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ProQuest SIRS Discoverer: Research Tools

Leading Issues

Leading Issues – An in-depth look at 50 major issues vetted for elementary through middle school age levels.  Includes Topic Overviews, Terms to Know, Essential Question, Viewpoints, Visual Literacy, Critical Thinking Questions, Learn More (links), and access to the interactive iTHINK Skills Tutor

Skills Discoverer | Science Fair Explorer

Age Appropriate Websites – Provides browsable access to SIRS Discoverer's collection of over 9,000 age-appropriate websites

Core Curriculum – Sites are organized by areas of the core curriculum

Interactive – Each topic and subtopic of the core curriculum provides access to one or more interactive websites

Explore a Topic – Provides a visual browse or all areas of science, based upon familiar common areas around the home, connecting to reference and science experiments with illustrations and step-by-step instructions

Animal Facts

Animal Facts – Detailed information and background on more than 50 popularly sought after species among early researchers.  Contains outbound links to websites, articles, and other valuable material on each animal species 

iTHINK Skills Tutor | Spotlight of the Month

iTHINK Interactive Skills Tutor -- Supports the research process through direct instruction and assessment of 21st Century critical thinking skills and information literacy standards


Spotlight of the Month -- Introduces students to study of key monthly topics (with an annual monthly archive), visual literacy activities, notable historical events and biographies, and critical thinking activities and analysis of issues and events of our time