MARCH 2015

Library News

Now that it's March, hope we're lucky to get rid of this freezing, snowy weather. This month's newsletter contains a fun St. Patrick's Day quiz, Women's History Month lesson plans, and reviews on The CQ Researcher and Quizlet. These are all great resources that you can use in your classroom.

>In February we had a mix of English and Social Studies classes in the library. We also had a substantial number of students in for lunch and study hall. Now that it is a new semester, let us know how we can help with your classes. We look forward to collaborating with you! -Dawn & Kelly

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St. Patrick's Day Quiz

How much do you know about St. Patrick's Day? Take our quiz and see how much. (Answers are at the bottom of the newsletter.)

1. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th because it's the day that:

a. St. Patrick was born

b. St. Patrick died

c. St. Patrick ran the snakes out of Ireland

2. What does the shamrock symbolize?

a. The Holy Trinity

b. The luck of the Irish

c. The green fields of Ireland

3. Where did the first St. Patrick's Day parade take place?

a. Dublin

b. New York City

c. Chicago

4. What will kissing the Blarney Stone bring you?

a. Good luck

b. Eloquence

c. A cold sore

5. Why do you get pinched if you aren't wearing green on St. Patrick's Day?

a. You've been naughty

b. It's a fun way to meet people

c. Leprechauns can see you

6. What was the first official color of St. Patrick's Day?

a. green

b. blue

c. gold

7. Where was St. Patrick born?

a. Britain

b. Ireland

c. France

8. The expression Erin Go Braugh mean?

a. Ireland Forever

b. Kiss me, I'm Irish

c. Everybody's Irish

Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, we've compiled a list of websites that include lessons to use in your classroom.

Education World

Edutopia: Women't History Month Lesson Plans Women's History Month Collection

Women's History Teacher's lessons

Database Spotlight: CQ Researcher

The CQ researcher provides in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Their reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. It features full-length articles that include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.

For usernames and passwords, please see Dawn or Kelly. We'll be happy to assist you!

Web 2.0 Tool Review: Quizlet

With Quizlet, you can create your own flashcards or search from millions already created by other users. Once you make a set of flashcards, students can study different six ways.

  1. FLASHCARDS: Students can study new material.
  2. LEARN: They can test their knowledge of the subject.
  3. SPELLER: In this mode students type what they hear. This works best for foreign language.
  4. TEST: Quizlet will generate random tests using terms and definitions from your set of flashcards. You may also print the tests.
  5. SCATTER: Students can race against the clock to match terms and definitions to compete for top scores.
  6. SPACE RACE: With Space Race, definitions scroll across the screen and students need to type in the corresponding term.

Quizlet is free but it does have two paid versions. Quizlet Plus is $15 a year, this includes image uploads, voice recordings, and no ads. With Quizlet Teacher you get class progress, no ads for students, image uploading, voice recordings, unlimited classes and faster support, for $25 a year. Quizlet also has an app for android and iTunes.

To try it out go to:

Book Review: Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Girl on the Train is new psychological thriller by Paula Hawkins. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Each day the train passes by the same stretch of suburban homes. The train stops at the signal that allows her to watch the same couple having breakfast on their deck. She starts to feel like she knows them. She even calls them "Jason and Jess." She believes that their life is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It was only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police, and becomes entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved.

Answer to the St. Patrick's Day Quiz

1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b, 5. c, 6. b, 7. a, 8. a

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