Monday, February 19, 2018

President's Day Collection....Something For Everyone!

It's President's Day and a time to honor the presidents of the United States.  

To celebrate, I brought together a new President's Day Collection that you will find here.
First, I included an awesome list of books for President's Day in this Titlewave List.  You will find the list in the President's Day Collection and by clicking here.
Next, I included two super places to visit in PebbleGo.  You will find all of the Presidents in PebbleGo and....
 a few of the First Ladies. 
Also, Cantata Learning has two stories and songs that will fit perfectly on this day.  One about George Washington and the other about Abraham Lincoln. 

How fun to sing along as your students learn about these two amazing presidents! 
 I have included a project ideas too! 
I especially love the ideas using Storyboard That, which you can find in the Collection.

I hope you had a great day celebrating President's Day.  These resources in the President's Day Collection are wonderful to use today and any day of the year as we celebrate our presidents and country too.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Join Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver For a FREE Live Broadcast From Skype in the Classroom

Our friends at Skype in the Classroom have teamed up with Penguin Publishers to bring our students, libraries, families and communities something very special.  

On February 28, 2018 at 9am EST and 1:00pm EST, Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver will be participating in a live broadcast and Twitter Chat with all of us around the world.  
Henry and Lin are the creators of the Hank Zipzer and Here's Hank book series.  Children will be very excited to be part of this 30 minute free broadcast to celebrate the creativity and greatness that lives in every child, according to the site. 

They will also be answering questions from students after the broadcast on Twitter using #Skype2Learn.  You and your students can submit questions now through February 28.  

Parents can submit questions and participate in the broadcast and Twitter chat too.  
 You can register for this wonderful event here.
And you can purchase the books here too. 

I can't wait to listen to the live broadcast with Henry and Lin.  

This series really fits perfect into developing readers, characters and personality.  Hank is a perfect character for our children.  

With Read Across America Day being on March 2, this Skype event will be a lovely way to connect the two in bringing more literacy events to our children and communities.  

Let's Celebrate The Illinois Bicentennial With A Brand New Collection!

This weekend as I was working on a President's Day project about Abraham Lincoln, I came across some very exciting news about Illinois where as you know, President Lincoln lived in Springfield with his family. 
This year Illinois is celebrating their states 200th Birthday. 

The Illinois Bicentennial will be celebrated all year long with so many different events, projects and activities.  The main campaign from the Governor of Illinois is called Born, Built and Grown.  This campaign honors the people, places and things that make the state so strong, kind and beautiful. 

As this event is celebrate in schools across Illinois and other schools and communities, I thought it would be exciting and helpful to bring together lots of resources, projects, books, PebbleGo articles and other awesome artifacts for this very special event. 
I created the Illinois Bicentennial Collection by Destiny that you can find here.  

Please feel free to share this with your students, teachers and others.  Let me know if you'd like to collaborate with me on this Collection too.

Happy Birthday Illinois. I am excited to learn even more about your amazing state this year.