Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday #10: Old Comic Books Covers

There are many students in my school who don't like reading but will gladly pick up a graphic novel. There are real fiction stories in the form of graphic novels, as well as classic literature. (Shakespeare) When I was growing up, you couldn't find comic books in your school library, but if a kid reads a comic book, graphic novel, magazine or a book, isn't it all the same? I believe that reading is reading, and that's why graphic novels have a place in my school library. Here's the link to the post I did in 2011, "Why I Order Graphic Novels for the Library." How many of these comic books did you read as a child?



Saturday, April 12, 2014

RPHS is Happy: Meet the Wonderful Kids and Colleagues I Work With Every Day!

My colleague Sasha and her journalism class put together our version of "Happy".  I'm sure you have seen many versions, but I wanted to you meet the people I am with every day Monday-Friday. We are happy folks, especially since spring is finally here in New Jersey!!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday #9


I just love digging up old library photos, videos and posters. So much has changed over the decades in library science. Today's throwback has a classroom photo with the exact desks I had in elementary school at P.S. 98 in Manhattan. (Oops. Just gave away my age...)
























































Wednesday, April 9, 2014

38 Great Sites For Earth Day

This year, Earth Day falls on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The following list has been updated and can also be found with the mega-list on holidays, "What a Listing!" which is located in the right column of this blog.

10 Engaging Earth Day Activities for Kids- from Help Teaching Blog

22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life- PBS LearningMedia

50 Earth Day Activities for Kids- from Tinkerlab


A to Z Teacher Stuff Resources


Billy Bear's Playground

Crafts for Earth Day

Earth Day-crafts, online games, clip art, puzzles, coloring pages and downloads are on this site.

Earth Day Activities: Helping the Environment- from apples4theteacher


Earth Day Activities for the Classroom- ten choices from Education World


Earth Day and All Days: 10 Ways to Learn About the Environment- from the NY Times Learning Network


Earth Day Groceries Project

Earth Day Ideas From My School to Yours- Huffington Post blogger and fourth grade teacher Ted Wells

The Earth Day Network

Earth Day Printables- from Play2Learn printables

Earth Day Teacher Resources- large listing of printables, lesson plans, activities, resources from TeacherVision

Earth Day Through the Years- from the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Earth Day Video Writing Prompts- from TeachHub

Earth Day Videos- WatchKnow

Earth's Birthday Project- activities, fun stuff, photos

Every Day is Earth Day- for younger children or ESL students

Happy Earth Day Coloring and Activities Book- download this 11 page booklet

History Channel- Earth Day resources


Planet Pals- clip art, magazines, earth poetry, eco books....

Population Education-lessons show how humans affect the environment; resource packets for all grade levels


The Science Spot- lesson plans and resources

Teacher Planet- lesson plans, worksheets, activities, clip art, videos, more


Think Green Guide- download PDF from Edutopia


Top 5 Earth Day 
Activities to Use in the Classroom

Using Google Earth on Earth Day- make sure the program is on your school computers!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Self-Promotion is a Good Thing




There is nothing wrong with self-promotion. In fact, as a school librarian, it is necessary to let your administrators know what you do, because the majority of them do not know what we do. Here are some infographics, signs and videos for your reports, webpage or blog.






INFOGRAPHICS / SIGNS

School Librarians are the Heart of the School

I saw this on Joyce Valenza's blog, The Neverending Search. Make sure your administration see it. I am adding it to the Teacher-Librarians page.


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