HCA Media Center – Elementary

The mission of the HCA Elementary Library is to encourage, instruct, and enable students to become life-long learners. To this end, the library will endeavor to provide resources and instruction that will aid students and teachers to accomplish our school’s mission of “helping parents prepare their children spiritually, academically, physically, and socially to become disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Through the means of information literacy lessons based on the Georgia Library Media Association’s objectives, the students will develop 21st century literacy skills, which will enable them to read effectively for both information-gathering and enjoyment, evaluate and use information to communicate, and use computers and other media to locate information.

Please be aware that we take every effort to ensure that these links are accurate and suitable for our students. However, due to the rapidly changing nature of internet sites, their content and their addresses, we cannot guarantee that each site exists as it did when we recommended it. Therefore, please preview each site before permitting your child to view it.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Patty Mapes, 770.963.9250, ext. 2391

RESOURCES

DATABASES

 

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online
    The award-winning Britannica School, also known as Encyclopedia Britannica Online, is a tool that is safe, easy-to-use, and up-to-date resource. As part of HCA’s subscription, students have unlimited access to Britannica School from home or school, providing consistent help for homework and research assignments. In addition to encyclopedia articles, Britannica School offers thousands of videos, images, learning materials, and educational games that deliver added reinforcement to subjects studied at school. Please contact the elementary librarian for the current Username and Password.

  • Kids InfoBits
    Kids InfoBits is Gale’s exciting database, designed especially for students in kindergarten through grade five. With an engaging, developmentally appropriate graphic interface, premier reference content, and the best magazines for elementary students, Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research – and makes it fun! Please contact the elementary librarian for the current Password.

  • Gwinnett County Public Library
    Student/parent must have a public library card to access.

  • PebbleGo and PebbleGoNext
    These databases are specifically designed for beginning researchers. Both include spoken word audio, text highlighting, audio/visual media, and printable critical thinking activities. Hundreds of topics are covered within the broad categories of Animals, Science, Biographies, Social Studies, United States and American Indians. Please contact the elementary librarian for current username and password.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND LINKS

 

Merriam-Webster's Word Central
Merriam-Webster's Word Central offers children a student dictionary, Daily Buzzword, and interactive word games.

PBS Kids
PBS Kids offers entertaining learning games to teach kids of all ages!

Jack Prelutsky
Named the first Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky’s delightful site inspires children to explore the wonderful world of poetry.

Kevin Henkes
Award–winning children’s author, Kevin Henkes, shares videos, teaching resources, book information, interviews, games, and articles.

NASA Kid’s Club
NASA Kid’s Club provides a wealth of resources that are safe, fun, and educational for children. You can expect them to find reliable information on space-related topics, as well as games, Web quests, and even chats with NASA experts.

National Geographic Kids
The coolest educational website featuring games, videos, information, photos, and more will keep your children engaged and learning.

Reading Rainbow
Check out the "Reading Rainbow" experience, featuring an unlimited library of acclaimed children's books and video field trips.

Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein's interactive site features children's books, stories, poetry, illustrations, and fun activities for kids.

My Storymaker
My Storymaker was named one of the best websites for teaching and learning by the American Association of School Librarians.