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Parent Resources
Alabama Virtual Library
This is a great resource for research! Also see Reference links.

Family Education
Sites and content areas that serve the learning needs of parents, teachers, and kids.

AR Book Finder

Welcome to Searching for Accelerated Reader books.
It is fun and easy with this free online tool.

- Look for book details

- Print personal book list

- Search for collections, ie. award winning books

Accelerated Reader RenLearn Hosted
This is the Parent Link to the Accelerated Parent Data page.

Parent Resources for AR -Open House-


Renaissance Learning™ has created numerous Accelerated Reader™ resources that you may want to share with parents during your Open House, in your school newsletter, or on your school website.

Parent Connect Weblink Log-In

Parents, enter your students login used at Washington Middle School. Then type in the User Name and Password. Press the return/enter key and follow directions.

BullyBlocker from DAs Office

Are  you being bullied? Do you see bullying at your school? There are things you can  do to keep yourself and the kids you know safe from bullying. Make the pledge  today to become a BullyBlocker in your school.

The Homework Spot

A homework information guide that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites.

Free Homework Alabama w/ Live Homework Help

This service offers free homework help from subject specialists.
Available Sunday - Thursday -- 3p.m. until 10 p.m. ! ! !

Free Tutoring - Math - Science - Social Studies - English
Grades K3-12, College Intro, and Adult Learner

American Writers
Examine the lives and works of the 20th century American authors who have influenced our nation's history.

Fine Arts
History of Art
Award-winning site created by Professor Chris Witcombe of Sweet Briar College.

Fun Things
FunBrain for Students
About, part of Family Education Network

FactMonster from Family Education Network
Reference: Almanac, Thesaurs, Dictionary, Encyclopedia

SoftSchool.Com provides free math worksheets, free math games, grammar quizzes and free phonics worksheets and games. Worksheets and games are organized by grades and topics. These printable math and phonics worksheets are auto generated. Quizzes | Flashcard | Math worksheets | Links | Link us | Contact Us | Privacy policy | Terms of Use

10 Math Sites
Comprehensive list of math-related links for teachers and students compiled by the Exploratorium, San Francisco's museum of science, art and human perception.


National Public Radio

Unlimited access to books on the web, free!

Information Please
An almanac-style site.

Merriam-Webster Online
Free dictionary and thesaurus, plus word games and more!

Quotations on every topic, by every author, in every fashion possible.

Word Detective
Answers questions about words and language, especially origins of common phrases.

Alabama Virtual Library

Resources: Encyclopedia, Atlas, Dictionary and much much more.

Destiny School Library Catalog System

School library media center catalog system; including curriculum and resource links in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Reading, and Science. Click and start your search.

Library of Congress by Micheal Leong

Great review of the worlds libraries. LOC website is :

Follet Book Shelf
Washington Middle School students can enjoy an eBook online. Students can read at their own pace. The site will time out in 15 mins. if pages are not turned and books are not browsed. Enjoy your eBook of choice.

Cite it Right -research/study

Britannica Encyclopedia -free-

Science News Online
Covers the most important research in all fields of science in short, accurate articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists.

Recycle City from EPA

Welcome to Recycle City! There's lots to do here - people and places to visit and plenty of ways to explore how the city's residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste. To get started, just click on any section of Recycle City that you want to tour, or click on the Dumptown Game. You can create your own Recycle City scavenger hunt or go to the Activities area and see other ways you can explore Recycle City.

Social Studies
America's Library
Have fun with history while learning at the same time.

First Gov
U.S. Government's official web site.

An ever-expanding history resource helping to make history make sense.

Fact Check
Political web site

Search Engines
Kids Click
Websearch for kids by librarians.
Sends your search query to several search engines at one time and integrates the results into one list.

Searches and returns results from a collection of search partners.

History - Oz's Kingdom of History
Recommended by The History Channel, an extensive list of links and resources. Created by a World History teacher.

Google Advanced Search with updates

One of the most popular search engines. This is the advanced edition.

Teacher Sites
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)

Courses of study, lesson plans, and other resources submitted by classroom teachers.

Sites for Teachers
A list of the best teacher's resource and educational sites on the net.

Lesson plans, links, and other resources for busy teachers.

ThinkInfinity Webplans and more is the cornerstone of Verizon Foundation's literacy, education and technology initiatives. Our goal is to improve student achievement in traditional classroom settings and beyond by providing high-quality content and extensive professional development training. This free, comprehensive digital learning platform is built upon the merger of two acclaimed programs Verizon MarcoPolo and the Thinkfinity Literacy Network.

BullyBlocker from DAs Office

Are  you being bullied? Do you see bullying at your school? There are things you can  do to keep yourself and the kids you know safe from bullying. Make the pledge  today to become a BullyBlocker in your school.

Spotlight Website for the Fall
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Word for the Day from, LLC. Copyright © 2010
Previous Words of the Day:

Spotlight Website for the Winter
Earth Science Picture of the Day
Earth Science Picture of the Day Each day a different image or photograph is featured, with an accompanying caption, which deals with various topics in Earth Science.

Your Shot from National Geographic
Your Photo in National Geographic Take your best shot and send it to us. Submit a favorite photo of your own for possible publication in National Geographic. Come back daily to see the editors' selection of photographs in the Daily Dozen. Solve a puzzle, download wallpaper, and vote for your favorite

Spotlight Website for the Spring
This Day In History from the History Channel
© 2008 A&E Television Networks. All Rights Reserved. A&E, Biography, The History Channel, The Biography Channel, A&E Classroom, and The History Channel Classroom, and their respective logos are trademarks of A&E Television Networks.

Spotlight Website for the Summer
Summer Fun from Kids Turn Central
What are you doing this summer? Enjoy these fun summer activities ...

Summer Fun Ideas from Fun Attic
Summer vacation is only a few days away and we are faced with the question of what to do with all that time. Or more like, what do we do to entertain those kids that are so bored and they don’t know what to do.

101 Things to Do This Summer from HomeSchooling Magazine

101 Things To Do This Summer! June, 2005 

As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for summer, the words “I’m bored,” inevitably cross their lips – sometimes sooner than you think! While children do enjoy the freedom that comes with the summer months, they still like to have a little structure to their fun.

from Family Fun Disney Magazine

School's out and summer is in. From the campground to the concrete, make the most of summer with these ultracool ideas.

Middle School Summer Reading List from

Remember that look in your child's eyes the the first time she started to read on her own? Even though the novelty may have worn off your adolescent by now, with the right book in her hand she can rediscover the joy of reading. "Reading books over the summer is like going on lots of vacations instead of just one. Every time you are in a book you are visiting a new place, meeting new people, and having new adventures," says Martha Jackson, veteran librarian and a literary advisor for GiftLit, an online retailer of books hand-selected by experts. "It’s the greatest ‘staycation’ ever." Does your child need a little convincing? We've searched high and low for new titles to entice even the most reluctant of middle school readers. Here's our list of favorites: 1. The Prince of Fenway Park by Juliana Baggott

Summer Reading -- Find the Right Book

State of Alabama

 Summer Reading Program

Sign up at this secure website: user name, AR levels  



Sign-up at your local Public Library. The local librarian will help you sign up.

Librarian's Pick
Black History
From Mobile Press Newspaper -Kwanzaa video clip-

Kwanzaa celebration in Africatown

Mike Brantley, Press-Register By Mike Brantley, Press-Register
MOBILE, Ala. -- Song, dance and the display of works of art were among the ways Kwanzaa was celebrated Dec. 31, 2010, at the Plateau Community Center in Africatown

Reading / Language Arts
Reading Planet

Website of the Reading Planet is fundamental organization. Browse to find books you might like to read, and check out fun activities to go along with your favorite books.

Gotta Keep Reading w/ screen lyrics

Gotta Keep Reading is the High-Middle School version. == Ocee MS, December 11, 2009

SAT Word for the Day from SuperKids

SuperKids SAT Vocabulary Builder

Dewey Rap 2011

Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System. Teacher Tube: pw libraryhamilton id cshjr2

Word Detective

The Word Detective on the Web is the online version of The Word Detective, a newspaper column answering readers’ questions about words and language. The Word Detective is written by Evan Morris and appears in finer newspapers in the U.S., Mexico and Japan.

Since 1995, my columns have been posted on the web a few months after they are carried in newspapers. All my columns eventually appear, in complete form, free for anyone to read, on this web site.

Wiki and Blog for Washington MS Library
Wiki for Washington MS Library
Welcome to the Rocking Ram Readers Library Wiki Web Page -- "BTW Students Love to Read"

Blog for Washington MS Library

Blog site for Volunteers and Library Projects in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Schedule -- Calendar for our Library
Weekly Library Schedule from Google Calendar

This calendar includes 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher assisted class visits w/ checkout, return, renewing books, the Ram Reading Challenge Program and library units. Small group library research and group teacher collaboration with computer assignments and projects are hosted. We post the library schedule outside the front door.

You may access the "working calendar" at Google Calendar, webpage:

Sharon Draper

Listen to a podcast interview with author Sharon M. Draper who is participating in the 2008 National Book Festival.

Walter Dean Myers
"Myers is arguably one of the most important writers of children's books of our age..."

Mildred Taylor

Mildred D. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on September 13, 1943, to Wilbert Lee Taylor and Deletha Marie Davis Taylor.

Life in the racially segregated South was difficult and sometimes unpleasant for Wilbert Taylor, so a few weeks after Taylor's birth, he boarded a train bound for Ohio to establish a home in the North where his family would have opportunities that wouldn't be possible in Mississippi.

Summer Reading Programs
Mobile Public Library -City of Mobile

Dream Big!   Read, read, read this summer!

Surveys - Library
Book and Magazine Survey

Students, please take the library survey to give me suggestions on new books and magazines for our shelves.

Thank you.

Orientation for the Library
Library Orientation -short version

Library Sites

Discovery Education

Big Universe

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