Here's a thought provoking science video to share with your students-
Check out this Booklist collection of Top 10 Crafts and Gardening books for Youth.
This idea of a makerspace-to-go is just brilliant. Shannon Miller uses some of the obvious things (crayons, pencils, paper, etc.) to start the kit but manages to incorporate books, apps, a camera, an iPad, Legos, duct tape, earbuds, and so much more to create a mobile, flexible, fun! bag of materials. Check it out on her blog post! Jim
Set aside 15-30 minutes, depending on whether you'll be adding book titles to an order list in another window, to peruse
Children’s Literature 2014: The Year in Miscellanea
Don't miss blogger/librarian Travis Jonker's comments under the name of each pseudo-award he delivers. For example -
Companion of the Year (Runner Up)
The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio
Perhaps the biggest question readers had after finishing Wonder was “what was going on in Julian’s head?” With The Julian Chapter (which could almost pass for a novella in terms of length), Palacio brought in a perspective that was absent from the original story.
(Side note: this is also a first, right? Has a bestselling children’s book ever added a chapter after the fact?)
Start planning now for International Book Giving Day, February 14, 2015. This site has information as well as a the delightful poster below to download. And next month there are supposed to be free bookmarks. Katie
Peter Reynolds, author of The Dot, Ish and other books encouraging creativity and individuality has done it again with The Testing Camera. This short video is his response to the ponderous focus being given to standardized testing. Check it out! And he's offering a free poster on his website here.
I love this idea of using quotes from favorite books to make ornaments. Seems like a great idea for teens! Share if you make some as well as how you go about giving them away.
Talk about fun...and easy!! Take a look and figure out how to share this easy drag and drop coding project with your students.
Here's what I made-
And other coding projects are available...just poke around and have fun. When you figure out how to save an animated version of the snowflake let me know!
...that could be adapted for any school level. Reminds me a bit of our Guys Read program with the male volunteer readers who come from all walks of life to read and share how they use reading in their lives with our 4th grade boys.
I just saw this Twitter post-
My colleague, +Siobhan Ryan , plans an event annually called "The Business of Reading Festival" at Conners Emerson Elementary School, which was met again this year with resounding success. Here's a description: "Adults from the community are invited to read a favorite book and to share a bit about what they read at work. Volunteers are assigned to a specific classroom to explain why reading is important to their work and to share a favorite book or passage with the students." I participated this year for the first time, and it was amazing to see how many people from our community came to participate, and also how interested and engaged the kids were! It's a great idea to get people in the community involved!