Media Center News

January 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resources

Lots of great resources from Scholastic:

Resources from Fishers Library:

  • Pebble Go has tons of great biographies including MLK Jr.
  • Go to and then click on Pebble Go
  • SCE's card number is 40508002736688 and the Pin is 6688
  • Bookflix has 2 books on MLK Jr. (same link and info above).
  • EPIC! is a great app that every teacher should have on their iPad- they are e-books and the variety is awesome! There are several on MLK Jr.


I am really excited to take on the Read-a-Thon this year. The timeline is as follows:

Week of February 1st: I will be visiting classrooms to explain the read-a-thon, students collect pledges.

Week of February 8th- The actual Read-a-thon week where kids will record their minutes read. We will have a day to dress like your favorite book character on Friday the 12th. Prizes will be given for staff!

Week of February 15th- students collect pledges- pledges are due on February 19th.


We will have prizes for everyone who participates- clip on book mark and Paw Print bracelet.

Reading only prizes- the kid who reads the most in each grade level will get either a a brand new book from Barnes and Noble, Sky Zone jump passes, or bowling passes

Prizes for pledge: 1st Place: i Pad

2nd Place: Sphero

3rd Place: Snap Circuit Kit

The class with the most minutes read will get a lunch party on February 26th!

Genius Hour

Have you ever wanted to do Genius Hour in your classroom? This year we have been fortunate to have several classes dive into it! Here are some tips to get started:
1. It all starts with a question! Have students come to the library with sticky notes, a large piece of butcher paper, and a pencil. Allow the them to browse through books to find topics that interest them and write down what they are wondering. Then they can stick their post it on the wonder wall.
2. Once you have a few sessions of writing down "wonders" then go through a mini lesson about how to narrow down your topic. I like to the tell the kids that when thinking of topics you like, you also have to make sure we have enough resources for it. The last thing you want to do is to print articles that are way above their reading level. That kind of takes the passion out of it.
3. Then it's time to dive into the meat- the RESEARCH!!

I LOVE Genius Hour and would love to take it on for your class. Let me know!

HSE 21

As we gear up for having 1:1 in our classrooms, the HSE website is a great tool to direct parents towards and to help you understand more about it. Click the link below for the HSE 21 Blog and the video below that is a great lesson in a 6th grade classroom.
Native Grasslands - Behind the Scenes