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Elementary School

Databases recommended for grades 1-5

English Language Arts

 

eBook Elementary
  • Beginning Reader-Friendly
  • Fiction and nonfiction books you can read online – for school and for fun
  • Picture books, homework topics, language learning
TumbleBook Library
  • Animated, talking picture books for children
  • Books which you can read OR can be read to you!
  • Includes games and puzzles
  • Books are available in English, Spanish, and French
Science
Social Studies
CultureGrams
  • Contains cultural reports on over 200 countries, plus all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces
  • Information on government, religion, daily life, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos
    General Research
    Britannica School Elementary
    • Britannica contains encyclopedia articles, an online dictionary, thesaurus, and world atlas
    • Thousands of images, videos, and statistics as well as study guides
    Early World of Learning
    • Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things.
    • Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos.
    • Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers.
    • Includes materials for educators.

    Explora for Primary Schools

    • Multi-subject database with full text articles
    • Full-text translation in more than 30 languages for HTML articles
    • Reading level indicators (Lexile Measures) to simplify discovery of texts that match students’ reading abilitie
    NoveList K-8 Plus
    • Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, Common Core standards, even books made into movies, and much more
    • Read reviews and learn about the author
    • Create your own reading wish list

    Middle and High School

    Databases recommended for grades 6-12

    English Language Arts
    Read It!
    • Designed for middle and high school students who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.
    Science

     

    Gale Science in Context
    • Includes thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures, and illustrations from over 300 magazines and academic journals
    Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • Database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research
    Social Studies
    CultureGrams
    • Contains cultural reports on over 200 countries, plus all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces
    • Information on government, religion, daily life, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos
    Gale Biography in Context
    • Biographical articles and photographs of popular and historical figures from around the world
    Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    • Draws on acclaimed reference content to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues
    • Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles
    Gale U.S. History in Context
    • A comprehensive overview of U.S History covering the most studied events, issues and current information
    • Search by person, subject, or U.S. History, or browse events chronologically
    • Includes primary source material, reference sources, articles from scholarly journals, maps, and multimedia content
    Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • Database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research
    Gale World History in Context
    • A comprehensive overview of World History covering the most studied events, issues and current information
    • Search by person, subject, or World History, or browse events chronologically
    • Includes primary source material, reference sources, articles from scholarly journals, maps, and multimedia content
      Test Prep
      Driving-Tests.org
      • A driver’s education resource offering state specific practice tests
      • Includes motorcycle and CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) tests
      • Offers FAQ section with detailed answers on DMV related questions
      Learning Express Library
      • Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests
      • Includes ASVAB, SAT, ACT, GED Preparation, Firefighter, Police Officer, Postal Worker, U.S. Citizenship, and improvement tests for students from elementary school through college
      General Research

      Britannica School: Middle and High

      • Britannica contains encyclopedia articles, an online dictionary, thesaurus, and world atlas
      • Thousands of images, videos and statistics as well as study guides

      Explora for Middle Schools

      Explora for High Schools

      • Multi-subject database with full text articles
      • Full-text translation in more than 30 languages for HTML articles
      • Reading level indicators (Lexile Measures) to simplify discovery of texts that match students’ reading abilities
      Gale Virtual Reference Library
      • Database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research
      Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
      • Draws on acclaimed reference content to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues
      • Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles
      Middle Search Plus
      • Middle school magazines and reference books including thousands of biographies, primary source documents, over a million photos, maps and flags.
      • Subjects covered include history, current events, science, sports and biographies.

        ESL Databases

        Databases for English as a Second Language Learners

        Databases for ESL Learners
        Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
        • Early learners
        • A bilingual visual dictionary including thousands of images and more than 12,000 labels in the categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, and World Religions
        • To change the language to English, select the Ingles button at the top right of the page.
        • Includes a World of Animals section
        Mango Languages
        • Online, interactive language-learning system
        • Instruction in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, ESL for Polish speakers, ESL for Spanish speakers, and ESL for Brazilian Portuguese speakers
        • Individual log-ins, condensed lessons, vocabulary review, and phrasebook review

        Educators

        Databases for Educators

         

        Literature Resource Center
        • Critical analysis of literature and in-depth author biographies from every age and literary discipline
        Michigan Authors and Illustrators
        • Reading advice
        • A searcheable database of Michigan authors and illustrators
        • Provides biographical and contact information
        Michigan Online Resources for Educators
        • Find lesson plans and curriculum aids searchable by subject or state standard