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Classroom Reports and Research Tips

Dictionaries/Thesauri

Encyclopedias

Government and Politics

Other Reference

Search Engines for Kids

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Conventional - Classroom Reports and Research Tips


Research How to write a report

If you need to do research on an animal, famous person (biography), a state in the United States, a country in the world, or some other topic, this website may be of help to you. --It uses the example of writing an animal report, but It will help you organize your ideas so that you can present the information in a clear and useful way on any topic.

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Research: Biographies 01

Do you need to write a report for your class about a famous person?

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Research: Biographies 02

Here is a website that lists several sites that have biographies. You can find inventors, authors, and several other categories. People are also listed by race- African-Americans (Black),Latinos,and Asians. ======= More biographies of African Americans can be found in the (History and Social studies) section of the Social page on Myplearn.

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Research: Geography - Countries 1

Do you need to write a report about a country? Here is information from one site run by the government of Australia. Also, you may find more information in the Geography section of Myplearn (Realistic Page.

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Research: Geography - Countries 2 -- CIA World Fact Book

The U.S. Government's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) publishes information about each country. Use the pull down Menu next to Please Select a Country to view the country you want to see.

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Research: Geography - Countries 3 -- from National Geographic for Kids

For Younger Students. Here is another website that has information on different countries.

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Research: Geography - States (in the USA) 1 - Fact Monster

Do you need to write a report about a state? Here is one website to get you started.

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Research: Geography - States (in the USA) 2 -- by AAA State of Play

Here is another website to do research on states.

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Research: Geography - States (in the USA) 3 -- 50 Birds 50 States Educational Videos

Really fun videos about every state in the United States --Also check out US States from National Geographic

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Research: Geography - States (in the USA) 4 - from National Geographic for Kids

Learn more about the 50 states in the U.S.A at this website. There are a lot of interesting facts to read about. --Also check out 50 Birds 50 States Educational Videos

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Research: Science -Zoology and Ecology

Do you need to write a report about an animal or just learn more about animals? Here is a section within Myplearn that will help you find information about many animals. You might also want to read about food webs, habitats, and the classification of animals to get a better picture of the animal world.

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Tutorial: Learn about Evaluating Sources: Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages

Just because something is in print or on the web does not make it neccesarily true (or accurate) This guide will help you evaluate websites for bias and accuracy.

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Tutorial: Learning Google search engine and database skills 1

This site was build for teachers, but many students can learn on their own by reading the invormation on this site on how to perform good quality searches on Google and other search engines and databases.

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Tutorial: Learning Google search engine and database skills 2

Using Keywords

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Tutorial: Learning Google search engine and database skills 3

Using Boolean Search Terms to narrow or widen your search results.

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Tutorial: Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Learn how to conduct good quality on-line research. This article is a good starting point. You may also need to learn more about search engine tools and strategies.

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Wolfram Alpha

A site to find resources, tools, and to perform research. This site is designed for more advanced students.

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Conventional - Dictionaries/Thesauri


Dictionary by Fact Monster

Here is a student dictionary by Fact Monster

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Dictionary by Wordsymth



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Example-Sentences by Macmillan

Sometimes it is hard to understand the definitions that you find for words in a dictionary. This webpage will help by providing example sentences to better understand the meanings of words (semantics)

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Graph Words Visual Thesaurus

A thesaurus is a type of book or tool that lets you find words that have similar meanings. So huge is a synonym of big. You can also say huge and big are synonymous. This site shows a graphic (picture) map of words and how they relate to each other.

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Little Explorers Picture Dictionary

This is a simple dictionary with pictures. Some words are also listed by parts of speech-- such as adjectives, verbs, and nouns

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Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

This student dictionary is built and sponsered by the companay Merriam-Webster

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Onelook Dictionary

A great dictionary that looks up words in more than 10 different dictionaries. Also try the reverse dictionary. Use it when you are trying to think of a better word to use (synonym) when you are writing (thesaurus works for phrases as well).

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Picture English Spanish Dictionary by Little Explorers

Simple words in English and Spanish

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Student version of Merriam Webster's dictionary

Webster's Dictionary for kids. This site also has word games, and a thesaurus. It also has lists of words that are popular right now.

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Visuwords Visual Thesaurus

Another way to see words as a map or picture. Try it out !

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Word Central

This other site by Merriam Webster has a dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming words.

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Wordnik Dictionary

Look up the definitions (meanings) of words or phrases (more than one word) --like catch up, run down, drop out, gross anatomy, etc.

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Conventional - Encyclopedias


Cal Photos

University of California, Berkeley's collection of more than 500,000 photos of plants, animals, fossils, people, and landscapes from around the world

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Encyclopedia of Life: Plants and Animals

Encyclopedia covering fauna and flora (animals and plants)

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Encyclopedia.com

You get the information that need. But ... Be careful not to click on the advertisements.

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Simple English Wikipedia

This is a simplified version of Wikipedia in English. It may be used by students and people who are learning English (English Language Learners) Almost all of the articles are written by more than one person. Other people check to make sure that the facts written are correct.

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Simple English Wikipedia

This simple English encyclopedia is made by the same people as regular Wikipedia, However, the writing is simplified to make it easier to understand. This site may be useful to students and to people who are learning English (ELL -English Language Learners).

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Smithsonian Encyclopedia

An encyclopedia from developed by the world famous museum in Washington D.C.

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Conventional - Government and Politics


Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

This kid's guide made by the US government is for kids and other people who want simple explanations of how our government works.

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Conventional - Other Reference


Digital Citizenship Pledge

This is a pdf image of Common Sense Media's (https://www.commonsensemedia.org) digital citizenship's online pledge. We as kids (and adults) need to be keep ourselves and others safe and be respectful to each other, even if we disagree with each other. ---You can look at this document/poster online or download it to your computer.

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Digital Citizenship: Interland by Google

Have fun while learning how to be safe and responsible on the World Wide Web (www, internet)

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Digital Citizenship: Kidz Search Safety Pledge

Kidz Search has a pledge to be a good digital Citizen and keep yourself and others safe. ---To find it, you need to scroll down the page and look under the box that says Random Fun Facts .

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Fact Monster

Besides learning a lot of information, there are also some games and videos.

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Freeality Reference List

Links to many resources including businesses, women, gay and lesbian links, and food and drink recipes

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Internet Archive Digital Library

A library of free books, music, pictures, and videos

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Learn Keyboarding /Typing

Learning to type (keyboarding) can help you find things on the internet and improve your speed when you need to email people or write papers. This site makes learning this skill fun.

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Ask Questions

Reference. You ask questions by typing just the way you talk (called natural language querie).

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DK Find Out

Encyclopdia Research Site

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Google Image Search

Find photographs (photos), illustrations, diagrams, drawings, or coloring book images of things that you are interested in.

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Infopedia

Reference. Safe Search Alternative

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KidRex

Look up things that you are interested in. This search engine uses Google 's safe search engine. Most articles will be written at a kid's reading level. -Type in your favorite animal, or anything that you are interested in--fashion, spaceships, karate, or skateboarding! ----------------Suggestion: Skip over the first few websites (entries) on the top of the list that say ad in a green box. They are advertisements (commercials)

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Kidtopia

Reference

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Kidz Search

Reference

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Sweet Search

Reference

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Conventional - You can help: Need to Review / Find sites to add to MYPLEARN.ORG


A Technology Teacher's Guide

Here is an educational website that may have links that we can add to the PLEARN website. If you find any nuggets of gold, please leave a comment with details about which site you found and the URL (website address) if you can. ---if you have other ideas for websites that would be good to add to myplearn.org, please use the suggestion box on the Home page. ---Thanks in advance for improving this site!

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Angelina Scarson's Binder

This is a list of web resources from Angelina Scarson. Please review the site and see if you can find any diamonds in the rough that you can tell us about! If you find a great website here, leave us a comment and tell us which site it is and what's great about it. Thanks in advance !

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Best of the Web

Here is an organization's site that has a directory of websites by category. Some of these sites may be of interest to kids. If you find sites that are good OR great and interesting, please leave a comment with the category name and the name of the site. Also enter the website address (URL) if you can. Thanks in advance-- The PLEARN.ORG Team

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Common Sense Media Site Reviews

Here is a site, written primarily for parents and teachers. But students can read it too. The site contains reviews of apps and websites. Some of the sites reviewed might be appropriate to add to MYPLEARN. Add a comment if you find good/great sites here.

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Discovery Education

This site has a lot of on-line activities that might be interesting. Some of the activities (such as virtual tours) might make good additions to the MYPLEARN website.

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Education World: Web Site Reviews

This is the website for a magazine targeted for teachers and other educators. --Read the reviews for websites that they have published since 2012. Post a comment if you see a website that should be on PLEARN.

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Great Websites for Kids: Site of the Week

Here is a website geared toward listing sites that are good for kids and students. If you find a site that you think would be good to add to MYPELARN, then please write a comment and tell which site it is. Thanks and muchas gracias!

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Interactive Sites for Education by Weebly.com

You can browse this educational website on your own or you can do all of us a solid by finding some good quality sites to add to My Personalized Learning Environment (myplearn.org). ---Post your favorite sites by adding a comment. Thank you for helping improve MYPLEARN !

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