Lessons from the Library -
Five K - 8 library lesson plans for teachers from Education World plus links to other lesson sites. The lesson
called Save the Library has students defend the library from budget cuts or closure. This site has a lot of annoying ads.
Read Write Think - Lesson plans for all grade levels. These lessons are designed to promote reading and literacy, and are appropriate for information skills, reading, and technology lessons.
DK Findout - This is an online encyclopedia by Doring Kindersley. It is free of junk ads; the only ads are for DK. It would be good for teaching encyclopedia and online searching use. There are lesson plans and quizzes. It is colorful and well illustrated. It would be good for younger grades and it is free.
Wikipedia - Wikipedia is comprehensive and free. It has no ads. It would good for teaching online searching and encyclopedia use to students with higher reading levels. There have been questions raised about Wikipedia's accuracy, but you could use this to encourage students to search several sources to see if they agree. It is a great number of languages.
Hunt the Fact Monster - This is a joint project of Education World and FactMonster.com. It is a weekly reference activity with a sheet of questions which be answered using Fact Monster (or maybe even a book). There are questions sheets for grades 2 - 4 and for grades 4 - 8.
Mystery State Game - Students must determine the identity of the mystery state from the clues. Canadians note that there is also a game for territories and provinces.
"Me" Resource - In this egocentric activity, students create entries for themselves in the style of a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas, newspaper, and magazine. For grades 3 - 8. From Education World.
Read Write Think Student Materials - Many online tools which will assist students with book reports, report writing, poetry composition, and more. There are also lots of lesson plans. This site is well worth a visit.
The 5 E's of Inquiry Based Learning - Five steps for engaging students with inquiry based research. This is very appropriate for STEM program. This is an article by Sam Northern in Knowledge Quest, August 30, 2019.
Citing Medicine - an NML
style guide which has a section on citation style for internet sites including blogs and wikis.
Assignment Calculator - This site is designed for the use of
college students at the University of Minnesota. The student inputs the dates of the start and end of the assignment and the
topic. A schedule of work is generated along with suggested resources to use. This might be useful for high school students, too.
This site is by the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Save the Library! - Unit for grades 3 - 8
from Education World. Students write an essay about saving their public library because of its important resources. Change
"public" to "school", and they produce essays which you may turn in to the principal or school board.