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Kids InfoBits is a database for students from kindergarten through grade 5 that features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Search 1:

An elementary school student needs to find information on an American president, such as George Washington.

Solution:

  1. Open Kids InfoBits and from the home page use the topic tree to find information by clicking through topics. In this case:

    People > U.S. Presidents > Washington, George

  2. Under the reference tab, click on the biography from First Facts About the Presidents. Each president's biography includes pictures of the president, vice president and first lady. Additional reference articles cover events related to George Washington.
  3. The magazines tab includes a selection of articles covering additional biographical facts and trivia.

Search 2:

An elementary school student needs to find information on his state, such as Michigan. He needs information about its past and present, including famous people, major cities and more.

Solution:

  1. Open Kids InfoBits and from the home page use the topic tree to find information by clicking through topics. In this case:

    Geography > U.S. States > Michigan

  2. Under the Reference tab students will find two "state overview" articles, one from the Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the States and one from the Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. Related reference articles explore the state's major cities, its history, famous people born in the state and more.
  3. Open the state overview from the Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the States and scroll through the article. Students will find each state's map, flag and seal easily, as well as a locator map that shows where Michigan is located. The state's bird, tree and flower are also highlighted.
  4. Additional tabs offer magazine and newspaper articles that relate to the state, as well as maps, flags and seals, charts and graphs, and images. For example, a student can find a map highlighting the major resources and industries in Michigan under the "Maps, Flags, and Seals" tab.

Search 3:

What does the Pledge of Allegiance mean?

Solution:

  1. Open Kids InfoBits and from the home page type "Pledge of Allegiance" into the search box.
  2. A subject guide appears with subjects related to the "Pledge of Allegiance". Click on the "View" link under the subject "Pledge of Allegiance".
  3. There is a good article titled "I Pledge Allegiance ..." from the September 2002 issue of Appleseeds that explains the pledge, line by line, in language that young students can understand.

Search 4:

An elementary school student needs to find information on bicyclist Lance Armstrong, who won six Tour de France bicycle races in a row.

Solution:

  1. Open Kids InfoBits and from the home page use the topic tree to find information by clicking through topics. In this case:

    People > Famous Athletes > Armstrong, Lance (Cycling)

  2. More than 10 magazine articles are available that offer information on Lance Armstrong and his athletic achievements.

Search 5:

An elementary school student needs to find information on an experiment involving static electricity.

Solution:

  1. Open Kids InfoBits and from the home page use the topic tree to find information by clicking through topics. In this case:

    Science & Math > Chemistry & Physical Sciences > Electricity

  2. Under the "Reference" tab students will find an article that offers an overview of static electricity and how it is produced.
  3. Under the "Magazines" tab there is a simple experiment within the "A Monkeyshines Static Electricity Experiment" article.
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