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Website of the Month

August Website

The 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES are in full swing and the U.S. athletes are making us proud.  For up to the minute coverage of each event, go to www.teamusa.org.  But does all of the media coverage make you curious about the history of the Olympics? Learn about the ancient olympics at greece.mrdonn.org/olympics.html.  Details include the very first games, athletes, events, and how they compare to our modern Olympics.  In addition, discover mythology, daily life, customs, architecture, government, literature and much more about ancient greek civilization.  Then show off your new found knowledge to your friends during the commercial breaks.  Go USA!!!!! 

Website of the Month

JULY'S WEBSITE

Chillola is a website that offers instruction for young children just being introduced to a foreign language.  English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian is taught through audio and visual tools, along with printable worksheets.  Basic concepts include: the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, food, body parts, time, weather, and more.

For the older child and more advanced conversationalist, try the Mango Language Learning database on the library's website.  Users can choose from over 24 languages.  Lessons are provided to develop grammar and vocabulary skills for everyday communication.  A translator is also included.

Website of the Month

    June Website

Build Yourself Wild is a fun website from the Wild Life Conservation Society.  Create an image of yourself enhanced with a variety of animal features.  When it is complete, you will be given a name for your new creature along with a description of each part.  For example, my creature's is a "Gaz-ossa-bush-ger-tom-lion", which has the horns of a Thomson's gazelle, Fossa ears, Bush Baby eyes, Siberian Tiger paws, Tomato Frog legs, and an African Lion tail.  CRAZY!!  Now you can print it, send it to a friend, or set it to your computer's wallpaper. 

In addition, links to these wildlife centers are provided:  Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo

Global Trek

The school year is starting to wind down and many of us are thinking about getting away.  How nice would a beach vacation be right now?  Well, you can take a virtual trip around the world with Scholastic at Global Trek.  Start by selecting one of the 35 locations then create a travel journal and you're off!  Once you reach your destination, you will learn about the country's history, culture and people.  Details about daily life, holidays, food, sports, school, famous people, geography, and government is provided by actual students as they answer questions from Scholastic users.  When you complete your journey, test your knowledge with Mapman and his trivia games.  Don't wait until summer to take a vacation.

                                                 

Quizlet

Quizlet is a wonderful study tool on the web.  Log onto quizlet.com to create a free account with an email address and password.  Start by creating a list of terms/definitions.  From here, Quizlet will generate printable flash cards, lists, games, and practice tests.  The practice tests are graded, so you can determine whether you have mastered the material or need to study more.  Additional features include, foreign languages, dictionary, images and audio.  Term lists can be saved and shared with classmates.  Access to already made lists are also available by topic.  Each list is filed separately, but can be added to or edited at any time.  Best of all, at the end of the term or school year, all of your work is waiting, neatly typed and organized for those cumulative midterm and final exams. 

U.S. Government Website

We are in the midst of a presidential election. If you want to get your kids interested in this media frenzy, here is a good place to start. At www.kids.gov, elementary and middle school students can learn about how a president is elected, how our government works, and other topics including: the census, FBI, the military, citizenship, maps, history, technology, and the capital city of Washington, D.C. Visitors to this website can play games, listen to audio and watch video. Links to other government related websites, such as NASA, Environmental Protection Agency and the Smithsonian are also available.

Science on the Web

What does your child view on the internet?  Practical jokes, funny animal videos, mindless games??  Science News  is a magazine of the Society for Science and the Public.  Explore this website for current research and education in the fields of science.  You will be happy that your young ones are learning.   They will get a view of this school subject in a whole new light.  Recent topics include:                                                                                                                            

Top Secret Website

The National Security Agency's website has a cool page for youngsters called America's Cryptokids.  Fun games and activities teach all about codes and ciphers, as well as how to make and break them.   In addition, find out how the NSA works to protect our government's secrets.

CHECK IT OUT:  http://nsa.gov/kids/index.htm

(scroll to the bottom of NSA home page and click on Kids Page icon)

Winter on the Web

 

  Believe it or not, winter is here.  But with 50 degree temperatures currently reading on the thermometer, it's hard to imagine that cold and snowy days are just around the corner.  Until they arrive, you can get a frosty glimpse of the  past on the internet.  At www.snowflakebentley.com  you can learn about the fascinating man, Wilson A. Bentley.  Also known as "Snowflake" Bentley, he was a self educated farmer, who developed a technique of attaching a camera to a microscope.  In 1885, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake.  Learn more about "Snowflake" and view his actual images on this truly unique website.

 

Lego Build

LEGO BUILD

December 29th @12- 2:00pm

Children in grades 2nd- 6th are welcomed to join Mike Bader, founding member of LUGNY (Lego Users Group of New York).  Come build a take home project and collaborate on a masterpiece that will be displayed in the library.  Space is limited. Registration begins Monday Dec. 19th.

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