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Informational Resources




Reading & Language Arts Resources




Free Online Libraries

Elementary eBook Libraries:

General & Secondary eBook Libraries

Elementary:

  • Little Women
  • Captains Courageous
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • The Call of the Wild
  • White Fang
  • Kidnapped
  • Treasure Island
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Tarzan of the Apes
  • Hans Brinker
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Wind in the Willows

Secondary:

  • Jane Eyre
  • My Antonia
  • Lord Jim
  • Tale of Two Cities
  • The House of Seven Gables
  • Green Mansions
  • Babbitt
  • Of Human Bondage
  • Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
  • The Tempest
  • Frankenstein
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Walden
  • Anna Karenina
  • Life on the Mississippi
  • The Time Machine

Math & STEM Resources




Social Studies Resources




Podcast Resources:

Additional Social Studies Resources

  • GiftedSources.com provides consistently updated links to websites selected by educators, based on interactivity, content, and appropriateness for K – 12 students. Subjects include arts and humanities, language arts, mathematics, practical living, science, social studies, vocational studies, research, and news and publications.
  • EconSources – a great aid to students conducting economic research – links to documents in statistics, international organizations, economic education, government publications, global data and resources, federal agencies, and country profiles
  • The National Archives
  • DocsTeach – Lets teachers explore thousands of documents in a variety of media from the National Archives holdings. It also includes online tools to help teachers combine these materials and create engaging history activities that students can access over the internet.
  • Iowa Pathways – Explore Iowa History
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Purposeful, well-written educator resources and lesson plans are available.
  • Facing History and Ourselves – for high school and some middle school use
  • Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy – a grant-supported initiative to offer AP online and AP ICN classes throughout Iowa. Grant $$ is available to pay for online courses, AP exams, ICN courses, mentors for students, teacher training in AP classes (no Master’s degree required), and more. A school simply registers to be eligible for the services.

Science & STEM Resources




  • GHAEA Science Page
  • William & Mary Science Units Available for Purchase
  • The Girls Math & Science Partnership encourages and inspires teen girls interested in math and science.
  • Learningscience.org is an organization dedicated to sharing the newer and emerging “learning tools” of science education. Tools such as real-time data collection, simulations, inquiry-based lessons, interactive web lessons, micro-worlds, and imaging, among others, can help make teaching and learning science an exciting and engaging endeavor.
  • GiftedSources.com provides consistently updated links to websites selected by educators, based on interactivity, content, and appropriateness for K – 12 students. Subjects include arts and humanities, language arts, mathematics, practical living, science, social studies, vocational studies, research, and news and publications.
  • Neuroscience Site: site for children wanting to know more about any neuroscience – includes an email list, games, articles, links, activities, puzzles.
  • Steve Spangler Science – lots of experiments
  • http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/ This site is sponsored by AAAS and is full of resources of various types for students and teachers.
  • http://www.sciencedaily.com/ This site is full of recent research and can stimulate students to ask more questions and find a topic of interest to look into further. Creative students can use future wheels to predict the impact of new discoveries or research on society.
  • http://wise.berkeley.edu/ WISE is a simple yet powerful learning environment where students examine real-world evidence and analyze current scientific controversies. The curriculum projects are designed to meet standards and complement your current science curriculum and your grade 5-12 students will find them exciting and engaging. I believe a subscription is necessary, but it seems some components are free.
  • Try Engineering: lesson plans, games for students, interviews with engineers, universities with engineering programs, engineering newsletter, and more
  • Science News for Kids – timely news items and ideas for hands-on activities and resources – for kids 9 – 14
  • National Science Resources Center – curriculum resources
  • Exploring the Solar System
  • MIT Highlights for High School new (Nov. 2007) site provides resources to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction at the high school level.
  • Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy – a grant-supported initiative to offer AP online and AP ICN classes throughout Iowa. Grant $$ is available to pay for online courses, ICN courses, mentors for students, teacher training in AP classes (no Master’s degree required), and more. A school simply registers to be eligible for the services.

Student Competitions




Contacts:

Michelle Kavars, Talented and Gifted Consultant

Rosanne Malek, Iowa Department of Education, 515-281-3199

Important contacts

Staff Directory
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Angie Hance

Executive Director of Targeted Services and Supports

712-366-0503 ext. 3250 Email Angie Hance