Welcome

    

Welcome! The library / media center offers many resources that support your work on class projects and that help you pursue your personal interests.  Use the sections below to access OPALS, the library catalog, book recommendations, research databases, and project links.  And if you need more help, just ask!    ~Mrs. DeVita

 

Looking for a good book?

 OPALS - click here to search for books in our library / media center.  And check out the section, What Should I Read Next?, if you're looking for some good book recommendations. 

 If you would like to explore our library's eBooks, see Mrs. DeVita for the password and click here.


Happy reading! 

Online Research

How can I find out what I want to know?

Research online using these links to databases, online reference sites, and search engines.
 
24/7 Databases - Use this link to access WORLD BOOK, SIRS, and GROLIER.  See Mrs. DeVita for the password.  
 

 Databases
 
Online Reference

Search Engines

Meta Search Engines

Project Links

Find your grade and class/project, and then use these links to help with your research.

 

Grade 8:  English / Reform

24/7 Databases - Access SIRS Issues ResearcherWorld Book, and Scholastic (Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia) here.

Video: Egyptian Boats (watch from 5:40 - 10:15)

Video: Verdigris (Watch first 40 seconds, then pause and answer questions. Then, watch remainder.)

Video: Mold

Interactive Presentation: How to do Research

 

 

Grade 8:  Health Research Project

24/7 Databases - Access World Book and Scholastic (Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia) here.

TeensHealth

NIDA for Teens

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Just Think Twice Drug Enforcement Administration Website

 

Grade 6:  Ancient Egypt

The Nile File - use this link to complete Station 5.

 

 

 

Grade 8:  Muckraker Magazine Project

24/7 Databases - Access World Book and Grolier (Multimedia Encyclopedia) here.

Fact Cite - See Mrs. De Vita for the username and password.

Thomas Nast

Lincoln Steffens

Robert LaFollette 

Upton Sinclair

Ida Tarbell

Jacob Riis

Jane Addams

W.E.B. Du Bois - Biography and Links

Ida B. Wells

Alice Paul

Alice Paul - Newseum: Unsung Heroes

Frances Willard

Samuel Gompers - AFL

Lewis Hines

Lewis Hines - New York Public Library Digital Collections

Carrie Chapman Catt

Carry Nation - Newseum: Unsung Heroes

Booker T. Washington

Mother Jones

Florence Kelley

Teddy Roosevelt - Progressive Crusader

John Dewey

 

Grade 7:  Exploration - Postcard Project

24/7 Databases - Access World Book and Grolier (Multimedia Encyclopedia) here.

Mariner's Museum - Find your explorer on this web page.

 

 

Grade 6:  Ancient Civilizations - River Project

VIDEO for Ms. Wilson's Classes:   research3.mp4 

After watching this video, answer the questions in this GoogleDoc.

 To cite your sources, use your NoodleTools account.

To access information about your river and civilization, try one of these sites:

River Valley Civilizations

Nile River

Tiber River

Indus River

Ganges River

Yangtze River

Huang He River

Tigris and Euphrates Rivers

Ancient Mesopotamia

 


Grade 5:  Latin America
Use these sites to search for information on your Latin American country:
Time for Kids
World Atlas

Animated Flags

Population - CIA World Factbook

Grade 7:  Early Presidents

American President:  A Reference Resource

The US Presidents -  Use the search box on this History site to find the page for your specific president.


Grade 5:  Inventors

Enchanted Learning - Inventors

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Inventor of the Week: Archive


Grade 6:  Daily Life in Ancient Greece

The British Museum - education and slavery

Education - Ancient Greece for Kids

Thinkquest - slaves in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece for Kids - women

Women in Ancient Greece

Clothing in Ancient Greece

Fashion in Ancient Greece

Home Life in Ancient Greece

Typical House in Ancient Greece - The British Museum

Food in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece for Kids - Food

Greek Men

Ancient Greek Marketplace




Grade 6:  Early River Civilizations

Tigris River - Questia

Euphrates River - Questia





 

Grade 6:  Renaissance

Marco Polo Glog

 

 

 

 

The National Gallery - An alphabetical listing of noteworthy artists.

 

Windows to the Universe - Renaissance Epoch - This page contains links to very brief biographies on Renaissance scientists.

 

Artists by Movement:  The High Renaissance - The Artcyclopedia highlights Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci.

 

The Artcyclopedia provides links relating to these artists:

Sandro Botticelli

Filippo Brunelleschi

Donatello 

 

The Luminarium provides links relating to these leaders:

King Henry VIII

Queen Elizabeth, I

 

 

Christopher Columbus

 

Project Gutenberg - Discoverers and Explorers

 

 

Grade 7:  Jazz Musicians

 

Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians - profiles many legends of jazz, as well as many younger or lesser known musicians.

 

The Red Hot Jazz Archive - a history of jazz before 1930.

 

Notable Jazz Musicians - a list of significant jazz musicians provided by InfoPlease.

 

Jazz Biographies - links to biographies of jazz musicians featured in the PBS documentary Jazz:  A Film by Ken Burns.

 

History of Jazz - presents information on the following styles of jazz:  bebop, big band, folk, gospel, ragtime, and swing.  Also includes information on Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday.
 

Major Artists -important Jazz musicians; includes audio.

 

 

 

 

Grade 5:  Interdependence Project

 

Panama Canal and St. Lawrence Seaway Links - scroll to the bottom of the page to find the links you will need for this project.

 

 

Grade 8:  Natural Disasters

 

National Geographic

 

FEMA

 

FEMA for Kids

 

 

Grade 6:  Trout

 

Brook Trout (video)

 

External Anatomy

 

Internal Anatomy

 

Stream Explorers

 

Trout in the Classroom

 

Trout Unlimited

 

Brook Trout


 

Grade 6:  Mesopotamian Religion

 

Grolier Online – search for “ziggurats” and “Mesopotamia”

 

The British Museum – the story of the ziggurats

 

Images and information relating to Mesopotamian ziggurats

 

Ancient Babylonia and the Ziggurats

 

The British Museum - Gods

 

The British Museum - Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia

 

 

Grade 6:  Ancient Egypt

 

PBS - Ancient Egypt

 

Daily Life - The British Museum

 

Mummification - The British Museum

 

Pyramids - The British Museum

 

Ancient Egyptian Culture Exhibit

Podcasts

ASPCA Complete Cat Care Manual, by A.T.B. Edney

 clare cat care.wav 

Podcast created by Clare

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl

Podcast created by Joey

 

Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker

Podcast created by Mrs. DeVita

 

Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renee Russell

Podcast created by Marissa

 

Flat Stanley: Mount Rushmore Calamity, by Sara Pennypacker

Podcast created by Mrs. DeVita

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by JK Rowling

Podcast created by David

 

How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, by Cressida Cowell

Podcast created by Cody

 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Marilyn Kaye

Podcast created by Yannie

 

Real Stories from the Rink, by Brian McFarlane

Podcast created by James

 

Skeleton Key, by Anthony Horowitz

Podcast created by Drew

 

The Talented Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker

Podcast created by Leslie

 

The Ugly Truth, by Jeff Kinney

 Anthony ugly truth.wav 

Podcast created by Anthony

What Should I Read Next?

Choosing a book to read can be hard. 

Choosing a captivating and just-perfect-for-me book can be an even greater challenge! 

When you need some advice and good suggestions, ask your friends, ask your teachers, and definitely ask your librarian.  And if you're still in need of other ideas, check out some of these websites....

**Book & Media Awards

The American Library Association gives out several different awards each year to books written for young people, as well as to their authors and publishing companies. This site provides an overview of each of these awards and links to lists of the award-winning books.
What are your friends reading? Click on the Student Recommendations link to read book reviews, in OPALS, written by Barr Middle School students.

Great Books for 5th and 6th Graders

If you are looking for a good book, consider one of these!  Click on the book's title to access OPALS and see if the book is available now in the library.  Happy Reading!

 

 

Historical Fiction

 
Nory Ryan's Song, by Patricia Reilly Giff
When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan's courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive.

A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate ceramics himself.

Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

Breathing Room, by Marsha Hayles
In 1940, thirteen-year-old Evvy Hoffmeister and her newfound friends struggle to get well at Loon Lake Sanatorium, where they are being treated for tuberculosis.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

 

The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

 

Iron Thunder, by Avi

Thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll takes his place as head of the family after his father dies fighting for the Union; but his job at the local ironworks, where he helps build an iron ship for the Union army, and his loyalty come into question when he is approached by Confederate spies to sell secrets about the ship to the South.

 

Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

 

On the Blue Comet, by Rosemary Wells

When the Depression hits in Cairo, Illinois, and Oscar Ogilvie's father must sell their home and vast model train set-up to look for work in California, eleven-year-old Oscar is left with his dour aunt, where he befriends a mysterious drifter, witnesses a stunning bank robbery, and is suddenly catapulted onto a train that takes him to a different time and place.

 

 

Mystery / Adventure Fiction

 
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Absolutely Truly, by Heather Vogel Frederick
Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy's family moves to a small town to take over a bookstore. Soon, she has to solve two mysteries involving a missing book and an undelivered letter.

Floors, by Patrick Carman

Leo, the son of the maintenance man of the Whippet Hotel, opens a series of cryptic boxes which reveals hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances and lead him on an adventure to save the building and his future.

The Mystery of the Martello Tower, Jennifer Lanthier
In their attempts to solve the mystery of their father's disappearance, Hazel and her brother, Ned, find themselves involved with a trio of art thieves and uncover some disturbing family secrets.

Stolen Children, by Peg Kehret

Amy, babysitting for little Kendra, must use her wits to save herself and the child after they are kidnapped by two thugs who are demanding money from Kendra's wealthy parents in exchange for the lives of the girls.

 

The Maze of Bones, by Rick Riordan
Amy and Dan, members of the powerful Cahill family, try to uncover the thirty-nine clues which will reveal the secrets of their lineage and find out what really happened to their parents.

 

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, by Mary Downing Hahn

In the nineteenth century, ten-year-old Florence Crutchfield leaves a London orphanage to live with her great-uncle, great-aunt, and sickly cousin James, but she soon realizes the home has another resident, who means to do her and James harm.

 

Leepike Ridge, by N.D. Wilson

While his widowed mother continues to search for him, eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead after drifting away down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure-hunters.

 

Eleven, by Patricia Reilly Giff

When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and, with the help of a new friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project, his questions are eventually answered.

 

 

Fantasy Fiction / Science Fiction


Jinx, by Sage Blackwood
A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond--and within--the Urwald is more complex than he could imagine.

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stevens
Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers--and a fearsome enemy--and embark on a prophesied quest to find a magical book.

Spaceheadz, by Jon Scieszka
Michael moves to a new school and learns that some of his friends are really aliens who have come to Earth in order to convince millions of kids to be Space Heads.

The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz

When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.

 

Museum of Thieves, by Lian Tanner

Goldie, an impulsive and bold twelve-year-old, escapes the oppressive city of Jewel, where children are required to wear guardchains for their protection, and finds refuge in the extraordinary Museum of Dunt, an ever-shifting world where she discovers a useful talent for thievery and mysterious secrets that threaten her city and everyone she loves.

 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo

Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

 

 

 

Realistic Fiction


Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff
Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.


The Universe of Fair, by Leslie Bulion
Eleven-year-old Miller Sanford has tried to prove himself mature enough to be on his own at the annual fair, but instead he is handed responsibility for his six-year-old sister and her friends, leading to a series of mysteries and mishaps.

Radio Fifth Grade, by Gordon Korman

A new teacher gives his class some really tough homework questions, so Benjy uses "Kidsview," the school's radio program, to create a quiz show to get the answers.

 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

 

The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowry

A tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, in which the four Willoughby children set out to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.

 

The Homework Machine, by Dan Gutman

Four fifth-grade students-a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker-as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.

Great Books for 7th and 8th Graders

If you are looking for a good book, consider one of these!  Click on the book's title to access OPALS and see if the book is available now in the library.  Happy Reading!

Historical Fiction

One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in.

Inside Out & Back Again, by Thanhha Lai
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Phantoms in the Snow, by Kathleen Benner Duble
Fifteen year old Noah Garrett, sent to live with his uncle in Camp Hale, Colorado, following the death of his parents in 1944, finds himself struggling between his upbringing as a pacifist and life on a military base in the middle of World War II.

Everlasting, by Angie Frazier
In 1855, seventeen-year-old Camille sets out from San Francisco, California, on her last sea voyage before entering a loveless marriage, but when her father's ship is destroyed, she and a friend embark on a cross-Australian quest to find her long-lost mother who holds a map to a magical stone.

Countdown, by Deborah Wiles
As eleven-year-old Franny Chapman deals with drama at home and with her best friend in 1962, she tries to understand the larger problems in the world after President Kennedy announces that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba. Features historic quotations and photographs.

Revolution, by Deborah Wiles  
It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.

90 Miles to Havana, by Enrique Flores-Galbis
When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo
When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.

Traitor's Gate, by Avi

When his father is arrested as a debtor in 1849 London, fourteen-year-old John Huffman must take on unexpected responsibilities, from asking a distant relative for help to determining why people are spying on him and his family.

Dark Water Rising, by Marion Hale
While salvaging and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Galveston flood of 1900, sixteen-year-old Seth proves himself in a way that his previous efforts never could, but he still must face his father man-to-man.


Realistic Fiction

The Bystander, by James Preller
Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution.

Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead
Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building

Defining Dulcie, by Paul Acampora
When sixteen-year-old Dulcie's father dies, her mother makes a decision to move them to California, where Dulcie makes an equally radical decision to steal her dad's old truck and head back home.

Travel Team, by Mike Lupica
After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.

Nobody Was Here, by Alison Pollet
Life in New York in the 1980s is made more difficult for a middle school girl by problems at home and at school.

Red Kayak, by Priscilla Cummings
Living near the water on Maryland's Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T. and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong.

Bank Job, by James Heneghan and Norma Charles
Thirteen-year-old Nell and her friends risk going to jail by robbing banks to pay for renovations in their foster home.


Science Fiction / Fantasy

Witchlanders, by Lena Coakley
After the prediction of Ryder's mother, once a great prophet and powerful witch, comes true and their village is destroyed by a deadly assassin, Ryder embarks on a quest that takes him into the mountains in search of the destroyer.

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni
Jax Aubrey doesn't expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there's an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it's clear his life will never be the same.

Legend, by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Worldshaker, by Richard Harland
Sixteen-year-old Col Porpentine is being groomed as the next Commander of Worldshaker, a juggernaut where elite families live on the upper decks while the Filthies toil below, but when he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run, he discovers how ignorant he is of his home and its residents.

Fever Crumb, by Philip Reeve
Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.

Wondrous Strange, by Lesley Livingston
Seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, an understudy for a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," meets Sonny Flannery, who guards the Samhain Gate that connects the mortal realm with the Otherworld and is determined to protect Kelley as she learns about her own magical fate.

The Shifter, by Janice Hardy
Nya, a young woman who can take pain from people simply by touching their skin, keeps secret the fact that she can transfer the pain to others for fear she will be set to work as an assassin, but her hidden talent comes in handy when her sister goes missing and her search reveals dangerous events on her island home.

Hero, by Mike Lupica
Fourteen-year-old Zach learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the president's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him, and now Zach must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life.


Mystery / Suspense

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures.

The Ghost of Graylock, by Dan Poblocki
Staying with their aunts over the summer, Neil Cady, his sister Bree, and their new friends Wesley and Eric, set out to explore Graylock Hall, an abandoned psychiatric hospital which is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Nurse Janet.

Dark Waters, by Catherine MacPhail
Col McCann becomes a local hero when he saves a boy from drowning but when his older brother is suspected of a serious crime, Col must decide if he should be loyal to his family or tell the truth about what he saw while under the water.

Murdered, My Sweet, by Joan Lowery Nixon
Jenny and her mother hunt a killer while fearing for their own safety, after the reading of their millionaire cousin's will leads to the murder of another cousin.

I So Don't Do Mysteries, by Barrie Summy
Thirteen-year-old Sherry is visited by the ghost of her mother, who asks Sherry to help solve a case that involves rhinoceros poaching at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and Sherry's involvement not only helps save the rhinos, but it also brings mother and daughter closer together than ever before.