Imagine International Academy of North Texas
The second laptop cart will be ready for use starting this Wednesday, January 23rd. You may reserve the cart through our Google calendar system. The instructions and calendars are available through the new library website: imaginetxlibrary.weebly.com under the “For Teachers” tab. Please send me an email if you need the password. You may reserve the following technology items through the Google calendar:
1. Computer Lab Room 164 (PYP classes)
2. Laptop Cart #1 (MYP classes)
3. Laptop Cart #2 (MPYP classes)
4. 6 Mimio Vote Systems
We also have two remaining Ziggi document cameras. Let me know if you would like one for your classroom.
Databases & Tumblebooks
Our school now has subscriptions to several databases and Tumblebooks, which your students can access from school or from home. The database links and log-in information can be found on the library website at imaginetxlibrary.weebly.com under the “Student Resources” tab. Please share these excellent resources with your students or sign your class up for a library session with me to introduce the databases.
The following databases are available:
1. Research Database- primarily for MYP
2. Student Research Center- primarily for MYP
3. Kids Search- primarily for PYP
4. Searchasaurus- primarily for PYP
ProQuest Databases- This information is coming soon. These will include research databases for PYP and MYP including CultureGrams.
PebbleGo- This is a collection of leveled text for emergent readers primarily in grades kindergarten through second grade. Teachers and students have access to Pebblego Earth & Space, animals, and biographies.
Tumblebooks- This is a collection of animated, talking picture books for elementary students. You may access the site through the Tumblebooks link under the “Student Resources” tab on the school library website.
You may have noticed that books are beginning to accumulate in the library. We now have about 300 new books purchased from book fair proceeds and 775 books donated by Imagine families. The next step is for these books to be processed and entered into the library automation system. We also have approximately 500 books on order and expected to arrive in the next week. These books include Newbery winners, Caldecott winners, and picture books corresponding to the IB Learner Profile. Our Titlewish book drive has raised $4,000 for the library and has been extended through the end of this week.
The library schedule is available on the library website under the “For Teachers” tab. Any time you would like to bring your class to the library, check the schedule for an opening and send me an e-mail. Classes in grades k-2 and fourth grade currently have a weekly library times. Teachers in all grades have the option of scheduling a weekly time or scheduling a visit as needed. Library lessons can include any of the following: research & information literacy skills, reading objectives, reading promotion, reader’s theater, and more. I look forward to seeing every class in the library this semester!
If you need to send a group of students to the library to use the computers, please check the schedule or call first. I am out of the library three hours a day for dyslexia tutoring (DTP) and the library is closed to unsupervised students at those times. However, teachers are welcome to use the library computers with their students when I am out tutoring. My tutoring times are marked as "DTP" on the library schedule.
Advanced Reading Challenge (ARC)
Are your students participating in the Imagine Advanced Reading Challenge? The ARC information packets can be found on the school library website under the “Student Resources” tab. The packets include instructions, booklists, and project suggestions.
ARC is an initiative from the CEO of Imagine Schools to encourage students to read quality literature. Students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to read 25 books from the ARC booklist and complete a short project for each book. Students in 9th grade are encouraged to read 15 books from the ARC booklist and complete a short project for each book. Every student who completes the challenge will be awarded a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card.
Students should keep track of their completed books and projects in a reading portfolio. Reading Portfolios must be completed by May 1 and the signed table of contents turned in to Mrs. Watts. Either the student’s parent or teacher may sign to confirm the student completed each book and project.
Reading Challenge lunchtime book clubs will be forming soon in the library. Information will be distributed in the next few weeks.