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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 password is our school name.
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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.
San Francisco Symphony for Kids
Listen, learn, and compose.
Listen and read about the origins of African music & how it influenced music in America.
Ask Dr. Universe
Ask a researcher from Washington State University a question about anything. The website is interesting!
Ask Dr. Math
Email a question or search other kids' questions and answers.
Ask a Volcanologist
Ask a volcanologist everything you've wondered about volcanoes.
Ask a Geologist
Ask a question about volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rocks, maps, ground water, lakes, or rivers.
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
Challenge yourself, have some fun, get help, or ask Dr. Math a question. For all age students.
Use this resource for examples and explanations of math terms.
Fun Fraction Learning
Take yourself through all of the levels.
KnowPlay? Reference Lookup
Links to online dictionaries, thesauruses, rhyming dictionary, fact books, and encyclopedias. An all-in-one source.
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 Cafe Zoom.
Can you find the hidden objects in these I Spy riddles?
Harry Potter: Wizard Challenge
Hey, Muggles! How many questions can you answer?
Famous Lines From Great Children's Books
"The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another…"--Do you know what book this line is from?
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.
Code Makers and Breakers
Be a secret agent. Turn your words into code and then see if your friends can figure out what you said.
The Old Farmer's Almanac
Tide tables, sunrise tables, a farm, recipes , kitchen, and weather forecasts.
National Geographic Maps
Search for places and print customized maps.
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.
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 by Last Name of Inventor
- Cool Invention Timeline! (scroll along the bottom)
- Invention Facts and Myths
- 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:
Nevada Gold - Still active today
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
Colonial America Research Links
Start your research here using these great links. Consult the books in the library and perhaps try Encyclopedia Britannica. If you choose to report on a person, check under "Student Resources: Biography."
- Jamestown: Interactive pictures, maps, and information.
- Colonial Williamsburg: Learn about life in colonial Virginia. Explore the trades from Apothecary to Wigmaker and learn about how families compare to those of today. Also learn about food, manners and much more.
- English Settlement: Focuses on Virginia and New England colonies with maps and a cool interactive map.
- Southern Colonies: Maps and timelines about the growth of the Carolinas and other southern colonies.
- 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
- Colonial Links! Your topic is here: Links to resources on almost anything related to Colonial America.
- Slavery in every colony Encyclopedia of Slavery: Accounts of different slaves as well as descriptions of different aspects of slavery.
- Roanoke: An article about the mysterious colony that failed
- Much more on Roanoke
- Health and Medicine in Colonial America: scan down to the bottom of the article for links to more doctor-related articles.
- List of links for Colonial Jobs and Crafts, incl. weavers, doctors, soldiers, farmers, clothing makers and much more!
- 3 Colonial newspapers
- History of Colonial Newspapers
- Education in the northern, middle, and southern colonies
- Colonial Chandlers (candle makers)
- More Tinsmithing
American Revolution Links
Recommendation: go to Biography section under Student Resources on this webpage. It's a great place to search for famous people.
- Quotes from Revolutionaries
- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
- Information on many famous folks
- Great info: G. Washington, J. Adams, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones
- Quick Info on Revolutionary Men
- 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:
- Maps of South and Central America : Go to "Countries Levels 1-3"
- Practice the Capitals of Spanish Speaking Countries
- Games to Match Capitals and Countries
- Games to Learn Mexico S. and Central American Countries/Capitals
- More Games to learn Spanish Speaking Countries and Capitals
- Practice Quiz for Capitals Practice Quiz for Countries and Capitals : Have a map nearby. Quiz is in Spanish.
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
- 100 Best Children's Chapter books by Children's Books Guide
- Newbery Award Winners - Find here the best American novels chosen each year.
- Books for Boys - John Scieszka compiles a list of fun books that boys have approved and have loved.
- Books for Strong Girls in Middle School
- Reluctant Reader Suggestions by CommonSenseMedia
- The Book Seer : Go here if you want to find another book similar to one you've already enjoyed. It is cool!
- BookHive : A guide to children's literature, arranged by genre and includes book reviews by other kids.
- 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 Presechool-12th Grade
Summer Reading Challenge Brochures
Kindergarten, first and second grades use their own 750-page challenge brochures. Third through fourth grades share a brochure. Fifth has its own and sixth through eighth grades use the 1000-page challenge below.
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.
- 2019 Kindergarten Challenge
- 2019 First Grade Challenge
- 2019 Second Grade Challenge
- 2019 Third & Fourth Grade Challenge
- 2019 Fifth Grade Challenge
- 2019 Sixth - Eighth Grade Challenge
Note: Selznick's Invention of Hugo Cabret=285 pages. Wonderstruck=250 pages. The Marvels=211 pages. (Grades 5th and up for content).
Fourth graders and up must count half of the pages for books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Dork Diaries.
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.