Students & Teachers





FISD Databases

MackinVIA!

With MackinVIA, it is your key to the databases that are available to FISD students. Included in the FISD subscription are EBSCO, World Book, & PebbleGO. All you need is the campus-specific username and password. Please email the Mrs. Mattei at matteie@friscoisd.org if you don't remember your FISD username and password. Also, you can download the FREE MackinVIA app to your Apple or Android device and you will have access to these databases anytime! Click the image below to begin your research journey! 



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Reference Sites
1. Almanacs:

• Fact Monster Almanac: http://www.factmonster.com/almanacs.html
• Info Please: http://www.infoplease.com/almanacs.html
• World Almanac: http://worldalmanacforkids.com/index.aspx  
• Texas Almanac: http://www.texasalmanac.com/
• Old Farmer’s Almanac: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/


2. Current Events:

• Frontline: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/
• Headline Spot: http://headlinespot.com/ 
• Scholastic News: http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/
• Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/
• Homework Center: Social Issues: http://www.multcolib.org/homework/sochc.html


3. Research aides:

• Handbook of Texas Online: http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/


4. Also accessible through Gale Databases.

• 50 States: http://50states.com/
• Atlapedia: http://www.atlapedia.com/
• A&E Biography: http://www.biography.com/


5. Citation aides:

• Noodle Bib Express: http://www.noodletools.com/login.php
• Son of Citation Machine: http://citationmachine.net/ 
 

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Helpful Sites
1. Search Engines:
• Acoona: http://accoona.com/
• All the Web: http://www.alltheweb.com/
• AltaVista: http://www.altavista.com/
• Clusty: http://clusty.com/
• Go: http://www.go.com/
• KidsClick!: http://www.kidsclick.org/
• WiseNut: http://www.go.com/


2. Metasearch Engines:

• DogPile: http://www.dogpile.com/  
• Fazzle: http://www.fazzle.com/
• WebCrawler: http://www.webcrawler.com/


3. Dictionaries:

• Word Central: http://www.wordcentral.com/
• Merriam-Webster Online: http://www.m-w.com/
• Math Dictionary: http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/
• Rhyming Dictionary: http://www.rhymezone.com/


4. Thesaurus:

• Thesaurus.com: http://thesaurus.reference.com/



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Fun Stuff


Wacky Web Tales - http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

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Love E-Books?

You can check out some e-books online in the comfort of your own home!
 or
Check out Storyline Online for e-books that are read by celebrities.

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Still stumped for ideas? 
Check out these amazing sites!

1. Tumblebooks - This is an AMAZING site for young readers! You must sign in to enjoy the Tumblebooks and games. Please email Mrs. Mattei to retrieve the username and password. 

2. Starfall - Starfall is a fantastic website to help young readers to fine-tune their literacy skills.

3. Frisco Public Library's Book Nook - Still stumped? Check out the Frisco Public Library's Book Nook for a comprehensive list of 'good reads!'


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Teacher's Corner! 

Teachers, did you know that you can easily schedule the librarian? Mrs. Mattei would LOVE to help you and your students learn and grow! Here's what you can schedule the library for:

Web site evaluation lesson
Plagiarism lesson
Citation lesson
Library databases lesson
Using the online catalog lesson
Author studies
Research units
Read-alouds
Storytimes
Locating materials in the library
Check in and check out 
Sources lesson (what we have)
Sources lesson (primary vs. secondary)
Inquiry groups
Web quests
Mini-lessons on any topic
Book talks
Reader’s advisory
Student reader’s advisory
Student reader’s suggestions for others (bookmarks)
Student-made book commercials
Making book trailers
Pull books for classroom libraries
Pull books for units/topics
Library as one of your literacy centers
Reward time 
Reader’s Theater sessions
Poetry readings

Please let us know what you need and we will gladly set you up! :)


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Learning Links:

1. Want some UH-mazing reading instruction ideas? Check out Beth Newingham's fantastic website! 

2. Got research? Check out the Student Resources section of the blog for lots o'helpful links!

Frisco ISD Links and Forms:

1. District video use guidelinesClick here! 

2. Sonntag video approval formClick here!

Please note: When using videos please consider:
  1. Instead of watching the whole video, select clips that pertain to the content being taught.
  2. Provide students with questions, on paper or the board, before the video so they may be aware of what it is you want them to gain.
  3. Always have an introduction and conclusion planned for the video or clip. 
  4. Videos viewed at Sonntag Elementary must be approved by the campus principal using the video approval form. Once the principal has signed the form, please give the form and video to the librarian.
3. Fair Use guidelines for teachersClick here!
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