Reading! Technology! Fun!

October 2013

We've had a GREAT start to the school year! We have celebrated National Library Card Sign Up Month and Dot Day. We've had students coming in for research, digital projects (using FLIP cameras, iPads, podcasting, etc.), and great books. The Learning Commons Team is looking forward to more great projects - please let us know if there is something we can help you with!


Your Learning Commons Team

Global Cardboard Challenge

Mrs. Matthews and Mrs. Weeks classes participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge during the first week in October! We had a GREAT time creating and learning! Here is more information...just in case you want to mark your calendar for next year!

The Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by Caine’s Arcade: http://cainesarcade.com/...

Learn more about the Global Cardboard Challenge here: http://www.imagination.is/cardboard_challenge

Great Links!

Looking for some good websites to encourage student reading? Check THESE out!

Book Adventure http://www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

Students read books and take quizzes. They can earn points for prizes from Book Adventure. You can sign up as a teacher and track how the students in your class do.

Reading Rewards http://www.reading-rewards.com/

Students read books and get rewards!

WeGiveBooks http://www.wegivebooks.org/

GREAT website with eBooks that you can read to your class or students can read on their own. They run special programs from time to time with reading incentives for kids.

Life Long Guidelines & Life Skills SPOTLIGHT!

Check out these resources!

Each month, I will highlight resources (books, websites, videos) that you can use to help you teach the Life Skills and LifeLong Guidelines for the week/month. You can add videos and other resources that YOU find to this Google Doc (or send them to me and I'll add them): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NFsEIehMDFzjrxnwBPpJsen3KBnIgTe4EHJwA2nJLC8/edit?usp=sharing

In October, we will focus on Caring, Pride, Cooperation, and Responsibility.

Great list of books about CARING: http://sommerreading.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/ten-picture-books-about-caring-and-compassion/

Books about PRIDE and SELF-ESTEEM






Here are some links to explore for more resources!

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation


The Foundation for a Better Life


LifeSkills Library


The Curriculum Corner


AND, don't forget that we have many of the books listed in Literacy Links! If we don't have a book you need, we can probably get it for you! Just let us know!

Save the Date!

The Learning Commons has lots of great events coming up this school year - be sure to mark your calendars!

Star Wars Reads Day - October 5, 2013 at Comic Nirvana

PAWS to Read - October 16, 2013 at Pets Inc.

BOOK FAIR - November 18 - 22, 2013

Lion Cub Storytime - October 25, 2013 (9am)

Lion Cub Storytime - December 13, 2013 (9am)

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About Us

The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students and teachers are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and digital resources. We strive to provide library materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide library materials and services that meet the information and recreational needs of the learning community and that will encourage and support Common Core State Standards as well as the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarian, Library Assistant, Technology Integration Specialist) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.