EBSCO
EBSCO is the perfect resource for teachers and students to find information on just about any topic.

What I found useful:
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EBSCO HOST would be more useful for teachers. It was a compilation of several articles on almost any subject. You could also access images of the topic you were researching. I found the next two icons below were a little easier for children to navigate through, and had just as much information for both teachers and students.



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Kids Search, also powered by EBSCO is channeled more toward student use. It is very user friendly, and has fun images to help students navigate through site to find information they are looking for. Kid Search contains a dictionary, encyclopedia, and images on just about any topic. It is also very easy to find what you are looking for, because it divides information up into different topics so students can find information faster. The topics are divided into: animals, art & music, geography, health, in the news, language arts, math, science, social studies, and sports.



searchasaurus.gifSearchasaurus is also powered by EBSCO and is also very user friendly. It is a lot like Kids Search, but categories are a little different. It looks really appealing to students by using animated dinosaur icons to navigate throughout the web page. This site also has a dictionary, encyclopedia, pictures, and a virtual search.








Learning Activities:


Subject: Science


1. Have students look up the definition "solar system" in the dictionary and encyclopedia under Kid Search, and have them write up a summary of what a solar system is.

2. Have students draw up an example of all major planets, including the Sun in our solar system, and draw the order that they are in from the Sun.

3. Have students read about each individual planet and have them write down three interesting things about each planet.




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SIRS Discoverer

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SIRS Discoverer would be a very useful database for students to refer to when doing book reports, or trying to find more information on any subject they are studying. It was a lot like EBSCO Kids Search and Searchasuaraus with the information divided up into different topics to help navigate students to find information needed. SIRS also had extra icons for current events, spotlight of the month, world almanac for kids, and an encyclopedia.


Learning Activities:


Subject: Conservation Biology

1. Have students take the "Are You E.C.?" quiz to see how environmental friendly they are.

2. Have students research a current environmental issue and write a paper on it.

3. Complete the environmental word search.






World Book Encyclopedia


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World Book Encyclopedia is an amazing resource to just about anything. I have used this in the past to do my research to write papers/reports. I also loved this site because it has a few educational games that the students can play. Although it is a really good site to do research, it is a little harder to navigate through for younger students, and I could see them getting intimidated and frustrated with this site compared to the others I have listed. I wouldn't use this site for younger grades.


Learning Activities:


Subject: Arts

1. In World Book Kids students can read all about Greek Mythology. Each student would find one famous Mythical God, Goddess, or creature and do a nontraditional book report on what they find.

2. Students do more research on several Greek mythological creatures, and create their own mythical being and the legend of how they came about.

3. Students would draw the mythical creature they created, and have a chance to get in groups to explain their story and show their creation to other students.
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