Read to Achieve Tutoring Program
Trained volunteer tutors meet one on one to read to and with Waukegan elementary, middle school and high school students. Volunteers are recruited, trained, and scheduled by Waukegan to College. If you would like to schedule a one on one tutor, please call 847-623-2041, ext. 225 or janderson [at] waukeganpl [dot] info (subject: Read%20to%20Achieve%20tutoring) (email).
ONLINE RESEARCH TOOLS TO USE WITH YOUR LIBRARY CARD
Here are links to some of the database services we offer for students in grades 3 and up. To see other databases featured on our adult site click here . All resources on this page can only be accessed by Waukegan Public Library Cardholders. Please have your card number handy when accessing these databases.
3rd Grade and up. Each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the major territories, is covered in depth. There are essays on the history, geography, economics, government, culture,famous people who lived there, and major cities of each state. Also contains an almanac and interactive maps of cities, natural features, routes, the economy, and history of each state.
Research tools including video and audio, timelines, country comparisons, world atlas, notable quotations, Spanish-English dictionary, Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus and thousands of eBooks.
Grades 6 and up. Covers geography, history, arts, science, recreation, and more. Features current events, research guides, timelines, and “Brain Jam” with articles on special topics.
3rd grade and up. Describes each country’s land, people, economy, history, and government. Includes an 870-map electronic atlas, “Culture Cross” which allows you to compare countries, world news at the “News Desk” and a teacher’s guide.
4th grade and up. An encyclopedia containing thousands of articles, a current events page, projects and experiments, reader’s advice, homework guides, a teacher’s guide, and other links to related sites.
5th grade and up. Provides articles on scientific subjects from Animals to Chemistry to Mathematics. Also includes other web links to jump-start further research. Also includes a teacher’s guide.
General homework-related resources
A homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot.
2nd grade and up. Online dictionary, encyclopedia, and homework help. Find information for all your school subjects and more at this site.
3rd grade and up. If you can’t find it here, then you just can’t find it.
4th grade and up. You can find information about science, animals, and countries on this site. It also includes a dictionary, encyclopedia, and a place to ask homework questions.
Tons and tons of great websites about lots of different topics
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
4th grade and up. Why go to an inferior reference source when this one is right here.
Use this site to search the Columbia Encyclopedia and find lots of information on a variety of topics
Search 100+ encyclopedias and dictionaries from this one site!
Dictionary for younger kids, with a short definition and picture for each word
Science and Math
Who likes math? Well, not all of us, but we all have to know some of it. Get hints and tips at these sites.
Grades 4-8. Math is tough, but this site can help.
K-12, College, & Advanced Math
Explanations, examples and help on a variety of math topics.
Helpful sites for your science fair project here.
Science Fair Projects with Complete Instructions
3rd grade and up. Presents information and links for making a great science fair project.
Planets, moons, suns - find out about these things here.
3rd grade and up. Presents information about all the planets, stars, and other details about the solar system.
Information about constellations, the sun, moon, all nine planets, craters, and much much more
Learn about NASA’s expeditions, meet the astronauts, see some cool pictures taken from space and play some fun games.
Why do we sneeze? Where is my femur? Answer those questions at these sites.
Everything you’ve wanted to know about your senses and more!
Lots of information about your body, staying healthy, going to the doctor, and more!
Everyone likes dinosaurs, find out about your favorites.
2nd grade and up. Good general information about all dinosaurs, and specific information about a number of dinosaurs.
Games and information to help you learn about each one of the dinosaurs.
Biology (Plants and Animals)
Animals and plants are fascinating, you’ll find out more when you go here.
4th grade and up. Access classification and specific information about mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, sharks, fish, mollusks, arthropods, and echinoderms.
6th grade and up. Leads you to specific classification groups of the animal world.
4th grade and up. Find out about animals in that live in the U.S.
Countries and Cultures
Find out about customs and history of countries around the world.
4th grade and up. Click on a country to find helpful website links.
4th grade and up. Scroll down the country list to find an image, description, and history of world country flags.
Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip…and why?
Contains 270 content rich, illustrated pages of fashion history, history, clothing, fashions and social history.
There are 50 states and they all are unique, find out more about them here.
4th grade and up. Provides links to websites useful in state research.
Provides basic information for each of the 50 states
Information about the population of each state and information such as state symbols.
Learn about the three branches of the United States government.
Information about presidents, the presidency, and presidential political campaigns.
Access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you.
U.S. government interagency Kids’ Portal.
Learn about the legislative process.
Kindergarten through 12th grade. Choose your grade level to view information related to government.
History (US and World)
From ancient Egypt to the present, interesting things have happened all over the world, find out more here.
Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement: A Digital Library and Learning Center.
3rd grade and up. Brief information about each state, including its name’s origin.
5th grade and up. View the text of important historical documents such as the Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution.
4th grade and up. Find out what happened on any day in history from the Library of Congress.
4th grade and up. What happened on the day you were born? What happened thirty years ago today? Find it out here.
Has a variety of fun games to play that will help improve your reading skills.
Win prizes by taking quizzes about books you’ve read
A variety of games, activities, and information related to reading
Need help studying for your vocabulary or spelling test? Type in your words and you can play games or take quizzes with them.
Offers lots of tips on writing, as well as help specific to book reports, research papers, and other assignments
Has guides to help you write a variety of different things such as letters, reports, news, articles and much more. You can either use the guides and type on this website or save/print a blank guide.
Lots of different tools to help you improve your writing, including an evaluation station that helps you decide if your written assignment is good or if you could change it to make it better.
From sign language to those spoken around the world, you’ll find links to many sites here.
4th grade and up. Provides description and animation of each sign.
Learn to say basic phrases (such as hello and my name is) in more than 30 languages
On this site you can learn English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. You’ll learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, and much much more!
Famous People (Biographies)
4th grade and up. Search over 25,000 biographies of people past and present.
4th grade and up. Covers notable men and women from ancient times to the present.
4th grade and up. Find out about the congressmen in your area and through out the states.
4th grade and up. Timeline, pictures, speeches, and a wealth of other information about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy
Biographies of 60+ famous African-Americans, such as Muhammed Ali, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston and Harriet Tubman
Biographies of hundreds of famous African-Americans; each encylopedia article includes a picture of the person and links to more information.