Friday, December 02, 2016

Digital Collection: Wildscreen Arkive

Contents: This collection contains information about thousands of species from around the world. Users can conduct a search or explore by species, places and topic. In addition to factual information, photos and video are provided for each animal. Users can also explore by conservation status.
Classroom Connections: An educate section contains lots of learning materials organized by grade level. The fun section of the website contains endless activities for kids. Of particular interest is a section on habitats that teachers can use to connect species with the places where they live.
Featured Digital Objects:
Species -
Team WILD game -
Marine plastics -
To visit the collection,

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Digital Collections: Walt Whitman Archive

Contents: This digital project is intended to bring the works of poet and writer Walt Whitman to the public. It includes the six editions of his major work Leaves of Grass along with other writings, notebooks, letters, articles, and other items.
Classroom Connections: English teachers will find this resource to be useful in exploring the life and works of Walt Whitman. Involve youth in exploring a particular area of the website such as pictures, sounds, editions, or marginalia.
Featured Digital Objects: 
Picture and Sound -
Marginalia -
To visit the collection, go to

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Website Review: NBC Learn: Science of Innovation

NBC LEARN is a website contains educational resources for teachers and learners.
The free resources section contains videos and activities on topics related to language arts, humanities, social sciences, stem, innovation, and others.
Topics of particular interest include 20 videos related to the changing planet and a six part series on nanotechnology.
Librarians will find this to be a valuable resource to use with both teachers and students. Consider building a learning center around one of the themes such as the Science of Innovation. This section contains 17 videos exploring the process of innovations with accompanying lessons. Build in books and makerspace activities.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Digital Collection: Animal Diversity Web

University of Michigan
Contents: This animal database including distribution, classification, conservation biology and natural history for thousands of species.
Classroom Connections: This easy-to-use website is perfect for grades 3-12. An app is available for those with handheld devices. Involve students in making comparisons, building life cycle charts, and creating food chain diagrams.
Featured Digital Objects: 
Special Collections -
To visit the collection, go to
To explore the teaching materials, go to

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Website Review: National Science Digital Library

NATIONAL SCIENCE DIGITAL LIBRARY contains resources related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematic education. Users can search by digital collection, provider, or topic.
Librarians will find a wealth of science resources geared to the STEM curriculum. Mine the collections in this digital library for K-12 resources from government agencies, universities, museums, libraries, nature centers, and nonprofits.
To visit the collection, go to

Friday, November 25, 2016

Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill is an engaging coming-of-age fantasy for middle grade readers.
Xan the witch rescues a baby and accidentally fills her with magic. As the child approaches thirteen, her magic emerges. At the same time, a series of events will change the forest and nearly village forever.
Librarians will find this fairy tale popular with fantasy fans. From a monster and dragon to a volcano and magic, this book has a wide range of appealing characters and settings. The many fairy tales elements make this an excellent book for discussing this type of strong telling.
To learn more about the author, go to
Published by Algonquin on August 9, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Digital Collection: War of 1812

WAR OF 1812Indiana University
Contents: This collection includes thousands of documents exploring the War of 1812 including materials from before the war, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1815, and after the war. For easy access, use the timeline, maps, or browse the collection.
Classroom Connections: Use this collection along with classroom resources such as the Thinkport Project at and the Interactive Battlefield Map at Ask youth to select key digital items that reflect the time period or provide insights into a particular place or event.
Featured Digital Objects:
Declaration of War -
Battle of Niagara Painting -
Battle of New Orleans News -