Welcome to Mrs. Menzel's Media Center Wikispaces Page!

Kahoot - online quizzing website

Kids Book Series - huge list of books with AR levels, lexile levels, and more

ABCya - educational games

Safe Search Engines:

Searchy Pants - safe search engine for kids
KidsClick! - safe search engine for kids
Dibdabdoo.com - safe search engine for kids
Squirrel Net - Safe searching site using Google
Fact Monster - huge site for safe searching
netTrekker - huge site - you will need to know our county's login information
kid Rex - Very cute site - powered by Google
Safe Search - Google safe search
Primary School- safe search site
iPL - safe search site for kids
Wonderopolis - Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease
Great Websites for Kids - many different types of safe sites for kids
KidsClicks! - Biography search for kids
Animal Fact Guide - great website to find animal facts
National Geographic Kids - lots of animal information
Ranger Rick - animal facts
Especies - lots of animal fact

Animal Classification - PBS site with info and games

Online Free eBooks:

Barnes & Noble - online storytelling
Storyline Online - more online storytelling
International Children's Digital Library free e-books
Oxford Owl - search eBooks by age, series, and genre - You need to create a login but it is free.
Free Children's Books - free PDF downloads of books
Tall Tales - Animated Tall Tales and more
Just Books Read Aloud - great website with many books read aloud (YouTube videos)

Cyber Safety:

Zondle - games to help understand online safety
PBS Kids- Webonauts game
NetSmartzKids - website with cyber safety tips and games
NetSmartzKids - Videos about different online issues
Kidsmart - tools for being smart online
Cyber Safety test - test your knowledge about being safe online

Evaluation of Websites:

Website Evaluation - great tutorial site
Finding and Evaluating Websites - A tutorial from Eduplace.com
How to tell if a website is great - lots of great information
Tips for searching a website - resources to help search a website


Teaching Books - look up information about books and authors
Resources for Children's Literature - my Wikispace page with tons of resources for children's literature
Tree House Weather Kids - learn about weather and seasons

Dewey Decimal System

Dewey Decimal Rap - cute video on TeacherTube
Mrs. Lodgers Library - library skills game - shelving books
Order in the Library - shelving game
Intro to Dewey Decimal - Prezi presentation
Dewey Decimal System - great link for kids to understand the Dewey Decimal System
Dewey Decimals Games - Dewey decimal games and more
Dewey Dinosaurs - lots of games

Library Skills Review

Library Review Games - list of different library skills
Library Learning Games - choose from different skills to practice
Library Skills - another site to practice your Library knowledge
Parts of a Book - information about the different parts of a book
Parts of a Book - online practice quiz
Genre Game - online practice
Order in the Library - shelving game

Poetry Links

Poetry for Kids - several poetry games

Wizards and Pigs - fun interactive poetry site

Shape Poems - make a shape poem from Read, Write, Think website

Giggle Poetry - lots of fun poetry activities

Poetry Just for Kids1! - huge site with many different poetry activities for kids

Caldecott Medal

Caldecott Literature Series - 27 videos of Caldecott books
Factmonster - list of all the winners
Randolph Caldecott - information about the illustrator and the medal
KidsRead Website - information about the medal
David Wiesner - interactive site for this Caldecott winner
Leo Lionni - interactive site for this Caldecott winner

Fiction Vs. Non-Fiction:

Text Practice - Read/Listen to text to decide if fiction or nonfiction
Testing Your knowledge - Tutorial and then practice
Quiz - Ficition vs. Non-Fiction
Great Test - choose between the elements of fiction and nonfiction
Jeopardy - Test your knowledge - one or two players
Text and Questions - read the text and then answer questions

Big 6 Research Model

Big 6 Chart - helps you organize your information for your Big 6 Research project
RADCAB - Evaluate information on a website

Extra Animal Links for research project:


Research Links - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brain Pop Video - Learn important facts about MLK
National Geographic
USA for kids
Social Studies for Kids
Brain Pop Video
Kids Play and Create Site
Fact Monster Timeline

Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat Knows All That - PBS Kids website
Dr. Seuss Biography
Facts and Art of Dr. Seuss
Random House Kids - Dr. Seuss games and activities
Lorax Pop-Up Book - safeshare video

Example of Dr. Seuss Pixie Project - Create one page that could be found in a Dr. Seuss type of book

Maryland Day Links:

Maryland Day - Background -

Maryland Day commemorates the landing of Lord Baltimore and first colonists on St Clement’s Island (in Maryland) in 1634. The Maryland colonists held a special ceremony to give thanks for their safe arrival on March 25, 1634. They came to the colony aboard two ships, the Ark and the Dove.

Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, founded the colony under a charter that British King Charles I granted on June 20, 1632. They wanted to establish a colony where Roman Catholics, as well as everyone else, could practice their religion.

The king gave the colony to the Calvert family as a gift, on the conditions that the king was paid an annual rent of two arrowheads and that the colony must be named after his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria. It was called “Mary-Land” or Maryland, as it is known today. The celebration to commemorate this event began in Maryland schools in 1903 and it was made an official state holiday in 1916.
Maryland video

Fact Monster
Maryland Kids Page
Maryland State Learning Games
MPT - Exploring Maryland's Roots - great interactive video

Women's History Link & Files

Arlington Public Library - Use this link to find research about important women in history

Women's History Month - Time For Kids slideshow of the 10 Most Powerful Women in History

Read through the slideshow above and then complete the matching data sheet.

Use the QR codes to check your answers.

4th Grade Native American Links:

Nanticoke Tribe -
Wicomico Tribe
Shawnee Tribe

Earth Day Links

Earth Day for kids
Star Fall Earth
The Lorax Project
PBS Kids EeKo World

May Holidays:

Armed Forces Day

The United States is one of several countries that celebrate an annual Armed Forces Day. President Harry S. Truman was instrumental in establishing this American holiday as a way to thank the military and their families for their service. It was created on August 31st, 1949 and was first observed on May 20th, 1950.

Although Armed Forces Day was created to replace the days already celebrated by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Marine Corp, those branches of the military still observe their own specific days in addition to Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day falls on the third Saturday in May each year, and each year there is a theme to the celebration.

Information from: http://www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/armed_forces_day_facts/1337/

Word Search
Word Scramble

Extra Information:
Bill of Rights

Bats: Why Should we care?
The Adventures of Echo the Bat - NSA site

Turkey Links:
Thanksgiving Challenge
Dress a turkey

Leap Year Activity:
Leap Year
Fact Monster
President List