Information from Kim, Kim, and Amy (Your Media/Tech Team)

Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd!

Some Media Center Resources for Earth Day

Picture Books to share:

  • Earth Day
  • A Tree is Nice - for those working on poetry right now, you could read this very simple story to spearhead a discussion on the importance of various earth resources and then have kids do some original poetry on that resource.
  • Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
  • The Great Kapok Tree
  • A River Ran Wild

Short Nonfiction Books:

  • Earth Then and Now: Amazing Images of Our Changing World
  • True Green Kids: 100 things You Can Do to Save the Planet
  • Cartons, Cans, and Orange Peels: Where Does Your Garbage Go?
  • One Well: The Story of Water on Earth

Magazines (print and/or online):

  • Science World (April 18, 2016) Special Earth Day Issue - Meltdown!
  • Science World (April 13, 2015) Special Earth Day Issue -Wildlife Crisis

Weekly Reader Magazine Resources!

Scope and Science World We have 30 copies of this magazine coming each month. This subscription includes 30 digital copies as well, so more than one class can use them at a time. See password page on media/tech web site on RESEARCH TOOLS page (you must be logged in to the school site to see them) and look under the symbaloo, or ask Kim/Amy. We have 16 copies of this magazine, along with 16 electronic copies. Students who prefer to read it online can access the copy or go to archived copies, others can use the print copies. The topics in this magazine are relevant even if using last year's copies, so please remember to utilize these resources found in the professional library. See password page on media/tech web site on RESEARCH TOOLS page (you must be logged in to the school site to see them) and look under the symbaloo, or ask Kim/Amy.

THESE ARE GREAT RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS and they have a lot of interesting topics in each issue.

New Professional Resources

Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Propst

Picking up where their smash hit Notice & Note left off, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst write: "Fiction invites us into the writer's imagined world; nonfiction intrudes into ours and purports to tell us something about it." This crucial difference increases the responsibility of the nonfiction reader, so Kylene and Bob have developed interlocking scaffolds that every student can use to go beyond a superficial reading:

  • 3 essential questions that set students up for closer, more attentive readings of nonfiction texts
  • 5 Notice & Note nonfiction signposts that cue kids to apply the skills and processes that sophisticated readers use instinctively
  • 7 proven strategies readers can use to clear up confusions when the text gets tough. Review from Titlewave by Follett.

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison

If you attended Nancy Kapp's GLEE workshop, this is the resource she used for some of her presentation.

Media Center Events this month

Poetry Graffiti Month

Please contribute a favorite or original poem to write on the windows/glass in the media center this month. We welcome poems in other languages as well as fabulous art work to go along with the poems. HINT HINT

Intimidators' Reading Challenge

We have an opportunity again for students and teachers to win free tickets to attend an Intimidator's game in early May. I am looking for reading goals/suggestions for what we want them to do to earn the privilege...suggestions are welcome!

Technology Bits

Chromebook checks coming April 13th & 14th

Schedules should be in next Monday's staff notes.

Please make sure students turn off chromebooks at some point every week

Updates need to be installed and many students never turn off their chromebook.

They should not turn off with the power button, but rather should sign out and shut down at the bottom of the screen.