Almanacs, Atlases, and Maps

Almanacs

Definition: A reference book or online publication consisting of various lists, tables, and brief articles relating to a particular field or many general fields.

Almanac of Policy Issues

  • Web site description: Provides comprehensive background information and links on major U.S. public policy issues. The Almanac is an independent public service not affiliated with any particular issue or cause.
  • InfoPlease Almanacs
    Sections include: World, United States, History & Government, Biography, Sports, Arts & Entertainment, Business, Society & Culture, and Health & Science.
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac
    Contains information on Astronomy, Weather, Gardening, Food and the Outdoors. Note, there are many display ads on these pages, which can cause your browser to perform slowly.

Atlases

Definition 1: A book or bound collection of maps (or collection of online maps), sometimes with supplementary illustrations and graphic analyses.
Definition 2: A volume of tables, charts, or plates that systematically illustrates a particular subject: an anatomical atlas.

Maps

Advertised as the best Federal source for national maps and geographic information. Some of the things you can do at this site are view your own customized maps, work with interactive maps, and order maps for your home, office, or classroom.

  • Google Maps
    View maps in the U.S. and beyond or get driving directions.
  • Library of Congress Map Collections
    Focuses on Americana and Cartographic Treasures digitized from maps from and atlases dating from 1500-2004 that for the most part, are not subject to copyright. The Library of Congress Geography and Map division contains over 4.5 million items and this digital map collection is only a small part of it. You can access the maps by 7 different categories such as Cities and Towns and Conservation and Environment.
  • Mapquest
    View maps and get driving directions. Keep in mind directions provided are not always exact.
  • Yahoo Maps
    View maps and get driving directions. Keep in mind directions provided are not always exact.
  • Maps101
    Online subscription through the school. Over 4500 maps. Videos, games, lesson plans and activities.
Dictionaries
Statistics
  • Fedstats
    Contains statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal Agencies. You will find data on the Gulf Coast Hurricane, Statistics by Geography, and much, much more.
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Contains a wide range of statistical data by category including Census 2000 information, People, Business, Geography, and Special Topics.
Beyond PowerPoint
  • Prezi: This site allows you to make Prezis, a zooming presentation tool. You create a “map” of your presentation and zoom in on different parts. Prezi is online and free.
  • Animoto: Create great-looking videos with music, text, and images easily.
  • Voki: Create an avatar that speaks using your own voice! You can even make your Voki look like you.
  • Videoscribe:  Create your own stunning, high-definition, white-board style animation videos

Reader Suggestion Box

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Mrs. Christine DeCastro

Upper School Media Specialist

cdecastro@prov.org
(904)223-5270, x2145

Upper School Media Center Hours:

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM on regular school days

(Closed after school on Wednesdays and on half days)

Additional Research Links

  • Sweet Search:   A search engine like Google, only better! It has websites that librarians, teachers, or other experts have approved, so the information you get has a better chance of being reliable.
  • The Internet Public Library (IPL):  This is a good source of web information that someone else has looked at and deemed reliable. This doesn’t mean the information on here is perfect, but it’s a better place to start than Google (where anything goes).
  • BrainPop:  Provides over 1,000 short animated moves for grades k-12
  • Gizmo:  Math and Science simulations for grades 3-12

For Readers & Writers

Isaiah 40:8

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”