J.L. Francis Elementary School Library Media Center2012-2013
What is new in the library?We are completing our renovation. Hooray! We now have a new booksection, Spanish and bilingual book section, and holiday book area. Wehave ordered more e-books! A new television is on the way. And more…
J. L. Francis Elementary School School-Wide Initiatives Readers are Leaders Initiative Graphic Organizer School-Wide Initiative Use of Creative Technology InitiativeYear Two of the Accelerated Reader Program Initiative
Readers are LeadersReaders are leaders! This year we will focus on facilitating a better understanding of the qualities of a leader and leadership skills through the study of the lives of leaders. The librarian will teach a biography module complimented with graphic organizers, creative technology, and Accelerated Reader.From October through January, the library media specialist will provide a collection of biographies for each classroom. Graphic organizers will be provided with the biography collection.
Reading Group DiscussionsRead a book. Use higher level questions to guide the discussion.http://www.readinga-z.com/book.php?id=725Sit with chairs and/ or tables in an oval shape. Read the rules and review expectations.
EAGLES’ Reading Group Discussion Rules• There is no right or wrong. This is a pleasant discussion.• You must be able to support your position with evidence – a page number and sentences from the text.• Be kind. One person talks at a time.• Each person may share 5 times.• Listen to what was said before you. Restate what was said.
Graphic Organizer School Wide InitiativeGraphic organizers are visual tools facilitating students’ understanding of conceptual material.Students have used and will use graphic organizers within the classroom. Four have been selected to use school wide. They will be taught in the library and reinforced in the classroom. They are the Venn Diagram, lotus square, two column notes, and fishbone.
Venn Diagram• The Venn Diagram is used to compare and contrast. Students can use the terms “same” and “different” to extract details from a story, facts, etc.http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/lessons/VennDiag rams/http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/disp_plan? id=2926http://exchange.smarttech.com/search?q=venn+diagra m+++&subject=All+subjects&grade=All+grades®i on=en_US&
Lotus Square or Lotus ChartThe lotus square or lotus chart can be used to organize ideas. A main idea or topic can be centered in the middle of the lotus square and eight supporting details or facts can be elaborated around the center square.
Two column notesTwo column notes can be used to organize topic/ details, cause/ effect, prediction/ event, vocabulary, etc.
Bloom’s Taxonomy & Technology Implications• http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s +and+ICT+toolsThis year we will focus on using technology that brings us to the create level in the taxonomy.
Animoto.comStudents and teachers can use Animoto to create a presentation of what they have learned. http://animoto.com/play/UEF9AWnBMl6Xa3l 2QXTJGAThis is a video created in Animoto to promote AR.
Prezi.comThis a creative presentation tool that allows you to zoom in and out of ideas, imported videos, power points, etc. Here is one created for the AR program for the students. http://prezi.com/ab6fvrzeeweb/edit/?auth_ke y=cpdzv0i&follow=_hfdj761exay
Wordle.netThis is a creative tool using word clouds in an assortment of ways. Students can describe a character, problem, or idea using wordle.net. It can be printed and used as assessment. Here is one I created. http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5477279/ Pete_the_Cat
Discovery Education Writing ComponentThis year the library would like to encourage the use of Discovery Education’s videostreaming as well as the writing component.http://tools.discoveryeducation.com/?strBuilder =WritingPrompt
Smartboard ExchangeSmartboard will be used throughout the year to complement literacy and library skills. For example, if I am looking for a smart board activity on author’s purpose for primary grades, I would go to this author’s purpose activity on smartboard. http://exchange.smarttech.com/search.html? q=author%27s+purpose
Year 2 of the Accelerated Reader program• During the week of September 10th, classes and teachers will visit the computer lab to receive AR training. AR is tentatively scheduled to begin on Friday, September 14th. Teachers will receive a class list with username and passwords for students and teacher, directions for accessing reports, letter to parents, etc. Students will receive a quarterly grade for AR as tentatively scheduled:
AR testing windowAccelerated Reader will begin on Friday, September 14, 2012 and end on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.Students may take tests in the classroom or computer lab.Students will receive training on AR including policies and procedures and checkout two books during the week of September 10th.
AR training schedule• • Fourth Grade• Second Grade • September 12, 2012• September 10, 2012 • 9:30-10:15• 9:30-10:15 ••• 11:00-11:45 • 11:00-11:45• •• 1:00-1:45 • 1:00-1:45• •• 2:00-2:45 • 2:00-2:45• •• •• Third Grade • Fifth Grade• September 11, 2012 • September 13, 2012• 9:30-10:15 • 9:30-10:15• •• 11:00-11:45 • 11:00-11:45•• 1:00-1:45 •• • 1:00-1:45• 2:00-2:45 •• • 2:00-2:45 • •