Resources I Like

In the course of my daily research and library life (and the rest of my life too), I find myself wondering where the great one-stop-shop sites are for various subjects. Here’s a list of really awesome sites I’ve become aware of, for lots of different reasons. If you’ve got one you love, send it on!

Creative Commons Images and Music: CC Search

Provided by the folks that brought you Creative Commons licenses in the first place, this is a one-stop portal for lots of sites that have CC search functions, such as Wikimedia, Flickr, SoundCloud, and YouTube. Disclaimer: This not a search engine, but provides access to other sites’ CC-enabled search features. Results returned are not guaranteed to have a CC license – you should use this as a starting point to verification.

DVD Release Dates: DVDReleaseDates.com

Not necessarily comprehensive, but if what you need is a rundown of DVD release quickly, this site has it. While lots of people use IMDB for what was released this week, that doesn’t necessarily help you plan when your Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies party needs to be scheduled.

STEAM:

I love me some STEAM. The internet is full of amazing things, but I’m cleaning up my desk a little today and wanted to share some great picks in the print department.

Update: There are SO MANY great web resources available for this – more every day. Look for some new additions soon!

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke

I just got this one in the other day, and I’m already in love with it. The experiments are divided into 12 units, such as “Carbonated Chemical Reactions,” “Polymers, Colloids & Misbehaving Materials,” and “Bodacious Botany.” Each Unit has at least 3 experiments, meaning that there is LOTS to work with in this book, and it’s already grouped for easy lesson planning. Materials are listed clearly, safety concerns are identified, and the science lesson is spelled out for us (a la Steve Spangler). There’s also ideas to expand on the experiment, all in a kid-friendly context. Lots to love here!

Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick

Another great resource for everyday science experiments, meaning that lots of them can be done in a library setting. There’s a lot more background here than in some similar books, giving a clearer picture of the why and how behind the experiment. This one doesn’t have the photo step-by-step though, so be sure to read very carefully before beginning.

Art Lab for Little Kids by Susan Schwake

This was the first book I picked up when I knew I was going to be running PreK Art and Science classes. This has lots of great art projects, and STEAM works so well because art projects have so much science behind them. As I write this, I currently have colored ice cubes freezing for the ice painting program (p 36), and the Little Blue and Little Yellow class I ran was based heavily on inspiration from this book. Much more art and science, but great to make sure to keep the A in STEAM.

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