Suitcase Biographies: 

First, have you been to the Biography in Context site through either Fort Vancouver or Camas Public Library? Biography in Context was demonstrated in class: Fort Vancouver Regional Library  and Camas Public Library All you need is a library card. Use it at home or have Ms. Pappas help you at school. Scroll down to Biography in Context. Click to open it, then put in your CPL card number.

At the FVRL site look to the left side and click on the button that says RESEARCH DATABASES. Then put in your FVRL card number.


  • Jockbio-It's all here, all the jocks and their stories and stats.
  • (Internet Movie Database) is great for anyone in the entertainment business
  • Biography Center: This site lets you make choices. It is arranged alphabetically by last name.
  • Information Please: BIOGRAPHY-Great directory. This site has a bunch of cool stuff happening.
  • Ask Art: This is a database of artists.


Biography in Context Also, Fort Vancouver Regional Library  and Camas Public Library has the which is AMAZING! All you need is a library card. Use it at home or have Ms. Pappas help you at school.




Native Americans Research:

Here is a list of links to help you with some of the Native American tribes.

  • Native Languages: Learn about the people, language and history. The site isn't "pretty" but it is chock full of good information. Find the tribal name and follow the links. Some are more complete than others, but it is a good directory.
  • EveryCulture is a site with some great information on some tribal nations. Yours might be among them. Take a look.
  • 500 Nations-Great contact information for Native American nations across the country.


Holiday Research

Winter Holidays

For eight days each November or December, Jews light a special candleholder called a menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day's worth of oil burned for eight days in their temple. On Hanukkah, many Jews also eat special potato pancakes called latkes, sing songs, and spin a top called a dreidel to win chocolate coins, nuts, or raisins.

St. Lucia Day
To honor this third-century saint on December 13, many girls in Sweden dress up as "Lucia brides" in long white gowns with red sashes, and a wreath of burning candles on their heads. They wake up their families by singing songs and bringing them coffee and twisted saffron buns called "Lucia cats."

Kwanzaa, which means "First Fruits," is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates ideals such as family life and unity. During this spiritual holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, millions of African Americans dress in special clothes, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light a candleholder called a kinara.

New Year
In Ecuador, families dress a straw man in old clothes on December 31. The straw man represents the old year. The family members make a will for the straw man that lists all of their faults. At midnight, they burn the straw man, in hopes that their faults will disappear with him.

Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is observed in many countries that follow lunar calendars, including Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Malaysia, and more. Lunar New Year can be celebrated in January, February, March, April, September, or November, depending on the lunar calendar, but February and April are the most common times. Lunar New Year traditions vary from culture to culture. Some examples include exchanging red envelopes or silk pouches containing money, setting off fireworks, playing games, eating traditional dishes, cleaning the house, and holding parades with colorful costumes.

Mardi Gras
The time of Lent is a solemn one of reflection for Christians, so the Tuesday before Lent begins is a time of merry-making for many people around the world. In New Orleans, people wear costumes and attend huge parades for the festival of Mardi Gras. Brazil's Carnaval also features parades, costumes, and music. This day is also known as Shrove Tuesday. In England, some towns have pancake contests in which women run a race while flipping a pancake at least three times.


Country Resarch


National Geographic’s “Find People & Places” allows you to do just that. It has facts, photos, videos, and maps, and you can even e-mail your friend a postcard.

Scholastic’s Global Trek lets you plan your own virtual trip to any of 35 different countries, read all about their cultures and customs, and write down all that you learn in your own travel journal.

The World Almanac for Kids doesn’t just give facts and figures, it tells the stories of kids from around the world. See how different your life is from the life of a student in India, Japan, or Peru!

The CIA World FactBook might be a bit dry, but it is one of the most reliable sites for basic facts, figures, and comparisons between countries.

The BBC’s Country Profiles is similar to the CIA World FactBook, but it’s easier to navigate and gives a clearer outline of each country’s background, leaders and media.


Japanese Internment Research Resources: