Quality Resource: National Council for the Social Studies

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) provides a great deal of resources including their online teacher’s library, position statements, professional development, and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for the Social Studies. One resource within the position statements is their piece on Media Literacy. Media literacy is greatly needed within our information overloaded society. I would highly recommend reading this short piece as the key questions included are useful to any educator and the concept is one of great importance. In addition, the NCSS publishes a list of notable trade books for young people. You must be a member for the current year’s list however all prior lists are accessible without a membership. This is a great list to consider when deciding what books to add to your home, classroom, or school library! Your librarian, Katelyn

Quality Resource: National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is the home of Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. Not only are subscriptions of these fun to give as gifts but these magazines are popular reading choices for elementary students (they even have a reduced rate for educators). I would highly recommend getting a subscription for your home, classroom, and/or library! More than the magazines though, the NWF provides some great lesson plans, activities, and printouts! I’m always a proponent of having materials ready for students who want to learn about things outside of school (or have a few extra minutes of free time). Therefore, there was always a stack of printouts near the circulation desk of something or another for students to bring home. This was never advertised but most students eventually found their way and took one if that week’s item interested them. Each week there was something new and I kept all the leftovers in a three ring binder behind the desk with a post-it of what week it was available. Examples of printouts from the NWF include Backyard Birds and Toasty Robin. I would always print front and back in order to cater to more students. As you will notice from these two […]

ReadyGen PBA Resources for Grade 4

I’ve been working with a great colleague from my last position as a school librarian / media specialist to develop materials to assist in implementing the ReadyGen curriculum in her classroom. She teaches fourth grade; therefore, the materials linked below are to be used with ReadyGen4Unit1ModuleA in connection with the first performance-based assessment. This PBA requires students to create a biographical spotlight. The reason I decided to create these materials is because the handouts and other materials directly from the curriculum are not as student-focused as I would like. As a teacher, I want to provide my students with some excitement and drive to complete projects, assignments, and other happenings. Because of this, I find it extremely important for any paper handouts and/or projected images to connect with students in some way. I find the use of fonts, icons, and the organization of the page to be essential with this. I also want every activity related to research to include the act of citing sources. This is an essential component that is all-too-often left out yet a necessary element of being a responsible citizen. ReadyGen4Unit1ModuleA Biographical Spotlight (scientist or researcher) ReadyGen4Unit1ModuleA Biographical Spotlight (on a famous person who has made a difference) ReadyGen4Unit1ModuleA Rubric and […]