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LHMS Library Teacher Newsletter: Back to School 2014
Chris Grabenstein is visiting Lounsberry on Thursday, October 3. His visit is free as long as we sell 100 copies of his books, which I know we can do! Order forms will be part of a Parent Newsletter and we’ll have a bunch to sell during Back-to School Night along with other books. He’ll meet with all students assembly style and would love to work with classes to teach writing skills. Let me know if you’re interested in him visiting your class!
*Mr. Grabenstein skyped with the Father/Son Book Club a couple of years ago and Chuck said that he was great!
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Lounsberry Live: Morning Announcements
As soon as possible, Lounsberry students will be streaming Friday’s morning announcements from the Library! With the Guidance Department’s assistance, we’ll be choosing 4 students, (a cameraman, teleprompter handler and two announcers), each week to produce the show. To start, students will be pulled from the last half of their first period class on Thursday to go over procedures and Friday the full period to produce the show. The show will be viewed live on a locked page on the library website, and recorded to show during lunch periods. Our hope is to run the show every morning beginning sometime this spring so that all students have a chance to participate!
Library Procedures: Passes
Each teacher will have 3 passes for students to visit the library. (It’s up to you as to how you disperse them!) Each lunch period will have 18 student passes. Students must finish their lunch before visiting the library, unless they are part of a club meeting. Club members and meeting days and times will be posted in the cafeteria. Each club member will use one of the 18 passes, except for special programs that involve many students, such as the Global Read Aloud. All students must report to the Cafeteria before coming to the library.
New Purchased Resources: Fall 2014
- Almost 200 New Fiction Print Books
- Approximately 80 New Nonfiction Print Books
PowerKnowledge Life Science
PowerKnowledge Earth and Space
PowerKnowledge Physical Science
- Scholastic Freedom Flix E-books (Log in Info available any day now!)
All Library Resources can be found on the library website www.lhvlc.com.
Teachers Tab for all LHMS Ed-tech Resources
Inquiry, Information Fluency Skills & Short Research Projects
Basically, it's everything related to students learning using (finding, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing) and producing (expressing & sharing) information.
CCSS require that students learn these skills and I'm here to help! However, the most effective way for students to learn these skills is when they need to use them!
So...I'd like to meet with teachers in each content area in each grade level so that we can plan on when this can happen. I'd like to teach certain skills within certain learning experiences across all content areas so that by the time students leave Lounsberry they'll get what they need! (and you won't go crazy having me trying to teach everything every time!).
What do you think?
Info Resources needed to meet CCSS
Common Core Standards require students to closely read text written from multiple points of view, analyze information in multiple formats and evaluate information for credibility and bias. Librarians can help you and your students find the information you need to make this happen! We know where to find the best resources to meet your needs and how to teach the information skills necessary for students to master. My goal is to create Resource Sets based on content area units which include primary sources (maps, political cartoons, ads, letters etc), secondary sources, etc. I’m here for you and your students; it’s my job! So...come on down and let's figure it out together!
Informational text portal examples:
Newsella (All news stories available at several different reading levels!)
Primary Source Portals
Copies of pages/sections from Informational print books
News/Current Events Sites
AND, because there’s nothing better than students seeing their teachers reading as an incentive for their own reading, we’re starting a.....
LHMS Kids Book Teacher Book Club!
I figured that it would be best if I start things off, so I've chosen Paperboy written by Vince Vawter for our first book. I'd love to meet at the Warwick Winery, since I’ve always wanted to go there and I so do love drinking wine! Let me know if you're interested and we'll choose a time and date to meet. Don't miss out on a fun night out!
Personal Choice Independent Reading
In addition, we're creating a LHMS Wall of Read Books across from the library. When students finish reading a book they may be directed to fill out a simple form linked to from the front page of the library website. I'll print the book cover with the student's name and we'll team read to cover the walls with books!
Hardware Spotlight: Ipads & Mice!
We also have about a dozen mice if you have students struggling with laptop's track pad.
See all available library hardware at Teachers-> Ed-Tech on library website.
Teaching with Primary Resources from the LOC
A Safe Way to Text Message Students and/or Parents
The State of the Library
That's it for now. Knowing me I'll think of something else as soon as I send this out!