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Middle School Pathfinder Links

Pathfinders are guides created by South Colonie librarians intended to help students get started investigating a particular topic. More specifically, Pathfinders are pages that offer students selected resources in a variety of media on a topic they are researching. They provide a head start for students as they begin their research project.

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

 

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Animal Fact Guide—Endangered Species

This website covers 36 endangered animals around the world. Each article covers a range of topics, such as the animal's physical characteristics, habitat, diet, breeding patterns, unique traits and behavior, and conservation and tips on what you can do to help.

Animal Planet—Endangered Species

Endangered species listed alphabetically in the following categories: amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles. Use the search function to try to locate additional endangered animals not listed within those categories.

Defenders of Wildlife—Animal and Habitat Fact Sheets

This websites features information on a variety of endangered and threatened species. Look for general species (i.e., frogs, butterflies) as well as specific species (i.e., Northern spotted owl, Hawaiian monk seal).

Especies Fact Sheets

Electronic fact sheets on over 50 endangered species.

World Wildlife Fund—Protecting Wildlife

Learn more about the species the WWF is working to protect and how it is trying to save those species.

ARKive Multimedia Guide to Endangered Animals, Plants and Fungi

With the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered animals, plants and fungi.

 

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition for hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions.

New York State CareerZone

CareerZone is the place to learn about your skills and talents and to explore many exciting careers in New York State.

National Institute of Health: Office of Science Education

LifeWorks is a great place to explore Health and Medical Science careers.

 

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

Career Cruising

Career Cruising is an industry leading online career guidance and planning system. People of all ages use these tools to find the right career and to explore education and training options.

 

drug abuse logoHEALTH - DRUGS - drug abuse

 

National Institute of Drug Abuse

This web site provides information on all drugs and the newest scientific research on how to combat this problem.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)

This site is a resource on drugs in America - descriptions, photos, street names, use and links to additional information.

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

“Facts On Drugs”, “Ask Dr. Nida”, “Real Stories” and “Have Fun and Read” are all part of this informative web site.

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

Information on drugs and drug abuse provided by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

Kids Health

Sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, this site contains information on drugs and other health issues.

 

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

 

Teen and Health Wellness

This database provides middle school and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward information on a variety of health issues. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more.

World Book Encyclopedia

This database provides general information on all drugs.

 

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate books about drugs and drug abuse, look for these numbers: 362.29, 613.8, and 615 ….also check the library catalog from any South Colonie Library location.

 

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Web Elements

This site has good information and cool pictures of molecular structure, atomic models, and the elements in their natural forms.

Chem Soc (The RSC's Chemical Science Network)

Click on the picture of your element from the “Visual Elements Periodic Table” for excellent information and cool graphics.

Radar's Chem4Kids

This site has basic information on the first 18 elements in the periodic table.

Chemical Elements

This site has good information and nice atomic models.

Jefferson Lab – It's Elemental

This site is useful for the history of an element, but has other information as well.

 

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

 

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate books about elements, look for these numbers: 541.2 and 546 ….also check the library catalog from any South Colonie Library location.

 

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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

See the famous Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: Walk through the lush Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Climb the great Lighthouse at Alexandria. Stand before the immense statue of Zeus at Olympia. Marvel at the beauty of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. Presented by Time Travel Tours.

A Virtual Tour of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Takes you on a virtual tour of each of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

A helpful explanation as to how the Hanging Gardens came to exist.

The Pyramids at Giza

Includes information on Ancient Egypt, who built the pyramids, the history of Giza and more.

The Lighthouse at Alexandria

Includes information on the location, history, and description of the Lighthouse at Alexandria.

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia

Includes information on the location, history and description of the Statue of Zeus.

Colossus of Rhodes

Interesting tidbits of information about he Colossus of Rhodes.

 

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

 

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate books about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World look for the following numbers: 722, 913.03, and 932. Also check the library catalog under the subject heading: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This search will show you not only what Lisha Kill has on this topic but also what is available from other South Colonie School libraries. These books can be borrowed through Inter-Library Loan.

 

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Famous Spanish Explorers: A-Z

Brought to you by Bio-True Story.

Enchanted Learning - Zoom Explorers

Search explorers by A-Z listing, country or time period.

PBS Conquistadores On Line Learning Adventure

PBS created this innovative educational resource for middle and high school classrooms to learn about the Spanish Conquistadors in the New World – and the legacy of their contact with Native Americans.

Spanish Conquistadores

Interesting Facts and information about famous Spanish Conquistadors.

 

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

 

World Book

 

Biography in Context

 

 

biomes of the world

 

The World’s Biomes

These pages explore the relationships that connect all biomes throughout the world.

Enchanted Learning

This site contains excellent descriptions of all the major biomes, including information on the climate, soil, animals, and plants.

World Biomes

Information on the five major biomes of the world: aquatic, desert, forest, grassland and tundra.

Earth’s Observatory

Here you can explore coniferous forests, temperate deciduous forests, deserts, grasslands, rainforests, shrublands, and tundra.

Missouri Botanical Garden

This excellent site provides information on all the major biomes including both freshwater and marine ecosystems.

 

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

 

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate books about Biomes; look throughout the 500 section, specifically 574.5. Also check the library catalog under the subject heading: Biomes. This search will show you not only what Lisha Kill has on this topic but also what is available from other South Colonie School libraries. These books can be borrowed through Inter-Library Loan.

 

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My Story: Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks describes her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helps students understand why every citizen is important.

Academy of Achievement: Rosa Parks

A short biography and photographs describe Rosa Parks and her achievements.

Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary

Excerpts from a new biography by Juan Williams. Includes speeches, interviews and photos.

Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice

A biography and brief timeline provided by Thurgood Marshall College.

On the Front Lines with the Little Rock 9

PBS' “Way Back” series focus’ on school desegregation.

Little Rock School Integration Crisis

From the Crisis in Little Rock web site.

Martin Luther King: Biography

From the Official Web Site of the Nobel Foundation.

MLK Online

Provides Martin Luther King’s biography, information about the holiday, sound clips, video clips, speeches, and quotes.

The March on Washington, 1963

A brief pictorial history of the event along with descriptive text.

 

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

 

Gale Student Resource Center Junior - This large database covers a wide variety of reference sources including: Discovering Science, Discovering US History, Exploring Novels, UXL Biographies, and Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. The Student Resource Center also contains full-text periodicals, newspapers, journals, pamphlets, primary source documents, web sites, professional development tools, and student research tools.

Grolier On-Line – Includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and the New Book of Knowledge.

 

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate books about Civil Rights; look throughout the 323 section. Also, search individual biographies in the 921 section. Biographies are alphabetical by the last name of the person the book is about. Finally, check the library catalog under the subject heading: Civil Rights. This search will show you not only what your library has on this topic but also what is available from other South Colonie School libraries. These books can be borrowed through Inter-Library Loan.

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These web sites provide information on the Battle of Little Big Horn – The story of Custer’s Last Stand. Included are historical photos, documents, biographies and maps.

Battle of the Little Big Horn

The Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1876

The Battle of Little Bighorn, an Eyewitness Account

Custer’s Last Stand, Battle of the Little Big Horn

Little Bighorn

Battle of the Little Bighorn, from Wikipedia

 

The following web sites contain resources on the Ghost Dance Movement, Massacre at Wounded Knee and the aftermath.

Massacre at Wounded Knee, 1890

Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee Massacre

The Murders at Wounded Knee 29th December 1890

Lakota Accounts of the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee Massacre, from Wikipedia

 

These web sites offer reliable information on the Oklahoma Land Race or the Cherokee Strip Land Run. Included are primary source documents and historical images.

Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889

Oklahoma Land Openings 1889 - 1907

Oklahoma Land Rush

Land Run

 

The following web sites present information on what was to become known as the Gunfight at OK Corral.

Shoot Out at the OK Corral

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, From Wikipedia

Gunfight at the OK Corral

The McLaury of Tombstone

 

Includes primary source documents on the Sioux, information about the Buffalo Hunters and an interview of a Sioux remembering life on the plains.

The Sioux

A Yankton Sioux Remembers Life on the Plains

 

We have a number of databases available through the media center that are accessible through the Internet. Some resources available through this site are password protected. The full list of passwords is by clicking on the link below:

Library Passwords (pdf)

 

Gale Student Resource Center Junior - This large database covers a wide variety of reference sources including: Discovering Science, Discovering US History, Exploring Novels, UXL Biographies, and Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. The Student Resource Center also contains full-text periodicals, newspapers, journals, pamphlets, primary source documents, web sites, professional development tools, and student research tools. Enter the name of the event in the history of the west you are researching in the search box.

Grolier On-Line – This site includes The Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, and The New Book of Knowledge. Enter your search word in the “Search Grolier On-Line” box. All three encyclopedias will be searched at one time.

 

If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate books about the history of the west, look for these numbers: 300’s and 900’s….also check the library catalog from any South Colonie Library location.