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You can now read eBooks online!
Turn off popup blockers. More than just pages on a screen – Follett eBooks are dynamic teaching tools that enhance learning, in the classroom. Bring a grammar lesson to life when you diagram sentences with a graphic novel, use the built-in dictionary introduce (highlight) new vocabulary words, easily search for and take notes on important information with the eBook’s embedded tools, and best of all access them online from your Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony Reader or your computer with an Internet connection!

TitlePeak from Destiny (OPAC):
After logging into our OPAC and finding your book, click on the title to see bibliographic information, a brief summary and more. From there, double-click on the cover image to go to TitlePeak (if you do not see an image of the cover, right-click and select "Refresh"). Appealing cover images make title recognition and identification easier, so your students can quickly find the titles they need. Each search result displays the book cover along with varied additional content such as title profile, table of contents, brief summary, author notes, first chapter or excerpt, published reviews and more. With more than 2.5 million available book jacket cover images, TitlePeek lets you create a more engaging library experience, encouraging greater library use and fosters the love of reading.
"Getting Started with Destiny Manager" Accessed September, 1 2013

Channel One The mission at Channel One News is to encourage students to be informed, digital-savvy global citizens. This is a Peabody and Telly award-winning program broadcast to nearly 5 million young people across the country. Their daily broadcast and supplementary educational materials are aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to help students, teachers and parents interpret the news and spark important conversations.

eCYBERMISSION Pojects (being updated)
Meeting CONNECTICUT State Science Standards with eCybermission, students chose either an Engineering Design method or Scientific Inquiry. The eCybermission program gives students the chance to explore how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) work in their world. This emphasis on STEM and a chance for students to engage in inquiry practices makes eCybermission an excellent addition to Ms. Valley's classroom and to your child's curriculum. eCybermission align with the Connecticut state science standards, Common Core State Standards (CCSS), 21st Century skills (Information Literacy, Problem Solving, Ditital Citizenship, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Innovation), and the ISTE standards (formerly known as the NETS). The ISTE Standards are the standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and are widely recognized and adopted worldwide.

Backpacks - the interviews (8ATEAM3) This is only the interview portion of this teams project. Research was conducted to aquire data on the topic selected - affects of carrying backpacks during the school day using the average weight of books needed for most middle school students - using at least ten reputable sources and the Engineering Method. Students then identified criteria and constrainsts before planning a prototype. Using the prototype, students constructed a conclusion and identified the benifit this product would have on our community.

Safe Texting (8ATEAM2) This page is being updated and worked on now.

eCybermission Program Overview Videos (Macromedia Flash Player may be needed for viewing)


Understanding and Selecting a Mission Folder
Choose a problem that our community faces to investigate that falls into one of these categories: Alternative Sources of Energy; Ecosystems; Food, Health & Fitness; Nanotechnology; National Security & Safety; Robots & Robotics; and Speed, Velocity, Acceleration, Vectors & Scalars. Please review the eCybermission website. Resources:
  • Worksheet 1
  • Worksheet 2
  • Worksheet 3
  • Water Crisis in the Nepal Himalayas
  • Worksheet 4

  • How to Develop a Problem Statement
    Well constructed problem statements will convince your audience that the problem is real and worth having you investigate. Your strategy is one of contrast: by situating the the ideal scenario next to the situation as it exists, you can not only persuade the reader that a problem exists, but then go on to emphasize the consequences of ignoring or addressing the problem. Remember, your problem statement is the backbone of the proposal/report. Describe the goals, desired state, or the values that your audience considers important and that are relevant to the problem (statement 1). Describe a condition that prevents the goal, state, or value discussed in statement 1 from being achieved or realized at the present time (statement 2). Connect statements 1 and 2 using a term such as "but," "however," "Unfortunately," or "in spite of"; Using specific details, show how the situation in statement 2 contains little promise of improvement unless something is done. Then emphasize the benefits of research by projecting the consequences of possible solutions as well (Statement 3). Resources:
  • Sheet 3-1
  • Student Sheet 3-2
  • Student Sheet 3-3
  • Student Sheet 3-4

  • Conducting Research

    Scientific inquiry causes confusion as students analyze experimental findings. Confusion is good in this setting, because it demonstrates critical thinking is taking place. Critical thinking results in students drawing inferences that display a greater level of understanding (Hinrichsen, J. and Jarrett, D., 1999, Science inquiry in the classroom, 7-10). Stating a Hypothesis

    Conductiong an Experiment
  • Student Sheet 6-1

  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Student Sheet 7-1
  • Student Sheet 7-2

  • Benefit to the Community
  • Student Sheet 8-1

  • Don't forget to Cite ALL sources that you used during this project by using the online Citation Maker.

    Be sure to utilize all of the online resources available to you and your team to make the most of the students’ participation in the eCYBERMISSION competition.

    Team Talk
    – This is a real-time chat tool for teams to use during the competition. Teams can log on to and access the Team Talk tool and speak to other members of their team in real time. Only members of the same team will be able to talk to each other so they can discuss their project. Keep in mind that the Team Talk chats are still monitored for appropriate language and usage.

    eCYBERMISSION Forums – This is where students, team advisors and mission control can post questions or discuss topics via posts that are viewable by all registered participants of the eCYBERMISSION competition. There is a section for students to discuss issues with their team but they can also speak with members of other teams. Team Advisors can also contact each other to discuss issues they have encountered. The forums are also constantly monitored for appropriateness.

    CyberGuides – CyberGuides are expert volunteers that have been cleared through military background checks and are dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They can help teams with technical questions and problems they encounter during the competition. This is a great opportunity for students to connect with experts in these fields and find out what they really do and what they think about these topics. They are available to help team advisors as well.

    Webinars – We have 6 different webinars that are archived on the eCybermission website. Topics include: Choosing a Topic, Asking Questions, Data Collection, Data Analysis, and Presentations. If you would like a live presentation by a CyberGuide on any of the webinar topics, please contact Mission Control to arrange for a webinar. Please indicate 3 preferred dates and times and your preferred webinar topic.

    Teacher Resources:
    Choosing a Topic

    Asking Questions and How to Write a Problem Statement

    Data Collection

    Data Analyzing and Drawing Conclusions

    Giving a Presentation

    March 2014 Upcoming Events

    April 2014 Upcoming Events

    What should I read next? IfEnter a book title or author's name to see what books are suggested for you to read next.

    Read these next... A list of books and book suggestions.

    If you liked...then you will like... Good Reads.

    What should I read next?

    Here are some suggestions from Ms. Valley:

    Reading Conversion information and Chart: Using grade level, DRP scores, Lexile levels and words read per minute.

    Leveled Reading:
    Research has shown that students’ reading skills grow fastest when they select books that challenge them appropriately—introducing new words, more complex sentences and more abstract concepts—without being too difficult or frustrating. Reading Program Services such as Lexile® and Fountas & Pinnell helps schools in our district provide visibility and easy searching of books and materials that match students’ reading and comprehension levels by directing them to books in their optimal reading zone, encouraging literacy and the love of reading. Destiny allows students to be more self-directed and empowered to find the books they want quickly and easily.

    You can conduct search with the History Content Gateway. Results will filter out materials not related to U.S. history and returns educational resources first.

    Anything created before 1923 is in the public domain and therefore copyright laws do not apply. Find more than 1,000 Civil War photographs by Matthew Brady.

    More copyright free images can be found at: National Archives
    Library of Congress Digital Collection

    Experiment of weekly Common Core Practice Prompts

    Gift Card


    TV News Announcements

    "At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better." ~Barack Obama (from a speech to the American Library Association June 25, 2005)

    American colonies: Ms. Valley's American Colonies.
    Bill of Rights Project: Ms. Valley's Bill of Rights web page.
    Bully Game: An interactive game.
    Author & Illustrator Websites: A list of author and illustrator websites.
    Bellsouth Digital project: A project-based learning activity where students video taped interviews with veterans from WWII and the Korean Wars.
    Best Online Reference Sites:
    Citation Maker: Enter a number between 1 and 9 into the text box highlighted in yellow and you will see the links on the left-hand side activate. Click on they type of material that you want to cite and then enter the information requested.
    Citation Machine MLA will already be selected, now enter the ISBN # (include the dashes) and click on the SUBMIT button. If your book does not have a citation then it will allow you to interactively create it.
    Citation Maker by EasyBib: Interactive bibliography composer.
    Cite those sources: An interactive tutorial that explains copyright, fair use, public domain, and answers other copyright questions. It is fun and easy to understand!
    Citing Sources - Plagiarism: A quick review of plagiarism.
    Copyright Detectives: Taking the mystery out of copyright
    Copyright in detail: Copyright laws, etc.
    Defragmenting your hard drive

    Guide to the Internet: Just getting started with E-mail, WWW, FTP, etc.
    Google Lit Trip for Middle GradesUsing Google Earth, discover where places within the story are.
    Graphic Organizer: Venn diagram, story maps, persuasion map, goal-reasons web, timeline, and lots of charts.
    iCONN.orgThrough iCONN, a core level of information resources including secured access to licensed databases is available to every citizen in Connecticut. In addition, specialized research information is available to students and faculty.
    Information Literacy: Online resources for librarians and teachers focusing on information literacy and research skills. Includes the Big6, evaluating information, evaluating websites, and lesson plans for learning and teaching with the Internet.
    Internet Public Library: Online library for kids.
    Libriarian help: Ask a librarian for help online.
    Librarian's Internet Index: Websites selected and organized by librarians.
    My teacher hates me: Really?
    National Educational Techynology Standards for Students
    Note-taking: Ms. Valley's Note-taking PowerPoint
    Plagiarism: Ms. Valley's plagiarism web page.
    Privacy-What's the big deal?CyberSmart Curriculum
    Privacy Information Center: includes the latest and archived news about Internet privacy.
    Privacy-Frequently Asked Questions about the Children's Online Privacy: Protection Rule clarifies the U.S. Federal Trade Commission rule for protecting the privacy of children online, including how it affects schools and libraries.
    Privacy - Kidz: developed by U.S. Federal Trade Commission, explains rules for protecting children's privacy online and provides information about the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
    Privacy Seal Program: TRUSTe provides information on the Children Privacy Seal Program, which endorses and provides a seal of approval for Web sites that protect the privacy of children online.
    Privacy-Common Concerns: Practice safe computing
    Reading Level Correlation Chart Searching Strategies:This tutorial presents an easy-to-follow process on using search engines and subject directories for finding what you need on the World Wide Web.
    Searching by keyword & subject KidsClick
    Weekly Reader for Teens: Blogs, games and contests for teenagers.
    Website Evaluation: Ms. Vally's website evaluation page.
    Website Evaluation PPT: Ms. Valley's PowerPoint on website evaluation.
    Website Evaluation: An interactive tutorial on how to evaluate websites.
    Writing book reviews: How to write a book review.
    Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy
    Writing paragraphs and Topic sentences: How to write a paragraph and topic sentence.

    What is a Primary Source?

    Primary sources are materials from a topic's time period (firsthand accounts) or was created by a direct witness of an event or time. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides firsthand accounts about a person or event. Quotes from original sources are primary sources, but quotes found in secondary sources (such as your text book are not primary sources). An interviews with Judith Altmann, who lived during the Holocaust, is considered a primary source but an interview with a Holocaust expert who did not actually have firsthand knowledge is not a primary source.

    Places where you can find primary source material:

  • Museums
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • State Archives
  • Town Hall Records
  • Corporate Archives
  • Community Residents
  • Town Planning Offices
  • Town and County Historians
  • Public and school Libraries
  • Local and State Historical Societies
  • Community Groups, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, Ethnic Organizations, etc.