Exciting Resources- Message from Library and Language Arts

Dear Parents,
Many, many thanks to the PTG for funding a subscription to the nonfiction database, PebbleGo. Our teachers are excited about using this new resource with your children, and we wanted to let you know that it also is available for use at home.

Designed for Grades K-3, PebbleGo presents brief, clearly written information on many of the subjects that students are curious about: animals, biographies, social studies, and earth/space sciences. It is fun to read, easy to navigate, and includes many age-appropriate fearures such as a read-aloud function, a built-in dictionary, videos, pictures and suggested activities. For more information on this program click here: https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2015/whitepaper_literacy.pdf or visit the Community Documents section of the PTG website.

To access PebbleGo from home, go to the Thoreau School home page <thoreau.colonial.net> and click “PebbleGo” in the Student Quick Links list. If you get to the PebbleGo site through this link, no login or student accounts are necessary.

For older students, we have a subscription to World Book Online, a multimedia encyclopedia with three reading levels from Grade 2 through adult. You can access WBO from the Student Quick Links list on the Thoreau School home page. The link will take you to a login page. The login is cpshome and the password is patriots. (This login is for use by the Thoreau School community only. Sharing it with people outside the community will violate the users agreement we have with World Book.) World Book is a safe, accurate way to find the answers to those Geography Quest questions!

Again, many thanks to the PTG for funding the PebbleGo subscription, to Chris Mahoney for the support, to Sue Howard for her technology expertise, and to the teachers who previewed PebbleGo in October and gave us valuable feedback. We would like to hear your comments as you try the database so that we can decide about keeping it for the future. Please email Karen Pettyjohn at kpettyjohn@colonial.net with your thoughts and suggestions.

All the best,
Karen Pettyjohn and Joyce Carter