Teachers, Librarians, & Administrators (of elementary students), Are you looking for a fun way to promote reading and writing this winter break? Check out: Winter Break Bingo Simply print, discuss, and pass out to your students. There is an optional second page with the prompt of “Draw a picture of yourself reading.” Encourage your students to complete as many boxes as they can and return it after winter break so they can share everything they were up to. If they need an incentive, go for it; and, if you’re looking for personalization, message me! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez Per usual, this resource is also available on TeachersPayTeachers and please let me know how it went over!
Ann Bausum has written another excellent piece of literature with her text: The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power It’s a compelling read informing readers about James Meredith and the March Against Fear. Kirkus has a wonderful review if you’re interested in reading more about the text. This post was written to highlight the PBA (performance-based assessment / project-based assessment) I’ve created to accompany the text and it is accessible to you via the link below! The PBA includes three options for use: 1. A menu in which students choose three projects to make a tic-tac-toe. 2. Two lists requiring students to choose one project from each of the lists. 3. One list of projects requiring students to choose one to complete. The March Against Fear PBA In addition, there are some excellent resources to accompany the text including: Publisher Learning Guide Classroom Suggestions from the Author James Meredith and the March Against Fear National Archives Documents The Visual Imprint of James Meredith by The Black Film Center / Archive The Bob Fitch Photography Archive via Stanford Libraries Please comment on this post or message me if you’ve […]
Disclaimer: I love bats! That said, I wanted to share a great organization (that has some awesome gifts if you’re looking to “adopt a bat” this holiday season). Bat Conservation International works on every continent bats live. It also has a variety of online, quality resources to get your students interested in bats. To learn more about what they’re up to just check out the links below: Bat Conservation International Bat Masks Kidz Cave Handouts Prevent Extinctions Enjoy and have fun learning more about an animal I truly love, bats! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez
A quick post today to share a book review of Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics Read the entire review at CCBlogC and follow what the Cooperative Children’s Book Center is up to on their website. Thanks for your support! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez
Happy Holidays! I know it’s a little early but I had to get these out for all of you who are interested in obtaining holiday bookmarks ready to be colored. All images contained within the PDF download can be viewed below. As you will notice, most of the bookmarks are themed around winter or Christmas though there are a few to celebrate Hanukkah! Plus, there’s an additional page for all occasions: Holiday Bookmarks Thank you for reading, happy holidays (in advance)! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez If you’re able and willing, you can support Circulating Knowledge and the creation of free resources by donating via the link below: This resource can also be found on TeachersPayTeachers.
Are you familiar with treaty rights and the concept of sovereignty? Take a few minutes (four to be exact) to learn more through the words of Walter Bresette (courtesy of the Wisconsin Media Lab): Explore the site to find print and web resources along with additional biographical information and activities. Not only can you learn about Walter Bresette but you can also learn about Stephen Babcock, Elizabeth Baird, Mildred Fish-Harnack, Les Paul, Chief Oshkosh, Joshua Glover, Belle La Follette, Harley-Davidson, Kate Newcomb, and Phillips-Groppi. Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez
A few years ago I created door displays for each of my library’s entrances. One of the entrances featured proverbs. Proverbs Door Display Proverbs are included within so many stories and conversational language yet many students (especially elementary aged) are unfamiliar with their meanings. Therefore, I utilized the Core Knowledge curriculum to make a display that incorporated all 91 proverbs within their list. In order to further support student learning in and outside of the library I decided to create proverb bookmarks to expand on this display! Examples… Not only do these bookmarks work great within a station but they are easily incorporated into classroom learning as well. I’m sure there are numerous other uses for them however I have included four project ideas to use with them including writing a persuasive essay, writing a short story, completing a research project (poster, essay, or comic), and simply using them for their original idea, independent learning and coloring. As a thank you for reading, they are free to download via the links below. However, if you are willing and able, I have links at the bottom both for the listing on TeachersPayTeachers and to donate directly to Circulating Knowledge. Proverb Project […]
This is not the first time I’ve mentioned Teaching Tolerance nor will it be the last, they are full of amazing resources! Today’s quality resource is their suite of Digital Literacy lessons. These are continuously expanding however they’re already off to a great start! I learned about their Digital Literacy Lessons after participating in their webinar, Teaching Digital Literacy. This webinar not only provided great information but also a list of useful links that I felt were worth sharing here: Speaking of Digital Literacy…Understanding how the brain processes information can help students unravel the origins of fake news and other mysteries of the internet. Published in Issue 57, Fall 2017, of Teaching Tolerance, article by Kate Shuster The Debunking Handbook by John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky, first published in November 2011 5-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos on News Literacy by Edutopia, published on September 25, 2015 A Field Guide to Fake News, a project of the Public Data Lab with support from First Draft Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News by Katherine Schulten & Amanda Christy Brown, published on NYTimes, January 19, 2017 How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study by Sapna […]
At your library, do you have a map of the space? If so, how do you use it and what has the response been? Here’s mine, imperfections and all! Because I had reorganized the entire space and collection, I decided to create a map to serve two purposes. To get students and teachers familiar with the library. To increase the map skills of the students. For the first part, I went over the map with classrooms and had it posted around the library. I also had a stack available at the desk in case anyone was interested in obtaining a copy. For the second… At our school, there were a significant amount of students with little to no abilities in reading a map. This was surprising and concerning. Therefore, I figured why not make this learning part of their time at the library. Every little bit helps and because it was such a challenging activity I made it into a game. Students were paired into groups (by their teacher in order to account for their skills in this area) and they were tasked with using the map to complete a series of questions. Each student had a role so […]
Hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. I’m excited to share a resource with you’ve I’ve made to help solve the situation of… …Students are familiar with the library and have been checking out materials for a few months. They even check out their items with the same group of friend. While this is not a problem, there are times when it’s good to be pushed outside of comfort zones. The library is a great place for this. Therefore… Topical / Thematic Checkout (let me know if you come up with a better title for this) Basically… The amount of cards necessary will depend on the amount of students per class. I get my stacks ready the day before (or have a student do it) and binder clip them onto that classroom’s clipboard so it’s all ready to go. To account for classes larger than 24 I simply print 2 sets with the same book as the opposite side. When it’s time for students to checkout you hand a card to each student and use something similar to the directions I’ve included below. The cards are collected as students checkout their items. No card = no checkout (so […]