Library

Meet our Librarian

The ACA Librarian is Ms. Amy Kell. Contact her at (850) 997-3597 or akell@aucilla.org.

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Library Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 3:30pm
(closed for summer vacation)

Links

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Recommendations and Reviews:

What Should I Read Next?
Literature Map: helps you find authors similar to ones you like
LitPick: the latest is preteen & teen lit reviewed by students
Book Review Links on Slime Kids: for elementary & teens

Book Trailers:

Book Trailers by Dakota State University (early elementary-teen)
Book Trailers for All (childrens & YA–click on Playlists)
Slime Kids Book Trailers

Book Lists for All Ages and Grades:

A Book and a Hug (book lists by age, reading level, or genre)
Read Kiddo Read (babies to YA by author James Patterson)
Guys Read (just for guys by author Jon Scieszka)
The Horn Book Guide (children & YA, both fiction and nonfiction)
ALSC Children’s Notable Lists (children’s books, recordings, & videos)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (reviews & book lists)
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (babies to YA)
Jacket Flap (children & YA)
Caldecott Medal & Honor Books 1938-Present (picture books)
Newbery Medal & Honor Books 1922-Present (chapter books)
Teen Reads (young adult)
YA Lit (young adult)
YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults
YA and Kids Books Central (children & YA)
Good Reads (children to young adult)
Fantastic Fiction (YA to adult)

Book Sequels and Series:

Juvenile Series and Sequels Database by Mid-Continent Public Library

Online Reference:

Acronym Finder
Atlapedia Online (atlas)
Bartlett’s Quotations
Dictionary, Thesaurus, & Translator
Fact Monster (kid’s reference)
IMDb: Internet Movie Database
Infoplease (almanac, atlas, encyclopedia, etc.)
Library Spot (a plethora of reference info)
Occupational Outlook Handbook (career info)
Old Farmer’s Almanac
Refdesk Fact Checker (a plethora of ref info)
Rhyming Dictionary
Slime Kids Reference (dictionary, atlas, etc.)
U.S. Census Bureau
World Atlas

Kid-Friendly Search Engines:

Dib Dab Doo
FamHoo (family-friendly)
Kid Rex
Kids Click!
Kidtopia
Sweet Search (reliable, trusted results)

Search Engines for Older Students:

Ask
Bing
Blinkx (video search engine)
Dogpile (meta search engine)
Find Sounds (any type of sound clip)
Google
Google Scholar (scholarly journal search)
Infotopia (reliable, trusted results)
Pics4Learning (free, copyright-friendly images)
PicSearch (search engine for images)
Radio-Locator (radio station search engine)
RefSeek (academic search engine)
Search-Cube (3D visual search engine)
Sweet Search (reliable, trusted results)
Yahoo! Advanced Web Search
Zoo (meta search engine)

Art:

Artcyclopedia: the fine arts search engine
Boston College’s Art on the Web
Modern & Contemporary Artists
Art Resource: fine art image library from the world’s leading museums

Bible:

Bible Study Tools (commentaries, encyclopedia, dictionary, etc.)
Bible.org (NET translation with footnotes and Bible studies)
Biblica (Bible search, concordance, dictionary, reading plan, outlines, and themes)
Christian Answers (Biblical answers and articles on commonly asked questions)
Christianity.com (Christian living, Church history, study tools, devotionals)
Crosswalk (Christian living resources, and Bible study tools)
GodTube (Christian video)
The Blue Letter Bible (Bible search, commentary, study tools, maps, images)
The Christian Post (news from a Christian perspective)

Biographies:

American Presidents: Life Portraits
BBC’s Historic Figures
Biography.com
Distinguished Women of Past & Present
Encyclopedia of World Biography
POTUS: Presidents of the United States
The Presidents
The First Ladies

Computer & Internet Technology:

Computer Hope (computer help including tips, tricks, & solutions)
Jan’s Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 (tutorials for Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Smithsonian Computer History Collection
Whatis: Every File Extension in the World (file formats & the programs they are used in)

Current Events & News:

BBC
CNN
Fox News
Newsweek
Reuters
Time
U.S. News & World Report
USA Today

English & Language Arts:

Aesop’s Fables
American Authors (by Washington State University)
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
Language Arts Homework Center by Infoplease (grammar to poetry)
Literary Resources on the Net (well organized collection of literature links)
PoemHunter (poems, lyrics, music, quotations)
Poets.org
Pronouncing Dictionary of Author’s Names (Soledad Unified School District)
Rules for Comma Usage
Shake Sphere (comprehensive study guide for the world of Shakespeare)
SparkNotes
The Children’s Literature Web Guide (links to children’s literature sites)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (plays and sonnets online)

Florida History:

A Brief History of Florida (Florida Division of Historical Resources)
Exploring Florida (click on Florida Then & Now)
Florida Facts (Museum of Florida History)
Florida for Kids (Florida Division of Historical Resources)
Florida History, Culture, and Heritage (Florida State Library & Archives)
Florida History Online (University of North Florida)
Florida Memory Collection (primary sources)
Florida Museum of Natural History: Historical Archaeology
History of the Seminole Tribe of Florida (by the Seminole Tribe of Florida)

Geography, History, & Government:

50 States (info on all 50 states)
Awesome 80s (all things from the decade of the 80s)
Best of History Websites (by edtechteacher)
CIA World Factbook (up to date, comprehensive info on the countries of the world)
Digital History (U.S. history by the University of Houston)
Fifties Web (all things from the decades of the 50s, 60s, & 70s)
History of the National Park Service
HyperHistory Online (timelines)
National Geographic for Kids: Countries
National Oregon/California Trail Center (links to the history of the American West)
Native Culture.com (links to info on Native Americans)
Super 70s (all things from the decade of the 70s)
The History Channel
The History Place (American Revolution, Civil War, WW II, 20th Century, Vietnam, U.S. Presidents)
The New Deal Network (events in the history of the Roosevelt administration)
The Renaissance
The Shadow Story of the Millenium: Women (women past & present)
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
USA.gov (official website of the U.S. Government)
Watergate (by the Washington Post)
World War I
World War II

Health & Physical Education:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Medline Plus
Merck Manual
PE Central
WebMD

Local History (Jefferson, Madison, & Taylor Counties):

JEFFERSON COUNTY
Jefferson County Digital History Project
Florida Historical Markers: Jefferson County
History & Culture of Jefferson County (provided by Jefferson County)

MADISON COUNTY
Florida Historical Markers: Madison County
Madison County History (provided by Madison County)
Madison County History by the Chamber of Commerce
***The NFCC Library has a wonderful collection of book resources on Madison County and Florida history

TAYLOR COUNTY
Florida Historical Markers: Taylor County
Taylor County Historical Society
Taylor County & Perry, Florida History

Math:

Ask Dr. Math by Math Forum (elementary to college level math)
Create a Graph (a graph maker)
Discovery Education: Math Homework Help
Math.com (basic math to calculus, includes calculators and other tools-listed by subject and grade level)

Music:

All Music (new releases, video, genres, moods, & themes of music)
Classical Net: Master Composer Index
Creating Music (elementary age students can enjoy exploring, creating, and manipulating music)
Music Education at Data Dragon (learn & hear about different instruments, learn to read music and about musical genres)
Music History 102 by IPL2
Online Music Resources by Music Outfitters (a comprehensive list of links for all types of music and musicians)
PBS Jazz Biographies
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
10 Online Resources for Free, Legal Music by Mashable

Online & Digital Libraries:

IPL2: The Internet Public Library (site is no longer being updated, but you can use material already there)
The Digital Public Library of America
Florida Electronic Library

Primary Sources:

American Memory Collection by the Library of Congress
Digital Vaults by the National Archives
Florida Memory Collection (primary sources about the state of Florida)
History Buff (primary source material found in newspapers for the last 400 years; subscription service but you can get a free trial)
Primary Sources on the Web (links to other online primary sources)
The Smithsonian (click on the various museums)

Public Libraries:

Jefferson County Public Library
Leon County Public Library
Madison County Public Library
Taylor County Public Library

Science:

Amusement Park Physics (the forces behind the fun)
Chem4Kids (Chemistry resources)
Climate Change (by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
Earth Floor (geology)
eNature Online Field Guides (for all species of plants, animals, and insects)
Exploratorium (Museum of Science, Art, & Human Perception)
How Stuff Works (science concepts explained through video)
Insectclopedia (insect encyclopedia)
Its Elemental: the Periodic Table of Elements
Kids Earth Science (volcanoes, earth facts, rock cycle, earthquakes, weather)
National Earthquake Information Center (USGS)
National Geographic
Natural Disaster Map
NOAA National Weather Service
Oceans Alive! (Boston Museum of Science)
OLogy: Science Website for Kids (American Museum of Natural History)
Particle Adventure (the fundamentals of matter and force)
Physics4Kids (resources on physical science: physics, motion, heat & thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, and light)
Physics to Go (resources on physics with wonderful visual images)
PTable: Dynamic Periodic Table
Rocks & Minerals (facts for kids by OneGeology)
San Diego Zoo (resources on animals)
Science Homework Help by Discovery Education
The Animal Kingdom (vertebrates & invertebrates)
The Biology of Plants
The Periodic Table of Comic Books (click on an element to see a list of comic books pages involving that element)
The Rock Cycle (by the Geological Society)
The Space Place (NASA)
The Why Files: The Science Behind the News
Welcome to the Planets (NASA)
World Biomes

Spanish Help:

SmartPhrase: Spanish General Words (useful Spanish words and phrases)
SpanishDict (Spanish grammar and the usage of verbs)
Study Spanish (pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, verb drills)

Art

Arts and Crafts Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: for K-12
Google Art Project: Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks.
Teacher Art Exchange: an art teacher listserv by the J. Paul Getty Museum. A place to share lessons, art resources, and network with other art teachers.

Bible

DLTK’s Bible Lesson Plans: lessons, crafts, printables, games, etc.–for elementary
Resources for Christian Teachers: lesson plans, activities, ideas, clipart, printables
Teen Ministry Resources: lessons and activities
So What? Relating Faith to Life and Life to Faith: teen bible studies and resources
Christian Answers.net: finding answers for those hard questions about God and Christianity
Bible History Online: maps, study tools, quotes, archaeology, customs, illustrations, ancient images, geography

Computer

Computer Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: elementary-HS
Teach-nology: Computer Teaching Lesson Plans
All About Computers by Discovery Education
Managing Students in a School Computer Lab: mainly for elementary teachers using the computer lab with their class
The K-5 Computer Lab
Computers and Internet Lesson Plans, Ideas, and Activities

Educational Video Sites

Teacher Tube: Strictly an educational site
School Tube: another strictly educational site, but this one is ad-free.
YouTube Education
WatchKnowLearn: strictly educational videos extensively categorized into subject areas and also searchable by age (3-18). Great website for classroom videos!
Storyline Online: educational videos–members of the Screen Actors Guild read children’s books out loud. Site includes activities and lesson plans.
Annenberg Media: Their list of videos and DVDs available on a variety of subject–science, math, economics, history, and art. For all grade levels.
MHS AV Department: Online Video Links: links to online videos for various MS/HS subject areas, includes a link to download and convert videos.
National Geographic Kids Videos: elementary level
National Geographic’s Video Site: short 2-4 minute videos on science, space, animals, environment, news, travel, and cultures–K-12.
The History Channel Videos: short 2-4 minute video clips on a variety of history topics–searchable.
PBS Kids Videos: great videos for PreK-1st grade. Click on the Browse button, then click on Topics to find videos by subject.
NeoK12: a collection of “safe” videos reviewed and screened by teachers for grades K-12 sorted by subject.
Smithsonian Channel: Full Episodes: full video episodes divided into Air & Space, Science & Nature, Culture, History, and Kids. MS/HS.
How Stuff Works Videos: good videos on a variety of subjects, unfortunately they will contain a 30 second commercial at the beginning of each video.
Bio.com: to find the videos, do a search for a person and scroll down to the bottom–the videos will be listed there.
Free Documentaries.org: full documentaries on a variety of topics. High School level.
PBS Learning Media: you will need to sign up for a free account to use.
Khan Academy: for 4th-12th grades.

General Lesson Plan Resources for Every Subject & Grade

These resources will contain something for every subject and grade level!

Bob’s Place of Educational Links: lesson plans and resources for Art, Geography, History, Social Studies, Math, Music, and PE.
Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: search by grade level or subject.
Sites for Teachers: hundreds of educational websites rated by teachers in popularity.
Discovery Education Classroom Resources: lesson plans, tools, puzzlemakers, science fair, summer activities.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators: a categorized list of useful resources for enhancing curriculum and professional growth.
A to Z Teacher Stuff: for all subjects and grade levels, includes themes, teacher tools, lesson plans, printable and worksheets, & teacher tips.
Internet4Classrooms: resources by subject and topic, for all grade levels.
The Learning Network by the New York Times: a good variety of lesson plans for all subject areas that use the newspaper to extend its usefulness in the classroom–MS/HS level.
Scholastic Teachers: teaching resources including interactives for all subjects and grade levels.
The Teacher’s Corner: lesson plans, thematic units, seasonal items, bulletin boards, teacher resources, worksheets and printables, collaboration projects, etc.
Teachers First: a great ad-free site for all subjects and grade levels containing lesson plans, lesson units.
Wisconsin Media Lab Surf Report: provides links to websites, interactives, and online videos by subject area–for all grade levels.
The National Archives’ Teacher Resources: offers a multitude of resources for the use of primary sources in the classroom.
EDSITEment: this site provides lesson plans and resources in literature, language arts, art, culture, social studies, history, and foreign language.
Library of Congress: Teachers: lessons and resources on the use of primary sources in the classroom.
PBS Learning Media: lessons and resources for all subjects–searchable by grade level.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology: created by USF and Florida Department of Education, educational resources for audio and text passages.
Life’s Little Mysteries: this site answers fascinating questions about the world around you.
National Geographic Education: searchable maps, facts, photos, art, articles, audio, and video files NG’s archive. I
S.O.S. for Information Literacy: looking for ideas for research projects?
DeweyBrowse: A great website that categorizes websites by Dewey Decimal classification.

Health & Physical Education

Physical Education Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: for PK-12
Health Lesson Plans from Teachers.net
PE Central Lesson Ideas
Spark: Physical Education Lesson Plans
Teach-nology Physical Education Lesson Plans
Physical Education Lesson Plan Page

History & Social Studies

SCORE History/Social Studies: from the California Online Resources for Education, lesson plans and other online resources for history and social studies–for K-12.
History Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: for K-12
Social Studies Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: for K-MS
Geography Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: elementary and MS
Money, Money, Money!!!: an interesting presentation on money for elementary–its history, types, and uses.
Best of History Websites: by EdTechTeacher, links of history websites for all ages of history, even Biblical and art history.
FactCheck: created by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site contains articles and feature stories that “fact check” speeches, press releases, & TV ads.
American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau: finds facts on the states–elementary
Florida Web Links: links to facts on Florida.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Holocaust Encyclopedia: an interactive encyclopedia that includes hundreds of articles.
U.S. Geography Resources by Homeschool Share: links and resources on the 50 states
Original Photographs from the Civil War: great primary source site of just photos
Teaching History: from the National History Education Clearinghouse, this site is designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials.
LOC: Zoom into Maps for Teachers: a primary source resource from the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.
PBS Education World Explorers: videos on famous world explorers for grades 4-8.
10 Good Video Sources for Social Studies Teachers: for elementary, middle school, and high school.

Language Arts & English

Literature Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: for K-12
ReadWriteThink: lessons, interactives, calendar activities, and more–for K-12
Shakespeare Resources: links to sites designed to teach Shakespeare
Language Arts Lesson Plans and Resources: extensive site of links to all things language arts arranged by category–upper elementary, MS, HS.
Learn That Word: Root Words and Prefixes Quick Reference: a reference for root word and suffix definitions
Lexipedia: Where Words Have Meaning: a dictionary in an unique visual format.
Simple Teaching Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes: common root words and word origins organized in chart form–elementary-HS
Zaner-Bloser Fonts Online Plus (free version): handwriting and cursive writing templates and activities (K-8)
Interrogating Texts: Reading Critically: 6 reading habits to develop in your first year of college.

Math

Math Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: for K-12
Graph Paper & Grids from MathBits
MathBits: secondary & college level math resources
SMILE: Science and Math Initiative for Learning Enhancement–lesson plans designed specifically for science and math–elementary through HS
Mathematics Lessons: by Cynthia Lanius of Rice University. Contains algebra, geometry, and calculus lessons.
Mathwire: classroom tested math activities organized by topic and by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards.
K-5 Math Teaching Resources: aligned with Common Core State Standards
Khan Academy: for 4th-12th grades.
10 Good YouTube Channels for Math Lessons: videos to use in math.
MathLanding:  math tools and resources for grades Pre-K to 6th grade.

Music

Music Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: for PK-MS
Lesson Planet: Music Teacher Resouces: for K-12
Hotchalk: Music and Musical Lesson Plans: for K-12.
Teach-nology: Teaching Curriculum for Music

Other Tools for the Classroom

ABCya!: creates word clouds
Wordle: generates word clouds from text you provide
Cacoo: create diagrams online
CNET: a technology review site–also contains software downloads.
Weblist Copyright Friendly Image Search: copyright-friendly image search for both teachers and student projects
Copyright-Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound: a wiki of links to lots of copyright-friendly images and sound files.
Education World Tools & Templates: assessments, award certificates, bulletin board ideas, organizers, calendars, student resources, etc.
iTools: Internet tools–search tools, language tools, research tools, financial tools, map tools, tools to find people
Plagiarism Checker: checks for plagiarism on the web for free
Zamzar: converts files from one form to another (free)
Urban Dictionary: people’s slang dictionary–just in case you need it (I would not use it in the classroom though)
EduPic Graphical Resource: contains great copyright-free photos and drawings.
40 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom: activities and tips on using QR codes in class (PDF).
Free Tech 4 Teachers: stay current on the latest technology used in the classroom.
PollSnack: allows you to create online surveys and polls and embed them into your blog or wiki.
Answer Garden: a visual poll/survey that you can embed into your blog or wiki.

PowerPoint, Slideshow, & other Online Presentation Resources
Note: Includes websites with ready-made presentations.

PowerPoint Presentation Collection from Jefferson County Schools, TN: includes links to presentations for every subject.
Pete’s PowerPoint Station: presentations and interactives for all subjects, topics, and grades.
Brain Betty’s PowerPoint Background Templates for Teachers: for creating your own PPTs
Kidinfo PowerPoints for Learning: ready-made presentations for all subjects, topics, and grade levels
World of Teaching Free PowerPoint Presentations: for biology, chemistry, physics, math, English, history, geography, and Spanish ready-made PPTs.
SlideShare: ready-made slideshows on a variety of topics, contains an educational section; must join (free) to download slideshows.
Internet4Classrooms PowerPoint links: PowerPoint links related to curriculum; includes ready-made presentations in a number of subject areas
Prezi: Prezi is a 3-D presentation tool that allows the user to see the bigger picture of a topic.

Reading

Reading Lesson Plans from Teachers.net (for K-12)
ReadWriteThink: lessons, interactives, calendar activities, and more–for K-12
Storyline Online: educational videos–members of the Screen Actors Guild read children’s books out loud. Site includes activities and lesson plans.
Book Trailers for Readers: Book trailers for elementary through young adult book includes SSYRA Award winners
Book Trailers for All YouTube Channel Book Trailers for All Search: Book trailers for elementary through young adult books, MP4 video format.
Literature Based Unit Studies by Homeschool Share: literature resources and unit studies from Pre-K to MS
Into the Book: a reading comprehension resource for K-4th grade
ReadWorks: Reading comprehension lessons and resources for K-6, aligned with CCS and state standards.

Science

SCORE Science: from the California Online Resources for Education site, lesson plans and other online resources for science–for K-12.
Science Lesson Plans from Teachers.net: for K-12
Amazon Rain Forest Lesson Plans: provided by who else? Amazon!–for K-8
SMILE: Science and Math Initiative for Learning Enhancement–lesson plans designed specifically for science and math–elementary through HS
The Periodic Table of Videos: Click on an element and a short 4-6 minute video will pop up with information on that element.
National Science Digital Library: the nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. For K-12.
Cell Size and Scale: this site is an online visual aid that shows the comparison of cell size to other objects.
Dendrology at Virginia Tech: Tree Fact Sheets: tree identification fact sheets on approximately 900 species of trees.
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil: The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History website on all thing soil–all grade levels
Earthquake: Make a Quake: an earthquake simulator from Cosmeo/Discovery Channel-elementary to HS
Earthquakes for Kids: The USGS site designed for upper elementary and MS students, contains quake info and activities
Edheads: Activate Your Mind!: science and math critical thinking and problem solving activities for teachers to use
Faultline: Seismic Science at the Epicenter: created by the Exploratorium, this site focus on California’s San Andreas fault and the Bay area.
National Geographic Education: searchable maps, facts, photos, art, articles, audio, and video files NG’s archive.
Oxford Sparks: this website illustrates connections between different areas of science–it also tries to show the many connections that science has with everyday life–elementary to HS
The Known Universe: very cool video! Created as a 4-dimensional map of the universe.
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: a comprehensive site that includes real-time event maps.
Dynamic Periodic Table: a nice periodic table
TED-Ed Periodic Table: videos and lesson plans about every single element on the periodic table (HS)
The Plant List: a working list of all known plant species.
Surf Report Geology Links: use these links to create a virtual rock collection.
Mammals R Us: a mammal tree for teaching the relationships between mammals; also includes many videos of the various mammals-elementary to HS.
Virtual Pond Dip: learn about life in a pond.
10 Good Video Sources for Science Teachers: for elementary, middle school, and high school.

Spanish

Online Spanish Resources for Wisconsin Schools: for K-12
Spanish4Teachers
Teach-nology: Spanish Lesson Plans
Spanish Plans