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World Book Encyclopedia Sources
The target audience of this resource is kindergarten and first grade.
The target audience of this resource is first, second, and third, grades.
The target audience of this resource is third, fourth, and fifth grade.
Old Farmer's Almanac
This traditional almanac was founded in 1792 and is still useful today.  Weather, astronomy, and gardening are a few examples of topics that are present.  The moon phase calendar can be found here!
This website is designed specifically for students.  A current calendar is available.  On the right side of the page, there is a menu that looks like a thermometer to easily navigate the desired content.
  This source is a free on-line dictionary with pictures.  This provides a visual image along with the word that is being defined.
This site contains a dictionary and a thesaurus.  400 different language dictionaries are also provided.
Downloadable Pictures
Teachers and students have access to all of the pictures at this website, Pics4Learning,  for free.  This site is appropriate for all ages that need pictures to accompany projects.
Encyclopedia Britannica
This resource should be used with upper elementary students.  Students will need to understand the difference in ads and articles, as this is a free site that displays ads.  It will help students understand how to research on-line.
Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
This encyclopedia is a great resource for Tennessee history that has been divided into East, Middle, and West Tennessee.
World Atlas
World Atlas contains a large world map.  Students need only select the country, ocean, or location of interest.
Thesaurus and Dictionary
Merriam Webster has both a thesaurus and dictionary on-line.  Click here for the thesaurus.  Click here for the dictionary.  Click here for the visual dictionary.
When using Word Central, one has the option to use either the thesaurus or dictionary by simply clicking on the correct circle.
International Children's Digital Library
A global community should be created as students explore.