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February 2010

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Curriculum Connections

Natural Disasters: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Floods, and More

In the first newsletter of 2010 we’re featuring resources on natural disasters. Information about volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters is always in high demand. We have a great selection of print materials with easy to understand illustrations that help explain how and why these events occur and breathtaking pictures that bring home their incredible power and beauty and their devastating impact on people. Once again we’ve pulled together some of what we think are the “best of the best” for use in your classroom. We hope you’ll find them useful for curriculum planning and student projects.

Grades K-2

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Earth’s Crust by Conrad J. Storad discusses Earth’s overall structure, plate tectonics, changes in the crust, and features such as mountains, faults, and volcanoes.

Earthquakes by Sally Walker describes the layers of Earth's crust and explains how the movement of tectonic plates causes earthquakes and forms mountains.

The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane by Joanna Cole. Flying through the clouds in the Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle's class experiences a hurricane and a tornado.

The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole. On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class learn first hand about different kinds of rocks and the formation of the earth.

Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons explains just what tornadoes are, how they form, the scale used for classifying them, and what to do in case one should be near you.

Volcanoes by Franklyn M. Branley. For years volcanoes can stand dormant, but once active they can erupt in tremendous explosions of power. This books explains the causes of an eruption and describes the warning signs.

Volcanoes by Merrilee Hooker discusses types of volcanoes, how they are formed, and famous eruptions and disasters.

Volcanoes: Nature’s Incredible Fireworks by David L. Harrison provides a basic examination of how volcanoes are formed. Describes the characteristics of volcanoes, and shows where they are located.

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Library Databases

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardKids Search
A kid-friendly database especially for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Search for articles and pictures; many articles include the Lexile level. Search results can be limited to magazines, newspapers, books and encyclopedias, or biographies.

  • Select SCIENCE
  • Next, click EXPLORING EARTH
  • Type keywords such as "earthquakes" or "volcanoes" in the Search box and click ENTER

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardSearchasaurus
Designed for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Find articles from magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias. Lexile levels are provided for all articles. Materials can also be searched by Lexile level.

  • Use the Search box to search by category or keyword
  • If desired, limit search to books and encyclopedias or other materials such as magazines
  • Suggested search terms include earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, natural disasters

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardWorld Book Online
The online version of this popular encyclopedia provides cross-references and links to maps, charts, audio and visual clips, animations, 360-degree virtual tours, websites, magazine, and newspaper articles.

  • Click on World Book Online Info Finder
  • Click A-Z and search by name of the type of disaster: tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. OR enter keyword(s) in the search box.
  • Click on the icons on the right hand side of the screen for links to authoritative websites and an annotated list of magazine articles about the specific topic.

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Websites

Web resourceEarthquakes for Kids
Explore the science of earthquakes through puzzles, games, cool fact sheets, and pictures that make the learning fun. Information about science projects is also included. There is a separate section for students and teachers.

Web resourceWeb Weather for Kids
Learn how hurricanes form, read stories about people coping with the impact of serious weather, and create a twister in a jar!

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Grades 3-5

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Awesome Forces of Nature, a Heinneman InfoSearch series, includes the following titles: Terrifying Tornadoes, Howling Hurricanes, Sweeping Tsunamis, Shattering Earthquakes, and Violent Volcanoes.

Earthquakes by Mark Maslin describes the nature and causes of earthquakes, the damage they do, ways to predict them, and numerous earthquake disasters throughout the world.

Hurricanes by Charles Rotter discusses the definition, formation, destructive power, and forecasting of hurricanes or tropical cyclones.

Hurricanes by Seymour Simon is a dramatic account of hurricanes and the disasters they leave behind, intensified through full-color photographs and satellite images.

Natural Disasters. Julie Richards authors the following texts in this series: Howling Hurricanes; Vibrating Volcanoes; Quivering Quakes; Terrifying Tornadoes; and Furious Floods.

Tornadoes by Charles Rotter discusses the definition, formation, and location of tornadoes.

Volcano by Lisa Magloff discusses the causes of volcanoes and looks back in time to discover the violence and danger of volcanoes.

Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber presents an account of how and why Mount St. Helens erupted in May 1980, the destruction it caused, and a discussion of the return of life to that area.

Volcanoes by Judith Bloom Fradin brings you the shocking first-person reports of those who have witnessed volcanic eruptions. Includes detailed chapters on the science and history of volcanoes.

Volcanoes by Seymour Simon explains, in simple terms, the characteristics of volcanoes and describes some famous eruptions and their aftermath.

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LISTEN & VIEW

Squibs. 9, Geology, Tectonics & Rocks unveils information about the 4 laws of relative dating, paleontology, volcanoes, and processes of the rock cycle. DVD.

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Library Databases

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardKids Search
A kid-friendly database especially for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Search for articles and pictures; many articles include the Lexile level. Search results can be limited to magazines, newspapers, books and encyclopedias, or biographies.

  • Select SCIENCE
  • Next, click EXPLORING EARTH
  • Type keywords such as "earthquakes" or "volcanoes" in the Search box and click ENTER

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardSearchasaurus
Designed for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Find articles from magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias. Lexile levels are provided for all articles. Materials can also be searched by Lexile level.

  • Use the Search box to search by category or keyword
  • If desired, limit search to books and encyclopedias or other materials such as magazines
  • Suggested search terms include earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, natural disasters

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardWorld Book Online
The online version of this popular encyclopedia provides cross-references and links to maps, charts, audio and visual clips, animations, 360-degree virtual tours, websites, magazine, and newspaper articles.

  • Click on World Book Online Info Finder
  • Click A-Z and search by name of the type of disaster: tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. OR enter keyword(s) in the search box.
  • Click on the icons on the right hand side of the screen for links to authoritative websites and an annotated list of magazine articles about the specific topic.

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Websites

Web resourceipl2: For Kids
A searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites and links to online texts, newspapers, and other sources. Search by keyword for information about tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, and floods.

Web resourceInternational Hurricane Research Center: Kids Corner
The International Hurricane Research Center answers kids questions about hurricanes.

Web resourceUSGS Earthquake Hazards Program
The United States Geological Survey teaches kids about the science of earthquakes and uses puzzles, games, cool fact sheets, and pictures to make the learning fun. Information about science projects is also included. Includes separate sections for students and teachers.

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Grades 6-8

READ

The Atlas of Natural Disasters by Jeff Groman vividly pictures Earth’s greatest disasters. Students can see hurricanes from high above and view tornado funnels. Find how these tragedies happen, how we can prevent them, and how we pick up the pieces after they occur.

Dangerous Planet: The Science of Natural Disasters explains the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, avalanches, mudslides, tsunamis, and other devastating natural disasters. More than 180 black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and maps bring the text to life.

Disasters in Nature is a series that includes texts on the following natural disasters: drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, and tornadoes

Disasters Up Close is a series that includes texts on earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.

Forces of Nature: The Awesome Power of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tornadoes by Catherine O’Neill Grace combines spectacular images, detailed diagrams, and fact-filled narrative to bring readers up close and personal with some of Earth's most dynamic forces– volcanoes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis by Sean McCollum explores the underground causes of these natural disasters and explains how scientists seek to save lives through greater understanding of Earth's wild and restless geology.

U-X-L Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters is a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of weather, weather-related topics, and natural disasters that provides the science behind these events.

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LISTEN & VIEW

Hurricane. Fly into the eye of an unstoppable hurricane to see what makes it tick. DVD.

Natural Disasters explores the forces that shape our planet and affect our lives, from hurricanes to volcanoes. DVD and VHS.

Volcano explores the forces inside the Earth that cause volcanoes to erupt and earthquakes to shake the landscape. DVD.

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Library Databases

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardGale Virtual Reference Library
A database of more than two hundred full text reference sources for research.

  • Use the Basic Search or Subject Guide Search to search by keyword for information about volcanoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters
  • Try the Advanced Search to search by keyword and limit the results to a specific subject area (such as Science) and target audience "Children's" or "Children's–Upper Elementary"

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardThe New Book of Popular Science
An online encyclopedia of science, medicine, and technology designed especially for children and students.

  • Click on SciCopedia
  • Click on Earth Science
  • Select any of these terms: earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes & typhoons, tsunamis
  • Click on the icons for “Selected Readings” or “Recommended Websites” for an annotated bibliography of age-appropriate texts and links to authoritative websites.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardWorld Book Online
The online version of this popular encyclopedia provides cross-references and links to maps, charts, audio and visual clips, animations, 360-degree virtual tours, websites, magazine, and newspaper articles.

  • Click on World Book Online Info Finder
  • Click A-Z and search by name of the type of disaster: tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. OR enter keyword(s) in the search box.
  • Click on the icons on the right hand side of the screen for links to authoritative websites and an annotated list of magazine articles about the specific topic.

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Websites

Web resourceThe Hard Science, Dumb Luck and Cowboy Nerve of Chasing Tornadoes from National Geographic Magazine
Watch simulations of a tornado generating storm; speed into the path of an oncoming tornado with storm researchers; read about the best, the worst, and the quirkiest adventures of writers and photographers as they chase tornadoes. Click on Sights and Sounds Multimedia Special to see an oncoming tornado from the perspective of storm researchers.

Web resourceInternational Hurricane Research Center: Kids Corner
The International Hurricane Research Center answers kids questions about hurricanes.

Web resourceipl2: For Kids
A searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites and links to online texts, newspapers, and other sources. Search by keyword for information about : tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, and floods.

Web resourcePublic Earthquake Resource Center
Learn about the New Madrid seismic zone – the Midwest’s own – earthquakes and their hazards.

Web resourceSavage Earth
View online this four program series originally presented on PBS as it tells the riveting story of earthquakes and volcanoes as they unleash incredible power and disfigure the landscape.

Web resourceThis Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics from the United States Geological Survey
Follow the links in this full-text online edition by W. Jacquelyne Kious and Robert I. Tolling to the Smithsonian Institution's This Dynamic Planet website with interactive mapping functions and to This Dynamic Planet: A Teaching Companion, a website created for teachers.

Web resourceUSGS Earthquake Hazards Program
The United States Geological Survey teaches kids about the science of earthquakes and uses puzzles, games, cool fact sheets, and pictures to make the learning fun. Information about science projects is also included. Includes separate sections for students and teachers.

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The Reading Corner

Voice of Youth Award Winning Authors Ann Martin and Laura Godwin are Coming to Skokie

coverMark your calendars! Ann Martin and Laura Godwin, co-authors of the 2008-2009 Voice of Youth Award (VOYA) winning book will be visiting Skokie Public Library and talking with students on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Martin and Godwin co-authored The Doll People, published in 1999, and two sequels, The Meanest Doll in the World (2003) and The Runaway Dolls (2008). Skokie students voted The Doll People their favorite book from among the 2008-2009 VOYA titles.

Martin and Godwin will speak with students during the afternoon about the writing of The Doll People. Schools with the highest number of students voting for this book will be invited to attend this presentation. Ann Martin will also speak at the Library that evening about her writings and her career as an author. Registration for this presentation is open to the public and will begin on April 1.

Ann Martin is the author of the series, The Baby Sitters Club, a publishing phenomenon that resonated with pre-teen girls around the globe from its first publication in 1986 until its conclusion in 2000. In 2007 she began a new series, Main Street, about two orphaned girls adjusting to life in a small town in Massachusetts. In addition, Martin has written a number of highly regarded novels for middle-school readers including A Corner of the Universe, a 2003 Newbery Honor book. Laura Godwin is the author of several critically acclaimed picture books for children. She has also written a number of easy readers and interactive titles under the pseudonym Nola Buck.

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Teachers Can Now Download Audiobooks

This year teachers can download audiobooks from the Skokie Public Library’s catalog to their computers or MP3 players for use in the classroom. If you’d like to learn more about this exciting new resource, contact Susan Heist Carlton at 847.324.3144 or Ruth Sinker at 847.324.3104. Information about the digital media service, downloading process, technical requirements, and other digital media available at Skokie Public Library is also available on our website.

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Youth Services Librarians Serve on Caldecott and Newbery Committees

graphicEarly–very, very early–in the morning on January 18 during the American Library Association’s Mid-Winter Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, phone calls will be made to this year’s winners of the Caldecott and Newbery Awards notifying them of their selection. The phone calls will be made by the members of these committees so that everyone who worked so hard for the past year–reading, reviewing, discussing–to come to a decision will be “in” on sharing the news with the winners.

graphicThere will be a buzz of excitement and anticipation at the conference, in the library and education communities, and among the public at large as they await the announcement of the winners. A press conference at 7:45am EST will follow the early-morning phone calls to announce the medal winners and honor winners. The information will be posted on the American Library Association (ALA) website.

This year the Youth Services Department at Skokie Public Library is especially excited both about the upcoming announcements and about the selection process. Jan Watkins, Youth Services Department Head, is a member of the current Caldecott Committee and Holly Jin, Preschool Coordinator, is a member of the current Newbery Committee. For a library to have representation on one, let alone both of these prestigious committees is an honor. It’s also been great fun to see the stacks of books to be reviewed and cheer on Jan and Holly from the sidelines.

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Jane Stenson 5th Graders Hone Research Skills

photoFifth grade students at Jane Stenson have been busy brushing up on their research skills. In October, Youth Services Technology Coordinator Ruth Sinker took Web Connections, a classroom program that teaches students how use the Library’s online resources, to the Jane Stenson 5th grade classrooms. Then, in December, the students visited Skokie Public Library. They had already searched the Library’s catalog and came prepared with the titles and call numbers for the books they needed for their research projects. After a tour of the Library, students learned a bit about how to find nonfiction books using the Dewey Decimal system and then they searched for the specific books they wanted. Jane Stenson librarian Molly Layman and 5th grade teachers Molly Rose Flanagan, Lisa Nimz, and Kelli Visconti accompanied the 62 students and helped answer student questions and find materials.

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Elementary Tech

Take the Digital Media Guided Tour

If you haven't yet checked us out, take a look at the Library's Digital Media collection! Your school librarian has been provided a special library barcode number for you to "check out" audiobooks, eBooks, and even a small selection of documentary, classic, and children's videos.

graphicOur Digital Media collection is hosted by the North Suburban Digital Consortium and powered by OverDrive, a digital library reserve system that supports a variety of operating systems, file formats, and portable devices. Regardless of whether you live your digital life on a Windows or a Mac computer; or carry an iPod, Zune, or Sony Reader device, a Skokie Public Library card is your ticket to hundreds of titles in the Digital Catalog and Download Center.

To get started, we recommend that you take the Downloadable Digital Media Guided Tour for an overview of technical and software requirements and step-by-step instructions for browsing, checking out, and downloading digital titles. If you get stuck along the way, help is available from within the Digital Catalog and Download Center. And, as always, feel free to contact the Library for additional assistance.

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