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COVID-19 Resources for Teens
Were Can I Find eBooks?
Public Libraries Online
 
 
Use your library card to login or get a digital library card
 
Get access to eBooks either through
 
Cloud Library - I recommend clicking on 'Browse' and then looking for 'Teen Fiction' and 'Teen Nonfiction'
or
Libby (OverDrive) - I recommend browsing by Young Adult Fiction or Young Adult Non-Fiction
or
Enki - particularly good for Comics and Graphic Novels
 
 
Use your library card to login in or get a temporary digital library card with your phone number
 
Get access to eBooks through 
 
or
Hoopla- has a great selection of comics and graphic novels but you do need a permanent library card
Apps and Websites
 
  • Access to thousands of digital books
  • Includes reading levels 
  • Switch to AR app for doing quizzes
  • School Name: Read at Home
  • Username: readnow
  • Password: myon
 
myOn allows you to download books onto your device so you can browse and download at a wifi hotspot to read later!

EPIC Login 

  • Get a login from your teacher
  • Thousands of titles, accessible at your grade level
 
Free audio books for you while school is closed.
 
Read ebooks on your computer or handheld device - no waiting lists
 
Read a Classic snuggled in bed at home!
 
  • a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. 
  • free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. 
  • You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired
  • Examples (curated by Rosan Cable, Librarian, Pacific High School, Garden Grove)

Lord of the Flies

Full text of novel.

https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.98983/2015.98983.Lord-Of-The-Flies_djvu.txt

Huckleberry Finn

Full text of novel.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/76/76-h/76-h.htm

The Call of the Wild

Full text of novel.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/215/215-h/215-h.htm

Anthem

Full text of novel.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1250

Jane Eyre

Full text of novel.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1260

Frankenstein

Full text of novel.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/84

The Awakening

Full text of novel.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/160

The Odyssey

Full text of novel.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1727

Research and Reference Help
Databases
 
Use these databases to help you research assignments for Social Studies, Science and History. If you are having trouble navigating the sites then just email me rrelf@whittiercity.net.

Product Login (If prompted for a password use ‘open’)

  • Gale Publishing has given schools open access to their Gale In Context databases. This gives teachers and students access to online references resources across hundreds of Literature, Science, Social Studies and History topics.
  • Designed to be a bridge between elementary style apps and high school/tertiary full text databases
  • reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.
  • Tools like translation, text size adjustment, and text-to-speech help users with comprehension, Lexiles and content levels 
  • Google classroom integration

portal.bigchalk.com/myproducts

User: wcsd

Password: wcsd

Access to the following databases:

  • ProQuest - Research Library, Historical Newspapers etc
  • ProQuest - Research Companion - designed to help your researchers find, evaluate and use information tools
  • SIRS Discoverer - general reference resource
  • SIRS Knowledge Resource - best of content to support key curricula subject areas
  • eLibrary - over 2000 full-text sources including magazines, books, newspapers, audio/video, maps, manuscripts and more
  • CultureGrams - in depth country reports on over 200 countries that deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture
  • Spend ten minutes getting acquainted with these databases here https://proquest.libguides.com/californiak12/students

Packs.eb.com

Access ID for WCSD - whittier

Passcode - wscd

Encyclopedia Britannica Launch Packs provide teachers and students access to curated Science and Social Studies content for grades K-12 on topics related to the Common Core standards.

Very customizable resource packs:

  • Create your own teachers account for free after logging in using the district passcode
  • Choose resources to be shown by reading level 
  • Add your own resources directly related to your lesson plans
  • Delete resources that aren’t relevant to your lesson
  • Upload instruction and message cards
  • Annotation and citing functions
  • Articles have a read aloud function to improve reading and vocabulary skills
  • Translation to other languages including Spanish
  • Share customized packs with students via Google Classroom and/or email
Bill Nye the Science Guy - introducing just about any science topic you can imagine the only way Bill Nye can!
 
LabXchange - if you are really into science check out this website from Harvard University. It's free and it goes deeply in the scientific process over hundreds of topics and includes learning pathways, interactives, simulations, videos, narratives, case studies
Video and TV Educational Resources
  • What do you want to learn about? Get inspired with these TedX talks on a wide range of subjects!
  • Look through the list and then search on http://ed.ted.com/ for the talk title. 
  • collection of channels which have been recognized as being for Teens online learning across a broad range of subjects.
Netflix has released some of their documentaries for free on You Tube including the 'Our Planet' series and the 'Explained' series which is a series of short programs explaining culturally relevant topics like 'World's Water Crisis' but also sports like 'Cricket'.

Netflix Educational Documentaries on You Tube
 
 
Library Swag
Obooko
Get free books to download at Obooko
I'm Bored!
Animal Cams
 
Online bird watching with Cornell Labs - choose your bird! Hawks, Owls, Kestrels, Petrels and more!
 
Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam - https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium - Fish, Jellyfish, Birds, Sharks, More Jellyfish, and Otters!! https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
 
Crafts
Online Study Tips