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Supporting Our Teachers: December

Compassion in the Coop Library

Books

Check these out from the teacher's section in the Coop Library. They have a pink sticker and are on the top shelf. If no one is there to check you out, just fill out a sheet with the barcode numbers.

Corduroy
The Paper Crane
Molly's Pilgrim
The Little Match Girl
The Teddy Bear
The Talking Eggs
Katie's Trunk
Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs
The Butterfly
Night Tree
Chato and the Party Animals
Meddaugh
Listen to the Wind
The Little Fir Tree
I Can Hear the Sun
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
Knots on a Counting Rope
Crazy Hair Day
One Smile
The Sandal Artist
John Steptoe
Raising Sweetness
Tico and the Golden Wings
The Lunch Thief
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Rechenka's Eggs
The Summer My Father Was Ten
Tough Boris
Boxes for Katje

PebbleGo and Compassion


For K-3 teachers, PebbleGo has a section of nonfiction texts dedicated to understanding disabilities. It may be worth looking at to foster discussions of compassion for those around us. The user name and password can be found here.

PebbleGo > Login > Click on Social Studies > Click on Culture and Awareness > Click on Understanding Disabilities.

How can I use this?
Project the text for a whole group lesson or use it as small group reading on the iPads. Since PebbleGo will read the text to the students, you can even use it as a center choice!
Each Disability category has an activity paired with it. For example, when you click on the Using Wheelchairs text, an option at the bottom is to print an activity. The activity asks the students to draw a picture of a wheelchair, write facts about a wheelchair, and also write why wheelchairs are important.
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Collaboration at its best!

Shannon Connor, a Haverford graduate, is the current manager of youth services at the Haverford Township Free Library. Shannon has a background in elementary education, and she is very motivated to help the students and teachers at Coopertown Elementary School.

In addition to the online resources offered through the township library, Shannon is interested in partnering with classroom teachers. She is open to finding new and exciting ways to support learning in the classroom and beyond.

One idea would be to have a Skype tour of the library to introduce the students to the various places to gain information. This also allows the students to become familiar with the staff they will work with during their school career. Think about adding this tour in as you plan your next research project for the students.

You may reach out to Shannon at connor@haverfordlibrary.org or let me know and I can coordinate.

Too much of a good thing?

Do you have a student who has read Diary of a Wimpy Kid several times? Is it all they read when given a choice?

Have them check out the "I like Wimpy Kid books." resource list for some similar options available in the Coop Library.

Elementary Resource Library Page > Click on Destiny > Click on Coopertown >Click on Destiny Quest Icon > Public Resource Lists (The middle will have a box for resource lists.)

Google Classroom

Grades 3-5 have been using Google classroom to manage our documents in the library.

How have they used it in the library?
  • Third Grade: We used this to organize our lessons for eBook and text features. I created a Google Doc. In this document I provided directions for the students. These directions provided a link to PebbleGo Next, asked the children to read a particular map, and cite evidence to show what they learned from the map. In Google classroom, I was able to push this document to the students. They document was automatically duplicated for each child and named. It was automatically shared with the child and myself. As the children finished recording their learning in the document, they pressed the turn in button. Google Classroom seamlessly keeps track of the completed and unfinished assignments for me!
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade: We used this for our activity on text organization. The students had to cite evidence to prove a chapter in our TrueFlix eBook was written in time order. In Google classroom, I was able to push this document to the students. They document was automatically duplicated for each child and named. It was automatically shared with the child and myself. As the children finished recording their learning in the document, they pressed the turn in button. Google Classroom seamlessly keeps track of the completed and unfinished assignments for me!


Why would I use this?
  • This is a document management system.
  • I know one of my biggest struggles, in LA especially, was managing all of the documents. Google Drive and it's sharing capabilities helped, but I was still difficult to keep track of the shared documents and who had completed their work.
  • We already have permissions to use it through our Google accounts.
  • Automatically pushes documents to view or edit to all students.
  • It keeps track of who has completed each assignment.

How do they get there?

Hints:

  • I only allow teacher commenting. This is not the default setting. You have to set it once with each class. I see the benefits of allowing student commenting, but I wanted them to focus on learning first.


Quick Video

Favorite the Library Resource Page

We are using the Elementary Library Resource Page as a jumping off point for all activities in the library. It links them to the various digital resources we have, including Google apps.

I've set the preferences in the web browsers on the library computers to automatically bring up this page when the browser is opened. Please consider doing the same with any computers and iPads you have in your classroom. (Hint: In the upper grades, teach one child to do it and have them work their way through the rest!) It would also be great to link to the page from your websites. Since the students are learning how to navigate this page of links, it will hopefully help you incorporate these resources smoothly.

Also, this page would be great to favorite in your own internet browser!

Thank you!

Thank you so much to all of the teachers who have included me in the distribution list for your classroom newsletter. It really helps me to support your learning goals!

If you haven't yet, please add me to your communications in the future!