Electives > Fine Arts > General
Now that we have covered the core subjects of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, we have included additional subjects like Fine Arts, Foreign Language, and Health to display the variety of resources the Library offers.
Performing and visual arts are popular electives; interweave these areas of study with other subjects or teach them separately. However you choose to address these areas, we have plenty of online resources to assist you in planning fun, productive programs:
National Music Week Virtual Gallery
Enhance your fine arts curriculum through books, DVDs, magazines, and Web sites about music listed in this gallery.
Orlando Art Scene Virtual Gallery
Use this Virtual Gallery to find out where to view art and how to become an artist. This gallery includes a great listing of exhibits, classes, programs, and more.
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Performing Arts Virtual Gallery
This is the place to discover classical and related genres of music. Listen to music selections through Music Online and read about the lives of composers through Biography in Context.
Electives > Fine Arts > Younger Students
For younger students the arts develop many important skills like coordination and familiarity with colors. Browse the following materials and Web site for curriculum ideas for your young artist:
Library Materials: Dance for Beginners
Use these dance titles to get your student moving to the beat!
Library Materials: Drama
Perhaps drama is more your student's style. The Library has plays, operas, and monologues just right for your budding star.
Library Materials: Drawing and Painting for Beginners
This list includes art lessons on DVD and books with tips on drawing and painting.
Library Materials: Music for Beginners
Music teaches students rhythm. Try making your own instruments and get other ideas with these resources.
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Library Materials: Sculpture for Beginners
Find a project idea to suit your lesson plans from this list, including titles about clay modeling, paper maché, sculpting, and origami.
PBS Kids: Music
Tap into your child's musical creativity with online games. Try a few in the Music section of the PBS Kids Web site.
Electives > Fine Arts > Older Students
For older students, delve more in-depth with the study of the arts and introduce different historical periods, styles, and techniques. The Library has a wide variety of resources to assist in all areas of the visual and performing arts for your curriculum:
This database contains thousands of recordings from a wide range of musical genres that can be listened to through your computer.
Library Materials: Dance for Older Students
Whether your student's interest is learning how to dance or learning about the history of dance, we have instructional DVDs, biographies of famous dancers, books, and fun dance CDs.
Library Materials: Drawing and Painting for Older Students
From brushwork to watercolors, the titles we've gathered focus on advancing art skills and technique.
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Library Materials: Music for Older Students
From rap to opera, we have CDs, dictionaries, biographies, and books for your musician.
Library Materials: Sculpture for Older Students
The subjects of pottery and ceramics are covered in this list of books and DVDs.
Library Materials: Theatrical Arts
For the theatrical arts, incorporate plays, operas, and monologues into your curriculum.
Electives > Foreign Language
If you want to supplement your curriculum with foreign language instruction, we have databases, Virtual Galleries, and other library materials to assist with language learning:
Learn a Language with OCLS Virtual Gallery
To assist your search for language-learning materials, visit our Learn a Language with OCLS Virtual Gallery where you will find materials categorized by format for convenience in searching.
Mango Language is an online database which employs conversational learning to teach a wide variety of languages including Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and German. This database combines the use of text with audio clips for a fun and exciting self-paced course.
Rocket Languages places an emphasis on conversational learning which will have you speaking the language right from the beginning. The language learning tools provided include MP3 interactive audio lessons you can use on your computer or transfer to an MP3 device (including iPods), software-based learning games, and fully illustrated language and culture lessions embedded with audio.
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If you are looking for something other than an online experience, we have language programs available in a wide variety of formats including books on CD, Playaways, and books in print:
Library Materials: Foreign Language for Beginners
This list of titles is designed specifically for your younger student. You'll find several learning materials based on activities like eating, drinking, waking up, and playtime.
Library Materials: Foreign Language for Older Students
Find a wide variety of learning materials for your older student with this list. The self-instruction books and audiovisual resources include Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Electives > Health > General
Health education helps your child gain the necessary skills and knowledge to make wise choices regarding their own health as well as contribute to a safer and healthier society.
Fitness Virtual Gallery
Append your lesson plans with magazines, Web sites, and cookbooks about health and nutrition with this online resource.
World Book Kids
Use the sports and hobbies section of this database for activity inspiration.
Electives > Health > Younger Students
Here are some great resources to help your younger student learn about health and nutrition:
Library Materials: Diet and Nutrition for Beginners
Start your child on the path to a healthy life with these resources.
Library Materials: Human Body
Younger students can learn about the human body inside and out. Whether weird, gross, or amazing, it's all here.
Library Materials: Physical Fitness for Beginners
Explain the importance of physical fitness through these materials. Get your child up and moving!
Electives > Health > Older Students
For older students the Library has excellent resources to assist with your health instruction. Among the resources are diet and nutrition, human anatomy, physical fitness, and hygiene.
InfoTrac: Junior Edition K-12
This database is a great source of information about health, nutrition, and exercise.
Library Materials: Diet and Nutrition for Older Students
Topics discussed here include the digestive system, dieting, vitamins, and the food pyramid.
Library Materials: Human Anatomy
From colorful atlases to histories of the human form, this selection of titles has anatomy covered from head to toe.
Library Materials: Physical Fitness for Older Students
These titles are about fitness, health, exercise, strength training, and yoga.