Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Identifying Leaves

Identifying Leaves

Have you been assigned making a leaf collection yet? If you have started your collection already but haven’t identified the leaves yet, here are some websites and books that will help you figure out the names of the trees your leaves came from.

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Local Places to Find Leaves:

If you haven’t started your collection yet or want to add to what you already have, there are two great places you can go in Indianapolis to find leaves, Crown Hill Cemetery and Butler University. Both places have websites you can go to for maps and directions. They even label the trees so that you know for sure what kind of leaf you have. Put on some old shoes and go on a leaf hike. The sun is shining, you get a map, the trees are labelled – Easy A!

Crown Hill Cemetery Logo 700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: 317-925-3800

Butler University 4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-940-9413 or 317-940-8302

101 Trees of Indiana 3300 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803The “Indiana Veterans Memorial Mile” is a one mile walking trail around Indiana State University’s Memorial Stadium located at Wabash and Brown Avenues on the Historic National Road.


Books:

If you want to check out one of the libary’s tree identification books, don’t wait until the last minute to put one on hold. These go fast! And if you want to read about someone who feels your pain – try Gianna Z, she’s got a leaf collection due also, and if her disorganizatin and procrastination keep her from getting it done, she can’t run in the cross-country sectionals. She is feeling the pressure to find the leaves and identify them before it is too late.
Trees of Indiana 101 Trees of Indiana National Audobon First Field Guide to Trees Eyewitness Trees
Golden Guide Trees of North America Golden Guide Trees Tell Me Tree Super Simple Leaf Projects
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna

 

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Native Americans

Native Americans

 Websites:


Non-Fiction Books:

Black Indians Native American Heroes Looks Like Daylight Native American Tribes
Buckskin Dresses First People Hands On History Native Americans Children of the Tipi
A Native American Thought Of It Native American Mythology Native American Culture A Day in the Life of a Native American
Native Americans Native Americans a Visual Exploration Tecumsah The World of North American Indians
Before Columbus Exploring the Life Myth and Art of Native Americans Kids Guide to Native American History Native American Art
Native American History for Kids

Fiction Books:

The Birchbark House Buffalo Bird Girl Crossing Bok Chitto Ghost Hawk
The Legend of Lighning and Thunder The Man Who Dressed As Elk Dogs Paiute Princess The Porcupine Year
Return to Hawk's Hill The Story of Jumping Mouse The Woman Who Lived With the Wolves

Indiana Books & Websites:

The Miami, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Mascoutens, Delaware (Lenape), Shawnee were some of the Native Americans that lived in Indiana before settlers came here. One of the most well-known Native Americans from Indiana is the Miami Chief, Little Turtle. The websites and books below will help you learn more about Native Americans all over country, especially those who lived in Indiana.

The Miamis Salt
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Homework Help: U.S. States

Homework Help: U.S. States

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Books:

Ultimate US Road Trip State Names Seals Flags The Little Man In the Map Teaches the State Capitals United Tweets of America
State By State Atlas Our 50 Staes US Geography Thru Infographics Our Fifty States 3
Our 50 States 2 States and Capitals

Databases:

culturegrams states edition 200
CultureGram US Map 400
CultureGrams Online States Edition Choose a state to find up-to-date information for reports including:

  • state symbols
  • climate
  • geography
  • economy
  • history
  • population
  • government
  • famous people
  • sports teams
  • recipes
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Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina originated on August 23 and made landfall on August 25 before finally reaching its peak strength on August 28, 2005.  It was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the United States.  Ten years later, its affect can still be seen.

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Books:

Drowned City Drowned City – On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage — and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Another Kind of Hurricane Another Kind of Hurricane – The world, itself, seems to bring together Henry, whose best friend died near their home in the mountains of Vermont, and Zavion, who lost his home in Hurricane Katrina, so that the boys can help each other heal.
Finding Someplace Finding Someplace – The weekend she turns thirteen, aspiring clothing designer Teresa “Reesie” Boone is separated from her family by Hurricane Katrina but, during the horrific storm and its aftermath, begins to find strength in herself.
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere – At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.
Zane and the Hurricane Zane and the Hurricane – A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Boy Hurricane Boy – Twelve-year-old Hollis Williams and his family endure Hurricane Katrina in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. After the storm, he has to help piece his family together in a drowned city.
Hooper Finds a Family Hooper Finds a Family – Jimmy, a yellow Labrador puppy, is separated from his Lake Charles, Louisiana, family and survives the horrors of Hurricane Katrina on his own before being rescued and taken to New York City, where he tries to fit in with a new family and the many neighborhood dogs, and accept his new name.
Buddy Buddy – Twelve-year-old Li’l T and his family face great losses caused by Hurricane Katrina, including leaving Buddy, their very special, three-legged dog, behind when they must evacuate.

Want to know more about Hurricane Katrina?  Check out these resources!:

What Was Hurricane Katrina What Was Hurricane Katrina? – On August 25th, 2005, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in history hit the Gulf of Mexico. High winds and rain pummeled coastal communities, including the City of New Orleans, which was left under 15 feet of water in some areas after the levees burst. Track this powerful storm from start to finish, from rescue efforts large and small to storm survivors’ tales of triumph.
A Penguin Named Patience A Penguin Named Patience – Patience is a South African penguin living at New Orleans’s Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. When the Aquarium is severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina, many animals are put in peril, including Patience and the other penguins. They must leave their home, and their penguin keeper, until it is restored.
Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina – Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, bringing disaster and heartbreak. Ten years later, follow its journey and find out how it blew people’s lives apart.
Eight Dolphins of Katrina Eight Dolphins of Katrina – Recounts the true story of eight bottlenose dolphins and their trainers who survived the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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The 13 Colonies

The 13 Colonies

Websites:


Books:

The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish The Doctor You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist Hasty Pudding
John Paul George and Ben John Winthrop Oliver Cromwell and the Land of Promise The Mayflower Compact The Scoop on the Cloths, Home and Daily Life of the Colonists
Who Were the Accused Witches of Salem Roanoke Courage of Sarah Noble Witch of Blackbird Pond
Molly Pitcher Americas First Settlements Colonization and Settlement of the New World

Databases:

Encyclopedia, magazine & newspaper articles about the U.S. Civil War.

  • U.S. History in Context is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. American Colonies Login using your library card number and PIN.

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