Learning Tools for Middle School Students

Palm Beach County Schools brings the best of the web to you right here in Learning Tools! You'll find research tools for your projects, get help with your homework and more using the links below.

Research and Reference

Resource Description
Culture Grams CultureGrams helps you discover the world with all of the data, cultural, and statistical snapshots of every country in the world — from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
eLibrary eLibrary Curriculum has a gigantic collection of materials for your use in presentations, reports, and more. You can find more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books, and transcripts-plus thousands of pictures, maps, and educator-approved websites.
eLibrary Science eLibrary Science allows you to explore thousands of full-text and multimedia files for research and to help you understand concepts in science. Teachers can use the service to find engaging science materials, lessons, and activities for students.
Florida Electric Library Florida Electronic Library is a gateway to: electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias and books, and the Ask a Librarian reference service.
netTrekker netTrekker has all sorts of great websites that teachers have already previewed to make sure they are helpful and accurate. Use netTrekker for Middle School Students to save yourself time when you are looking for great resources online without having to search and search and search.
Internet Public Library Internet Public Library Teenspace is a great place to get help on writing research papers and for finding information about a variety of topics.
SIRS Discoverer SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database covering topics such as reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology.
SIRS Researcher SIRS Researcher helps students make sense of the world by offering relevant, credible resources that tell the whole story on major issues and world conflicts of the day.
Student Resources in Context Student Resources in Context provides topic perspectives by integrating a multitude of content, including: 79,000 reference articles, 15 million periodical and newspaper articles from the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and many others, 4,200 primary sources and video and audio content from NBC, NPR and many other respected sources.
WorldBook Discover World Book Discover includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video. Be sure to check out the World Book Explains video series where experts on all topics answer questions posed to World Book by students!
World Book Students World Book Students gives you access to great information in an easy-to-read format. You'll also find lots of images, sound files, and more to enhance your research projects and presentations.
World Book Advanced World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.

Online Textbooks and Courses

Using these buttons you can get to the online versions of your textbooks.

  • If you access your textbooks through Edline you can use your Edline login to get to your teacher's home page.
  • Click on the textbook button below if you have a separate login provided by your teacher for your online textbook.
Resource Description
Edline Many of your textbooks can be found on your teacher's Edline page under the Links listing. You must have an active account in Edline to access those links.
Compass Learning Compass Learning provides credit and course recovery for middle school students.
ConnectED

Connect ED:

  • Math 1 & 2 (Reg & Advanced) / Math 3
  • Math 1 & 2 (Reg & Advanced) / Math 3
  • Civics
Pearson SuccessNet

Pearson SuccessNet:

  • 6 - 8 Interactive Science
  • Algebra 1 & 2 (Regular and Honors)
  • Geometry Honors
Scholastic

Scholastic:

  • Reading
Pearson SuccessNet Plus

Pearson SuccessNet Plus:

  • M/J US History
  • M/J World History

               

Help With Homework!

Need help finding information for a report or project? Library Closed? You can find help here!

Resource Description
Algebra Nation To help teachers and students succeed on the Algebra 1 End-of-Course exam (EOC), the University of Florida and Study Edge have created Algebra Nation – a FREE, online, easy-to-use, EOC preparation resource aligned with the latest state standards.
Ask a Librarian Use Ask a Librarian to chat with a real librarian who will help you with your research. Open until Midnight on weekdays! (This service is only available from your home computer.)
BrainPOP Tim and Moby explain the Mysteries of the Universe at BrainPOP, and give you all sorts of good information that will help you understand the things you do in class. Ask your teacher or media specialist for the username and password you need for home access.
Khan Academy With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 240 practice exercises, Khan Academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
Glencoe Online Glencoe's Virtual Manipulatives can help students master math. From basic math to algebra and geometry, the manipulatives can be a great tool to help you with homework.
Destination Destination and Edmark House Series courseware are web-based programs that can be accessed from school or home. Currently, courses are available in Math for PreK-12, Reading for PreK-8, and Science, Social Studies, and Music for PreK-2 grade level abilities. 
Discovery Education knows that everyone has trouble with their homework from time to time. Whether it's earth science or subtraction, past presidents or punctuation, you can find help for all sorts of topics at Discovery Ed.

Make It! Creative and Individual Learning

Resource Description
BrainPOP Gameup offers all sorts of fun academic games that will help you brush up on what you know and introduce you to new ideas.
Pixlr Editor gives you all the power and features of an expensive image editor, but for free! Create a masterpiece from scratch, edit your own images, or use their express and automatic tools to create an awesome image with ease!
Wordle Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text and you can choose from any number of designs to illustrate your writing.
Prezi provides free accounts that you can use with your students to create truly fresh and innovative methods for creating presentations. Tired of PowerPoint? Give Prezi a try!
Mozilla popcorn maker Mozilla Popcorn Maker lets you pull in audio or video from sites like SoundCloud, Vimeo, or Youtube, and then add text, images, and other multimedia bits (like maps or Wikipedia summaries) to remix and enrich the source material.
Make Magazine Make Magazine covers science, technology, craft, and the pure pleasure of making stuff! MAKE outlines some seriously cool hands-on opportunities for kids.
Design Squad Nation Design Squad Nation complements the PBS Kids television show "Design Squad," in which teenagers compete to create the most novel solutions to engineering challenges. You are your friends can also accept the challenge and learn more about engineering, math, and technology.
Scratch With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps you learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively while you learn about computer programming.

Multicultural Resources and Learning Activities

Resource Description
National Museum of African American History and Culture The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open in 2016 and be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience. The museum currently has a number of collections and resources worth exploring.
African American History The African American History website from the Library of Congress brings together resources from its collections and other government and museum resources. Be sure to see the Exhibit & Collections listing for a comprehensive list of resources for studying African American History.
Asian Art Museum The Asian Art Museum features dozens of excellent lesson plans, activities, and other classroom resources that provide a diverse look at Asian art and the influence of Asian culture.
BrainPOP Spanish BrainPOP en Español gives you the same great content as the English language BrainPOP, but with lessons delivered in Spanish.
brainpop Fraincais BrainPOP Francais provides a French version of BrainPOP content for students. This site is currently free while in its beta phase.
Duolingo Duolingo is a great application to help you learn other languages. You can download the application to your phone, your Android or iOS tablet, or explore at home on your own computer. This service requires a free account that you can setup with your parents' permission.
Worldbook Spanish Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (WorldBook Spanish) gives you all the great content of the World Book Encyclopedia, but in Spanish.
LANIC The Latin American Network Information Center has resources for language, history, and geography classes, among others, as well as many for native speakers of Spanish and Portuguese. There is a vast range of resources on innumerable subjects that have to do with Latin culture and its place in our nation's history.
Smithsonian Education The History and Culture Collection of the Smithsonian Center provides learning activities that cover topics concerning our development as a nation and the many cultures that have influenced the growth our our nation.
International Children's Library The International Children's Library supports the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community -- who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.
Cyberschoolbus The United Nations Cyberschoolbus offers informative and interactive educational materials to a global audience designed to help students understand and appreciate other cultures.