Civil War Research Tracker for 5th Grade

Fifth grade students are beginning research for their Civil War wax museum project.  Students watched a brief overview of many resources available to them through Destiny and through the Cobb Digital Library, and then they completed a Research Tracker Scavenger Hunt to practice tracking down these sources.

If you have misplaced your Research Tracker, click on the link below for a copy.

Civil War Research Tracker 2015


  The Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, 27th June 1864 . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 11 Sep 2015.


National Geographic Kids Online

National Geographic Kids icon

 National Geographic Kids Flyer

We now have a subscription to National Geographic Kids Online, which is a fabulous resource from one of the most trusted names around.  The screencast below shows how to find National Geographic Kids in our MackinVIA.


National Geographic Kids online has over 200 National Geographic Kids books, over 500 kid-friendly downloadable images, and all of the National Geographic Kids magazines from 2009 until the present.   Viewers of our morning news show know that our daily Fun Fact often comes from this magazine.

These two short videos provide an overview of the resource and the search strategy.

Basics of NGKids

Searching in NGKids

Students Have Been on a “Mackin Mission”

Second grade students recently received a more formal introduction to MackinVIA, the service which houses our e-resources.  They learned the most efficient way to locate their favorite resources such as PebbleGo, Tumblebook Library, and World Book, and they practiced navigating to them on their own.

Third graders completed a “Mackin Mission” which directed them to the online encyclopedias and to TrueFlix.  Fourth graders learned how to create personalized lists in Destiny while fifth graders explored many facets of Destiny and MackinVIA with their Civil War Research Tracker.  The Research Tracker was posted on Edmodo so they could keep it close by while working on their projects.

For a link to MackinVIA and for a brief overview, see the Media Center Catalog and eResources page on this blog.