History of Nations and Governments

government of the worldLooking for information on governments? Checkout the libraries Hot Topics on Government and Politics.

Includes always available eBooks, books, websites, lesson plans and more.

Let’s Explore Hispanic Heritage

hispanic heritageExplore Hispanic heritage and see how it has shaped American culture. Hispanic culture has been part of “America” longer than the United States has existed.

The Library has gather books, eBooks, databases, lesson plans and more to help you explore Hispanic culture.

Visit Hot Topic – Hispanic Heritage to get started exploring.

Back to School Time – The Library Can Help You With Your Homework!

homework helpGot Homework? The Library has terrific online resources available 24/7 365 days a year, which makes it quick and easy to do your homework. There are Always Available eBooks, databases and vetted websites in all subject areas. Best of all there is FREE online Tutoring with a real teacher!  Available for all grade levels and subjects. So there is no excuse for poor grades this year with all our terrific resources. To get started visit our Hot Topics, select your subject area or select Databases A-Z. Students can also access Homework Help pages by grade level from the Library’s Homepage. And Teachers, we have not forgotten you! We have put together a new tool called the Teacher’s Toolbox which is full of lesson plans, activities and what the library can do for you and your students.

Science Lesson Plans

ToxTown-300x165Lesson Plans From the National Medicine of Health

Unique materials for K-12 science teachers. Includes Tox Mystery for grades 2-5,Tox Town for grades 6-12 and Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8). This is linked on our Hot Topic – Teacher’s Toolbox – Science tab.

Toxie the Cat helps students find the hazards hidden in each room and offers hints when needed. This resource uses a child-friendly, interactive game interface to get younger students to think and learn about household hazards. The sound effects are fun; turn on your speakers and move your mouse to the front door on the home page for an example! The “For Teachers” section includes lesson plans and activity pages. ToxMystery is available in English and Spanish.

ToxMystery screenshot

Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8)
The Environmental Health Student Portal provides a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 6 – 8 to learn how the environment can impact health. The site explores topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals. It includes a Teacher’s Page with resources to engage students in active learning, a Homework Help page, and a section about careers in the environmental sciences.

This site was developed based on teachers’ input. It addresses the “what’s in it for me” of why students should care about the environment, and keeps students engaged with hands-on activities, games, videos, experiments and projects. SIS has plans for future web site improvements and enhancements.

Enviro Health Student Portal Screenshot

Tox Town (Grades 6-12+)
Tox Town is a guide to commonly encountered toxic substances in a colorful, graphic interface. Teachers can integrate science with literacy skills, by enabling students to engage in teacher-developed expository reading and writing activities. The site can be used for Earth Day activities, and can also test Spanish language/reading skills. It ties an environmental science curriculum with the effects on human health. Tox Town is designed to provide information on:

  • everyday locations where you might find toxic chemicals
  • non-technical descriptions of chemicals
  • links to selected, authoritative chemical information
  • how the environment can impact human health
  • Internet resources on environmental health topics

Tox Town screenshot

Tox Town is also available in Spanish. Here is the interactive Southwest page in Spanish:

Tox Town Southwest Spanish screenshot

Tox Town-Based Curriculum Units/Science Club (Grades 6-8)
Discovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health is an after-school science club curriculum for middle school students. It can also be used in a science classroom or in an interdisciplinary program that connects science and society. The curriculum sequence consists of six units. Each unit introduces one environmental health topic and includes three to four 50-60 minute lessons. It is an excellent resource for multidisciplinary education, as it combines science, social studies, and language arts, an important component of the Common Core State Standards for education.

Lessons and activities of the curriculum combine research on the Tox Town website with hands-on experiments, communication, and social action activities. The objective is to introduce middle school students to environmental health issues in their everyday lives, emphasizing the relevance of science to informed citizenship. The curriculum was developed as a collaboration between the National Library of Medicine, University of Maryland College of Education, and an inter-disciplinary group of middle school teachers. It is based on National Science Education Standards and is grounded in problem-based learning.

Gun Control Debate – Lesson Plan

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English: This is a box of “COP Killer” ammunition often talked about in the liberal media to facilitate further gun control measures. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Students will form a position about arming teachers in schools, write their local representatives about the gun control debates and conduct a survey of their community regarding gun control issues.

View the video Gun-Control and the White House by the Guardian

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- Teachers and Guns

Objective:  Students will form a position on the issue of arming teachers and write a persuasive essay

Lesson Plan 2- Gun Control and Congress

Objective:  Students will write their local representatives about the current gun control debates

Lesson Plan 3- Conducting a Survey

Objective:  Students will work in groups to create survey questions, conduct survey and track results

21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Access and Evaluate Information
Use and Manage Information
Be Flexible
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
Gun Policy.org
NRA.org (National Rifle Association)
Gun Control by Fox News
Gun Control by State by USA Today
International Gun Laws by PBS

Additional Library Resources: