February 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Customize Lesson Plans with StudySync

StudySync’s new resource helps educators create lesson plans that build students’ vocabulary, hone research skills, and much more.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

Tools and Resources to Support Social Justice and Antibias Lessons | Mix It Up

Websites and other online resources ideal for sparking or supplementing lesson plans and programs on social justice, antibias, and inclusion.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Into the Future With Shana Corey’s “The Secret Subway” | A Lesson Plan

A pneumatically powered railway under the streets of New York City in the 1870s? You bet. Share Shana Corey’s delightful “The Secret Subway” and these standards-aligned lesson plans with your students.

“The Classroom Bookshelf” Joins SLJ

“The Classroom Bookshelf”—a blog offering lesson plans dedicated to top children’s books—has joined the School Library Journal blog network.

Bill Thomson’s “The Typewriter” | A Lesson Plan

In his most recent book, The Typewriter, Bill Thomson delivers another visual adventure celebrating the power of the imagination. Here are some suggestions for using it in the classroom.

Smithsonian Learning Lab, Open for Business and Seeking Feedback

A new, highly visual platform for exploring the riches of the Smithsonian will launch in June 2016. But users are encouraged to explore the Smithsonian Learning Lab now, and librarians, given their curatorial skills, are especially welcome.

Kids news round-up

We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites. Newsela: This popular site organizes news by theme: War and Peace, Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and Sports.  There’s content written in Spanish. Users can […]

JSTOR teaching resources (with way more Understanding Shakespeare!)

Back in November I wrote about JSTOR becoming even more librarian- and classroom-friendly.  This morning JSTOR significantly beefed up its bardiness. Understanding Shakespeare, the collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library increased its coverage from six to 38 plays. This research tool facilitates discovery of scholarship. It allows students, teachers and scholars […]

Earthquakes and Eruptions | A Standards-Based Lesson

Join these educators as they brainstorm the curricular possibilities and connections between earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate tectonics in a standards-based lesson.