Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I have to go back to school when?

I was checking my calendar for everything I have coming up and when I have to go back to work. Our school has 7 inservice days before school starts on Aug. 19th. So teachers start back Aug. 10th. I have to be back for 5 days before other teachers plus I have an inservice day at my Co-op on Aug. 3rd. So I have to be back to work on July 31st, which is the day after my last class final at UCA. Bummer!!!!!!!
Even with my summer pretty much over, I can't wait to get back to my library and try new things, get ready for the new year and read some books that aren't textbooks!!
I hope everyone has some time off before you go back to school. I've enjoyed being in class with all of you.

Do you know Dewey?

I found a wonderful website about Mevil Dewey and the DDC. And it was made by sixth graders at Nettleton Intermediate Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is a wonderful interactive site with information and quizzes on the DDC.

The website has a wonderful story to explain the different groups in the DDC. Please go to this website. It is a wonderful tool in learning about the DDC, fiction/nonfiction, and call numbers.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Christmas Around the World

I came up with an activity to do with my sixth graders to incorporate research skills, multicultural history and technology. The students choose a country to investigate their Christmas customs. They use the internet and encyclopedias. I created a worksheet that guides them to find out information in cultural/religious celebrations for Christmas or another winter holiday. They also look for any customs their own family uses. They write a short informational paper that they read during their library class. They find it very interesting how most of our customs for Christmas come from other countries like England, Spain, Germany, France, etc....

Jan Brett's official Website

I love Jan Brett's books. She is a wonderful author and illustrator. I do a month long Jan Brett author study with my first graders. We not only discuss the similarities in her books, but her work as an illustrator.
Her official website is:

She has a lot of marvelous ideas for her books, as well as coloring pages. She gives background information on why and how she came up with the idea for her books. Her book, The Three Snow Bears, is on the Arkansas Diamond Award List for this next school year.
If you are an elementary LMS, I encourage you to investigate her website.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

My students love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I have only (so far) read the first one and I really loved how the author, Jeff Kinney, writes from Greg Heffley's point of view. The kids say all the time how they can relate to what happens to Greg.
The fourth book, still untitled, is due out Sept. 1st, with the fifth book coming out in 2010. I heard that the first book is being made into a movie. Some of the students agree with me that the movies they make from popular books don't compare to the books themselves. You don't get little thought bubbles over the characters head to see what they're thinking and there's not enough time in a movie to see the relationships built by the characters.
I haven't seen most of the movies made from books, but I do watch the Harry Potter ones- the next one comes out this month. I need to get out the other ones to refresh my memory in preparation of the movie opening.

Friday, July 3, 2009

CMS award book

I just found out, thanks to Dewyn's blog, what the Charlie May Simon winner was for this past year. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a wonderful book. It won at my school. A third grade teacher even read it to her class. Beware though, you'll cry. Even though it's about a toy stuffed rabbit, the journey he takes and what he learns along the way is very heartwarming. I really urge you to read it!!!!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

What's a widget?

I've seen the term "Web 2.0" several times and not wanting to look or sound ignorant, decided to look around the web for what it is.
Wikipedia says " Web 2.0" refers to what is perceived as a second generation of web development and web design. It is characterized as facilitating communication, information sharing, interoperability, User-centered design[1] and collaboration on the World Wide Web. It has led to the development and evolution of web-based communities, hosted services, and web applications. Examples include social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups and folksonomies." (Wikipedia, 2009)
So I guess this (my blog) is Web 2.0 stuff.
I found an interesting article about Web 2.0 and some New York libraries using grant money to help students access reference materials through the public libraries.
They will use widgets which is a small mechanical device to send the students doing homework and assignments to the correct places in the reference databases.
Teachers and librarians will have training on this in November. They hope to have the first one going by Dec. 1, 2009. Check out the article.