Media Center

School Media Center

We strongly encourage our students at GSE to read every chance they get. We have various incentives that we use to help make reading fun and enjoyable. This has yielded many good results. Most of the students can’t wait to check out their new books!

Accelerated Reader Quizzes

arbookfinder

Accelerated Reader is a program that helps us track a students reading progress. They will take an AR test at the start of school, after the Winter Holidays, and at the end of school. The results of the test tell us what level the student is reading at. Then, the student will take a test on each book they read. Most students see considerable growth by the end of the year.



Online Catalogs

pclcThe Polk County Library Cooperative (PCLC) is a group of libraries and government entities who have chosen to unite and cooperate to provide excellent library services to Polk County residents, businesses, and organizations.


destinyDestiny is used for the Polk County Schools district library catalog. Select your school from the list. If you want to check out a book, contact your media specialist with the title, author, and call number.


AskALibrarian

Ask a Librarian is a free online service that allows Floridians to chat live with a librarian for immediate assistance. A trained information professional can guide you to the answers you need in minutes



Online Subscriptions

worldbookBased on World Book’s award-winning Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.


worldbookkidsBased on World Book’s award-winning Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.


worldbook_hispanicaOffers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.


worldbook_earlyworldThe Early World of Learning offers busy educators many stimulating ways of teaching concepts and reinforcing skills in the classroom.


worldbook_hallazgos Offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.


worldbook_dramatic Dramatic Learning contains lesson plans tailored to meet curriculum-based standards and specifically related to their play unit’s content. Nearly all these lesson plans contain both an Educator Page on-site and a Student Page as a downloadable Word document.


tumblebooks TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated,talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format students will love.


teachingbooks TeachingBooks.net is a time-saving portal to thousands of online resources you can use to explore children’s and young adult books and their authors.


mackinvia Mackin VIA provides one easy, convenient access to all your ebooks and educational databases. One login will give you and your students the ability to view and use all your eResources. Check with your media specialist for login information.


isaveatree A collection of electronic books offered by Polk County Schools. Books are separated by category and come in English and Spanish.


FloridaElectronicLibrary The Florida Electronic Library is a gateway to select Internet resources. Available resources include electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias, and books.


gale_kidsinfobits Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5.


ebsco_Searchasauraus Searchasaurus


fcatexplorer FCAT Explorer is an online educational program for Florida’s students that reinforces reading and math skills outlined in the Sunshine State Standards. Science skill practice is available at the 8th grade level.


ebsco_science Science Reference Center


ebsco_pointsofview Points of View Reference Center


ebsco_LiteracyReferenceCenter Literary Reference Center


ebsco_novel NoveList Plus


ebsco_poetry Poetry & Short Story Reference Center


ebsco_KidsSearch Kids Search


ebsco_history History Reference Center


ebsco_discovery EBSCO Discovery Service


ebsco_EBSCOHost EBSCOhost Research Databases


ebsco_biography Biography Reference Center


culturegrams Another great source of cultural, historical, and statistical country information. Includes a new Kids section.


 CountryReports CountryReports provides over 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.


ebsco_StudentResearchCenter Student Research Center