April 9, 2017
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April is School Library Month
April brings showers of library and literacy resources
Unite for Literacy Library
With audio books available in nearly 20 languages, this site allows ESL/ELL students to read and hear books in both English and their native language. Use audio books with your emergent readers or world language classes too.
Teaching Kids News
Challenge students to read an article from this online news source and report the news to the class. Many articles include video clips. Don't miss the lesson ideas included with most of the articles.Use this site with elementary and middle level classes.
At LitPick you will find preteen and teen literature reviewed by students from all over the world. Your students can even read a book and submit their own review! This site is ideal for literature circles or just to find new books for your collection.
The Brown Bookshelf
Share with your students this site featuring literature for young readers written by people of color. Librarians will find this site helpful for creating displays in the library, for classroom presentations, and for book ideas.
Tools for Your Classroom
Engage and assess your students with edtech tools
Trails: Tools for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills
Use this tool in the library or classroom to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of your students. Organized by standards for grades 3, 6, 9 and 12, Trails offers formative and summative assessments in 5 main areas.
Find video clips from favorite movies and tv shows on ClassHook. Share with students as an attention-getter or introduction to new content. Students naturally relate to popular media, making this tool a favorite for both students and teachers.
Encourage students to evaluate any website before they rely on the information that is shared. Demonstrate this step by step guide for evaluating a website. Share the site with your students as they are starting a research project.
Exclusive TeachersFirst resources to help you motivate boys to read, take lessons learned from the library into your classroom, and find great audio books
Hook the Boys on Reading
Get your boys motivated to read! Explore the article, book, and activity ideas shared in this TeachersFirst original. Share book suggestions with families on your class website or news.
Empowering Students; the Classroom as Library
Read all about it! This recent TeachersFirst blog post highlights how to create the positive vibes found in the library in your own classroom. Read about the MakerSpace movement and how it has changed the face of libraries. Get inspired with new ideas!
TeachersFirst's Interactive Audio Books
Find and explore this curated list of audio book resources, all with interactive features. Set up a listening station for emergent readers and share sites that highlight words as they are read. Most of theses tools are a best fit for elementary classes.
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