Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Labor Day, the unofficial ‘end of summer’ (although fall doesn’t start until September 22nd). Around here, the school year has already begun for most students, but a last whoop-de-do of parades, fairs and cookouts is still possible.
For our youngest scholars, the library provides a handy resource for homework.
Kids InfoBits gives easy at-home access to readable and understandable information. Need a quick biography about a favorite author? It’s here. Not sure exactly what the Mayflower Compact was? Look it up here. Kids Info Bits are magazine articles and entries from reliable encyclopedias and reference works. And all of the articles are helpfully coded to tell you the reading level. If you need to know how names and unfamiliar words are pronounced, just highlight the text and use the helpful ‘Listen’ button. (Up to 5th grade)
High School and older students need resources, too.
Look under the subject index to our databases.
History, Science, Health, Literature and Government all have separate references – and don’t forget “Homework Help” for the 6th grader to High School Senior. It’s chock full of helpful resources. Finally, for those research assignments, not only are our periodical databases like Masterfile Premier and General Onefile at your service, but you can always use Opposing Viewpoints, Discovering Collection and Biography in Context. Don’t forget to cut-and-paste the citations directly out of the bottom of each article. Your teacher will think you were up all night doing research!
Now, get out there and enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!