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Information Literacy


Resources for research:   unblocked searchable sites for kids

Google– safe search for kids!

Kiddle-safe search for pics and information


ProQuest and E-Library

Culture Grams

Kids Click!

Ask Jeeves for Kids

Pixlr- Express- take a picture and edit it~

Internet Safety-be safe at home and at school while on the Internet:


NetSmartKidzlearn about Internet Safety


In an increasingly digital world, it’s important for our students to be healthy, active individuals.  Maintaining a healthy balance and open communication with students about online resources and media use is more important than ever. We are building a list of technology resources for families, including links to Common Sense Media and, which includes a media time family pledge. From Family Media Agreements to the#DeviceFreeDinner, these sites have great suggestions and resources to kick off family conversations about balance and healthy choices in use of digital technologies.


Student email Outlook Web App– for Office 365–

type in your email address which is:

your computer logon with the 000’s

then type in your computer password.



BOOK TRAILERS- Photostory3 Tutorials

General Book Trailers– take a look and get good ideas, see what you want to include in your book trailer!


Edit Images:

Add Text:

Narrate Images:

Add Motion:

Add and Edit Music:

Save as Movie:



SBA Test Practice


SBA Skills Needed for all students:

  1. Mouse Skills
  2. Navigation
  3. Drag and Drop
  4. Keyboarding


 First  and Second Grade Tech Skills-

Mouse Practice-

Magical Capitals-grammar and capitalization

Keyboarding Practice

KeySeeker- typing program for primary kids

 Keyboard Climber-typing program for primary kids


Navigation Skills

Dinosaurs nonfiction ebook


3rd, 4th and 5th grade Tech Skills-

Mouse Practice-Drag and Drop

Mouse Tutorial

Math Maven Mysteries– solve the mysteries using logic and number sense

Highlighting Text students will  listen to the directions and practice highlighting text.

Grade 3 Proofreading Makes Perfect- correct grammar, spelling and puncutation Students will need to practice highlighting text, and placing cursor in specific locations in the text.

Word Mover from ReadWriteThink “magnetic” poetry type activities

Drag n Drop Math from Mr. Nussbaum

Multiplication Game from Helping with Math (contains links to many other math games)


Grade 4 Proofreading Makes Perfect-correct grammar, spelling and puncutation.  Students will need to practice highlighting text, and placing cursor in specific locations in the text.

Mouse Clicking Skills– timed activities to click on objects

Spelling Bees students practice their speed and accuracy of using the mouse.



Skill and Drill practice

Typing Club  follow sequential format for improving a variety of typing skills.

Math Quiz to improve their multiplication fluency while practicing using the number key pad.



Writing into fields-

The Friendly Letter Creator, students will practice typing into fields.
Esperanza Rising will allow students to respond to prompts by typing into fields.

Study Jams– Play a video, use navigation tools, and learn!

Story Starters, students will use a variety of navigation skills including locating hotspots, toggling to advance to next screen and
typing into fields to create a story.


Search Sites for research based projects


Copyright Kids!

Learn How to Research – plan/research/create/present

Web site evaluation criteria

Web Site check list for teachers

Site Evaluation

You decide which sites are hoaxes or legitimate


Citation Sites- Learn how to cite your sources

 Bibliographic explanation-what is a bibliography and how do I cite my sources for different materials?

Examples of different bibliographies– magazines, encyclopedias, books, URL’s etc.

Citing Sources– more examples of proper bibliographic notations

KidBIB– easy fill in the blank bibliographical templates for books, magazines, encyclopedias, websites etc.



Mini-research Investigations

The following mini Online Research Investigations can be used to teach students how to use the Research Cycle by focusing in on the skills and thinking involved in one particular element of the cycle.

How are laws made in the State of Washington

What would a Mount St. Helens eruption look like?

Which book should I read next?

How did geography and environment influence the Salish culture?

A Day in the life of the President of the United States

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What did his protests have in common?

Help us order holiday books for the library!

Bellingham School District Online Research Projects

3rd Grade

Uncle Cyrus Needs a Job! – a research project on Bellingham’s history.

Seashore Decision – how are animals and their environment connected?

Where will you live? – how does environment influence culture?

4th Grade

Mt. Baker Safety Team – How will you plan to protect life and property in the event of a Mt. Baker eruption? USGS Mt. Baker Information

Road Trip Through Washington – an online research investigation for fourth graders exploring the regions of Washington State.

Vacation Washington – Alternate Roadtrip Through Washington Investigation using a modified task. See Teacher notes for details.

5th Grade

Where Would You Settle? – an online research investigation for fifth graders about Colonial America.

Time Traveler: Ancient Americas – Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise take students to an ancient American civilization of their choice.

Roller Coasters! – 5th graders, use this link to practice your skills in Gathering Information.

For Mountain School research- 5th grade-North Cascades National Park – use the Nature & Science link on the left side of the page to read about animals in the park.



Dewey Decimal System–learn how the nonfiction section is organized:

MIKIDS– Nonfiction Dewey classification



Project Resources

World Book Online – Early World of Learning

World Book Online – Kids

World Book Online – Student

note: for World Book resources, username = bellingham, password=bellingham


Picture Resources

Creative Commons-shared sources for free use

Pics 4 Learningappropriate gallery of pictures that are copyright friendly for students to use for research

Picsearch – many more kid friendly pictures to use in research

Pics for Projects


1)    All databases can be reached from one website:


2)    Available Databases:

  1. ProQuest
  2. eLibrary Curriculum Edition
  3. eLibrary
  4. ProQuest Learning: Literature
  5. History Study Center
  6. SIRS Discoverer
  7. CultureGrams


3)    Username: 97-36087

4)    Password: bigchalk



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