A Page from the Library

February News from the D105 Library Team

And the Winner is...

The American Library Association just announced the youth book award winners for 2013. Snap up a few of these great books to add to your classroom library. For a complete list of the winner and honor books, click here. Of course, you can always talk with your school LMS to track down one of these great new books!

Online Resources: Biography

IWitness- http://iwitness.usc.edu/SFI/

Over 1,000 online video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses are housed in this website maintained by the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation Institute, established in 1994 by Steven Spielberg. Students can be involved with the videos, teachers will enjoy the educational materials. Tip: Link videos for social studies and language arts classes.

Gallery of Achievers- http://www.achievement.org/galleryachieve.html

From the Museum of Living History in D.C., this website provides biographical looks at "a role model from every career imaginable."

My Histro-http://www.myhistro.com/

Take your biography project to the next level. Have students use this website to create exciting presentations. My histro provides a venue for stories displayed on maps. Watch and read thousands of fascinating timelines, or create your own complete with text, video, and pictures to create a dynamic timeline mashup. Use professionally developed maps or have students develop their own working collaboratively or individually. Export maps in a variety of formats including .csv, .klm, and pdf for offline viewing or embed them on your website.

Books for Black History Month

Online Resources: Asking Questions


Wonderopolis is a whimsical, fun website providing "Wonders of the Day" such as "Do Rabbits Have Good Eyesight?" to "When is Technology Old?" A vocabulary list provides a learning base for each lesson. Related questions will spark students' curiosity and motivate them to learn more about the topic. The "Wonderize It" tool lets teachers customize a lesson based on a daily "Wonder" question. The engaging informational text can be used to address Common Core Standards in reading while incorporating related images and videos. Grades K - 12.

Seriously Amazing-http://seriouslyamazing.si.edu/

How do you spur curiosity? Just ask the six quirky characters of Smithsonian'sSeriously Amazing Website. The Wild will share the diversity of the animal kingdom;The Green reflects the wonder of the natural landscape; The New will show how technology and creativity collide; The Masterpiece embodies artistic expression; The Storyteller shares the tales of the people of America; The Discoverer explores the world and universe. Seriously Amazing links the knowledge and resources of the Smithsonian Institution and sparks a spirit of inquiry. Grades 3-12.

Keep Calm and Read On!

The District 105 School Battle of the Books will take place in February! Students across the district are reading, reading and reading some more, in preparation for the school Battles. Take a minute to ask participants about the books they are reading. The building Battles will take place on:

Gurrie: Monday, February 24th 2:45-3:15
Hodgkins:Tuesday, February 25th
Ideal: Monday, February 24th 10:00-11:00 in the Gym
Seventh Ave: Tuesday, February 25th 10:00-10:45 in the LLC
Spring Ave: February 24th 9:35-10:20 in the Library

ALSO, this year both Ideal and Hodgkins will have a teacher Battle of the Books at their schools. Things are getting heated as teachers and students vie for the same books and quiz each other over the details of books. Perhaps an Ideal vs. Hodgkins teacher Battle is in order?

As always, let us know how we can support you and your students.