Students and staff are welcome to visit the media center at any time—our hours are 7:35 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
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Please return books on time so others can enjoy them, too! Check with your classroom teacher to find out which day students will visit the media center. Kindergarten students are allowed to check out one book. Students in grades 1-5 are allowed to check out two books. Books are due seven days after checkout. Students must pay for lost or damaged books.
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These sites provide student access to reference resources, including newspapers, books, magazines and multimedia content.
Tools & Safety
Google – Access Google Apps (Student User Name: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Evaluating Websites – Watch this 14 minute video about things to keep in mind when researching on the internet. How do you find what you’re looking for? How do you evaluate what you find?
- Reference Databases
- Literacy Center Activities – Students can explore a variety of topics including letters, colors, words, writing, and keyboarding. This site has activities in four different languages.
- PBS Kids
- Read Write Think – Fun activities for students to use in your classroom or at home.
- Starfall – Activties that help students to learn to read.
- Storyline Online – Popular stories are read to students.
- Scholastic Author Biographies
- Scholastic Author Page – This is a great site to find out information on all kinds of authors. They also have links to author homepages as well.
- Cornelia Funke – Author of “Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath”
- Dav Pilkey
- Jan Brett
- Judy Blume
- Laura Goering – Author of “Whistling Wings”
- Nancy Carlson – Minnesota author
- Adolescent Literacy (4th-12th grade) – This is the sister site to reading rockets, which is full of great booklists, articles, tips and strategies for struggling readers.
- Book Adventure – Students can create book lists according to their reading level and interest.
Students may also register themselves on this site and then take quizzes on the books they have read.
- Colorin Colorado! – The sister site to Reading Rockets and Adolescent Literacy which has great resources for English learners.
- Reading Rockets (PreK-3rd grade) – This is a site that has great booklists, articles, tips and strategies for struggling readers.
- Animal Information
- Spark Video
- Tyrannosaurus Rex 1
- Tyrannosaurus Rex 2
- Baseball 1
- Baseball 2
- Football 1
- Football 2
- Tennis 1
- Tennis 2
- Lewis and Clark
- Inventors – Learn more about famous inventors
- Presidents – More information on Presidents.
- Presidents (whitehouse.gov) – Look up information on presidents, government and other information about our country.
- Quick State Facts
Maud Hart Lovelace Award
The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award is a children’s choice book award. Its purpose is to encourage recreational reading. Nominated titles are works of fiction of recognized quality selected by independent regional reading groups. Students in grades 3-5 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Division I nominee list and students in grades 6-8 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Division II nominee list are eligible to vote for the award.
At Bridgewater, 4th and 5th grade students participate each year. The following are the books that we will read this year.