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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Election 2016

Here are some great resources to help you teach students about the candidates and the election process.

We subscribe to Pebble Go and the social studies database. The section about Government includes articles about democracy and voting. Pebble Go also has a special election event that will start on October 10. They also have free election materials at

Video from Common Sense Media

Order a free "How to become president of the United States" poster here. There are also lesson plans and short videos.

You'll find information about the candidates, a mock election, and an interactive description of "The Road to White House".

Look here for videos on the election process. 

Printable materials for teachers.

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Library Books
by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

by Michael Hall
Lesson Plans LINK
Activity Pages LINK

by Christine Baldacchino

by Gayle Pitman

Transgender Information
Kids Health LINK
Human Rights Campaign LINK
Purple Rainbow Organization LINK

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Responsive Classroom

When you subscribe to a YouTube channel you will receive email updates of any new videos that are uploaded. The responsive classroom channel includes playlists of Energizers, Interactive Modeling, First Weeks of School, Doing Language Arts in Morning Meeting, Teacher Language, and Morning Meeting.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Typing Games

These are some free keyboarding games for elementary school students from
You can create accounts for each of your students and track their progress.
Create a teacher account HERE.

Games include:

Friday, March 4, 2016

Free Digital Book Sources

South School Library
I recently started adding eBooks to the South School library, only 31 titles but it's a start. To get to our collection, go to the RSU13 website or the South School library site LINK. On the left side of the screen look for where it says "Follett Shelf". At the top left, click on "Collections", eBooks. Some titles are multiple user, meaning that unlimited numbers of readers can read it at the same time. Multi user books will be clearly labeled.
Download the app to read books on iPads and tablets
Brytewave K-12 App

OverDrive is the app that public libraries use to provide access to digital books and digital audio books.  You need a library card from a participating library to borrow items.  All South School teachers are eligible for a free Rockland Public Library card. See me for an application. Books are checked out for two weeks. They are available for all age levels and include fiction and nonfiction. Model use of digital books with your students and encourage them to use their public library cards to access overdrive.  It is possible to filter books by age level and eliminate inappropriate book covers from showing. Check your settings to make these changes or see me for help.

First Book is offered to organizations that serve kids in need.  The South School community meets the requirements to receive free ebooks. The app can be downloaded on an Apple device or on an android device.  These books are published by main stream publishers and include titles like Judy Moody, Jake Drake, Berenstain Bears, Heidi Hecklebeck, and other contemporary fiction titles. Categories include Fiction, Biography, Informational Books, and Early Grades. Books are borrowed, dowloaded into a personal bookshelf, and then returned. Please see me to set up usernames and passwords for your students.

Book Bub LINK
Book Bub is a daily email that you can sign up for.  You choose the categories of books that you are interested in including children's books. This is an inexpensive way to build up your digital library collection. Book Bub selections can be added to your iBook shelf or your Google Play account. 

Tumble Books LINK
South School subscribes to Tumblebooks and it is accessible from home or school and can be used on laptops as well as iPads and tablets. See your South Subscriptions page in your shared Google Docs for login information.

Download the iBooks app from the Apple store. From the app you can search books and audiobooks by category. If you click on "top charts" at the bottom of the app, you will see the left side column is for paid books and the right side column is for FREE books, including books for children.

Storynory has folktales, fables, myths, poems and more.  These are really well done. Text is provided so kids can read along if they want. 

Storyline Online
There are only a couple dozen titles here but each one is worth reading.  Check out Rena Moreno's reading of "I Need My Monster".

The Gutenberg site has ebooks that can be read on any device. There are over 50,000 titles with a focus on classics that have expired copyrights. Children's Picture Books, Children's Myths, Children's Periodicals, Children's Literature are some of the categories. 
Titles of interest are: 
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Oz books by Frank L. Baum
  • The Thornton Burgess classics
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Heidi by Joanna Spyri
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Librivox audio books can be listened to from any device. There are children's books including Treasure Island, The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle, and the Wizard of Oz. Books can be downloaded or streamed online. Librivox recordings are in the public domain.

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