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Explorers

Explorers

More Homework Help – History & Social Studies

Ultimate Explorers

Do you think you have what it takes to be a trailblazer? In the Ultimate Explorer Guide, follow along as modern day explorers unearth ancient mummies, encounter wild animals and use the latest technologies in space travel. This book features explorers of all kinds: paleontologists, biologists, photographers, artists, conservationists, and more.

An explorer is someone who investigates the unknown or unfamiliar in order to learn about it. The unknown can be geographic (a place) or it can be an experience or idea. Because they go where others haven’t, geographic explorers are often associated with certain personality traits like bravery, confidence and curiosity. Their adventures make great stories!

There are many well known explorers from history, especially from the period know as the age of exploration when the earth was not fully explored or mapped yet. This was the time of Columbus, de Soto, Magellan and many more. In the following centuries humans added the exploration of space. The first space explorers are well known too – Armstrong, Glenn, Shepard & Aldrin.

Use the resources on this page to learn about the explorers of the past as well as those today who continue to discover new frontiers on earth and beyond. You can also learn about the tools and technologies explorers have used to help them navigate to new and unexplored places.

The device on the right is called an octant. It is an Artifact at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “An octant is a navigational tool that is similar to a sextant. It was used mostly to determine latitude at sea. It measures angles by observing the sun or stars and the horizon in reflecting mirrors. It is called an octant because the maximum angle it can measure is one-eighth of a circle, or 45°. This octant was made around 1800.”


Websites, Activities & Printables:

World History in Context LogoWorld History in Context: Age of Exploration is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. World History in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about explorers.

 

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Biography in Context: Explorers is another database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. Biography in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about world explorers. Pick a name from their list to learn more about that explorer.​


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

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Countries of the World

Countries of the World

More Homework Help – History & Social Studies

What's On Your PlateIf you need to do a report about one of the countries of the world or just want to learn about what life is like somewhere else, the websites and books on this page will help you get started. You will be able to find maps, flags, national anthems, food, clothing, games and more. To find library books about a particular country, use the online catalog for kids. Type the name of the country in the search box and click “search.”

There are also country books about themes like  “games” or “festivals” that will have information about individual countries. In books like these, individual countries will have a chapter or a section. Or, you might have to look up a country’s name in the index at the back of the book to find out which page to go to.


Websites, Activities & Printables:

CultureGramsKids

CultureGrams Kids Edition is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. Choose a country to find up-to-date information for reports including:

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  • climate
  • geography
  • economy
  • history
  • population
  • government
  • holidays
  • religion
  • recipes

Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Mountains of the WorldA World of Cookies for SantaAround the World in a BathtubYou and Me TogetherOne World Kids CookbookThe Real Wonders of the WorldThe Illustrated Timeline of the History of the WorldSchool Days Around the WorldSacred StoriesNational Geographic Kids World AtlasHomes Around the WorldFamilies Around the WorldEyewitness Wonders of the WorldEveryone PraysCool World CookingClothesCity AtlasChildren Just Like MeBuild It World LandmarksBirthdays Around the WorldThe World's Greatest Paintings and SculpturesWhat's for Lunch?A Ticket Around the WorldFlags of the WorldTalking to GodWhat We WearLittle TreasuresChildren of the World
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Favorite Teachers in Chapter Books

Favorite Teachers in Chapter Books

More Booklists

Matilda

We love teachers! Can you name your very favorite teachers? I can. Miss Sellers, Mr. Yoder, Mrs. Hayworth, Mrs. Reed. I could name more. I was lucky because I had a lot of good ones. Do you have anybody that is Professor McGonagall good? What are the things you like so much about a favorite teacher? My favorite thing in a teacher was someone who didn’t think students were lacking in smart because they were a kid! My favorites listened and also laughed a lot.

Listed below are some all-time favorite teachers from kids’ books. When the librarians in Indianapolis made suggestions for this list – Miss Honey from Matilda was suggested the most often. She gets a gold star!

You might also like taking a look back at Favorite Teachers in Picture Books. I bet you remember Mr. Ratburn and Miss Frizzle! Can you remember what stories they are in or the names of some of the kids in their classes?

Websites:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.


Ms. Bixby's Last DayMs. Bixby in Ms. Bixby’s Last Day – Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.


Anne of AvonleaMiss Shirley in Anne of Avonlea – Anne, now sixteen years old and a teacher atAvonlea school, finds that she isn’t much different than her mischievous and spirited pupils.


Because of Mr TerrupMr. Terupt in Because of Mr. Terupt – Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by “rookie teacher” Mr. Terupt. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 4-6 Nominee


Clemetines LetterMr. D’Matz in Clementine’s Letter – Clementine’s beloved teacher, Mr. D’Matz might be leaving for the rest of the year to go on a research trip to Egypt. The only solution, she decides, is to hatch a plan to get Mr. D’Matz back even if it means ruining his once-in-a-lifetime chance.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneProfessors Dumbledore, McGonagall, Snape & Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.


Ida BMs. Washington in Ida B. – In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family’s apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school. A Junior Library Guild selection; Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, 4-6 Nominee


Junie B AlohahaMr. Scary in the Junie B. Jones, First Grader Aloha-ha-ha! – Junie B. and her family are going on a vacation to Hawaii! And ha! Mr. Scary is giving Junie a real, actual camera to keep a photo journal of her trip! But taking good vacation pictures is not always easy. ‘Cause what if your airplane is full of grouchy ladies? And what if there is an unfortunate inner tube incident at the swimming pool? (And, oh my! Let’s not even mention what happens if a tropical bird gets tangled in your hair!) Will Junie B.’s vacation end up picture perfect? Or will her trip to Hawaii be-horrible?


MockingbirdMrs. Brook in Mockingbird – Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2013-2014, 4-6 Nominee.


Operation YesMiss Loupe in Operation YES by Sara Lewis Holmes In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth-grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.


Gooney Bird is so AbsurdMrs. Pidgeon in Gooney Bird is so Absurd – Mrs. Pidgeon’s second grade class studies poetry and her students write haiku, couplets, free verse, and finally, a tribute to Mrs. Pidgeon‘s mother organized by the irrepressible Gooney Bird Greene.


Love That DogMiss Stretchberry in Love That Dog – A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.


Math CurseMrs. Fibonnaci in Math Curse – When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse.


MatildaMiss Honey in Matilda – Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.


Mr Lincolns WayMr. Lincoln in Mr. Lincoln’s Way – When Mr. Lincoln, “the coolest principal in the whole world,” discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.


Science VerseMr. Newton in Science Verse – When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.


The Art of Miss ChewMiss Chew in The Art of Miss Chew – Describes how a teacher named Miss Chew encouraged individuality, and accepted learning differences, and helped a young student with academic difficulties get extra time to take tests and permission to be in advanced art classes. Inspired by the author’s memories of her art teacher.


The Secret Life of Mrs FinklemanMiss Finkleman in The Secret Life of Ms Finkleman – Spurred by a special project from her social studies teacher, seventh-grader Bethesda Fielding uncovers the secret identity of her music teacher, which leads to a most unusual concert performance and a tutoring assignment.


Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside SchoolMiss Jewls in Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School – Join Mrs. Jewls’s class and try solving over fifty math puzzles and brainteasers.


The View from SaturdayMrs. Olinski in The View From Saturday – Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.


The Wednesday WarsMrs. Baker in The Wednesday Wars – During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.


Word After Word After WordMs. Mirabel in Word After Word After Word – A visiting author teaches five friends about the power of wordsand writing. A Junior Library Guild selection


The Year of Miss AgnesMiss Agnes in The Year of Miss Agnes – Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher.

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Meteor Showers

Meteor Showers

More Homework Help: Scienc

National Geographic Kids Meteors

Have you ever seen a “shooting” or “falling” star? These streaks of light are not actually stars at all, but space rocks falling through the earth’s atmosphere. These rocks are called meteoroids or meteors. As the meteor falls it rubs against particle’s in the earth’s atmosphere which creates friction, making the meteor extremely hot. Usually, the meteors become so hot they burn up and disappear before hitting the earth. The flame of that burning up is what we see and what makes meteors look like a star falling out of the sky. If a meteor does survive its journey through the atmosphere and lands on the earth, it is called a meteorite.

At certain times of year we can see a lot of meteors all at once because the earth is passing through a field of space rocks. These times of year are called “meteor showers” because so many space rocks are falling through the earth’s atmosphere at one time. Each year in late summer the Earth passes through a trail of dust and debris left by an ancient comet called Comet Swift-Tuttle. This creates a lot of meteors and is called the Perseid Meteor Shower because the meteors look like they are coming from the constellation Perseus.

In 2019 the Perseid Meteor Shower will occur from July 23 to Aug. 20. The peak will be on August 13th. The best way to see meteors is to go outside after dark, lie on your back and look straight up. You might have to wait. Bring a good snack – like popcorn! You  might also like to know about solar eclipses.

TCM Meteor

This meteorite is an Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

“Meteorites are one of the few extraterrestrial, from outer space, materials scientists have to study. Most meteorites found on the ground are iron, which are very dense and appear quite different from ordinary rock. This is a Gibeon meteorite made up mostly of iron and nickel. These meteorites resulted in a huge meteor shower that occurred thousands of years ago. Upon hitting he earth’s atmosphere, a large iron mass (or masses) fragmented, showering down to Earth. These fragments were first reported in 1838, with more fragments showing up in following years as Europeans moved in.”


Websites, Activities & Printables:

Science in Context: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. Science in Context will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about Comets, Meteors & Asteroids.​

 

 

You can also ask a math and science expert for homework help by calling the Ask Rose Homework Hotline. They provide FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12.


Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

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50+ Online Games for a Rainy Day

50+ Online Games for a Rainy Day

Learning Curve Banner

Online games suggested by the staff from The Learning Curve at Central Library:

Virtual Field Trips
Anne Frank’s Annex
The Louvre
Hershey’s Factory
Mount Everest
Museum of Natural History
New 7 Wonders of the World
Global Trek

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids!
Chuck Vanderchuck’s Jazz Explosion

Contraptions and Brain Teasers
Hello Worlds and Refraction by Center for Game Science
King of Shapes
Cover Orange
Bridgecraft
Super Stacker 2
Factory Balls 2
Fantastic Contraption
Lightbot
Electric Box

General Science
Bloxorz
Construction Fall
Dog Pound
5th Grade Games
Gravity Duck
Grayscale
Kerpoof
Little Rocketman
Magic Pen
Magic Pen 2
Mr. Bounce
Primary Games
Simple Machines
Stump Your Parents
Eco-Kids Games!
Energyville
Gut Instinct
Manga High
PBS Kids Science Games
Seaquence

Astronomy
Astro-Matic 3000
Lunar Cycle
Planets

Earth Science
Destroy Magnets!
Gravity Launch

Anatomy
Label-A-Part!
All Systems
Curing Tuberculosis

Human Body
Virtual Knee Surgery (grades 7-12)
Aortic Aneurysm Surgery (grades 7-12)
Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (grades 7-12)
Virtual Hip Replacement Surgery (grades 7-12)
Virtual Hip Resurfacing Surgery (grades 7-12)
Heart Surgery
Arm Surgery
Leg Surgery

Biology
Colonial Gardener
Enviro-Girl
Living Environments
My Planet
Virtual Forest
Wall-E Trash Tower

Chemistry & Math
Big Cook Little Cook
Cool Math Games

Webcam Games 
Ontario Science Centre Bird Cam: Observe & Report

Science Podcasts
A Moment of Science
Earth Sky
Journey With Nature
Scientists @ The Smithsonian

 

Recommended by: The Learning Curve @Central Library

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