Elementary Library Resources Databases, Overdrive, Research Tools, etc.

Your Elementary Library Destiny Home Page is a professionally created medium which houses numerous materials which have been collected to support classroom projects. Examples of resources include multiple databases which feature professionally created materials, OverDrive eResources and tutorials. Contact your librarian for tutorials and collaborative integration of information and research techniques.

The library houses iPads, MacBook Airs and a variety of resources including databases and eBooks to support your educational and entertainment needs.
Log in on Destiny Quest and join your friends by recommending books, writing book reviews, creating lists of books you want to read, have read, want to place on hold. See what others are reading. Read an interactive Capstone eBook.

Destiny Home Page Resources: Book catalog, book resource lists & reading recommendations, digital resources, eBooks, resources for educational purpose, resource lists for integrated projects, website recommendations and much more.

Why reinvent the wheel when it comes to locating information for a research project? Many elementary school project topics have viable resources within our CSD purchased databases. This tutorial was created to help you identify which resources may work best for your well-researched projects. Some of the databases include website hyperlink recommendations to link to additional professionally created websites. Take a minute to scroll through the informational and examine these valuable resources.

Need help locating a good resource for your topic? Ask your librarian for help with classroom research projects.
Databases support curricular projects with current, professionally created and selected materials.

Database resources are featured in this next section. The school subscribes to databases which cover a variety of curricular topics such as art, biography, exploration, citation creation, culture, current events, digital citizenship, eBooks, geography, government, health, general reference content, language, language arts, music, science, social studies, etc. Usernames and passwords are available from your librarian. Students in grade 3+ have the username and password information on the reverse side of their library cards.

NOTE: Check the footers at the bottom of the database page as many of them have an About Us and Citation hyperlink with tutorials on navigation of the database, lesson plan ideas and how to properly cite use.

Access PA POWER Library utilizes many of the same databases as POWER Kids Library Resources. The main difference is Access PA POWER Library Resources can be utilized outside of the school setting with a public library card. POWER Kids Library Resources are accessible from school.

ACCESS POWER PA Library: Listing of 20+ databases with information coverage which ranges from biography, business and medical information, digital citizenship, general reference, image collections, literature, research strategies, etc. It really is a great source to utilize for current events as there is access to journal resources, magazine and newspaper articles, as well as reference and homework assistance. A public library card is required when using these databases from home.

POWER Kids Library: Listing of 14 databases with information coverage which ranges from biography, digital citizenship, general reference, image collections, literature, primary resources, research strategies, etc. It really is a great source to utilize for current events as there is access to journal resources, magazine and newspaper articles, as well as reference and homework assistance. A public library card is required when using these databases from home. These resources can be used at school.

POWER Kids Library: ACCESS PA Books, Movies & More Search: Reserve library materials which satisfy your research or reading needs. Must have a public library card to use this service from home. The lending period is based upon the policies of the lending facility. Please reserve materials at least two weeks prior to needing the loaned material as it takes time to identify libraries which have the resource available for lending. Materials can also be reserved through the library at school.

Use this to locate books, movies and other library materials of interest. Please have a specific title, author, and topic to make requests. Library requests a minimum of at least a two week notice to try to locate materials.

POWER Kids Library: Ben's Guide To the U.S. Government: Learning Adventures, Games & More: "Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program. It is our hope that Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government fulfills that role."

POWER Kids Library: BookFLIX: "Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration."

Available 24 hours a day. Ask our experts if you have questions.

POWER Kids Library: CyberSmarts: Staying Safe Online: "CyberSmarts: Staying Safe Online, a unique collection of five Interactive eBooks, gives students hands-on experience in navigating the online world in a safe, controlled environment. Titles include: Stopping Cyberbullying, Avoiding Predators Online, Protecting Your Privacy Online, Using Social Networks and Playing Games Online. Created for elementary students, the guided simulations safely teach users to: Create a username, choose an avatar, chat, send messages and emails, create profiles and receive and respond to “friend” invitations. Easy to use with a group or individually, these Interactive eBooks can be projected on a whiteboard or viewed on individual student computers. Instructional tools include lesson plans, reproducibles, and research prompts."

Grade 3-5 appropriate activities.

POWER Kids Library: Discover PA For Kids: Almanac facts about the state of Pennsylvania. "This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor. © 2017"

Challenge: Can your correctly identify all of our state symbols?

POWER Kids Library: EBSCO eBooks: "This e-resource provides access to over 16,000 eBooks from the world's leading publishers across all major subject areas. Perform full-text searches of a single eBook, search thousands of volumes simultaneously, browse topic categories, or read eBooks directly online. Additionally, you may download selected eBooks to portable devices."

Professional Development readings are also available for teachers.

Power Kids Library: Elementary Student Research Resources / Explora: Topics include: Animals, arts and music, biographies, geography, language arts, math, science & health and social studies. Research results include academic journals, trade books, magazines, reviews, biographies, primary sources, books, news, encyclopedia articles, etc.

Features: Lexile range, audio files, permalinks and ability to save research.

POWER PA Kids: Library Of Congress: Designed for families and children to explore curiosities together. Many links to professionally created websites on topics of educational interest. Resource for primary documents, eBooks, current events, historical events, etc. Very family friendly resource.

POWER Kids Library: Primary Search: Main Edition: Designed for elementary school students, Primary Search: Main Edition provides full-text access to popular magazines for elementary school research dating back to 1990. All articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). The resource also provides access to full-text biographies and books and an Image Collection of over 960,000 photos, maps and flags. Subjects include: science, health, math, writing and geography.

POWER Kids Library: SIRS Discover: "SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database for elementary and middle school students, researchers, and educators covering curriculum areas and content sets such as: reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology. The e-resource is aligned to Common Core Standards. All content is full-text and includes over 2,100 high-quality newspapers, magazines, and reference materials. Lexile scores are provided. SIRS Discoverer also includes: student activities, educator's guide, student workbooks, citation guidelines and research strategy worksheets."

BrainPOP Jr.

BrainPOP Jr. is geared toward the primary grade levels. Perfect for K-3.
BrainPOP is geared toward the intermediate grades. 3+

"CultureGrams inspires students to reach their fullest potential in the core curricula of Language Arts, Social Sciences, the Sciences, and Mathematics; and secondary curricula including the Arts, Multicultural Studies, and Technology and Vocational Education." Areas of concentration include profiles of countries, states & provinces.

STEAM Video Clips, Virtual Labs, Images & Audio Files, Lesson Plans and so much more

Gale Resources and Google Drive are paired so that the featured content, reference, biographies, images, magazine, academic journal and newspaper articles, primary sources, eBooks, audio, and other research information can be saved and downloaded directly into your Google Drive for future use. This feature saves all selected materials in a folder which is created in your Google Drive. Please ask your librarian for a demonstration.

Gale Resources cover most school content and would be an excellent starting place to look for research material.

"One app, thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, and videos from your local library. The OverDrive app is one of the top-rated eBook apps available for iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows Phone."

STEAM Video Clips, Whiteboard Activities, Web Links, Images & Audio Files, Lesson Plans and so much more

Complementary service to Discovery Education. Video Clips, Images, Audio Files, Documents & eBooks which can now be accessed from home as well as school.

Allow your librarian to guide you through the research process. Look forward to seeing you in the library soon.
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