CMS Library News
December 7, 2015
Middle School Explora
Check out some of these cool features!
1. It talks! Simply click on one of your search results and scroll down to the button "listen." You can even choose an accent! You can also highlight parts of the text to be read.
2. It differentiates! You can narrow searches by Lexile Range. Not familiar with Lexile numbers? No problem. Simply go to "Limit to" on the top left side, click on "Show More" and you can choose Lexile Ranges by Grade Level.
3. It looks cool! You can bring up many magazine articles in PDF and see them in the magazine complete with photos.
4. No Wikipedia! Your students will only get credible search results.
And finding this resource is easy. It's already on your desktop under the icon Middle School Plus, as well as on our list of search databases in Destiny Quest.
AR Goal Update
Points Earned: 19,032.2
Tools You Can Use
Looking for a new educational website for those early finishers? Try Scratch. This website was created by a group at MIT to introduce kids to computer programming: a very valuable skill in today's world. On the website, students can create their own animations/games by attaching sounds, movements and more to commands. To see a project in progress, click here. Students simply go to "Create" to get started or "Join" to get a free account and save projects. This website is sure to hook some of our aspiring game designers!
The Testing is ranked #13 among student circulations in our library this year. This series is destined to be the next Hunger Games and you won't want to miss it. In a similar dystopian set-up, children from colonies in a future world are selected to be tested for university: a seemingly great opportunity that may come with a deadly price. The series consists of three books: The Testing, Independent Study and Graduation Day. So start reading today; no test required.