Thursday, December 11, 2014

Celebrating Kwanzaa: 17 Helpful Resources

The African-American holiday Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th -January 1st.  Created in 1965 by Maulana Karenga, it is a celebration of family and culture. The word "Kwanzaa" means "fruits of the harvest."

The African American Holiday Kwanzaa- from the Orange County Register

Apples 4 the Teacher- coloring pages

Class Brain-coloring pages

Kids' Domain- coloring pages

Kwanzaa Celebrations Across the Country- slideshow from the Washington Post

Kwanzaa Free Worksheets- Google search

Kwanzaa Lesson- from EL Civics (ESL)

Kwanzaa Lesson Plans- from TeAchnology

Kwanzaa Videos- from WatchKnowLearn

Teachers First- planning materials, fun, games

Teacher Planet- lessons, worksheets

What is Kwanzaa? - from Scholastic

Amazing! 74 Infographics for Teacher-Librarians (L.A. Teachers Too!)

When your budget is low on dollars, you need to become creative when it comes to everything in your school library. Since we have a computer lab in our library-media center, (and lots of wall space...) I have decorated the lab with posters and infographics. You might have seen some of my original work, including 7 Things to Know About EBSCO, and the READ poster. There are also many posters which help students format their research paper, search for Google images, and understanding search results. When I began this search I never expected to find so many infographics for school librarians! If you are a language arts teacher, you will also find many related to grammar and reading below.

10 Do's and Don'ts for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

10 Hyphenation Tips

10 Step Book Report

11 Rules: How and When to Use a Period

12 Most Misunderstood Words in English

15 Most Useful Phrasal Verbs

The 15 Punctuation Marks

21 Rules: How and When to Use a Comma

40 Years of E-books 

Apostrophes: The Importance of Good Grammar

The Most Annoying Writing Mistakes

Passive and Non-Aggressive Voices

Past Tense 101


The Top 10 List of Mark Twain's Popular Quotes

Troublesome Words

You Should Read This Before You Write That


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Value of Primary Sources

Several summers ago, I took a wonderful course through the University of Wisconsin Stout on teaching with primary sources. (My post on primary sources is HERE.) Over the years, I have kept in touch with the course's professor, Mary Alice Anderson, who has been a terrific source herself. Recently, Mary Alice contributed to the new publication, Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources Edited by Katharine Lehman. Her chapter is entitled, "Discovering Local History Resources in Your Own Backyard." I not only recommend the book, but if you are a media specialist 
looking for graduate credits, take an online class with Mary Alice!


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