Friday, June 8, 2012

33 Job Ideas for Tweens and Teens

The current job shortage has affected adults and young people alike. So many of my students wish to work but or either too young for working papers or the insurance company for a business requires a minimum age of 18.  What's a kid to do?

1. Advertise on Fiverr, where someone could pay $5.00 and up for a service of yours

2. Assist a senior citizen with their chores at home or away from home

3. Babysitting

4. Be a clown or other entertainment at a kid's birthday party

5. Bicycle repair 

6. Counselor-in-training at a day camp or sleep away camp

7. Create anime or cartoon books to sell

8. Dog walker

9. Fix computer problems

10. Have a bake sale

11. House cleaning

12. Messenger service

13. Mowing lawns

14. Newspaper delivery

15. Paint faces at a craft market or street fair

16. Photo restoration for friends and family

17. Photograph a kid's birthday party

18. Planting flowers

19. Put flyers on cars

20. Run errands for people

21. Shoveling snow

22. Sell bottled water at a little league game, race or marathon

23. Sell hand-made stuff on Etsy

24. Sell lemonade or iced tea

25. Take care of someone's dog or cat

26. Take an online survey and get paid cash-Cashcrate

27. Teach a musical instrument

28. Translate documents etc. (you have to be fluent in that language)

29. Tutor young kids

30. Wash cars

31. Wash windows

32. Work for a church or other group as a pianist

33. Write an article for  Ezine Articles  


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Edmodo's Digital Citizenship Posters

Available in 6 languages, Edmodo has provided free posters on digital citizenship for download. There are 2 sizes: 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17, both in color and black and white. It's a nice addition to your computer lab or classroom. I will add this to the FREE page on this blog.

Thanks to Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers for the info.

43 Authors for Elementary School Students

As promised, here's a listing of authors who have written books for children in grades K-6.  If you have any for me to add, please post a comment.

David Adler- Cam Jansen series, Bones and the Roller-coaster Mystery, Fraction Fun, The Babe and I
Avi- A Beginning, A Muddle and an End, Abigail Takes the Wheel
Ludwig Bemelmans- Madeline series of books
Judy Blume- Superfudge, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
Jan Brett- The Hat, The Mitten, Town Mouse, Country Mouse
Marc Brown- The Arthur series, the D.W. series of books 
Margaret Wise Brown- Goodnight Moon, Bunny's Noisy Book,
Eric Carle- The Very Busy Spider, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Nibble Nibble
Beverly Cleary- The Ramona series of books, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ralph S. Mouse
Eoin Colfer- The Legend of Spud Murphy,
Tomie dePaola- Strega Nona, Maggie and the Monster, I Love You, Sun; I Love You, Moon
Mem Fox- Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic
Don Freeman- Corduroy, Earl the Squirrel, Hattie the Backstage Bat
Neil Gaiman- The Graveyard Book, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
Kevin Henkes- Lily's Big Day, Owen, Chrysanthemum,
Marcia Thornton Jones- Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots, Champ, Ratfink 
Ezra Jack Keats- My Snowy Day, Jennie's Hat, Peter's Chair
Munro Leaf- The Story of Ferdinand, Reading Can Be Fun
Lois Lowry- The Anastasia series, All About Sam
Robert McCloskey- Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, Lentil
A.A. Milne- Winnie the Pooh
Robert Munsch- Class Clown, Down the Drain, Smelly Socks, We Share EVERYTHING!
Laura Numeroff- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, What Mommies Do Best
Mary Pope Osborne- Kate and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Bobby, The Brave Little Seamstress
Dav Pilkey- Captain Underpants
Patricia Polacco- Bun Bun Button, The Graves Family Goes Camping, Pink and Say
H.A. Ray- Curious George books
J.K. Rowling- Harry Potter series
Cynthia Rylant- Missing May, Gooseberry Park
Allen Say- Grandfather's Journey, Tree of Cranes
Maurice Sendak- Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen
Dr. Seuss- Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat
Shel Silverstein- Falling Up, Runny Babbit, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, The Giving Tree
Jerry Spinelli- Third Grade Angels, Fourth Grade Rats, I Can Be Anything!
William Steig- Shrek, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Amazing Bone,
Janet Stevens- The Little Red Pen, Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, Anansi's Party Time
Kay Thompson- Eloise
Chris Van Allsburg- Jumanji, The Polar Express
Laura Ingalls Wilder- Little House on the Prairie
Margery Williams- The Velveteen Rabbit
Audrey and Don Wood- Alphabet Mystery, Blue Sky, Elbert's Bad Word, Magic Shoelaces
Jane Yolen- How Do Dinosaurs Laugh Outloud?, Pretty Princess Pig, Apple for the Teacher
Paul Zindel-  I Love My Mother, Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeballs, The Undertaker's Gone Bananas

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

40 Authors For Your Junior-Senior High School Audience

It's hard to get kids interested in reading. They are being entertained at every turn, with videos, smartphones, X-Box 360, Wii and the Internet. As I finished my year-end report for the library media center, I realized that circulation of books had gone down and I needed to find a way to get them interested in reading. Earlier this year I did a post on Why I Order Graphic Novels for the Library, where I explained why I choose to keep these books in the collection. I'm happy if a student reads a magazine, because reading IS reading. So, I decided to not just provide a listing of young adult authors, I've added some of their book titles, since students remember the title of a book they want to read, not necessarily the author's name. And believe me, they DO judge a book by its cover.....or title for that matter. NEXT POST:  Authors for elementary school children.

Sherman Alexie
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Laurie Halse Anderson- writes for young readers and young adult readers
Jay Asher- Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of US; NY Times Best-Selling Author
Avi- writes for children and young adults; comedy, mystery, historical fiction, short stories and more
Judy Blume- writes for all ages
Ann Brashares- Young adult and adult novels; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Meg Cabot- author for kids/tweens, young adult and adults
Orson Scott Card- Landertop, (graphic novel) Lost Gate, Pathfinder
Cassandra Clare- writes novels, (City of Bones) short fiction, (Geektastic) and graphic novels (first one due in December 2012)
Eoin Colfer- writes for tweens and young adults; Artemis Fowl, The Legend of Spud Murphy, The Wish List
Suzanne Collins- author of the Hunger Games series
Ally Condie- The Matched Trilogy
Robert Cormier-The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, We All Fall down, In the Middle of the Night
Sarah Dessen- That Summer, Someone Like You
Cornelia Funke- writes for tweens and young adults; Dragon Rider, Inkheart, Igraine the Brave, Ghosthunters and the Mud-Dripping Monster
Neil Gaiman- writes books for all ages
Nancy Garden- books for ages 10-14 year olds
Carl Hiaasen- writes for young readers and adults
S.E. Hinton- Rumblefish, The Outsiders, Tex
M.E. Kerr- Fell Back, Fell Down, Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack, Deliver Us From Evie
Michael Laser- writes for all ages
David Levithan- The Realm of Possibility, Are We There Yet?, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Lois Lowry- author of The Giver
C.K. Kelly Martin- I Know it's Over, My Beating Teenage Heart, Come See About Me
Stephenie Meyer- Twilight Series author,also has written The Host
Walter Dean Myers- Kick, Lockdown, Dope Sick, The Cruisers, Sunrise Over Fallujah, Monster, Street Love
Christopher Paolini- Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance
James Patterson- Maximum Ride, Daniel X, Witch and Wizard, Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!
Gary Paulsen- Hatchett, Brian's Winter, Dogsong
Richard E. Peck- Schmidt's Mill, Jackalope Casino, Something for Joey
Rick Riordan- young adult and adult author; Percy Jackson's World, Kane Chronicles
J.K. Rowling- Harry Potter series
Louis Sachar- Holes, The Cardturner
Jerry Spinelli- writes for kids and young adults; Stargirl, Eggs, Milkweed
Maggie Stiefvater- The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Boys, The Scorpio Races
Ned Vizzini- How to Not Go Crazy in High School, Teen Angst?, Be More Chill
Cynthia Voight- Angus and Sadie
Scott Westerfeld- Uglies, Peeps, Midnighters, (series) Leviathan, So Yesterday
Jacqueline Woodson- writes for kids and young adults
Paul Zindel- The Pigman, Harry and Hortense at Hormone High, Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeballs

Monday, June 4, 2012

Kathy Schrock's Bloomin' Apps For iPad

Since my most popular post this year was 39  Sites for Using iPad in the Classroom, I decided to share another super iPad link, Bloomin' Apps for iPad. Supporting all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, Kathy Schrock's Bloomin' Apps for  iPad now joins all her other Bloomin' Apps in one place. You will find Bloomin' Google Apps, Bloomin' Android Apps and Bloomin' Web 2.0. For those of you who don't know who Kathy Schrock is, she is the one responsible for Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, located on the Discovery Education website. Recently retired from her position as School District Technology Director, she is still involved in professional development workshops, speaking engagements, teaching online for Wilkes University and much more. Her blog, Kaffeeklatsch, is one you should follow, as she is always offering great tips and information on all things "technology". Kathy's main website is here, and it houses all her presentations, with links to her books and articles.
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