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Iamhomeschooling.com offers an abundance of resources for homeschoolers. Whether you are considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling, or a seasoned homeschooler, you will find inspiration, great tips, and helpful advice.  For information specific to homeschooling in Florida, click here.

3-Dimensional Graphic Organizers

These interactive 3-D graphic organizers, coined Foldables by Dinah Zike—who is known for inventing and developing these hands-on manipulatives, are three-dimensional study organizers used by teachers, parents, and students of all ages everywhere.  Foldables can be used for note-taking, student-directed projects, study organizers, alternative assessments, and more, and can include graphs, charts, tables, diagrams, images—the possibilities are endless.  The making of these organizers is fun and they can be used in any subject in your child's curriculum.   We've put together a few of our favorite resources below.

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Websites Offering "HowTo's" and Printable Templates

United States History: Connecting the Past to the Present was developed by the Virginia Department of Education to support the Standards of Learning for teaching United States History to 1877 and United States History: 1877 to the Present.  Here you will find instructional activities using foldable templates that were modeled after the folding techniques of Dinah Zike along with example photographs.

Catawba County Schools offers printable PDF files for making shutters, matchbooks, envelopes, layered books, shape and accordion books, charts and tables, lapbooking, door folds, tri-folds, and vocabulary books.  Just right click on a section and save the file to your computer to view.

Get in the Fold! is a helpful blog that teaches concepts through wonderful children's literature and Dinah Zike's amazing Foldables® .

See also: Foldable Organizer Templates*

A Few Books We Recommend

Super Social Studies!Super Social Studies! Quick & Easy Activities, Games, and Manipulatives.  This book is divided into three sections: Map and Geography Activities, Timeline Activities, and Research and Reporting Activities. This great resource has 50 creative, hands-on activities including games, puzzles, step and pop-up books, mobiles, trioramas, paper chains, and more.  (Grades 4-8)

Books Don't Have to Be Flat!Books Don't Have to Be Flat! Innovative Ways to Publish Students' Writing in Every Curriculum Area.  Includes 10 exciting activities to correspond to the months in a traditional school year.  Learn to make baggie books, a story-in-a-can, box books, and hanger books to name a few.  Includes ideas for using these activities across the curriculum, as well as a special thematic unit--Children Around the World: A Multicultural Study--that demonstrates how you can fit these individual activities into a complete unit study.  (Grades 3-6 )

Foldables by Dinah ZikeSocial Studies Foldables™ by Dinah Zike.  This book includes an introduction to Foldables, folding instructions, and social studies topics ideas divided into three categories: General Social Studies Topics (Grades 1--4), United States History Topics (Grade 5), and World History Topics (Grade 6). Each category includes lists of activities you can use to augment your lesson plans. (Grades 1-6)

Dinah Zike's Teaching Science with FoldablesDinah Zike's Teaching Science with Foldables™  This book includes an introduction to Foldables, folding instructions, and science activities using foldables divided into four categories:  Physical Science/Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science, and Life Science/Biology.  There is no recommended grade level specified on this book, however we feel the topics covered are mostly appropriate for middle and high school students.

Research Tools for Kids

If our children want to learn how to do something or are looking for information on a particular topic, the resources available on the internet are endless.  Yet, finding what you're looking for without being flooded with irrelevant (and possibly inappropriate) information is another story.  That's where kid-friendly search engines come in.  Below are a few of the many websites offering all-in-one search engines,  specialized search tools, and significant reference materials. Click here for links to more kid friendly resources.

All-in-Ones

Kids' Search Tools

A page of search input boxes from web search engines that have compiled and/or screened sites for content appropriate to children. This page is maintained by librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

Ivy's Search Engine Resources for Kids

Ivy's Internet search engine resources for kids. Search multiple child safe search engines from this page. You will find search forms for major internet search engines, links to web guides, specialized search engine forms, and search engine links--all designed for kids.

Pearson Reference Center

Prentice Hall provides a number of online resources and reference materials that are free of ads and have exceptional content.

Reference and More

The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. You'll find maps, flags, and a Kids page where kids can learn about the Central Intelligence Agency and play online games.

Yahoo! Kids

Visit the Yahoo! Kids Study Zone and find a reference library, World Fact Book, science and animal sections, and more.

Ask Kids

Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It's a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that's safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.

Awesome Library

Awesome Library organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.

Fact Monster

Fact Monster, from Information Please, offers an excellent reference library.

KidsClick!

KidsClick! is owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University.  Please note that KidsClick! is not an Internet filter. It does not prevent client web browsers from being used to surf any URL address that the user inputs. It is intended to guide users to good sites; not block them from "bad" sites. However, it could be used in conjunction with a filter product where law allows filters to be used.

Pitara Kids Network

Pitara Kids Network offers a growing set of tools and utilities and is designed to aid students ages 13 and under with their research - quotes, history, science, math, acronyms, quotations, proverbs...

Surfing the Net with Kids

Surfing the Net with Kids provides educational website recommendations by nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Barbara J. Feldman.

CyberSleuth Kids

CyberSleuth Kids is an internet search guide arranged by topics and designed for K-12 students.

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