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Mission Statement: The mission of the School Library Media Program is to ensure that students and staff have access to, and are effective users of ideas and information, and to cultivate life-long learners. (Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (AASL 1988) p. 1.)
This mission is accomplished:
Thank you to all who came out to support Salt Point Center at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair on Friday, April 8th. Our students participated in a “Tournament of Champions Spelling Bee,” poetry readings, and children’s story time. Student artwork was on display, and local author MG Wells came to sign copies of her new book. Over $2000 worth of books were purchased in support of our school, netting a $300 gift card to be used on new materials for the Salt Point Library Media Center. We had a great time and your support was much appreciated!
School Library Media Specialist: Matthew LaBrake
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Telephone: 845-486-8004 x430
About Me: Check out my Glog!
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|Career Exploration Glogster Project
|"US Presidents" Blabberize Project|
|Author Laurie Keller Videoconference|
|"About Me" Wordle Activity|
|Civil Rights WebQuest|
|"Moby Dick" Glogster Project
|"The Mitten" Videoconference Project|
|State Research Project|
|Create your own SuperHero|
|Web Scavenger Hunt|
Create a personalized “Word Cloud”
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The more times a word appears in your text, the larger it appears in your word cloud. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
Directions for activity:
The first thing you need to do is complete the “Word Cloud” handout. Make sure you come up with the five words that are most important to you, and as many words that mean something to you as you can think of. The more words you include in section C of the handout, the cooler your word cloud will look.
Once you complete your handout go to the Wordle Homepage: http://www.wordle.net
Once you are at the homepage click on “CREATE” on the navigation bar on top of the page. You will see a box that says “paste in a bunch of text.” This is where you will enter in the information from your handout.
On your handout there are 3 sections: A, B, & C
Enter your name from section A 4 times
Enter the five most important words from section B 2 times
Enter the rest of the words from section C 1 time
After you are finished typing hit “GO.” Your personalized word cloud will be generated. You can check out all the different styles available by clicking RANDOM or you can customize your word cloud using the simple text editing toolbar at the top of the page. Once you are happy with your design click “PRINT.”
1) Read “Moby Dick”
2) Discuss the components of literary elements
3) Create a Glog (interactive poster) displaying six elements
i. Point of View
b. Choose 2:
ii. Figurative Language (imagery, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, etc.)
4) Use text, web, and multimedia resources in your Glog
a. To find videos:
1) Read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett (AudioBook)
3) Decorate the cut-outs
5) Choose an animal for your class to describe to another class
6) Write clues about your animal to give to the other class
Videoconferencing Agenda (40 Minutes)
1) Welcome and Introductions (5 Minutes): Each class shows where they are on a map and introduces themselves in some way
2) Each class shares their favorite part of the story and why (5 Minutes)
3) Presentations (20 Minutes):
Classroom A: Description of the animal (5)
Classroom B: Guess the animal (5)
Classroom B: Description of the animal (5)
Classroom A: Guess the animal (5)
4) Closing (10 Minutes): Classes share their mittens and ask each other questions
A 2nd grade class from Stratford Elementary School in Garden City (Long Island), NY
Wednesday, February 2nd, at 9:30am
Student Teams / Animals to Research
Madison & Lakoya / Mole & Snowshoe Rabbit
Malachi & Peter / Hedgehog & Owl
Shaun & Christian / Badger & Fox
Cameron & Josh / Bear & Meadow Mouse
ASK Author Interview with Laurie Keller
Birdy's Smile Book
April 12, 2011, 1PM
Connected with author along with classrooms from Pennsylvania, Kansas, & Texas
Round robin with other classrooms asking questions
ASK (Authors Specialist and Knowledge) is an organized process that provides students with the opportunity to interview an author or a subject specialist in the topic they are reading about in a novel. The program uses excellent literature, journal writing and interviewing to promote reading for understanding. Here is a link to a new wiki that contains a video of the ASK process and a page of preparation resources - http://askprocess.wikispaces.com/
A. Where did you get the idea for the book?
B. Where did you come up with the idea for the character Birdy?
C. Who is your favorite author?
D. Why do you think the mirror at the end of the story is important?
E. What’s your favorite smile?
F. Where is your favorite place to write?
G. What was your reaction after you wrote the book?
H. Why can’t you smile when you eat broccoli?
A. Why is your book all about smiling?
B. What are your favorite books?
C. Where did you get the ideas for the characters?
D. Why did you name the dog French Fry?
E. Are you currently writing any more stories?
F. How many books have you written?
G. Describe your favorite part of the book?
H. In the book how did you come up with your jokes?
A. How did you come up with the names for your characters?
B. Describe your favorite characters?
C. Would you explain George Washington’s teeth? (Hippopotamus, ivory, and cow teeth)
D. Which do you enjoy more, writing or drawing?
E. How did you learn to draw?
F. What part of the book was the hardest to write?
G. Why did you want to become an author?
H. If you could rewrite the ending what would you change?
Create your own SuperHero
Complete the following writing prompts:
What’s your secret identity?
“My Superhero’s name is…”
What can your Superhero do?
List and explain your super powers…
What do you look like?
Describe your physical appearance...
What kind of costume do you wear?
Who are you really?
What is your Superhero’s alias?
What does he or she do when not in costume?
Why did your character become a Superhero?
Create your world!
Name the city or places your Superhero lives…
List and describe your Superhero’s villains and archenemies…
List and describe your Superhero’s friends…
Now create your Superhero
Use the resources below to complete the "State Report Booklet"
Start with the atlases located in the reference section of the library!
Full-text for more than 50 popular, elementary school magazines, 100 student pamphlets, an encyclopedia, an atlas, and a dictionary!
Other educational websites for you to use!
1) Pick your President
2) Research President using databases and other resources
General Biography Resources
3) Format research as first person narrative
4) Find picture of the President
5) Record audio clip of student presentation and save as a file (30 seconds max)
6) Upload picture to Blabberize
7) Upload sound clip to Blabberize
8) Generate final product
• Students will understand that not all information they find on the Internet is true.
• Students will understand why it is important to evaluate websites before using the information in them.
• Students will be able to evaluate websites on their own for credibility, reliability, authenticity, objectivity, currency, and purpose.
o Go over the definition of evaluation, the importance of evaluating websites, and things to look for when evaluating a website.
o Have students divide into groups of two and evaluate a selected website designed for this purpose
o Go over “Website Evaluation Form” as a class, explain the hoax, re-emphasize the importance of evaluating all Internet sources
Designed specifically for elementary school libraries, Searchasaurus and Kids Search contain full-text for more than 50 popular, elementary school magazines. Full-text is also available for over 100 student pamphlets, an encyclopedia and a dictionary. Full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
The New Book of Knowledge is for elementary schools and higher. It includes literary selections, a time line, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.
From one easy-to-use website, TeachingBooks makes instantly available original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of professional book readings, guides to thousands of titles and a wealth of multimedia resources on children’s and young adult literature. Our hope is that by utilizing TeachingBooks’ multimedia resources, educators will better understand the spirit and personality behind books and discover exciting ways to share these insights with children and teens.
56 professional development eBooks titles from the Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
Cengage-Gale Databases available through NOVELNY:
On Monday, March 28, local author MG Wells came to visit Salt Point Center. Students in grades 5-8 had the opportunity to meet MG as she read the first two chapters of her new YA fantasy book, LightMasters Number 13, and allowed the students to ask her questions about the story, the writing process, and the life of an author.
MG also donated 2 signed copies of her book to the Salt Point Library. Thank you MG for your time and inspiring words.
Volume 1 (2010-11)
Library Newsletter Issue 1 (Jan 10, 2011)
Library Newsletter Issue 2 (Feb 14, 2011)
Library Newsletter Issue 3 (March 14, 2011)
Library Newsletter Issue 4 (May 4, 2011)
Volume 2 (2011-12)
Library Newsletter Issue 5 (Nov 28, 2011)
Library Newsletter Issue 6 (Feb 13, 2012)
Mauer's Moment - Holiday Show 2010 Intro
The BIG READ comes to Salt Point Center - Check out our students' silhouette production of "A Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
The BIG READ comes to Salt Point Center - Check out our students' creative retellings of "El Dorado" by Edgar Allan Poe
CP - James Bowie
DM - Amelia Earhart
JA - Robert E Lee
JM - Dwight Eisenhower
KH - Meriwether Lewis
KL - George Washington
SL - Teddy Roosevelt
MV - Barack Obama
NoodleBib Express - Individual citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian format
NoodleBib MLA Starter - Simple MLA bibliography tool for our youngest scholars (grades 1-5, ESL)
|Glogster - Create interactive multimedia posters|
|Animoto - Create a free 30 second video|
|PBWorks - Create a collaborative workspace (wiki) to encourage student-centered learning
|Wordle - Generates "word clouds" from the text you provide, giving prominence to words that appear more frequently
|Blabberize - Got a picture?? Blabberize it!
Museum Box - Provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.
|Audacity - Free open source software for recording and editing sounds
|Google Earth - Fly anywhere on earth!
|CamStudio - Free screen recording software
|Jing - Take a screen shot or short video of your computer monitor
|Paint.net - Free image and photo editing software (like Adobe Photoshop)
|Skype - Free video calling - video conference with another class|
|Delicious - Social bookmarking
|Flickr - Online photo management and sharing application
Pixton - Make and share comic strips for free
|Voki - Create personalized speaking avatars
|Bubbl.us - Free brainstorming application - create colorful mindmaps|
|Voicethread - Transform media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting|
|Pivot - Create unique stick figure animations|
|Survey Monkey - Create and publish online surveys in minutes|
|Timeline - Generate descriptive timelines|
|Zoho - Create, edit, and share presentations|
|Open Office - Free productivity suite (like Microsoft Office)|
|Google Books - Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide|
|Googe Docs - Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere|
|Google Sites - Free and easy way to create and share webpages|
|EduBlogs - Easily create and manage student or teacher blogs|
|Scribus - Open source desktop publishing (like Microsoft Publisher)|