Kid-Friendly Search Engines

It was once said, “Gathering information from the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.”  One of the many jobs of a school librarian is to demonstrate to students where they can look for relevant information amongst all of the Internet offers.

Students in 3rd grade were practicing using what I like to call “Kid-Friendly” search engines.  Instead of just “Googling” everything, which can lead to thousands of impractical, and sometimes inappropriate hits, search engines such as Gogooligans, KidsClick and Searchasaurus give us results that are easier to read and understand.

Using World Book online and Encyclopedia Britannica (through Badgerlink) provide relevant information at a reading level that is elementary-friendly.

Mrs. D introduced Wordles to Mrs. King’s class and they came in later during the week to create them.  Mrs. Staff’s class did a great job on their personal narratives, where they wrote a narrative and drew a self-portrait.  Then we used Voicethread to create amazing podcasts.  Click here to watch and listen!

All four Kindergarten classes were in one of the library computer labs using the website ABCya to create their own pumpkins and print them out.  This was a great classroom connection since they were studying pumpkins and their life   cycles this week.

1st and 2nd graders had fire safety websites demonstrated to them.  Sparky and Smokey the Bear provided great safety messages.  On Friday the entire school recognized Fire Safety Day with a visit from local fire fighters.

Speaking of visitors, Kids Voting activities took place in the multimedia room all day on Tuesday.  Students at all grade levels had an opportunity to learn more about the importance of democracy and voting.

3rd graders from Mrs. Schwan’s and Mrs. Staff’s classes were in the library this week where we worked together on using Kid-Friendly search engines to gather information on national parks and monuments.  Students also used Google Maps to help them determine how far it is from Ringle, WI to the national park or monument they were researching.

4th graders continued to blog with Mrs. D regarding her Question of the Week.  They also watched the What’s New 2012 animoto video highlighting our newest library books.

5th graders were introduced to this week’s “Book Hook”.  It was great to see all of the enthusiastic readers.  Library Crew is also in full swing and we appreciate all of the help our crew member supply.  Hopefully our t-shirts will be arriving soon!

Throughout it all, Mrs. D is offering her services and bouncing around from one class to another.  Onward to next week!


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