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BIBLE
 
 ANSWERS IN GENESIS:  An apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively.   https://answersingenesis.org
 
  ANSWERS IN GENESIS--KIDS:  An apologetics ministry for kids that answers questions about God and nature.
 
  BIBLE.ORG:  Resources for Bible study.  https://bible.org
 
  BIBLE GATEWAY:  Read, hear, and study Scripture at the world's most-visited Christian website.  Grow your faith with devotionals, Bible reading plans, and mobile apps.  https://www.biblegateway.com
 
  BLUE LETTER BIBLE:  Read and study God's Word with Bible study software that has in-depth resources such as commentaries, Greek and Hebrew word tools, concordances, and more.  https://www.blueletterbible.org
 
  CARM (CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS & RESEARCH MINISTRY):  Apologetics resources  https://carm.org
 
  PROBE:  Provides life-long opportunities to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically based scholarship, training people to love God by renewing their minds and equipping the Church to engage the world for Christ.  https://probe.org
BOOKS & READING
 
  BIBLIONASIUM:  A social network that students in grades 4-12 can use to set up virtual bookshelves and keep track of what they have read, what they like, and what they plan to read.  FOR GRADES 4-12.  https://www.biblionasium.com/#tab/all-books
 
  ALA BOOK, PRINT, & MEDIA AWARDS:  A webography of awards for books, print materials, and media.  Each link leads you to a page that lists current and previous winners for each award.  http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/browse/bpma?showfilter=no
 
  BOOKOPOLIS:  A social network and book discovery tool for young children.  This is similar to GoodReads for children.  Teachers create a private class where their students earn points, write book reviews, and build personal reading communities.  There are various tools for teachers to use to track reading progress.  FOR GRADES 2-8.  https://www.bookopolis.com/#/
 
  EPIC!:  Epic! for Educators is a subscription ebook service targeting elementary readers.  Thousands of books from major publishers are available through free educator accounts available to all American elementary librarians and teachers.  Epic! is full of features like read-aloud, customized reader advisory, ad-free environment, and reading logs.  Free educator accounts include to to 36 associated free student profiles.  Even better, multiple simultaneous student users are allowed!  Incorporate Epic! Ebooks as resources for inquiry projects.  Or, project Epic! Ebooks during read-alouds so that everyone can clearly view the text and/or illustrations.  Finally, use Epic! Ebooks for multiple students to access the same text simultaneously for a shared reading experience.  FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS.  Families can access Epic! at home through a monthly subscription.  https://www.getepic.com
 
 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DIGITAL LIBRARY:  The largest digital collections of children's books.  This digital database contains over 4,400 books in 54 languages representing 64 countries with applications for the iPhone and iPads.  http://en.childrenslibrary.org
 
  INTO THE BOOK:  A reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers.  Includes interactive activities and 15-minute videos.  http://reading.ecb.org
 
  JUVENILE SERIES AND SEQUELS:  Want to know what is next in your favorite series?  Use this online database to search the many children's series that have been published.  http://apps.mymcpl.org/juvser/title/browse/
 
  LIBRIVOX:  Free public domain audiobooks.  https://librivox.org
 
  LITPICK:  Provides free electronic books to students in grades 4-12.  Students take on the role of a book critic, reading books, developing and posting review anonymously on the LitPick site where other students can read them.  Members can also participate in the LitPick threaded discussion forum with authors, publishers, publicists, and parents who are interested in learning about YA literature.  FOR GRADES 4-12.  https://litpick.com
 
  OPEN LIBRARY:  Register for an individual library card and access ebooks and scanned rare books.  FOR ALL AGE LEVELS.  https://openlibrary.org
 
  SRC ECATALOG:  The e-catalog for Scholastic Reading Counts.  Use this website to check that a book is a quiz.  It will provide you with the reading level, number of points, word count, and brief synopsis of each title.  https://readingcountsbookexpert.tgds.hmhco.com/bookexpert/searchtips.asp?UID=&subt=
 
  STORYLINE ONLINE:  Videos of celebrities reading children's books aloud.  https://www.storylineonline.net
 
  WHAT'S NEXT:  Search this online database to find out what is next in your favorite series or the order of books in the next series you want to read.  FOR ALL AGE LEVELS.  http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp
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EBOOK SITES YOU MAY BE ABLE TO ACCESS THROUGH YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD:
 
You can access ebooks on the OpenBook and Libby apps through your public library card.  Patrons of Lafayette Public Library, Opelousas-Eunice Public Library, and South St. Landry Library (Armand J. Brinkhaus Community Library) can access ebooks through these apps.
 
  Lafayette Public Library:  http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/?page_id=40
 
TRUE FLIX:  Online resources that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st-century skills through the inquiry process.  FOR GRADES 3-5.
 
TUMBLE BOOK CLOUD JUNIOR:  Provides over 600 titles and reading levels for grades 3-6 for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picture book collection in TumbleBookLibrary!  TumbleBookCloud Junior contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and new National Geographic videos--many of which are paired with our e-books.
 
TUMBLE BOOK CLOUD:  A middle school AND high school collection which contains over 600 titles!  This collection contains a vast array of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audio books, graphic novels, and world class educational videos from National Geographic.
 
 
CITATIONS
 
  CITE THIS FOR ME:  Create bibliographies, citations, and works cited lists in the correct format using the APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, or Harvard referencing styles.  http://www.citethisforme.com
CIVICS
 
  iCIVICS:  A game, activity, and resource filled Web site to help young people of all ages learn about the branches of government, citizenship, separation of powers, media influences on government, the budget, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  Games can be accessed by topic of playing time.  In addition to games and web quests, iCivics provides lesson plans with supporting resources for teachers.  FOR GRADES 3-12.  https://www.icivics.org
CURRENT EVENTS
 
  CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY:  Use the World Facebook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/) to find current information about all of the countries in the world.  https://www.cia.gov/index.html
 
  POLITICO:  Politics, policy, and political news.  https://www.politico.com
 
  TWEEN TRIBUNE:  Hosts high interest, reputable current events articles for K-12 audiences compiled by the Smithsonian.  Free educator accounts offer a plethora of features:  Monday morning newsletters, class and student profiles, lesson plans, article assignment capability, and assessment score grade books.  Student privacy is protected, and all comments are educator-moderated.  Use Tween Tribune to compare bias/viewpoints from varying sources, support or inspire inquiry, or as a station highlighting literary styles.  https://www.tweentribune.com
 
  WORLD:  Current events and issues from a Christian worldview.  https://world.wng.org
 
  GOD'S BIG WORLD:  Current events from a Christian worldview for beginning readers.  FOR GRADES K-2.  https://godsbigworld.wng.org
 
  WORLD KIDS:  Current events from a Christian worldview for elementary students.  FOR GRADES 3-6.  https://kids.wng.org
 
  WORLD TEEN:  Current events from a Christian worldview for upper school students.  FOR GRADES 7-12.  https://teen.wng.org
ELEMENTARY:  
GENERAL EDUCATION SITES
 
  ABCYA:  Education games for Grades PreK-5th.  Subscription needed for full access.  http://www.abcya.com
 
  BrainPop:  An animated education site for kids.  Subscription needed for full access.  https://www.brainpop.com
 
  BrainPop Jr.:  An animated education site for students in grades K-3.  Subscription needed for full access.  https://jr.brainpop.com
 
  DK FIND OUT:  A secure site for students to find, explore, and learn about anything.  Includes subject-based, curriculum-linked articles to support learning and teaching, and up-to-date resources for homework and project help.  With a teacher and parent portal available, this website helps link classroom and home learning in a powerful way.  Contains videos, quizzes, interesting facts of the day and more.  FOR GRADES K-6.  https://www.dkfindout.com/us/
 
  EDUCATION.COM:  Education activities and online games to help children learn different skills.  Students need own access for individualized learning.  Limited free subscription, premium subscription is available.  Subscription needed for full access.  FOR AGES 2-11.  https://www.education.com
 
  FUN BRAIN:  An educational website for kids.  Contains education, online games, ebooks, and education videos.  FOR GRADES PREK-8.  https://www.funbrain.com
 
  FUN FOR THE BRAIN:  Free educational games (mainly math, English, and science).  https://fun4thebrain.com
 
  HIGHLIGHTS FOR KIDS: The place for children of all ages to play games and discover new jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, and fun crafts and recipes from Highlights magazine.   https://www.highlightskids.com/
 
  JACK HARTMANN'S LEARNING SONGS:  The YouTube channel for Jack Hartmann's Kids' Songs.  FOR GRADES PREK-2.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVcQH8A634mauPrGbWs7QlQ
 
  KID REX:  Fun and safe search site for kids, by kids.  http://www.kidrex.org/
 
  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS:  Get fun facts, play games, watch videos, and learn about animals and places.  https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
 
  PBS KIDS:  Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts, and other PBS Kids shows!  FOR GRADES PREK-2.  http://pbskids.org/
 
  SHEPPARD SOFTWARE:  Free online educational games for kids.  http://sheppardsoftware.com/
 
  STUDY JAMS:  Introduces and reinforces more than 200 math and science topics with videos, slideshows, step-by-step tutorials, and other activities.  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/
 
  TURTLE DIARY:  Fun educational online games for grades K4-5th.  https://www.turtlediary.com/
GENERAL EDUCATIONAL SITES
 
  CK-12 FLEX BOOKS:  Free online textbooks.  FOR GRADES PREK-12.  https://www.ck12.org/student/
 
  FLOCABULARY:  Educational hip-hop songs and videos for all subjects.  Free trial available.  Account needed afterwards.  Subscription needed for full access.  FOR GRADES 1-12.  https://www.flocabulary.com/subjects/
 
  IXL:  An immersive K-12 learning experience that provides comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math, language arts, science, and social studies.  Trial membership available.  Membership needed to access after trial.  Subscription needed for full access.  FOR GRADES K-12.  https://www.ixl.com/
 
  KHAN ACADEMY:  An online math library that provides thousands of videos with alternative, engaging instruction in math, finance, and history.  FOR GRADES K-12.  https://www.khanacademy.org/
 
  SCHOOL TUBE:  The ideal place for teachers and students to share videos online.  Create your own channel for your school or share videos with other students and educators.  Instructions on how to load, create, and compress videos, as well as how to create video contests and TV shows for your school.  https://www.schooltube.com/
 
  SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION:  The website for the Smithsonian Institution.  https://www.si.edu/
 
  SOFT SCHOOLS:  Free worksheets for various subjects for students in grades preK-12th.  http://www.softschools.com/
HISTORY
 
HOLOCAUST:
 
CORRIE TEN BOOM HOUSE:  The official website for the Corrie Ten Boom House Museum.  Includes a virtual tour.  https://www.corrietenboom.com/en/home
 
 
  iWITNESS:  Over 1,000 online video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.  https://iwitness.usc.edu/sfi/
 
  US HOLOCAUST MUSEUM:  The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires us to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.  The website is the digital face of their brick and mortar building.  Explore the online encyclopedia, search through useful teaching materials and lesson plans, and delve into reference services and much more.  FOR GRADES 6-12.  https://www.ushmm.org/
 
PRIMARY DOCUMENTS:
 
 DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA:  An online collection of millions of photographs, maps, sounds, manuscripts, books, and more.  Accessible anytime, anywhere, for anyone.  These materials come from museums, archives, and libraries across the United States and provides primary source examples of our American Heritage and human history.  Users can explore resources by topic, map, format, timeline, or exhibition.  With a free account, items can be saved to lists and shared with others.  FOR GRADES 6-12.  https://dp.la/
 
  DOCS TEACH:  Educators can "find and create learning activities with primary source documents that promote historical thinking skills."  Use the more than 3,000 original documents from the National Archives to create rich, online learning experiences for students.  TIP:  Use the interactive learning activity tools to help students "think like historians."
 
  THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES' DIGITAL CLASSROOM:  Offers a multitude of resources for the use of primary sources in the classroom.  With access to copies of primary documents from the holding of the National Archives of the United States, teachers can develop their own activities and lesson plans that make historical periods come alive for their students or choose from dozens of resources that have already been developed and are featured here.  https://www.archives.gov/education
 
HOMEWORK HELP
 
  AFTER SCHOOL HELP:  A digital tutor powered by BJU Press that connects directly to their textbooks.  http://www.afterschoolhelp.com/
 
  ONLINE TUTORING SERVICE:  Funded by the State Library of Louisiana.  http://www.afterschoolhelp.com/  Use the link from your local Louisiana library to access the tutor.com page.
LIBRARIES
 
  ACADIA PARISH LIBRARY:  http://www.acadia.lib.la.us/
  ARMAND J. BRINKHAUS COMMUNITY LIBRARY:  (formerly known as South St. Landry Community Library)  https://www.southstlandrylibrary.com/
 
  EVANGELINE PARISH LIBRARY:  http://evangelinelibrary.org/
 
  IBERIA PARISH LIBRARY:  http://iberialibrary.org/
 
  LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY:  http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/
 
  OPELOUSAS-EUNICE PUBLIC LIBRARY:  https://opelousaseunicepubliclibrary.org/
 
  ST. MARTIN PARISH LIBRARY:  https://www.stmartinparishlibrary.org/site.php
 
  ST. MARY PARISH LIBRARY: https://stmarylibrary.org/
 
  VERMILION PARISH LIBRARY:  https://www.vermilionparishlibrary.com/
 
  EDITH GARLAND DUPRE LIBRARY:  (UL-Lafayette)  https://library.louisiana.edu/
 
  LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES:  https://www.lib.lsu.edu/
 
  STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA:  http://www.state.lib.la.us/
 
  LIBRARY OF CONGRESS:  https://www.loc.gov/
MATH
 
  COOL MATH 4 KIDS:  Online math games for kids K-6th grade.  Also includes quizzes and brain teasers.  https://www.coolmath4-kids.com/
 
  MULTIPLICATION.COM:  Games, auto-scoring quizzes, flashcards, worksheets, and tons of resources to teach kids basic math facts.  Free multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division games.  Free and premium memberships available.  https://www.multiplication.com/
 
PARENTING
 
  COMMON SENSE MEDIA:  Provides independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.  Not from a Christian perspective, but helpful.  Each review details positive messages and role models, violence, sexual references, language, comsumerism, and drinking, drugs, & smoking that occurs in each form of media.  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
  FOCUS ON THE FAMILY:  Provides relevant Christian advice on marriage, parenting and other topics.  Find practical resources for every age and life stage.  https://www.focusonthefamily.com/
 
  GIVE THEM WISDOM PARENTING RESOURCES:  Former Westminster Christian Academy Superintendent, Merida Brooks, has spent decades teaching parents wisdom from God's Word.  In this series, "Give Them Wisdom", Mrs. Brooks shares practical parenting insights straight from Scripture.  https://www.wcala.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=252234&type=d&pREC_ID=860683
 
  MOVIEGUIDE:  Reviews movies from a Christian perspective for families and works in Hollywood to redeem the media.  https://www.movieguide.org/
 
  PLUGGED IN:  Reviews movies, videos, music, TV and games from a Christian perspective.  Shines a light on the world of popular entertainment.  https://www.pluggedin.com/
PHONICS
 
  STARFALL:  Free access.  Membership is also available.  http://www.starfall.com/
RESEARCH
 
  GOOGLE SCHOLAR:  https://scholar.google.com/
 
  ISEEK:  An academic search engine.  http://iseek.com/#/web
 
  JSTOR:  Open content of some books and journals.  Subscriptions are also available for more content.  https://www.jstor.org/open/?cid=dsp_j_oabooks_10_2017&utm_source=jstor&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=books_ad_10_2017
 
  REFSEEK:  Academic search engine for students and researchers.  Locates relevant academic results from web pages, books, encyclopedias, and journals.  https://www.refseek.com/
 
  VIRTUAL LRC:  A Google alternative safe search engine for students offering information and reference sites for art, social sciences, social issues, social problems, history, and biography.  http://www.virtuallrc.com/
REVIEW GAMES
 
  FREE RICE:  An ad-supported, free-to-play website that allows players to donate to charities by playing multiple-choice quiz games.  For every question the user answers correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated via the World Food Programme.  The available subjects include English vocabulary, multiplication tables, pre-algebra, chemical symbols, English grammar, SAT, foreign language vocabulary for English speakers, human anatomy, geography, the identification of famous artwork, literature, quotations, and world hunger.  A user's total score is displayed as a mound of rice and the number of grains.  http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1365
SCIENCE
 
GENERAL:
  NATIONAL SCIENCE DIGITAL LIBRARY:  Offers a variety of educational resources to further STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.  Browse the science literacy maps, short science refreshers, free multimedia downloads, or subject area collections to find just what you need to enhance student learning.  https://nsdl.oercommons.org/
 
  SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN:  https://www.scientificamerican.com/
 
 
AGRICULTURE:
  LSU AG CENTER:  http://www.lsuagcenter.com/
 
ANATOMY:
  BIODIGITAL HUMAN:  An interactive 3D environment providing a stunningly realistic way to examine the human body.  Students can explore and manipulate the 3D images as they zoom in and out of the various layers of anatomical animations.  Descriptions of health conditions related to each system of the human body are included.  FOR GRADES 7-12.  https://human.biodigital.com/signin.html
 
ASTRONOMY:
 
  NASA KIDS' CLUB:  Includes STEM activities that engage and inspire teaching and learning.  Join the Discovery Crew with Buzz Lightyear, visit NASA with Elmo, explore outer space with Nebula, and follow the Angry Birds into another universe.  https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
 
BIOLOGY:
  ARKIVE:  A comprehensive multimedia digital collection of profiles of the world's species.  This collection includes films, photographs, and audio recordings of the world's species.  TIP:  Incorporate these materials into lesson plans, presentations, worksheets, projects in hard copy or digitally to engage students in key science and biology topics, or use as creative inspiration for art and design projects.  http://www.arkive.org/
 
  SAN DIEGO ZOO KIDS' SITE:  A website for kids that discusses the animals found at the San Diego Zoo.  Includes videos, stories, activities, games, and activism opportunities.  https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
 
CHEMISTRY:
  MOLECULAR WORKBENCH:  A free, open source environment providing visual, interactive computational experiments for teaching and learning science.  Even though there are many simulations ready for use in the classroom, teachers can also create simulations based on their specific curricular needs and share them with other teachers.  FOR GRADES 9-12.  http://mw.concord.org/modeler/
 
PHYSICS:
  PHET:  A collection of science and math interactive computer simulations.  Includes over 200 million simulations.  Students can learn through exploration in an animated, game-like environment.  These simulations encourage inquiry, use real-world connections, and can be used in a variety of educational settings.  Play with existing simulations or run simulations on this engaging, interactive site.  FOR GRADES 2-12.  https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new
SPELLING
 
  SPELLING CITY:  Basic & premium membership is available.  https://www.spellingcity.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES
 
GAMES:
  FACTILE:  Easily create quiz show style games for up to four teams using Jeopardy Rocks.  Games can be shared online with a simple URL.  The company is working to develop a resource bank of games designed by educators, so make sure to submit any games you and your students design.  Appropriate for all grade levels.  https://www.playfactile.com/
 
GENERAL:
  QUIZLET:  Create study sets and online flashcards or games to help your students study.  https://quizlet.com/
 
MATH:
MATH FACT CAFE:  Math worksheets.  FOR GRADES K-5.  https://www.mathfactcafe.com/
 
TRANSITION TIME:
  GO NOODLE:  Includes imaginative games, videos, brain breaks, and activities to increase both the amount of movement and brain engagement in the classroom.  Activities are readily searchable by such types as stretching, calming, dancing, and sports.  Free and premium accounts available.  https://www.gonoodle.com/
 
TYPING
 
  DANCE MAT TYPING:  Introduces touch typing to children aged 7-11.  There are four levels to play, each divided into three stages.  https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/z3c6tfr
 
  TYPING QUEST GAMES:  Free typing games to help improve your familiarity with the keyboard and your typing speed.  https://www.typinggames.zone/
 
  TYPETASTIC:  Games to introduce young students to the computer keyboard and touch typing.  https://typetastic.com/?utm_source=typingtrainer_com&utm_medium=home_page
 
  TYPING TRAINER:  A free web typing course that teaches the efficient touch typing method.  Must sign up for full access.    https://www.typingtrainer.com/