Bulldog Library

About Bulldog Library

The Bulldog Learning Commons is hub of information for tweens, teachers, and parents.  There are four main areas for Bulldogs to explore: the Homework Help center, the Reading Room, the Community Forum, and the Bulldog News page.  Each of these areas can be accessed through the icons located on the Learning Common’s main page.

The Homework Help center is a knowledge building center that provides links to educational online resources to aid students working on school projects.

The Reading Room provides recommendations for great books.

The Community Forum is an experimental learning center that provides teacher and librarian resources.  Its discussion board is also intended as a forum for stakeholders discourse.

The Bulldog News page is a living yearbook that reports on school events.

Learning Commons Menu

The Learning Commons Menu, located on the right side of the page offers four additional options: About Bulldog Library, Library Polices, Información en Español, and Book Review Blog.

This is the About Bulldog Library page.  It provides the Library Mission Statement, and tutorials on how to use the Bulldog Learning Commons.  The menu on this page includes all menu options from every section of the Bulldog Learning Commons.  This is unique to the About Bulldog Library Page.

The Library Polices page explains the policies and rules of the library.

The Book Review Blog is one of the two links available on every page of the Bulldog Library Learning Commons.  It takes users directly to the Bulldog Library blog.  This blog offers book reviews and readers advisory specifically for tween readers.

Información en Español gives information, and links to information, for students and parents in Spanish. (Información en Español ofrece información y enlaces a la información, para que los estudiantes y padres en español.)


Reading Room

Bulldog Library is here to help tweens find great books to read!  This section of the Learning Commons offers reviews of tween books,  pathfinders (lists of books on a given topic, like dogscats, or horses), and even entire ebooks that you can read.

The Reading Room page offers readers lists of books in four areas: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking.

The reading area of the page has two lists: Bulldogs’ Favorite Books and the Best of the Year.  The Bulldogs’ Favorite Books give readers an idea of what their classmates are reading.  This list is based on circulation statistics and requests.  It will be updated periodically to reflect your current interests.  The Best of the Year list highlights award winning books.  Together these two lists give readers suggestions for popular books and books of merit to help readers choose their next book.

The listening area of the page also provides two lists: Great Audiobooks and LibriVox: free public domain audiobooks  These lists help readers wanting to find a great book to listen to.  The Great Audiobooks lists recommended audiobooks.  These audiobooks have both wonderful stories and talented readers.  They are a pleasure to listen too.  The LibriVox: free public domain audiobooks list gives titles and links to LibriVox audiobooks.  These are public domain audiobooks that are free to listen to online or download.  These are public domain books read by volunteers.  In general, the quality is not as high as the commercially produced audiobooks available through the public library; however, the ones recommended for this list have all been selected because the books tell wonderful stories and readers are proficient.

The writing area provides a list of books that offer writing help for kids and links to websites that also offer writing advice for students.

The speaking area provides a short list of books that give advice on public speaking.  These resources should be helpful for students needing to give oral reports for a class.

Reading Room Menu

The Book Review Blog is the heart of the Bulldog Learning Commons.  The blog offers reviews tween books.  You can search for books by subject, AR reading level, titleauthorseries, or keyword.

To search by subject, use the tag cloud below the menu on the blog page.  You can browse the tags to find a topic that interests you like aliens, fairies, humor, or graphic novels.

To search by AR reading Level, use the category list available below the tag cloud on the blog page.  The AR reading levels are coded by color categories. To search by AR reading level, click on the color that corresponds to your reading level:

1.0-1.5 = yellow

1.6-2.0 = green

2.1-2.5 = blue

2.6-3.0 = red

3.1-3.5 = pink

3.6-4.0 = tan

4.1-4.5 = orange

4.6-5.0 = black

5.1-6.9 = purple

7.0-      = gray

For more information on AR reading levels please visit arbookfind.com.  This page is linked to through the AR Book Finder option in the Reading Room menu.

The I want to read about option in the Reading Room menu leads readers the the Bulldog Library pathfinders.  On this page readers will see many topics like dogsdragons, and zombies.  Clicking on an interesting topic will bring users to list of great books on that topic.

The Ebooks tab takes readers to a list of ebooks that you can read on Bulldog Library.  These books are all classic children’s literature in the public domain.  They represent some of the best children’s books ever written including: Anne of Green Gables, Call of the Wild, and L. Frank Baum’s entire Oz series.  If you need a good book to read, but can’t get to the library, this page provides books that you can access any day, any time, and any place.

The Popular Series  tab offers readers links to series pages for 36 of the most popular series in the library.  Each of the series pages lists the series title, author, and genre.  The pages then list the order of the books in the series, and offers read-a-like suggestions for fans who are looking for new books to try.  Use these pages to help you find a great new series or new books to try that are similar to your favorite series.

The Book Trailer tab provides links to short videos about ten different books.  These videos will give you a small introduction to the book so that you decide if it is a book you would like to read.


Homework Help

The Homework Help page is the Learning Commons’ knowledge building center.  This is the page to find information resources to help you learn.  It is divided into four parts: 4th grade projects, 5th grade projects, digital citizenship, and interesting sites to explore.  All of the sites linked to are high quality, scholarly, and reputable sources.  Most are links to government sponsored sites like the Library of Congress, the State of California, and the Census Bureau.  This is important because it means that you can trust the information these sites to be accurate and acceptable for school projects.

In the 4th grade projects area, there are links to information on California Missions and the California Gold Rush.  These links will help you as you work on your California Mission Reports and give you additional resources to study as your class experiences the Gold Rush unit at the end of the year.

The 5th grade projects area provides information you can use when working on your group State presentation, your animal memoirs, and information to support your learning about the Revolutionary War.  The animal memoirs section gives the user links to information on many different animals, both domestic and wild.  This will give you valuable information as you research your animal.  It also provides creative writing help to aid you as you create the story of your animal’s life.

The digital citizen ship area gives students and staff important information on digital citizenship, copyright, and bibliographic citation.  This area will help you to become a responsible citizens on line who use information fairy and responsibly.

Finally, the interesting sites section provides links to cool educational websites for you to explore.  The information provided here is for you to satisfy your own intellectual curiosity.  Learn the answers to question you have.  Explore topics you find interesting.  This is not for school, this is for fun!  Enjoy!

Homework Help Menu

The Homework Help menu has four unique options: the school database, the SDCL database, the SDCL catalog, and JIS learning resources.

The school database links to the database that the school subscribes to through the San Diego County Office of Education.  This site requires a username and password that can be provided to you by your teacher or librarian.

The SDCL database offers homework help and encyclopedias provided by the San Diego County Library.  These databases require you to have a library card with the San Diego County Library.

The SDCL catalog option links you to the San Diego County Library online public access catalog (OPAC).  You can use this to find cool books and, if you have a library card with the county library, you can request it online so that you know it will be ready and waiting just for you.  You can even checkout and download ebooks and audiobooks straight from the county library.  It is an excellent resource to become familiar with.

The JIS learning resources option links you to the learning resources page of the JIS website.  This page gives links for the educational resources recommended by the school.


Community Forum

The Community Forum is a place for the Bulldog community to discuss and debate new ideas.  Members of the school community, parents, faculty, and staff, can use the message board as a forum for discussion.

As the school year progresses, information in the areas of School Improvement, Experimentation, Action Research, and Specific Initiatives will be posted to this page for community stakeholders to respond to.

Community Forum Menu

There are two unique options on the features of the Community Forum menu: the Teacher’s Lounge and Reading Resources pages.  These resources are intended for parents, faculty, and staff.  Quality additions are welcome.

The Teacher’s Lounge provides information on state standards and links to lesson plans, classroom materials, and professional development resources.

The Reading Resources page provides reading suggestions and links to online information on literacy as well as professional development resources for School Library Media Specialists.


Bulldog News

The Bulldog News page is a living yearbook.  It reports on important events throughout the school year.

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