September 10, 2018

Easy Access to Great Online Resources:

We have access to some fantastic online resources, some of which we pay for as a district, and many that are paid for by the Minnesota Legislature. These resources ca be a pain to locate and log into, however, so to make it easier, our school library website have created easy access into these websites. The best part?  If you go into it through the school library webpage, you won’t have to log in at all. That link goes directly to the site, already logged in. It’s slick. I highly recommend that you make the library one of your homepages on your computer connected to your Smartboard, for easy access.

The Century (Elementary & Middle) School site is:

https://www.parkrapids.k12.mn.us/Page/2095

The High School site is: https://www.parkrapids.k12.mn.us/domain/111

Through these links are the ELM databases, which include Encyclopedia Britannica. It’s a wonderful resource!! Again, if you go through those links you shouldn’t have to log in. The Encyclopedia Britannica (and many of the other resources) have multiple reading levels or can be read aloud to students! This allows for some great differentiation! Please contact me if you need username/password information.

Additional ELM databases:

Elementary

  • Britannica Learning Zone Interactive learning modules for pre-kindergarten through grade 2 includes drawing, reading, games, and geographical exploration.
  • Britannica School ElementaryEncyclopedia content for elementary grades plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, animal kingdom, and geography explorer.
  • Kids InfoBits(Interactive Tutorial) Popular elementary school magazines as well as encyclopedias and newspapers written for kids, plus an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
  • Explora KidsContains elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images. Includes Primary Search and Middle Search Plus databases.

Middle School

  • Britannica School MiddleEncyclopedia content for middle school grades plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, and primary sources.
  • Research In ContextA middle school-appropriate database of reference works, biographies, magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, and multimedia.
  • Explora TeensContains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Includes Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra – School Edition, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source – Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases.
  • Student Resources In Context(Interactive Tutorial) Encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, plus primary sources, images, video, and more for middle and high school students. Includes the InfoTrac Student Edition database.
  • Points of View Reference Center(Interactive Tutorial) Pro vs. con essays that present multiple sides of current or controversial issues. Plus magazine and newspaper articles, primary sources, and more related to those issues.
  • Science Reference Center(Interactive Tutorial) Science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering numerous science topics for middle and high school students. Included in Explora Teens and Explora Library databases.

High School:

  • Britannica School HighEncyclopedia content for high school grades plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, and primary sources.
  • Student Resources In Context(Interactive Tutorial) Encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, plus primary sources, images, video, and more for middle and high school students. Includes the InfoTrac Student Edition database.
  • Explora TeensContains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Includes Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra – School Edition, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source – Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases. Tags
  • Points of View Reference Center(Interactive Tutorial) Pro vs. con essays that present multiple sides of current or controversial issues. Plus magazine and newspaper articles, primary sources, and more related to those issues.
  • Science Reference Center(Interactive Tutorial) Science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering numerous science topics for middle and high school students. Included in Explora Teens and Explora Library databases.
  • AAS Historical PeriodicalsDigitized images from the American Antiquarian Society of the pages of American magazines and journals published between 1684 and 1912.

Brainpop and Brainpop Jr: I especially want to share this great resource to you, particularly in grades K-6. It is full of videos on school topics in every curriculum area that give a base set of facts. If you select either Brainpop or Brainpop Jr from the library website you will automatically be logged in and won’t need the username or password. (Please contact me if you need username/password information.)

Primary iTools links are also there, and I HIGHLY recommend it. It gives you “manipulatives” that are electronic. For example, you get base ten blocks you can break apart into 10s and 1s, or put back together in their groups again. Also, coins you can break apart – to illustrate a nickel equaling 5 pennies. These are perfect for the SMARTBoard too. And, again, if you go through our website there aren’t any usernames or passwords to worry about.

In addition to those specific resources, the library websites have grade level specific listings of websites you will want to use with your students. Grade level teachers: please email me with any websites you’d like added to these lists, or any you’d like removed. If there are direct links to resources that require a password, I can connect them here so a password isn’t necessary. It makes using these websites especially easy for your learners!!

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