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Elementary School

Biography (Gale in Context ) offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.
Offers on-demand, personalized homework help for all levels in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including SAT preparation. Students communicate with live, online tutors using an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. HelpNow also offers skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can then connect directly to a live tutor to review the topics and questions covered in the quiz. All live tutoring sessions are saved and can be replayed as well as shared with friends and teachers.  Through the Writing Lab, users can submit papers for detailed feedback. The Send Question Center is available for non-writing assignments such as math or science.
Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research, classroom exploration, and curriculum standards.
The Britannica Learning Zone offers an engaging online tool for early—childhood learning, covering letters, words, numbers, time, sound, geography, and more.
Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books, and other learning resources.
Designed to support global awareness, Global Issues (Gale in Context) ties together a wealth of authoritative content that empowers students to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world.
Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today’s young learners. It’s a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a new, modern, graphical interface and improved navigation based on feedback from both our existing customers and student users. The design helps kids explore the product and gain comfort with database searching.
Lightbox is a dynamic, interactive non-fiction resource for preK and elementary aged students. Books for younger students include read-aloud options, or you can skip the read-aloud and advance pages at your own pace. These books also include interactive maps, videos, and links to related websites embedded right into each book. You can also check your reading with reflection or comprehension questions, a quiz or worksheet activities throughout the book. If you like experiencing stories on Tumblebooks, you'll love learning facts with Lightbox!
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Middle School (Gale in Context) combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.
Science (Gale in Context) is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. For an introduction and instructions on using Tumblebooks, visit our Tutorials page.
U.S. History (Gale in Context) provides a complete overview of our nation’s past that covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people.
World History (Gale in Context) is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. World History merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.