Quality Resource: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Looking for resources to teach about the Holocaust? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) provides a plethora of amazing resources for educators and families. Even if you’re unable to visit in person (it’s located in Washington, D.C.), the USHMM provides resources for educators in the form of: lesson plans teaching materials online workshops professional events They’ve even created a Holocaust Encycopedia and global classroom that are available in multiple languages. I was fortunate enough to visit this museum and attend several of their First Person: Conversations with Survivors programs in the summer of 2015. This is a series accessible to you online, as are many of their programs. The USHMM is a truly remarkable place. A place that demonstrates what you do matters. A place that shows why we must never forget. Please take a few moments to browse through their website and learn how you can integrate these ideas and concepts into your classroom or home. Here’s wishing you kindness. Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Teaching with Word Clouds

Word clouds are a fun way to create images but also a great teaching tool. There are many ways to create a word cloud however I’m most familiar with traditional word clouds. These are the clouds that correlate the size of the word with its frequency or importance. I prefer this type of cloud in comparison to random clouds because of its potential for learning. I have found them to be a fantastic way to discuss popularity, frequency, and concepts within statistics. For example, the cloud below was created based on student responses to the question: What would you like to do for work when you’re finished with high school? / What job do you want when you’re older? (Students were in kindergarten, first, and second grade.) In terms of the logistics of creating a word cloud, my personal favorite is Tagul. I prefer to use this site because it’s free, user-friendly, and allows me to create a login in order to save projects for future use. For more information on teaching with word clouds, check out: Literacy in Science: Word Clouds from The Teaching Channel 5 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom by Siobhan Tumelty of Edudemic 200 Ways to Use Word Clouds […]

The Great Wall of Los Angeles

This summer I was able to visit the Great Wall of Los Angeles. This was a destination that came up when I was searching for free things to do in Los Angeles that looked interesting. And though it looked like everyone else there was catching Pokemon, the mural completely exceeded our expectations. It’s an amazing depiction of California’s history from prehistoric times to the 1950s. Though a lot of the material was unfamiliar to me, it made me want to learn a lot more about the history of California. The mural is 1/2 mile in length and is located in the Tujuna Flood Control Channel of the San Fernando Valley. Most importantly, it was created by SPARC – the Social and Public Art Resource Center – that have been creating sites of public memory since 1976. This mural in particular began in the summer of 1976 with a team of 80 youths, 10 artists, and 5 historians collaborating under the direction of Chicana artist Judith Franciso Baca. By 1980 the mural was more than a 1/2 of a mile and had consumed some 600 gallons of paint and 65,000 kid-hours. To date the number of participating youths has reached over 400; however, this wall is […]