Helpful Hints for Kids Search. Linda Eleftheri Second Grade Teacher March 2009. Kids Search . Kids Search is free to Indiana students. The information is provided through INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Library. The resources are for kids in grades Kindergarten – Eighth Grade.
Second Grade Teacher
Kids Search is free to Indiana students.
The information is provided through INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Library.
The resources are for kids in grades Kindergarten – Eighth Grade.
Ebsco is the company that creates and maintains the information in the databases.
You don’t have to use the long URL.
Just go to INSPIRE and select
Kids Search. It is usually
bookmarked or linked on school
and public library websites.
compare the reading level of TEMPLE CAT(610) to AMAZING PET HEROS(990). Amazing Pet Heroes is more challenging to read because of the number of syllables in each word, the number of words in the sentences and the number of sentences in each paragraph.
Lexile - Look at the numbers on the chart next to your grade level. Match these with the numbers next to the information you find.
This will show about
how difficult or easy the information you find will be to read.
To get back to your list of results after you look at an article or picture, go back to the Results List at the bottom of the screen.
Try typing the name of your
research item in the Find box.
Use a word like airpollution and
try to limit the number of results.
Check the Lexile ranges as you explore
Can you find 30 results for
Air pollution? Find the picture
LAST WORDS. Find out why the
children are wearing masks.
Find bar and click GO.
Do you have 39 or 3,900 results?
Try to limit the results
to something that interests you.
Enter stuffed animals and see
how many results you find. Now
limit the results by using
Stuffed animal (Toys) from the
left column under Narrow Results.
You should have about 40 results now.
Click the Elephant for information about animals.
Click Animals. Check the box for Pets and Fun. Click GO. Look at all results. Read the titles of each article to see if some interest you. Then check Magazines.
Start with Animals again.
Narrow the search by clicking Habitats.
Then click Habitat (Ecology) to limit the search to Endangered Species. Now you only have 37 results
instead of 717.
Look at the Filter results tab. You can choose to view only the Magazine articles or just the Newspaper articles. Decide what you want to view and remember to check the Lexile range. Check out the Books & Encyclopedias icon. Then use the back button to return to Magazines.
Click Social Studies for the Topic Search then check the box next to Geography.
Try to find What is Geography? (Lexile 650) and
How To Read a Map(Lexile 690).
Which article would help you locate the
United States on a map?
Select Language Arts from topics. Check the box for Folktales.
Click BOOKS—Reviews from the Narrow Results column.
Keep narrowing your results by clicking the kind of book reviews
you want to explore.
Go back to Animals. Check the Habitats box. PressGo. Narrow Results with Endangered Species. Narrow Results again with Habitat (Ecology).
The 7th result is from a Weekly Reader Newspaper. Even if there is no Lexile Range, we can find information that is easy to read. To view the article click the icon by PDF Full Text. The Weekly Ready
was scanned into the
computer. If you click the name of the article,
Blue Skies, only a summary
of the article will appear.
If you want to read the full article or see all of the information click PDF or HTML Full Text to see the full document.
The Results will show many topics from the
main headings (Search by Topic).
as Let’s Go to the Movies or Cool Science.
movie star. Who is he?
See result number 7.
the top 25 Amusement Parks.
Put a check in the boxes Historical photos and Photos of
places to help narrow the search for images.
Type a key word in the Find box and click GO.
By entering “white house” you will get too many results that do not show The White House.
Try entering more specific
words like “The White House Tour”.
Now the results are fewer (44) and the results are all pictures of the inside and outside of the real White House
in Washington, DC.
Use a word document while you are
searching to take notes. Minimize the
word document page in a small corner screen.
Copy and paste sections of information and
type your own thoughts next to it.
Remember to put “quotation marks” around
the ideas you borrow from others and give
credit to the person who wrote it.
It is never OK to pretend you
wrote something that someone
Click on the citation to find the information you need to cite your source. You will need the author’s name, the title of the information, a date and where your information came from.
Visit the helpful websites below for Citing Resources.
The Plone CMS
The choices at the top are the same at the bottom.
There are two (2) print icons. Always ask an adult before you print. Only the information about the article will print now. If you want to print the Weekly Reader article click PDF Full Text and then click Print.
This box is for emailing
article information. To email
resources you must provide
a real email address and the
computer you are using must
have an email account set up.
To email the resources you must provide an email address, put in a subject and a comment to tell what you are sending.
Rich Text is already selected. A pop up box will let you know
if the email was sent correctly.
To save the article, make sure you can
see the story and then save it to a file that you can locate later. Rename the article by using save as. If you save now you will only be saving this link and information about the article.
Add to folder means you can store resources in a folder now and view them again later.
We will not be using this feature unless your teacher sets up a folder with you.
If you use the folder at home have a parent help you. You will have a password and username to remember.