Read classic fairytales and children's stories. Each book can be personalized and viewed with auto-audio playback or manual page flipping. Great for SMARTboards.
"MeeGenius is founded on the philosophy that children learn the most when they love what they are doing. As parents, the co-founders of MeeGenius! wanted to create an inviting site that is easily accessible by parents and children.
All our books come with audio playback and word highlighting, and can be personalized just the way you like them. Just answer a few questions, and presto, the book is rewritten for you. So read and personalize your favorite books!"
For those of you who loved Lookybook (no longer active), WeGiveBooks allows teachers and students to view "virtual" picture books online. It is easy to create an account and you can read from a growing number books to your class using a projector or Smartboard.
This site allows you to read picture books online and for every book you choose, they will donate to needy schools. They currently have a new promotion, and are trying to set a reading record.
Laurie Halse Anderson reads a powerful poem she wrote based on letters from readers who were moved by her novel "Speak". (Her novel has been challenged in a number of jurisdictions but has received glowing reviews from educators and teens alike.)
(Link to PDF for Chapter 1 is at the bottom of the webpage.)
Authors Susan L. Groenke and Lisa Scherff offer suggestions for incorporating YA lit into the high school curriculum by focusing on a few key questions:
* Which works of YA literature work better for whole-class instruction and which are more suitable for independent reading and/or small-group activities?
* What can teachers do with YA lit in whole-class instruction?
* How can teachers use YA novels to address the needs of diverse readers in mixed-ability classrooms?
Each chapter opens with an introduction to and description of a different popular genre or award category of YA lit—science fiction, realistic teen fiction, graphic novels, Pura Belpré award winners, nonfiction texts, poetry, historical YA fiction—and then offers suggestions within that genre for whole-class instruction juxtaposed with a young adult novel more suited for independent reading or small-group activities.
"This lesson takes advantage of young people's interest in music by asking students to create a soundtrack for a novel that they have read. Students begin by analyzing how specific songs might fit with a familiar story. Students then create their own soundtracks for the movie version of a novel they have read. They select songs that match the text and fit specific events in the story. Finally, students share their projects with the class and assess their work using a rubric."
"Examples in this lesson focus on The Beast by Walter Dean Myers, but any piece of literature can be used as the basis of students' soundtracks."
Adolescents Reading: A Field of Dreams?" - (PDF download) by Teri S. Lesesne, from Classroom Notes Plus, discusses how teachers can use author blogs, audio books, book talks, and podcasts to share books with students and motivate them to read. The article concludes with strategies for monitoring students' reading progress.
"Independent Reading Inside the Box" by Lisa Donohue shows how K-6 students can use a single piece of paper - the "Reading 8-Box" - to strengthen and monitor their comprehension, language, and thinking skills.
Here are series of lesson plans related to library themes. The note on the site says that the creators are in the process of moving to another venue, so the lessons may not be available much longer. Most have a Smartboard document that can be downloaded.
This very engaging site reviews current YA titles and interviews the authors. While the themes and storylines might not be everyone's "cup of tea", Risha Mullins, the blogwriter, shares her love of the genre and her passion for good reading!
If you are thinking of bringing more than chess into your library, this page may have some ideas to explore. This link (funded by the ALA) offers pointers on how to incorporate ancient civilizations games in your library, with an emphasis on the curricular connections.
Be Web Aware is a national, bilingual public education program on Internet safety. The initiative was developed and supported by Media Awareness Network (MNet), Bell and Microsoft Canada. (French and English)
The internet offers a world of opportunities to socialize and communicate. But they come with risks. OnGuardOnline.gov's Net Cetera campaign provides information and resources about helping kids make safe, responsible decisions when they're online.
Today’s kids connect, create, and collaborate through media. But who helps them reflect on the implications of their actions? Who empowers them to make responsible, respectful, and safe choices about how they use the powerful digital tools at their command?
"As more digital learning environments emerge, they’ll need to be effectively managed. School librarians, in particular, Mardis says, must demonstrate their unique resource expertise and skills in content management. If not, it may not get done and we’ll likely find that the promise of digital textbooks and flexbooks will never be realized."
I came across this interesting article that addresses how to use Read-Alouds in a classroom when one has a student with autism. Along the way, the author discusses the value of Read-Alouds in general. I've pasted below her main points, and a link to the full article. It's worth reading.