Middle School Learning Resources

Here is a collection of free resources for “tweens” (Middle-school age)

Book Collection Nonfiction: Middle School Edition – A research database for school libraries that provides content representing a wide spectrum of works, including popular series from top book publishers. It contains searchable full text for more than 3,100 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, history, science, women, civics and more.

DK Find Out! – DK Find Out! is a general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, games, and activities on a wide variety of topics.

Encyclopedia.com – A free online encyclopedia with entries, article, facts, images and more from authoritative and respected sources often used in libraries.

Explora Middle School – This interface is designed specifically for middle school students according to their needs and search abilities. This interface is graphically rich and provides access to age-appropriate materials. Now includes topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research and 60,000 top videos from the Associated Press.

Databases Searched
  • Book Collection Nonfiction: Middle School Edition
  • Middle Search Plus
  • Topic Overviews 6-12
  • Science Reference Center
  • Newspaper Source

FreeDocumentaries.org – This site streams popular full-length documentaries and educational films. No download or registration is required.

GeoEdu – GeoEdu is an atlas and an educational game that helps players learn geography. The game contains more than 100,000 questions and allows players to choose from multiple levels of play.

BJ Pinchbeck Homework Helper – Created in the 1990s by nine-year-old BJ Pinchbeck, this
small online reference has evolved into a comprehensive research site with hundreds of
homework help links. Some of the topics covered on BJ Pinchbeck Homework Helper include
art, computer science, English, foreign languages, health, math, music, science, and social
studies.

Middle Search Plus- Middle Search® Plus contains full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia; American Heritage® Dictionary, 4th Edition from Houghton Mifflin; Encyclopedia of Animals™; and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.

Whyville – Whyville helps middle schoolers learn about art history, science, journalism, civics, and economics through exploration and communication. As Whyville citizens, students can play games, chat with friends, and much more.

You Are Here – Explore the virtual mall and learn about advertising and how it impacts your life. Learn about how to be a smart consumer, protect your privacy, and avoid scams and rip-offs. Parents and teachers, check out the parent and teacher pages, with activities and ideas for using this site to teach kids about advertising.