News from The Hive
What's new in the Junior School Library for teachers
National Geographic Virtual Library for Kids
This is a wonderful online service that we are now able to use as a resource for PYP, homework assistance or as a source of general interest reading material to spark curiosity and wonder.
The Virtual Library provides full text resources in the following areas: animals, the environment, places, history, peoples and cultures, science and technology.
We have used the Virtual Library as part of the Year 3 Sharing the planet inquiry into oceans and also with Year 4 for their unit on water. The covers above show some samples of material that could be used in a variety of current and upcoming units: Sharing the Planet : Conservation; Oceans; How we organise ourselves : Systems (Disasters), How the world works : Weather; Our changing earth; Where we are in place and time : Space.
- National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo)
- 200 National Geographic Kids books (ranging in level from Kindergarten - Year 8)
- 500 kid-friendly, downloadable images
Using the Virtual Library at Kristin:
- I would love to show you how to access and use this at our next PYP planning session for your year level.
- Books and articles are available simultaneously to all students in the school at the same time;
- There is 24/7 access from school or home.
- The product can be used on class sets of iPads, individual devices, or projected onto your smartboard via your Macbook;
- the Link is also posted permanently in the Library Section of the Junior Staffroom on MyKristin
LINK: National Geographic Virtual Library Kids Password: kristin
Year K-4 Teachers: If you need help adding the link to your iPads then please bring these to the LIC during your next Library Session and we will show you how to do this, or do this for you. Ideally, all our iPads will be ready for collaborative use by students in pairs or small groups during inquiry by week 10.
Children have used the NG Virtual Library when wondering about...
It is wonderful being able to satisfy the curiosity of every child inquiring about the same topic...even when the best books have been checked out... The keyword search takes you directly to the page(s) with the keyword match 'Megalodon' in this book about Sharks.
We had a week recently where it seemed every second student was inquiring about the Titanic. It was wonderful being able to offer kids this engaging article from the National Geographic Kids Magazine as well as access to a full NG chapter book online, long after our supply of popular physical books had been checked out!
A thirsty world...
Usually during inquiry our range of non-fiction books are spread between the three classes in each year level and not every class has a copy of each book. Now we can provide simultaneous access for all students to the same resource. This brilliant book has been used by both Year 4 and Year 7 during their inquiry into Water.
A thirsty world...
Inspiration for creative writing (and illustration)...
"Alex has been given a saccharine, sappy, silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn’t interested—until he decides to make the book something he’d actually like to read. So he takes out his pencil, sharpens his creativity, and totally transforms the story!" (Publisher)
I will be interested to see how many of our students get upset when they see the inside of this book, I am sure many of them will be fooled into thinking another child has vandalised the contents!
The writers have provided teachers with materials for a great writing exercise over at the Battle Bunny website.
Download a copy of the original Birthday bunny book and let students mix and mash their own story. Another alternative would be to supply each child with pages from a Little Golden Book and let them loose with pencils and pens.
A copy of the book is available in our picture book collection and I will be buying more copies - you can reserve yours HERE.
Cover image and sample pages sourced from Simon & Schuster website.
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