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Manz Elementary Library: Research

Research Steps

Connect: Observe, experience, connect a subject to self and previous knowledge. 

Wonder: Predict, develop questions and hypotheses.

Construct: Draw conclusions, arrive at new understandings. 

Express: Apply understandings to a new context, share learning with others.

Reflect: Examine one's own learning and ask new questions.


Popular Websites

Articles and videos on Science and Social Studies topics.
National Geographic Kids
Articles, videos, and games on Science and Social Studies topics.
TIME for Kids
Current event articles by grade level or by topic.
How Stuff Works
Articles and videos by topic.
Articles and games on Science and Social Studies topics.
Videos, games, stories, and activities for science topics.
The Ways
Stories on culture and language from Native communities around the Great Lakes. 
Wisconsin First Nations
Videos and resources on the 12 American Indian Nations of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Biographies
16 biographies of people from Wisconsin. 


Clever Portal

Clever Portal
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Research Tools


Encyclopedia Britannica
Articles and pictures for research topics.
Fact Monster
Fast facts on math, science, the world, people, and sports.
KidzSearch Encyclopedia
Safe search articles and images on a variety of topics.

Library of Congress
Just about anything you can think of is here.

Dictionaries and Thesauruses
Words and their meanings.
Synonyms and antonyms.
Rhyme Zone
Online rhyming dictionary and thesaurus.


Google Maps
Google Earth