Accelerated Reading (AR) is a reading program that promotes and challenges students to excel in reading. Students take practice quizzes that provide feedback on comprehension and vocabulary levels. AR allows children to choose books of interest appropriate to their performance level and to monitor their own progress. TRA students in grades 1 - 5 actively participate in Accelerated Reader. Click on Accelerated Reader Enterprise to access the AR testing website. Testing can be done at school only during regular school hours with teacher supervision.
Now, anyone can search AR titles online! By clicking on AR BookFinder you can conduct searches by author, readability level, point value, and topic. Place selected titles in your online AR BookBag, print and take it to your favorite bookstore or library. New - click on the link below to access: Renaissance Place Home Connect
With Home Connect, school and home are linked together to make reading practice even more effective! By logging on from their home computer, students and parents can:
Each family who has a student actively participating in AR will receive a letter with their User Name and Password.
Tennessee Electronic Library: The Tennessee Electronic Library provides free access to selected electronic databases for school, academic, not-for-profit, and public libraries in the state of Tennessee. Search the Tennessee Electronic Library databases by subject or keywords for news content, scholarly articles, health and wellness information, literary criticism, religion and philosophy information, and many more subjects. You can access the Tennessee Electronic Library through TRA's link, or by going to http://tntel.tnsos.org/
Ready Reference Encyclopedias
Britannica Online: This edition, designed specifically for students, features the most recent update of the complete encyclopedia, an internet guide, a video library, learning activities, and more.
Dictionaries & Thesauri
Merriam Webster Online Dictionary: Provides access to a dictionary, thesaurus, and word games.
American Heritage Dictionary: Offers a dictionary, the Columbia Encyclopedia, thesaurus and quotations.
Thesaurus.com: Includes a simple translator, word of the day, and word games.
The Big Picture: The Big Picture is a photo blog for the Boston Globe/boston.com, compiled semi-regularly by Alan Taylor. Inspired by publications like Life Magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com's Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm's MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery - with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.
United Streaming: Discovery Education provides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning.
ALA Great Website for Kids: Librarian evaluated best web sites for children and young people-divided by subject.
AWESOME LIBRARY for Kids: Directory of links for school subjects, fun and more.
FactMonster: Web search directory, atlas, almanac, dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, fun facts and features.
KidsClick: Web search directory for kids by librarians. Includes picture and sound search.
Internet Public Library: A public library of and for the Internet community. Contains a WEALTH of links to many subjects. Resources for parents and teachers. Maintained by University Schools of Library and Information Science.