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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.

Do you have a school research project?

The library provides research tools that are literally at your finger tips.  These research databases can be accessed at the library or from the comfort of your own home.  Just start from the library's home page and choose the Research tab.  Then select Databases.  A new page will open and from there, select the Students tab.  Once you determine which database that you would like to view, you may be asked to enter your library card number.  These databases are current and reliable resources that include full-text reference and magazine articles.  In addition, many provide color photographs, audio, video, and citation.  Attached is a brief description of each database to help get you started:

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Math Websites

Traditional study and homework has evolved with the development of the internet.  It can be an invaluable resource that turns a dreaded task into alot of fun.  Many websites offer activities that help children learn skills and reinforce concepts through flashcards, practice tests, interactive games, worksheets, and much more.  Below are a few suggestions for math websites:

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