Tuesday's Tidbits

IES Library September 23, 2014

Technology

Website Makeover Coming Soon!

Our entire school webpage will be getting a makeover! At the beginning of the year, I mentioned Weebly.com. If you have not taken the time to sign up for a Weebly account, go ahead and take that first step. It is free to create an account. I will be hosting some brief afterschool (optional) work sessions soon that will give you a chance to work on your website and ask questions. So, start thinking about what you would want your classroom website to look like and the information it will contain.

The Weebly Beginners Guide video below is excellent, but it is one hour long.


A big shout out goes to Jennifer Malone, Christina Terry, Dawn Ryan, Kellie Lee, and Shannon Carroll for publishing a Weebly website. Their sites are linked to our school website, so take a look. If anyone else has made a website and you haven't shared the link with me yet, please let me know.

Weebly Beginner's Guide

Chapter Books

These new chapter books are ready to be checked out.

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / 1 Dog= CHAOS by Vivian Vande Velde Twitch, the school yard squirrel, has really gotten himself into a bind this time. While trying to escape from a hungry owl, he roused Cuddles, the principal's dog, and got chased into the school. Now he's locked in for a disastrous and hilarious night. Can Green Eggs and Hamster, Sweetie the Library rat, and the other school pets save Twitch from the crazed Cuddles? In this laugh-out-loud funny chapter book, a group of small animals manage to turn an elementary school into a real zoo. This would be a great read aloud!


The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach In this Masterpiece Adventure,James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble—even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin's friend when he gets home or will James have found a new best friend?


The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan Fourth grade was supposed to be a fresh start, but Mike’s already back in the principal’s office. He’s not a bad kid. He just can’t sit still. And now, his parents won’t let him play soccer anymore; instead he has to hang out with his new neighbor Nora, who is good at everything! Then, Mike and Nora discover the White Rabbit. It’s an odd shop—with a special secret inside. Its owner, Mr. Zerlin, is a magician, and, amazingly, he believes Mike could be a magician, too. Has Mike finally found something he’s good at?