Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Library Skills Power Points

This site covers all elementary library skills in power point. A library media specialist could use this one site to cover the majority of the library media frameworks. It is GREAT!!! Save this one!!!!

This site has books with ideas for library display, but you do not have to purchase a book to get an idea. It has a place to post photographs of displays. The photos can generate ideas and really get you jump-started!

Story Time Ideas


Stumped for something new and creative for story time? This site has excellent ideas and links for story time. It is well organized in genres from animals to multicultural. I have used it many times and all activities have been a hit with teachers and students.

Adventures in Graphica - Resource Book

I purchased this book to help me prepare for the 2009-2010 school year. It has been well worth the cost and has helped me maximize the graphic theme. Drawing on recent research and his own success using graphica (comics and graphic novels) with elementary readers, literacy coach Terry Thompson helps teachers utilize this medium. He demonstrates how it fits into literacy frameworks and correlates with best practices in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency instruction. His ideas provide great ways for motivating and engaging reluctant readers as well, which is one of the main reasons I chose graphics as my theme for this school year - all kids are standing in line to read the graphic novels!

Adventures in Graphica: Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Comprehension by Terry Thompson

Comics teach Narrative Structure


I will begin the 2008-09 school year with the theme, "Get Graphic at Your Library". I will give each classroom teacher (K-5) a packet to lesson plans to incorporate the idea of graphic novels into their class. Ofcourse, these lessons must be correlated with the Frameworks and standards. Here is one of my favorite. Kids will be writing with this model before they realize they are working!

This lesson uses comic strip frames to define plot and reinforce the structure that underlies a narrative, as students write their own original narratives.The lesson uses a version of "The Three Little Pigs" fairy tale to demonstrate the literary element; however, any picture book with a strong plot would work for this lesson.

The Best of the Web for Teachers


This site is the premiere web based resource for teachers. It is a web Portal for educators. The best I have come across for everything in one place. It covers everything from primary to higher education. I think of the many hours I have wasted searching -and this site covers it all. If one begins here, you know you are viewing quality and not wading through commercial garbage! I use this every time I do a technology inservice for teachers.

Picturing America


These are some of the best teaching materials available and they are FREE! This collection of art tells the story of our country. This unit can easily be incorporated into media literacy because it demonstrates the powerful messages that can be communicated by images. The images speak powerfully, inspire fresh thinking, and connects us to our past. Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.

I encourage eveyone to order these free materials which can be easily done on the website. It will take 5-6 months to receive them, but they are well worth the wait.