Panther Press

March 10, 2015

Media Madness!!

It is getting that time of year when gardening begins. Just like you weed your garden I have to weed out my catalog. I will begin weeding out the resource room next week and placing the weeded resources by content on tables in the media center. If you would like to have any of these resources please feel free to take what you need.

The computer lab must remain locked at all times. When you reserve the lab you must see Mrs. Evans to unlock the lab. Please do not ask a custodian to unlock it for you.


If you are looking for ways to help your students practice reading strategies, including highlighting and annotation look no further! Try out NEWSELA, an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's relevant: current news articles that are obtained from Scientific America, Tribune Co. and the Associated Press. The articles appear in its original form four adapted versions at lower reading levels based on Lexile levels. Some articles are accompanied by short, four question quizzes adapted to each of these levels.

CRMS teachers can register at and then set up classes to monitor student progress. This is the website Ms. Dykes shared with you during PL to differentiate similar articles based on lexile.


PLICKERS is a tool that allows teachers to collect real-time formative assessment data without the need of student devices. Check out the video below for a brief tutorial on how to use Plickers.
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Plickers - Clickers Simplified


New books to check out are:

The Graveyard Book by Niel Gaiman

Sherlock Holmes: The Snake Bite by Andrew Lane

The Last Changeling by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple

The Ghost of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The Cottage in the Woods by Katherine Coville

The Only Game by Mike Lupica

Frozen in Time by Mark Kurlansky

Unleashed by Gordon Korman

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan