MeL: Free Resources for March is Reading Month #1
From Christine Schneider, K-12 Education Specialist at Michigan Electronic Library:
Are your teachers in need of free resources and ideas for March is Reading Month? Look no further! The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) is here to help. Found online at http://mel.org/, Michigan teachers and students can freely use several million dollars worth of subscription database resources to help support reading. MeL is a program of the Library of Michigan, and part of the Michigan Department of Education. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and also the State of Michigan, MeL provides Michigan residents free access to quality, vetted resources (many of which are K-12 standards and reading level aligned) without logging in.
MeL K-12 Portals
If you are new to using MeL, there are three K-12 portals:
MeL Kids (http://kids.mel.org/) focuses on students in PreK to 5th grades. There are four centers, one of which is the very popular Storytime. In this center, users can access both databases and online websites that are related to reading. The Homework Helpers center provides access to all of the elementary appropriate databases.
MeL Teens (http://teens.mel.org/) is the second portal and is geared toward students in grades 6 through 12. Again, you will find four centers. Two that focus on Reading include the Reading Zone and Homework Help.
MeL Teachers (http://teachers.mel.org/) provides eight centers. Teachers can access database training resources in the Training ToolkKit, and also refer parents to the Parent Resources Center. Plus they can find additional resources for their classrooms in the Elementary and Secondary Resources center.