6th grade


Mrs. Judy Davenport

Mrs. Erin Piening

Mrs. Lindsey Sample

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Class links

This web page is reserved for student use to aid in completing teacher assignments.

Angel website
This site is used for assignments, vocabulary and spelling practice and tests.

Mrs. Judy Davenport's website

Mrs. Erin Piening

Mrs. Lindsey Sample

Art & Music

About Music

San Francisco Symphony Kids Website
Hear, learn, and have fun with music at this super cool website.

The Violin
This Thinkquest website includes history, playing techniques, science, manufacturing, composers, and violinists.

All About Art

A Lifetime of Color
This site has games, art dictionaries, information about artists, and craft projects.

@the Art Room
This is a good website for art project ideas and for learning about different artists.

Hands on Crafts forKids
This site has lots of art projects.

Classical Music

Essentials of Music
This site includes information about classical musical eras, biographies of composers, and a musical dictionary.

Historyof Music

Timelines of Art
This is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art, from 20,000 BC to the present, sing the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.


Diego Rivers Web Museum
This site has a great collection of Riveras' paintings and murals.  It also includes his biography.

The Louvre
This excellent site has an outstanding collection of artwork.  Look for Virtal Tours.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
This site has an outstanding collection of artwork, a digital image gallery, and an excellent set of resource links to their collection.

Music Reference

Search this site by artist name, by art movement, by painting title, or visit art museums from around the world.

This is an art dictionary containing more than 3,600 terms.

Current Events

.Newspapers Online

Kid's Newsroom.org
This site provides news from all over the world as seen through the eyes of kids.  You may want to write an article for this newspaper.

Kid's Post News
The Washington Post presents news stories for kids.

The Learning Network
This is the New York Times newspaper for kids.  B smart.  Learn what is going on in our world.

Magazines Online

Nature magazines from the National Wildlife Federation.

National Wildlife
Ranger Rick
Your Big Backyard

Stone Soup
Do you enjoy writing stories?  Look at their children and teen writing.




The AIDS Handbook
This webpage is an introduction to AIDS and AIDS prevention.  It was designed by middle school students for middle school students.  It is an excellent beginning for AIDS research.

American Heart Association
The causes of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke are discussed along with the hazards of tobacco.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides reliable health information, current health news, and health statistics.

Cool Food Planet
Learn all about food safety, nutrition, and exercise. For ages 9-12

National Eating Disorders Association
This site provides an enormous amount of information about eating disorders--including statistics, personal stories, specific disorders causes, etc.


The Cool Spot
This U.S. government site presents an amazing amount of information about alcohol and peer pressure.

Drugs and Your Body
Shows the effects of drug use on your Nervous System.

Get it Straight:  The Facts About Drugs
This U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration drug book was written as a class assignment on drugs.  The DEA published it as part of their site.

Environmental Concerns

EPA Student Center
This is the Environmental Protection Agency website for middle school students. You will find information about the environment--from pollution to recycling, to waste disposal.

Garbage Waste:  How Can My Communty Reduce Waste
This site provides excellent information, and statistics about garbage and suggestions for improving the handling and disposal of waste materials.

The Toxic House
Provides a lot of information about the chemicals that are in the various rooms of our houses and what we can do about them.

General Sources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The site focuses on topics that kids think are important to them — such as stress, physical fitness, nutrition, and disease. 

An excellent site that provides lots of information about girl's health, including nutrition, disease, fitness, body issues, etc.

It's My Life
This site provides information about life and the stuff that middle school students deal with every day--families, friends, school, body and emotions.

Kid's Health
This site helps you find information about all kinds of health issues.

Laugh Out Loud to Good Health
This site was created by three high school students.  It has both funny stuff and serious stuff about emotions and stress.  It is suitable for a broad range of age evels so you will find something that suits you.

Media Awareness

Don't Buy It:  Get Media Smart
This site has information about the skills and knowledge needed to question, analyze, interpret, and evaluate media messages.


Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Facts Chart
This chart shows serving size and vitamin A and C information for fruits and vegetables. 

My Pyramid.gov
This U.S. government site tells facts about the food pyramid. Play a game to see if you know how to eat healthy.


American Red Cross
This site has safety tips for a wide variety of disasters, including blackouts, fires, floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes and winter storms.

Sports and Recreation:  Injury Prevention
Safety tips for all sorts of sports--from basketball to soccer.  Also includes a pull down menu for treating common injuries.



History, Ancient

Ancient China

Art Along the Silk Road
Shows the influence of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.

Ancient Eypt

Ancient History (BBC)
This page has in-depth articles, multimedia (games, virtual tours and animations), timelines, and short biographies of historic figures.

Explore Ancient Egypt's mysteries and lore.

Inside Story of the Pyramids
Explore the ancient pyramids through text, video, diagrams, and photographs.

Journey Into a Mummy
Travel through the many layers of the mummy of Nesperennub.

Royal Ontario Museum: Ancient Egypt
This is an extensive look at the people, traditions and architecture of Ancient Egypt. Great aid for preparing school reports.

Ancient India

Ancient India (British Museum)
This site contains information about ancient India through pictures and text.

Text and photographs about Buddha and Buddhism.

Read one of the greatest adventure stories of all time.

Shiva and Hinduism
An overview of Shiva with an explanation of Hinduism.

General Resources

From Prehistory to the 21st Century
Very clear explanations of historical events throughout time plus a great set of printable maps.

Hyperhistory Online
An expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive lifelines, timelines, and maps.

Web Chronology Project
This contains a series of linked timelines that depict world, regional, and cross-cultural history from ancient to modern times.

Ancient History--General

Food From Ancient Times
This site describes how some fruits and vegetables were used during ancient and modern times.

The Food Timeline
This fascinating site gives the history of specific foods from ancient to modern times.


Write your name in Exotic Languages
This site shows how to write names in ancient languages.


Early Man
Index of human fossil finds alphabetically, by type, and by location.

Prehistoric Man
Covers the three million year evolution of humans.

Pre-History: An Exhibition
Provides an introduction to both anthropology and archaeology.

History, Medieval


Exploring Leonardo
“Leonardo da Vinci had a keen eye and quick mind that led him to make important scientific discoveries, yet he never published his ideas. He was a gentle vegetarian who loved animals and despised war, yet he worked as a military engineer to invent advanced and deadly weapons.”

This site spotlights Saladin, Islamic ruler of the 12th century, who was a leader of his people and a great military leader as well.

General Resources

The Food Timeline
This fascinating site gives the history of specific foods from ancient to modern times.

Hyperhistory Online
HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps. This is an outstanding source--filled with information--it has everything, almost.

Macro History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century
Very clear explanations of historical happenings through time. It also contains a great set of printable maps.

The Renaissance Connection
There is lots of information about the Renaissance at this site.  Great graphics.

Web Chronology Project
This ongoing project contains a series of linked timelines that depict world, regional, and cross-cultural history from ancient to modern times.


Andes Expedition: Secrets of the Incas
Learn about the Incas--their beliefs, land, and lives.


This site provides information about the history, beliefs, and quotations of Islam.

Islam: Empire of Faith
This excellent site uses text, graphics, and multimedia to explain Islam.

The Koran
Learn about the book that is the primary source for the Islam faith.


Write your name in Exotic Languages
This site shows how to write names in ancient languages.


Ancient Mexican Art
Explore the art of ancient Mexico at the National Museum of the American Indian website.

History, United States


Abraham Lincoln Research Site
This is a student-oriented educational Web site about Lincoln's life and family. The web master, a retired American history teacher, answers questions by e-mail.

First Ladies of the United States
This site provides information about the First Ladies of the United States.

The Presidents of The United States
This is a list of links to WebPages for each president of the United States. Includes photographs and links to other Web resources.

Civil War

American Memory Selected Civil War Photographs
This site of 1,118 photographs includes scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects.

Civil War Homepage
This site includes links to useful websites about the American Civil War.

National Underground Railroad
A representation of the route is maintained online by the National Park Service.

General Sources

The Food Timeline
This fascinating site gives the history of specific foods from ancient to modern times.

Web Chronology Project
This ongoing project contains a series of linked timelines that depict world, regional, and cross-cultural history from ancient to modern times.

Primary Source Documents

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
This site contains digital images of approximately 20,000 primary historical documents from Lincoln's presidential years. It includes general correspondence, notes, drafts of speeches, and more. This is an excellent site for anyone doing research on Abraham Lincoln.

Documenting Southern Life
This is a collection of documents about the Southern United States in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The collection is held by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  Updated November 6, 2014
by Gloria Godtel
District Media Specialist
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Language Arts

Books and Stories Online

International Children's Digital Library
Read a book online at this library. The books come from all around the world.


American Folklore
American folktales, Native American myths and legends, tall tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from all 50 states in the USA are presented at this website. Lots of the stories are told orally.

Learning Games

A Word a Day
Challenge yourself with these games and puzzles.


Favorite Poem Project
Do like to read or listen to poetry? Try this site.

Representative Poetry Online
A comprehensive poetry site---poetry, author indexes, biographies of poets, writings about poems and poets.


The Spelling Test
Test yourself on commonly misspelled words to improve your spelling.


A Game a Day
Play easy to difficult word games. The games are organized by days in the month.

Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun
Play games like matching, crossword puzzles, hangman, and learn new vocabulary. For all ages.

Writing Skills

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
This would help you when you write. Look on the left side of the page and you will find rules of grammar.

Grammar Handbook
This online book illustrates and explains the basic rules of grammar.

Language Arts Practice
List and practice of skills students learn in sixth grade.  Aligned with Nebraska standards.

Rules for capitalization
Try this site if you don't know when to capitalize a letter.

Writing a Basic Essay
This is a step-by-step guide to writing an essay from topic choice to conclusion.


 Ask an Expert 

Ask Dr. Math
Ask Dr. Math is a question and answer service for math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions


Famous Mathematicians
General listing and biographical information about mathematicians throughout the ages.

General Sites

Adapted Mind
Customized online math problems and worksheets.

Cool Math
This site is fully interactive and allows the user to sharpen basic math skills, play math-related games, and explore new math concepts.

Math Practice
List of skills students learn in sixth grade. Organized in categories.  Aligned with Nebraska standards.

Learning Games

Practice multiplication tables while playing an interesting game.

Brain Teasers
Hone your skills while solving intriguing word problems.

Chess is Fun
Learn how to play chess by using the instructions at this site. Then play some chess online.

MathCat's Magic Chalkboard
From wild, cat-based, interactive animations that explain statistics to exciting projects you can do at home, this site is a winner. A variety of math learning games --ages 5-12

Reading Lists

Award Winners

Berkeley Public Library Teen Reading
This is a great set of reading lists for middle students. Locate books by subjects.

Need to find a good book? Visit this website to see video booktalks on a variety of themes for kids in third grade through eighth grade. QuickTime is needed to view the videos.

Caldecott Picture Book
See the 2008 winners of the Caldecott Best Picture Books. Do we have these in our library?

Golden Sower Winners
Past winners of the Nebraska Children's Literacy Award.

Middle School Book Reviews
This Thinkquest site was written by sixth grade students and contains reviews of books that the students liked. Books are arranged by genre.

Newbery Award Winners
The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children

Notable Children's Books
This is the list of the best children's books, recordings, videos, and software according to the American Library Association.

Reading Adventure
This Sylvan Learning Center site is a free reading motivation program. Create reading lists by subject, reading or grade level.

Teen Reads
Need help finding books to read? Try this list of books. Each book is described and reviewed. Excerpts from books are also provided.



Awesome Library
Search 14,000 carefully reviewed resources with a focus on current events.

Find kid-friendly sites with grade level content.


The Fin, Fur, and Feather Bureau of Investigation
This site uses humor and storytelling to help kids ages 8-13 learn about places and cultures around the world.

Global Online Adventure Learning Site
Travel with adventurous people as they investigate the world.


Biography.com is a searchable database of over 20,000 personalities. This site is good for locating brief biographical sketches of prominent people, both historical and contemporary.

Distinguished Women: Past and Present
This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways.

Gallery of Achievers
In the Gallery of Achievers, the focus is on individuals who have shaped the 20th century by their accomplishments.


The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
This dictionary contains over 90,000 entries that feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, and 900 full-page color illustrations.

American Sign Language Dictionary
Learn how to sign over 1000 words.

This site is a dictionary of definitions, images, and short articles about the most commonly used geological terms.

Merriam Webster Dictionary
This online dictionary has links to Merriam Webster's thesaurus, Britannica Encyclopedia, and some word games.

One Look Dictionary
This is a simple to use dictionary with clear definitions.  It searches many other online dictionaries and links to the online dictionaries that contain the word.  Beware of links to wikipedia.


Encyclopedia Mythica
This site has information about myths from ancient to modern times.

Musical Instrument Encyclopedia
Have a question about musical instruments? Search this site for answers.


The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
Do you need extra help with grammar and punctuation? This is good place for help.

Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers
There are many examples of graphic organizers for planning your research.

Maps and Atlases

This is an online world atlas packed with geographic, economic, political, historical, and cultural information.

Merriam Webster Atlas
This atlas provides colorful, detailed maps of countries and U.S. states. It also gives population and economic figures plus a brief history.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: World City Maps
City maps from all over the world.

Quick Maps
You can use these maps and flags of the world in projects as long as you cite this source.

World Plate Tectonic Map
Zoom in or out to see geological faults in the world.


Quotations at Bartelby.com
This is a good site to look for quotations.

These are short quotations from well-known people.

Time Zones

World Time Zones
See what time it is throughout the world.

United States Government

First Gov. for Kids
This site aims to collect all kid-friendly U.S. government websites under one portal. It includes subjects such as arts, careers, computers, environment, geography, fighting crime, global village, homework and fun stuff.

Science and Technology

Ask an Expert

Ask Dr. Universe
Ask Dr. Universe a question you've always wondered about.

Ask Dr. Geologist
Do you have a question about earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, lakes, or rivers? Try this expert for an answer.

Ask a Scientist
Do you have a question about science? E-mail your question to this California scientist.


4000 Women of Science
Includes biographies, photographs, and drawings of notable women scientists.


Welcome to the Microbe Zoo
Discover the many worlds of hidden microbes.



Earthquake Intensity Scales
Explains how earthquakes are measured using the Mercalli and Richter scales.

Faultline: Seismic Science
Explores all facets of earthquakes with great photos, graphics, and activities.

Understanding Earthquakes
Includes information on how and where earthquakes occur, first person accounts of earthquakes, and links to other reputable earthquake sites.

USGS Earthquakes Hazard Program
Answers frequently asked questions about earthquakes .

What is an Earthquake?
Explore earthquakes through text, simulations, and photographs. See how buildings are affected by earthquakes.

Earth Science

Earth's Lithosphere
Explains the parts of the earth's lithosphere.

UCAR Digital Image Library
This is a Library of weather, climate, and Earth system imagery. This site includes photographs and illustrations of clouds, lightning, tornadoes, floods, storms, air pollution, and more which can be used free of charge by students. Every photo is clearly labeled and described.

The Virtual Cave
Explore differences between kinds of caves.

Educational Games

Mystery of the Poison Dart Frog
Discover the art and biology of the Costa Rican rainforest and "solve a mystery" with clues from ancient treasures.

Science Games and Trivia from MIT
Do you know who invented the dishwasher, or which came first—radar or sonar? Check out this site.

Who Wants to Win a Million Dollars
Test your knowledge of math and science as you work your way to the million dollar level!


Prehistoric Man
Covers human's three million year journey from the treetops of Africa to civilization.


This collection has a large amount of images of plants, animals, fossils, people, and landscapes.

Don't Buy It!
This PBS site is a media literacy Web site for young people that encourages users to think critically about media and become smart consumers.

Extreme Science
Check out the gallery of world records in science and meet some of the way cool scientists who are on the edge studying this stuff!

How Stuff Works
This award winning site explains how things work.

Make Science Toys
These toys are easy and inexpensive to make.

The American Museum has lots of information on a variety of science subjects. It includes games as well as great graphics and text.

A Science Odyssey
This website spotlights people and the discoveries they made. It also has some interesting activities that you can do ---about the brain, technology, earthquakes --- and illustrates how ideas have changed from 1900 until today.

Suzie’s World Science Fact Sheets
Are you interested in science or do you have a science question you need answered? This site just might be for you. It explains lots of things in our world.

Windows to the Universe
This is an outstanding site that has interactive programs on lots of science subjects.  It's worth a look.


Technology Games and Trivia from MIT
Do you know who invented the dishwasher, or which came first—radar or sonar? Check out this site.


How Everyday Things Are Made
This introductory website shows how 40 different products are made and includes many video clips.

How Products Are Made
This site tells about the processes involved with the manufacture and assembly of simple to complex products.

Inspiring Gases
Here you can explore how gases are manufactured and used across a huge range of products in everyday life.

Science Magazines

The Why Files
A weekly magazine which spotlights news stories about science. It has an archive of all news stories.

Science of Sports

Sports Science
Explores the relationship of science to sport through interactive activities and an archive of answers to questions


NASA For Students
This is the student gateway to all the resources of NASA.


Cascades Volcano Observatory
This site gives understandable answers to questions about volcanoes

This Dynamic Earth
An online book which explains plate tectonics.

Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes
This online book describes the background, eruption of, and present activity of Hawaiian Volcanoes.

Eruptions of Mount St. Helens
This online book describes the background, eruption of, and present activity of this volcano in Oregon.

Volcano World
Lots of information about volcanoes, including 'Ask-A-Volcanologist'.

What is a Volcano?
Explore earthquakes through text, simulations, and photographs. Experiment with how different kinds of volcanoes erupt.


Water Science for Schools: a USGS site
This site has information on the many aspects of water, such as the properties of water, the earth's water cycle, etc.  The site includes pictures, data, and maps.

Science Fair Links

Experimental Science Projects: An Intermediate Level Guide
The experimental scientific method, and the steps involved, in the context of science projects.

Science Fair Central
Help with ideas, research, and everything you need to know about creating a science fair project.

Science Fairs Homepage
Grade level ideas for projects.



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