Welcome to The Rousmaniere Library
- Art, Music & Recreation Links
- History Links
- Language Arts
- Library Skills & Technology
- Math Links
- Resources for Science Symposium Projects
- Science Links
- Resources For Teachers
- World Language Links
ARTerms Definition Page
This is an alphabetical glossary of art terms from abstract to wet-on-wet.
Art Studio Chalkboard
"A resource for artists and art students that focus on the technical fundamentals of perspective, shading, color and painting."
A great site for learningthe art of origami, with origami pieces at varying levels of difficulty. Each project appears as a diagram and an animated video, so dierctions are easy to follow.
GRAPHIC IMAGES & CLIP ART LINKS
Here is a kid-friendly image search site. Find pictures about art, astronomy/space, animals, and history/society.
"Free and open online access to hundreds of thousands of digital images..."
Students, teachers, and amateur photographers have donated the thousands of images that make up this site. These images may be used for print, multimedia, and video projects.
Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures
"Learn about sound, music notation, text, and instruments in a fun, interactive exploration of musical repertoire. Although designed primarily for those aged 6-12, these engaging games allow both kids and adults to experience great music while learning music concepts in a stimulating environment."
Links to biographies of Classical Music Composers, arranged from the Medieval through Modern periods.
Classics for Kids
This site produced by Cincinnati Public Radio, offers lesson plans, podcasts, and games for teaching kids about classical music.
Essentials of Music
This site has overviews of the six main periods in music history, brief bibliographies of famous composers, and a glossary with 200 definitions containing musical examples.
"The MoMI.org is the world's first virtual museum dedicated to appreciation of the musical instrument as a work of art and historical icon."
New York Philharmonic: Kidzone
Learn about instruments, create your own music, meet composers and soloists, and much, much more at this kid-friendly site!
B.A.M. stands for Body and Mind, and at this site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you'll find everything kids (9-13) need to know about food & nutrition, healthy bodies, fighting disease, sports, and safety. Activities, games and videos help make learning fun.
Find out the latest sports headlines and scores plus links to many official sports pages.
The official site for kids from Major League Baseball has baseball basics, information on mascots, games and more.
Nourish Interactive: Kids' Fun Food Games
The place to find information on all Olympic sports, athletes and the latest news about the games.
This is a Web site for health and physical education teachers, parents, and students.
What's the science behind a home run? Why do curveballs curve? Find out at this interesting site.
Find information on tournaments, top players, chess related links, and resources for coaches, players, and families.
Ben's Guide (6-8): The Election Process--Election of the President & Vice President
Learn about the process of electing the president and vice president.
Project Vote Smart
"Biographies, voting records, issue positions, ratings, speeches, campaign finance information."
GENERAL HISTORY LINKS
Costume History at the Costumer's Manifesto
Find out what people wore at this site, which can be searched by time period.
Finding Dulcinea/Behind the Headlines
"features one historical event each day; includes what happened, what led up to it, what has happened since, and places the event in today's context including links to the best research on the subject."
The Food Timeline
"Ever wonder what the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why? Food is the fun part of social studies!" Explore the timeline of foods through history at this interesting site.
The History Place
"Since 1996, The History Place has to helped educate millions of young Americans and students from around the world on important topics including American History, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, and World History."
Maps of War
Maps are a good way to trace a series of historical events. Some examples of the maps include the History of Religion, World War II in Europe, The Darfur Tragedy, and much more.
Migrations in History
From the Smithsonian Institution, this site explores the movement of peoples, cultures, ideas, and objects.
A daily update of the top editorial cartoonists.
Today in History
This site presents each day's important historical events with links to the Library of Congress and its many collections.
Information on both Greek and Roman gods.
Information on both Greek and Roman gods.
U. S. GOVERNMENT & HISTORY
Great for state reports including current and historical information on all the states.
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
Sponsored by the Smithsonian, this site has brief biographical sketches, military histories of the presidents and their achievements, timelines of the major candidates, and links to more information.
The Avalon Project at Yale University
This is a great collection of primary sources--original historical documents. Do you need the words to the Preamble of the Constitution or need the wording of an executive order? You'll find these and much more at this site.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Information on the government is arranged by grade level. Includes information on the branches of the government and how laws are made.
IPL Kidspace: Stately Knowledge
Here you'll find a lot of useful information including state lists of famous people and charts that compare size and population. After selecting your state, read the section entitled "Just the Facts" and then scroll down all the way to the bottom of the page for more facts about your state.
POTUS: Presidents of the United States
From the Internet Public Library, this site contains background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents.
WORLD HISTORY LINKS
The 20th Century - Year by Year
Events for each year of the century plus time lines and news of disasters, entertainment and sports.
Information from The British Museum on Egyptian life, gods & goddesses, mummification, pharaohs, pyramids, and more.
Best Of History Web Sites
A collection of links from prehistory through modern history.
Canadian Museum of Civilization: Mysteries of Egypt
For information on geography, architecture, government, daily life, religion, and writing.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History: Life in Ancient Egypt
Information on funerary customs, gods and religion, natural life and more.
Explore Ancient Egypt
From Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, "here is one of the finest Egyptian collections of its kind in the world. A visit to the collection is a great way to learn about Egyptian art and civilization."
Exploring Ancient World Cultures
This site was developed as an on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, the early Islamic world, and medieval Europe with essays, chronologies and primary texts.
Hieroglyphic Typewriter-Egyptian Hieroglyphic Name Translator
Write you name using Egyptian Hieroglyphs.
NOVA Online: Mysteries of the Nile
"Explore the Pyramids, temples, and other monumental architecture of ancient Egypt through riveting 360° photos shot during this NOVA/PBS Online Adventure."
Odyssey Online: Greece
This is an interactive site from the Carlos Museum of Emory University. Included is information on the architecture, animals, gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece and much more.
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Take a tour of the original ancient wonders.
A comprehensive site from the BBC including information on World War I, World War II, The Holocaust, and The Cold War.
Basic Guide to Essay Writing
This site was put together by an English teacher and includes step-by-step instructions for putting together a well-written essay and samples of writing.
Chicago Manual of Style Online: Significant Rule Changes
Here is a list of significant rule changes in the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. For example, the abbreviation for “United States," in works following Chicago’s primary recommendation of using two-letter postal codes for states (e.g., MT, not Mont., for Montana), US rather than U.S. is now preferred.
"Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused."
Dictionary.com: Word of the Day
Build your vocabulary by learning a new word every day.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves Punctuation Game
Practice placing commas correctly.
Build your vocabulary at this quiz site, and for every word you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations to help end world hunger.
A user-friendly collection of grammar links for students.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Review parts of speech, capitalization, plurals, paragraph development, and much more.
How to Paraphrase
This helpful slide presentation from Brock University shows clearly the steps to correct paraphrasing.
Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism
"The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period."
Language Arts Games-Grammar, Punctuation, Capitalization, Vocabulary
Practice your language arts skills with these fun games.
NY State Test Prep (ELA): Developing an Idea from Brief Text
A kid-friendly lesson on paraphrasing with links to additional review and a quiz.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Over 200 pages include sections on research, grammar and mechanics connected to writing, style guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and professional writing.
Spin and Spell
At this fun and interactive site for Grades K-3, students can choose from an array of common images and can click on letters to spell out the names of the objects.
Using Italics and Underlining
In order to distinguish certain words such as titles and names from others within a piece of writing, words are italicized or underlined. This site clarifies when to use underlines, as opposed to quotation marks.
Young Authors Guide
"This is a guide where young authors (as defined by each publication) can find places to publish their writing." Also included is a list of literary contests which students can enter for different types of writing (essays, poetry, etc.).
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Activities for ESL/EFL Students
Conversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom
Easy Things for Beginners (Interesting things for ESL students)
English (ESL) Label Me! Printouts
ESL Kids—Worksheets & Activities Generator
Tips on Communicating
LIBRARY SKILLS & GAMES
Alphabet Book Game
Click on the books in A-B-C order.
Between the Lions: Flood!
Help put the books back by category.
Fiction vs Non-Fiction
Can you tell the difference between these titles?
Have fun writing your own story!
Parts of a Book
Read the clue at the bottom and click and drag the correct answer.
Challenge: move around the numbers until they are in the right order.
Do the Dewy Trivia Game
Meet the man who created this system & test your knowledge.
Order in the Library
Different games let you practice sorting and placing books on the shelves in the correct order.
Common Craft Technology Videos
Short videos in “plain English” explain the basics about blogs, podcasting, RSS feeds, social media tools, and a lot more.
This site includes a Children's area with a game about keeping safe online, as well as a Parent's area with a comprehensive guide.
"Timely reviews and ratings of hundreds of children's products in the following categories: Software & Computer Games, DVDs & Videos, Music & Audio, Video Games, and more."
Get Net Wise--Guide to Internet Terms
Here is an alphabetical listing of words and phrases about computers and the Internet, and there's also an Online Safety Guide for Kids.
Instructables~Do It Yourself How to Make Instructions
At this site, you can find step-by-step instructions on many different kinds of projects.
On-Line Technology Tutorials
Videos and step-by-step instructions on operating systems and using Microsoft Office applications, Inspiration, Photoshop, iMovie , Moviemaker, and more.
Thingiverse: Digital Designs for Physical Objects
"Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things." Find up to 100,00 different project ideas.
Online flashcards, homework, interactive games and more make this a great way to review basic operations & beginning algebra.
Create a Graph
At this site, you can select from different types of graphs, add your data and print.
Fun Mathematics Lessons by Cynthia Lanius
K-12 fun math activities include lessons on counting, patterns, algebra, fractions, ratios, graphing, calculus, and more from a math specialist connected to Rice University's Department of Math.
Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles: Geometry
Concepts, games and puzzles in math including an extensive section on geometry.
Math Forum: Ask Dr. Math
Browse questions and answers on basic operations, decimals, fractions, place value, geometry, Fibonacci numbers, and other math concepts for elementary, middle, and high school.
Topics include Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, Complex Variables, Matrix Algebra, and Mathematical Tables.
Web 2.0 Scientific Calculator
Misplaced your calculator? Here's a great online tool.
- Choose a topic that interests you. Besides the obvious subjects including astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and others, there are ways to combine music, art or sports with science. It is easier to put more effort into a project that really interests you.
- Determine the cost of a project in terms of time and money. Some projects will take weeks or even months to complete and others may require expensive materials or equipment. Determine how much available time you will have and estimate project costs.
- Check our library's collection of science experiment books
MadSciNet: The 24-Hour Exploding Laboratory
A group of scientists based at Washington University Medical School answers science questions. Search through the archives or send your own question.
Use the Topic Selection Wizard to help find a project idea that is just right for you.
Planning the Project
- Make sure that you have a clear understanding of the Scientific Method (see links below).
- Collect background information on your topic.
- Keep track of all of the information that you use so that you can create a complete and accurate bibliography of your sources.
Links to Resources including the Scientific Method
The Science Page
This is a large collection of science sites arranged by categories.
Steps of the Scientific Method
Writing Your Report and Displaying Results
Create a Graph
You'll find a selections of graph styles, and after entering your data, you'll have the option of printing your graph.
Science Fair Central--Creating a Display Board
Use the links on the left of the page to help create great display boards.
Purdue University OWL-Online Writing Lab
General guidelines on writing are included here for students in grades 7-12.
Science News For Students
This site providing age-appropriate science news to students, parents and educators on many topics including topics in the headlines.
ASTRONOMY & SPACE
Enchanted Learning: All About Astronomy
At this site you can learn about our galaxy, the sun and the planets in the solar system and also about smaller objects orbiting the sun including asteroids, comets and meteoroids.
The official site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is a multimedia-rich site with information on life on earth, humans in space, exploring the universe, and more. Be sure to check the part of the site is called StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers.
The Observatory: A Guide to Astronomy Resources on the Exploratorium Website
At this cool site, you'll be able to calculate how much you would weigh and how old you would be on the other planets.
StarDate Online Solar System Guide
At this Texas University site you will find lots of interesting facts on each planet including a section called “If you went to…” about each planet. Lots of great pictures, too!
BIOLOGY: ANIMAL, HUMAN & PLANT
Animal Diversity Web
Type in the name of your animal to search this huge database.
Animal Pictures & Facts
National Geographic has lots of fun facts about animals.
Animals at the National Zoo
"The National Zoo is home to 2,000 animals. Take a virtual trip to the zoo any day of the week."
ARKive: Images of Life on EarthDiscover the world's most endangered species.
FINS: Fish Information Service
Click into indexes for the fish species included or search by keyword.
At this great interactive site from the American Museum of Natural History, you will find sections on genetics, bio-diversity, paleontology, and also astronomy.
Sea World/Busch Gardens Animal Resources
On this page, you will find links to information on the terrestrial and aquatic animals at these two locations.
Search by species group (mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.) or browse the listings in alphabetical order.
Kids' Planet ESPECIES Animal Fact Sheets
Here you'll find informative fact sheets on 50 different species, and you will learn what area of the world they inhabit.
World Wildlife Fund-Endangered Species
Saving wildlife is the mission of this organization, and they provide updated information on endangered, threatened and vulnerable species.
American Cetacean Society
Use the species fact sheets-on the left side of the page.
Animal Diversity Web
This site's simple search page has a searchable index on many different animals. The narratives are clear and concise providing information on each animal's food habits, geographic range, behavior, conservation, and more.
WhaleNet Species and Behavior Information
This is part of a large site developed by Wheelock College in Boston together with the National Science Foundation. It has many links to information on whales.
Whale Songs Cetacean Information
This is another nicely done site with information on 20 different whales and dolphins.
What is a Whale?-Enchanted Learning
You can find lots of detailed information at this kid-friendly site with great visual content. Click on the link for WHALE INFORMATION SHEETS.
THE HUMAN BODY
Great information on cells, microbiology, and immunology using lots of graphics and animation.
DNA From the Beginning
This great multimedia site is organized around key concepts. The science behind each concept is explained through animation, image galleries, video interviews, problems to solve, biographies, and links.
The Human Brain
"Here you can get to know your brain – the food it likes, the challenges it craves, the rest it requires, the protection it deserves." Great site from the Franklin Institute.
KidsHealth: Movies, Quizes and Health Infor for Kids
A kid-friendly site to find out about the different systems of the human body.
Explore which foods are healthy for you in this new site from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
My First Garden
A children's guide to the world of fun and clever gardening.
Search the dictionary or browse and alphabetical list of common chemical words and terms.
EARTH SCIENCE LINKS
The Dynamic Earth @ National Museum of Natural History
From the Smithsonian, this interactive site has sections on Rocks & Mining, Plate Tectonics, The Solar System, and Gems and Minerals.
Earth's Continental Plates
A site from Enchanted Learning.
At this site from Enchanted Learning, you can find out about waves, tides, the water cycle, ocean animals, and lots more.
Earthquakes for Kids
Learn about cool earthquake facts, become an earthquake scientist, view earthquake image galleries, find out about the latest quakes and more.
Encyclopedia of Earth
EoE is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. Nearly 20 topics are featured, including biodiversity, climate change, energy, health, wildlife, and more
EIA Energy Kids
This intensive site gives students information on energy sources, conservation, and has games and activities.
Exploring the Environment: Diversity and Adaptation
Link from this page to information on earth's adaptation, species adaptation, plate tectonics, s descriptive geologic timeline, and much more.
Information of hurricanes and how to prepare before, during , and after.
PBS Online: Savage Earth
This site has extensive information of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.
Annenberg Media Exhibits--Volcanoes
Explore volcanoes in this exhibit where you can melt rocks, test your volcano geography knowledge, and play the role of a volcanologist.
Global Volcanism Program
Use the search box to locate different volcanoes of the world and find answers to many common questions about volcanoes.
This site has brief information and a detailed map.
Updated information on current active volcanoes around the world.
STEAM-RELATED (Science Technology Engineering Art Math)
Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits
Have fun learning at this interactive site that simply explains how batteries, circuits, conductors, and insulators work.
EPA Kids’ Stuff: Waters by Type
Here, you can find out about all types of our earth’s waters.
Water Facts (Infographic)
This site contains an interactive chart that shows how millions of people lack safe drinking water.
Water Kids-Water Education Foundation
At this site you can find out about surface water and how the water in the world is measured.
Weather Forecasts & News
Updated daily from USA Today News.
Weather from the Franklin Institute
Learn about the science of meteorology and different weather conditions.
Weather: What Forces Affect Our Weather?
Information and related activities on the atmosphere, the water cycle, powerful storms, forecasting and more.
Web Weather for Kids
"Learn what makes weather wet and wild, do cool activities, and become hot at forecasting the weather.
100+ Free Internet Resources for Real Teachers in Real Classrooms
Over 100 links for Digital Storytelling, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies + great productivity tools for teachers.
ABCya! Kids Educational Computer Games & Activities
Hundreds of free games created by teachers allow students fun opportunities to practice math, grammar, money skills, and much more.
All Kinds of Minds
The institute established by Dr. Mel Levine researches different styles of learning. It provides suggestions and ideas for parents and teachers.
All My Faves: Education
"AllMyFaves is the ultimate home page, offering an innovative visual exploration of the Internet."
Discovery School for Teachers
A huge portal to lesson plans, worksheets, clip art, puzzle makers, and other teaching tools.
Free Tech for Teachers
" A review of free technology resources and how teachers can use them. Ideas for technology integration in education."
Library of Congress Teacher Resources
"The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections."
New York Times Learning Network
Find lesson plans that connect to today's headlines.
This is a free tool that helps teachers create quality rubrics (scoring tools) for a variety of learning activities.
This is a goldmine of great ideas, lesson plans, and teaching tools.
SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Lessons and Resources for Teachers
Smart Tech and Scholastic have teamed up to provide access to great activity ideas.
Songs for Teaching: Educational Music to Promote Learning
Chants, raps, music and songs for classroom management and for teaching different content areas.
TeachHUB-Teacher Tips, Fun & Advice
News, recommendations and resources by teachers for teachers.
This is a site filled with great resources for K-12 teachers: links to educational videos, lesson plans, grant opportunities, webinars, and more.
This is a great collection of "cool charts & timelines--for lesson plans, study helpt, or quick reference."
Discover France - France in the US
Learn about life in France, including culture and art, the history, economy and much more.
IPL Kidspace: Culture Quest--Holidays in France
Brief information on holidays, recipes and games, as well as links to two of France’s museums.
France's daily newspaper (in French).
Les Fêtes et les Traditions
An illustrated guide (in French) of many of France's holidays describing how they are traditionally celebrated.
Tour de France
The French Embassy in Washington D.C. invites you to tour several different regions in France.
Latin Word List
This is a small online dictionary of Latin words and their translations.
Latin Words and Expressions
Arranged by category, here are some common Latin words and phrases that are used today.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
At this site from Scholastic, you'll read about famous Latinos and learn about Latinos in history.
LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center
This is a huge site from the University of Texas with information on virtually every Latin American country with geographic information, travel and tourism links, and information on the sports and foods of Latin America.
Online Resources for Students and Teachers of Spanish
This site includes a dictionary as well as links to information on Spanish culture, history and society.
Akhla: Learn the Aleph Bet--The Hebrew Alphabet
Hear correct pronunciations and learn the phrase of the day.
Ethnologue: Languages of the World
This huge database lists 6,800 languages and tells where they are spoken.
Free Online Translator
Translate from English into several languages.
IPL: Kidspace: Say Hello to the World
This is a great site for learning to say hello in more than 50 of the world's languages, as well as brief information about the languages and the cultures associated with them.
Italian Language from About.com
Everything you need to know to begin learning Italian.
Word2Word: Free Online Language Courses
Links to sites for learning nearly 100 different foreign languages.
Millions of information sources are virtually at your fingertips, and you can gain access documents, pictures, video and audio clips without leaving your chair. But in order to avoid wading through millions of results, you need to know where to search and how to develop successful search strategies.
- Identify key words to use in searching
- Identify variations or synonyms for the search words
- Enclose phrases inside of quotation marks
- Use and, or, and not to combine search terms
- Use + and – signs immediately before a word to include or exclude a word (for example, dolphins –Miami looks for sites with dolphins but not Miami Dolphins)
- Use the asterisk * as a wild card to look up different forms of a root word (for example,los* searches for lost, loss, lose, losing. losers, etc.)
- Add the word title followed by a colon immediately before a word or phrase to search for pages that have the search term in the title of the page (for example, Title: “George Washington” will search for pages with George Washington at the top of the page)
- Check syntax and spelling
- Try the same search query at more than one site
- Keep record of your sources for your bibliography
BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. create "animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students."
NOVEL The New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVEL) is provided by the New York State Library. It is a collection of many useful databases including Encyclopedia Britannica, Kid InfoBits, Opposing Viewpoints, Research in Context, and more.
Scholastic Go! The Find it Fast search box enables users to search all databases at the same time, including 2 encyclopedia sets and 4 other collections, Amazing Animals, America the Beautiful, Lands and People, and The New Book of Popular Science.
ONLINE LIBRARY CATALOGS
Nassau: Automated Library Information System Web Catalog
Nassau County residents may use the online catalog and their home library's online databases with a public library card. Find the directory of libraries, and then you'll need to enter the barcode on your card before searching the library's databases.
Suffolk County Live-brary
Suffolk County residents have access to the online catalog and to Suffolk County Public Libraries. Online tutors are also available to help you with your homework in real time. You will need your public library barcode to access your home library's online databases.
You can access the library's comprehensive collections: American Memory (history and culture); THOMAS (legislative information); America's Library (Fun for kids and families); International Horizons (Collections from around the world); Online Exhibits and more!
BOOK REVIEWS WRITTEN BY
STUDENTS IN GRADES K-4 (Spring 2021)
The K-3 reviews will open as digital books that can be read online or printed.
Kindergarten Book Reviews
First Grade Book Reviews
Second Grade Book Reviews
Third Grade Book Reviews
The Fourth Grade book reviews are audio files and may be accessed at this link.
Fifth Grade students have book trailers they would like to share about some great books.