History in a Bottle – Using
NoodleTools and Databases with
Upper Elementary Students
Presented by: Lynda Hampshire
and Jennifer Sturge
Who are We?
Lynda currently is teaching 5th grade at
Sunderland Elementary School. Last
year, she was name Maryland Social
Studies Teacher of the Year.
Who are We?
Jennifer is a former special education
teacher who made a mid-career change
by getting her degree in School Library
and Information Technology from
Mansfield University. She has presented
at MICCA and the MDK12 Library Summit.
This is her 4th year in the library
What we did and How on Earth Did we
Organization was the
We got outside help!
Parent Participation was important. We
were fortunate to have a wonderful parent
volunteer who copied my parent directions
and placed them in the student folders. It
saved a lot of phone calls and emails, and
parents were able to follow along, and use
NoodleTools easily with their students.
Students without Internet access were
allowed to access the library computers in
the mornings, afternoons, or at recess.
A wonderful parent volunteer put together
a folder for each 4th grade student with
their user name, password, listing of
databases, passwords, samples of
citations, and student directions for
NoodleTools, and parent directions for
I started by teaching the students the
basics of Citations, how to find the title
page on a book, and what information was
needed to cite a book.
We practiced on Xeroxed copies of book
title pages – circling publisher, dates,
author, illustrator (if needed), title, etc.
Then, we went to the computer!
After students received their cards with log
in information, we practiced logging into
Noodle Tools. We then worked through
how to put a book citation into the
NoodleTools program, and how to save it!
Step by Step – With NoodleTools
One thing we found after doing this project
for 2 years, was that in order for the
students to be confident with NoodleTools,
we had to practice over and over!
We also had to take it STEP BY STEP!
We created a few lists….to pracitce
We practiced books first!
The Book Citation
After teaching Book Citations….
We moved on to how to cite a:
Finally, we talked about note taking and
how to create notes on NoodleTools.
Note card Sample
Lynda created sections within her
NoodleTools account and each student
was assigned a section. Students simply
submitted their bibliographies and
notecards on line using NoodleTools.
There were no lost papers – no students
saying that “it was turned in, you must
have lost it.”
Students were required to use several
sources to do their research on the Bio
Bottle. Sources include:
Classroom Vs. Library
Classroom Library Responsibilities
Responsibilities Teaching bibliographies
Due Dates Teaching the importance
Grading of giving credit for
Managing parts of the someone’s work
assignment with the Teaching NoodleTools
students and Database research
Our Maryland bottles included: