Winter Break Bingo!

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!

Quality Resource: Bat Conservation International

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

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

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

Treaty Rights and Sovereignty with Walter Bresette

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

Quality Resource: Digital Literacy Lessons Courtesy of Teaching Tolerance

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 […]

Library Maps

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 […]

Topical / Thematic Checkout & Book Memory

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 […]

Quality Resource: PBS Learning Media

Are you looking for a free online platform designed to improve not only your effectiveness as a teacher but also the achievement of your students? Check out: PBS Learning Media As the site states, “PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS LearningMedia was developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and is offered locally by 155 PBS licensees, representing 356 stations in 55 U.S. states and territories.” Some of my favorite finds thus far: Waadookodaading: Ojibwe Language Immersion School (checkout theways.org for more videos like this one) What’s the Deal with Fossil Fuels?  Earth Days: Rachel Carson & Silent Spring Happy exploring and happy learning! Your Librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterious Birth of Children’s Books

Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books Bringing you back to the 1700s, Balderdash! illuminates the life of John Newbery. John was a boy growing up in an England without children’s literature, or at least not children’s literature as we know it today. Written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, this is a book that held up to its expectations. It will keep you entertained while also providing you with a healthy amount of new vocabulary, information about book printing in the mid-1700s, and beautiful illustrations to keep your eyes entertained. Check it out at your local library! I was especially fond of the marbling in the end pages for giving a nod to classic book printing. This is a book that would fit in well with any elementary classroom learning about the John Newbery award, the history of books, or simply wanting an enjoyable, quality picture book to lay their eyes on. Best of all, after the story there is a history of John Newbery, additional information about the books mentioned in the book, and a bibliography including suggested further reading. While I would read this book to any elementary-aged students, it would be especially fun […]

Teaching about Black Lives Matter

Following up on the previous post about The Hate U Give and text complexity, I wanted to share a few resources I recently came across thanks to Teaching Tolerance. The first gives a history of the beginning, information on the hashtag, myths, criticisms, and a perspective on “All Lives Matter.” The second article gives elementary applications, middle school approaches, and teaching about Black Lives Matter in a High School. But enough of me telling you…read them for yourselves and share with anyone and everyone who may benefit from them: Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters: Part 1 (Issue 56, Summer 2017, by Jamilah Pitts) An excerpt from Why Teaching Black Lives Matter Matters: “Not all of us are like Thompson; the students who sit in front of us daily are not always directly affected by the killing of unarmed black people or any of the other injustices that plague our nation. But as teachers who function as caretakers, truth-seekers and advocates of justice, we can acknowledge how the threat of justice in one community is, to borrow from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a threat to justice in every community. We have a civic responsibility to be educated about Black Lives Matter and, as […]