Reading Conversion Chart:Using grade level,
DRP scores, Lexile levels and words read per minute.
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
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.
Citing electronic sources: How to cite electronic sources using the MLA Style.
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.
Citing Sources MLA Style: Examples and instructions on how to cite books, dictionaries, encyclopedias,
magazine articles, newspapers, essays, poems, short stories, online sources, and web sites MLA Style by the University of
Copyright Detectives: Taking the mystery out of copyright
Copyright in detail: Copyright laws, etc.
Copyright Basics: A PowerPoint presentation on copyright basics.
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
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
Internet Safety Guide
Leveling Reading Programs by Ms. Valley PowerPoint on different reading programs and how they are leveled
Leveling Reading Systems by Ms. Valley
Libriarian help: Ask a librarian for help online.
Librarian's Internet Index: Websites selected and organized
My teacher hates me: Really?
National Educational Techynology
Standards for Students
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.
Practice safe computing
Protect Your Online Privacy: EFF's Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy explains how to configure hardware and software to best protect privacy.
Reading Level Correlation Chart
Research Wizard: Full of tutorials and
wizards for learning to research and evaluate.
Saving a Word as a PDF
Searching Online: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
Websites Eval Criteria for Primary sources
700+ Great , developed by the American Library Association, describes how children's librarians evaluate Web sites for children's use.
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:
Town Hall Records
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.
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.
Ms. Valley's Recommendations
More copyright free images can be found at:
Library of Congress Digital Collection
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About This Book:
Gr 7-12 3 teens embark upon a cross-country journey in order to escape from a society that salvages body parts from children ages 13 – 18. There are
benefits to unwinding — children with fatal diseases can be saved by perfect transplants. Once readers have managed the huge suspension of disbelief that
UNWIND's premise requires, they'll find the story exciting and thought-provoking.