Thursday, January 29, 2015

Searching Family History: 32 Genealogy Resources

So it all started when a colleague had his students create their own coat of arms, and then they got involved in their family trees for a display outside the library. One thing lead to another, and I decided to post resources for genealogy, the "study of tracing of lines of descent or development." (Google dictionary) It's a fascinating process.

Coats of Arms
All Family Crests- choose a to Z
All Family of Crests- view for free; $$ for other stuff
Make Your Coat of Arms- choose shield, personalize it 15 free printable crests
ProGenealogists- coats of arms, family crests and surname origins.
Search Family Tree
African-American Genealogy "the world’s largest online resource for family history documents and family trees"
Archives-launched in July 2009, cost is $39.95 per year
A Barrel of Genealogy Links-this site is recommended by the History Channel
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet- very extensive listing

Ellis Island- search passenger records search Chicano, Hispanic, Mexican-American genealogy

Family and Genealogy 2.0 Websites- social networking

Genealogy Classes- from

Genealogy Spot- many resources and assistance is here

Genealogy Terms- from

RootsWeb- oldest and largest free resource on the net
The USGenProject- "The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States."

USGenWeb Kidz- How-to-Do Genealogy
Surname History learn about the family history of your surname

Ancestory's Videos- YouTube channel

Ancestor Search-Surname origin and meaning

Behind the Name-etymology and history of surnames List of over 125,000 surnames

Internet Surname Database- 49, 352 last names
Surname Finder- over 1 million surnames listed

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Your February Holidays and Celebrations

Rather than re-post the resources for each holiday, I updated the master listing for September to June.
You can find Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Presidents' Day, Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year here. Look on the right column of this blog under Books for Reluctant Readers.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Understanding the Severity of a Blizzard: 26 Chilly Resources

One year ago, I posted 32 general sites about the weather, including lesson plans, printouts and videos. This morning in my kindergarten classes, we talked about the impending snowstorm, and it was obvious that the kids had no idea what was ahead. Currently a blizzard is on its way towards the northeast part of the country, (I am looking at 2 feet of snow in the next 24 hours...) I wanted to provide adequate resources to explain how this differs from just a snowstorm.

PHOTO AT THE LEFT: Romeo looks out at the snowfall in 2013.
© J.Greller

11 Facts About Blizzards

12 Historic Photos of the World's Most Formidable Snowstorms- from The Week

Blizzard- earth facts and information

Blizzard Lesson- includes printables

Blizzard Sentence Examples- use "blizzard" in a sentence

Blizzard Slams of the Northeast- NY Times slide show

Blizzards: Winter's Perfect Storm- photo essays

Blizzards and Snow Themed Page- from Teacher Planet

Build a Kit- get ready for an emergency

Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book- winter storms is on pages 19, 20

Pictures of Blizzards- from Google image search

Science of a Blizzard- from

Snow and Blizzards-  Q and A from Scholastic

Snow Facts for Kids

Top 10 Big, Bad Blizzards- slide show from TIME

Weather: Adjectives Worksheet for Snow

Winter Storms- from WeatherWizKids

Winter Word Search Puzzle

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Problem with Pagination in a Google Document

After watching student after student print their research papers, it was brought to my attention that the pages numbers were being cut off. I checked the default page setup and it was one inch all around, but when inserting a page number, it was placed too close to the top of the page. Pagination (putting numbers on the pages) should not be that hard. Here's a quick overview of how to get around the problem. I hope Google is listening......

Adding page numbers are as easy as insert > page number > top of the page

Notice how the page the number is very close to the top 

Type your last name and then a space.
Click to the left of your name and hit return. (enter)
You have now moved the page number and your name down a space.
The page will now print correctly.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

DK Find Out! The Visual Encyclopedia

Young students, ESL and special education students will find this new visual encyclopedia very useful. The interface is user-friendly and the current information is easy to follow.

There is a section for quizzes and videos, fun facts and galleries, but at this time the information is very limited. I'm interested in seeing how DK expands the encyclopedia to cover many more areas of study, especially the history section, which covers only nine areas. DK Find Out! is a site to watch.....

H/T Larry Ferlazzo for the link.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Comic Sans: The Most Hated Font

Those of you who read my blog know how I feel about the font comic sans. In fact, I posted Are You a Comic Criminal? in May 2013, which directed readers to a website with a presentation about why you shouldn't be using comic sans. Today I learned yet another reason why this font should not be used: this font uses more ink when printing than many fonts. Here's an infographic which explains. If you are not yet convinced about how unpopular this font is, take a look at what I found when I Googled "comic sans hate". You will be surprised how many results came up: 572,000! Still a comic sans fan? Watch these presentations below. I want to convert all of you......LOL. (If you want a list of alternative comic fonts, try these I found on NOTE: use discretion; some resemble comic sans..............)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cartoons Only a Teacher-Librarian Would Love!

Last year I posted some cartoons for teachers. Today's post is for teacher-librarians, or media specialists. They have also been added to the page for Teacher-Librarians.



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