Learning Aids for 3rd to 5th Grade

Find resources on core school subjects in our extensive online databases, which feature e-books, videos, lesson plans, and more. 


E-Books and Core Subject Resources

This resource pairs fictional video story books with nonfiction e-books. It plays the narration while highlighting the words of the story across the screen. Topics include: Animals and Nature, People and Places, ABCs and 123s, Music and Rhyme, and more. (Grades PreK–3)

Bring history to life with video clips and e-books, with popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos, and audio clips. (Grades 4–9)

An interactive science tool, with videos, articles, and suggested activities. Topics include: Earth Science, Health and Human Body, Physical Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering. (Grades 4–9)

Online resource that gives nonfiction books and videos on various topics. Also includes project ideas, suggested activities, and links to related websites. (Grades 3–7)

TumbleBookCloud Junior
A collection of videos and books in a variety of different categories including e-books, read-alongs, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks. (Grades 3–6)

TumbleBooks Library
Includes animated talking picture books, story books, and books in other languages, puzzles, and games. (Grades PreK–6)


Research Assignments and Projects

Explora Elementary
This is an easy to use database for students to search by keyword or by topic to find articles from encyclopedias, magazines, news sources, and biographies. Includes features to listen along to the text and search by lexile level. (Grades K–5)

Kids InfoBits
Child-friendly database which searches across reference books, news and magazine articles, biographies, and pictures. Includes features to listen along to text and lexile level of text. (Grades K–5)

Britannica Academic
Offers Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, world atlas and country comparison, news and magazine articles, primary sources, images and video. Select School Edition for all grades (PreK–12) and all reading abilities. Select articles by reading level and listen along to the text. You can use Escolar Online for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.

Scholastic GO
Nonfiction content that includes eight encyclopedia databases, videos, leveled text, newspapers, and vetted websites. (Grades 3–8)

World Book Online Reference Center
Select Kids link (with balloon icon) to explore different topics, with pictures, articles, games, science projects, maps, and more. Includes features to listen along to the text. (Grades K–6)


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