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Britannica Elementary

Find information on countries, animals, and people in articles, media, and a world atlas geared towards grades 3-4. Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.

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Britannica Fundamentals

Formerly called Brittanica Learning Zone. Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills geared toward grades PreK-2. Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included.

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CultureGrams: Kids Edition

A collection of country reports that teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them. Each report is an indispensable resource of up-to-date, engaging cultural information, complete with images, historical timeline, fun facts, and sections on history, population, "life as a kid," and more.

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eBook K-8 Collection

The collection aligns with Common Core guidelines for grades K-8 in English language arts and literacy, history/social studies, science and technical subjects.

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Little Pim

Powered by Mango Languages, Little Pim is a fun and convenient way to introduce a child to a foreign language in a way they can understand and enjoy. Courses are available in nine foreign languages as well as English/ESL.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile reading levels, Common Core standards, books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews, learn about the author and create your own reading wish list.

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PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, provides PreK-12 educators and students access to free digital content for their classroom designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. 

PebbleGo

Geared toward grades pre-k to 3rd grade, this early literacy and learning tool features animals (including dinosaurs) and social studies sections. Easy-to-navigate visual interface for emerging readers.

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Primary Search

Popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

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TumbleBooks

A collection of animated, talking picture books (TumbleBooks), as well as games, educational tools and more.

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World Book Early Learning

Formerly called the Word Book Early World of Learning. A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Also includes materials for educators.

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World Book Kids

Online version of the popular World Book Encyclopedia! Features easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.

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