Saturday, January 25, 2014

40 Sites to Help Celebrate Black History Month


I just looked and the calendar and realized that in one week it will be February, so here is an updated listing on resources for Black History Month.


20 Great Websites to E-Learn About Black History

47 English and Social Studies Guides for Black History Month- from Shmoop


African Voices- Africans talk about their lives and cultures; EXCELLENT SITE from the Smithsonian Institution.


African-American History Month- site hosted by the Library of Congress, there is a section for teachers


The African-American Mosaic
- from the Library of Congress


African-American Scavenger Hunt- grades 7-8


The African-American Migration Experience- contains 8,300 images, 17,000 pages of texts and over 60 maps; this site is hosted by the New York Public Library.



African-American World-from PBS, this site has highlights such as the Kids section (with games and e-cards), and the Brainteaser Quizzes. There are related lessons plans for grades three through twelve.

Black Baseball-from Sports Illustrated, this site has a timeline from 1861-1947, when Jackie Robinson won the Rookie of the Year award.

Black History- from Bio.com; videos and photos

Black History Month Rap- lesson plan for students to create their own rap song; grades 3-12

Books on Black History Month- paperback or Kindle edition; over 5,000 listed

BrainPOP Spotlight: Black History Month- for grade 4 and up; lesson plans, quiz

Culture and Change:Black History in America- Scholastic's site has a timeline, jazz audio clips, and information on famous African Americans.

Enchanted Learning-find out information on African-American women in history, biographies on African-Americans, African-American inventors and inventions and many printable worksheets.

Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History Month- timeline, articles, biographies, images and videos



Fact Monster- biography, timeline, quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.

The History Channel-you will find African-American icons, great speeches, maps, video clips and more on this site.

Infoplease- loads of information here, including history and timelines, contemporary issues, special features, holidays, education, awards and quizzes and crosswords.

The King Center- established in 1968, the center was named for Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the largest nonviolent movement in American history.

A Legacy of Black Talent- from CNN Interactive; honors a different person each day of the month

Lesson Plans Page Black History Month- lesson plans cover grades 4-12

MLK Online- this site is all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from his biography, to multimedia clips of his speeches.

Reading Rockets- Black children's authors, activities, events and much more here


Snag Films- documentaries

TeachersFirst's Resources for Black History- currently 58 lessons by grade level listed

Thursday, January 23, 2014

16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians

There are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android. Teacher-librarians are always on the lookout for great apps and programs for their students and colleagues. This list will be added to the MEGALIST FOR TEACHER-LIBRARIANS. Just click the tab at the top of the page. 

CAM SCANNER- your phone becomes a scanner!








CURATOR-collect and organize your stuff





DRAGON DICTATION- just speak and see your text or email messages





Easy Bib for iPhone and iPad


Easy Bib for Android- app reads barcodes for citations of books, MLA citations



Evernote for iPhone and iPad- terrific program to organize your life and the library; Evernote site

Evernote for Android



FEEDLY- follow RSS feeds 

Feedly for iPhone and iPad

Feedly for Android


FLIPBOARD: Your News Magazine- social and world news brought together in one feed

Flipboard for iPhone and iPad

Flipboard for Android






iBooks- for iPhone and iPad; download and read books










Free Books: 23,469 Classics to Go- for iPad; "Browse our handpicked collections, download any of our 23,469 classic books, and read with our fully featured  eReader. Notes, highlights, bookmarks, dictionary support -- it’s all here."







Goodreads for iPhone, iPad


Goodreads for Android





LIBRIVOX AUDIO BOOKS-access over 10,000 books


App for iPhone


App for Android










NPR App for iPhone


NPR App for Android








TED App for iPhone


TED app for Android








VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE LIBRARY OF CO


For iPhone and iPad









WordFoto- available on iPhone and iPad, I found librarian Tiffany Whitehead using it to create signage for her subject areas.










World Book: This Day in History-for iPad; excellent source for daily updating on your media center's website

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Let's Talk About the Weather: 32 Places For Students to Explore

A few days ago, I was sitting outside my hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sipping fresh orange juice and looking at the beach. (Although I did not take the above photo, it accurately represents the view) Today, I am back at work, awaiting a huge snowstorm which will bring us up to 8 inches of snow. With all the extreme weather changes we have been experiencing lately, I decided to put together a collection of resources to teach students about the weather. (All ages are covered.) I also have created a pathfinder for my students on Natural Disasters in the News.

Active Weather Alerts- from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

American Meteorological Society

Build Your Own Weather Station- Discovery Education lesson plan

Commuter Forecast- just enter destination

Discovery Education Lesson Plans

EdHeads: Weather Activities






Hands-On Science and Literacy Lessons About Weather and Climate- grades K-5




How's the Weather Today?- National Geographic Education

Inside the Climatologist's Toolbox

Interactive Weather Maker

Interactives on the Weather- from Annenberg Learner

Introduction to Weather Map Symbols and Terminology

Kid Info- weather facts and weather resources

Lesson Plan Central- weather lessons

National and Local Weather- weather.com

Preschool Education Theme: Weather

Preschool Weather Arts and Crafts

The Science Spot- weather lesson plans

Stop Disasters!- disaster simulation game

Tree House Weather Kids- Interactive site is also available in Spanish

Weather Activities and Smartboard Activities- very good site with a weather game, research section and so much more

Weather Lesson Plans- from TeAchnology

Weather Lesson Plans, Themes, Printouts, Crafts- The Teacher's Guide

Weather Map- shows U.S. weather map and some streaming video from weather cams

Weather Printables, Lesson Plans, Resources- from TeacherVision; covers grades K-12

Weather Scope: Make a Weather Station






Web Weather for  Kids

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