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
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.
Water Crisis in the Nepal Himalayas
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).
Student Sheet 3-2
Student Sheet 3-3
Student Sheet 3-4
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
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
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 www.ecybermission.com 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.
Choosing a Topic
Asking Questions and How to Write a Problem Statement
Data Analyzing and Drawing Conclusions
Giving a Presentation
March 2014 Upcoming Events
April 2014 Upcoming Events
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DRP scores, Lexile levels and words read per minute.
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:
Library of Congress Digital Collection
Experiment of weekly Common Core Practice Prompts