Southern Bluffs
Elementary School
4010 Sunnyside Dr | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7020 | Fax: 608-789-7176

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RESOURCE LINKS – IN PROGRESS – See LIBRARY ONLINE for the most current resources

Some links may be only visible at school.

KidReads – All Series – Which book is next in the series you are reading??? FIND OUT!!! Use this site to find the next series book you want to read.

International Children’s Digital Library – A collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.

StoryLine – Well-known actors read children’s books and videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.

Storynory – Free audio stories.

Battle of the Books Resources – provides original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, and a wealth of multimedia resources on K–12 books to support reading and library activities for all grades and content areas.  They provide a set of links to support of WEMTA’s Battle of the Books. Once you click on the direct link (above),  you may need to sign-in with your library card before being directed to the resources if you are not at school.

Just Books Read Aloud – 601 Read Aloud Books at your finger tips with no adds or people selling things. There are only childrens’ books on this site!

Lit2Go – Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

National Geographic Explorer Past Issues

Starfall – a free public service and has been teaching children to read with phonics.

Reading Resources .Net – websites for kids that teach Letter Knowledge, Phonemic Awareness, Alphabetic Principle (Basic & Advanced Code), Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension!

Into the Book – Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing. Try the online interactive activities, or click below to find out how to get our engaging 15-minute video programs.

Read Write Think Student Interactivies – Engage your students in online literacy learning with these interactive tools that help them accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language—all while having fun. – Multimedia resources about fiction and nonfiction books

General Elementary Research Websites


Kids.Gov – is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government. They link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.


PebbleGo – PebbleGo is the award winning PreK-3 database for reading and research. PebbleGo offers four databases: PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth & Space, PebbleGo Biographies and PebbleGo Social Studies.  Databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting.


BadgerLink – A wide variety of resources from an encyclopedia to magazine and internet research databases. This link goes to the elementary version. BadgerLink Resources may only be accessible from school or will need a library card login from some outside district locations.

Britannica School – Elementary Encyclopaedia Britannica and other reference sites

Primary Search – Full text magazines for young students, search by Lexile

Searchasaurus – Magazine articles, book chapters, and images for elementary students, search by Lexile

Educational Games


Greg Tang Math

Coin Bubble

Ten Frame Mania



Math Limbo


ABCya Games

Second Grade

Sight Words Recognition – Spanish Word Toss – Math Man Jr. Addition


Make a Pizza – Fuzz Bugs – Keyboard Zoo – Alphabet BINGO

Fifth Grade

Snail Bob 2 – Rotate & Roll – Use Boxmen – Mini Golf – Mini Train

Third Grade

Mini Golf – Math Man Jr. Addition – Adding Decimals – Fraction Fling

First Grade

Sight Words Recognition – Alphabet Order – Make a Face

Fourth Grade

Use Boxmen – Parts of Speech Quest – Civiballs 2 – Math Ma

More Games


Math in English – Fun Sudoku puzzles to keep you thinking.


CoolMath – logic & thinking meets fun & games. These games have no violence, no empty action, just a lot of challenges that will make you forget you’re getting a mental workout!

Erich’s Puzzle Palace


Fun Brain Games

National Geographic Free Kids Games

Professor Garfield – free delivery of innovative and motivational digital learning content with a primary emphasis on children’s literacy and creative expression.


Third Grade

Ocean Unit Links –

Animal Research Critter Corner –

Wisconsin wildlife and habitat –

A to Z Animals –! National Geographic Kids – Animals

Pebble GO! – Emergent Readers’ research Database of Animals, Earth & Space, Biographies!

Encyclopedia Brittanica Elementary – General Encyclopedia

Fifth Grade


Online Bibliographic Tool – EasyBib
Research Website – 13 Colonies Websites
BadgerLink has many resources that could be used for exploring many aspects of the 13 Colonies…
Websites and Collections on the Web
Colonial Times in America
The 13 American Colonies Part 2: Characteristics of the Colonies
13 Originals
Colonial America (1492-1763)
The New England Colonies []
A Brief History of the Colony of New Hampshire, 1622-1741 (+ links to the other colonies)
The Middle Colonies []
The Southern Colonies []
Original Inhabitants of the 13 Colonies
Maps of Early America from 1562 to 1812
The 13 Colonies of America: Clickable Map
Hargrett Rare Library Map Collection – Colonial America
Outline Maps: Historical
EarlyAmericaMap English Colonies before 1763
Farming in the 13 American Colonies
Growth, Becoming American: The British Atlantic Colonies, 1690-1763, Primary Resources in U.S. History and Literature, Toolbox Library, National Humanities Center
Triangular Trade
Triangle Trade Routes/Map
Slavery in the Colonies
colonialism, Western (politics) :: Mercantilism — Britannica Online Encyclopedia
Estimated Population of American Colonies, 1630-1780
Population of the Thirteen Original Colonies (13 Colonies)
The Navigation Acts: 1650-1696
Navigation Acts
Plantation System
LIBERTY! . Perspectives . Daily Life in the Colonies | PBS
A Colonial Family and Community
COLONIAL CURRENCY (Table of Contents)
Colonial America (1492-1763)
MPT: Exploring Maryland’s Roots
The 13 Colonies — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts
Early American Images


States and Capitals

US Geography Games

US States Game

ABCya State Games

State Capital Quiz –

States and Capitals – Penguin Hop

Teacher Resources

Curriki –

  1. Mathematics
  2. Science
  3. Social Studies
  4. English Language Arts


Wisconsin Media Lab – Explore a wide variety of high quality resources available from our own state’s


Wisconsin Biographies – Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of media to enrich your social studies and literacy curriculum, using the stories of notable figures in Wisconsin history. This resource includes short animated videos, leveled books available on the iBookstore and in printable form, online activities for students, a gallery of historic images, and teaching tips tied to fourth grade academic standards

Digital Project Resources


Copyright Free/Royalty Free Image Resources for Educational Projects(Check within each site for restrictions on use) U.S. Government Images – Find government photos and images by topic. Some of these photos are in the public domain or U.S. government works and may be used without permission or fee. However, some images may be protected by license or copyright. You should read the disclaimers on each site before using these images.

Pics4learning – Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos & images for classrooms, multimedia projects, websites, videos, portfolios, or any projects in an educational setting. 
 Classroom Clipart – “a great source for free clipart for not only for students, teachers and parents, but for everyone. We believe the world around us is our classroom and this classroom is open to everyone.” – “The copyright (royalty) free photos available on this site have been made available, free of charge, for any application as you require – web design, graphics, backgrounds, printed images, desktop wallpaper & screensavers. The only exception is that images may NOT be added to other photo libraries (either online or offline) – without written permission from the site owner.”

 Flickr – “Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.”
 Flickr (free photos) – The photos in this group are available for use by anyone. There is no need to give credit or to fear rights infringement. – is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required). See FREE USE RULES
 Gimp-Savvy – The photo archive at has more than 27,000 free photos and images
 Ide@s – Selected PK-16 educators from Wisconsin work in teams to identify, evaluate, catalog, and align to the state education standards resources that are already on the internet such as lesson plans and reference materials. These resources are then made available from the ide@s search engine. Now, you don’t have to look through dozens of online listings to find the resource you need. The ide@s search engine allows you to tell it specifically what you need to find then it searches the database for you. You can read teacher reviews of the resources and see exactly which state standards they address. ide@s saves you time while focusing instruction and technology on Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards. Plus, you know you’re getting a quality resource that other Wisconsin educators have recommended. -” high resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs? Search morgueFile for free reference images. Yes, they’re all completely free. whether you’re an illustrator, art director, instructor or looking to add a defining visual to a presentation.”
 Open Clipart Library – To the extent fully possible, each artist at Openclipart releases all rights to the images they share at Openclipart.

Copyright Free Audio/Music Resources for Education Projects

Soundzabound– Collection of royalty free music, offering a wide variety audio themes and sound effects for grades K -12 as well as universities. 
CCmixster – “ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under 
Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want. Remixers If you’re into sampling, remixing and mash-ups grab the sample packs and a cappellas for download and you can upload your version back into ccMixter, for others to enjoy and re-sample. All legal.”
Perlinger Archives – “View thousands of films from the Prelinger Archives! Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 5,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002. RIGHTS: Please read the text in the “Rights” box on the left of this page before contacting us with questions.”
Cool Tools for Web-based Projects
CoolToolsForSchools – Everything and the kitchen sink to build and work with online projects
Copy-right Media Toolkit –  “A true digital citizen understands how to ethically use the works of others to build his or her own creative products—music, art, video, stories, presentations–and share them with the world. Just as you’d want others to respect your originality, others expect the same of you when it comes to reusing and remixing their intellectual property. As you create and publish media yourself, please be conscious of how you use the work of others.”

Researching Biographies can be a lot of fun. Start out getting general information using: BadgerLink to access Encyclopedia Britannica and Searchasaurus PebbleGo database Other Websites ALA’s Great Websites for Kids – Biography Harcourt Social Studies Biographies website America’s Library – This Web site is brought to you from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the largest library in the world and the nation’s library. Ducksters Biography for Kids Remember to look up if there are websites created by a museum that would have your famous person included in their holdings such as presidential museums, National Civil Rights Museum, native american etc.

compass-rose-33585_640 Study Resources

General Geography Resource from Wisconsin Media Lab Into the Map –

Vocabulary Tools


States & Capitals

Resources to Learn Important Items/Concepts Tools

SuperSite from Humboldt Independent School District –

Interactive Continents Games (many levels, click “play”)
Interactive Map of USA (with clickable info for research)
Interactive Maps of World Games (click “play”)
Types of LandUS and World Geography (Interactives and Printables)

Growing Readers

The 14 library teachers of the School District of La Crosse worked together to create the district-wide Growing Readers initiative in 14 buildings for 6000 students and 1000 staff. Over the course of the school year, we focused on three facets of librarianship: advocacy for reading, finding the right books for students, and creating a culture of reading where students can progress as readers. This grassroots project was designed not only to advocate for our libraries but also to create lifelong learners, readers, and library users among all of our students and staff.

“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!