AISD Lib's Tips O' the Week 9-21-15

A Collection of Tips and Info from Librarians and the LMC

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Banned Book Week

Deanna Sylvia – Covington

I know it's a little early but I found the cutest poem while searching for Banned Books Week display ideas. Here's the website and the poem. Hope its helpful

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th-October 15th.

Here is some general information about Hispanic Heritage Month.

Below are some books to share during the month from the CRMs:

Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia by Carmen Lomas Garza

In My Family/En Mi Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull and Yuyi Morales

Diego Rivera-An Artist’s Life by Sarah Vasquez

Some Independence Days Around the World by Alma Kehoe Reck

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Independence Day by Deborah Heiligman

Ellen Ochoa (Rookie Biography) by Elizabeth D. Jaffe

Ellen Ochoa: La Primera Astronauta Latina (The First Latina Astronaut) by Lila Guzman

Hector P. Garcia: In Relentless Pursuit of Justice (Hispanic Civil Rights) by Ignacio M. Garcia

Carmen Lomas Garza (A Ver) by Constance Cortez

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter

And a couple more from 4th grade CRMs:

That’s Not Fair! / No Es Justo!: Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice/La lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia by Carmen Tafolla

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La Historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown

Thanks to Beth Hudson, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, who provided this list.

More Hispanic Heritage Month book recommendations.

"I enjoy titles by Carmen Lomas Garza, as they convey lovely things about the Hispanic culture like the family gatherings, colorful decorations, cooking rad food together.

I like Tortillitas Para Mama because the majority of my Hispanic children know these rhymes from home, and it's a chance for the English-dominant kids to learn the rhymes from them!

Gathering Hope, which was a Bluebonnet nominee a few years ago, is a great biography about Cesar Chavez to read aloud, espcially since it's available in English and Spanish!"

-Julie Underwood, Travis Heights ES


Technology/Cyber-Safety - Cyber Safety Training for Student:

"As part of our annual eRate Funding requirements, all students must receive a 45 minute lesson on Cyber Safety.

This is the same requirement that was completed by all campuses last year."

"The lesson needs to be provided to students by October 9, 2015."

Teachers "may need to access (but not required to use) the CommonSense Media lessons."

What are you doing?:

"I think planting the seeds about safe use of the internet--and driving home the understanding that what they put up there is now "out there" and permanent--is a good way to introduce the little ones to proper online etiquette. I've attached two documents that I used on a bulletin board: "What does your digital footprint say about you?" I found the board idea online (see below). The web address/email is included on both handouts."

-Lianne Hames, Lamar Fine Arts Academy

"I am going to use this:

It is loosely based on a lesson that someone else sent out a few years ago, and includes links to Brainpop.

Foundational things that librarians who work with younger students could focus on are:

  • Practice citing sources (or at least pasting the website below the image or the photographer's name) when printing images, such as for reports or science fair projects.
  • Explaining that copyrighted digital products like software and movies are usually not free. We live in a culture where everything can be downloaded for free at the touch of our fingertips, and most of my students do not understand that this is often illegal. Minecraft is a big one that I'm sure elementary librarians see a lot.
  • It would be helpful to teach the 5th graders how to log in to the computers with their own username and password at the end of the year, to get them familiar with the process. Many students login with guest logins or other students' logins simply because they don't know their own. The username is: S + student id, and the password is: first letter of their last name capitalized + birthdate (mmddyy) + s."

-Alison Thomasson-Bramley, Martin MS

"Little kids are all over YouTube and many are already texting and emailing. I worked with some kids last year who felt that other kids sharing inappropriate videos or links was a big problem. Otherwise, I think just the basics about not sharing personal info, keeping passwords safe, remembering that there are other people on the other end of the computer, so not bullying, etc. are important topics."

-Amanda Braziel, Maplewood ES

"I use the brainpop lesson. I supplement with anecdote stories."

-Dusty Alderson, Cook ES

Useful Links and Tools

AISD Database Scavenger Hunt

"Here's the Scavenger Hunt I created to use with our Fourth Graders to give them a warm up for using the electronic resources. It's far from perfect. For example the Searchasaurus link always times out, so I just had to put in a link to the catalog. Feel free to use this if you want. Also, Mary Faye sent me some other examples she used in the past. Email her or me if you want a copy of those."

Constance Hicks-Kocurek ES

Upcoming free webinar opportunities


Mathcraft: Combining Minecraft with Math for Exponential Learning Sept 28th, 2-3 pm

Next Generation Science in the Garden Sept 28th, 3-4 pm

Dig In to Informational Text Sept 30th, 3-4 pm

Listening and Learning with Public Radio Sept 30th, 4-5 pm

Region 13 TexQuest Training:

Click here for their calendar. Classes are on September 29th from 9-12 and 1-4.