October 5, 2015

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A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space


Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.

Meet “Homo naledi” | A Fascinating Discovery Surfaces

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The discovery itself is only the beginning; the great news about this remarkable find is that it throws the science of human origins wide open.

All In A School Day | Picture-Book Perspectives

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A selection of new picture books touch upon commonplace situations that are often part of the school experience, exhibiting sensitivity to their young protagonists’ perspectives.

Education, Justice Departments Release English Learner Tool Kit


Educators have a new, free resource to help them provide quality instruction to English learners. The English Learner (EL) Tool Kit was created by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice to help states, districts and schools meet their legal obligations to serving ELs.

Barbara Carle, Cofounder of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Has Died at 76

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Barbara Carle, an educator who served as the first board chair of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, died on September 7 in North Carolina, following a brief illness. She was 76.

Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students


Picture books, say English language arts experts, provide excellent opportunities to teach higher-level skills while still providing an engaging experience for older students who might think they don’t like to read.

Authors Talk About the Teen Transgender Experience | SummerTeen 2015


Authors Susan Kuklin, Robin Talley, and Alex Gino spoke about transgender representation in books and the importance of making LGBTQ titles visible.

Celebrating Literacy: Kids as Readers, Writers, and Imaginers

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Filled with imagination-stirring moments and an intrinsic appreciation for the many joys of reading, these engaging picture books cast young protagonists in the role of creator, inspiring children to go forth and dream big.

In the Groove with Andrea Davis Pinkney | Interview

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Weaving history into her profiles of such Motown groups as the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5, Andrea Davis Pinkney has crafted an evocative and insightful look at a sound and an era.

Raising the Bar: New and noteworthy nonfiction for secondary students


Thirty-six must-have nonfiction titles for your collection.

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Nurturing “Food Explorers” with Spoons Across America


When it comes to making, what could be more fun than playing, experimenting, and teaching with food? Ali McDowell of Spoons Across America talked to SLJ about the organization’s approach to culinary education, with advice and resources on helping kids and families eat well.

Academy of American Poets Debuts “Teach This Poem”


Teach this Poem is a new weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and ideas for activities related to the selection. Educators can sign up now to begin receiving the resource September 2.

Minding the Curriculum Gaps | Consider the Source

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It is a form of generosity for authors to give young adults access to important histories—histories that are no less crucial simply because they are not yet required reading or don’t appear on standardized tests.

Postcards from Nerdcamp: PD gets fun in a grassroots unconference on literacy


Nerdcamp is “the grassrootsiest of grassroots and ground zero for the “free-range” reading movement, writes Travis Jonker. “And it has the potential to revolutionize professional development in your school district.”

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Play-Based Learning for Teens, Via Board Games


The maker movement has shown the efficacy and potential for play-based learning at higher grade levels. Chris Harris posits that an incredibly successful way to implement play-based learning in K–12 content areas is through games.

Looking for a Back-to-School Chapter Book Read-Aloud? Don’t Miss These!


Looking for a good chapter book read aloud for the first days of school? We surveyed our readers and reviewers about the titles they have been recommending lately. Here are their responses.

It’s Back to School |Stories to Share


Whether realistically told or delightfully over the top, these back-to-school stories remind kids that first-day butterflies are perfectly normal and demonstrate that though problems may be encountered, they can also be surmounted.

Let’s Build a More Physically Active World | Editorial


Study after study shows that kids thrive when they get the play and exercise they need. Like grown-ups, they are happier, sleep better, and even learn better. So, why do we increasingly encourage a sedentary lifestyle?

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Capstone Launches PebbleGo Dinosaurs Database Module


PebbleGo Dinosaurs, for pre-K through second grade, features articles related to more than 125 dinosaurs, such as ankylosaurus, stegosaurus, triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, and velociraptor.

A Voting Rights Bookshelf


August 6th marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights act and the promise and application of these rights continue to headline the news today. Share this book list with your students for background on this historic legislation.