Subscription Databases

Early World of Learning from World Book  (from

World Book Kids (from

World Book Student (from

Britannica School

Britannica Image Quest


SIRS Discoverer
Online magazines, newspaper articles, research databases


Digital Citizenship

Copyright & Citing Your Sources

Free bibliography creator. 

Noodle Tools
This subscription site will help you create a bibliography or works cited page. Elementary students should click on NoodleBib MLA Starter. This site is used by all schools in Upper Arlington City Schools. You will need a password to access this site. Ask your librarian for a bookmark containing the password.

Copyright Quiz 
An online, interactive quiz to help students learn their rights and responsibilities under copyright laws.

Easy Who Is
At this site you can look up who is actually responsible for a web site. This helps you determine the bias of a web site.

Google Research Tool
This YouTube video explains how to use the Research Tool in Google Docs.  Also include how to cite resources using the Research Tool. 

EasyBib Add-on for Google Docs
This YouTube video explains how to use the EasyBib Add-on for Google Docs. 

Internet Safety and Netiquette

Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs
In this game, designed for ages 8-10, the CyberPigs play on their favourite website and encounter marketing ploys, spam and a close encounter with a not-too-friendly wolf. The purpose of the game is to teach kids how to spot online marketing strategies, protect their personal information and avoid online predators. From the excellent Canadian site Media Smarts.
Teacher's Guide (pdf)

Cybersense and Nonsense: The Second Adventure of the Three CyberPigs
In this sequel to Privacy Playground, for ages 9-12, the three CyberPigs learn some important lessons about authenticating online information and observing rules of netiquette. They also learn how to distinguish between fact and opinion and how to recognize bias and harmful stereotyping in online content. As Les, Mo and Lil discover, "just because it's on the Internet, doesn't mean it's true." From the excellent Canadian site Media Smarts.
Teacher's Guide (PDF)

Media Literacy

Media Literacy is the ability to access, interpret, evaluate and communicate information delivered in a variety of medium formats.

Commonsense Media

Media Smarts
Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy

National Association for Media Literacy Education


Buying Smart
Online videos and quizzes help students to see through the sales pitch, from PBS Kids.

Advertising Tricks
Discover the secrets of selling, from PBS Kids.


View the art of over 8,000 artists.

Artist's Tool Kit
This fabulous site includes animated demonstrations, examples of famous artwork and allows students to create their own online art.

This commercial site has fun activities.

Getty Games
Play free online games with art from the Getty Museum.

Have fun drawing animals and monsters with Mr. Steve Harpster! Mr. Harpster visited Greensview on December 13, 2013.

NGA Kids
Cool kid activities and projects from the National Gallery of Art.

Origami Club
If you like origami, you will love this site! This wonderful commercial site gives both print and animated origami instructions.

Picturing America
Masterpieces of American Art with innovative lesson plans focusing on social studies and visual literacy. The Tremont Media Center has large print copies of all of the art featured on this site.

The Portrait - George Washington
An interactive version of one of the most famous paintings of our first president.

The Portrait - George Washington

An interactive version of one of the most famous paintings of our first president.


Heartland Science - Biographies of Ohioans who have made important contributions to science, health care and technology. 

Ohio History Central - People
A great site with detailed information about famous Ohioans.

Ohio Pix
Photos of some famous Ohioans. Alert -- these photos are arranged in alphabetical order by the person's first name.

Famous Ohioans
Includes information about famous Ohio astronauts, Indians, inventors, presidents, and women; Created and maintained by Ohio Public Library Information Network.

Famous Ohioans (List)
A list of famous Ohioans from (does not contain information - only a list.)

There are two different sites in INFOhio that will be useful for biographies: American National Biography and World Book Online. You will need the school password to access this site from home. Ask your librarian for the bookmark containing our school passwords.

Ohio Biographies Project
This site's content is provided by volunteers with no professional checking for quality or accuracy. Please verify the information obtained here with other reputable sources.

Britannica Online
You will need the school password to access this site from home. Ask your librarian for the bookmark containing our school passwords.

Bio Cube
A great project to show what you learned about a famous person.

Career Education

What Do You Like? – Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Information

Clip Art

Be a good digital citizen and remember to give credit if you use images that aren't your own. You should cite the source of the images in your bibliography or works cited page.

Classroom Clip Art
Be sure to read the Copyright Terms of Use when using clip art from this site.
When using an image on a web page the image must include this link "Image Provided by Classroom Clipart" or "Clipart provided by Classroom Clipart."

Pics 4 Learning
Copyright-friendly free images for educational use. This site also includes lesson plans and ideas for using digital images. >Pics 4 Learning does not require students to provide a link to their website, but students must still cite the company in a bibliography or works cited page.

School Clip Art
Be sure to read the Clipart Image Usage Rights when using clip art from this site. When using clip art from this site, you must provide a link back to the site.


Common Core

Library of Congress Common Core Resources
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.

2010 Common Core & Revised Standards Templates
From Allen County Educational Service Center

Engage NY
Useful Common Core information from New York state.


Bembo's Zoo
Watch letters turn into animals!

CIA Photo Analysis
Can you spot the differences?

Fold N Fly
A commercial site with great paper airplane folding directions. 


General Education

Interactive Sites for Education
This site contains links to many online activities suitable for Smart Boards.
A wonderful commercial website with many K-5 educational games.


Health and Nutrition
This wonderful site has top-quality, reliable information, games and quizzes for many health and nutrition topics. Information for kids, teen, parents and teachers.

Design a cereal box - from PBS KIDS


Dance Mat Typing
This fun site from the BBC teaches children correct keyboarding skills.

Language Arts

Author Information

Children's Literature Web Guide: Authors & Illustrators on the Web
An extensive, alphabetized list of many children's authors and illustrators.

Author Studies Homepage from Scholastic
A commercial site with information about and links to authors whose books are published by Scholastic Books.

Kevin Henkes

Reading Rockets' Author Interviews
Video interviews with top children's book authors and illustrators.

Children's Literature Awards

John Newbery Medal
This medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Randolph Caldecott Medal
This medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Coretta Scott King Award
This medal honors African-American authors and illustrators for outstanding contributions to children's and young adult literature.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
Honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the U.S., have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature.

Buckeye Children's Book Award
Ohio's very own child-selected book award!

General Language Arts

Spelling Connections
A commercial site from Zaner-Bloser that has fun, interactive spelling activities for grades K-8.

Vocabulary Spelling City
An excellent commercial site with great videos, games and enrichment activities for students.

A commercial site from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Company. It includes a rhyming dictionary for budding poets.

PBS Children's Programming
Links to your favorite PBS shows such as "Arthur", "Clifford" and "Between the Lions". Includes fun and educational activities.

Wacky Web Tales
Learn parts of speech while filling in the blanks to create funny stories.

Graphica & Online Books

Funbrain Reading
Read the very first Diary of a Wimpy Kid and other great books on your computer! As you read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, be sure to write down what day you want to read the next time, and then type that number in the white box on the left-side of the screen.
As you read the other online books, write down the page number you want to read next time, and then type that number in the white box on the bottom of the screen.

Storyline Online

A wide variety of books are read by a celebrities. 

Marvel Kids
Click on "Comics" and read your favorite Marvel superhero graphic novel online!

Toon Book Reader
This terrific site will read aloud comic books!

Wacky Web Tales
This terrific site will read aloud comic books!


Giggle Poetry
This lovely commercial site can teach you how to write different kinds of poetry.

Poetry from Scholastic
This commercial site contains great tips from famous children's poets Jack Prelutsky and Karla Kuskin. You can also learn how to write riddle poems as used in the "I Spy" books by Jean Marzollo.

Shel Silverstein
The official Shel Silverstein children's site. Caution: this site is very loud!

Read-Alouds & Storytelling

Storyline Online
A fabulous site where you can listen to famous actors reading books aloud.

You can listen to and/or download stories at this wonderful British site. Stories may be downloaded to any portable MP3 player or burned onto a CD.

Mem Fox
Hear author / illustrator Mem Fox read aloud her books "Koala Lou,""Sleepy Bears," and "Tough Boris."

Book Hive's Zinger Tales
Listen to stories told by great storytellers! From the Public Library of Charlotteand Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

We Give Books
This free site has a terrific selection of online books. Every time you read one of the books online through this site, you can choose a specific literacy charity, and the sponsor will donate one book to the charity.

Barnes & Noble's Online Storytime
Hear and watch famous authors and actors read aloud 18 classic picture books.

Reading Lists

Reading Lists
Suggested reading lists from "Reading is Fundamental" and The American Library Association.

Multnomah County Library Kids' Page Reading Lists
A terrific list of suggested books. Includes lists by grade level, subject, shorter books for older readers, and "If you like..."

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
A wonderful database that allows users to search for quality children's books according to age of reader, setting, format, keyword, author, gender, historical period, genre, languages, awards, multicultural, ethnicity, and publication year.

Guys Read
From Jon Scieszka

Choice Booklists: Children's Choices
This site has a large collection of annotated booklists, and all of the recommended titles were selected by children! From the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council.

Reading Sites

A wonderful site that can help students learn to read!

Game Goo
Online, interactive language arts games.

Word Family Sort
From ReadWriteThink.

Word Wizard
From ReadWriteThink.

Writing Sites

Stapleless Book
From ReadWriteThink.

Comic Creator
From ReadWriteThink.

Letter Generator
From ReadWriteThink.

Flip Book
From ReadWriteThink.

Writing with Writers
From Scholastic

Library Skills

Order in the Library
This online game lets students practice sorting and shelving library materials.

Another online shelving game.



Fishy Count
A fun counting game from the commercial site PrimaryGames.

Give the Dog a Bone
Can you find 10 hidden bones in the 100's chart?>

Splat Square
Use this noisy site for number indentification.

A+ Math
Math games, flashcards and a homework helper.

AAA Math
Kindergarten through eighth-grade math problems.

Click On Bricks
A nifty site that uses building bricks to teach multiplication

Funbrain Math Arcade

Funbrain Number Games

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
From Utah State University.

Ask Numbers
This site will help you do many different kinds of unit conversions.

Totally Tessellated
Have fun with tessellations!

Interactive Math Games from Oswego City School District


NIEH Kids Pages
This wonderful government site will give you the words and play the music for many popular songs. Gather around the computer for an old-fashioned sing-along! Plug-ins needed.

Children's Songs & Lyrics
Another terrific music site where you can hear the music and sing the lyrics to popular children's songs.

Energy In the Air: Sounds From the Orchestra
A wonderful site about all the different instruments in the orchestra;  You can even listen to samples of music (RealPlayer must be downloaded; the directions are available at this site.)

New York Philharmonic Kid Zone
A great site with fun music-oriented games, puzzles. and quizzes.

San Francisco Symphony Kids' Site

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids

Sphinx Kids! Classical Music

National Jukebox
Historical recordings from the Library of Congress.

Virtual Keyboard
This site has a virtual piano, organ, saxaphone, flute, pan pipes, strings, guitar, steel drums and double bass.

Public Libraries

Upper Arlington Public Library
With a library card, students can access the public library's online research databases from home or school. With a library card and email, students can reserve materials online and download ebooks.

Columbus Metropolitan Library
With a library card and PIN, students can access the public library's online research databases from home or school. With a library card and email, students can reserve materials online and download ebooks.

Grandview Heights Public Library
With a library card, students can access the public library's online research databases from home or school. With a library card and email, students can reserve materials online and download ebooks.

To download ebooks from the public library, you must install OverDrive Media Console on your device. Click here to see a list of the devices that work with the OverDrive Media Console, and directions on how to install these.

Need help learning how to download ebooks using OverDrive from the public library? Watch the following YouTube video tutorials for assistance. These YouTube videos were created by the Wellesley Free and Wilmington Memorial Libraries in Massachusetts. Even though these are not our local libraries, the steps for downloading ebooks are the same.

Download ebooks for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

Downloading ebooks to your Kindle using Overdrive

Downloading ebooks to your Nook using Overdrive

OverDrive help


When you use this terrific site from school computers you will not need passwords. If you want to use this site from your home computer you will need our school's passwords. Ask your librarian for a bookmark containing the INFOhio passwords.

Britannica Online
You will need our school password to access this site from home. Ask your librarian for a bookmark containing the school passwords.

IPL2 for Kids
Information you can trust from volunteer professional librarians and students studying to become professional librarians.

Welcome to KnowItNow, the place on the Web where Ohioans can get live help from a librarian for finding resources for homework or research on any topic, suggestions for good books to read, or answers to satisfy their general curiosity.


General Science

Harcourt School Publishers
Science sites that support Ohio's science standards

Really cool online activities and exhibits from the San Francisco Exploratorium Science Museum.

The WHY Files
Science, math and technology news for childeren from the University of Wisconsin.

Magic School Bus
Science games and activities featuring Ms. Frizzle and her students, from Scholastic. Kids
Fascinating science news and great challenging games and puzzles. Teachers should be sure to click on the "Teacher Zone" link.

TERRA: The Nature of Our World
These fabulous video podcasts are created by the Science & Natural History Filmmaking program at Montana State University.

Earth & Space Science - The Universe

Star Child
An excellent site sponsored by NASA containing both primary and intermediate level space information.

Another excellent children's site sponsored by NASA, for grades K-4.

Moon Phases
From Star Child

Conservation of Resources & Recycling

EEK! Recycling and Beyond
From the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.

Eeko World
From PBS Kids (Flash plug-in required).

Waste Information
Excellent conservation tips and hazardous waste information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Planet Protectors Club
Another excellent site from the U.S. EPA with activities and games.


Landforms from Enchanted Learning

A commercial site with color photographs of the world's landforms.

Color Landform Atlas of the United States

Rocks & Soil

Rock Hounds
Get your hard hats on and go digging for some fun and facts!


Biomes of the World & Water Ecosystems
Click on either freshwater or marine ecosystems, from the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Water Science for Schools
From the United States Geological Survey.

Drinking and Ground Water for Kids
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Aquifer Virtual Field Trip


Web Weather for Kids
Based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.

Dan's Wild Wild Weather Page
Created by meteorologist Dan Satterfield.

USA Today Weather

The Weather Channel

Weather Underground

General Animal Information

Animal Diversity Web
An excellent online animal encyclopedia from the University of Michigan with a challenging reading level. Type your animal's name in the search box.

Reliable pet care information.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Searchasaurus and Kids Search
Click on "Animals."
These sites are available through INFOhio. When you use these sites from school computers you will not need a password. If you want to use these sites from your home computer you will need the INFOhio passwords. Ask your librarian for a bookmark containing the INFOhio passwords.

A commercial site with information and photos of over 4800 North American animals and plants.

Exploring Nature
A commercial site created by Sheri Amsel.

National Geographic Kids

Information on over 200 North American animals.

Ranger Rick
The Wildlife Library has information on many animals.


All About Birds


All About Butterflies
From Enchanted Learning

Let's Talk About Insects
From the University of Illinois Extension

Bug Guide
Hosted by the Iowa State University Entomology


What's That Snake?
This interesting site helps identify 30 kinds of snakes found in Ohio. Includes myths and truths about snakes.

Life Science - Biomes

From Enchanted Learning

Biomes of the world from the Missouri Botanical Garden.

From the World Willdlife Fund.

Life Science - Plants

Biology of Plants
An excellent site from the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Plant Adaptations
From the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Great Plant Escape
An interactive site from the University of Illinois.

What Tree Is It?
A dichotomous key that will help you identify trees.

Social Studies

American History

America's Story
An excellent site created by the Library of Congress.

American Memory Project
Another wonderful site created by the Library of Congress. Look at primary sources from our nation's past.

EyeWitness - History Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It
Click on "index" to see the list of eyewitness accounts from many different time periods.

Pioneer Webquest

The First Thanksgiving


American Fact Finder
From the US Census Bureau

Culture Grams - available via the Upper Arlington Public Library.  Students will need either their own library card, or the Greensview UAPL e-card.  

Culture Quest World Tour
From the Internet Public Library

Birthday Traditions From Around the World
A commercial site

Kids Web Japan
A commercial site

Culture Grams (Accessed through the UA Public Library)
Students will need their UA Public Library card number to access this terrific site. Features photos, recipes, customs, lifestyle, and government info for 190 countries - plus a Kids Edition and a States Edition.


The Bakery Shop
An online video game developed by OSU and the Ohio Council on Economic Educatoion.

Virtual Factory Tours
This site, designed for home schooled children contains some excellent links for showing factors of production.

Kids Eco Posters - Literature Connections
A terrific list of chldren's trade books with economic connections. Searchable by economic concept and lexile.

An online economics education game from ThinkQuest.

Elections and Government

PBS Kids Democracy Project

Ben's Guide for Kids to U.S. Government for Grades K-2
A U.S. Government web site for children.

Ben's Guide for Kids to U.S. Government for Grades 3-5
A U.S. Government web site for children.

FirstGov for Kids
Links to many government sites.

iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.

Congress For Kids
Interactive presentations, games and quizzes about the history of the federal government. From the Dirksen Congressional Center.

Annenberg Classroom
Resources for civics education for grade 5 up. Includes podcasts, lesson plans, timelines and videos on the Constitution and branches of government.


Mariner's Museum Age of Exploration
An excellent site that was developed with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Explorers from Enchanted Learning
Brief biographical information about some explorers.

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today
A terrific commercial site from Scholastic. Read and hear the true stories of both recent and past immigrants.

Ellis Island
See if your ancestors came through Ellis Island!

Maps & Geography

Online Maps from Scott Foresman
Printable outline maps of major geographical regions.

Geography Activities from Enchanted Learning

USA Geography Games and Tutorials from Sheppard Software - Mac Version
This web site links to All About the United States. Sometimes the Mac versions will not automatically pop up. Look at the top of the window and find "Mac Users - If games are not working, click here".

World Geography Games and Tutorials from Sheppard Software - Mac Version
This web site links to world Geography Games. Sometimes the Mac version will not automatically pop up. Look at the top of the window and find "Mac Users - If games are not working, click here."

USA Geography Games & Tutorials from Sheppard Software - PC Version

World Geography Games & Tutorials from Sheppard Software - PC Version


Ohio History Central
An online encyclopedia from the Ohio Historical Society covering Ohio's natural, prehistory and history.

Ohio Historical Society

Ohio Memory Project
An online collection of primary sources about Ohio History.

Famous Ohioans
Information about famous Ohio women, presidents, inventors, Indians and astronauts.

Ohio Quickfacts
Up-to-date population statistics for Ohio from the U.S. Census Bureau

What's the Point?
An interactive site about Ohio's prehistoric people and their flint artifacts.

One State - Many Nations: Native Americans of Ohio
From the PBS series.

Ohio Trek
Designed for 3rd & 4th grade students, this interactive site includes the following topics: My Community, Farm Life, Producing Toys, Mound Builders, Underground Railroad and Cultural Groups.

Discover Ohio
Ohio Office of Tourism
The State of Ohio's government website.

American FactFinder
United States Census Bureau

State Information

Stately Knowledge
Facts about the United States from the Internet Public Library.

Explore the States
From the U.S. Census Bureau.

Upper Arlington & Communities

City of Upper Arlington
The official website for the City of Upper Arlington.

UA Archives
Terrific primary documents from Upper Arlington's past. 

Kids & Community
Welcome to the website for exploring communities. Includes classroom and online activities.

From Ohio History Central

From Ohio History Central

Columbus Neighborhoods
Excellent videos featuring Columbus neighborhoods such as Franklinton, Downtown Columbus and German Village.

Columbus Memory
Columbus Memory is a collaborative project between the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Columbus Historical Society providing access to thousands of images, primary documents, maps and artifacts about Columbus, Ohio.

U.S. Colonial Period & Revolutionary War

Colonial Williamsburg
An excellent site created by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Click on "Kid Zone" for quality information about Colonial life.

American Revolutionary War
From the National Park Service.

Road to Revolution
An online game from PBS about the U.S. Revolutionary War.

Benjamin Franklin
A great site from the Franklin Institute Online.

Symbols of the United States

Symbols of U.S. Government
From Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Symbols of America
A commercial site with an online quiz.

Whitehouse 101
Facts about the White House, fun games, quizzes and images of the president's pets!

Symbols of the USA from Enchanted Learning


Hour of Code - tutorials for beginners and those who know some coding.

Hour of Code - Angry Birds

Blockly Games - introduction to coding 

Upper Arlington School Libraries:
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Library Teacher/Media Specialist
614-487-5050, ext.5523

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Library Clerk
614-487-5050 ext.5532


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