Student Resources

  • Here are some AWESOME resources that you can use at school and at home!  Please let me (or your teacher) know if you have any questions or need any user names/passwords.  Thank you!

    If you need an eReader agreement for the Kindles, they are here: Kindle eReader Agreement

    Gale Databases
    Gale Databases is a super-cool way to research almost anything that interests you.  You will find articles, videos, pictures, games, and even books through this terrific resource.

    School Tube

    Are you familiar with SchoolTube?  No?  It is sort of like YouTube, only with educational content that is appropriate for students.


    National Geographic Kids

    National Geographic Kids is a datatbase that has it all: articles to help you research, books, magazines, images, videos, and more!

    Research in Context

    Research in Context is another GALE offering that is perfect for 5th graders and up.  It presents information in an easy-to-understand format and has everything broken down into subjects.



    If you love to read (and who doesn't?) and have never been to StoryLine, you are in for a treat!  There are wonderful books read by famous actors, actresses, and authors on this page.

    GALE Kids InfoBits

    If you are just starting out with research, try GALE's Kids InfoBits.  The information is presented in just-right language and smaller chunks!

    Britannica School

    Britannica School is an on-line encyclopedia that has a lot to offer: articles, videos, images, and even help with citations.

    SIRS Discoverer

    If you are looking for help with research for kindergarten through 8th grade, check out SIRS and the articles and web sites that cover every topic you might need!

                                                   Texas Bluebonnet Award

    The Texas Bluebonnet Award is a book award decided by just the students!  You need to read at least five books from the list so that you can vote in January.  (If you read all 20, there is a special award from Mrs. Zurbach in it for you!)

                                              Battle of the Books
    Battle of the Books is a reading competition that RISD participates in each year.  Third through sixth graders read ten books, practice answering questions about them, and then go to compete against other teams from around the district.  The book lists are for 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Zurbach.

    TumbleBooks is another wonderful site that has TONS of books to read and includes lots of bonuses and extras.


    MackinVia is a way to check out ebooks from our library any time on nearly any device!


    PebbleGo is a fantastic website that has so many neat things (books, articles, research materials, biographies, lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!) that you could visit it every day and never run out of things to learn.

    Do you want even more resources?  Please let me know what you are looking for and I will be more than happy to send them your way!  Happy Reading!