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Britannica School is a great place to begin your research. Crane's library subscribes to this database of excellent quality articles and sources of information for your research. When you start your research here, you know the information is accurate and updated. The user ID is crane and the password is coyotes.
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Sing Along Songs, Music, Midis, and Lyrics
Sing along to classic songs. Test your knowledge of different kinds of music by genre.
Sea Shanties: Songs of the Sea
A very complete site with lyrics and midi files. Includes links to Songs of the Sea and tales of sailors.
Listen and read about the origins of African music & how it influenced music in America.
Super Bowl History & Trivia
Do you know who won the Super Bowl last year? Have fun browsing through Super Bowl trivia and history.
Sports Illustrated for Kids
A great way to stay current in sports news, plus there are many fun features to enjoy.
National Baseball Hall of Fame
If you're a baseball fan, you must check out this site!
ESPN: all sports, all the time.
An online tutorial that can teach you each step in a math problem you are stuck on. This works for K-12 students. Wow!
Upper School Math Help
This site with help with pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry.
The world of math online. This site covers everything from basic math to algebra, geometry and beyond. Select the area of math you are studying, and...
Math Reference Tables
Need to remember a formula or want help with multiplication tables? Explore this site and see all that is here
Use this resource for examples and explanations of math terms.
Fun Fraction Learning
Take yourself through all of the levels.
A place for K-8 students to practice their math skills interactively using flashcards, games, and creation of personalized worksheets.
The Old Farmer's Almanac
Tide tables, sunrise tables, a farm, recipes , kitchen, and weather forecasts.
Type in a word to get a definition or synonym
Information Please: Kids' Almanac
Lots of facts about people, places, and more. Good for state reports
CIA World Factbook
Search for information about the countries of the world.
American Sign Language Translator
Click on a word to see its sign.
Shel Silverstein: The Official Site for Kids
Try the "Let's Have Some Fun" section.
Games, activities, songs and coloring pages from PBS Kids.
Delicious recipes from Taste of Home for kids to make themselves
Can you find the hidden objects in these I Spy riddles?
Dav Pilkey's Extra Crunchy Website of Fun
For fans of Ricky Ricotta and Captain Underpants.
Curious George Fun
Mazes, puzzles, word searches, and coloring pages featuring our favorite monkey.
Your Weight on Other Planets
Find out how much you would weigh on other planets.
Sea World/Busch Gardens Animal Experts
A great site for animal information
Information about 208 different animals.
Illustrated Scientific Dictionaries
Many different dictionaries including astronomy, botany and landforms.
Human Anatomy Online
Tour through different human body systems online.
How Your Body Works
An easy to understand explanation of the human body and its systems.
Search for information on animals, dinosaurs, history, Planet Earth, space, and technology among others.
Verb Conjugation Practice
Mrs. Calderon recommends this Spanish verb practice site
Spanish Verb Practice
Practice -ar, -er, and -ir verb conjugations as well as irregular verb conjugations.
Word Reference/Spanish Dictionary
Translates words from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. This is the only resource approved for student use by our Spanish program.
- A-Z Guide of Inventions
- Another A-Z Invention Guide
- Inventors & Inventions Organized by Topic & Country of Origin
- Benjamin Franklin & His Inventions
- Thomas Edison & His Inventions
- Food Inventions - Use the blue links on the left
- Inventor Biographies -Search for the inventor
- Cool Invention Timeline! (scroll along the bottom)
- Invention Timeline with links to more information about each invention
A-Z Animals Fact Sheets
San Diego Zoo Kids Meet the Animals
Kids’ Planet ESpecies Fact Sheets
List of Threatened Species
Search your animal here:
Ghost Towns and Mining Camps - Scan through the all of the resources
Mining Camps - California Gold Rush
First Transcontinental Railroad : download PowerPoints of good information
Music of the Gold Rush-Scan all the way down the page
Nevada Gold - Still active today
American Revolution Links
Recommendation: go to Biography section under Student Resources on this webpage. It's a great place to search for famous people.
- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
- Great info: G. Washington, J. Adams, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones
- Eyewitness to History
- American Revolution : Links to outstanding resources.
- Outline of American Revolution with Links : (esp. good for battles)
Resources for Viaje Virtual Use CIA World Factbook (under "Student Resources" and "Reference" Use Encyclopedia Britannica (under "Student Resources" Search for your country or city here:
As you do your research, make sure to keep track of the information that you will need to identify your sources in your Works Cited. Remember that information may come from many places including books, magazines, encyclopedias, or Internet sites. Regardless of where you found your information, your sources need to be clearly and correctly identified in your Works Cited. Each source that you use will be mentioned as a separate entry or citation. For most books, you will find the information needed for the citations on either the title page, or the reverse side of the title page.
At Crane, we use Noodletools. You can access it from your Google Suite waffle, or below. On campus, you are automatically logged in. From home, you will log in with your Google account.
Book Recommendation Links
Do you need a good book? Please stop by and get a personal recommendation. Or feel free to consult some of my favorite book lists linked here. The public library and local bookstores will help you find a good book, too.
- 100 Favorite Children's Books by New York Public Library.
- Top 100 Children's Novels -by School Library Journal
- Newbery Award Winners - Find here the best American novels chosen each year.
- Diverse Books by Theme for PreSchool-Teens by Lee & Low Publishers
- Books for Strong Girls in Middle School
- Reluctant Reader Suggestions by CommonSenseMedia
- California Young Reader Medal Winners: Consult this list for great suggestions!
- Lists by Subject : Lists organized by topics. You'll find something you like here!
- Lots of Lists : Links to many different book recommendations.
- Young Adult Books - Find links to 3 good websites for teen books. *Some of them are for high school aged readers, so choose wisely.
- Reading Suggestions for Kids, Teens, and Tween
- Independent School Suggested Reading Lists Preschool-12th Grade
- Books for Boys - John Scieszka compiles a list of fun books that boys have approved and have loved.
Summer Reading Challenge
All students from kindergarten through eighth grade are asked to read at least 1000 pages of books that they enjoy. Since everyone is expected to read 1000 pages, the challenge comes from how much more than 1000 pages can you read?
Students who read 5000 pages are in the "Librarian's Circle" and enjoy unlimited library book check outs that year. Mr. Weiss has offered to take readers over 10,000 pages to lunch in the fall! Remember books must be age-appropriate.
Students may log their books and pages electronically using the ReaderZone app or website. Our challenge code to participate is 9dd0b. (that is a zero not the letter o). The app will add your pages for you! Logging pages on paper or on a spreadsheet is also fine! If you log on paper, please send to school in September with your pages added up.
Count those pages read! Audiobooks count! Students in 3rd-8th grades need to count graphic novels for half their pages. Let's see if you can read one million pages as a school community!
Want more information? Here is a flyer: Summer Reading Challenge flyer
Different grade level book suggestions and brochures are linked below.
Let's get reading! If you have any questions, contact the librarian, Traci Cope: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Brian Selznick's books have a different page count for 3rd graders and up. The Invention of Hugo Cabret counts for 285 pages. Wonderstruck counts for 250 pages. The Marvels counts for 275 pages.
Great care is put into selection of library resources. Crane School Library's collection development policy and guidelines are here. If you feel a library resource does not belong here, you can find the "Request for Reconsideration" form in this document.
Colonial America Research Links
Start your research here using these great links. Consult the books in the library and try Encyclopedia Britannica.
- 3 Colonial newspapers
- History of Colonial Newspapers
- Education in the northern, middle, and southern colonies
- Etiquette (manners) for Colonial American children
- Etiquette during George Washington's time
- Slavery in Colonial America
- Slavery in the colonies
- Health and Medicine in Colonial America: and some about soldiers.
- Colonial doctors
- Colonial Williamsburg Colonial Jobs and Crafts, incl. weavers, doctors, soldiers, farmers, clothing makers and much more! Scroll to the bottom to see the trades.
- Colonial trades and jobs:
- Short description of many Colonial jobs/trades
- More Colonial Candle information
- Colonial Weaving and fabric making
- Colonial Williamsburg weaving
- How Colonial Americans made fabric/textiles from wool
- Colonial shoemaking
- Colonial Williamsburg shoemaking
- Colonial gardens: an introduction
- Early Colonial gardening
- More Blacksmithing
- More glassblowing
- Colonial soap making (an 11 page pamphlet)
- Silhouettes-A History
- Colonial Music- A History
- More Colonial Music
- Colonial houses
- More Colonial houses
- English Settlements: Focuses on Virginia and New England colonies with maps and lots of information
- 13 Original Colonies: Who founded each colony? When? Where? Why? Info here.
- 13 Original Colonies (new): Good site for who founded each and for what purpose