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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.

Websites

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.
101 Trees of Indiana a Field Guide National Audobon Society Field Guide to Trees DK Trees Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z
Tell Me Tree A Guide to Familiar American Trees Trees of North America

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
700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Phone: 317-925-3800
Directions & Hours

BUTLER UNIVERSITY
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-940-9413 or 317-940-8302
This is the phone number to the Butler University Herbarium (A herbarium is a preserved collection of plant specimens.)

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Native Americans

Native Americans

Read Right Now! Native Americans:

Books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!

Pocahontas WeGiveBooksSmall
Read Pocahontas – In this book, children learn the story of Pocahontas. Famous for helping maintain peace between the English colonists and Native Americans, this brave Indian woman befriended the settlers at Jamestown.

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Non-Fiction Books:

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

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 Illini, the Shawnee and the Miami 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.

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Pioneers

Pioneers

Read Right Now! Pioneers:

Books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!

Journey of a Pioneer WeGiveBooksSmall Read Journey of a Pioneer – Journey of a Pioneer follows the adventures of a young girl as her family travels west in covered wagons along the famous Oregon Trail.

Wagon Train Adventure WeGiveBooksSmall Read Wagon Train Adventure – Wagon Train Adventure tells the story of Sarah and her pioneer family’s struggles and bravery on their journey across the American West in 1849. (DK Graphic Readers Level 4).

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Pioneer Non-Fiction:

Bad News for Outlaws Dressing a Nation Daniel Boone Donner Dinner Party
The Donner Party Explorers Trappers and Pioneers Great Pioneer Projects Hornbooks and Inkwells
How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail Life as a Pioneer Life on a Wagon Train Painting the Wild Frontier
Poptropica Wild West Seed By Seed Skillet Bread, Sourdough Etc. Texas Rangers
Who Were the American Pioneers Wild Women of the Wild West Women of the Frontier You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer
You Wouldn't Want to Live in a Wild West Town The Westward Movement

Pioneer Fiction:

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Caddie Woodlawn Hattie Big Sky The Last of the Mohicans
Little House on the Prairie May B The Quilt Walk Sarah Plain and Tall
The Trouble with May Amelia Woods Runner
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Indiana Books & Websites:

Alone The Bears of Blue river The Conners of conner Prairie The Floating House
Log Cabin in the Woods My Brother Abe Ollie's Cabin in the Woods A Place Called Freedom
Salt a Story of Friendship The School at Crooked Creek Where the River Grins
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8th Grade Super Zero

8th Grade Super Zero

8th Grade Superzero

Some kids get nicknames in junior high. Some of those nicknames are even cool. But Reggie McNight’s nickname isn’t cool at all and it is a daily reminder of a very embarrassing event. His nickname? Pukey.

All Reggie wants now is to be invisible, operating under the radar…at least until everyone forgets about “the event.”

How is it then, that Reggie ends up running for class president? Why is he willing to put himself under the scrutiny of his peers again? After volunteering his time at a local homeless shelter, Reggie discovers he cares about something more than restoring his image.  He cares enough to step out of the shadows, after all,  “eighth grade isn’t all there is to life.” Here here. Pukey for President! #Stand4Peace Author: Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich

Look Inside 8th Grade Superzero

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Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)

Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)

Bobby vs. Girls

Bobby and Holly have been friends since forever. They know boys and girls aren’t usually best friends and they know their friends at school wouldn’t understand, so they have a strategy they call “The Parting Place”.  They walk to school together everyday, but when they get to “The Parting Place” about a block from their school, Bobby speeds up and Holly slows down…just so they won’t be seen together. It works.

But then the week before fourth grade starts, Bobby starts to notice some weird things about Holly. She starts caring about her hair and misses a traditional rock hunting afternoon with Bobby because she’s going shopping with Jillian. On the first day of school their friendship hits a definite bump in the road:

“Hey Bobby, wait up!” Holly was running to catch up to him.

Bobby stared at her in disbelief. “Why are you wearing that? It’s not Halloween.”

Holly smoothed the sleeve of her light blue dress. The big white bow around the waist reminded him of toilet paper. “It’s new,” She said proudly, “Do you like it?”

Bobby shook his head. “Nope.”

Oh, man. NOT smooth. And it’s downhill from there!  When Bobby and Holly are both nominated to run against each other in their class election for Student Council Representative an all out boys vs girls war begins. What’s the best strategy when your arch rival knows your weaknesses and all your secrets? Game on! #Stand4Peace Author: Lisa Yee

Bobby isn’t the only boy mystified by girls. Alvin Ho is allergic to them! Holly isn’t the only girl mystified by boys. Here are some more funny books that showcase the battle between boys and girls, + another Bobby book, Bobby the Brave (Sometimes).
Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls Fudge-a-Mania Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love Bobby the Brave
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