Beechwood Elementary Library

September 2015

NGSS Multimedia Resources

Pebble Go

This is a paid subscription service that we have that aligns with NGSS standards at the primary level. In addition to an Animals database that may be useful, you will want to for sure check out the Science database, which has “Earth and Space”, “Physical”, “Life” and “Science and Engineering Practices” as subtopics. Each article has the ability to read the info to the student, includes important vocabulary, media of some sort. Under the “activity” feature, you can find a “share what you know” graphic organizer, a suggested investigation and questions for understanding.


Use KYVL’s Research Frontier to help locate quality nonfiction articles to supplement your units or to help generate ideas/research for investigation. From school you do not need a username/password. From home, you will need to log in. You can also find a link on the Elementary Library Website.

Tips for searching:

  • Searchasaurus (Purple planet) - limit your search results by lexile band to find info on your student’s reading level, choose magazine articles to find full articles from places like Scholastic News and National Geographic Explorer. This one may be best to start with for primary.
  • Grolier (Green planet- Scholastic GO) limit your search results by magazine to find articles from places like Appleseeds, Science World, Odyssey and Current Science. Don’t miss the “Websites” tab where you can also find reputable websites to use. This is a great format of database because it gives you an abstract to help preview the content. Students had the most success with this database last year.
  • EBSCO (Red planet) - articles here often have higher lexiles. You can limit your search results to magazine or by publication to help narrow results and find things on student reading level, but this might be the last source you try as the content may be too difficult for many topics.

KET Encyclomedia / Discovery Education

If you do not have an account for KET Encyclomedia , you will need to see me and I will help you set up this service. You can find various multimedia resources here including images, documents and video. Search by:
  • keyword,

  • Standards - click on “Curriculum Standards Search” under the search box. You can then “drill down” by grade level and specific standard. Standards that have content that may meet your needs will be highlighted in blue

When you locate a video clip or other media you find helpful, click the plus sign and this will add it to your “Quick List”. You can use media from your quick list to assign to students or create lessons with Builder Tools.

You can set up classes and students in Discovery Education and use teacher tools to enrich your lessons.

Builder Tools Available:

  • Assignment Builder create an assignment that includes standards, instructions, various media content from Discovery Media, links to outside sources and quizzes or writing prompts.
  • Quiz Builder - create, share, modify quizzes related to media content
  • Writing Prompt Builder - create writing prompts that include images or video that students must view and respond to - could be used as an assessment piece
  • Board Builder - curate content into “boards” based on topics - or have students create boards to help present information to a class

PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning Media is a collection of documents, video clips, images, interactives and web pages associated with all of your favorite PBS programming (including Curious George, NOVA, Zoom, Wild Kratz etc). Access the PBS Learning Media site through the KET Encyclomedia portal. You do need to have a separate username/password for this and it is free to set up your account. This is the same PBS Learning Media we use for professional development videos, so you should already have an account with your school email. Browse by:
  • Standards - currently they do not have NGSS listed as standards, although they do have Common Core standards and Program of Studies

  • Grade and Subject - this is the best option right now - choose your grade, then from the drop down menu on the left, choose from: Earth & Space, Engineering, Life Sciences and Physical Science

  • or Search with keywords

When you find content that you like select the heart and this will make the content available in your favorites to use with Tools, which can be accessed from the Dashboard.

Tools available:

  • Lesson Builder

  • Quiz Maker

  • Storyboard

These tools work in a similar fashion to Discovery Education. Each of the components has a built in tutorial you can view and you can send students a link to the assignment (or create a QR code) or students can enter code for the assignment at a student login page.

A Few New Titles to Support your Science Standards (several more not featured in this Smore)

Engineering in Action

Gives readers an up-close look at the technology used to build various structures around the world. Readers learn about the design process and tools used by engineers and are guided through a design challenge to create their own projects.

Titles include: Circuits and Simple Machines.

Maker Kids

Get crafty with some of the hottest hands-on projects around. Students will learn the history and technology behind each category of project. Technical, yet at-level text, explains how to organize and safely execute DYI projects. A simple, entry-level project is followed by an in-depth, more complicated step-by-step project. A resource page provides links to additional resources as well as to ideas for further projects. Features: instructional text guides students through DIY projects--encourages scientific understanding and development of technical skills.

Titles include: Electronics, Flying Objects, Microcontrollers, Musical Instruments, Robotics, and 3D Printing.

About Habitats

This science themed text set about homes and habitats contains multiple genres exploring the same theme so that students are able to make connections between the fiction and nonfiction texts. (Interest Level is K-3)

Titles include: Mountains, Wetlands, Deserts, Forests, and Oceans