FactMonster

 
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Learning(i)

Tons of fun info on topics from math to history to sports.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Facts are fun.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Several distracting ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users 13 and older provide personal information to become members of the Family Education Network, which operates the site, but this is optional, and much of the site can be used without joining. However, the online behavior of visitors to the site is tracked through cookies and other technologies.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this well-organized, kid-friendly mega resource is the place to go for fun facts and homework help. It's brought to you by educational professionals, so no need to worry about the content. The multiple ads per page are the only annoying thing to be found.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • fractions
  • multiplication

Social Studies

  • history
  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A lively and fun-to-use site for any young person who enjoys learning anything. It’s unlikely that kids will run out of things to do here -- however, to ensure they keep coming back, FactMonster also frequently adds quizzes and games.

Learning Approach

The site offers explanations and examples to help kids learn different concepts, such as converting fractions into percents. Slightly more interactive elements let kids search for current events by year and play math or spelling games. 

Support

Clear instructions teach kids new math and other skills; a homework help section offers periodic tables and other tools. Users can also access an atlas, dictionary, and other resources.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • fractions
  • multiplication

Social Studies

  • history
  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • academic development

Kids can learn about dozens of topics, including geography, math, science, grammar, and sports. Kids can practice basic addition skills using flashcards; learn what roman numerals are; or find out how coins are made -- and that's just in the site's math section! For inquisitive kids, FactMonster should provide hours of educational fun. But kids have to be patient enough to do a lot of reading. The site, which presents most topics in a list format, could benefit from a few more videos, graphics, and interactive elements. There's no shortage of in-depth yet easy-to-understand info to absorb.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

What's it about?

Sponsored by the online education provider the Family Education Network, FactMonster offers info on dozens of topics, including science, math, and U.S. history. Clear instructions teach kids new math and other skills; a homework help section offers periodic tables and other tools. Users can also access an atlas, dictionary, and other resources. It’s unlikely that kids will run out of things to do on the site after just one or two visits -- however, to ensure they keep coming back, FactMonster also frequently adds quizzes and games.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Where else will you find timelines on so many topics, from a history of Crayola crayon colors to a history of the Internet? Browse through the more than 30,000 short biographies or head on over to the Homework Helper section for an educational boost. State nicknames? They're on the fun-to-use FACTMONSTER.COM, as well as information on flags of the world, countries, oceans, and rivers. And, when it's time for recess, you can play some educational math and language games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to find reliable information on the Internet. What are some safe sites to browse?

  • How can you tell which sites you can trust?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycrazy2011 November 23, 2009
Teen, 17 years old Written bybabytink89 October 2, 2009
 

fine for all ages

its fine for usages on projects that needs to be done
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Kid, 10 years old July 9, 2009
 

Cool Aweome Site

This a good websites for kids and teens!
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