair Project


Grades K-5 or 6-8 \ Help with grammar&, ideas for writing papers

English isn't easy! Here's a list of stuff to consider the next time you tackle your English homework. These sentences will make your eyes cross and head spin:

  • 1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • 2) The farm was used to produce produce.
  • 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  • 4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  • 7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was    time to present the present.
  • 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  • 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  • 10) I did not object to the object.
  • 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  • 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • 13) They were too close to the door to close it.
  • 14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  • 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  • 18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  • 19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  • 20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • 21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it— English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger. There's not any apple or pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England and French fries weren't invented in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?

One goose, two geese. So one moose, two meese? One index, two indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick"? And why don't you spend a few minutes wondering about the wonder of it all?


OLogy means "the study of." So... at the American Museum of Natural History's OLogy Web site, you can study and explore many cool OLogies.

Grammer and Writing

Anyone who writes may rely a bit too heavily on their 'puter when it comes to spell checking. This little tidbit has been floating around the Internet for awhile, but during the story writing process at school we posted it where everyone could see it.

My spell checker

I have a spell checker
It came with my PC
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see
Eye ran this poem threw it
Your sure real glad two no
Its very polished in its own weigh
My chequer tolled me sew

A cheek or is a blessing
It freeze yew lodes of thyme
It helps me right awl stiles two reed
And aides me when aye rime

Now spilling does not phase me
It does knot bring a tier
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud
And wee mussed dew the best wee can
Sew flaws are knot aloud

So ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want to please


You might want to print this out for your next writing assignment. Oh, and while I'm on the subject, here's some more priceless tools for any student with a paper due in the morning.

How to Write a Book Report

A huge search site for kids


A Guide to U.S. States and Capitals

The United States has 50 states, and each state has a capital, state bird, and a state flower.  Each state is listed below with their corrosponding capital, state bird, and state flower. Each state name is a linked to its government's page.

Capital: Montgomery
State Bird: Yellowhammer
State Flower: Camellia

Capital: Phoenix
State Bird: Cactus Wren
State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom

Capital: Sacramento
State Bird: California Valley Quail
State Flower: California Poppy

Capital: Hartford
State Bird: Robin
State Flower: Mountain Laurel

Capital: Tallahassee
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Orange Blossom

Capital: Honolulu
State Bird: Nene
State Flower: Hibiscus

Capital: Springfield
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Purple Violet

Capital: Des Moines
State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose

Capital: Frankfort
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Goldenrod

Capital: Augusta
State Bird: Chickadee
State Flower: White Pine Cone
and Tassel

Capital: Boston
State Bird: Chickadee
State Flower: Mayflower

Capital: Saint Paul
State Bird: Common Loon
State Flower: Pink and White Lady's-Slipper

Capital: Jefferson City
State Bird: Bluebird
State Flower: Hawthorn

Capital: Lincoln
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Goldenrod

New Hampshire
Capital: Concord
State Bird: Purple Finch
State Flower: Purple Lilac

New Mexico
Capital: Santa Fe
State Bird: Roadrunner
State Flower: Yucca Flower

North Carolina
Capital: Raleigh
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Dogwood

Capital: Columbus
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Scarlet Carnation

Capital: Salem
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Oregon Grape

Rhode Island
Capital: Providence
State Bird: Rhode Island Red
State Flower: Violet

South Dakota
Capital: Pierre
State Bird: Ring-Necked Pheasant
State Flower: Pasque Flower

Capital: Salt Lake City
State Bird: California Seagull
State Flower: Sego Lily

Capital: Richmond
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Dogwood

West Virginia
Capital: Charleston
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Rhododendron

Capital: Cheyenne
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

Capital: Juneau
State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
State Flower: Forget Me Not

Capital: Little Rock
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Apple Blossom

Capital: Denver
State Bird: Lark Bunting
State Flower: White and Lavender Columbine

Capital: Dover
State Bird: Blue Hen
State Flower: Peach Blossom

Capital: Atlanta
State Bird: Brown Thrasher
State Flower: Cherokee Rose

Capital: Boise
State Bird: Mountain Bluebird
State Flower: Syringa

Capital: Indianapolis
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Poeny

Capital: Topeka
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Sunflower

Capital: Baton Rouge
State Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
State Flower: Magnolia

Capital: Annapolis
State Bird: Baltimore Oriole
State Flower: Black Eyed Susan

Capital: Lansing
State Bird: Robin
State Flower: Apple Blossom

Capital: Jackson
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Magnolia

Capital: Helena
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Bitterroot

Capital: Carson City
State Bird: Mountain Bluebird
State Flower: Sagebrush

New Jersey
Capital: Trenton
State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
State Flower: Violet

New York
Capital: Albany
State Bird: Bluebird
State Flower: Rose

North Dakota
Capital: Bismarck
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose

Capital: Oklahoma City
State Bird: Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
State Flower: Mistletoe

Capital: Harrisburg
State Bird: Ruffed Grouse
State Flower: Mountain Laurel

South Carolina
Capital: Columbia
State Bird: Great Carolina Wren
State Flower: Yellow Jessamine

Capital: Austin
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Bluebonnet

Capital: Montpelier
State Bird: Hermit Thrush
State Flower: Red Clover

Capital: Olympia
State Bird: Willow Goldfinch
State Flower: Pink Rhododendron

Capital: Madison
State Bird: Robin
State Flower: Wood Violet


WORLDThe Internet is a place to Learn
about everything in the world
from A to Zoo
There's Lots to Look at & Lots to Do


Been here before?
Well there's stuff that's brand new...

Play games on your 'puter...
with a mouse click or two!

Koalas & Hop Toads

Ho! There's A dragon! ! !

So Click DRAGONHim and Go

Gridlock tic-tac-toe


  Make A Snowflake!  
Try buidling with Lego?
Click, turn, click,
then show!

Checkers Game
reading give you a thrill? Visit George at
or this just might
fill the bill

just love to GIGGLE?
read some of these poems.


write one of your own.
Make a rhyme or a jiggle!
Want a Home Page all your OWN?
Lissa Explains it ALL!
Children's Books Online - the Rosetta Project

fold some amazing paper
The Origami Club

take a trip, to
The Middle Ages?
visit a
to play?

wander around in

Kids Space .

stop in at Room 108,
and stay for awhile,
What can we do 
when it's raining outside?
We can learn to write  MUSIC Join
Lady BugA Bug Club
Are you an artist? Show off your very own drawings online at
Learn All About ButterflyButterflies or Learn all about Birds
Learn all about
Outer Space
Go to Yellowstone
or Yosemite .
Ancient People
of the Desert Southwest
go where
ART Kids Rule!
explore the Rain Forest
See the
Museum of Science
in Boston
The National Air and Space Museum Learn about Leonardo
  OR Surf with a Pro!  .

  Here's Some Stuff for little folks
preschool through 2nd Grade

Do All sorts of FUN Stuff at the
Crayola Kids Page

Print out your very own coloring book at

Go meet Ivy (don't click on her eyes).
Take your crayons along and do some coloring here, too!!

Go to MouseWorks
where the baby mouse plays!
click the kids place at
a real working
Fire Department !

stop by Jennifer's Fun Page
She has lots of stuff to entertain you.

If you have a speedy internet connection you could spend some time checking out this Japanese site filled with anomalous motion illusions. In other words still images that appear to move. If you or the little ones have a tendency toward vertigo, proceed cautiously!

Visit Lego Land and play with
their Toys
Fun Stuff and Stories,
Flying Penguins and Tickled Pickles!
Hey, wait!     Before you go,

Ask a grown up to stop by our community and say hey! Sign Our Guest Book



Parents, as mentioned above, the Internet is a place to learn about everything from A to Zoo. In grown up terms, the place is a zoo, and just as you would not consider allowing your child to visit the zoo alone, neither is it safe for you send to them to the Internet without a grownup along for guidance and direction. Don't assume kids already know it..

 Teach them the rules of safe surfing and to how use a Kid-Safe Search Engine:

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