||Product Update for SIRS Discoverer
May 9, 2006
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WHAT'S NEW @ SIRS
Our product development team is constantly reviewing customer feedback and making changes
to our learning resources to meet your needs. Several updates to our SIRS family of
products were recently completed and we wanted to bring them to your attention.
you know that your Discoverer subscription also provides map activities
geared for the younger researcher, from noteworthy sources including Scholastic News,
Junior Scholastic and Current Events?
Students can learn how to read and decipher varied types of maps and answer discussion
questions based on their observations. Visit a sampling of the following articles to learn
Fresh Sample Searches: Live!
Conducting an upcoming training session? On the hunt for laser-focused sample searches
to highlight the best content inside your subscriptions? Look no farther than our all-new
sample search collection, SIRS
Discoverer Sample Searches, April 2006 [PDF 2 pgs].
Political Cartoons in Discoverer
provides political cartoons geared for the younger researcher, from noteworthy sources
including Junior Scholastic, Scholastic News, New York Times Upfront and Current
Students can learn how to read and decipher political cartoons, as well as understand the
writing devices employed in them (satire, irony, metaphor, etc.). In a hurry? The quickest
route to all of our political cartoons is Database Features, Activities, Editorial
Cartoons. Heres just a few timely examples to get you started:
Subject Tree Updates
At SIRS, were continually reviewing the Discoverer and WebFind
Subject Trees to provide a more comprehensive search function that reflects the carefully
selected content available in the database.
Visit ACTIVITIES in the Database Features, to access articles and activities relating to
Editorial Cartoons, Pro/Con discussions and Maps.
Our editorial team updates our SIRS products every day with new articles and resources.
Here's a short list of the timeliest and most topical articles added to your product this
month. Publication dates may vary due to the editorial selection process.
Suggested Research Topics
Tens of thousands of students mine SIRS resources for the latest information on the
leading issues of the day. To help maximize their research time, our Suggested
Research Topics feature offers instant access to relevant articles and resources on
many of the most popular research subjects.
Here's this month's list of hot topics and timely issues in Discoverer:
May is Get Caught Reading Month. Reading is the fundamental skill that all
students must develop to be successful in further education, careers, and in life. Reading
is the primary focus of the No Child Left Behind Act and billions of Title I dollars.
Activity: Equally important is that reading is fun for students in grades
3-8 and Discoverer provides the resources for teachers to take advantage
of this. Any one or more of the fiction collection in Discoverer can be
printed for classroom reading and discussion, or students can summarize their favorites
and present them to the class as part of a mini-research activity.
- Click the Fiction link on the right side of the Search page.
- Note the variety of Topics/Subtopics list on the right side.
- Students should choose the category that proves to be most engaging for them.
- Select two stories and read and summarize them.
- Present their summaries to the class in two to three minute oral reports.
TOP THREE WEB SITES - Each month, our SKS WebSelect and Discoverer
WebFind editorial teams scour the Internet for top-quality sites that help
teachers teach and students learn. Although no Internet site can supplant a quality
research database, these vetted resources offer unique resources that are sure to be of
Solve a series of science and math puzzles to defeat the evil Hacker and save cyberspace.
Create your own character and choose from one of two quests: Race for Radopolis
or Mission: Motherboard. Organization: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
"Hercules was the Roman name for the greatest hero of Greek mythology--Heracles. Like
most authentic heroes, Heracles had a god as one of his parents, being the son of the
supreme deity Zeus and a mortal woman." (JOEL SKIDMORE) The story of Hercules is told
here with illustrations. In Greek and Roman mythology, Hercules was a son of Zeus, the
greatest of the Greek heroes, and the only hero ever to become a god. Organization: Joel
|The All-Star River Explorers
"Welcome to The All-Star River Explorers, an elementary program for third
through fifth grade students. The All-Star River Explorers is designed to
introduce students to the basics of hydrology and increase their understanding of how
rivers are formed and their importance in our lives. Activities will enhance students'
skills in math, science, language arts, social studies and art." (UNIVERSITY OF
ILLINOIS) Organization: University of Illinois
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