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Library/Research Databases
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Ed Smith library - library/research databases, general learning website links, SCSD learning links 

SCSD library links

SCSD library links - research, reference, homework help, fact checking, skill building websites

General Learning

LearnZillion - common core resources and preparation for teachers and students

PBS LearningMedia - interactive collection of learning resources

CybraryMan - help for all subject areas and school projects, homework assistance, research assistance, study skills, test preparation, educational games, crafts, hobbies, music, art and more

SAS - focuses on material difficult to convey through conventional methods – topics where doing, seeing and listening provide information and encourage insights in ways that textbooks cannot (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish)

Language Arts

GameQuarium - Hundreds of free online language arts learning games and activities for Pre-K through 6

TeacherVision - This large collection of online language arts games will help build skills and concepts for grades Pre-K through 12.

Sheppard Software - Improve your vocabulary, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation with these fun English games!

Comic Creator invites students  (K- 12) to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).

Harvard Education Letter - Teaching Students To Ask Their Own Questions – One small change can yield big results. Students in Hayley Dupuy’s sixth-grade science class at the Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto, CA, are beginning a unit on plate tectonics. In small groups, they are producing their own questions, quickly, one after another: What are plate tectonics? How fast do plates move? Why do plates move? Do plates affect temperature? What animals can sense the plates moving? They raise questions “that we never would have thought of if we started to answer the first question we asked,” says one of the students. “And just when you think you already know the question you want to focus on, you realize: ‘Oh, wow, here’s this other question that is so much better, and that’s really what you need to think about.”


Khan Academy - With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace. - Interactive math games - several hundred addition, subtraction, multiplication and division games

Fun Brain – This site includes original games based on soccer, car racing and much more. Other games include Math Baseball, where a child can score runs with correct answers and Operation Order, where students can build pyramids with their knowledge of algebra.

Building Math Positivity | Edutopia – Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis offers these brain-based tips for helping kids master math.

A Better Way to Teach Math - Is it possible to eliminate the bell curve in math class? Imagine if someone at a dinnerparty casually announced, “I’m illiterate.” It would never happen, of course; the shame would be too great. But it’s not unusual to hear a successful adult say, “I can’t do math.” That’s because we think of math ability as something we’re born with, as if there’s a “math gene” that you either inherit or you don’t.

Math Forum - This online community includes teachers, students, researchers, parents and educators who have an interest in math and math education. The site includes Ask Dr. Math, Problems of the Week, discussion groups and much more.

 AAA Math features explanations of various mathematical topics, practice problems and fun, challenging games, customized by grade level and topic.

CoolMath - This fully interactive site allows the user to sharpen basic math skills, play games and explore new math concepts.

FigureThis - Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site helps families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging challenges.

Math Cats provides playful explorations of important math concepts through games, crafts and interactive projects. Includes a magic chalkboard and an art gallery.

Students watch a series of video word problems for math, watch a step-by-step video solution and work on follow up problems

This lively, interactive website, based on the popular BBC Schools Television series “Megamaths,” is for practicing and testing times tables.

The Math League, designed for students in fourth grade through high school, specializes in math contests, books and computer software. The “Help Facility” is a handy reference guide for math topics complete with examples, definitions and explanations.

FleetKids games teach elementary children several different aspect of money management. Games include Windfall, where a child can run an imaginary business and BuyLo/SellHi, where children can play the stock market. Students can sign up as an individual or as part of an elementary school team.

Computer Programming

Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games on an Xbox that do not require a keyboard.

Computer Keyboarding

FreeTypingGame teaches keyboarding visually.

School, Education and Instruction

12 Ways to Help Your Child’s Teacher As a new school year starts, here are ways that you can help your child’s teacher. All you have to do is ask!

Student Commitment Depends on Teacher Commitment Our students don’t always learn what we want them to learn, but they always learn something.

A War of Words Against the Achievement Gap  The dictionary was out of sight as Tara Malm quizzed her  class about vocabulary. The kids had already learned one meaning of “critical” — careful and thoughtful deliberation, as in “critical thinking.” But Malm asked them where else they’d heard the word and what else it might mean.