by Barbara O'Connor
- Book Recommendations
- Research Resources
- Birthday Books Program
- Media Literacy Curriculum
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 1st Grade
- 2nd Grade
- 3rd Grade
- 4th Grade
- 5th Grade
A great list of book series for all readers
Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
Caldecott Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”
Recommendations by age
Common Sense Media
Recommendations by topic and age
Hennepin County Libraries' Kid Links
Includes an option to search for books by grade level
A Book and A Hug
This site recommends great books for boys and girls of all ages.
The Britannica Encyclopedia web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and learning materials. Provides access to four encyclopedias with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. Designed for all levels of learning K-12.
Britannica Learning Zone
Interactive learning modules for PreK through grade 2 includes drawing, reading, games and geographical exploration
CultureGrams - User name and password required for home access.
Learn about people halfway around the world or in your own backyard with the local experts from CultureGrams.
Designed for elementary school students grades K-5, this database has articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books on animals, famous people, science, countries and states, and more.
States and American Indians studies
NoodleBib MLA Starter is designed for students in grades 1-5, introducing students to the basics of citing a source.
Give a lasting gift – give the gift of reading!
Celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a Kimberly Lane Library Birthday Book. Birthdays are always special to a child. What better ways to celebrate the special occasion than donate a book to the library in honor your child’s birthday.
By donating a Birthday Book, your child will:
- Choose a book from a cart of newly ordered books.
- Have his or her name placed on the book plate inside the cover of the book.
- Be the first one to borrow the new book.
You can be sure that many Kimberly Lane students will enjoy your donated book for years to come.
The monies received for these books will go into a fund to purchase more birthday books. The program is self-supporting and ever changing, as new books are bought throughout the year.
How often does my student visit the media center?
Students visit once a week with their class. Grades 1-3 have a specific library time that's a part of their designated specialist visit time. Kindergarten, grades 4 and 5 visit with their teachers.
What happens if my student can't find a borrowed library book?
If a book is lost or misplaced, please contact us in the media center to let us know. Take another week or so to try to locate it. If it's still not found, we ask that you try to send the replacement cost in cash or check (made out to Kimberly Lane) form to the media center or main office so that we can purchase a replacement book. If this is an issue, please contact us in the media center so we can make alternative arrangements. Please don't purchase a replacement on your own, because there are often specific library bindings or book types we purchase to survive the wear and tear of student use.
I just received an email that says my student has an overdue or lost book, but I'm pretty sure they returned the book or paid the fine. What should we do now?
First, don't panic. Look closely at the email: does it show that the media center actually owes you a refund, because the book has been found? Please contact us and let us know and we'll refund your money. On occasion, books miss the barcode scanner at check-in or students accidentally put them someplace other than the return bin, so we always check the shelves for the missing book.
Are there any book clubs for students?
Mr. Schiemann hosts a Mock Newbery book club for 4th and 5th graders that meets between November and February after school typically on every other Monday. Please contact him for more details.
Research for Make-a-Movie
Step 1 - Choose a partner
Step 2 - Login to your BrainPop account using your Technology username and password and Choose a Question that you'd like to research together
Step 4 - Explore the program
Step 5 - Research your topic using books in the library, Facts4Me or FactCite
State Research Resources
Video 1-Google Tour Builder Example
Video 2-Using Google Tour Builder Video-watch video on iPad, complete the steps in the video on a computer (pause the video when needed)-3 minutes
Video 3-Adding state "Basic Information" and "Basic Facts" Google Tour Builder Video-10 minutes
Video 4-Adding Famous Landmarks/Sports Team/Tourist places-5 minutes
Video 5-Adding Physical Geography-3 minutes
Video 7-Adding Famous People-4 minutes
Video 8-Adding the Economy-4 minutes
eBooks on Destiny Discover (see pictures above to filter your results to just the eBooks on your iPad)
Wikipedia Research Project
Google Street View and Earth Resources
Sphero Book Award Programming
You are preparing for the 3rd Annual Kimberly Lane Sphero Golf tournament! But first, you must learn to control your Sphero ball so that you don't don't slide, dice, hook, or duff your way into the waters and woods. To start, you'll be assigned a Sphero number that you'll use every time. This makes sure you have a consistently moving Sphero for your programming.. The videos below are super important, so please watch them first (yes, actually complete the tasks in the videos, so you will need to pause the video as you work through each step) before you begin the actual library Sphero project. Spread out all over in the media center so your Spheros aren't playing bumper cars. Problem solving if stuck: Ask 3 before you ask Me, Google it, or use the "Sphero Help Wall" on the front whiteboard.
Video 1 - Sphero Edu App Overview
Video 2 - Practice: Program a Square
Video 3 - Adding Lights
Video 4 - Make Sphero Talk
Choose a favorite book of either you or your partner, look up the book in Destiny Discover, locate it on the shelf, and program a Sphero to travel to it. Please see Mr. Schiemann to find out where you will start your Sphero. When you program it:
- It must change to a different color once at the book to indicate that it has arrived.
- It must make a sound to indicate that it has arrived.
- You must make it talk to “Announce” the book name, author, and its call #.
- You must make it talk again to say why other people should read this book.
Explorers Research General Research Websites
How to Create Your Works Cited Page videos
Step 1 - Cite your library books, FactCite, or Facts4Me - 7 minutes
Step 2 - Cite any books from Mrs. Ringate's room - 5 minutes
Step 3 - Cite any websites you used - 7 minutes
Step 4 - Cite BrainPOP or YouTube videos - 3 minutes
Roald Amundsen (Norway)
John Cabot (English)
- BBC History
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography
- Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage
Jacques Cartier (French)
Christopher Columbus (Italian)
Hernando Cortes (Spanish)
Robert de la Salle (French)
Bartolomeu Dias (Portuguese)
Leif Erikson (Ericson or Ericsson) (Vikings)
Martin Frobisher (English)
Sir Humphrey Gilbert (English)
Juan Ponce de Leon (Spanish)
Panfilo de Narvaez
Francisco Pizarro (Spanish)
James Wesley Powell
Giovanni de Verrazano (Italian/French)
The winner of last year's Maud Hart Lovelace Award was The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Vote for this year's winning book:
- from March through the first week in April.
- in the Media Center.
- if you have read at least three of the nominated titles.
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
by Brian Farrey
by Varian Johnson
by Andrew Clements
by Nicole Helget
by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks
by Melissa Savage
by James Ponti
by Hena Khan
The winner of last year's Star of the North Award was The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. Vote for this year's winning book:
- vote the last two weeks in March
- in the Media Center
- if you are in grades K-2 and have read at least 8 of the nominated titles