Wednesday, December 14, 2005

What is a Wiki?

Are you researching on the Internet? If so, be wary of Wikis. A Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia. The software allows anyone to post an entry or add to an existing file. At times the site has experienced vandalism. Errors to articles have been posted. If you are using a Wikipedia for research you should always compare the entry to that in a standard encyclopedia.
The Oshkosh School District subscribes to several databases: World Book Online, Culturegrams, SirsDiscoverer and the Discovering Collection. These are great choices for online research. The sites are reliable and there isn’t any question about the validity of resources. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Helm

Monday, December 05, 2005

Golden Archer Award

Each year the Golden Archer Award is presented to authors of books nominated and voted on by the children of Wisconsin. Books are nominated in three catagories: primary, intermediate, and middle. Have you started reading the nominees? Get busy!! We will vote in early March.

Diary of a Worm - Doreen Cronin
Alice the Fairy - David Shannon
Baby Brains - James Simon
Knuffle Bunny - Mo Willems
The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog - Mo Willems

The Report Card - Andrew Clements
Ruby Holler - Sharon Creech
Judy Moody, M.D. - Megan McDonald
Science Verse - Jon Scieszka
The Hostile Hospital - Lemony Snickett

LionBoy - Zizou Corder
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Eagle Strike - Anthony Horowitz
Worth - A. La Faye
Eragon - Christopher Paolini

Friday, December 02, 2005

January 1905 by Katharine Boling

Do you like to read historical fiction? Can you imagine having to work from sun-up until sundown? Even though Pauline is only 11 years old she works long, back-breaking hours in the cotton mill. Her twin, Arlene, stays at home to cook and clean for the family. The girls resent one another because they believe the other is the "favored" child. It isn't until there is an accident at the mill and Arlene must fill in, that the sisters really begin to appreciate the other. The story is told in alternating chapters from each sister's point of view. Check it out from the Tipler collection.