A full-time library media specialist staffs the library. The Library Media Center is open to students before school, during morning and lunch recesses, and after school. Classes come to the Library Media Center at regularly scheduled times with open research periods available.
The library is an important component in the K-5 instructional program. The library provides services and access to materials to support classroom programs, teach library skills, and provide access to information through learning activities that are integrated into the curriculum. On an increasing basis, the program works to develop student skills including the use of search strategies and techniques to access information. Up-to-date, enticing book collections for both informational and pleasure reading are an integral part of the library media program, with all library resources available to students and staff on a checkout basis.
The sites on this page are resources mainly for the classroom teacher. They are not necessarily for direct student use--some may be too difficult for elementary students. Before allowing your students to use these sites, you should check to make sure they are age appropriate for your grade level.
How To Cite Electronic Resources:
Research is one reason our students use the internet. As part of their presentations, students need to know how to cite their online sources, just as they list books and periodicals, in their bibliographies. Giving credit to the originators of a work, both written and artistic is important. In fact, the web is considered a form of publishing and all works on it are copyright protected unless the author/creator has released the work to the public domain. Here are some web pages that offer information about how to cite internet sources:
Online reference materials:
- American Society of Indexers--General Reference Sources
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Teaching Email, Teacher Projects, classes, and other:
- Filamentality--"a fill-in-the-blank interactive Web site that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into activities appropriate for learners. So it helps you combine the Filaments of the Web with a learner's mentality (get it?). Support is built in through Mentality Tips, so you'll be guided right along the way and end up with a Web-based activity you can share with others even if you don't know anything about HTML, Web servers, or all that www-dot stuff."
- Puzzle Maker--A site that allows you to create puzzles and games for your newsletters, flyers, handouts, or classroom assignments.
- Bonus.com--Launched in January, 1997, Bonus.com the SuperSite for Kids is a free, one-stop center of entertainment for the entire family. We offer a protected playground of internet content, featuring hundreds of games, puzzles and other enriching activities. Bonus.com is supported by kid-friendly companies who value our commitment to providing socially responsible content within a protected environment.
- Helping Your Students With Homework: A Guide for Teachers--Homework is a source of frustration for many teachers. That's why Nancy Paulu of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research & Improvement (OERI) produced this site. Filled with ideas from teachers for helping make homework effective, the site is organized around 18 tips for getting homework done. Parents may want to browse Helping your Child With Homework a related site published in 1995. Another good homework help site can be found here.
- BlueWeb'n--a site sponsored by PacBell at San Diego State's Educational Technology Center that you subscribe to and about once a week they email you 4 reviewed sites that they recommend. The reviews include project subject and grade level so you can just check out the ones for elementary. At the site, they have a wonderful database of projects (the ones they email you are updates to the database) that you can use and you can subscribe to get the emailed updates by just adding your email address.
- Classroom Connect--Classroom Connect works with educators to bring the power of the Internet to students. A site with many resources such as AmericaQuest, 100 Activities, and the Connected University. This is a well respected educational web site for educators.
- Gander Academy--Gander Academy is a K-6 school in Canada, It has created a collection of websites separated by themes such as Whales, Hurricanes, Iceland, Bears, Space Shuttle, and others. It is a great resource if you are teaching a unit about one of these topics or if you are a student doing a project about one of these topics. Browse the rest of their site too. It is interesting to see how other schools are utilizing technology at different grade levels.
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' Pages--What a great site! Especially, check out the section on songs. It provides lyrics and music to a ton of songs.
- Using the Internet--This is just one of the topics on the SOFWeb site--Using The Internet is designed to provide you with information on all aspects of the internet, including how to download files, use email, publish your own web pages with special information on video conferencing, newsgroups, chatting, images on the web and how to use them in your web pages, the art of netiquette and taking care of yourself and your work on the internet, how to use the internet for research and much more.
- Houghton Mifflin Education Place--Elementary resources for teachers,students, and parents. Includes Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies Centers, activity database, educational games, and textbook support. Family resources for parents and caregivers who want to help their children excel in school. Includes the Home Activity Center, Homework Help, Kids' Publishing Corner, and the Home Schooling links.
Sites to use with students:
General References for all subject areas
- The Internet Public Library--a wonderful research tool. The Library is hosted by the School of Information at the University of Michigan. It includes online references (encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, newspapers from every state in the union and from most countries, etc.) and links to almost anything you can think of that students may be researching. Good site for country or state reports. Also, many biographies are linked from this site. It is a site organized by librarians to try and make the Internet useful to people and the concept works like a regular library.
- Time Magazine for Kids--Time Magazine's version for kids to study current events. A great resource for kids needing information that occurred recently.
--This is an easy-to-use, free, interactive bridge between home, school, and community that helps generate family involvement in education. Recently it was rated the best family web site in a survey of parents by FamilyPCmagazine. It has thousands of pages of information on trends in education, free tools, interactive bulletin board, online technical assistance and promotional support for school web sites. FamilyEducation Network partners with organizations such as the American Association of School Administrators, the National PTA, National School Boards Association and Communities in Schools.
- Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site--Teachers and librarians will appreciate this rich collection of reviews, curriculum ideas, and activities. Reviews are organized by title, author, type of book, and grade level, and educators can also look for ideas based on curriculum areas or themes. There's plenty here to help educators integrate literature into their curriculum. Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School
- Elementary Reading Site--an early reading site with phonics.
- Ideas from the Mad Scientist Network for Science Fair Projects--A site that provides ideas for science fair projects, places to get materials, and steps to follow to create a project.
- Science NetLinks--A national effort by MCI and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to help science teachers, librarians and other adult educators get onto the Internet, navigate it safely and efficiently, identify useful resources and use those resources in a teaching environment. The links from this site have been reviewed by experts in the field for accuracy and appropriateness
- Brainpop--BrainPOP's unique, award-winning Health, Science and Technology (HS&T) content is based on original, animated movies created to explain the human body and the world around us in an engaging,interactive journey for kids. BrainPOP makes learning fun in a safe environment without sacrificing accurate information which is something that parents, teachers and kids are looking for. BrainPOP is a work-in-progress. It is constantly developing new content based on the needs of its users and the National Science Education Standards.
- Solar flare--Detailed images of a solar flare transmitted by SOHO, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.
- Galileo images--Galileo spacecraft images of Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter.
- Hubble Space Telescope images--The NASA Hubble Space Telescope images can be seen here.
- California State Parks--has a lot of links to sites about California Indians, archeology, History, etc. Includes many pictures.
- Japan--Lots of information about Japan, Japanese schools and Japanese children.
- The WebMuseum--An online museum where you can view famous European paintings from the Gothic to Modern periods as well as paintings from the US and Japan.
- Artcyclopedia, The Fine Art Search Engine--The Artcyclopedia is primarily an index to where paintings, sculptures and other great works of fine art can be viewed online, at hundreds of art museum sites and image archives worldwide. Links are classified by artist. Where possible, artists are in turn classified in a variety of ways: by movement (e.g. cubism, impressionism), by medium (e.g. photography, sculpture), by subject matter (e.g. landscapes, still life), and by nationality. The site also includes a comprehensive list of art museum sites worldwide, a guide to the visual search engines on the Internet, and a monthly top 30 list of the most-sought artists of the previous month.