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New Books @ROE Library--Check it out!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Words, Words, and more Words

Sunday, September 26, 2010

To expand your vocabulary or investigate ways to improve your writing through word choice, explore some of the many excellent online dictionaries and thesauruses!

Create visual word maps that can show you useful related synonyms and parts of speech. Visuwords and Snappy Words are online graphical dictionaries that show not only synonyms, but expand into many other word relationships and parts of speech. Lexipedia shows webbed word connections too. Wordia brings words to life through both text and videos!

Tagxedo and Wordle are useful in creating word clouds. Try using these tools with a piece of your writing, a speech, or an article and you can discover repeated words, themes and main ideas.

Find word games and interactive activities on Spelling City, Word Central, and Math Dictionary for Kids. Go to Spelling City and enter your spelling words. Then, choose one of the many games to help you practice and learn. After, take a test and see how well you really know those weekly spelling words. Interact with the activities and games in the Maths Dictionary to better understand important mathematics vocabulary too.

[See where these page links on the ROE Library site by clicking

Sweet Search--readable & reliable!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Just because you find information on the Internet does not mean it's true, and often sites are very hard to read and understand. Where do you go when you need good information that is readable, true, and safe?

Sweet Search
and Sweet Search4me (designed for elementary students) are excellent choices for kids! Like Nettrekker, their results only include sites that are accurate, reliable, safe, and understandable
because they are reviewed by teams of educators. You can find them both HERE on the ROE Library site, and you can also try out a search directly below by typing in some key words. 

Finding Dulcinea, the creator of Sweet Search, also offers several other excellent pages for student research projects and assignments. Check out also Sweet Sites, 10 Steps to Better Research, Sweet Search Biographies, and Sweet Search Social Studies.

Classroom Magazines @ROE Library

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The ROE Library receives the many magazines you see pictured. Click HERE for direct links to online interactive versions of our print subscriptions. Find wonderful fiction stories to inspire your reading and writing in Cricket, Muse, Spider, and Ladybug. Explore science topics in Odyssey, Ask, Current Health, Current Science, Know, and OWL. Connect to the many facets of the world around us through National Geographic's Little Kids and Young Explorer. Discover new people, places, and events of the past in Dig, Cobblestone, and Calliope. Try Sports Illustrated Kids, Boys Life, American Girl or New Moon for all kinds of great articles and information!

International Photography Contest For Kids

ROE student photographers should definitely check out this National Geographic International Photography Contest!  Click on the icon above for rules and guidelines to enter.

"Take a photograph of something in your world that fits one or more of these four categories: humor, animals, scenery, or people. The Grand Prize winner in this contest will be selected from the First Place winners in each category and win a trip to Toronto, Canada. Then the four First Place Winners will go on to compete against other First Place Winners from National Geographic International Photography Contests for Kids being held worldwide. The best photo worldwide will win the Grand Prize in the worldwide contest, a trip to Washington, D.C."

You can also explore
National Geographic Kids online and be sure not to miss the National Geographic Photo of the Day. Two of my recent favorites are the Tour de France, Paris and Storm Clouds, Grand Canyon . These photographs through a microscipe of insect eggs are also simply amazing too!