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Free Homework Resources!

You may click on the link located on this page for homework help.
These resources are provided to you courtesy of The Houston Public Library.  If your ipad is restricting the links, please try them on your computer, phone, or personal tablet at home. I have read over these sites, and they are really good! Make sure to read all of the links!
 
 

Homework Resources

Premium Resources

 

ABCMouse (In Library Use Only)

ABCmouse.com helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. Over 5,000 learning activities (fun games, puzzles, art, etc.) for kids ages 2-7+.

 

Academic Search Complete

Full-text articles in all subject areas from all types of magazines and newspapers including scholarly publications. *

 

American Decades

American Decades covers the events, people and social trends that have had impact on contemporary history. Covers the decades from 1900-2009.*

 

Brainfuse - Homework Help

Get live online homework help, skills building, writing assistance, and more. Live help is available Monday - Sunday, 2pm-11pm.*

 

Britannica E-Books

A collection of online reference titles especially useful for homework assignments. Titles for older students cover science, literature, and history. Titles for younger users introduce basic concepts such as shapes and numbers. *

 

Britannica Escolar

Un recurso para estudiantes para hacer busquedas y examinar informacion en enciclopedias, revistas, videos y sitios web.*

 

Britannica Online for Kids

A resource for students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites. *

 

Britannica Online Library Edition

A powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites.*

 

CultureGrams

CultureGrams goes beyond basic facts and figures on more than 200 countries, detailing daily life and culture, history, customs, and lifestyles. The States Edition describes the diversity and history of each U.S. state and includes maps, flags and symbols.*

 

Discover Our World

Click on an interactive map of the world to read articles on different nations provided by Britannica Online.*

 

Discover Our World: North America

Click on an interactive map of the United States to read articles about the states provided by Britannica Online.*

 

Ebrary (For Remote Users)

A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.* 

 

Ebrary (In Library Version)

A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.* 

 

Explora: High School Edition

Search that focuses on content written for high school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as science, current issues, health, history, art, and literature.*

 

Explora: Middle School Edition

Search that focuses on content written for middle school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as science, current issues, health, history, art, and literature.*

 

Explora: Primary School Edition

Search that focuses on content written for primary school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as animals, language arts, science, and geography.*

 

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Full-text encyclopedia.*

 

General OneFile

Provides access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics.*

 

Learning Express Library

Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests.*

 

MAS Ultra: School Edition

Articles from general interest and current events magazines appropriate for school assignments.*

 

Middle Search Plus

Articles covering general topics appropriate for middle school students.*

 

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids is a kid friendly version of the iconic magazine. This database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains 500 pictures and 200 National Geographic Kids books.*

 

NBC Learn

NBC Learn is a video collection of news stories provided by NBC News. The brief videos cover a wide range of subjects including current events and STEAM related topics.*  (Please note: When you access NBC Learn for the first time you will see “You Are Not Signed In” in the upper right hand corner. Click on the Sign In tab. On the pop up box click the Institution Login tab. Type in and select Houston Public Library. You will be asked to supply a Username and Password, which is your library card number and pin. When you see Welcome, Houston Public Library, SSO in the upper right hand corner of the NBC Learn homepage you should have complete access to the database and videos.)  

 

NoveList K-8 Plus

Online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction or nonfiction book to read. Includes Lexile scores.*

 

Oxford English Dictionary (For Remote Users)

Online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.*

 

Oxford English Dictionary (In Library Version)

Online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.*

 

Primary Search

Articles from children's magazines and pamphlets; designed for the elementary school student.*

 

Science in Context

Provides information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics by means of newspaper and journal articles, images, and video.*  

 

SciTech Premium Collection

SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.*

 

 

 

Something About the Author Online

Something About the Author Online brings you thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images.*

 

Teen Health and Wellness

Provides students with support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.*

 

TumbleBooks

Online picture books, puzzles, games and quizzes for children.*

Recommended Websites

 

50states.com

Extensive information on all 50 of the United States.

 

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder

Locate approved titles for use in school Accelerated Reader programs. Check with your student's teacher or school for specific details and approved AR lists.

 

Any Day in History

Find out about historic events and birthdates that occurred on a selected day.

 

CIA World Factbook

Information on countries around the world.

 

Citation Machine

Provides an interactive tool to help create reference citations for research papers. Includes various print and electronic resources.

 

CK-12 Foundation

An online collaborative learning environment for students and educations; offers study guides for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and assistance in curriculum development.

 

Core Documents of Our Democracy

Major documents of the United States from 1776 to the present.

 

Digital Public Library of America

The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items--photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more--from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

 

EasyBib

Automatic bibliography and citation maker.

 

Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life brings together information about all life on earth - text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more.

 

Find Sounds

Find audio files in a variety of formats for animals, musical instruments, and miscellaneous sound effects.

 

Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling

Offers handouts and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

 

Handbook of Texas Online

Encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.

 

HPL Paperback Classics

Local school reading list titles includes fiction and nonfiction.

 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has over 3,300 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.

 

Lexile Book Search

Allows users to find book Lexile levels with a title search or to find titles with a specific Lexile level.

 

Library of Congress American Memory

American Memory provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

 

Merriam-Webster Online

Online English language dictionary and thesaurus. Also includes a medical dictionary and a Spanish-English dictionary.

 

Online Conversion

Convert just about anything to anything else.

 

Recipe Source

Recipes from around the world.

 

Reference Desk

Fact checker for the Internet with links to free, credible websites.

 

Salem Witchcraft in 1692: A Bibliography

This is a list of sources with historical and other background information on the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692.

 

Web Elements

A periodic table of elements with description, history, uses, atomic structure, and additional detailed information for each element.

 

What is a Dollar Worth?

CPI and inflation rates. Download the free Inflation Calculator app.

 

Where to Write for Vital Records

Links are provided for users who want direct access to individual state and territory information.

 

Mood Words

Mood Words
 
ANGRY 
aggravated, enraged, hostile, irate, violent
 
HAPPY
content, joyful, delighted, ecstatic, elated
 
BORING
dreary, dull, uneventful, tiring
 
Loving
warm, delicate, romantic, touching, sympathetic
 
CALM
quiet, serene, tranquil, mellow, harmonious
 
SAD
depressed, melancholy, mournful, tragic, gloomy
 
EXCITING
exhilarating, lively, rousing, thrilling, energetic
 
SCARY
creepy, nightmarish, spooky, haunting, threatening
 
FUN
amusing, bouncy, cheerful, playful
 
WORRIED
anxious, nervous, restless, suspenseful, tense, uneasy

Mood Video

 
Watch this to help you understand "MOOD".
 
 
Mood is the feeling the reader gets from a work of literature. Another way to describe mood is atmosphere. When you walk into a place, it has an atmosphere that makes you feel a certain way; when you “walk into” a text, it too has an atmosphere that makes you feel a certain way. For example, the mood could be calm, creepy, romantic, gloomy, or tense. Authors create mood through word choice, imagery, dialogue, setting, and plot. The mood can stay the same from the beginning to the end of a text, or it can change.
 
 

Journal Check Rubric (Test Grade)

Here is the rubric for your journal check.  We have discussed the requirements together in class.  It will count as a test grade.  Journals are due Tuesday, October 10th.  
 

Journal Rubric                        

Check # _______                   Name_____________

Entry Dates:____________       Score_____________

 

 

20

18

16

0

Table of Contents

 

 

 

No entries are missing.

One entry is missing.

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All entries

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Entries

 

 

 

No entries are missing.

 

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Length

 

 

 

All entries include the prompt and are ¼ page after the prompt.

More than ½ of the entries include the prompt and are ¼ page after the prompt.

More than ½ of the entries do not include the prompt of are not ¼ page after the prompt.

 

All entries are missing

Content

 

 

 

All topics are answered and elaborated on.

More than ½ of the topics are answered and elaborated on.

Fewer than ½ of the topics are answered and elaborated on.

All entries are empty

Follow Direction

All assignment numbers match and are placed in upper right corner and in the table of contents.

One number does not match and/or is not placed in the upper right corner and in the table of contents.

More than one number does not match and/or is not placed in the upper right corner and in the table of contents.

All entries are empty

LAST DAY TO TURN IN WORK FOR THIS 9 WEEKS

I will accept late work until the end of day on October 18th.  This includes daily repair or missing work.  

FREE HOUSTON LIBRARY CARD - ONLINE BOOKS!

If you are a Texas resident and unable to physically come to the library to register for a library card, you can register by mail. Please print the Library Card registration form and send it, along with a good quality photocopy of your photo I.D. with your current address, to:

Houston Public Library
System Circulation Department (Library Card)
500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77002

You can also email a scanned copy of the completed application form and photo I.D. to circinfo@hpl.lib.tx.us.

Copy and paste the link below into a browser if it does not open automatically. 

http://houstonlibrary.org/sites/default/files/image/2012-librarycard-app.pdf

Cell Phone Policy

ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (All Grade Levels) Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile Telephones For safety purposes, the district permits students to possess personal mobile telephones; however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing, unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes. A student must have approval to possess other telecommunications devices such as netbooks, laptops, tablets, or other portable computers. The use of mobile telephones or any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event. If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the device will be confiscated. The student may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the principal’s office for a fee of $15. Confiscated telecommunications devices that are not retrieved by the student or the student’s parents will be disposed of at the end of the school year. In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal telecommunications device may be searched by authorized personnel. Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunications devices.