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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government   This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.

Coloring books published by Federal government agencies..a great way for kids to learn about the world around them through color.

Congress in the Classroom® Online " Do you teach social studies, American government, American history, or civics? Are your lessons about the U.S. Congress out of date? Is it hard to engage your students in learning about the House and Senate?"

The Dirksen Center's Congress in the Classroom : The Role of Congress in Formulating Policy :The overall objective of this lesson is to help students learn that Congress plays a major role in how policies are formulated and carried out.

EERE Kids Dr. E's Energy Lab

FEMA for Kids  This site teaches you how to be prepared for disasters and how you can prevent disaster damage. You can also learn what causes disasters, play games, read stories and become a Disaster Action Kid.

FirstGov for Kids Welcome to the U.S. government interagency Kids' Portal. This site was developed and is maintained by the Federal Citizen Information Center. It provides links to Federal kids' sites along with some of the best kids' sites from other organizations all grouped by subject. Explore, learn, and have fun.

Kids Pages by FedStat  Topical Links A to Z. These statistical agencies provide special web pages for kids in elementary through high school. The web pages include fun facts, games, project ideas, and career information.

ScienceLab 'ScienceLab is your online stop for science stuff.’ Find homework help, experiments, classroom resources and more, for Elementary, Middle and High School students and teachers.

Tox Town 'An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places.'

Tracking legislation using GPO access.     The steps a bill must take to become a law. In addition, you'll learn where this information is available on GPO Access, the Government Printing Office's online service of official legislative and regulatory materials.


ConneCTkids.   This site is chock full of information about the State of Connecticut, as well as activities for children.

Connecticut Freedom Trail     It is hoped that those who visit some or all of the locations on the Freedom Trail will gain a greater appreciation for the experiences and contributions of Connecticut's African Americans.

Connecticut History Online     Connecticut History Online (CHO) is a collaboration between the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, and the New Haven Colony Historical Society.  The CHO website currently contains about 14,000 images of photographs, drawings and prints which may be searched or browsed in a variety of ways, including by keyword, subject, creator, title and date.

Great Kids CT     The web site for parents devoted to information on parenting, education, and health and safety. Resources available on this site are related to children from birth to eight.

Just for Kids Wildlife page  Activities, pictures and funfacts for kids from the Wildlife Division of  CT DEP.

Learn about CT's Wildlife    Links to The Peregrine Falcon page, The Endangered & Threatened Species Series and Fact Sheets about Connecticut's habitat & wildlife.


Kids Stop  Find out about the places, people, history and languages of the Canadian  Aboriginal Peoples. From The Indians and Northern Affairs of Canada.

Kid's Zone  On the Canadian Wildlife Service you can find useful links for school projects or have fun playing games. From Environment Canada

Youth Zone  Find cool sites & hot topics such as landmines, climate change, child labour or leads on finding an international youth internship. From International Development Agency